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President Obama, Vice President Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice ENRD, Secretary Salazar, Bureau of Land Management, and Congress Members:

Since the Bureau of Land Management issued its 2010 plan to capture 12,000 wild horses and burros, citizens worldwide have implored U.S. government officials to intervene.

I understand BLM's roundup of 200 horses in Utah's Confusion Mountains has, in fact, been suspended while an Environmental Assessment measures the impact of seizing all but 60-100 horses from this 225,000-acre public area. I thank any officials behind this postponement, which lasts until July.

Still, in Nevada's Calico Mountains, BLM helicopters have charged 424 horses into holding pens as of 1/6/10. Though the rush took place in subzero temperatures, horses fled till bathed in sweat. This moisture can freeze on their hide and lead to respiratory illness. At least two horses have already died. Photographer Kurt Golgart unwittingly conveyed the horses' fear in his image published in NY Times. With bulging eyes, the horses snort steam from their noses that forms white puffs in the frigid air.

Please initiate a moratorium on all wild horse and burro removals. These assaults must be suspended until the U.S. Department of Justice fully investigates BLM and humane management tactics are employed.

Taxpayer-funded harassment is not "management." Chasing terrified horses over miles of jagged landscape is neither fiscally nor ethically responsible. Yet the Calico Complex roundup continues for 30 more days, with BLM in pursuit of 2,000 horses left on the range.

If the Obama Administration's BLM fulfills what the Bush Admin began, 12,000 wild horses and burros will be stampeded into compounds, along with the 35,000 already confined. BLM's stockpiled horses would actually outnumber those left on Western ranges. Because the agency cannot adopt out this many horses, some will wind up with "killer-buyers," trucked to foreign kill floors.

I urge the White House and Congress to advocate passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act (ROAM) that renews protections originally granted in 1971. Passage of this bill would keep these magnificent creatures on public, Western rangelands.

In the short term, please immediately suspend the reckless seizure of America's last wild horse and burro herds.

Thank you,

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Calico Complex Roundup, Dec. 28 thru Feb 2010
Official photo released by BLM brings controversy to photographer Kurt Golgart

1/4/10: This week's "gather" of some 2,500 wild horses from Nevada's Calico Mountains marked the Bureau of Land Management's latest bungle to "balance natural resources." If you look into the eyes of the horses corralled in a subzero chill and bathed in sweat that freezes to their hide you see terror. Their ears tilt forward and their eyes bulge. They blow so hard, white puffs of steam hang in the frigid air. These are traumatized animals who do not quickly settle, as the BLM misleadingly tells the public.

PHOTOS: Horses running; Horses in pen - Photography by Craig C. Downer 1/2/10; Captured horses in extreme cold - Photo by Kurt Golgart/Bureau of Land Management as publishedin NY Times. More photos + read about stallion Freedom's struggle to rejoin his family of 8 adult mares and 2 colts.
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