Dedicated to the Horses and Burros who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.
Are you one of the 6,198 U.S. Citizens who recently signed a Petition at the New White House, We The People, Petition Site, asking President Obama to Protect Wild Horses and Burros; Reform Inhumane Interior Department Management Program That Wastes Tax Dollars?
If so, you have by now received your Insulting, Slap-In-The-Face Response; Not from the Obama Administration – AS PROMISED; but from none other than Bob Abbey of the BLM.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEND THE LETTER BELOW, (click on the Contact Button) which has been prepared by American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, expressing your disappointment at the deceptive invitation from The White House, promising that the Obama Administration would consider the Petition if it received 5,000 signatures within a 30 day period.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign would like you to know that if you signed the Wild Horse and Burro petition on the White House’s “We the People” website, you have received the same canned response that they received from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director, Bob Abbey.They are as frustrated and disappointed as you are with this insulting and dismissive response to the sincere concern of thousands of American citizens who seek reform of the costly and cruel federal Wild Horse and Burro Program.
They have sent a letter to President Obama’s chief of staff, William Daley, highlighting the inadequacy of the response and the White House’s utter failure to consider this issue, as promised in the “We the People” initiative.
To the thousands of you who took the time to sign the petition – THE AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN THANKS YOU and promise to continue to fight for our wild horses and burros. They hope that you will continue to join them.
Dear President Obama:I am writing on behalf of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and the thousands of Americans who signed the “We the People” petition titled “Protect Wild Horses and Burros; Reform Inhumane Interior Department Management Program That Wastes Tax Dollars” to register our grave disappointment with the November 17, 2011 response from the White House. The petition calls on the Obama Administration to stop the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from wasting millions of tax dollars to roundup and remove wild horses by the tens of thousands from public lands in the West, and to instead implement a cost-effective policy to manage these national icons on the range using proven and humane cost-effective methods.
The White House’s canned response to this petition, signed by thousands of American citizens, was authored, not by a White House policy official, but rather by BLM Director Bob Abbey - the very individual responsible for the mismanagement of the federal Wild Horse and Burro Program, which is the subject of the petition.
In unveiling the “We the People” initiative, the White House promised “a new way to petition the Obama Administration” and that “White House staff will review” the issue. However, there was nothing new in the response. The White House merely delivered the old familiar BLM rhetoric that has been used for the past several years to rationalize the agency’s mismanagement and waste of tax dollars. Included is the touting of a “new strategy” that is being implemented despite the receipt of tens of thousands of public comments opposing the majority of the strategy’s components.
Had we, the people who signed the petition, wanted a response from the BLM, we would have written to the BLM. Or better yet, since the response is just a cut-and-paste of BLM propaganda, we could have read it on the agency’s website and saved ourselves the considerable time and effort it took to log into the White House’s website and sign the petition!
President Obama, you have the full authority to reform the federal wild horse and burro program and could do so with one telephone call to YOUR Secretary of the Interior. The fact that the White House didn’t even take the time to review this petition is a slap in the face to the American citizens who believed in the President’s promise that their concerns would be seriously considered. As a result, we are left to conclude that the entire “We the People” website is little more than a re-election campaign gimmick.
I conclude this letter with a final plea for President Obama’s attention to this issue and a request for a meeting with White House staff to discuss badly needed reform. To such a meeting, The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign would bring wild horse and range experts to discuss the humane, cost-effective solutions, which have already been proposed but continue to be ignored by the BLM and Mr. Abbey.
It’s time that President Obama intervened in this issue to fulfill his promise for hope and change for the future.
I await your prompt response.
YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AT (202) 456-1414 TO EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE AT THE SHOCKING DECEPTION PERPETRATED BY THE “WE-THE-PEOPLE” PETITION WEBSITE CREATED BY THE WHITE HOUSE.
FOR BEST RESULTS, IN ADDITION TO THE LETTER, SEND FAXES WITH YOUR MESSAGES OF SHOCK AND OUTRAGE. THE FAX NUMBER TO THE WHITE HOUSE IS: (202) 456-2461CLICK HERE FOR FREE FAX LINK. YOU MAY FAX FROM YOUR COMPUTER. YOU DO NOT NEED A FAX MACHINE. YOU DO NOT NEED A CREDIT CARD.