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Cattle grazing has been a longstanding tradition in the Western United States, but the practice has become outdated and the preservation of land and wildlife needs to come first.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


Mar 25, 2017 Ragen Serra
Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 Rose Avakian
Mar 25, 2017 Kim Wooding Cattle/livestock are polluting this earth more than any other . Yes food may be need but not to the extent of overkill of farming . Taking all the lands used by many different spiecs! Both fauna and insects, birds and all living creatures...
Mar 25, 2017 Barbara Ehrlich
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
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Mar 25, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 23, 2017 Dee Kruger
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Mar 22, 2017 Kathy Healey
Mar 22, 2017 Vera Camarinha
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Randyl Sachs
Mar 21, 2017 Juanita-Natalie Offord
Mar 20, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri 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!!
Mar 20, 2017 Russell Symonds
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Pia Heyn
Mar 20, 2017 Monty Foley
Mar 20, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Mar 19, 2017 Dennis Dougherty
Mar 19, 2017 Judith Matoff
Mar 19, 2017 Jennifer Sayler
Mar 19, 2017 Debra Marier
Mar 19, 2017 Judy Rees
Mar 19, 2017 Carey Abbs
Mar 19, 2017 Utsav Nayak
Mar 19, 2017 eci okta
Mar 18, 2017 Usha Gordon
Mar 18, 2017 Emil Stockton
Mar 18, 2017 DEBRA WARRENS This land belongs to the Wildlife! Not ranchers and farmers for their livestock~they do NOT own this land, nor do they have any claim to it!
Mar 18, 2017 Fanny Lerner
Mar 18, 2017 Isabel Carapeto
Mar 18, 2017 lawrence scrima
Mar 18, 2017 Roger Williams
Mar 18, 2017 Marianna Alexandros
Mar 18, 2017 Nadir Castelli
Mar 18, 2017 Luke Peterson
Mar 17, 2017 Joan Milford
Mar 17, 2017 corinne etancelin
Mar 17, 2017 geri perry
Mar 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2017 Erika Holderith The science shows that cows are much more destructive to the land than wild horses or any other wild animals, who belong to this land.
Mar 17, 2017 Frank Benjamin
Mar 17, 2017 Derek Bousé
Mar 17, 2017 Michèle Haudebourg

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