Videos: Police Horses Lick Dogs To Celebrate Labor Day Weekend

Compiled by the The Gothamist

“It’s an Extended ‘Feel Good Sunday'”

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Labor Day Weekend is the symbolic end of the summer, the time of year when beaches begin shuttering their shores and bitter screeds about Summer Fridays go the way of the dodo. The long weekend provides the chance for a moment of reflection for millions of overworked, overtaxed, Simpsons-marathoning Americans. Or you could be like us, and just watch a bunch of videos of curious police horses licking, nuzzling, and generally being adorable with dogs.  It’s Magnificant Monday so let’s enjoy!

From all of us at SFTHH and WHFF: “May the last lick of summer lather you in the slobber of true love!”

Montana horse breeder begins sentence for animal cruelty

Source: The Missoulian

“…five horses, some malnourished, with tight plastic bands that had caused severe leg injuries. Two died and two were euthanized…”

James Leachman

James Leachman

BILLINGS – A Billings horse breeder has begun a 120-day animal-cruelty conviction sentence after the Montana Supreme Court rejected his appeal.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says 72-year-old James Leachman turned himself in at the county’s detention center Friday.

Leachman operated a horse breeding business before the U.S. Farm Services Administration foreclosed on the property in 2010. Leachman still kept more than 400 horses on the property after it was sold.

Investigators discovered five horses, some malnourished, with tight plastic bands that had caused severe leg injuries. Two died and two were euthanized.

The Billings Gazette reports Leachman was sentenced to five years in jail with all but 120 days suspended.

Leachman has asked a judge to allow him to serve his sentence at his home for health and other reasons.

Wild Horse & Burro Advocates make next move in Wyoming Welfare Ranching Case

Source: HorseTalk

“This decision illegally elevates the interests of a small group of private landholders and ranchers over the broader interest of the American public and our federally protected wild horses,”

photo by Carol Walker

Wild horse advocates have lost a legal bid for a temporary injunction to stop the muster of mustangs from the checkerboard lands of Wyoming, but they have been granted more time to allow for an appeal…(CONTINUED)

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Judge Sides with BLM’s Quest to Destroy Last of Wyoming’s Wild Horses & Burros

Source: Mulitple

Dispite Evidence that BLM Violated Environmental Laws the Deadly Roundup Will Proceed

BLM Captives; Freedom Lost ~ by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Captives; Freedom Lost ~ by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has denied a well aruged request from wild horse and burro advocates to block the federal government’s plan to round up  800 wild horses in Wyoming and virtually “zeroing-out” several very significant herds.

Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne on Thursday denied the group’s request for an injunction. The groups responded by filing an appeal with a federal appeals court in Denver.

The groups are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to remove horses from the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas in southern Wyoming areas starting next month.

The groups claim the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action.

The state of Wyoming has inappropriatly intervened in the lawsuit, saying wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights, even though private cattle and sheep outnumber the horses over 100 to 1.

Editorial: East Coast’s wild horse herd deserves protection

by the Editorial Board of the Winston-Salem Journal

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses.

Corolla Wild HorsesAs coastal wild horses live their untamed lives, they face challenges to their very existence. It’s time for our lawmakers to take action to preserve these natural wonders.

For hundreds of years, Spanish mustangs moved freely along the Outer Banks. In these days of heavy development, they roam around the northern Outer Banks town of Corolla, which only in the last several years has seen that development.

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses. Several tour companies make money off them. But they are now threatened by overexposure to man and federal policies that leave them severely inbred, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported recently.

Some tourists, perhaps not accustomed to nature, have taken to trying to chase the horses down for photographs or to feed them foods that, while fine for people, are sometimes deadly for horses.

When approached by authorities, some tourists have reacted belligerently, the News and Observer reported. And federal policies limiting the number of horses – roughly 100 now – has led to dangerous inbreeding.

Some federal authorities would like to see the herd shrink even further; they describe the herd as pests that compete with native wildlife species for food and fresh water. If so, they’re pests that have been part of the landscape for 500 years.

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina sponsored a bill last year that passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously that would allow the herd to grow to 130; a few horses from the Shackleford Banks, on the southern tip of the Outer Banks, would be added to infuse some fresh genes into the herd. The bill has languished, though, in the Senate.

It should be passed. And better protection for the horses is needed as well, including stiff penalties for interfering with federally-protected wildlife.

These horses are beloved by many of North Carolina’s citizens, as well as visitors. They’re a remnant and reminder of a wilder past, and should be cared for and protected.

Click (HERE) to comment directly at the Journal

Protestors claim BLM Wild Horse policies are wrong because cattle ranchers are favored

as published on Country10.com

“Older horses are the Encyclopedia Britannica of the herds and they keep the stallions from breeding when conditions are not good.”

Marjorie Farabee and Simone Netherlands were two of the protesters at the BLM Wild Horse Advisory Board meeting today at CWC. (Ernie Over photo)

Marjorie Farabee and Simone Netherlands were two of the protesters at the BLM Wild Horse Advisory Board meeting today at CWC. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wild Horse advocates gathered outside of the student center building at Central Wyoming College to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s treatment of and plans for Wild Horses across the West. Simone Netherlands, representing Respect 4 Horses, said she attends every BLM Advisory Board meeting on Wild Horses held twice a year around the region.

“There is no overpopulation of wild horses, we’ve gone from over two million wild horses to just 30,000 in the wild,” she said. “but they complain that they’re overrun with wild horses.”

In prepared remarks delivered at noon, Netherlands said, “we now have over 50,000 wild horses and burros stuffed in holding facilities. Broken wild horses, without their families, some in feedlot like conditions, with no protection from the elements.” She also said the current horses in the wild have less than 26 million-acres in which they are allowed to live while cattle are allowed on 160-million acres.

Netherlands said the BLM is advancing policies that are directly opposed to their mission. “Their mandate is to protect wild horses, not do pest control for cattle ranchers. I’t’s not fair to wild horses, and it’s because they don’t make anybody any money,” she said. She said wild horses “are only allocated 18 percent of the forage in wild horse management areas while cattle get the rest.”

Marjorie Farabee, with the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, said the BLM is also collecting the older horses, “breaking up families and losing the knowledge of the herd, like where to find water and shade in the desert. Older horses are the Encyclopedia Britannica of the herds and they keep the stallions from breeding when conditions are not good. They’re upsetting the balance.”

“Every wild horse we have today is a survivor of two centuries of persecution by ranchers and our government,” Netherlands said. “It’s a very sad and scary state of affairs, that just like the rainforest of the Amazon, our own government is exploiting and using up our public lands for the benefit of profit driven businesses. It’s time someone steps up and fixes this very very broken program. It is unsustainable, unscientific, inhumane and a despicable waste of our taxpayer dollars.”

Click (HERE) to read more and to comment at Country10

A Talking Horse of a Different Color: Blue

as published in the New York Times

‘BoJack Horseman,’ Netflix Animated Series, With Will Arnett

Anyone who had young children back in the 1960s no doubt had to deal with the questions raised by “Mister Ed,” the sitcom about a talking horse. “Daddy, can horses really talk?” “Mommy, how come the pony at my birthday party didn’t say anything?”

Bojack HorsemanThese are nothing compared with the questions parents will get if they make the mistake of letting young children watch “BoJack Horseman,” a saucy animated series also featuring a talking horse that began streaming Friday on Netflix. “Daddy, do dogs really date humans and have sex with them? How?”

This hilarious and ribald show is not intended for kiddies, or for anyone who cherishes the somewhat cherubic image Will Arnett has recently built up on series like “The Millers” and “Up All Night.” Mr. Arnett is the voice of the title character (and an executive producer), a horse that once had a beloved TV series but is now in the washed-up star category.

BoJack isn’t the only talking animal in this world; all of them are pretty chatty. And they intermingle, in all senses, with people. BoJack, for instance, is trying to write a memoir with the help of the human Diane (voiced by Alison Brie of “Community”), who is dating Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), a dog and another once-famous star.

This irks BoJack more and more because, as the show goes along, he, too, falls for Diane, and Mr. Peanutbutter’s sitcom was basically a rip-off of BoJack’s. Galling, for horse or human. In one episode, BoJack steals the “D” from the “Hollywood” sign to try to impress Diane.

Other voices in this star-heavy series come from Amy Sedaris (a cat who is BoJack’s agent) and Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” (BoJack’s human buddy Todd). Like some of television’s more out-there animated shows, this one is hard to describe beyond broad outlines, because it’s so odd, a combination of droll and naughty that seems improbable but works deliciously. More proof that much of the funniest stuff available for viewing these days is drawn, not performed on a soundstage.