"In what could be its most absurd and cynical move yet, the Bureau of Land
Management is partnering with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,
the American Sheep Industry and the Association of National Grasslands
(represented by the Public Lands Council), in a campaign that promotes the
purchase of wild horses and burros by public lands ranchers. View their
joint press release at Beef USA
The very people who lobby tirelessly to remove wild horses from our public
lands at taxpayers’ expense are now urged to purchase these same horses at
bargain basement prices. Ranchers did not want to share their public land
allotments with these horses in the first place; do we really think they
are now going to let them graze these same allotments out of the goodness
of their hearts? Who better than the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
to funnel wild horses to slaughter? In fact, it is disturbing that this
announcement should come on the heels of the USDA's decision to allow horse
slaughter to continue despite Congress overwhelmingly passing an amendment
banning such practice for one fiscal year; the horse slaughter ban was
vehemently opposed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Without independent oversight and incentives to ensure the ranchers will
provide long-term care for these horses, we can’t help but see something
sinister at play and need your help to fight another attempt by the BLM to
dispose of our wild horses by any means available. PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW
to protest this latest maneuver by the BLM and the cattle lobby: voice your
concern and outrage to Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior, Department
of the Interior,1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240 - fax:
We are in the process of investigating all the implications of BLM’s new
campaign. Be sure to check the News Briefs section of the AWHPC site for
further information as we uncover it.
On behalf of the horses, thank you for your support.
The AWHPC Team.
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign "
All I can say is....WTH?!?!
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