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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 11:45 pm

When Velma Johnston almost single-handedly persuaded Congress to pass the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, her goal was to protect an icon of the American West that had been slaughtered, poisoned and abused and was quickly disappearing.

More than four decades later, the woman known as “Wild Horse Annie” would undoubtedly be shocked by what her law has wrought: So many mustangs, stashed in so many places, that authorities admit they have no idea how to handle them all.

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  • Marybeth Devlin posted at 6:15 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

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    Please don't "drink the Kool-Aid" -- BLM's propaganda. There is no wild-horse overpopulation, just the illusion of one, created by BLM as an excuse for removing wild horses. Why? So that the species with the real overpopulation -- cows -- can take their place, and so that mining and fracking projects can proliferate unabated. The Agency uses various ploys to jack up the wild-horse population figures. One ruse: including a guess-timate of the number of unborn foals -- fetuses.

    Adoptions aren't declining either. BLM just makes it seem that way. Until 2005, BLM counted sales-for-slaughter as "adoptions." After 2005, only "forever-family" placements qualified. The reformed record-keeping caused adoptions to seem to drop. The truth is that people are adopting mustangs at pretty much the same rate as always. BLM knows this yet continues to deceive the public.

    Wild horses are not homeless horses. They are wildlife that belong in the wild. Truth be told, there are too few wild horses on the range. BLM keeps over 70-percent of the herds below minimum viable population. But there are way too many wild horses in captivity. And who is responsible for that? BLM. It is BLM's aggressive equid-cleansing policy that is to blame.

    BLM claims it wants "ideas." But for decades it has dismissed recommendations that, had they been implemented, would have transformed the program. I call on BLM to stop wasting our time. Stop the disinformation campaign. Your job is to protect and preserve the wild horses and burros. Do your job.

     

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