Defend Wild Horses from Public Record Wipeout!
The lives of wild horses and burros on their homelands are at stake, and this time we’re fighting with paper. The U.S. Department of the Interior is seeking permission to destroy certain public records which could leave mustangs and millions of other wild animals vulnerable to attack. We must take action to let our government know that mass destruction of public records is not acceptable!
The U.S. Department of the Interior has sent a “Request for Records Disposition Authority” to the National Archives Records Administration. If authorized, the Department can start destroying records. Many Bureaus and Offices within the Department will be affected, including the Bureau of Land Management which oversees the management of America’s wild horses and burros.
Many organizations that defend animals and the environment, including In Defense of Animals, take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to request access to records from any federal agency. We rely on these vital records to to provide a body of evidence as we fight for animals and their habitats.
Last year, thousands of you took action when the U.S. Department of Agriculture blacked-out public records containing descriptions of animal neglect and suffering at puppy mills, roadside zoos, and animal experimentation laboratories.
Now, even more important animal and environmental documents could be wiped out. This affects every Interior Department agency, including the Bureau of Land Management; the National Parks Service; U.S. Geological Survey, Office of Surface Mining; Reclamation and Enforcement; Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Bureau of Reclamation; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Government transparency is at stake with documents from the past 50 years or more, and future records too.
Although the Department of the Interior has not yet made any requests to immediately destroy large numbers of records, it has put in a request to consolidate and revise its previous records schedules into “big buckets.”
Let the Administration know that we are watching, and will fight for our right to defend mustangs, burros, and all wild animals!
What YOU Can Do:
1. The National Archives Records Administration is accepting public comments on the Interior request until November 23, 2018. Please fill out the form on this page to send an email with your personal touch.