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Marti Oakley interviews Marjorie Farabee, founder of Wild Burro Protection League, and director of Wild Burro Affairs with Wild Horse Freedom Federation


Presently there are only 11 Herd Management Areas for burros with viable herds of 100 members or more in the United States.   Even 100 is a marginal number for viability, which means that the burros are nearly completely gone, and with them goes a powerful symbol of our pioneering spirit.  With them, goes a huge piece of who we are as Americans.  These amazing animals are vilified unfairly and without scientific evidence as destroying habitat, when in fact they are an integral part of the habitat because they evolved in North America which is where they originated.  And, they are also proven, through DNA, to be the species equus asinus a species which is listed with CITES as being globally critically endangered.  The American people spoke loudly and clearly that they wanted the American burro to remain on the lands where they were found, when the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed.  And, they recently spoke loudly and clearly that they don’t want them shot or eradicated, when 111,000 people signed the petition penned by our own Karen Van Atta  co-founder of Wild Burro Protection League. 
Despite the outcry, despite the protests, marches and pleas to politicians the body count rises, and the holding pens are filling up.  Where’s the logic?  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has shot hundreds of burros in their park, and eye witnesses have stated that they are still shooting them.  Why?  They belong to the people and they are woven into the culture and history of the people who live there.  In essence, this is blatant disregard for the values, that the locals of the bordering towns around Big Bend Ranch State Park, hold dear.  111,000 people have formally asked them to leave the wild burros wild, yet their concerns have not been acknowledged by the seat of government in Austin where the petition was delivered Jan 18th 2012.
This is a topic that bears discussion as we get to the bottom of why the gentle burro is being targeted for complete removal from our public lands.  I believe that in one year, California will have no more burros.  The ones currently rounded up are being shipped out quickly to Utah where they are falling into a black hole.  Where do they go?  Part of the puzzle is answered by the gov. request for a solicitation bid to care for 500 wild burros. 

This solicitation bid is for only 10 ½ months.   What are their intentions for our WH&B after that?

Solicitation Number:
Notice Type:
Added: Aug 09, 2012 3:28 pm
The Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, Utah has a requirement for the holding and feeding of up to 500 wild burros for approximately 10 and 1/2 months with an option of two additional months if the governments needs dictate. Facilities must be within 30 miles of Gunnison, Utah or Delta, Utah. Contractors shall provide all land, facilities, personnel and supplies to perform general care of the burros. Veterinary care and all care requiring certain types of facilities will be done at an approved BLM facility within 30 miles of the chosen facility and is not part of this requirement. The full solicitation will be posted on or near August 24, 2012.
Questions shall be directed to: Steven, aka Sam, Wimmer PO BOX 45155 Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0155 801-539-4177 Fax: 801-539-4222
Additional Info:
Contracting Office Address:
Point of Contact(s):
Steven S. Wimmer
As you can see there is a lot to talk about! 
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