The $21 million authorized in December for the disastrous management plan is another step closer to obligation, according to a news release by Animal Wellness Action, a lobbying group in Washington, DC.
Congress withheld funding until the BLM developed a comprehensive and detailed plan for controlling wild horse and burro populations on public lands in the western U.S.
The plan was issued last week and Congress has 60 days to review it.
The news release did not indicate if it was a draft, subject to revision, or if it would be posted for public comments.
A simple way to assess the validity of the plan is to search it for terms such as ‘AUM,’ ‘livestock,’ ‘forage allocation,’ ‘permit’ and ‘grazing season.’
They’re not in there, as if the grazing program was independent of the WHB program, not intertwined. Everybody knows that AMLs must go down if permitted AUMs go up!
The plan puts the crosshairs on America’s wild horses and burros while shielding the ranchers from public scrutiny.
HMAs were supposed to be safe havens for wild horses and burros but the government has turned them into breeding grounds for privately owned livestock.
Meanwhile, the BLM is ‘modernizing’ the grazing program, to streamline the permitting process, provide greater flexibility for managing resources and further enrich the public-lands ranchers.