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Weakening of Nepa Could Threaten the Very Existence of Our Wild Horses and Burros

Updated on January 15, 2020

In 1971 President Richard Nixon signed into law the Free roaming wild horse and burros act. This bill provided protection for the wild horses and burros, as wel

Now come NEPA and all those behind it to threaten farther our wild horse and burros. There are those who are hell bound in getting rid of wild horses and burros to satisfy their own needs to help other individuals further take over the public lands for their own wants and wishes. If NEPA and its proponents are allowed to pick apart the Nixon Bill, there is no telling what will become of the wild horses and burros. There are those who want to sell off the public lands to the States they are in, to be controlled by that state. In some cases that might be good, but the way its sounding, not good.

What if there are no public lands for wild horses and burros to roam on? what happens to them?

The NEPA thing will involve the Dept. of Interior, the Forestry Dept., and the BLM. We already know what Mr. Pendeley wants to do, the Forestry service will just be doing what its told, How Secretary Bernhardt feels is unknown. There are those who believe it is time for a changing of the guard if you will. We need fresh eyes overseeing the Public lands and the wild horses and burros. Someone compassionate, and willing to do the right thing. Death should never enter the equation.

It is thought that the NEPA will drastically change the Nixon Bill.

While I don't understand all the language in the NEPA, what I do take away from it is that a lot of changes will be made. Wording will change, time allotments for open debate will change, there will be a very small window for the public to speak, things of this nature. Anything to push it through with the least resistance. Then the Cattlemen and all the people who want to lease public lands will be standing in line waiting for the wild horses and burros to be eradicated, moved, or rounded up for sale, for slaughter.

The Nepa covers many broad areas to the many seeking to move in on our public lands.

Too early to tell what impact the changes and inner workings will have.

I am quite sure there are those who are more knowledgeable than I to speak about the NEPA. But I am sure there will be a window of some kind where the American people will be told they can examine and speak to whatever changes are made. This will come on or about 60 days after everything is on paper. It is also unknown at this time where it will leave the wild horses and burros, as well as other animals. At any rate from what I do understand, it doesn't look good for either. We will just have to wait and see.


Numbers do not lie... or do they?

The above table represents the BLM totals per State. If you were to examine previous graphs and tables where the BLM and Forestry service took inventory, you would find large discrepancies between the two. For instance, BLM might show 300 horses The Forestry Dept. might show 150. It doesn't make sense. But you the reader must be the judge. You must abide by what you feel might be the truth. And really, that's all any of us can do until we know all the facts.

Once again, Extinction or Distinction. There is no logical reason for the wild horses and burros to have to die.

The real end game is money. Even the BLM has a program or two, where they will even pay for people to adopt wild horses and burros. There are also humane ways to fertilize mares so that there won't be an overrun of new foals on the public lands. And that seems to be one of the questions facing them. Several of the organizations like AWHC, RTF, The Cloud Foundation is trying different fertilization methods to try to help save the wild horses and burros. However, the Department of Interior doesn't seem interested in giving these programs time to work and make a difference. The outcome looks rather bleak in any summation. It all comes down to the almighty dollar. My opinion.

Wild, free roaming horses in Nevada.

In the end, when there are no more roundups, no more chasing, no more holding pens, the above is all any of us really want to see. Wild horses and burros roaming free, playing, getting along without any worries. Living out their lives the way they were meant to. FREE! As seen in the video above.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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