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BLM Sets Date for Special Interest Advisory Board Meeting to Plot Demise of Wild Horses And Burros

Forward by R.T. Fitch ~unopinionated president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation/ unedited release by Tom Gorey ~ BLM


OpEd By R. T. Fitch
To The Desert Independent

March 23, 2014

Stacked Appointed Board Members Favor Slaughter While Ignoring Public Input

“Say what you may, if you have ever attended a BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting you have probably walked away with the feeling that you, an American Tax payer, had just been treated like an idiot school child and regardless of your expertise or credentials, the horse slaughter, cattle and hunting special interest group is going to say what they want and do what they planned, anyway.  It is disheartening and possibly illegal as the hand picked bunch has one thing and one thing only on their agenda, to get rid of the wild equine.

You can read their unedited press release, below, but it carries the normal spin of how the BLM “cares” and is in existence to “protect” our wild horses and burros when in reality they are stoking the coals, once again, to either kill them on the range or sell the whole lot of warehoused horses to slaughter.  It’s coming, count on it and you can say that you read about it here.

So read the spin with tongue-in-cheek and plan to attend if you can; if for no other reason but to cement your anger and outrage in how poorly our wild equine are being managed, or…how well they are mismanaged, depends on one’s perspective.

Other than that, I have virtually no opinion on the subject but please remember, for your own intellectual protection, that when a BLM employee or appointee’s lips are moving…they are lying…full stop!!!” ~ R.T.

Banner from America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA) with Melissa Ohlsson, Vice President of AWHA as artist

Banner from America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA) with Melissa Ohlsson, Vice President of AWHA as artist

Release Date: 03/21/14  
Contacts:   Tom Gorey (BLM) , 202-912-7420  
 

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for April 14-15 in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA: The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for two days in April in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.  The meeting will take place on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), and on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, California 95815 (hotel phone number: 916-929-7900).  The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal Register (at www.federalregister.gov or https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/03/21/2014-06186/wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board-meeting).

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.  According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 40,600 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The BLM recently announced it is seeking research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.  The agency has issued a Request for Applications to alert veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other researchers of the BLM’s need to develop new, innovative techniques and protocols for implementing population growth-suppression methods.  The submission deadline for applications is May 7, 2014.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Monday, April 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., local time.  Individuals who want to make a statement at Monday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 2:00 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site.  Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting.  There may be a Webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.  Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.  Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (at [email protected]); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583.  Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board meets at least once a year and the BLM Director may call additional meetings when necessary.  Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.


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