Breaking News – 20 Environmental and Wildlife Organizations Have Petitioned President Trump, Sec. of the Int. Zinke and Congress to Rectify the Livestock Grazing Issues on Public Lands.

In a unprecedented step to stop the heavy impact of livestock grazing on our public lands, we have joined environmental and wildlife organizations to fight for our wildlands.

The petition asks for limits to be set in areas that are fragile or need rest to recover from grazing impacts. It also asks for reductions in areas where livestock are in conflict with wildlife either for forage, or habitat protections.

You may ask how this helps horses at all, and the answer is that our wild horses are wildlife. This is something the livestock industry has bullied the government into ignoring for years, despite court rulings that declare them wildlife, they are still treated as if they are feral pests on their own lands.

We have joined with other organizations that not only fight for the environment, but also for wild species such as wolves, coyotes, etc. We believe every native species has a right to survive in their natural habitat. Right now the priority is given to commercial interests and we want to change that.

The petition will soon be received by President Trump, Dept of the Int. Sec, Ryan Zinke and members of Congress. However, we want to give all of you a chance to sign the petition as well, to do that click below:

Sign the Petition to Save OUR Lands

 

This is the petition that was sent in from our Coalition to save our lands:
A Public Petition to Congress, Department of Interior

 

Dear President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Zinke:

We, the American people and the undersigned organizations representing them, petition you to minimize the impact of livestock grazing on federal public lands, including but not limited to national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands, to address ecological problems caused by commercial livestock grazing. Ecological problems are occurring in instances where:

  • livestock grazing displaces wildlife, reduces wildlife populations through competition for forage, or degrades wildlife habitats;
  • degradation is occurring to the land (for example, erosion or soil compaction);
  • transmission of pathogens is occurring from livestock to wildlife populations;
  • degradation is occurring to plant communities;
  • native wildlife are killed to advance the interests of public lands ranchers;
  • livestock are damaging to sensitive wetlands or riparian areas; or
  • damage is occurring to streams and aquatic habitats for sensitive fishes and amphibians.
  • Ruminant grazing contributes to the nitrogen load in streams as well as nitrous oxide gasses also a greenhouse gas.

With this petition, we seek reductions in the numbers of commercial livestock on public lands that are sufficient to prevent further damage to native ecosystems, and allow the recovery of currently degraded lands to a natural state. On some lands which evolved in the absence of large grazers, such as the low-elevation shrubsteppes and deserts of the Great Basin, where soil productivity is dependent on fragile biological soil crusts, the appropriate maximum stocking rate for commercial livestock may be zero.

Poorly managed livestock can cause dustbowl effects through overgrazing. Removal of native grasses and trampling and compaction of soils paves the way for invasive weeds such as cheatgrass, which burn with unnatural frequency and convert native desert and shrubsteppe vegetation to cheatgrass monocultures of no habitat value to wildlife. This increase in range fires and the cheatgrass invasion that follows in their wake cannot be successfully stemmed or reversed through the construction of fuelbreaks or an increase in direct attack. In an increasingly flammable West, firefighters have a poor record of extinguishing all ignitions. Furthermore, during windy, drought conditions when large fires are most likely to occur, fires commonly spot a mile or more ahead of the flame front, even leaping interstate highways and major rivers. It is necessary to stop ignoring the root cause of this cycle of cheatgrass and fire – the domestic livestock that spread cheatgrass seeds and destroy the native perennial bunchgrasses and biological soil crusts that are nature’s best defense against cheatgrass invasion.

Commercial livestock grazing on public lands is a taxpayer-subsidized program that costs the American people not only the loss of the quality of our public lands and waters, but also loss of wildlife.

The subsidies for livestock grazing outweigh the fees collected for public lands grazing by approx $1.4 billion annually. (based on Bureau of Land Management 2014 income from Grazing program and 2013 Subsidies) So there is no financial advantage for the nation to underwrite subsidies for this program, but setting these important limitations would have a positive impact on our budget, because it would reduce many of the subsidies to be paid.

We also pay for an agency whose only mission is to deal with predators of livestock, which creates population issues of cervids and other animals. So limitations would also remove the need for Wildlife Services, and saving a further $100 million annually.

This would also remove the migratory problems and injuries we see with fencing. Reopening migratory routes will help keep some species off the ESA list. Injuries to special status species like the greater sage grouse would be greatly reduced by removing fences and limiting grazing  in any areas of critical concern.

Cattle grazing on public lands in the western states is putting a domestic species adapted to moist, northern European ecosystems into an arid environment where they are ill-suited to survive.  As a result, cattle concentrate along streamsides, springs, wetlands, and lakeshores that under natural circumstances are oases of biodiversity with rich and productive vegetation communities, but under heavy grazing and trampling become denuded and degraded. This damage results in the loss or reduction of the large majority of native wildlife that depend on rich riparian habitats for some or all of their life cycles; notable among such species are rare jumping mice, sage-grouse, songbirds, and beavers which are the ecological keystone of western stream systems. We also see a serious decline in water sources or riparian areas due to the lingering nature of livestock near water sources in this type of climate, and the habit of defecating in those waters.

Livestock grazing also has devastating impacts on stream and river systems, and the fishes and other aquatic life that they support. Bank trampling by cattle breaks down overhanging banks that under natural conditions provide shade and cover for fishes, and convert stream profiles from deep and narrow to wide and shallow. This, together with the removal of overhanging natural vegetation and the resulting loss of shade raises water temperatures, often to levels outside the thermal tolerance zones of native trout and salmon. Cattle concentrating along, and wallowing in, streams and rivers results in radical increases in erosion and siltation, turning crystalline waters into turbid flows, and smothering trout and salmon spawning gravels with silt.

Domestic sheep cause additional problems by transmitting pathogens which induce deadly pneumonia in wild bighorn sheep. Pneumonia outbreaks commonly result in losses of 30 to 70% of an affected bighorn herd, with total mortality and local extirpation occurring in some instances. Following a pneumonia outbreak, lambs born to surviving ewes typically die shortly after weaning, resulting in depressed recruitment rates which may inhibit herd growth for years to follow. Despite decades of translocation and restoration efforts to reverse the effects of a precipitous crash in which an estimated 98% of all bighorn sheep were lost, populations Westwide remain at less than 5% of historic numbers. Disease events resulting from contact with domestic sheep are the primary limiting factor in the recovery of this iconic native species.

In summary, by limiting the livestock in areas of conflict or degradation you can: save money, save wildlife, and save the value of our lands and water.

Respectfully yours,

Theresa J Barbour
UVOTE Coalition
PO Box 115
Drain OR 97435
541.315.6650

Signing on behalf of:
Erik Molvar
Executive Director
Western Watersheds Project

Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM
President
Citizens Against Equine Slaughter

 

Jeanne Brummet
Founder
Unified Voices of the Eagle (UVOTE) Coalition
Public Lands, Truth Campaign, Director

Kathleen Hayden
Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Inc

Michele Anderson
Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance

Kirk Robinson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Western Wildlife Conservancy

 

Shelley Silbert
Executive Director
Great Old Broads for Wilderness

 

Val Cecama-Hogsett
Executive Director
National Wild Horse & Burro Administration

 

Roger Dobson
Protect The Wolves™
A Native American Group

Nancy Hilding
President
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

 

Christina Marie Anderson
Paws Across America Advocacy

 

Sandi Claypool
Monero Mustangs

 

Patience O’Dowd
Wild Horse Observers Association

 

Jen Howe
Wild Horses of Southern Utah

 

Mr. Ara Marderosian
Sequoia ForestKeeper®

 

Mike Garrity
Executive Director
Alliance for the Wild Rockies

 

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director
Project Coyote

Christine Blackwell
Hang a Halter

Manda Kailmian
The Cana Foundation

 

Amy Hanchey
Pegasus Equine Guardian Association

Cc: Members of Congress

A Peoples National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting (with Poll)

POLL: What would you rather for our Nation’s Wild Horses & Burros?

Choose A or B and Click on the Link Below to Vote:

A. I WOULD RATHER OUR WILD HORSES ARE:
-Sold to foreign Nations including Russia where they are hammered in the head prior to slaughter.
-Mass Euthanized and MASS composted.
-Sold to poor peoples for food.
-sold to a corrupt tribal government, ignoring their own natural laws and the will of their people.
-sold to Zoo’s for zoo animal protein.

B. I WOULD RATHER OUR WILD HORSES ARE:
-Managed utilizing natural predators.
-Managed utilizing the recommendations of the National Academy of Science and stated the best solution was PZP immuno-contraception.
-Managed by darting from helicopter IF NEED BE: Keeping each family band together, not separating families, with darting each band in about 5 minutes, on the larger more remote Wild Horse Areas- All helicopters must have live stream cameras on the bottom ( as they ALWAYS should) facing in each direction so that the public can see how close the helicopters are/went, and if any wild horse went down or was separated etc.

Vote Here: Wild Horse and Burro Poll

ORIGINAL LIVE STREAM VIDEO POST today BELOW:

What are the real choices? (Listen to Video)

What are the choices being discused? (Listen to video)

What is the real reason that the Department of Interior refuses to manage ON THE RANGE in a non lethal manner? (Listen to video)

Why have we been threatened constantly with slaughter AND MASS EUTHANASIA when 80% of Americans are opposed? (Listen to video)

 

ACTION ALERT: STOP THE SECRET MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF MAD SCIENTISTS AND HORSE HATERS!

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**Tell USU President Noelle Cockett and Mad Scientist Messmer that they are breaking UT Code Title 52, Chapter 4, Open & Public Meetings Act. **

Talking points:

*NO public, state or federal funds, paid to the University, can be used for this CLOSED conference/workshop.

*Members attending, using taxpayer money to pay for entry fees, hotel or other travel expenses, are also breaking the law by attending.

*This closed meeting, in which they intend to discuss the fate of public resources (wild horses & burros) and how public funds, taxpayer dollars will be used to implement that fate, does not meet the requirements for closed meeting or executive session.

*The plan to record all but the panel discussion with the scientific ‘experts’ is unacceptable. The public has the right t know and hear the opinions of the scientists that this representative ‘coalition’ or horse haters bases their decisions on. (Too often the science is twisted to meet a pre-determined outcome.)

Flood emails, answering machines, and fax lines with messages expressing your outrage! USU must open this meeting to the press and public or face the consequences of violating the law!

Contacts:

Noelle Cockett
noelle.cockett@usu.edu
Business or work: (435) 797-1162
Fax: (435) 797-1173

Terry Messmer
terry.messmer@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-3975

Send a letter to the University Board of Trustees (the chairman of the board is Mr. Jody K. Burnett, if you want to address it to him) using this link:

https://www.usu.edu/trustees/contact/

CAES sent this letter to the University President, Mr. Messmer who is hosting the event (he is a professor) and the Board of Trustees. We’ve attached our letter here as well:

UT-WH-B-Conf-Letter-to-University

Read more about our fundraiser to send CAES delegate Patience to the meeting:

Wild Horse Summit Fundraiser!

ACTION ALERT: Sign the PETITION!

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Sign the petition to let lawmakers know we will not stand for euthanasia, slaughter, or any other means of destruction that results in the death of wild horses and burros!

Time is short, so please sign, share, and ask your friends to sign today! 

STOP EUTHANASIA of U.S. Wild Horses – YES to LIFE!