This morning I leave for Denver.
Here is the info:
Where we will in essence address this:
If you can be there please notify whatever advocate organization you belong to. Many will have representatives there.
Because we all care about wild horses and burros.
The current administration speaks of a “new direction” and dialogue toward that end.
Yet as it comes to the table not a single concrete action has been taken to demonstrate that is the intention.
The 2010 gather schedule runs full steam ahead. July 1 Owyhee and Rock Creek in Nevada will begin to hear the thrumming of helicopter blades over the horizon. They will drive over a thousand horses through the desert in summer including just weeks, days old, babies miles into their traps to forever loose their freedom. Actions that will be taken based on a broken system.
Mid-July the baby in the photograph above will have his family torn apart at Winter Ridge. This gather will zero out any horses in the area that is exclusively utilized for extraction.
The horses from the Calico Complex are being dispersed.
The are heading to adoption events, internet competitive bid, long term holding without any real post gather census. The Calico Complex gather was suspended because the projected number of horses were not found.
Right now range surveys are beginning as the Calico is part of the new “MegaPlex” being planned in that area. In weeks data might be available that concludes horses could have (allowed under current protocol) been returned… but the horses will be gone. An independent proposal from RTF/Kudrna sits awaiting a simple “ok” that would keep those horses in that area toward return as protocol within the complex actually begins to do range “repair.” Private dialogue has occurred attempting to hold the “powers that be” to statements made concerning the supposed intent of that complex.
Do you see any indications that a “new direction” is anything more than words? Conversations, meetings, proposals put forward all fall on deaf hearts.
Policy moves as it always has.
More, more, more…. clear the facility because it will need to house another 1,600 before the end of July.
“Move ’em in … move ’em out… rawhide.”
But we will go to this meeting and keep talking with the hope that someone will find the integrity to actually back up their words.
My daddy told me once “In this life you truly own nothing but your word. It’s all that really matters.”
Wonder what their daddies said to them?
“Move ’em in… move ’em out… rawhide?”
If you can’t come… prayers may be in order.