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  • American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign Statement in Response to BLM’s Capture of Wild Horses in Southern Utah
    by Suzanne Roy, wildhorsepreservation.org
    Published - 05/06/14 - 09:11 AM | 7 7 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - In response to news that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had captured and removed eight wild horses from public lands in southwestern Utah, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition of more than 60 organizations, issued the following statement:

    “It is unfortunate that the BLM is caving to pressure from ranchers in southwestern Utah and rounding up wild horses from public lands there. The preservation of wild horses on our western public lands is strongly supported by the American public while livestock grazing on public lands is not.

    We call on the BLM and the state of Utah to exert leadership to resolve the conflicts with ranchers who view wild horses as competition for cheap grazing on public lands. This is a solve-able issue. Wild horses range on just one-tenth of the BLM land available for livestock grazing in Utah. There are 3,000 wild horses in the state – that’s one horse per more than 700 acres of land.

    In the Bible Springs Complex, which is at issue in Iron County, the wild horse population estimates appear to be wildly exaggerated. BLM’s projected population of 777 wild horses is a 41 percent increase over the agency’s 2013 estimates, something that is biologically impossible and contradicted by the BLM’s own claims that range conditions are deteriorating to the point that horses have died as a result. Even if true, a population of one horse per 229 acres cannot be considered overpopulation, particularly when twice as many livestock are still authorized to graze on the same public lands.

    The solutions to the wild horse challenge are at hand, yet BLM continues to ignore them. The National Academy of Sciences warned that BLM’s practice of removing large numbers of wild horses from the range was fueling higher population growth and that ‘continuation of business as usual practices will be expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves.’ The prestigious scientific body was clear that available birth control is a more affordable option than continuing to remove horses to long-term holding facilities. Yet the agency is capitulating to radical ranchers by proposing to remove more horses from the range and failing to use birth control as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. This just continues the same broken approach to wild horse management that is costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually and robbing our iconic wild horses of their families, their freedom and their lives.”

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    Shannon - Colorado
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    May 08, 2014
    It is time for ranchers to start paying their way. The use of public lands for grazing is not a right. Ranchers should not be using these lands instead of their own acreage. These lands are being impacted strongly by the drought due to the over grazing by thousands of head of cattle and sheep not horses. My family pays their own way we do not use tax payer owned public land to make our living off the back of others. The BLM is mandated by law to remove cattle and sheep when conditions dictate such as a drought. Instead we make less then 1000 horses the villian. This is not the United States that I want to live in where money trumps all ethics and greed wins. Enforce the Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act 1971 as written not as the cattle associations dictate.
    anonymous
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    May 07, 2014
    the horse advocates are a worthless waste of the taxpayers money lying bastards.. just saying
    Barbara Leonard
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    May 07, 2014
    Have to agree with penny Z.....the BLM and the damn welfare cattle and their owners (welfare ranchers) are the worthless ones. Boycott beef!!!!
    Marcie Perskin
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    May 07, 2014
    Im w/ Barbara on this one the problem is the BLM its cronies The Blood Money

    Poor Cattle are in the Middle

    BLM Must Go !

    penny Z
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    May 06, 2014
    the BLM is a worthless waste of the taxpayers money lying bastards.. just saying
    Marcie Perskin
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    May 07, 2014
    Penny Z ~ Right On !

    You Know what we are dealing w/ Above

    Ban The BLM and Eradicate Horse Slaughter

    `FOREVER ! ~



    Margaret channing
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    May 07, 2014
    That is hilarious. Do you believe in fairies too? Ban the management of horses, and ban horse slaughter? That is a recipe for disaster. What kind of life do you live where you think it is a good idea to protect feral horses, and any market that might use them?
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