Friday, November 21, 2008

Letter to Madeline Pickens

I wanted to share an interesting letter written by Cindy MacDonald to Madeline Pickens, regarding her recent proposal to possibly rescue the "excessive" horses. Now, for the record, I do not always agree with Cindy MacDonald and her opinions posted on her blog. I just thought that this viewpoint may interest some of my readers and wanted to throw it out there for you to draw your own conclusions.

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November 21, 2008


Dear Ms. Pickens:

I am writing to you today to address an issue that is very near and dear to both our hearts; the preservation and protection of America’s wild horses and burros.

You have graciously and generously stepped up to the plate to attempt negotiating a rescue for over 30,000 animals BLM has deemed “excessive”; the aftermath and consequence of aggressive management tactics strategically targeted at America’s herds that have now placed their very lives in peril.

While I commend your willingness and commitment to finding creative and humane solutions for those now captured and waiting to die, after deep contemplation of your proposal, conscience compels me to ask you to re-think your plan.

I was at the National Wild Horse & Burro Summit when you entered the room and announced your stunning proposal. You said you had just “jotted it down on the plane flight over” and from here, your idea has taken root.

Since then, newspaper articles have reported on your progress and details have begun to emerge as to where our wild horses may be headed under your wing.

They have reported you:

“want to create a permanent retirement ranch for the horses that could be open to the public.”

“[you are] negotiating to win control of more than a million acres of grassland in the West….”

“[planning] to acquire part of the land through private sale and the rest through a lease with the federal government”

“[looking at] several pieces of land costing $10 million to $50 million”

Retirement Ranch Planned for Wild Horses
Washington Post
November 19, 2008



“plan[s] to sterilize the horses on [your] land and will take any additional horses the federal government wants to cull from the wild herd”
New York Times ~ Editorial
November 20, 2008


Since your concern has focused so strongly on helping save our wild ones, perhaps there are some issues you have failed to consider.

Therefore, as a member of the public these majestic icons are held in trust for and who has been intimately involved in many of BLMs proposals that landed these wild horses and burros on “death row”, I am humbly asking you to expand your considerations to include very important issues that effect us and the continuation of our wild herds on public lands.

*Over the years, the herds and their lands have been stolen from us. Your generosity is legitimizing their theft and bailing BLM out from accountability.

*There are serious, serious questions that must be addressed nationally about the Wild Horse & Burro Program. Your proposal will allow long-standing management issues to continue to be postponed, ignored and buried that may very well decimate the long-term viability of America’s free-roaming herds if they are allowed to continue unchallenged.

*In this deal, you want to gain control of over 1 million acres of lands you may allow the public on. In other words, you become the “middle man” for what once use to be ours anyway. Have you considered how this may not help the American people or our children who were suppose to have the right to experience them wild and free too?

*The Washington Post reported your ranch could be open to the public. Could be? Are you negotiating the right to operate your ranch and their lives behind closed doors?

*Your proposal to take all the wild horses BLM “culls” forevermore will allow them to continue to take off an endless stream without question. When you take them in, do you plan to question or challenge why BLM authorized taking them from us to begin with?

*You plan to sterilize every single wild horse that comes through your gates. What will you do with your million acres when these non-reproducing herds grow old and die and cannot be replenished? Now BLM is planning on sterilizing almost every wild horse still left standing on public lands after their recent full-scale assaults to remove them. In ten years, how many wild horses do you think are going to be left to cull to add to your collection?

*How is it you plan to sterilize the mares? A lifetime contract with the United States Humane Society for their PZP? About how much would that be worth on an annual basis to them? Or are you planning to attempt to spay the mares instead? Do you know how invasive, traumatic, and expensive that is per mare? Do you know the percentage of mares that die from this procedure? If you don’t, you should look into what this would do to those in your care before rushing into this “option”?

*As time passes and the “Pickens Trust Fund” passes to other hands, will their new custodians choose to save them too or will the temptation to lease it back out to ranchers, oil, gas, mining or selling it to developers be their primary concern?

*Where are the wild burros in all this? Their populations and habitat have been decimated over the years under BLMs “care” who openly posts a population management objective that qualifies them for Threatened and Endangered Species Status. Will they be forsaken again? How will you sterilize them as PZP does not apply?

*Have you considered investing in public lands instead of moving our resources to your sole control? With the money you are willing to shell out for this project, have you looked into how many wells, water developments, grazing leases in already publicly established Herd Management Areas this could buy and be returned back to the American people instead?

*Do you know how many successful lawsuits could be filed against the BLM if there were only money available for good lawyers, money the average citizen does not have – but you do.

Do you really want to help the American people and our wild horses and burros? Do you really want to save them, to preserve them and protect them for future generations? To leave a truly philanthropic American legacy for years to come?

If so, PLEASE do not take your involvement lightly! Let more than your heart rule your actions by carefully considering what you may be doing ~ as once done, it cannot be undone.

There is no doubt you have the power to make a profound difference at this critical crossroads for our wild herds. Please use your power wisely.


Respectfully,
Preserve The Herds

9 comments:

Shiner said...

Since learning of Picken's plan to save the wild mustangs and burros, I have tried to find out everything I can about it because it's apparent that something radically different and innovative has got to be done, and done soon, to save these magnificent animals. This letter from Cindy MacDonald poses many of the same questions I have entertained about Madeleine's plan and need to be addressed. The fact remains it's going to be an expensive proposition to preserve the animals and I applaud Boone's involvement. She's already brought much needed attention to the matter and with her vast fortune and influence, perhaps a workable solution can finally be implemented.

Breathe said...

The lands that belong to us have been stolen, again. But I have a feeling that we would be no more successful at fighting that battle than my native ancestors were.

If only horses could open casinos.

The challenges are immense. I hope wiser minds gather and find a resolution that will protect the legacy we have left.

vicki said...

While I commend Ms. Pickens on her efforts, it does not address the serious problem with the BLM. As soon as those pens are empty, the cattle ranchers will have the BLM rounding up more horses. The solution is to get the 6 MILLION privately owned cattle off the horse's land and back on their owner's land. They are decimating the land, not the horses. I cannot believe the BLM thinks the public is that gullible to believe that 19,000 horses are doing more damage than 6 million cattle. The staff at the BLM should be fired and replaced with staff that will do what they are supposed to; protect the horses, not extinct them. www.vickitobin.com

LianeH said...

The questions asked in this post have been many of my own thoughts.

The factor not mentioned in all this that the 33,000 horses now in Nevada were not and are not all Nevada horses. Many of them come from neighboring states such as 3,200 are from California.

As Vicki said return the horses back to the BLM from which they came and this would solve the whole problem and there would be no need for Mrs. Pickens to do anything.

Mari said...

Although I bow to Madeleine Pickens efforts to save our wild horses, I feel this is merely putting a band-aide on the BLM's mismanagement of our wild equid. Band-aides are not a cure for the BLM's illness, but will only exacerbate their symptoms. Since the BLM now knows there is someone who will take in all rounded-up mustangs, their outlawed, barbaric helicopters raids will increase, resulting in additional land offered to the Rolex Ranchers.

We need a federal administration who will recognize and abide by laws that were long ago enacted to protect OUR wild equines rather than bow to the ranching lobbyists who are decimating mustangs to the point of extinction. These are OUR wild animals that are on OUR public lands, yet we have no say regarding their preservation as US icons. Whatever happened to, "by the people, of the people and for the people?"

Where ARE these federal judges who have been appointed to uphold federal laws? I think their "coffee breaks" need a time limit!!!

Mari said...

Although I bow to Madeleine Pickens efforts to save our wild horses, I feel this is merely putting a band-aide on the BLM's mismanagement of our wild equid. Band-aides are not a cure for the BLM's illness, but will only exacerbate their symptoms. Since the BLM now knows there is someone who will take in all rounded-up mustangs, their outlawed, barbaric helicopters raids will increase, resulting in additional land offered to the Rolex Ranchers.

We need a federal administration who will recognize and abide by laws that were long ago enacted to protect OUR wild equines rather than bow to the ranching lobbyists who are decimating mustangs to the point of extinction. These are OUR wild animals that are on OUR public lands, yet we have no say regarding their preservation as US icons. Whatever happened to, "by the people, of the people and for the people?"

Where ARE these federal judges who have been appointed to uphold federal laws? I think their "coffee breaks" need a time limit!!!

Mari said...

Although I bow to Madeleine Pickens efforts to save our wild horses, I feel this is merely putting a band-aide on the BLM's mismanagement of our wild equid. Band-aides are not a cure for the BLM's illness, but will only exacerbate their symptoms. Since the BLM now knows there is someone who will take in all rounded-up mustangs, their outlawed, barbaric helicopters raids will increase, resulting in additional land offered to the Rolex Ranchers.

We need a federal administration who will recognize and abide by laws that were long ago enacted to protect OUR wild equines rather than bow to the ranching lobbyists who are decimating mustangs to the point of extinction. These are OUR wild animals that are on OUR public lands, yet we have no say regarding their preservation as US icons. Whatever happened to, "by the people, of the people and for the people?"

Where ARE these federal judges who have been appointed to uphold federal laws? I think their "coffee breaks" need a time limit!!!

Mari said...

Although I bow to Madeleine Pickens efforts to save our wild horses, I feel this is merely putting a band-aide on the BLM's mismanagement of our wild equid. Band-aides are not a cure for the BLM's illness, but will only exacerbate their symptoms. Since the BLM now knows there is someone who will take in all rounded-up mustangs, their outlawed, barbaric helicopters raids will increase, resulting in additional land offered to the Rolex Ranchers.

We need a federal administration who will recognize and abide by laws that were long ago enacted to protect OUR wild equines rather than bow to the ranching lobbyists who are decimating mustangs to the point of extinction. These are OUR wild animals that are on OUR public lands, yet we have no say regarding their preservation as US icons. Whatever happened to, "by the people, of the people and for the people?"

Where ARE these federal judges who have been appointed to uphold federal laws? I think their "coffee breaks" need a time limit!!!

spirithorsebr said...

Drastic Removal Planned for Cloud's Herd
Watch this 30 second video by Ginger Kathrens
Newsletter
http://webmail.aol.com/43792/aol/en-us/Suite.aspx
VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qp_EXnlXxg

2. Write and SPEAK OUT!! Clouds and his Herd are on the roundup list now..... Don't let this round up & death sentence happen. What do you do? Address and e-mail below.

3. Go into silent vigilance of hope prayer and meditation for Cloud and his Herd and all the Wild Horses

4. Send this E-mail to Director of the Interior ASAP!
Time is of the essence. “Cloud and his family (herd) could be killed before his October 2009 movie comes out on PBS.”Ginger Kathrens

Email Ken Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management now! There is an easy format below you can use just add your name.

To this e-mail: exsec@iosdoi.gov

Mail: Ken Salazar
Department of Interior
1849 C Street , N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-7351
http://www.doi.gov/contact.html


http://www.conquistadorprogram.org/blmcourt_d... DRAFT PLAN
For Immediate Release Contact: Patricia Haight, Ph.D., (480) 430-2294, pathaight@yahoo.com Julianne French, 520-309-5791, J_French@cox.net
Nevada and Pryor Mountain in July and August of 2009 Roundups fact or fiction. History will tell. Opps my bad will not do for the United States citizens who love and cherish these beauties.
Source: Barbara Ellen Ries, Advocate for Cloud Foundation.
If you think we being harsh read documents from the BLM draft and we will see if Cloud and his Herd lives to ROAM FREE. I hope this draft was just some humans having a bad day and not reality. I believe “The Truth shall set the Horses free one way or another.”
Barbara Ellen Ries, Arizona Horse Advocate and Pro-ROAM
If your organization can help please e-mail me at ~ spirithorsebr@aol.com
Barbara Ellen Ries, spirithorsebr@aol.com