11th Hour For California's Wild Burros And Horses

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Originally Posted: 20 September 2009

11th Hour For California's Wild Burros And Horses

From Kinship Circle

Contact President Obama, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer to intervene and stop The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing what has been called "America's Summer of the Wild Horse and Burro Wipe-Out."

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
The White House / 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW / Washington, DC 20500
comments: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000
switchboard: 202-456-1414; fax: 202-456-2461
contact forms: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/,

Senator Diane Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building / Washington, D.C. 20510
ph: 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954
contact form: http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe

Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building / Washington, D.C. 20510
ph: 202-224-3553; fax: 202-224-0454
contact form: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm


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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.

Dear President Obama, Senator Feinstein, and Senator Boxer:

The Bureau of Land Management has been on a rampage many call "America's Summer of the Wild Horse and Burro Wipe-Out."

BLM has misused the Wild Horse and Burro Program for years, managing for extinction rather than preservation. Instead of protecting our beloved wild horse and burro herds, BLM caves to pressure from special interests such as big game hunting, mining, oil drilling, development, and ranching.

On September 29, 2009, BLM will permanently erase California's last wild burro herds from the Mojave Natural Preserve -- unless you stop it.

Since last month alone, BLM eliminated 12 horse herds, along with 1.6 million acres of legally designated land in Ely, Nevada. These historical bloodlines are lost forever. In Wyoming, BLM seized 300 horses. In Challis, Idaho, a roundup of 400 horses left six dead and six foals orphaned.

BLM recently reduced Cloud's Herd, famously documented on PBS Nature series, to 120 horses -- too few for genetic viability. And they removed the herd's "elders," horses crucial to herd survival.

But BLM is not finished. In upcoming weeks, 270 wild horses will vanish from Caliente, Nevada. Over 200 others will be confiscated from ranges in Idaho, 450 in Tobin, Nevada, nearly 500 in Oregon, and 650 in California. Wyoming's Red Desert Complex will lose 700 wild horses, including 250 foals.

Taxpayers shell out an annual $25 to $49 million to sustain more than 30,000 captured wild horses and burros in federal compounds. Despite BLM denial, it is believed surplus American horses are commonly sold to "killer buyers" and shipped to foreign slaughterhouses.

During these hard economic times, the fiscally responsible solution is to return the 19 million acres that BLM illegally stole from these animals and manage herds on the land, not in holding pens.

Please call for an immediate stop to removal of wild burro herds in the Mojave Desert on 9/29/09. I hope you will do everything within your power to terminate more roundups and hold BLM and DOI accountable for their non-compliance with laws meant to shield our treasured herds.

President Obama's administration promised government transparency and accountability. I call upon you to fulfill that promise with the Bureau of Land Management, an agency that acts as a law unto itself.


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