Friday, February 19, 2010

A Cruel Waste of Your Tax Dollars


In the worst economy since the Great Depression, President Obama and his Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar are asking for

for $75.7 million dollars in fiscal year 2011 primarily for more roundups and $43 million to buy one preserve likely in the

East to warehouse some of the wild horses the BLM has condemned to captivity.

Please ask the President to:

1. STOP ALL ROUNDUPS until accurate and independent assessments of population numbers and range conditions are made

2. Restore protections included in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Update existing laws that protect wild

horses by reopening certain public lands to the mustangs and burros, thus decreasing the number in captivity.
3. Return healthy wild horses and burros in holding to all available acres of public land designated primarily for their use

in 1971. If these lands are not available, equivalent and appropriate western public lands should be added in their place.
4. Reduce livestock grazing and reanalyze appropriate management levels for herd management areas to allow for

self-sustaining, genetically-viable herds to exist in the west.
5. Conduct Congressional hearings regarding the mismanagement of our wild herds and further investigate the inability of BLM

to correct the shortcomings of the program as audited by the Government Accountability Office's 1990, 1991 and 2008 reports.

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(c) 2010

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