Archive | November, 2014

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.