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Wild Horses and BLM's promise of a new day dawning

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  • MorganG 5 years ago

    There's a lot of suspicion about this "reaching out" to the public. As you stated the gathers continue, if this was all that sincere why not a moratorium. Especially in light of the obvious completely erroneous counts done in the Calico Complex which have left the area nearly devoid of horses. Will the opinions actually be given any weight in future decisions or is this just a way to placate the public. Is Salazoo a done deal with nary any room for compromise. If these horses are to be released where would they be released to? Their original range as was the intent of the 1971 Act or on to the East in Midwest into sterile zoo-like existence? A lot of questions and with th past dealings with blm few honest answers.

  • equus5 5 years ago

    The BLM are ready to take the WH&B Program in a "new direction" AFTER they completely annihilate our wild herds? They'll stop "inadvertently" selling wild horses to kill buyers for a buck? Reality check. Any horses left standing will be put in a Salzoo waiting to die. This is just a ruse for them to appear that they're complying with the Senate's call to develop a new long-term plan for WH&B populations by September 30, 2010 - this is why the urgency to wipe out as many wild equines as possible before then. There are two things I hate most about Bob Abbey -- his face. As much as I'd love to believe that the tide is turning and there will finally be a turnaround in the mismanagement of these magnificent animals, I know better and I will never again believe a word the BLM says - at least not in their present form - and I sincerely hope that wild horse and burro advocates do not fall for this fairy tale either. Our wild ones can't afford for us to let our guard down. BLM is counting on it

  • Nancy Babcock 5 years ago

    If Bob Abbey is serious about this "new day and fresh look" at the wild horse and burro program, the first thing he would do is halt the roundups scheduled for 2010, THEN look at the "new day." To continue the BLM rampage of our wild horse and burro herds will bring the herd numbers to a point from which they won't be able to recover--is this Abbey's real intent? Wouldn't that just be a classic BLM move? Do what they want to do (eliminate wild horses from their rightful grazing land), and at the same time, "talk pretty" about how they are going to take a "fresh look"...at what?? The ever increasing millions of corporate ranchers' cattle that do more damage to the range than the handful of horses that are left? Come on.

    Who believes the BLM is actually interested in saving the horses? I would love to be wrong about this. Here's the chance for the BLM to prove their intentions--either halt the roundups now and THEN talk, or don't halt them--and keep "talking pretty"--we'll soon know

  • Cheryl Hanna Pet Rescue Examiner 5 years ago

    I have little faith in the BLM based solely and objectively on their past performance. I question the population numbers the BLM has distributed to the public; I question their motives since grazing animals have somehow, via the discretion of the BLM, become the ecological " heroes" and the wild horses destroy everything. How can that be?
    I question now the need to eliminate the wild horses because of drilling and mining; and again the horses are the enemy of Mother Nature,and let's not speak of the dire consequences that could happen to our environment the way that contest is heading too!
    I question the ridiculous Salazoo plans and how anyone could convince anyone knowing about horses that these wild ones will do better in the East. I do hope Salazar and the BLM come equipped with farrier equipment.
    This is just another lame plan to try and convince the public that our American icons should be run off their natural habitat and allow our country to be destroyed.

  • Laura M. 5 years ago

    This claim that the land would be over grazed etc is largest reason to round up the horses and spend Millions feeding them on some feed lot. Wouldn't it be more cost effective and better for the horses to take the feed to them instead? This 0 reporductive heads he wants to create is Nuts. If the land is being over grazed then GET big corporate Ranchers animals Off it

  • mjwilson4978 5 years ago

    Someday they'll have all the lands and all the horses locked up tight and then they'll be after us, just like they did to the Native American's. Same old calvary just new uniforms.

  • Lisa LeBlanc 5 years ago

    I recently downloaded a map of concurrent & overlapping Herd Management Areas and Grazing Permit Areas in Nevada.
    Guess which is larger?
    And can you guess What overlaps into Where?
    Wild Ones found off the Rez are summarily 'removed'. It's (and you'll please pardon the descent into immaturity) unfair - to expect the Wild Ones to share their range with stock animals but be punished for ranging off their proscribed areas.
    'Cause they shoulda read the MAP...
    I'd like very much to believe this IS the dawn of a new day - because it's important to utilize every avenue for the continued welfare of these animals. I want to keep an open mind, and to hope.
    But, and no offense to Mr. Abbey, his credibility with Advocates is questionable, and with his new responsibilites with Mineral Management, I'd feel a whole lot better if he'd pass this on to someone with a broader mindset- maybe someone with no prior history of dismissing Advocates out of hand.

  • sandra 5 years ago

    I am happy to see i wasn't the only one who smelled a rat. a skunk and a dead fish in the trunk..Without a moratorium on the roundups..this is a meaningless gesture aimed at trying to meet that september deadline before congress..The new day dawning will be a landscape empty of horses..whats left to discuss? where to bury the bones of our horses? Seems to me we need to step up our protests and letters to the white house and our senators.

  • Paula 5 years ago

    We know the real enemy of our wild horses are the cattle conglomerates. The BLM is is just their strong arm. Yes, we need to continue to write and call the White House. Yes, we need to keep up the protests and spread the word about what is happening to all Americans. But the real answer is to hurt these ranching conglomerates. You don't think you can? Yes you can! STOP BUYING BEEF. Period.

  • Maureen B 5 years ago

    I don't want to downplay the message, but that is a gorgeous photo!

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