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LRTC Position Statement, Antelope Complex Gather / Pickens’ Project

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 17, 2011


Message to: Robert Abbey, Director, BLM
From: Willis Lamm, LRTC
Date:  January 15, 2010
Subject:  Position Statement, Antelope Complex Gather / Madeleine Pickens’ Project

Dear Bob,

Please find attached a “preview” copy of our position statement relating to Madeleine Pickens’ project and the Antelope Complex gather.  A hard copy is being mailed to your office.
In summation we support the proposal to reschedule the Antelope Complex gather in order to take advantage of Mrs. Pickens’ “Saving America’s Mustangs” facility that is presently under construction.  I have been informed that this facility, adjacent to the Antelope Complex, is expected to be ready to receive horses in time for a fall gather.
Aside from the obvious issues involving gather safety and the cost savings and transportation safety benefits from not having to ship wild horses great distances, it is my expectation that utilizing Mrs. Pickens’ program in such a manner should encourage more stakeholders and parties of interest to participate in collaborative rather than confrontational activities.  If Mrs. Pickens’ option can better protect horses and at the same time reduce program costs, this is an idea that definitely warrants consideration.
Please have someone seriously explore the feasibility of rescheduling the gather and engaging Mrs. Pickens’ organization in time to adjust your gather schedule should the idea be workable.  If such a plan cannot be implemented, please explain the reasons to the advocates and stakeholders.  However I see here a significant opportunity to motivate additional “constructive players” to become involved in addressing our wild horse issues and as you know, I hate to waste any opportunity.

Best regards,

Willis Lamm, LRTC

LRTC Position Statement Antelope Complex January 2011

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5 Responses to “LRTC Position Statement, Antelope Complex Gather / Pickens’ Project”

  1. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WRITING YOUR LETTER TO ABBEY AND I PRAY IT DOES CARRY SOME WEIGHT WITH MR. ABBEY. A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO THAT THE BLM HAS PUT THE ROUNDUP OFF UNTIL THE FALL.

  2. Linda Horn said

    Willis, very good letter! For heaven’s sake, if the WH&BP is sincere about wanting to save money, this would be the perfect place to start, and good PR all the way around. Did I read Madeleine wants to have processing facilities on her property? If so, it would be so much easier on the horses to have a single trip vs. what they’re forced to endure now.

    And when Ms. Pickens does things, she does ’em up right. I bet her “Adoption Events” would be nothing short of legendary!

    I’ve often wondered if one of the stumbling blocks to approving her proposal is opposition by those who already make multiple millions from Long Term Holding. I could only find 2000-2009/1st quarter, but it shocked me that so much money has gone to so few vendors – specifically those in Oklahoma and Kansas. It’s hard to believe they would welcome a new player to “their” turf!

  3. Jan said

    and look at the money spent for gathers – that family that run the helicopters – do you think they want to give up such a lucative business from the blm – i doubt it – to them rounding up wild horses is a very profitable business – just a business to them – with no thought to the lives they are destroying by separating family groups.

  4. Barbara Steele said

    Good letter–guess the only problem is that it makes too much sense!

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