Update on our petition for shade and shelter for captive wild horses and burros
Last year I had several meetings with BLM staff to bring shade to the captives at Palomino Valley Center (PVC). I hoped it would set an example for other facilities without shade as well.
BLM staff wanted to try a specific shade structure to ensure it would work for the facility. They told me there was no money in their budget to buy it. I offered to quickly raise the money for the trial shade structure to fast-track the process.
Sadly the BLM’s Washington office created a lot of red tape and delays. The window for the 2015 hot weather trial period ended.
My hopes were to have the PVC shade trial completed in 2015 so by the summer of 2016 the pens would be filled with shade structures providing relief from the hot weather and triple digit heat-waves.
In the wild, equids can move to cooler zones. In the BLM pens they are trapped.
Now it’s 2016 and summer temperatures are starting to climb. . . I hope there won’t be anymore dead wild horses in the pens this summer. Previous heat-waves have been tragic.
Please email this petition to everyone you know and ask them to sign and share it. Let’s keep the pressure on BLM to do the right thing.
After all, BLM made more than $4 billion in profit last year. Funds should be made available for BLM to purchase trial shade structures themselves right now! The least BLM could do is to provide shade to the iconic captives struggling under the pounding sun.
Together we can turn this around!
Mission: To protect and preserve native and wild horses.
Petition to bring emergency shade and shelter to captive wild horses and burros: https://www.change.org/p/bring-emergency-shelter-and-shade-to-captive-wild-horses-and-burros
Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.