WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING

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BUT IS THE GOVERNMENT LISTENING?

In a recent article on the plight of our American Wild Horses, particularly in Utah, our elected officials showed their teeth. They have clearly become the governing body for corporations and NOT the American people.

The end of the article is just one of many, many exchanges we have seen that illustrate our point. Scott Beckstead, from the Humane Society of the United States, was chastised for speaking for the American people. We think when the polls show that the American people lean heavily on the side of protection of our wild horses from slaughter or euthanasia (of healthy or unadopted wild horses and burros that have been rounded up and removed from their lands), it is pretty obvious that he CAN in fact be a voice for the majority of Americans. Does Rep. Derrin Owens have a clue how Americans feel? I don’t think our government can speak for the majority anymore!

We have seen the blatant lies of over population, starvation and a mismanagement that created a fiscal crisis for the Bureau of Land Management. These are US Code, Title 18 violations. The push this past year to concrete these lies in the minds of unknowing politicians, to lead our lawmakers to strike out against protection of wild horses and burros, has been a carefully crafted plan laid out by special interest groups.

If you look back over a hundred years to the Sage Brush Rebellion, you can see the step by step plan to gain control over the rest of the American ‘open’ or public lands for corporate use (nearly free). Is there any politician who is listening? Is there one who cares? Is there one who will stand up against the bullies, the militias, the corporations?

Scott Beckstead is one voice that does speak for the majority of Americans, but this article, about a closed door meeting coming up in August, shows without a doubt that our lawmakers do not hear us. “National wild horse forum planned in Utah; Zinke may attend”  They sit in their meetings discussing how they will destroy our wild horses and burros.

 This is the quote from the article that the majority of the American  take issue with: “Beckstead countered that any discussion that turns on broadening the “management tools” for wild horses implies slaughter or euthanasia as an answer, when politicians and land managers should be looking at the number of privately owned cattle on public land.
 
In Utah, he pointed out, there are 22 million acres set aside for cattle for forage, while wild horses graze on 2 million acres.
 
Rep. Derrin Owens, R-Fountain Green, criticized Beckstead’s comments on how Americans feel regarding the ways to manage wild horse populations.
 
“I don’t know where you get the authority to speak on behalf of all the American people,” he said. “I resent that. You don’t have the authority to speak for all American people.”

SHOUT IT TO THE LAWMAKERS BY CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE LISTED BELOW

Senate Appropriations Members:
Alabama: Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (202)-224-6665
Arkansas: John Boozman (202) 224-4843
California: Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Connecticut: Chris Murphy (202) 224-4041
Delaware: Chris Coons (202) 224-5042
Florida: Marco Rubio (202) 224-3041
Hawaii: Brian Schatz (202) 224-3934
Illinois: Richard Durbin (202) 224-2152
Kansas: Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
Louisiana: John Kennedy (202) 228-0447
Maine: Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Maryland: Chris Van Hollen (202) 224-4654
Mississippi: Thad Cochran (202) 224-5054
Missouri: Roy Blunt (202) 224-5721
Montana: Steve Daines & Jon Tester (202) 224-2651 & (202) 224-2644
New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841
New Mexico: Tom Udall (202) 224-6621
North Dakota: John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
Oklahoma: James Lankford (202) 224-5754
Oregon: Jeff Merkley 202) 224-3753
Rhode Island: Jack Reed (202) 224-4642
South Carolina: Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
Tennessee: Lamar Alexander (202) 224-4944
Vermont: Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242
Washington: Patty Murray (202) 224-2621
West Virginia: Joe Manchin & Shelley Moore Capito (202) 224-3954 & (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin 202-224-5653

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4 thoughts on “WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING

  1. WE NEED TO END SLAUGHTER OF ANY HORSE , OUR WILD MUSTANGS NEED TO BE FREE AND NOT PUT IN HOLDING PENS JUST TO BE SLAUGHTERED. THIS IS SO WRONG AND JUST INHUMANE.. LEAVE OUR WILD HORSES ALONE TO BE IN THEIR NATIVE LANDS.

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  2. Is it TIME to Revise the petition to List N.American herds as distinct wildlife population segments?
    Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Greg Sheehan stated ” we need to step up our efforts to quickly diagnose the problems, define recovery actions, and get those (ESA) patients back out into society. Prior to Sheehan’ s appointment the USFWS denied the petition to list OUR Heritage Native wild horse herds.see Petition to List a North American Distinct … – The Wildlife Society ://wildlife.org/…/2015/08/Petition-to-List-Horse.pdf.
    See here where The Petition Submitted to USFWS filed on June 10 2014 was denied. http://www.oregonlive.com/…/us_rejects_plan_to_list…
    As to their special status BLM states “The issue of a wild horse as an invasive species is moot since the 1971 WHBA gave wild free-roaming horses “special” status based on their heritage of assisting man settle the “west” ( May 2003 Proposed Nevada Test and Training Range Resource Management Plan and Final EIS Comment 87, BLM Response, pg. 7
    COURT FINDINGS
    (Mountain States v. Hodel) The court found “ In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife noting that wild horses and burros are no less “wild” animals than are the grizzly bears that roam our national parks and forests
    AND, notably, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also recognized wild horses as native species, explaining that BLM “establishes Appropriate Management Levels (“AMLs”) for populations of native species – including wild horses, burros, and other wildlife – and introduced animals, such as livestock.” In Defense of Animals, et al. v. U.S. Dept. Interior, et al., No. 12-17804, *6 (9th Cir. May 12, 2014) (emphasis added)
    HABITAT SOLUTION The 1976 FLPMA provided for additional habitat as ACECs, which facilitates the need of special management attention. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Area_of_Critical….
    AND the ICING ON THE CAKE is the response from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife ;Karen Miner Environmental Program Manager (Karen.Miner@wildlife.ca.gov) , re: fossil evidence 03-2016 stated “ When and if available scientific information convinces the experts that determine the checklist of native species to North America that Equus caballus should be considered as an indigenous species, they will make the change in the next revision to the list, and then we would take that fact into consideration for inclusion on our state animal lists.

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  3. This moring , 7-26-17, I was listening to the 5:30 news on PBS ( NPR) and heard them say that the explosion of the wild horse population has been addressed by a plan in the BLM budget. Laura Leigh said the horses can be sterilized and left on the range. A rancher said they are not worth anything. The announcer did say there are more cattle than wild horses.
    Why wasn’t the fact brought out that the NAS study found no evidence of an over-population and how little of the public lands are used by wild horses? Or how much the welfare ranchers pay to graze a cow and calf/month and how much BLM loses subsidizing ranchers? How can the TRUTH be told before it’s too late? This buget goes to the Senate Appropriations committee now. We must stop it.

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  4. Horses are not food. They are like family. They are part of history as farm back as we can remember. They do not judge use. It is sad that when you abuse them that they could every trust a person again. Horses are cheaper then a counselor. Every child should have a change to ride a horse or have one. Not just see them in a books. America was built on the back of horses.

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