Supporters for wild horses rallied at the Rock Springs BLM office Tuesday afternoon – SweetwaterNOW

13 Aug

BLM PR Specialist Shelley Gregory, middle left, and rally speaker Beverley Hughes, red hat, discussed wild horses at the BLM Offices Tuesday.

BLM PR Specialist Shelley Gregory, middle left, and rally speaker Beverley Hughes, red hat, discussed wild horses at the BLM Offices Tuesday.

The wild horse supporters have another rally planned on Aug. 25 the day the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meets in Riverton, Wyoming. It will be a one day meeting, begins at 8:00 am public comments are in the afternoon and as usual, you must sign up ahead of time to speak. 
Read more about the WH&B ADVISORY BOARD MEETING HERE

Join the Facebook event page for this rally HERE
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ROCK SPRINGS – Throughout history rallies and protests have been seen on every stage imaginable. No matter where it takes place or what issue is involved, they all have a special link. That link is passion. On Tuesday, a handful of wild horse supporters gathered at the Rock Springs Bureau of Land Management Office.

While small in numbers, the supports had members who traveled from Cheyenne, Denver and around the area to show support for the wild horses. Speaker said they planned the rally and expected more people but with the court ruling halting the roundup, Hughes said many supports saw that as a win and did not show up.

Besides using Facebook to get support, the group also passed out flyers all over which included a huge focus at Sturgis about getting the word out.

Hughes explained how her passion for wild horses began. As a photographer, she made her way to Wyoming to photograph the wild horses. When she arrived, she was taken to the Green River Visitor’s Center and was shown two “token” horses. Not very impressed, Hughes hired a guide to take her out to see the horses. She said she saw about 20 horses in about a 12 hour span.

This is where she first learned of the wild horse roundups and the treatment of wild horses. Being a dog lover and rescuer her whole life, she quickly focused on the wild horses.

She went to the holding corrals and looked at the horses gathered in one big group with no shelter or shade from the heat. Hughes explained she then asked the BLM about the horses and explained she was given about five options, none of them good.

Since then she has been all over the country fighting for the wild horses.

Being a veteran of the military, Hughes said she made promises to protect this country.

“I feel the treatment of these wild horses is an attack on our country by the BLM,” Hughes explained.

Hughes also questioned why tax money was being used to move the horses out so cattle and sheep can graze. Hughes said cattle and sheep herders should have to rent private land like the way it used to be.

Another supporter Elaine Taylor made her way from Cheyenne to be at the BLM on Tuesday. She also spoke passionately about the mistreatment of the horses. She said these horses are being forced to stay in corrals in the dead of winter fighting the ice and snow with no wind breaks to protect them.

Taylor said they have tried to find out how many horses have died in captivity but no one could tell them.

“We know many horses have died because of this,” Taylor said. “I don’t believe in any inhumane treatment for any living thing.”

Wild horse supports said their concerns are being ignored and the way the roundups are being done with the use of helicopters is not good for the horses. One supporter said they ran a bunch of horses so hard that one of the horses lost its hooves and had to be put down.

Also at the rally, answering questions and listening to the concerns of the protesters was BLM Public Relations Specialist Shelley Gregory. She answered questions for the supports and listened to ideas they had. Several times she urged the supports to write down their comments and submit them before the public comment period ends.

One support said the government is making it harder for the public to submit comments. She said it has to be done a certain way or it gets thrown out. The supporters also noted the BLM was only accepting those comments submitted with unique and new ideas and not everyone’s voice was being heard.

Gregory said they do take those comments with unique and new ideas. She informed the wild horse supporters some of the comments submitted are very general and urged the supporters to submit new ideas. She said many issues get resolved from public ideas which haven’t been looked at or thought of.

Gregory said there are about 850 to 950 wild horses in the checkerboard land. She said the wild horses which are in the solid block areas of the management play would remain there.

Gregory told SweetwaterNOW the BLM has multiple uses and have to balance issues between the different groups. With the wild horses, she said the BLM has to honor this court-ordered action and the request of the private landowners to remove these horses from their land.

Gregory also explained local offices do not make the rules, congress does and they have to follow them. She urged anyone who has issues with happenings in the BLM office, they should also contact the Wyoming delegates in Washington D.C.

The public comment period is still open and Gregory urged the public to submit ideas and comments. For information about the issue or to find out how to submit public comments, visit the BLM website or contact the local office.

The wild horse supporters have another rally planned on Aug. 25 in Riverton.
Read more about the rally HERE

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