On March 1, thousands of wild horse and burro advocates and concerned citizens will be joining forces to protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar‘s appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
The advisory board is, in theory, supposed to advise the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on ways to manage wild horses and burros on federally designated public land. Unfortunately, the board is made up of individuals who support special interests, not the interests of wild horses and burros, or the interests of the general public.
Callie Hendrickson, who was appointed as a “Public Advocate,” represents ranching interests and is supportive of horses and burros being removed from their rangeland and being sold without limitation, including to kill-buyers for slaughter. She is also pro-horse slaughter, an issue that has consistently remained something the majority of the American public is opposed to.
“The nine-member BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want —a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding,” according to the the Cloud Foundation.
If you don’t want Callie Hendrickson to represent wild horses and burros, or you, please ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to rescind her appointment immediately by calling 202-208-3100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also sign the petition supporting the American Horse Slaughter and Prevention Act, which will ensure that horses are not slaughtered on American soil, which was recently legalized, or abroad for human consumption.
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