Jan 16, 2010: Video
from the Calico roundup on January 16, 2010. On this day public
observers were only allowed to document
approximately 1.5 hours of the roundup. This after
driving for 2 hours to get to the trap site. Public observers have been
told by BLM officials that pending weather conditions, roundup
activities last from dawn to dusk - approximately 10 hours per day -
meaning public observers only view a small fraction of the roundup on
APHIS necropsy of Foal Run to Death on Jan 1, 2010 available here. On New Year's Day,
BLM rounded up 10 wild horses but only captured 9 because a 6-month old
foal died en route. APHIS vet at the scene, Dr. Al Kane, reported that after being chased by
the helicopter for "1/2 mile" the little foal
was falling down and died while being chased by BLM helicopters. This
foal lived his last moments in utter terror, forced to run, falling
repeatedly and his family being stampeded away by government-contracted
SELECTION DENIED BY BLM
The BLM either doesn't
understand or doesn't appreciate the importance of natural selection.
Natural selection is nature's
process which ensures strong genetics are passed on to future
generations; that means some individuals will naturally survive and
reproduce more successfully than others. Natural selection builds
claims by removing horses from the range they are helping them -
because they claim the horses would "starve." Nothing could be further
from the truth - removing horses from the range does not help the horse
population because it is an arbitrary and unnatural reduction process
and the BLM program subverts the important natural selection which has
always guided specie survival on our planet.
indiscriminate reduction of populations - in the case of Calico 80 to 90%
- removes the certainty and safety of natural selection and denies the
wild horse populations the ability to ensure strong, long-term
Gov't Broken Wild Horse & Burro Program
needs to take action to fix the government's inhumane and tax-wasting
wild horse and burro program. Sadly, the Obama Administration has
proven to continue the same Bush Administration policies and business
as usual continues at the expense of the horses, burros and American
For more on how you can help stop the Obama/Salazar plan which is bad for wild horses and burros click here. CONGRESS MUST REIN IN BLM
It's time to have Congress hold BLM accountable. The public needs to speak up against
the Obama request
for the $12-million increase to the Wild Horse & Burro (WHB)
Program and $42.5-million for a "mid-west preserve." Last year Congress
increased the WHB budget and the same bad, Bush policies that remove
and scapegoat wild horses in order to benefit commercial interests were
It's time to demand that Congress:
1) Require an immediate suspension of all roundups.
2) Continue to forbid wild horses be allowed to go to slaughter.
3) Require that BLM focus resources towards on-the-range improvements and management.
4) Acknowledge the importance of natural selection - something that is completely void in the BLM program.
5) Require BLM to allow public access (observers) at all aspects of the
taxpayer-funded roundups and in all short- and long-term holding facilities (access
continues to be restricted in various ways - sometimes by keeping
observers so far away, and other times by restricted viewing access).