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New York protest planned over wild horse management

January 15, 2010

Wild horse advocates plan to rally in New York on Sunday over management of America's wild horses.

They plan to gather from 1pm to 3pm at Columbus Circle (58th St at Central Park S).

Advocates are also angered over plans for a multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline project that will cross the wild horse and burro rangelands.

Equine Welfare Alliance representative John Holland said of the round-ups and Ruby Pipeline project: "The Bureau of Land Management repeatedly claims that wild horse advocates are distorting the truth.

"This continuous seepage of damaging evidence on all fronts has seriously eroded any confidence we have in bureau communications."

This is the second protest in New York in the past two weeks.

Susan Hamlin and Robin Yager, organisers of the Albany protest held last week, commented: "Despite sub-zero wind chills, the protesters that included farm managers, equine rehabilitators, educators, rescues and professional turf writers from as far away as Connecticut and Massachusetts, found a warm welcome from the media and public.

"New York advocates called for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to support a halt to the roundups while Congress decides how to manage the wild horse population in the best interest of the American public."

Wild horse advocates have united and issued a letter to President Obama requesting a moratorium on wild horse and burro round-ups.

They are concerned at the pace of roundups and believe too many horses are being removed from the western rangelands.

More horses are currently held in captivity than roam the rangelands.



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