Wild horses rounded up by BLM.
The Bureau of Land Management is at it again. Their newest proposal to round up wild horses is now open for comments, which are due January 27. This time, it's the Eagle Herd Management Area, in northern Nevada.
Again, they claim that there is not enough vegetation to support the wild horses, but they allow livestock to graze on that same land.
BLM denies that livestock are the reason the wild horses are being removed, but their own environmental assessment for this latest round-up proposal shows that there are more livestock grazing on this land than there are wild horses. Many more.
An animal unit month (AUM) is "the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month." BLM has averaged 32,920 AUMs of livestock grazing on this land annually over the last ten years. Since there are an estimated 645 horses in the EHMA, there are only (645 x 12 months) 7,740 AUMs of wild horses grazing on this land annually.
And even 645 horses is too many for BLM. The BLM wants to reduce the number of wild horses to 100, so there will be only 1,200 AUMs of wild horses in the EHMA. So apparently, BLM's idea of multiple uses is to have 27 times more livestock than wild horses on this public land.
This is yet another disappointing move by the Obama administration. As In Defense of Animals explains:
The Obama Administration is continuing the Bush Administration policy of targeting wild horses in order to serve special cattle and other industry interests. Under President Obama's oversight, the BLM is actually accelerating the pace of wild horse removals, with 12,000 horses targeted for capture from our public lands in Fiscal Year 2010 alone.
I was also very disappointed to hear that the Nevada Sierra Club has joined with Safari Club International in supporting the wild horse round-up at the Calico Complex. SCI is a hunting club that even advocates the hunting of endangered species, causing The Cloud Foundation to ask, "What fuels the alliance?"
What you can do: Go vegan, because livestock are the reason that the vegetation is being decimated on public lands, not the wild horses. Also, tell the BLM that you oppose the removal of wild horses from the Eagle Herd Management Area. You can submit comments to:
BLM Ely District Office
HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301
attn: Mary D'Aversa, Schell Field Manager
If you're in a hurry, use the IDA webform to submit your comments.
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- The Cloud Foundation