When the roundup is over our work in the field does not end. This month we were onsite at a roundup before operations began to document range and horses. We have remained after the operation to document the effect on the herds.
As the vote on the FY budget (another markup) is heading our way next week; our work with Congress does not end. We are monitoring multiple herds where documentation will be crucial in the budget battle for FY18, and the one heading our way for FY19, that threatens to kill tens of thousands of wild horses. (More here and take action) This budget battle will repeat again for FY19.
The opposition has been creating site specific assertions and making killing our wild horses seem like a real, but so sad, option. They claim advocates present only theory.
Scapegoating wild horses has been happening since the Act to protect them from mustanging (capture and sale to slaughter) was passed. The resentment over federal interference with profit lines on public land includes our wild horses. This is politics, not range science, that is pushing this agenda.
We must continue to demonstrate the facts to protect our wild ones. Wild horses do not live in a bubble and have paid a devastating price for a failure to address land management as a whole.
We must gather more ground data. We have been working closely with a House investigative team, given testimony to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and much more this past year. This has been an extremely chaotic time for us at WHE as we do our very best to be where we need to be and speak for the wild horse. It would not matter how many times we took expensive trips to DC if we are not armed with facts, the outcome wont change. We are on the ground and sending crucial information where it can help. We cover as much territory as we can; range, water, effects of profit driven uses, wildlife and of course, wild horses and burros.
Now we have added a request for an investigation into Triple B to our plate; not only should handling of the wild horses be scrutinized, but decision making and handling of the operation itself. Read more here about Triple B.
We are out and running. We need your help. Enjoy the beautiful images of our wild ones and keep that close as we fight a battle against greed and corruption, everywhere. This is not easy work, it is not just “taking pictures.” WHE volunteers have more than 4 decades of combined experience in journalism, investigative work, law, range science and field observations. The political landscape is volatile and we must step cautiously, yet boldly. Our wild horses, and the land they stand, on are facing serious danger.
“Our wild horses are the only animal in our nation legally defined by the land they stand on, not what they are biologically. They are truly a representative of the politics that rule the land they stand on. Help us make their voice heard.”
Keep us in the field, at the table, in the halls of Congress and in the courts. We must bring this reality forward. We must be armed with up-to-the-minute data. Help us today. Thank you.
E-Mag, pamphlet and handout at this link: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/04/06/handouts-and-pamphlet-wild-horses/
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