People Who Live In Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones!
Today Director Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), issued a statement which in a nutshell says that the “BLM’s goal is to enable healthy horses and burros to thrive on public lands”. In the real world I would love to believe those words but the reality of the matter is that the statement is as far from the truth as is the freedom of 38,000 wild horses held in pens with no hope of living out their normal lives.
His statement is inserted in its entirety, below, and instead of going over and rebutting each and every word it is far better to simply state that the BLM has been in the business of using and abusing wild horses for decades. The spirit of the law no longer applies to Mr. Abbey as is evident in the events of just the last several months.
Abbey, himself, cannot even get his numbers straight with against the latest press release from his own agency. We have been reporting for the past year that the BLM does not have a clue as to how many horses are located on the public lands yet they continue to hand out grazing permits to private cattle owners so that the horses are so far out numbered that the going ratio is at least 50 to 1 in favor of the cows.
Abbey goes to quote that they managed to rip 1,922 horses from 550,000 acres of public land during the deadly Calico roundup. He does NOT mention any horses released back to the range and he even goes as far to state that there as many as 1,140 horses left on the range. Do I believe him? Not for a second and here is why.
When the BLM concluded the bloody Calico roundup they did it very abruptly and caught all of us by surprise. Their 2/5/2010 press release states that they stripped the 550,000 acre complex of 1,922 native wild horses. They then estimated that 600 remain alive and free on the range. The math indicates that there must have been a total of approximately 2,400 wild horses on the complex prior to the round-up.
Yet the BLM’s original plan stated that they had intended to gather approximately 3,000 wild horses, releasing 380 back to a remaining population of 220 which would leave 600 free in the complex. But that equation would mean that the total population, prior to round-up, would have been around 3,200. That leaves a difference of 800 horses from what actually occurred and what the BLM had proposed to do. Where are the missing 800 horses? Can the BLM add? Do you know why they stopped the roundup so quickly? They ran out of horses to stampede and terrorize. Both searches on the ground and by air, conducted by advocates and non-partial scientists, indicate that there are virtually no horses left on Calico complex, the BLM managed to zero out and destroy the entire herd.
But back to the math, this sort of blatant kindergarten arithmetic was highlighted in an Equine Welfare Alliance press release just this past week. By their own accounting and utilizing the BLM’s own reports there are over 2,000 wild horses missing just in their recent roundups.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg; a federal judge warned the BLM that proceeding with the Calico roundup was not prudent. Competent, degreed equine professionals warned the BLM not to proceed with the helicopter stampede in the dead of winter for fear of injury and/or death. So what does the BLM do? Kill horses, as predicted. To date over 150 horses have died at the hands of BLM mismanagement, from either the gruesome helicopter stampede or at the feedlot, and what does the BLM do to correct the problem, they fudge their numbers on their own website and zero out all of the deaths. You can go there TODAY and see that they zeroed out the deaths and have altered the truth. And we are supposed to go to www.blm.gov for the REAL facts. Not in your blinking dreams.
It gets worse, for months they have had three separate roundups scheduled for Northern Nevada. Owyhee, Rock Creek and Little Humbolt areas were all listed and within just a week or so of the roundups the three disappeared and a singular “Tuscarora” roundup appeared. Shell game? You bet. Even a Federal judge recognized what they were doing and after wild horse advocate Laura Leigh sued for a TRO the judge granted it while he attempted to sort out the BLM’s smoke and mirrors. (They now have two different roundup schedules posted so no one has a clue as to what is going on. Legal? I doubt it.)
Unfortunately, between the BLM’s high priced publicity agents and attorneys the judge and the public were fed a cock and bull story about how the horses were dying of thirst and had to be “rescued”. They did not need to be rescued the week before, the month before or whenever but just during the hearing, they were in danger. (Of course, the BLM had sold off all of the water rights and has allowed private fences to be erected around water sources so that wildlife has no access but what the hay, it’s been like that since 1916).
The TRO was lifted and over 20, reported, horses were killed by the helicopter stampede in the desert heat the very first day, can you believe it, the very first day. And to add injury to insult the judge did uphold Leigh’s first amendment rights to observe and document the operations of the roundup and the BLM and their controversial contractor moved the trap and holding pens onto a sliver of private land so that her entry would be construed as trespassing. A half a million acres of public land from which to gather the horses and they located a little, teeny patch of private land, out of spite and fear of disclosure. Hence, they went on to do the same at the other two roundups where they excluded the press and public outside of a quickly thrown together and limited media day long after the horses were killed at Owyhee. And don’t believe that only 20 horses died for second, someday the truth will come out about how many the contractor killed and the numbers will appall you.
So why believe you Mr. Abbey, your bad numbers, poor science and documented lies do not sway us in the least. We are here for the long haul as we believe in this country, its constitution and in ourselves as educated, enlighten and articulate taxpayers, you have not heard the last of us by a long shot.
Let us not forget to draw attention to your last paragraph and not so veiled parting shot at the taxpayers support your salary,
“While we respect people’s passion for our nation’s wild horses, some activists have undertaken a coordinated campaign to mislead the public and distort the BLM’s intent.”
No intent to mislead the public coming from this end, I think the bulk of that falls 100% on you, your staff and your boss, Ken Salazar. It’s obvious that besides the dysfunctional relationship you have with math there is a total disconnect with facts and the truth.
And if you believe that there is a “coordinated campaign” in place, all I can say is,
“You betcha and you ain’t seen anything yet!
We are watching, documenting and keeping score. Spending our hard earned tax dollars in federal courts in an effort to stop you while you spend our money to fight us and kill horses just is not going to cut it anymore. It’s time to bring your crimes to the attention of a broader base of the public and to the higher courts because at the end of the day, your failure to follow the spirit of the law will be your downfall and finally, the horses will have their day in court.
That is, if there are any horses left.
(Update: Laura Leigh has re-filed contempt of court charges against Abbey and Salazar)
Live link to this disgraceful sham is HERE you can comment, there!
“When people think about our country’s wild horses, many picture the horses sweeping across the desert landscape with manes waving in the wind. It is an inspiring image, and in a perfect world, it would be the only reality for these great animals.
This image, however, is only part of the picture. Wild horses and burros must share the public land with wildlife, livestock and people. Public land provides for uses as varied as energy production, mineral resources and recreation. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is charged with navigating a balance among all public land uses while preserving its health and productivity.
To help do this and to improve our management of these animals, we rely on the best science available along with public participation during planning and environmental reviews.
We recently completed a detailed aerial survey in the Calico Mountains to ensure that a proper number of wild horses remained on public lands after we gathered more than 1,900 wild horses in May. Our goal was to reduce the number of animals to a level that will ensure herds remain healthy in this fragile ecosystem. Our census showed that about 1,140 wild horses remain after the gather in the Calico complex — a number that is much closer to what the public lands can sustain.
The BLM is using fertility control and adjusting sex ratios in wild horse herds to slow the population growth rate and prolong the time before another gather is required. Earlier this month, BLM applied fertility control to mares from both the Rock Creek and Little Humboldt herd management areas before releasing them.
When we must gather, we are intent on improving how we do so to limit stress on the animals. We are now piloting a program with the American Horse Protection Association to provide observers at gathers. These observers will provide their findings to university researchers who will design tools to improve gathers.
We continue to face a number of challenges. We have removed these animals from Western rangelands since 1971 and placed them into private care through an adoption program. But adoptions have slowed considerably, and nearly 32,000 wild horses are now being cared for in short- and long-term pasture facilities, at great cost to taxpayers.
Today, nearly 12,000 more horses and burros remain on public lands than is sustainable. Last October, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and I introduced an initiative that would benefit the animals, the land and the American taxpayer. It includes the possible creation of wild horse preserves on grasslands of the Midwest and East.
While we respect people’s passion for our nation’s wild horses, some activists have undertaken a coordinated campaign to mislead the public and distort the BLM’s intent. Our commitment remains strong: to manage wild horses and burros so that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands for many years to come. For more information, I urge you to visit www.blm.gov.”
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