The BLM has ramped up the removal of wild horses at a dizzying pace and it is hard trying to keep up with them and comment on all of them (maybe that’s why the BLM waited to the last minute to send out all the press releases about roundups). Below is an open letter to the BLM regarding the Challis Herd Management Area in Idaho.
Mr. Steve Ellis, BLM Idaho State Director Mr. Joe Kraayenbrink, BLM Idaho Falls District manager Mr. Todd Kuck, Challis Field Office Manager Mr. Kevin Lloyd, BLM Rangeland Management Specialist
RE: DOI-BLM-ID-1030-2012-0006-EA Dear Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Kuck, Mr. Kraayenbrink and Mr. Ellis:
I urge you to select Alternative 5, NO ACTION. Also, the proposed Challis Wild Horse gather may be in violation of laws, and the above proposed Preliminary EA gives misleading information to the American public.
On 1.3 Purpose and Need for Action, this EA states this action is needed “to be consistent with the established AML” (Appropriate Management Level) and that this action would “restore a thriving natural ecological balance.”
Actually, your proposed action wouldn’t restore a thriving natural ecological balance. It would do just the opposite, and violate the law. The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, even with amendments, stressed that wild horses are “to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”
1) I believe your proposed action will be creating a non-viable herd. It seems that in the last genetic analysis of the Challis herd, the samples were received by Dr. Gus Cothran September 10, 2002 (about ten years ago), and the report was issued about a year later on September 15, 2003. At that time, on page 3 of Dr. Cothran’s report, 25% had a frequency of less that 0.05, and he stated “This low frequency puts these variants at a high risk of loss.” Will your proposed removal create an even higher risk of loss of not only frequency (putting variants at risk), but also risking variability and viability? Read MORE...
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)