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Bureau of Land Management
National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260

ATTN: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147
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U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Office of Public Affairs
1849 C St NW, #5655 MIB; Washington, DC 20240
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U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Senators, and Representative:

I understand the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board convened on 11/17/08 to consider the fate of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

The BLM has angered citizens worldwide by depleting 19.4 million acres once allotted to wild horses. The roundup of thousands of animals in eight years alone has thinned viable herds to all but a scattering.

In their place, millions of privately held cows graze on public rangelands. Oil and gas drilling leases squeeze out wild herds as well.

Contrary to BLM misinformation, the public now realizes: Wild herds are not overpopulated. They do not require mass "rescue" and relocation to government compounds, only to be slaughtered because BLM captures more animals than it can adopt out.

Fortunately, Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, has stepped forward to adopt not only 2,000 healthy mustangs set for immediate slaughter, but also some 30,000 other horses and burros trapped in federal holding pens. Considering the couple's crusade to shut down the last U.S. equine slaughter plant, along with their aid for animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina — they may just be the heroes who help BLM save face.

Clearly, the present system does not work. At the root of the debate is a law that allows euthanasia and a national outcry against it.

For over 30 years, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971 preserved "wild free-roaming horses and burros," as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." The law mandates horses be "considered…an integral part of the system of public lands." Yet, this same law directs the government to maintain "appropriate management levels."

I strongly urge BLM to integrate non-violent methods — such as range expansion in conjunction with the National Park Service and intensified contraception programs. In addition, property owners who permit wild horses on their grounds ought to receive tax incentives.

The BLM is tasked to monitor federal lands that belong to all Americans. This agency and the U.S. Congress should heed overwhelming opposition to death. Please release wild horses and burros to some of the 19.4 million-acre range they once roamed.

Thank you,
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•  BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
•  BLM Wants To Kill Wild Horses
•  Lost Thunder: BLM Preparing to Execute 30,000 Wild Horses
•  Wild horse advocates decry government proposal to euthanize symbol of American freedom
•  Wild horse advocates decry euthanasia option

PHOTO: Wild horses gathered from the Fox & Lake Herd Management Area in near Empire, Nev., wait in a pen.
Horse advocates decry euthanasia option


A Dramatic Rescue for Doomed Wild Horses of the West

The unwanted horses seemed destined for death... The Bureau of Land Management knew that euthanasia was a legal alternative, but officials were proceeding slowly, afraid of an intense public outcry. The wild horses had become too expensive to maintain, and cattlemen argued that turning them loose would be a drain on the already scarce grazing lands of the West.

Then (11/17/08), at a public hearing in Reno, Nevada...Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens... Madeleine Pickens is looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses.

She is working with the BLM staff to adopt the horses, said Henri Bisson, the bureau's deputy director, while the agency persuades Congress to shift $20 million in funding to feed and protect the horses now in captivity for another year. As backup to Pickens's offer, he said, two other groups, both animal rescue organizations, have expressed similar interest in adoption. "We are very hopeful that euthanasia won't be necessary this year," he said.

News that Pickens and others intend to adopt wild horses and burros was celebrated by animal rights groups; several were preparing legal challenges to prevent the government from putting the horses to death... MORE
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