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Comment on BLM Wild Horse Removal - Again

By January 20, 2010

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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
eaglegather@blm.gov

If you're in a hurry, use the IDA webform to submit your comments.

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January 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(1) Catherine Ritlaw says:

BLM continues to violate the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Protection Act. They allow MILLIONS of tax payer subsidized cattle on public lands. The use aircraft in their brutal roundups (illegal as per the law). They mismanage the horses that are captured. When is someone going to enforce the law? This is not a nation of laws, it is not a nation which values freedom, especially if you are a wild horse or burro. My sanctuary is filled with animals damaged by the BLM. Catherine Ritlaw, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.

January 25, 2010 at 8:01 am
(2) barb says:

CATHERINE IS SO RIGHT ON………….. they are violating the law and allowing cattle ranchers to take over the land …………its all about money and deals and lies and deception……….. but no one seems to really care………. i urge anyone to go to http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11285225 and watch the documentary that george knapp did , a reporter from las vegas……… they wnt even allow any witnesses really…….. only after the fact……….. go watch that documentary and you will see that this is about more than horses

December 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(3) Elizabeth says:

how dare they do this its an outrage.i’ve being doing some research and they use helicopters to round up the horses, i love horses and even idiots would understand this would scare the horses and the fact that; the horses are separtated from there herd, foals and mates and some of them end up being so scared that they run into the walls and die.the blm have pathetic excuses and they tend to send the horses to japan for example where the horses get killed and not always humanly.i’m a teenager and i used to love america but this has made me lose faith in the country, this whole subject just brings me to tears, its horrible and they should be send to prison because its basical cruelty to animals.

January 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm
(4) LiberationNYC says:

There was a horrible video on CNN this morning of a helicopter “herding” the horses, at one point the helicopter knocked over a burrow while chasing it down and the poor thing limped away. Absolutely disgusting!

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