Wild Horse Education (WHE) President Laura Leigh often shares data and other information with various advocates and advocacy groups to address questions that may arise. Yesterday the mother of a young advocate asked for some infoormation as her young son was writing to the BLM Advisory Board. We had a brief exchange and today WHE received a copy of the comments crafted by Declan Gregg to the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. We thought we would share words of the “wise.”
Statement for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, March 4, 2013
My name is Declan Gregg, I am 10 years old and am from New Hampshire, and I would like to see our wild horses being treated with respect, care and responsibility, by the Bureau of Land Management.
My parents have taught me responsibility – responsibility to my family, my friends, my community, my country and yes, even to the animals with whom we share our world. And with that responsibility, comes respect. I go to school each day, thinking not only of myself and of getting good grades, but also about others and how, through my thoughts and actions, I can help them and be a good friend to them. At home, I take responsibility for my pets, feeding them, cleaning up after them and giving them the love and respect they deserve. Within my community, I volunteer to help those in need.
When I look at what is happening to our wild horses and the round-ups that are taking place, and all the wild horses in long term holding pens, I have to ask, is the BLM being responsible? Was it necessary to round up the horses in the first place? Are the round-ups conducted humanely? Are the captured wild horses taken care of properly and given enough food, water and medical care?
Just because I am a child, does not mean that what the BLM does, isn’t concerning to me. Children are citizens of this country and decisions made by adults affect us, too. The BLM is responsible for ensuring that there will still be wild horses for not only my generation to cherish, but for future generations as well. And I have to ask, are they doing that?
The BLM needs to be more honest with the public and tell them what is happening with our wild horses. They belong to us and we have a right to know. The BLM needs to find better ways to manage our wild horses and ensure they are treated humanely and that they are not causing harm to our wild horses. This includes ensuring our wild horses don’t end up at slaughter. There are many qualified individuals and organizations who are more than willing to work with the BLM to ensure our wild horses are treated responsibly and with care and respect and we ask the BLM to take advantage of those resources.
Founder and President of Children 4 Horses