Scroll to the bottom of the page for a copy of Triple B Magazine, how one HMA is caught in a mess of politics. It is one example of what is happening to all of your truly wild horses.
WHE has gotten word that Triple B is, once again, in the line-up for a 2020 roundup. For a decade we have documented this area, the fictions and the wild horses. We were out again this week prepping to jump into the legal arena.
This week WHE is focusing on the basics to get you ready for the fight ahead as $21 million in additional funding is earmarked to start a destructive agenda.
We covered “what you need to know” in the framework in part one, here. We hope this helps you to prepare to engage your legislators: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2020/01/07/new-to-wild-horses-the-basics-of-the-fight-part-one/
Scroll down for Triple B digital Magazine to see what it looks like in just “one hma” in practice.
Our next piece will focus on the “mechanics of mismanagement.” We will follow it up with an action item in part four coming soon.
As you read these pieces it is critical to remember:
Wild horses are the only animal in our nation defined by the land it stands, not what it is biologically. (this means where the horse stands defines what the laws surrounding management are; a free-roaming horse on BLM or FS land is a “wild horse under law,” intended to be managed “as the living… spirit” of the land “it now stands.” A free-roaming horse standing anywhere else is not under the same legal system. A wild horse adopted or sold, is governed under domestic animal laws. Advocacy for the wild, begins with the wild.)
Wild Horses are confined to arbitrary boundary lines, the HMA. (These HMAs comprise less than 12% of public lands.)
Those two points make habitat preservation a critical focal point for protection of the wild, wild horse. The need for holding facilities, sanctuary, protection from slaughter come long after we have failed to address the key flaws, and the manipulation of the flaws by political forces, on the range.
The pieces are intended to be read in order. We could have presented these as one article, or booklet. We broke them up for “easier reading.” We hope you take the time to read.
The digital magazine below is designed to illustrate one HMA; a roundup, the EA, the way predators are destroyed, and a taste of the politics that drive it all. (Please read, or at least flip through, the magazine embedded on this page.)
If we are going to address the Wild Horse and Burro program we must address range management as a whole. Wild horses really are less than a footnote for land managers. When you begin to take those steps you can find yourself with volumes of death threats (more in part 4).
Help us to stay in this fight.
WHE has been offered a match! The first of the new year (2020).