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Cattle grazing has been a longstanding tradition in the Western United States, but the practice has become outdated and the preservation of land and wildlife needs to come first.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

Feb 25, 2017 Vincenzo Taffoni
Feb 25, 2017 EUGENIA MIXON
Feb 25, 2017 Diana S
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) BLM no more grazing permits, no more welfare for corporations. No shooting at the wolfs, prairie dogs, coyotes, foxes, bears from the air or any other manner. Ranchers/farmers can keep their animals on their land and pay for feed too.
Feb 25, 2017 Eli Reyes
Feb 25, 2017 Melynda Quinn
Feb 25, 2017 Tracey Archer Enough with the corporate welfare! It is 99% of ALL welfare programs put together! Sick!
Feb 25, 2017 Sherry Whitley
Feb 25, 2017 Piotr Grabowski
Feb 25, 2017 Jo Tucker
Feb 25, 2017 cynthia mcfarland make the farmers keep them on their own land!! leave the horses wolves and all other animals alone!
Feb 25, 2017 Francine Traniello
Feb 25, 2017 Yoon Jung Otterstetter
Feb 25, 2017 Donna Holinej
Feb 25, 2017 Monica Dutton
Feb 25, 2017 Kathleen Tennyson
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 PAT LAWSON
Feb 25, 2017 Lisa Allis
Feb 25, 2017 sue griffiths
Feb 25, 2017 Mary Jean Sharp
Feb 25, 2017 Shadoe Drury
Feb 25, 2017 Carla Simmons
Feb 25, 2017 Sylvia Cardella
Feb 25, 2017 Diane Cornwall
Feb 25, 2017 Adele Meroni
Feb 25, 2017 Mary Duffey
Feb 25, 2017 Bushra Qureshi
Feb 25, 2017 Elske Huygen
Feb 25, 2017 Jan Marek
Feb 25, 2017 Francine Traniello
Feb 25, 2017 Shea L. Hales
Feb 25, 2017 Jess B
Feb 25, 2017 Jo Williams
Feb 25, 2017 James Huffman Make the private owners of livestock keep their friggen cattle on their own damn land.
Feb 25, 2017 Bine Regensburger
Feb 25, 2017 kaitlyn bellino
Feb 25, 2017 Jordan Longever
Feb 25, 2017 Bolly Maus
Feb 25, 2017 Julie Griffith
Feb 25, 2017 Paul Dowd
Feb 25, 2017 Paul Henry
Feb 25, 2017 Francesca Nicoletti
Feb 25, 2017 Michele Villeneuve
Feb 25, 2017 Stacy Schrader
Feb 25, 2017 Silvia Cappi
Feb 25, 2017 Carol Maindonald
Feb 25, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE

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