Target: The Bureau of Land Management
Goal: End plans to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in Nevada.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada is being sued by activists and conservationists for a plan to capture and castrate thousands of wild horses over the next decade to reduce horse populations. Although the BLM claims this is a necessary step in controlling wild horse populations, critics say the plan is a “scientifically unsound, controversial, untested and radical” approach to managing stallions and violates federal law.
BLM spokeswoman JoLynn Worley claims this project is another way to preserve rangelands and the native wildlife; the agency says wild horse populations are putting both of these at risk.
As reported in The Huffington Post, the plan is to remove almost 2,000 wild horses from the Pancake Complex, a holding center for horses, and castrate 200 of them over the next 6 to 10 years. The Pancake Complex lacks the sufficient space to hold all the animals it wishes to castrate at once, which is why the timeline for this castration plan is spread out. The BLM wishes to reduce the Complex’s horse population from 2,200 to 370 horses during this time.
While the BLM claims it is acting in the best interests of the farmlands and wildlife, activists maintain that the agency’s continued removal of wild horses has resulted in the stockpiling of horses in holding centers, at the cost of taxpayers. Right now there are 41,000 horses in holding facilities versus 33,000 free horses.
Furthermore, while wild horses have been consistently removed from public lands and kept in holding facilities, cattle and sheep populations continue to roam free without hindrance. It would seem that the BLM is acting in the best interests of the livestock industry, which has no regard for wild horses.
In the Associated Press, Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation, stated, “the agency’s policy of destroying America’s wild horse herds for the benefit of the livestock industry must come to an end.” Decades of “mismanagement” must be stopped.
Please sign below to save the wild mustang populations in Nevada and all across the Western United States.
Dear Bureau of Land Management,
Castrating hundreds of wild horses across Nevada is not a responsible way to manage horse populations. This plan is untested and not backed by scientific evidence or data of any kind.
The argument that these wild horses are destroying public lands is also unsubstantiated. While wild horse numbers are in the thousands, for instance, cattle numbers are estimated in the millions. It is not logical to blame horses for the wildlife devastation.
Instead of acting on behalf of the livestock industry and giving the open land to cattle ranchers, wild horses ought to be allowed to live on public lands – in their natural habitat – without interference or possibility of being captured.
Please reconsider the decision to castrate wild stallions and leave wild horse populations in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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