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Cattle grazing has been a longstanding tradition in the Western United States, but the practice has become outdated and the preservation of land and wildlife needs to come first.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs to ban the use of federal lands for livestock grazing. There are countless documented cases of animals being killed to make way for ranchers who leave an environmentally destructive path in their livestock's wake. That destruction needs to end now.

One case in Washington state demonstrates the problem with the BLM's current policy: Almost an entire wolf pack was killed in 2016 after cattle were attacked on federal grazing lands known to be the pack's territory. At the ranchers' request, the wolves were shot from a helicopter. Meanwhile, ranchers save tons of money by using federal land for grazing instead of buying feed for their livestock. From Washington down to Nevada, around 100,000 coyotes, wolves, and bears are killed each year by Wildlife Services to protect livestock producers, as well as foxes, prairie dogs, and other native species. Wildlife should not suffer and be slaughtered in their natural habitat to make way for cattle and livestock.

Dewatering of rivers and precious other water sources are in danger from grazing. Plant life — which feeds and sustains the wildlife in the region — is consumed instead by close-grazing livestock which decimates the careful ecological balance of the prairies.

The Bureau of Land Management needs to ban the use of federal lands for livestock grazing and instead protect the native wildlife and environment. When livestock and wildlife come into contact, it is the wildlife that always suffers.

With native wildlife, plant life, and water sources in danger and being destroyed, the use of federal land for livestock grazing needs to come to a stop immediately, as does the practice of killing animals — some of whom are endangered — to protect livestock invading the western range. The Bureau of Land Management must end livestock grazing on federal land and protect the precious land and wildlife in the West!

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To the Director of the Bureau of Land Management:

The Bureau of Land Management exists in order "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." That, unfortunately, is not what is taking place in the western United States due to the ongoing practice of livestock grazing on federal lands.

Native species of animals are being killed by the tens of thousands every year in order to protect privately owned livestock on public lands, despite the known risks that come with livestock husbandry in the wild. In 2016, once-endangered wolves were killed in Washington state for attacking livestock that ranchers let graze on federal land that is known to be wolf territory. Other species of animals being killed in the interest of livestock production with the use of federal land include bears, foxes, coyotes, and prairie dogs. Wildlife should not suffer and be slaughtered in their natural habitat to make way for cattle and livestock.

Grazing on public lands is cheaper than purchasing feed or grazing on private land, which is why the practice continues to this day. While cattle grazing on the open range may have once been necessary a century ago, it is now a threat to the beautiful landscapes, the natural plant life, the precious water supplies, and the native — and sometimes endangered — wildlife. The native land and its wildlife must come first before the priorities of livestock profits.

There are inherent risks that come with any type of farming, especially husbandry, and ranchers must assume the risks that go with having cattle in or near wolf and bear territory. To kill off wolves because they attack cattle while in their own territory, on public land, goes against both reason and sound conservation. These animals which are on the endangered species list or have just recently come back from the brink of being endangered must not be slaughtered and brought to extinction.

A ban of livestock grazing on federal lands would preserve the land and protect its wildlife for our future generations to have, admire, and enjoy. The open range of the western United States is far too valuable to be destroyed at the cost of livestock production which could more properly be managed on private land. The Sierra Club and many other organizations have for some time now called for an end to livestock grazing on public land, and that time is now.

Director, you and the Bureau of Land Management can protect our beautiful western range and stop the killing of wildlife by banning the use of federal land for livestock grazing. Privately owned livestock should graze and be fed on private land, not public land. Please put an end to grazing permits and grazing rights on public land as a whole, thereby preserving the land and stop the killing of wolves and other animals in their own habitat.


Petition Signatures

Jul 25, 2017 sal cuccia
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 24, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
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Jul 22, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Moore
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Janice Tinkham
Jul 20, 2017 Sameria Christy
Jul 20, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 19, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Jul 17, 2017 Crystal Wilson
Jul 16, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Jul 16, 2017 Pat Redner
Jul 16, 2017 Elena Knox
Jul 15, 2017 Marian Hussenbux
Jul 15, 2017 Louise McGannon This is so very wrong. Private citizens being able to capitalize on public lands that all of us owns. Leave these lands to wildlife!
Jul 13, 2017 regina sondej
Jul 12, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Jul 12, 2017 Carla Winger
Jul 12, 2017 Carolyn Smith
Jul 12, 2017 O.C. Oliveira
Jul 10, 2017 Amy Knepper
Jul 10, 2017 Tia Simon Learn what a nasty $1 hamburger really costs us - you will be shocked and horrified.
Jul 9, 2017 Becky Anderson
Jul 9, 2017 Jessica Pynn
Jul 9, 2017 ki paul
Jul 9, 2017 robin mater
Jul 8, 2017 Jade Scileppi God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. John Muir
Jul 8, 2017 Dìane van Weelie
Jul 7, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Jul 7, 2017 Toni Reeves
Jul 4, 2017 Sofia Jensen
Jul 3, 2017 G. Simmons
Jul 2, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
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Jun 28, 2017 Sharon Sutton
Jun 27, 2017 Perri Sussman
Jun 26, 2017 Inger Kopf
Jun 26, 2017 Stacy Wykle
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Jun 24, 2017 Ana Andre
Jun 24, 2017 Adriana Mazutis

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