As I read this press release from VRWPA’s President Bob Macarrio, I think about the role of BLM and the Department of Interior. Talking to local Nevadans I hear mixed opinions about the notion of Nevada’s taking control of BLM and creating the NBLM.
Most folks opposed suggest that the cronies at the state level will give all the land to their buddies and the land will become private and the new Nevada Slogan from tourism will be “Don’t Fence Me Out!” We believe that anyone in the beltway is remarkably less qualified to make decisions for Nevadans than anyone from Nevada. We believe the Department of the Interior should have it’s budget cut to zero and go the way of the dodo bird.
Return the lands and the control of same to Nevada where Locally Elected Officials and a board made up of non-developer non-politicians can determine what land use is best for all Nevadans.
News Release – For Immediate Release
From: Bob Maccario
Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Assoc.
90,000 Wild Horses and Burros Lives in Danger
Recently, the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 federal budget includes a shocking plan to remove existing safeguards for federally-protected wild horses, opening the door for tens of thousands of horses to be immediately killed or sent to slaughter. The Wild Horse and Burro Program, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of the Interior, would allow wild horses to be sold to the highest bidder, almost certainly for the purposes of slaughter, and would strip critical language prohibiting the killing of healthy wild horses.
The BLM wants permission to destroy “unadoptable” horses and burros as well as those it considers to be “excess” on the range. If Congress approves this request, the mass killing of the 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 46,000 “excess” animals on the range would begin. Also, the BLM has refused to implement a long-term strategy that prioritizes on-range management tactics including a comprehensive immunocontraception (birth control) plan, a method recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. This budget proposes to further reduce the use of immunocontraception contrary to recommendations from scientists and wild horse advocates.
According to Bob Maccario, President of the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Assoc., “As the horses of the Virginia Range aren’t on BLM property, they aren’t directly impacted by this proposed plan, but horses make no distinction of whether they roam on federal or state land. The BLM horses deserve humane treatment. The birth control program deserves to continue implementation. Please contact Nevada’s representatives in the Senate and Congress today, and demand that they stop this plan. Do NOT give permission to the BLM to destroy these horses and burros.”