BLM Captures 74 Mustangs on First Day of Roundup

Even as protesters lined the entrances to several conservation areas and last minute petitions were being sent to government agencies, the mass capture of 2,500 wild mustangs in the northern part of Nevada began on Monday, December 28, 2009.

 

The project which is led by the Bureau of Land Management is expected to take up to two-months and is the largest wild horse roundup in recent years.  On the first day, 74 wild mustangs were rounded up without incident.

 

The goal of the BLM is to move horses from five federally managed areas in the Calico Mountains and place the older ones in long-term holding corrals in the Midwest while adopting the younger horses to individuals. 

 

The BLM said the roundup is necessary because there are five times as many horses living on the 850 miles of land than it can handle.  They reported that the overpopulated area could become “unlivable to wildlife and livestock within four years.”

 

However, the real objective for this roundup may be to save the federal government some money.  When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar first announced his intentions to implement the mass capture in October, he reported that the cost to maintain the horses was becoming a strain on the government and that unless they were rounded up there might be a need to kill them.

 

That set animal activist organizations like Care2 members into motion to stop the roundup. In recent week’s petitions have been sent to stop the mass capture or at the very least make it a humane effort. 

 

The animal advocate group, In Defense of Animals even initiated a lawsuit to protect the horses.

 

In addition to being angry about the government’s underlying intention for the program, activists are worried about the inhumane method used to capture the mustangs.  BLM uses two helicopters to drive the horses down from the mountain where they live and into corrals.  In the past, this technique was so traumatic for the horses that it sent many into a panic which ultimately ended with injuries and several deaths.

 

Activist Elyse Gardner told the L.A. Times, “It’s a brutal process no matter how they do it. Legs get broken, horses get sick, foals can’t keep up and get separated from their mothers.”  Horses with broken legs are typically euthanized.

 

The groups also contend that if BLM waited a few more weeks, the horses would move themselves to lower ground to get out of the snow in the mountains and the roundup would be a safer procedure.

 

Furthermore, activist groups are worried about the quality of care these horses will receive once they are corralled. Mustangs and burros from previous roundups haven’t faired very well.  And advocates question BLM’s claim about adopting the animals.  The facility in Reno is already full to capacity with adoptable horses that can’t find new homes and the idea of adding more horses will only make matters worse. 

 

In Defense of Animals has called the whole process illegal.

 

Their lawyer, William Spriggs said, “The BLM’s policy of mass removal and stockpiling of horses was never authorized by Congress when it protected these iconic animals in 1971 as an important part of our national heritage.”

 

Erik Petersen, a lawyer who represents the BLM countered with, “The roundup is needed because more than 3,100 horses and burros crowd the Calico Mountain Complex in northwestern Nevada — about five times as many horses as the land can handle. Removing the animals also will help preserve the ‘endangered and rapidly disappearing’ rangeland where they live.”

 

Animal advocates are still hoping that their views will be heard by the Obama administration and that a moratorium on the roundup will be called. On Sunday 30 protesters gathered in the southern part of Nevada and more protests are planned later this week in San Francisco, Chicago and Denver. 

 

If you would like to help save the wild mustangs in Nevada link to the following Care2 petition:http:Save the Wild Horses  

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213 comments

Sheila G.
Sheila G9 years ago

it did work for me, Brenda, the one you sent in message, signed, gf
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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

This one should work. Please help me stop these people!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/7/calling-for-the-resignation-salazar-kekennethlee

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

www.thepetitionsite.com/.../calling-for-the-resignation-salazar-kekennethlee -
Please try this. There is something very wrong going on here. I keep trying to get the URL showing and it keeps not taking

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

URL: http://my.care2.com/excalibur2009

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago


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brenda h9 years ago


If anyone is interested in my petition:

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

I tryed to get my petition out here for you folks to see. If you want to get Ken Salazar and the BLM taken care of this petition needs your signature. Please go to care2 Petition site and read the whole petition. I personally can not understand why as many people as there are trying to stop this outrageeous dispay of abuse of power and I haave requested signatures from has not signed. Its all good and well to get on a blog and talk about how offal something is, but that is done as soon as it is printed. We have got to get Ken Salazar and the BLM investigated. The Round up stopped and those poor abused horses and burros reliesed.

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Geological Survey, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies overseen by the Interior Department.

Several prominent environmentalist groups are wary of Salazar, noting his strong ties with the coal and mining industries. Kieran Suckling, executive director of Center for Biological Diversity, which tracks endangered species and habitat issues states "He [Ken Salazar] is a right-of-center Democrat who often favors industry and big agriculture in battles over global warming, fuel efficiency and endangered species, yes I can see where this would fall into his pledge. Now what was that pledge again, oh yeh:suport for our land, our water, our people.

On March 6, 2009 Salazar agreed to move forward with the Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List in Montana and Idaho,

On May 9, 2009, Salazar announced the upholding of a Bush-era policy that prevents the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions via the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a policy he pledged to reevaluate when he took office in January. The policy states that, despite the apparent negative impact global warming has on polar bears, an endangered species, greenhouse gasses cannot be regulated with the ESA. Salazar stated in a conference call announcing the decision that "The single greatest threat to the polar bear is th

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brenda h.
brenda h9 years ago

Calling for the resignation Salazar KennethTarget:President ObamaSponsored by: Brenda HixenbaughWe the under signed, do respectfully demand the resignation or termination of the now United States Secretary of Interior; Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar. His track record speaks volumes as to his being the wrong person to hold this powerful office. An office entrusted with looking out for the best interest of these lands and the wildlife that is on it. Well lets take a look at his track record :
"Throughout his career, Senator Salazar has campaigned on a pledge of support for 'our land, our water, our people. So lets see if that pledge holds true with his actions.

2005:n 2005, Salazar voted against increasing fuel-efficiency standards (CAFE) for cars and trucks, a vote that the League of Conservation Voters notes is anti-environment. In the same year, Salazar voted against an amendment to repeal tax breaks for ExxonMobil and other major petroleum companies. I guess he was looking out for someone, but I wouldn't say it was the land, wildlife or the people.

In 2006, Salazar voted to end protections that limit off-shore oil drilling in Florida's Gulf Coast
2007:In 2007, Salazar was one of only a handful of Democrats to vote against a bill that would require the United States Army Corps of Engineers to consider global warming when planning water projects.

The Senate confirmed Salazar's nomination by voice vote on January 20,
2009, shortly after Obama was sworn in as Presiden

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Sheila G.
Sheila G9 years ago

all those petitions, Cassie, along with all the letter writing campaigns, the call in campaigns, yet it is still happening. there is no action to support this roundup like you see action against it, yet it continues, so this all tells me that money talks.
life is no big deal when it comes to someones filthy money, don't stand in their way, they will do what they need to do to have what they want, and if that means taking life, then that is what they do.

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