Target: Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Demand that excess wild horses are not euthanized.
Wild horse populations in the U.S. have been growing for years, and in a new attempt to control the population increase, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has recommended that authorities euthanize “excess” horses. This is a cruel and unacceptable solution to dealing with this problem. If Congress passes this recommendation, many of these wild horses will be destroyed in 2017.
Currently, BLM facilities are underfunded and overrun with over 45,000 surplus wild horses. They have tried to alleviate this crisis by enabling them to be adopted free of charge to those willing to take the animals, but not many people have taken advantage of this offer. This new recommendation calls for euthanasia to be used as a way of dealing with the unwanted horses.
Wild horses are not a native species to the Americas. When there are too many, they can overgraze and make life difficult for native species. Allowing for the overpopulation of the species or for the horses to overtake the land is dangerous. But is killing the horses really the best solution that BLM can develop?
They were introduced by humans and they are a problem that we should address humanely. Attempts could be made to further promote the crisis and the adoption program that is already in place. BLM could also take measures to prevent current horses from reproducing.
For a long time, these horses have been the symbol of the wild, untamable American spirit. These animals deserve more than to be callously disposed of. Sign this petition to tell BLM to retract its current recommendation and help save these animals from being killed.
Dear Director Kornze,
The Bureau of Land Management’s recent recommendation to use euthanasia as a means to control the overflow of wild horses is a poor solution that condemns many horses to death. There are other ways to control this overpopulation crisis, such as increasing grazing land for the horses or controlling the number of horses that reproduce. Killing should not be the answer to this complex problem.
Wild horses do pose a threat to native species and to the environment, but they are a man-made problem that we have the responsibility to fix in a humane manner. Please withdraw this recommendation and find a less cruel way to solve this problem.
[Your Name Here]
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