by Nicole Rivard, Friends of Animals Correspondent
When the Bureau of Land Management hosts a public meeting such as the one on Jan. 22 in Minden, Nevada, to discuss the Carson City District's draft resource management plan...make no mistake about it...the agency does not really care what the public thinks. They denied the public in attendance any chance to speak on the record.
Instead the public was made to feel like they mattered by being allowed to walk around to different stations where BLM specialists justified parts of the draft resource management plan, like John Axtell, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist for Carson City District. For instance part of that plan calls for 4.8 million acres of public land in the Carson City District to continue to be available for livestock grazing and for a decrease in wild horse and burro herd areas from a 1.2 million acres to 1.07 million acres. Yet only 1 out of 17 of the herd management areas in this planning area has an appropriate management level set of 500 or more.
Friends of Animals' employees, Edita Birnkrant and Nicole Rivard, traveled across the country to speak up for the wild horses and instead got a taste of what it feels like to be a wild horse in the United States-we were rounded up and tossed aside like garbage.