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Targeted Grazing Scam

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
By George Wuerthner as published on The Wildlife News The Idaho BLM is implementing what is sometimes called “targeted grazing” with livestock in an effort to reduce large wildfires. The theory is that if livestock graze enough of the “fuel”, then large wildfires like the 600,000 Murphy Complex or the Soda Fire which burned across southern Idaho in recent years could be more easily controlled. On the surface, this strategy seems plausible. Less fuel should mean fewer large fires. But here’s the rest of the story. First, nearly all the acreage burned annually is the result of a very few large fire complexes. For instance, in the years 1980-2003 there were 56,320 fires in the Rocky Mountain states. Of those fires, 96% of the blazes were responsible for charring only 4% of the total acreage burned. By contrast, 0.1% of the fires—less than 50—were responsible for over half the acreage burned during that time. Therefore, the fires that are the biggest threat to both human communities and the ones fuel treatments like targeted grazing seek to control are those very infrequent but large blazes. However, large blazes occur during what are categorized as “extreme fire weather” conditions. These conditions include serious drought, low humidity, high temperatures and most importantly high winds. The reason winds are key to fire spread is because they “fan” the flames, and toss embers 1-4 miles ahead…

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BLM Lays Out Plan to Manage Wild Horses and Burros to Extinction

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
? The Bureau of Land Management Lays Out the Plan to Manage Wild Horses and Burros to Extinction By Debbie Coffey and Carol Walker, Wild Horse Freedom Federation 4/30/18 The BLM has submitted a report to Congress “Management Options for a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program” with recommendations on managing the wild horses and burros on our public lands as well as the 46,000 held in short and long term holding facilities. Some of the suggestions include killing (misidentified as “euthanasia”) 10,000 wild horses and burros, massive roundups of 50,000 wild horses and burros currently on our public lands, then sterilizing 80% of the wild horses and burros that remain, and removing limitations on sale of these wild horses and burros, which exposes them to the risk of sale to slaughter. The options offered in this report would not lead to sustainability, but to the extinction of wild horses and burros on public lands, likely within the next generation or two. Here is the BLM’s plan: http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/BLM%20Management%20Options%20for%20a%20Sustainable%20Wild%20Horse%20and%20Burro%20Program.pdf The BLM is asking Congress for permission to proceed with these extreme measures, and yet the basis for this plan is rooted in false claims. “Since receiving federal protection in 1971, wild horse and burro populations on public lands have dramatically increased, far exceeding what is healthy for the land and the animals.” The BLM’s population estimates remain wildly inaccurate. Wild Horse Freedom Federation…

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The BLM Releases Plan to Congress that will Ensure Extinction of Wild Horses and Burros on Our Public Lands

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
From Wild Horse Freedom Federation The Bureau of Land Management just released its plan to Congress for managing wild horses and burros on our public lands. The options offered in this report would not lead to sustainability but instead would lead directly to the extinction of wild horses and burros on our public lands with the next 10-20 years. False claims such as thousands of starving and dying horses on the range, and the horses being the source of any and all range degradation are at the heart of their argument. The BLM proposes to remove 50,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands. They want to remove protections from our wild horses and burros that will lead to tens of thousands of wild horses being killed and slaughtered, and kill the wild horses and burros in holding facilities. This is not “euthanasia,” these are healthy wild horses and burros. The BLM wants to continue to keep the public in the dark about its actions, seeking to lift requirements for study and public comment that protect our public lands as well as the animals that live on them. The BLM also proposes to sterilize 80% of the wild horses and burros that live on our public lands, and they will use dangerous, cruel and inhumane methods to accomplish this. Wild horses and burros will no longer have the natural behaviors…

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Debunking Common Myths About Horse Slaughter and the Protection of America’s Wild Horses and Burros

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
Source:  One Green Planet By Susan Wagner, Equine Advocates and Carol Walker, Wild Horse Freedom Federation Since 2007, when the last horse slaughterhouse operating in this country closed its doors, attempts by special interest groups in ranching, oil and gas, mining, and the gun lobby, to return this repulsive and unpopular…

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Private Livestock grazing on federal public lands is a privilege — not a right

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
By Erik Molvar as published on The Hill Welfare Ranching is EXACTLY that!!! Recently, the Hage family of central Nevada has become the poster boy for ranchers supposedly victimized by federal law enforcement. But far from being victims of a repressive federal bureaucracy, the Hage family demonstrates the vulnerability of our…

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Save The Frogs Day April 28, 2018

Originally posted on Natural History Wanderings:
In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, the scientific community has declared Saturday April 28th, 2019  ‘Save The Frogs Day’. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Only a small proportion of the public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public. Our goal is to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge, and Save The Frogs Day is our best way to make this happen! To learn more and find local events go to: Save The Frogs Day

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Saving forest elephants saves forests

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/KR0WllmZbPE This 2013 video says about itself: The Dzanga Bai, a small clearing in the Central African Republic, is a unique haven for endangered forest elephants. As many as 200 at a time will gather in this open area to eat minerals found in the soil. The Bai is part of the protected Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, but poachers recently entered the park killing more than two dozen elephants. This video shows elephants enjoying the Bai and reveals efforts to again make it a safe haven for the African forest elephant, a species whose numbers have been reduced by more than 60% in the past decade. From the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA: Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA April 25, 2018 Although it is erroneously treated as a subspecies, the dwindling African forest elephant is a genetically distinct species. New University of Illinois research has found that forest elephant populations across Central Africa are genetically quite similar to one another. Conserving this critically endangered species across its range is crucial to preserving local plant diversity in Central and West African Afrotropical forests — meaning conservationists could save many species by protecting one. “Forest elephants are the heart of these ecosystems — without them, the system falls apart, and many other species are jeopardized”, said the principal investigator of this research, Alfred…

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