Target: Don Simpson, State Director of Wyoming Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Urge the Bureau of Land Management to ensure the protection of wild horses during an upcoming natural gas project.
A recently proposed gas drilling project in Rawlins, Wyoming, is raising eyebrows due to its disruption of wild horse habitats. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition that includes advocacy groups like In Defense of Animals, and its partner The Cloud Foundation are spearheading an effort to ensure that wild horses within the proposed drilling area are protected. Sign the petition and urge the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to protect the state’s wild horse population.
Wild horses, activists point out, are an important natural and cultural symbol in Wyoming. Furthermore, the government is required by law to protect wild horse populations, a fact that seems to have fallen by the wayside as the gas drilling project progresses. Although the BLM has not yet approved the plan, which would be jointly undertaken by BP American Production, Anadarko Petroleum, Devon Energy, and other large gas companies, activists are concerned about the scheme’s impact on horse populations since the drilling areas would criss-cross public lands, many of which are home to wild horses.
Many people are concerned that the BLM is not paying enough attention to the importance of preserving horse habitats in the face of new development. “It is disturbing that the [BLM] includes livestock as a resource to be protected, but excludes wild horses,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the AWHPC. “Once again, we must remind the agency that it has a legal mandate to protect wild horses, while livestock grazing on our public lands, on the other hand, is entirely discretionary.”
Add your voice to those advocating for the protection of America’s wild horses. Sign the petition and urge the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management to stand up for Wyoming’s wild horse populations.
Dear Mr. Simpson,
Wild horses are an American icon, both naturally and culturally, and must be protected. As it stands now, the gas drilling plan proposed by BP American Production, Anadarko Petroleum, Devon Energy, and other companies poses a serious threat to wild horse populations across Wyoming. I urge you to reconsider the plan, and to ensure that no matter what happens there are measures in place to protect the wild horse population and lessen the project’s impact on their natural habitat.
Activist groups like the American Wild Horse Preservation Coalition and the Cloud Foundation have already submitted their recommendations for ensuring the protection of wild horse populations. Such measures include “[a] prohibition on drilling in designated wild horse habitat areas; [a] reduction or elimination of livestock grazing in any wild horse areas affected by the large-scale gas drilling operation; [and the] establishment of a Wild Horse Protection Fund in the amount of $15 million to mitigate impacts on wild horses and ensure quality and adequate habitat and water sources for the wild free-roaming herds in the area.”
I urge you to take these recommendations to heart and to do all you can to protect wild horses, which are such vital parts of Wyoming’s past and present. Please help ensure that they are a part of its future as well.
[Your Name Here]
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