California leads the way in protecting wild horses from slaughter On November 8, 2018, 932 horses were rounded up from the Modoc National Forest where they and their ancestors have lived for the past century. In a letter to the USDA and the US Forest Service, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned that the US Forest Service would be in violation of state law if any of the wild horses or burros rounded up in Modoc National Forest are sold for the purpose of slaughter.
Modoc National Forest, located in north eastern California, is home to the largest herd of wild mustang’s and burros on US forest lands. According to the US Forest Service charged with managing these animals, the wild horse population has exceeded what the land and water resources can support. Under the authority of the USDA the US Forest Service has determined that “gatherings” or round-ups are the course of action necessary to enable the horses, other animal species and plant life to flourish.
What the US Forest Service neglects to disclose is that they authorized over 7,000 cattle and 2900 sheep to graze on allotments in the territory. The horses were rounded up off two allotments so ranchers could put cattle there again.
In the meantime, wild horses and burros will have their freedom stolen as they are warehoused in holding pens.
Please write to the US Forest Service and the USDA to express your opinion regarding the use of public lands for cattle grazing verses wild horses and burros, who have made this area their home for decades.
The Honorable Sonny Perdue Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250
Vicki Christiansen Chief, U.S. Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250
Randy Moore Regional Forester U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region 1323 Club Drive Vallejo, CA 94592
Amanda McAdams Forest Supervisor Modoc National Forest 225 West 8th Street Alturas, CA 96101
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