House votes BLM budget cut over wild horse dispute Network News-
The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 4:16 PM
RENO, Nev. -- The U.S. House has approved an amendment on a voice vote that would cut $2 million from the Bureau of Land Management's budget in protest over the agency's wild horse roundups.
Indiana Republican Dan Burton says his amendment is intended to send a signal to agency officials that most Americans want the mustangs treated more humanely on public lands across the West.
Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says Congress passed a law 40 years ago to protect the horses on the range, but that today there are more than 40,000 in holding pens and only 30,000 in the wild.
Wyoming Republican Cynthia Lummis was among those opposed. She says the well-meaning horse advocates are "loving the creatures to death" by fueling overpopulation of herds that damage the rangeland they depend upon.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 “Significant Storm Set to Hit Antelope Complex Shortly – Captured Wild Horses Still in Temporary Corrals – More details from yesterday (please see yesterdays post) Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from Laura Leigh: “Today the BLM went in to Goshute and rounded up 12 more horses before wind grounded the chopper. The weather service has been warning of this storm (and the one coming in over the coming weekend) for over a week.
Instead of clearing the pens and removing debris, BLM chose to round up 12 more horses.
Any debris in winds over 25 mph can become a serious projectile.
What is the priority of this agency tasked by Congress to manage these horses humanely?
As of 3 pm this afternoon Wendover has winds reported by the weather service of 59 miles per hour. The video is shot before noon as winds hit 18 mph.
Interesting note: at Callaghan I was told by BLM that one of the main reasons snow fencing is used is as a "wind break."
Long Awaited Film, “Saving America’s Horses” to Launch in March
By Steve Long
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – America is days away from the long awaited March premier of Saving America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed in Los Angeles. The movie is by educator and documentary filmmaker Katia Louise, and Humanion Films, a project of Wild for Life Foundation.
“The film is geared to pique the interest of a wide demographic, across multiple cultures and continents, so we are anticipating that it will run for quite some time and hopefully mark the end of an inhumane era for America’s horses and perhaps the beginning in a shift in cultural values,” she toldHorseback Magazine
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About Saving America’s Mustangs
Wild horses are a living symbol of our American heritage and freedom. These Mustangs must be protected.
Businesswoman and philanthropist Madeleine Pickens is committed to this promise. Through her Foundation, citizens from all walks of life are uniting to create a permanent home, a Sanctuary, to save these magnificent national treasures.