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Cattle grazing has been a longstanding tradition in the Western United States, but the practice has become outdated and the preservation of land and wildlife needs to come first.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

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 28, 2017 Claire Loridan
May 28, 2017 Linda Boccia Cattle can graze anywhere so keep them off Federal Lands along with sheep and goats. don't allow native species to be compromised by privately owned livestock.
May 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2017 Kathleen Coffman
May 28, 2017 Jacqueline Tay
May 28, 2017 Jan Clare
May 28, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 28, 2017 B. L. JONES Grazing squatters like the Bundys & their selfish ilk are degrading OUR public lands for personal profit. These thieving ranchers are stealing from U.S. taxpayers & destroying habitat native species need to survive.Wildlife DESERVES to be there, NOT COWS!
May 27, 2017 Toni Peters
May 27, 2017 mary mcbride
May 27, 2017 Henrietta Smith
May 26, 2017 Beatrix Janek-Oefelein
May 25, 2017 JoAnn Chromicky
May 25, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
May 25, 2017 Michael Torosian
May 25, 2017 Marie-Jeanne Somville Je suis aussi favorable pour que les bovins aillent en pâturage au lieu d être enfermés. Alors, que faire quand il n y a pas de compromis !!!!!!
May 25, 2017 Kelly Dunn
May 24, 2017 james field 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.Wildlife should not suffer and be slaughtered to make way for livestock!
May 23, 2017 Veronique Ciesielski
May 23, 2017 DOLORES MORENO
May 21, 2017 Susan Hildreth
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Jasmine Vaught Your agency is the biggest farce since time began. You take our horses, sell them for food, lie to the American public about why you do it and for what? So Cattlemen's Industry can continue to pay you off? What a bunch of crooks!
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Tony Lilich
May 19, 2017 Jack Martin
May 19, 2017 Anne Bekkers
May 19, 2017 Urszula Lund
May 19, 2017 Lena Jalke
May 18, 2017 Helene Szczepaniak
May 17, 2017 Rachel Bona
May 17, 2017 Arnaud Henseval
May 17, 2017 Cameron Bolourchi We need to save our beautiful regional preserves from the destruction of grazing!
May 16, 2017 Diane Beeny
May 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2017 Terrie Matson
May 15, 2017 natalie hughes
May 15, 2017 Patricia Flynn-Williams
May 14, 2017 Kathy Handyside
May 13, 2017 Gina White
May 12, 2017 Perrine FRINDEL
May 12, 2017 Sue King
May 9, 2017 c. martinez
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 ed shalda cattle grazing on federal has only cause headaches for wildlife, particularily wolves. and the rancher seems to cre less,,,plus the failing of moving cattle to other areas promotes over grazing
May 9, 2017 Edmond Ciesielski
May 8, 2017 Lisa Harding
May 8, 2017 barbara skinner
May 8, 2017 Isabela Calin

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