Their numbers are declimated enough already!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing
on May 15 to discuss the use of helicopters in wild horse round-ups
Please contact BLM to protest the harsh practice of chasing wild horses and burros with helicopters, often over exceedingly long distances. Please also ask that what appear to be no-bid contracts to BLMs primary round-up contractor, Catoor Livestock Roundup, Inc., totaling about 18 million dollars (our tax dollars!) since 1996, be subject to review. The owner of this company is a known convicted criminal!
BLMs primary concern in round-up operations continues to be efficiency, to the detriment of the horses? welfare. Instead of helicopters, urge officials to use bait trapping, a much safer and more humane method of capture. BLM has refused to use bait trapping in such instances as last year?s Jackson Mountain round-up, when 185 horses ended up dying at the holding facility due to stressed immune systems. Demand that limits on distances over which horses may be chased be enforced, and that accountability and penalties be established for round-up contractors who violate humane handling procedures.
The 10:00 a.m. hearing will be held this Thursday, May 15
, in the Learning Center of the Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd, in Reno. If you cannot attend, please send your comments by Tuesday, May 13
, to the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Division, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV; fax 775-861-6712 ; email: Mike_Holbert@blm.gov WE HAVE LESS THAN FIVE (5) DAYS TO GET AS MANY SIGNATURES AS WE CAN TO PRESENT TO THE AUTHORITIES ON MAY 15TH. PLEASE SIGN AND PASS THIS PETITION AROUND TO END THE HORRIBLE ROUND-UPS
For eye-witness accounts of helicopter round-ups, please click here
On behalf of the horses, thank you for your support. Friends of Equines