Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Senator Salazar, the current United States Secretary of the Interior, and the travesty facing our wild mustangs

Throughout his career, Senator Salazar, has campaigned on a pledge of support for 'our land, our water, and our people but that pledge doesn’t hold with his actions.

Salazar has been rewarded for going against the interest of America

In 2005, Salazar voted against increasing fuel-efficiency standards (CAFE) for cars and trucks, a vote that the League Of Conservation Voters notes is anti-environment. In the same year, Salazar voted against an amendment to repeal tax breaks for ExxonMobil and other major petroleum companies, against the interests of the land, the wildlife and the people.

In 2006, Salazar voted to end protections that limit off-shore oil drilling in Florida's Gulf Coast.

In 2007, Salazar was one of only a handful of Democrats to vote against a bill that would require the United States Army Corps of Engineers to consider global warming when planning water projects.

The Senate confirmed Salazar's nomination by voice vote on January 20, 2009, as Secretary Of The Interior. This was shortly after Obama was sworn in as President.

Salazar is in charge of the National Park Service, The Bureau Of Land Management, The United States Fish And Wildlife Service, The United States Geological Survey, The Bureau Of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies overseen by the Interior Department. Each has its problems, and Salazar may be the biggest one of all.

Several prominent environmentalist groups are wary of Salazar, noting his strong ties with the coal and mining industries. Which have destroyed millions of acres of tribal land and BLM leased property. Property where our Wild Mustangs roam free, well, I stand corrected, where they used to roam free!

Kieran Suckling, executive director of The Center For Biological Diversity, which tracks endangered species and habitat issues states "He [Ken Salazar] is a right-of-center Democrat who often favors industry and big agriculture in battles over global warming, fuel efficiency and endangered species

We can see where this would fall into his pledge. Now what was that pledge again, oh yeah: support for our land, our water, and our people.

On March 6, 2009 Salazar agreed to move forward with The Fish And Wildlife Service's decision to remove The Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf from The Endangered Species List in Montana and Idaho

On May 9, 2009, Salazar announced upholding a Bush-era policy that prevents the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions via the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a policy he pledged to reevaluate when he took office in January. The policy which states that, despite the apparent negative impact global warming has on polar bears, an endangered species, greenhouse gasses cannot be regulated with the ESA. Salazar stated in a conference call announcing the decision that "The single greatest threat to the polar bear is the melting of the arctic sea ice due to climate change," but the Endangered Species Act "is not the appropriate tool for us to deal with what is a global issue." The decision was met with criticism from environmental groups and praise from energy groups including The American Petroleum Institute and many Republicans. Salazar contended in the same conference call that the ESA was never intended to be used for the regulation of climate change, while sidestepping questions of how this situation is different from that of The Clean Air Act, which is currently being used by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate emissions

Well, now here in 2010, we have The BLM's assault on The Wild Horses. Our Wild Mustangs which are under the BLM’s Protection. The agency prohibits public comments and provides no documentation.

With the massive Calico wild horse roundup under way, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expanding its assault on America's wild horses to Utah. On January 15, the BLM began the roundup of 200 horses in The Confusion Herd Management Area, leaving only 70-100 horses in the 235,000-acres public land area in Utah's Confusion Mountains. One wonders why the BLM is rounding up our Wild Mustangs when there is sufficient land and food to support the entire Herd!

The BLM's website invites the public to view the wild horses living in Confusion, but warns "it is unlawful to chase and/or catch them. Foals, pregnant mares and older horses are easily hurt when pursued, so please allow them to live a free and un- harassed life."

Yet, The BLM itself not only harassed, but terrorized these horses, by stampeding them with helicopters into capture pens. The BLM knows that pregnant mares, young foals, and older horses will be injured and/or killed, just as they have been in Calico. Please see IDA's blog, which documents The BLM's "euthanasia" by rifle of a mare, orphaning her foal, and the death of a foal who collapsed during the BLM's helicopter stampede.

This blog (also features a photo essay of the bittersweet story of the captured stallion Freedom, who scaled a six- foot fence and crashed through barbed wire to make his escape, forced to leave his family of eight mares and two colts behind.

Adding insult to injury, The BLM is not accepting public comments on the Confusion roundup and has provided no information to justify this wild horse capture.

This latest proposed BLM atrocity against wild horses is unnecessary and The BLM's closed-door conduct is counter to The Obama Administration's promise of transparency in government operations.

We the people have had enough. Although there has been a torrent of objections, it has fallen on deaf ears’ .People are sick and tired of politicians pretending that they are concerned about what the people think and want, just to have them turn around and do what they were going to do in the first place.

Why are these magnificent animals being rounded up and killed, Information has surfaced regarding an agreement between the BLM and a Canadian company that is slaughtering these animals and selling them off to third world countries for food, this is yet another disgrace, and Obama who sponsored Salazar may be implicated.

Stand by this isn’t over by a long shot!