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One HMA

A wild horse family was devastated by the Triple B roundup. The youngster went to holding and is lost in the facility, the stallion escaped the chopper. The beautiful mare was killed for the crime of “blue eyes.” In addition the mountain lions, that kept foal survival at about 7% and you would find no old or infirm in this subset herd, were a priority kill for the Dept of Wildlife at the same time as the roundup. All of it just in time for livestock turnout.

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.

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Scroll down for Triple B digital Magazine.

Our Information is Power series has three completed installments and an additional supplement. If you are looking for more information on the intense fight for wild horses this is a good series for you!

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.

Information is Power, Part One: This first segment addresses the current challenges faced as transparency has taken a massive step backwards and faces another threat. CLICK HERE.

Information is Power, Part Two: the second segment in the series discusses what FOIA is and the true power of FOIA. CLICK HERE.

Back to Basics: Essential reading before Part Three, National Academy of Sciences. CLICK HERE

Information is Power, Part Three: The story of a FOIA unanswered for 8 years CLICK HERE

 

Water, the most critical component for life everywhere. On our western ranges natural waters are piped into troughs for livestock and diverted for mining. Livestock operators turn off water and then claim there is none for wild horses. Water supplies on the range are not managed for “natural ecological balance” and everything suffers.

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).

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WHE has been offered a match! Can you help us stay in this fight to bring justice against abuse and equity in management, for wild horses? 

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