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Tell President Obama to Appoint Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior

By January 29, 2013

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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign wants President Obama to appoint Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior, because of his strong environmental record, and specifically his strong record protecting wild horses. According to AWHPC, Grijalva "will protect our natural treasures, including American wild horses and burros."

The current Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has announced that he will step down by the end of March. Salazar is a rancher and a hunter, a former member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, and "champion" for ranchers. In addition to killing livestock, ranchers kill wild horses and other wild animals because the cattle take habitat away from wildlife when they graze on public lands. The Bureau of Land Management has been rounding up wild horses for years, but under Salazar/Obama, round-ups of wild horses accelerated. In fact, letting livestock graze on public lands leads to a whole host of animal protection and environmental problems.

Raul Grijalva

On the other hand, Grijalva, an Arizona Congressman, is the author of "A Report on the Bush Administration Assaults on our National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (A Partial List)". Grijalva has also been the Chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee within the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. In his report, Grijalva accused the Bush administration of pandering to the gun lobby in allowing loaded firearms in National Parks, "undermining the National Environmental Policy Act," and "mismanagement of wild horses and burros." He notes that critics of the wild horse program find the round-ups "aggressive and unnecessary" and that the administration had been "removing rangeland for the horses in response to pressure from the cattle industry." He gets it.

What you can do: The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which is a coalition of over 50 organizations, wants the public to urge President Obama to appoint Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior. You can submit your comment through the official White House online form, or if you're short on time, use the AWHPC webform.

Update: Former congressman Dennis Kucinich has thrown his support behind Grijalva for Secretary of the Interior, and has a petition here, to ask Obama to appoint Grijalva. Kucinich is vegan, and while in Congress, had served as the Chair and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and was a member of the Animal Protection Caucus.


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February 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(1) marty says:

Please help these beautiful animals.Do we want more creatures to never be seen again on this earth? I can’t stand watching these helicopter videos!!

February 3, 2013 at 11:22 am
(2) Kathryn Finner says:

The helicopter videos were horrific & disturbing. The horses & burros have more right to the land than the wealthy, greedy sociopaths who think nothing of inflicting physical & mental abuse on these beautiful, innocent creatures. I think it is time to round up these criminals, pen them up & free the horses.

February 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm
(3) JoAnne says:

When my granddaughter was 6 months old, we had to call 911 when she had her first swallow of formula. We soon found out that she is highly allergic to all milk products. Who would know that the McDonalds french fries were not potatoes?? :( We loved giving her the french fries for years. At 11 years old she was diagnosed with crohn’s and I have to wonder if the inflamation in her gut was caused by eating all the terrible ingredients in the french fries. Who would even imagine that there would be milk or milk deriviatives..:(

February 14, 2013 at 10:25 am
(4) Larry Wilson says:

I’m sure it was the french fries!! Or maybe it was all the rest of the junk you were giving her too. Or the genetic problems like they say caused it…..how many others in your family have it? Crohn’s has a genetic component. The disease runs in families, and siblings are 30 times more likely to develop Crohn’s than the general population. But it could be the french fries….DuH!

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