From Skydog Sanctuary’s plea due to all of the recent roundups. To read the original story, click here.
I know that a lot of people contact us to ask what they can do to help wild horses stay free and we all feel pretty helpless as we watch roundup after roundup and the thousands of wild horses in holding pens getting bigger never smaller. BUT there is solution, there are things to fight for, because as the BLM has proven for decades, roundups and holding are NOT the answer.
If you watched our film about Goliath, Red Lady and their new baby Bodhi please take the time to read this page and take action to help all the other horses who were not as lucky and still languish in steel pens across the American West or are at risk of being rounded up by the BLM in the near future.
This is one family saved and reunited but on that day 2,000 wild horses were robbed of their freedom and are in BLM holding pens still separated from all they love and know.
Here’s what YOU can do to help today
RIGHT NOW there is a disastrous Cattlemen’s/ASPCA/HSUS plan making its way through congress that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade. No wild horse advocate should ever agree to or support a plan to manage wild horses on the range to low AML and we should always keep fighting for those figures to be raised, for there to be less cattle and sheep on public lands and a better deal for our horses and burros who are given such a thin slice of the public lands mixed-use pie.
This plan is called ‘the path forward’ and it will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill and they are asking for six million dollars to kick it off. That money would also be the money used to pay for spay experiments on our beautiful Warm Springs horses in Burns BLM if that plan gets the green light.
Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed on the range, not warehoused and sterilized at tax-payer expense .
Be their voice and call your senators today.
Find your senators’ phone numbers here or dial 202-224-3121 and simply ask for them by name and you will be connected. Please where possible make the call as emails are easy to ignore and delete.
If your Senator is on the list below and is on the appropriations committee it is even more crucial to call !!
Senator Udall (D-New Mexico): (202) 224-6621
Senator Merkley (D-Oregon): (202) 224-3753
Senator Gardner (R-Colorado): (202) 224-5941
Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nevada): (202) 224-3542
Senator Rosen (D-Nevada): (202) 224-6244
Senator Feinstein (D-California): (202) 224-3841
Senator Harris (D-California): (202) 224-3553
Senator Collins (R-Maine): (202) 224-2523
Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska): (202) 224-6665
Here is a clear, simple script to use when you call:
Hi my name is ……………………(say your name) and I live in ………………..(town) Please ask Senator ………………… (say your senator’s name) to OPPOSE funding in the FY20 Interior Appropriations Bill for a Cattlemen’s/ASPCA plan to roundup and warehouse over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands over the next 10 years. We need oversight into the BLM as they are failing our wild horses. Thank you for your time.
Please be polite and courteous. We want to represent wild horse lovers as reasonable and rational people so it;’s best to keep emotion out of the call and be professional.
Speak up on Social Media.
We want to target the senators on the Senate Appropriations Committe also – use social media to make your feelings heard to them
Twitter: Send your own tweet to the individual Senators on the Appropriations Committee listed below telling them : “Support keeping America’s horses on the range, wild and free. Path Forward will destroy America’s wild horses and burros. Please OPPOSE funding for this proposal in FY20 Approps bill.”
Facebook: Write a comment on the Senators page asking them to : Please OPPOSE funding in FY20 Interior Appropriations Bill for ‘the path forward’ which would roundup and warehouse over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands over the next 10 years.
Here are some of Skydog’s alternatives to roundups and holding pens
Plus some ideas to be implemented for the humane care of wild horses managed by the BLM ——> Let’s stop focusing on the problem endlessly and move into the SOLUTIONS:
Raise unnaturally low AML’s for wild horses and burros in areas where the range can sustain higher numbers of equines ;
Stop Wildlife Services killing natural predators in BLM HMA’s ;
Reduce Livestock grazing on lands designated for wild horses. The BLM can reduce conflicts with livestock grazing by offering grazing buyouts or compensations for reduced grazing
Restore the millions of acres of lost wild horse rangeland and RETURN wild horses in holding to Herd Management Areas and Herd Areas given to them legally;
Design individual plans for each HMA based on science and research.
Enlist local volunteers to monitor and document herds so we have accurate figures of horses in the wild. As well as photograph family bands for people to reunite them;
Provide shade and shelter for mustangs in short term holding facilities ;
Stop helicopter roundups for good – use bait traps only – then use the millions of dollars saved by stopping this brutal practice, on getting the horses they already have adopted into good homes ;
Use fertility vaccines in the field to slow population growth and prevent further roundups until all the horses currently in short term holding are adopted;
Use social media and the internet to promote adoptions with more information about horses and burros immediately as they come off the range;
Open up access to private BLM facilities to give more horses a chance to be adopted out of them;
Take better precautions when transporting wild horses to adoption events and exposing them to diseases like strangles.
Have better oversight of deaths and injuries in the BLM corrals and better training for wranglers to prevent such injury.
These are all practical and effective methods that could be implemented to help our wild horses stay on the range, get back on the range, be treated better during roundups and in holding……why aren’t any of them being used ?
Whenever I get overwhelmed with sadness I go out and spend time with Goliath’s family and it gives me the strength to keep fighting for all the rest. They heal me. This is a long battle but sometimes we have to stop and rejoice in the small victories, before getting right back to work for these horses. We for one won’t stop until things change. We feel as though we are building an army right now and that is powerful. One day soon we are going to rise up and say ENOUGH.
It is important to remember the devotion and kindness, the love and deep bonds these horses make. Deeper than the ocean and higher than the mountains they live under. This is real love without bounds that deserves to be honored and protected and fought for. Goliath and Red Lady are our inspiration to keep fighting and hope you will all never give up working to protect them.
BE A VOICE FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS AND LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW YOU LOVE OUR WILD HORSES WILD AND MANAGED ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS. LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU WILL VOTE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE AFFORDED THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY DESERVE AND BEEN AFFORDED. CONSTANT ROUNDUPS AND HOLDING ARE NOT THE SOLUTION…….
Who you can Contact
Find your Senators and Representative: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
President Trump: https://whitehouse.gov | 202-456-1111
Vice President Pence: https://whitehouse.gov | 202-456-1111
Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt : email@example.com | 202-208-3100
Acting Director of BLM, Brian Steed: 202-208-3801
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue: 202-720-2791
Thank you as always for bringing critical issues forward. I would also like to alert people that there is a heavily politicized (by cattlemen, of course) “reality” show carried on the rural satellite tv channels called the “Wild Spayed Filly Futurity.” This program promotes, with large purse monies, training of wild “spayed” filies. Training and rehoming wild horses – generally a good thing, right? That is until you realize that, counting the minutes of televised content, over half is devoted to the so-called “experts” (ranchers, cowboys and cowboy wannabees) assuring viewers that this futurity came about because the “vast herds of continually reproducing” wild horses have completely taken over and obliterated the entire spectrum of the rangelands of the west, complete with utter destruction (their words) of riparian zones and having devoured every single blade of grass are now “starving” and “no one wants them unless they are captured, “spayed” (spoiler alert: the BLM plan), adopted out or just plain shot (oh yes, they are even promoting the – “save them by killing them” idea). All of course, they say, at taxpayer expense which levels the Futurity has inflated beyond believability – especially considering the quantifiable metrics of the BLM’s welfare ranching expense to taxpayers! Contacting the rural tv channels that carry this propaganda to protest it would likely do no good because those are the same channels that also promote raising better crops via genetic engineering and more and more “chemistry” and monoculture. Nevertheless, if people want to express their concerns, the channels are in the broadcast group whose slogan is “rural America’s most important” network.