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The New Year for America’s Wild Horses.

January 5th, 2010 by Nicole Meyer

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Trapped by senseless U.S. government policy

Trapped by senseless U.S. government policy

As we enter the New Year with the BLM’s assault on the wild horses of Calico Mountain in full swing, and more BLM roundups set to start in Utah and another area of Nevada over the next month and a half, it is easy to feel frustrated and powerless over the plight of these majestic icons of the West.  While we mourn the news of the mare who was shot by the BLM, her orphaned foal and the little colt who was run to death in Calico, we must also take heart at the growing momentum of opposition to this inhumanity and the growing international pressure on the U.S. government to change its illogical and illegal wild horse policy.

Consider for a moment, the amazing events of the past two months:

Wild horse defenders braved snow and cold in Ketchum,Idaho.

Wild horse defenders braved snow and cold in Ketchum,Idaho.

  • American citizens submitted over 10,000 public comments to the BLM in opposition to the Calico roundup.
  • A federal lawsuit was filed pro bono by Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, a prominent national law firm against the BLM, and U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman concluded that the BLM’s stockpiling of 35,000 (and counting) horses in Midwestern holding facilities is likely illegal. (The case continues.)
  • Thousands of news reports have appeared internationally, exposing BLM’s inhumane and unnecessary war on wild horses to a worldwide audience.
  • Our effort to pressure  the Obama Administration into reform by highlighting its shameful continuation of the Bush Administration destructive wild horse policies is gaining increasing attention in the national political press, as evidenced by this LA Times political  blog entry, Top of the Ticket.
  • Citizens are taking to the streets in defense of America’s mustangs.  Last week saw colorful, peaceful rallies in San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Colorado and Idaho. This week more rallies are scheduled for Los Angeles, Albany (NY), New York City, Las Vegas and Denver. See below for news coverage of these rallies.

My message to all wild horse advocates worldwide is keep the faith and keep up the fight! Remember that, for 40 years, the BLM has subverted the intent of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which protected the mustangs as living symbols of freedom and important parts of our national heritage.

Change will not happen overnight, but the pressure is building as never before!

If you have not done so already, please let President Obama know how you feel about his war on wild horses.  Follow us on Twitter and on this blog for more updates.

Please take a minute to speak up for Wild Horses in this on-poll :

Should the federal government round up wild horses in Nevada?