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I hear a lot of  the “federally protected ” argument from advocates.  If this was a cut and dry clearly written law, then the BLM would have been stopped long ago.  I see  problems in banking too much on this law as the end all to protect the horse’s right to the range . I’ve been told there are so many amendments to the ACT that it is as confusing and entangled as all the  other laws governing the range are.    The BLM does use the word of the law to “protect” the wild horses as an excuse for round ups.  They predict low – to no water in many ranges because they’ve sold off rights so they do have an indication of what’s to come.  That said – I’m certainly not on their side with round ups or all the rest of their biased, destructive and   cruel practices.  Let’s say the law is straight forward, ( which it isn’t) but it goes to court against other  laws pertaining to the range – like cattle grazing ( a right that goes back to the Taylor Grazing Act of the thirties.)  This law wove cattle grazing into the fabric of the west and it is as sacredly guarded  as  the ten commandments.     Also water rights laws were also in place long before the WHBPA so they didn’t have to legally share their rights with wild horses.  Laws rarely protect the innocent – they  favor the guy with the biggest bag of gold, especially when you’re talking about bureaucratic mish mash. I am supportive of  law suits continuing  as well as all other forms of advocacy for the mustangs but I think the advocates need to strategize and unite more.  The reason other  groups vieing for use of resources from the range make headway is because they do have strength in numbers, money and strategy.    I think many politicians could be de-throned for conflict of interest investments and subsidies they receive – including Salazaar.  The public needs to become  a non-violent  army in protection of the wild horses – not to exclude the greater good for healthy range management.  That means education and soldiers on the ground – studying, documenting  and making sure there is enough water and forage for all of nature, thus preventing the privatization of public and natural resources.  I think range by range advocacy might work the best – but I know a lot of approaches have been tried.  I welcome your ideas for strategies that  – could help unite the advocates and make substantial progress protecting the free-roaming life of America’s wild horses and burros.

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