Any other agency under govt. control uses science to determine viability, why would this agency be excluded? It is ludicrous to believe that their budget should be excluded from using scientific data to determine their budgetary needs.
Kathleen Gregg Environmental Researcher
Lisa LeBlanc Environmental Researcher
Jesica Johnston Environmental Scientist
April 25, 2014
The recent National Academy of Science (NAS) report on the Wild Horse and Burro Program determined that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has no evidence of excess wild horses and burros; because the BLM has failed to use scientifically sound methods to estimate the populations (NAS, 2013). The NAS cited two chief criticisms of the Wild Horse and Burro program: unsubstantiated populations estimates in herd management areas (HMA), and management decisions that are not based on science (NAS, 2013).
Effective wild horse and burro management is dependent on accurate population counts and defensible assumptions. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) routinely uses the assumption that wild horse and burro herds increase annually at an average rate of 20%. However, our review of available scientific literature combined with an analysis of…
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We can clearly see the tentacles of the Bill DesBarres’ Horse “Welfare” Association of Canada extending themselves into the breed associations, farming groups, Big Pharma, veterinary colleges and associations, and Equine Canada. By way of the lobbyists in the IEBA, we are influenced by Big Ag, Dow and Monsanto, Humanewatch and other organizations that not only advocate for horse slaughter, but advocate for GMOs and against the EPA and indeed consumers in general. The Co-Chair position previously held by Sue Wallis is of course vacant, and it’s unknown whether the IEBA itself is actually a going concern., like so many of Wallis’ transitory slaughter groups. We’re unsure whether anyone has or will step into the position, as Sue Wallis was…
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Again, only the people that will support the illegal activities and removal of our American Icons are appointed. Time for all advocates to create a similar organization to Western Watershed (see http://www.westernwatersheds.org/).
Start buying up land using the Equine Land Conservation Resources (see http://www.elcr.org/) purchase the Wild Horses and Burros that are currently in holding, put them on that land using the money from the BLM for creating a sanctuary. See http://www.abcfoxmontana.com/story/25107942/drummond-group-looks-at-sanctuary-for-wild-horses and http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.3429.File.dat/Q_A_ecosanctuaries.pdf
Time to appoint our own folks that do have the welfare of the horses and burros in mind. We must stop waiting for our government to step up and think “outside of the box”. This is by no means supporting the removal of anymore Wild Horses/Burros from their rightful lands, this statement above is to help the 50,000 currently in holding.
In reading the BLM Press Release below, a few things stand out, besides the fact that we don’t see the names of Ginger Kathrens or R.T. Fitch on this list of people who were just appointed to the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.
While Ginger Kathrens (Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation) has spent many years studying actual wild horse behavior on the range, BLM’s new appointee Dr. Sue M. McDonnell“maintains a semi-feral herd of ponies specifically for the study of their physiology and behavior under semi-natural conditions.” McDonnell’s books are published by…
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