I applaud U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland for taking a stand to protect wild horses and supporting efforts in the U.S. House to humanely manage wild horse populations on the range where they belong. She recently took a stand against the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to conduct brutal surgical sterilization procedures, and she is urging the BLM to utilize a reasonable portion of its budget to implement humane fertility control, the PZP vaccine. PZP is a viable solution and costs only a fraction of what the agency spends on removing and warehousing horses.

The Bureau of Land Management must end its failed strategy of removing horses. Terrified horses — including young foals — are chased by helicopters and often killed or severely injured. Just this month, a horse suffered a broken neck during a roundup in Utah. Removing and warehousing horses in corrals leads to an increase in population growth and is projected to cost over a billion dollars if the agency continues on this path. Surgical sterilizations are no better, as horses would be subjected to the procedure on the range and without adequate pain control. It’s time to get BLM on a sustainable track, and part of that includes implementing PZP.

I thank Haaland for her tireless efforts to protect horses and implement a commonsense solution to manage horses on the range. Our other U.S. representatives and senators should follow her lead.

Holly Gann

director of government relations

American Wild Horse Campaign

Arlington, Va.

Check in to reality

So, Rep. Rachel Black of Alamogordo, Donald Trump won, and “a lot of things don’t jive in my mind” (“Did Biden win? Some New Mexico Republicans express doubts,” Dec. 14). You can say that again. With all due respect, have you considered therapy? And to the rest of your Republican comrades, what would compel anyone to vote someone into the most important political position in the free world, when their highest qualification for office is that of ex-reality show performer? Time for a reality check, folks.

Steve Saylor

Santa Fe

Yes, public bank

As a relative newcomer to Santa Fe — six years — I’ve been impressed by the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity’s effort to form what they call a public bank. Your editorial on Sunday (“Robust local food systems will strengthen N.M.,” Our View, Dec. 13) is the perfect reason a New Mexico public bank is needed. Such an institution can shore up the local production of food for New Mexicans by helping farmers and ranchers invest in the means of production. A public bank can leverage the investments made by small, independent farmers and ranchers, thus bringing more locally grown food to market right here in the state.

But it is not just local growers who can benefit. In the same edition, Andrew Stone (“Community solar benefits citizens, not corporations,” My View, Dec. 13) made a good argument for community solar build-outs that will bring cost savings to homeowners and spread the advantages to more people. As he indicated, better we should own our electricity than have foreign companies or Public Service Company of New Mexico build and own it. These examples are just two of many reasons a community bank can help all citizens, and at a lower cost. What’s not like?

Vincent Harrild

Santa Fe

An empty party

It’s very interesting (and notably discouraging) that the general news media has devoted so little attention to the fact that the current Republican Party does not have a platform. How can this be? My lifelong understanding has been that for a political party to exist, it must enunciate its beliefs, its values, its intentions and its objectives in writing. Both major political parties have done this routinely for as long as I can remember.

This past summer, the Republican Party did not enunciate a party platform. Instead, it released a statement to the effect that it supported the current president’s policies and procedures, thereby implying that it had full confidence in the capacity of one individual to commandeer the intentions and directions of the Republican Party. That is not a political party.

I propose that in the future, any political group that cannot enunciate a party platform not be allowed to participate in national elections. That might just possibly allow the U.S. to avoid becoming a banana republic-style dictatorship!

Dr. Bruce Merchant Santa Fe

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D. Stark

W. E. Simpson - I may be able to help with the website and whatever more we can configure. No charge of course. If you would like to discuss let me know. I’d be more than happy to help. Thank you for your incredible energy and intelligence.

D. Stark

W.E. Simpson, Your website with such extensive information is amazing. There must be a way to get the information out there more effectively and, to push it forward before the right audience. I know that there are certainly enough people that would support the effort. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but the website would do well with a bit of clean-up in order to make the information more accessible and easier to read. Finesse as well as intelligence and sensitivity, could be an effective tool in the fight for a humane and sensible approach to managing wild horses, forests, and the natural world.

William Simpson II

I disagree with Rep. Haaland's opinion on wild horse management. It's not consistent with the best science, nor is it consistent with allowing wildlife, in this case wild horses, to live free and without being harassed by human intervention.

Women seem particularly OK with using contraceptives on wildlife because many women have chosen to use it for themselves. However, *that* does not make it right, morally or ecologically, for use on wildlife. Women who choose to take a chemical have made an informed decision for themselves. They don't have the authority to make a decision for another sentient being!

I have authored published articles about PZP and other work-arounds being used and proposed for wild horses... here is just one: https://animalpeopleforum.org/2019/06/06/sanctuaries-acceptable-solution-excess-wild-horses/

The debate is flooded with the conjectures of people who truly know very little about the behavioral ecology of wild horses, beyond maybe seeing some captured wild horses and what they have read from third parties who themselves have scant empirical first-hand experience with free-roaming wild horses in a wilderness setting. Instead, we have lots of imperfect information, and much of that comes from brief field trip observations over a sandwich and a telephoto lens on a camera.

There is better information available, but, we have too many activists whose 'white noise' obscures genuine facts and a real solution. And we also have ask; what would wild horse activist orgs do if a real final solution that is best for wild horses was implemented? Would they have to find real jobs, instead of living off the donations of good-hearted donors? Do people here realize that some of the heads of wild horse activist orgs pay themselves like CEO's of large corporations? Well, they do... just go read their IRS-990 filings... and when you follow the money, sometimes what you find is not what you hoped for... So as we see, a genuine final solution for wild horses is NOT in the best interests of paid activists who make a very good living off the plight of wild horses... and if the truth be told, some of these people wouldn't want to lose their gravy train, no more so than the cattle industry people...

Wild horses don't require 'management' when there are located in a naturally operating ecosystem.

The posted comments here fail to realize the simple truth: mankind, not the horses, are the problem and mankind have created the problems that have unbalanced our ecosystems, including and especially on and around public lands and HMAs where the trophic cascades have been decimated in favor of livestock production and greed.

People who are interested in learning the truth about what needs to be done for wild horses, should start by reading this article:


And, this article about wild horses living in balance in a forest ecosystem in the mountains on the OR-CA border:


More information about an ecologically and economically sound final solution for wild horses and burros is found here: www.WHFB.us

Capt. William E. Simpson II - USMM Ret.

Naturalist - Author - Conservationist

Wild Horse Ranch

P.O. Bx. 202 - Yreka, CA 96097

Creator: Wild Horse Fire Brigade (www.WHFB.us)

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D. Stark

Thank you Holly Gann! The brutal and senseless treatment of wild horses is, and has always been unconscionable. Mankind needs to reassess the relationship we have to the natural world and adjust our understanding and appreciation. WE have disrupted the balance.

William Simpson II

Thanking Ms. Gann and her Org for promoting the use of chemicals on American wildlife, in this case wild horses, is part of the problem... you speak of disrupting the balance and then in the same paragraph thank someone and their Org. for doing just that!... The obtuse intervention into the natural balance by using a chemical (with known and unknown adverse affects) on wild horses is just more of mankind's meddling and playing God by people who actually know so very little about wild horses.

William E. Simpson II - Naturalist

Bona-fides at: www.WHFB.us

D. Stark

W. Simpson, Of course you are right to point this out. Ultimately, I agree with you. What IS the answer for managing the horses under the circumstances ? It appears that cattle industry and profit hold a more important place than the wild herds and the land. Top predators are gone- any resemblance of balance has been obliterated. How would you suggest we address the "problem?"

William Simpson II

Like anything that becomes obsolete, including and especially policies and laws, we must take what has been learned and move forward and establish a new paradigm in natural resource, land and wildlife management.

For wild horses, there is a Plan that is supported by extensively published science: That Plan and the outline for a legislative bill (final solution for native species American wild horses) is found here: www.WHFB.us

This article *very briefly* outlines the situation and the solution:


Now it's time for people who care to submit the PDF of the 'draft outline for a bill' (found at: www.WHFB.us) to their elected officials and request that they sponsor the bill and move from arguing about which 'bandaid' is best and just fix the problem once and for all.

Of course those folks in the profitable business of 'bandaids' hate my idea... so we have to call them out, and move past them and see that legislators see the truth...

The work has been done and is available for public use... people just need to forward the information to the right people and change can be made.

Lots of good info at: www.WHFB.us

Cheers, William E. Simpson II - Naturalist


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