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ASPCA Press Release, July 13, 2010 – USA: Speak Up Against Inhumane Wild Horse Roundups!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 14, 2010


 

U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Roundups
ASPCA Position: Oppose
Action Needed: Call the White House today at (202) 456-1111 to notify the Obama Administration of your opposition to the cruel wild horse roundups currently underway in the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again! On the second weekend of July, it started rounding up more than 1,200 federally protected wild horses on public lands in Nevada. The use of helicopters to run the terrified horses over miles of scorching desert resulted in serious injuries and several horse deaths—in fact, it was been such a public relations disaster that the roundup was temporarily suspended after only one day. However, it could resume at any time.

Due to intense outcry regarding the BLM’s handling of wild horses, the agency several months ago drafted new strategies for managing these animals and invited the public to comment via its website. But instead of waiting until the comment period is over to hear what the American public has to say, BLM officials decided to go forward with these cruel and brutal “gathers” in the blistering heat of summer. Your help is needed now to stop this inhumane roundup and a whole series of additional gathers scheduled for the coming weeks.

For background on the BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses, visit our Wild Horses page.

What You Can Do
Call the White House Comment Line today at (202) 456-1111. President Obama needs to hear from you that these inhumane roundups must not go forward if the BLM hopes to retain any credibility with the American public. For the safety of the horses, the current roundup and others scheduled in the peak of the summer must be cancelled immediately.

Here are some talking points to assist you when you call the White House to politely ask President Obama to step in and stop the summer roundups: 

  • Chasing wild horses with helicopters in sweltering desert heat is unacceptable.
  • At least seven horses died in the first 24 hours of the June 10 roundup.
  • Crackdown on public access to observe roundups is unacceptable and flies in the face of the President’s own Memorandum of Transparency and Open Government. 
  • America’s mustangs are cherished internationally as symbols of independence and freedom and protected by an Act of Congress. Yet the BLM’s destructive management policy has reduced their number to a mere 30,000. 
  • The agency warehouses more wild horses in government holding pens and pastures than are left on the range, at a cost to taxpayers expected to exceed $70 million next fiscal year.

Please remember to be polite when you call, and afterward, log your call below. Thank you for speaking up for our nation’s wild horses! 

Make a call to President (D) Barack Obama’s Office

Phone: (202) 456-1111

District Phone:

Log a call to President (D) Barack Obama’s Office

Thank you for your help!

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