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OWHO and Their Coalition Partners Kick-Off Congressional Campaign
18 August 2022 by TJ Barbour
We at OWHO are undertaking a major Congressional mailing project. We have a coalition of other wild horse organizations including: Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, Wild Horse Observers Association and James Kleinert, among other well known horse advocates, and members of the public who have signed on to send this message to Congress.
We will do a press release with the cover letter that is going, old fashioned snail mail to every member of Congress. The packet contains the 26 page legal opinion that proves that BLM created this overpopulation lie by relabeling land areas and changing the words in the law itself to manage each area differently which was not the intent of the original act. We also prove the BLM is lying to Congress and the American public about the population in 1971, and their claim to need to manage for that population size now.
We are asking Congress to halt all BLM wild horse activities that create any new plans, to stop all gathers, and to look at the changes and regulations BLM has made from the beginning of their managing wild horses to present. We want BLM completely reorganized. We want people in charge who have no conflict of interest. We want lands given back to the wild Horse & Burro program, with horses and burros on them. We want lands sold or transferred, that were lands used by horses/burros in 1971, to be returned to federal management and the wild horse & burro program even if that has to be done through eminent domain. We want BLM to follow the mandate to manage those lands originally mapped out as a result of the 1971 Act to be managed, in their entirety, principally for wild horses/burros as the law says. And where forage or water is scarce we want BLM to be mandated to do permanent water improvements and native plant seeding projects to restore these habitats, after livestock are removed from these areas.
You can read the legal opinion/research paper that is being submitted by going to the featured story on our homepage at oregon-wildhorse.org or contacting us via social media message on FB or Twitter, or send us an email request to email@example.com
You are included in this campaign if you are a member of OWHO or any of the organizations that are participating. If you are with another organization and you want them to be named we must have a letter from that organization's executive director, or board president. Mailings will begin this Friday with the first 25 packets being sent out. We will mail as many as we can print and put together in each following week.
This will not be the only mailing campaign we do. We plan to keep sending information to Congress that lets them know that there are more of us than there are of the commercial interest profit making individuals who lobby against our wild horses to continue raping our lands of all of our natural resources, including our wild equines, to rake in their profits.
We have to be the noise.
*Special technical note* This project will take 14,445 sheets of paper, that’s 29 reams of paper. 6 laser printer drums, 7 laser toner cartridges, and 2 inkjet color cartridges (for pages that need to be printed in color). Some members of the OWHO Board are making private donations to the Arbor Day Foundation to have trees planted in an effort to minimize our climate footprint.
THE POPULATION LIE
BLM cannot continue to use the claim that they must manage for approx 27,000 wild horses and burros based on the lie that there were only 25,000 on the land in 1971.
We found another place where BLM is again admitting that there were significantly more horses on the land in 1971 than they claim.
In the transcript of Senate Hearings, before the committee on appropriations BLM testified "Current estimates of population indicate that approximately 40,000 to 50,000 head of wild horses and burros roam the Natural Resource Lands versus the original estimate of 27,000."
The following image is from pages 38-39 of the BLM testimony to Congress. If you click on the photo below it takes you to the page where you can click "pdf" in the left column with the heading that says "Download".