Tell Forest Service to Reduce Cattle Grazing to Protect Arizona Wild Horses
Photo by Heber Wild Horses Facebook.
“So in my opinion, the best thing to with these [Heber wild horses] up here would be remove every one of them. Whether they go to adoption, or, you know, I hate to say it, euthanized or to a slaughter plant,” says welfare rancher Larry Gibson, Siebert Cattle Company. “I mean that sounds kind of harsh, but something has to be done with them.”
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is asking the public to comment on the grazing permit, used by Siebert Cattle Company, in our Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. A portion of land associated with this permit overlaps the Heber Wild Horse Territory. The FS is now considering increasing the maximum number of private cattle allowed to graze in our National Forest - and during the worst drought on record - but wants to eliminate wild horses in the same area.
Please take a minute to tell the Forest Service that they must reduce this taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands in order to provide some habitat for the cherished Heber wild horses that are living in a "protected" wild horse habitat.
Please take action today!
Cattlemen Defy Federal Law; BLM Caves Again
Photo | Mary Branscomb, Free Press
Last week, two Elko County Commissioners joined welfare ranchers Dan and Eddyann Filippini in breaking federal law by turning out cattle in a drought stricken area of public lands where livestock grazing has been prohibited by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In response, the BLM took no enforcement action. Instead it "negotiated" with these ranchers, who believe that grazing livestock on our public lands is their "property right." The result: a settlement that allows the ranchers to continue to graze their cattle on our drought-stricken public lands in exchange for paying a few days of "enhanced" grazing fees, which are still a fraction of market rate, thanks to our tax subsidies. The agency's failure to protect our public lands is reminiscent of the situation with Cliven Bundy, whose cattle are still illegally grazing on public lands in southern Nevada. Read more about how welfare ranching is endangering our public lands and our wild horses and burros by clicking below.
A Rational Case for Humane Management of Wild Horses & Burros
Photo of Wyoming Wild Horses by Kimerlee Curyl
As our friend and coalition partner Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation often states, freedom and family are everything to wild horses, and Keeping Wild Horses & Burros Wild is our main mission. In today's world, and under the federal law that protects them, mustangs and burros are fenced into the artificial boundaries of Herd Management Areas (HMAs), and frequently fenced out from greener pastures and sources of water. The law also requires multiple uses on BLM lands, including within HMAs. Under these circumstances, some form of management is required. The question becomes what is the most humane option available today, especially given the BLM's ominous plans to permanently sterilize wild horses by castrating wild stallions and spaying wild mares -- methods that will forever destroy the wild free roaming behaviors of individuals and herds. Please click below for a rational explanation from a leading authority about why we strongly support the humane PZP birth control vaccine.
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