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Cattle grazing has been a longstanding tradition in the Western United States, but the practice has become outdated and the preservation of land and wildlife needs to come first.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

Oct 21, 2017 Eileen Bosch
Oct 21, 2017 Ona Youmans
Oct 21, 2017 Mary Fox
Oct 21, 2017 susan beattie
Oct 17, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 14, 2017 Alanna Maurina
Oct 14, 2017 Jade Kiran
Oct 14, 2017 Julie Miller
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook Stop letting ranchers use federal land to feed their cattle. Remember the Bundys!
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Caryl Johnson
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 13, 2017 Cassie Alford
Oct 11, 2017 Elaine Davis Federal land belongs to the government so in turn belongs to o the people. We should have a say in how are lands are used. I don't want animals and land destroyed for someones profit.
Oct 10, 2017 Antonia Vassila Federal Lands belong to the wildlife and people not to ranchers
Oct 9, 2017 Mark Butler
Oct 8, 2017 Terry Keck
Oct 5, 2017 Diana Yoder
Oct 4, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Oct 3, 2017 RODICA BADEA
Oct 3, 2017 Carol Ignaczak
Oct 3, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Oct 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 2, 2017 Mary Marchbanks
Sep 29, 2017 J Lyon
Sep 29, 2017 K Moore
Sep 29, 2017 Annamaria Rizzo
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 Maro Aroutiunian
Sep 28, 2017 Mary Brown
Sep 28, 2017 dionne toye
Sep 27, 2017 Pamela Trepke
Sep 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2017 Lisa Sherman
Sep 24, 2017 Sandra Zaninovich
Sep 24, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 23, 2017 Yumiko Starr
Sep 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 22, 2017 Lee Stiff
Sep 22, 2017 Lily Wong
Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 19, 2017 Sandra Kuschel
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Karin Anderson
Sep 18, 2017 Louise Broderick
Sep 17, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 13, 2017 Xanti Dolittle

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