On December 15, 1971, the 40th Anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFHBA), passed unanimously & was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, therefore on December 15, 2011 & hereafter, we hereby present our:
PETITION TO STOP THE CURRENT EXCESSIVE WILD HORSE & BURRO ROUNDUPS FROM THEIR LEGAL HERD AREAS (BLM) & TERRITORIES (US FOREST SERVICE)
This petition is for: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NATIONAL DIRECTOR, SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, CHIEF U.S. FOREST SERVICE, U.S. SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES.
*Whereas, after 40 years under control by the BLM and USFS, our nation’s wild horses & burros now find themselves at alarmingly low population numbers, with their social structures disrupted, & cheated of their rightful legal areas & forage allocations on BLM & USFS lands; &
*Whereas, the two agencies charged with preserving, protecting & managing our nation’s wild horses & burros throughout the West have contrived to subvert the true intent of the WFHBA that represents the overall will and desire of the General Public of the United States via a law that was one of the few to be unanimously passed in U.S. history; &
*Whereas, present plans of BLM & USFS only continue to excessively reduce & maintain the wild horse/burro herds at illegally low, genetically non-viable levels, allowing other interests, particularly livestock, to consume the greater quantities of forage & water, thus abrogating their responsibility to see that the resources of the legal wild horse & burro herd areas/territories are “principally devoted” to these national heritage species as fully accords with the true meaning & intent of the WFHBA; &
*Whereas, both the horse & the burro have their evolutionary origins & long-standing development in North America, tracing back at least 58 million years, & quickly revert to fulfill a harmonious natural role within many of the western ecosystems, adapting & positively contributing thereto as returned native species; &
Whereas, millions of people greatly benefit from the uplifting vitality & beauty of these animals when they are living at liberty in nature according to their age-old habit;
Therefore, for the above & many other sound & interrelated reasons:
We the undersigned strongly urge that a moratorium be immediately declared on all further wild horse & burro roundups. These roundups are decimating the last remnants of these magnificent animals, making them vulnerable to inbreeding & chance die-out. These animals have done so much for humanity & ask only for a relatively minor portion of our nation’s vast public lands whereupon they can be at liberty to realize their age-old course, their natural place & relation in freedom to all the Rest of Life, plants & animals, in a way that both complements & enhances the life community as a whole. Pending the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences now evaluating our nation’s wild horse & burro program, no further roundups should be undertaken. We the undersigned hereby support the above statements of fact & urge an immediate halt to these unjust & illegal, excessive & herd-damaging roundups.