The Twelve Gifts To Big Bend Burros

This Is What YOU Can Do!

To help speak out against the shooting, suffering and inhumane treatment of the wild burros in Big Bend Texas State Park, the Internal Investigation’s cover up of it, the punishment of Texas State Park employees who protested the burros inhumane treatment and voice your support for the preservation of the wild burros of Big Bend Park in Texas, here's a way to help.

Make a personal commitment that once a day for the next twelve days you will go down this list and write, email or call that days contact to show your support for both ethical standards and to help the burros live in honor and dignity.

Let Your Voice Be Herd!

Day One
The Big Bend Sentinel in Texas has had the courage to tell the story of the inhumane treatment and suffering high-ranking Park officials inflicted on the Big Bend wild burros. Take a moment out to thank the Sentinel and reporter Sterry Butcher for publishing this story and encourage them to continue to report the truth to the public about what is really happening!

Big Bend Sentinel
Drawer P
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone: (432) 729-4342
Fax: (432) 729-4601

Sterry Butcher – Big Bend Sentinel

Day Two
Contact Texas Parks & Wildlife expressing your outrage at the suffering inflicted on the Big Bend wild burros, the cover up of the high-ranking Park Officials, Mike Hill and Dan Sholly who secretly carried out these acts of cruelty, the retaliation against Park Superintendent Luis Armendariz who they forced to resign and the Parks plans to totally eliminate the wild burros after centuries of inhabiting of the Park to replace them with exclusive bighorn sheep herds - just so the Park can make more money!

Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 389-4800

Day Three
Let Robert Cook, Executive Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife know that the inhumane killing of the wild burros under his command is unacceptable! Also, demand that Luis Armendariz and Robert Garcia deserve to get their jobs back!

Robert L. Cook, Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 389-4802
Fax: (512) 389-4814

Day Four
Let the Big Bend Chamber of Commerce know of your disapproval of the corruption of Park Wildlife officials and that killing the Parks wild burros is an outrage! Ask that the Chamber do whatever is necessary to repair the now tarnished reputation of Big Bend State Park before it becomes a permanent stain in their local history.

Big Bend Chamber of Commerce
Hwy 180 @ Terlingua Creek
P.O. Box 607
Terlingua, Texas 79852
Phone: (432) 371- 2427

Day Five
Contact the Texas Attorney General and demand a Grand Jury Investigation be initiated into the cover up of high-ranking Park officials who were recently cleared of animal cruelty charges despite the Parks original investigative officer, Robert Garcia, providing testimony and photos of what Hill and Sholly really did! Don’t let the good guys be punished while the criminals get away!

Greg Abbot
Texas Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Phone: (512) 463-2100

Day Six
Contact Texas House of Representatives, Pete Gallego and express your dissatisfaction at how this entire situation is being handled. Urge him to demand a Grand Jury Investigation into the cover up and ask that he initiate legislation that will protect the Big Bend burros by declaring them a cultural and historic species of Big Bend Park.

Pete Gallego
Texas House of Representatives
Capitol Office
Room CAP 4S.05
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Phone: (512) 463-0566
Fax: (512) 236-9408

Day Seven
Contact Texas Governor Rick Perry and voice your opinion for the burros that can’t! Urge Governor Perry to refuse to allow the cover up of Park Officials and the retaliation levied against Luis Armendariz. Also request the initiation of management plans that will protect and honor the wild burros centuries old historic presence in the Park.

Rick Perry
Texas Governor
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Phone: (512) 463-1782

Day Eight
Texas Park & Wildlife Officials excused their inexcusable behavior by citing a long-standing Sierra Club policy over federal law. The Sierra Club actively supports shooting wild burros as “humane removal methods” across our Nation despite our Congress declaring them a federally protected species. The Sierra Club also supports replacing wild burros with bighorn sheep and having them eradicated from any area not under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. Let the Sierra Club know these policies are outdated and unacceptable – demand change and urge their financial support for humane treatment of wild burros in our Nation.

Sierra Club
408 C St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 547-1141
Fax: (202) 547-6009

Day Nine
Former President Al Gore is highly supportive of the Sierra Club and its “work”. Urge Mr. Gore to actively speak out against this policy of the Sierra Club and work to change their disrespectful and barbaric policies on our wild burros!

Honorable Al Gore
2100 West End Avenue
Suite 620
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 327-2227

Day Ten
Contact the Fund For Animals, an organization with a long-standing track record of speaking up and protecting America’s wild burros. Urge them to get involved in helping preserve and protect Big Bends historic herds and their habitat!

Fund For Animals
200 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(888) 405-Fund

Day Eleven
Contact YOUR Congressional Representatives and let them know the current two-faced policy in America, which allows wild burros to be protected on one track of land and shot when they cross an “imaginary line” is NOT ACCEPTABLE! Urge them to initiate legislation to remedy this absurd situation and protect our wild burros everywhere.

Your Congressional Representatives

Day Twelve
Contact the Secretary of the Interior, who was charged by Congress to protect and preserve America’s wild burros – period. Urge the Secretary to use his authority to demand accountability and initiate protection and preservation of the Big Bend wild burros as Congress and the American people mandated and were promised the Secretary would do!

The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne
Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
Fax: (202) 208-5048


Barbara said...

Cindy, the Twelve Days of Christmas is a great idea. Thank you so much for all your hard work in keeping us informed too.

Old Man said...

I'm confused. I was watching the news this morning and heard a representative from Texas department of Wildlife say that they wanted to get rid of the burros because they were an "imported" species and did not occur naturally here.

Under that theory beef cattle and the horse should also be eradicated so that the buffalo can return. I'm sure that we can come up with other examples.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me this whole atrocity looks like a big cover up. Especially when many advocacy groups offered to come in prior to the open-shoot on these poor burros and remove them for rescue. I think the entire U.S would love to know what happened in Big Bend on that day - might make the entire staff rethink it - if no one sohwed up again to visit, camp or patronize the entire place. Absolutely horrible, inhumane and heartless. All involved should have been accountable under cruelty statutes alone.