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RE: [RC] Wild Horses - heidi

First of all, these horses are not wild--they are feral.  Second, they do a 
tremendous amount of damage to the rangelands.  They also reproduce very 
efficiently, and out-compete the native wildlife species.  

Despite adoption programs, many of them are unadoptable--and probably even 
moreso with the increases in fuel prices and feed prices.  

What positive suggestions do you have for controlling the population of these 
horses, if you don't want them rounded up and sold at auction?  Leaving them 
"free-roaming" is irresponsible and is simply not an option.  I, for one, get 
really tired of these idealistic bleeding-heart political appeals sent out on 
equine e-lists.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [RC]   Wild Horses
From: Horseraser@xxxxxxx
Date: Sun, April 27, 2008 8:34 pm
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

April 21, 2008 Dear Friends,  
As Americans celebrate Earth Day, one of our most beloved wildlife species is 
 yet again under attack. A herd of 1200 wild horses in Nevada are scheduled 
to be  rounded up and sold at the livestock auction where they will almost 
certainly go  to buyers for the slaughter industry. Ironically, the horses 
siege in  Nevada are descendants of the herds that inspired Wild Horse Annie 
fight to  protect wild horses, resulting in the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse 
and Burro  Act. That act has been dismantled and gutted through the years, 
leaving the very  horses that inspired its inception once again threatened. 
Further, a well  intentioned but misguided piece of Federal legislation 
thousands of  wild horses across the country. For more details, please read 
this urgent alert  from the America Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) 
take action today:  H.R. 767: A new threat to Sheldon's wild horses The 
Act (H.R. 767) has  been making its way quietly through the U.S. Congress. 
The stated goal of the  bill is to eradicate "harmful nonnative species" from 
federal wildlife refuges.  This could have dramatic consequences for wild 
horses on wildlife refuges:  although they are a reintroduced native wildlife 
species, horses are treated by  the government as nonnative; the REPAIR Act 
allow refuges such as Sheldon  to appropriate federal dollars (our tax 
dollars!) specifically to eradicate wild  horses (click here for a report on 
last round-up: _http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/sheldon.html_ 
(http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/sheldon.html)   CAUTION: graphic 
material). The 
bill passed in the House and is now awaiting a  Senate vote. As Chair of the 
Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator  Barbara Boxer (CA) controls 
and when the bill is brought to a vote. Please  alert Senator Boxer to the 
unintended consequences H.R. 767 could have for  thousands of wild horses. 
her NOT to move the bill until it is amended to  exclude wild horses from its 
scope: Contact Senator Boxer today by email: 
Or by phone: (202) 224-3553

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