Craig C. Downer’s Concern about Inordinate Emphasis on PZP in America’s Wild Horse Program Today

10 Nov

I am concerned that too many of the advocates are being manipulated into facilitating PZP treatment on herds whose populations aren’t even at the spurious level of viability that BLM often espouses, i.e. 150. What implications does this have for these herds? Are they to become dysfunctional and in decline due to inbreeding, and loss of vigor and vitality? I think too many of the advocates are being manipulated. We should be insisting on a better approach and an addressing of the Fairness issue here: what is a fair level of population for the original Herd Area in each region, what is a fair allocation of resources: forage, water, shelter, all the habitat requirements, etc. It seems the wild horse and burros are being subject to a continuing squeeze on their basic rights under the law, as is the public that supports them. As many of you know, I am an advocate of Reserve Design that would be tailored to each specific herd and would result in truly long term viability and true ecological adaptation, as well as natural self-stabilization. This can be done, but people must care enough to make it happen. It would be better all around in the long term in terms of expense, well being etc. The current policies are victimizing the horses and burros to accommodate the big exploiters of the public lands. All this is contrary to the core intent of the WFHBA. We must not throw in the towel here because in so many cases accepting and condoning PZP inhibition of reproduction sends the message that you agree with the claim that these horses are overpopulated, though objectively they are underpopulated and just being blamed, or conveniently used as scapegoats. This is not “multiple use” nor is it “thriving natural ecological balance” nor is it “minimal feasible level” of management! See the points of law I have meticulously presented in my newly revised and perfected book The Wild Horse Conspiracy, available in print or as an eBook. I list 19 points of law that are being ignored but that are the law and that we advocates should be insisting upon. You should be able to see these points of law right after the Introduction by reading the sample pages on this link.


Helping the Brumbies of Australia

31 Oct

Craig C. Downer has recently been in Australia where he has participated in the week-long 2014 Annual Ecological Society of Australia Conference. He was in Australia between September 11 and October 23, 2014. He presented a poster at the conference concerning the positive contributions wild horses can make to ecosystems and argued for a place for the brumbies in this country, while at the same time affirming that he is very much in favor of preserving and restoring the native species of flora and fauna of this continent. He was hosted by a variety of Australians who value the “brumbies” and want to see them treated fairly and not merely scapegoated, or blamed, for problems that they did not basically cause. He is very grateful for all the wonderful hospitality he was shown and looks forward to continuing to work with these people, including Mae Lee Sun, editor of the book Brumbies: A Celebration of Australia’s Wild Horses as well as the Center for Compassionate Conservation, and several other of his host organizations or individuals throughout Australia. More to come.

Delivery of Petition Stop the Excessive Roundups in Washington DC went well Jan-Feb, 2014

6 Mar

During late January and early February, 2014 I was in Washington DC and delivered the petition with ca. 6,000 signers and commenters from all over the US and world. I met with the undersecretary of Interior and was encouraged to submit my Reserve Design proposal to 3 officials. I also delivered it to the BLM wh & b program office and discussed reforms as well as to the USFS wh & b program. Also I met with either the Congressmen or their aides in a number of offices both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, delivering this petition as well as copies of my book The Wild Horse Conspiracy and my recently published article: The horse and burro as positively contributing returned natives in North America (which you can read simply by googling my name and this title. I was encouraged that many influential people listened to me and that reform to restore the herds and cut back on the livestock and other conflicting interests shall be forthcoming, but we must continue to work toward this ever so important and crucial goal today! Together we can achieve the positive change in our societies priorities and values and life styles that is so very much needed if we are to preserve Life on Earth, of which the wild horses and burros are indispensable components.

Part Two: Dinner With Craig

25 Jan

Part Two: Dinner With Craig.

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