Colombian town bans festival in which live horse was cut to pieces

SOURCE: Fox News Latino

Colombia horse

The mayor of Colombia’s Buenavista municipality in the northern province of Sucre, Quintiliano Tapia, banned Monday the amateur bullfighting festivals known as “corralejas” following a scandal sparked by the dismembering of a live horse during one of those events.

The mayor was reacting to the public indignation that followed the airing of a video over the weekend showing how two men cut a horse to pieces that had been badly injured by a bull, all in the presence of children.

Tapia said in a statement on Blu Radio that he regretted the incident, adding that measures are being taken to identify those responsible and make them pay for what they did, and that meanwhile the running of the bulls and the “corralejas,” amateur bullfights in which anyone is allowed to take part, are banned.

“I wasn’t told what happened, but when we learned about it we did take drastic measures like suspending the bullfighting festivals,” he said.

The gory celebration came at a time when Colombians were getting over another video of animal torture from the festivals in the municipality of Turbaco in the neighboring province of Bolivar at the beginning of the month.

The video, posted on YouTube, showed how people in a bullring relentlessly pursued, harassed and hit the animal with sticks and stones until it fell down and was kicked and stabbed to death by some 20 individuals, who even jumped on top of it.

Because of incidents like these, the controversial “corralejas,” festivals that are common in Colombia’s northern provinces, have become the subject of heated debate around the country.

Action Alert from Equine Welfare Alliance

copyright Terry Fitch

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT ON VIRGINIA BILL

We have a bill pending in the Virginia legislature that needs supporters.  As you know, much of our work is directed at determining the state of equine welfare so that we can dispel propaganda about the effect of laws and provide the truth.  At present there are five states that provide this information and we are working on getting more.

All you have to do is reply to ewa@equinewelfarealliance.org with an email saying your organization supports the legislation. If you do not belong to an organization but know an organization that may be interested in supporting this effort, please pass this on.

Kindest Regards,

John Holland
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Report on cruelty to equines. Requires localities to submit annually a report to the State Veterinarian detailing the number of persons who have violated the animal cruelty statute with respect to equine animals as well as the nature of each violation and the penalty imposed in each instance.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=151&typ=bil&val=hb1464

Horse Stuck in Cement Feeding Trough Rescued

Source: necn.com

by Tim Jones

Goshen+Horse+Rescue  photo by Goshen, NH Fire Dept.

Officials worked to rescue a horse that got stuck in a cement feeding trough in Goshen, New Hampshire, Sunday.

Goshen, Newport and Lempster officials worked together to pull the horse from the trough at 700 Mill Village Road. Twenty fire rescue personnel were on scene.

Using straps and lifting together, officials were able to rescue the horse within 35 minutes of the reported call.

Goshen+Horse+Rescue+2 photo by Goshen NH Fire Dept.

The trough was two feet deep and 30 inches wide. The owner did not know how long the horse was stuck in the trough.

One person on scene was evaluated for an injury.

A veterinarian evaluated and treated minor injuries the horse sustained.

BLM selling wild horses & burros like used cars

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A mare/foal pair in the sale program because they were offered 3 times on the Internet adoption

by Grandma Gregg
Remember when we saw how the BLM was posting lots and lots of wild burros online in order to get them 3-strikes fast so they could sell them to Guatemala?   Recently, and now, the BLM is running our wild horses (and burros!) through the same way – like used cars – and are advertising them for sale on the internet.  (A few links and pics attached, but there are many more online – see the links – and a “new” internet adoption is starting in a few days.)
The BLM is doing this because they can’t use Tom Davis to dispose of horses anymore – so they’re now advertising them to get rid of them as fast as they can, and as I know from personal experience … all the buyer has to do is sign a paper that says they won’t send them to slaughter.  BUT the BLM will NEVER check on them and the buyer can then sell them that same day to another person and bye bye … off to slaughter.
Nobody EVER, EVER, EVER, checked on my wild horse, ACE, and I could have sold him that same day to a kill buyer.
The internet “adoption” has become a bargain “fire sale” clearance rack for our wild ones.  The BLM has to make space for the horses they’ll be rounding up in upcoming roundups.
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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6543

Sex: Gelded Jack Age: 4 Years   Height (in hands): 12.2Necktag #: 4325   Date Captured: 11/01/10Color: Gray Captured: Born in a Holding Facility

Notes:
#4325 – (Freezemark 10184325)
4 yr old Gray Gelded Jack. Born Nov 1, 2010 at CAF56 Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse & Burro Corrals.

This Gelded Jack is in the sale program because he was offered 3 times on the Internet adoption. If you are interested in purchasing FM 10184325 please contact Palomino Valley at (775) 475-2222 for the paper work.

Pickup location Palomino Valley Wild Horse & Burro Center Reno, NV

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6544

Sex: Jenny Age: 3 Years   Height (in hands): 12.2Necktag #: 4584   Date Captured: 10/01/11Color: Brown   Captured: Outside an HMA

Notes:
#4584 – (Freezemark 11184584) 3 yr old Brown Jenny. Gathered October 1, 2011 from Outside Herd Area in California.

This Jenny is in the sale program because she was offered 3 times on the Internet adoption. If you are interested in purchasing Freezemark 11184584 please contact Palomino Valley at (775) 475-2222 for the paper work.

Pickup location Palomino Valley Wild Horse & Burro Center Reno, NV

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6471&mygalleryview=

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6473&mygalleryview=

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6843&mygalleryview=

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=7120&mygalleryview=

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https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=6875&mygalleryview=

and many more…

https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/onsitegallery.php?horseCategory=56

Three Thoughts for Self-Empowerment

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~president/co-founder Wild Horse Freedom Federation

It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and time to take a deep breath, turn our eyes inward and allow our spirits the time to recharge and regenerate.

These Sunday installments are meant to give you fellow, volunteer advocates pause and allow us to embrace each other in the commonality of our goals and bask in the knowledge that our fight is just, noble and of intense importance.

So with that said, I would like to share with you a few thoughts that were forwarded to me by our own Grandma Gregg with the recommendation that Sunday might just be the perfect time to share them with our readers, so thank-you Grandma; I shall proceed under your sage direction.

Tom Hanks and Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks and Captain Phillips

Recently, Captain Richard Phillips, made famous in the award winning movie ‘Captain Phillips’ staring Tom Hanks, gave a highly motivational speech at the Association of General Contractors of South Dakota in Aberdeen SD. Of course there was much to glean and absorb from his presentation but Grandma Gregg and I walked away with three key points that directly speak to our equine advocacy and to each and everyone of you who are regular visitors here at SFTHH. These statements impressed us so much that Grandma Gregg recommends that we print them out, tape them to our bathroom mirror and ensure that we read them first thing in the morning and make certain that they are the last things that we see before falling asleep, so allow me to proceed:

 We are all stronger than we know, we can do more and take more on.

 Nothing is over until we choose to give up. Failure is NOT final.

 A dedicated team and focus can overcome any obstacle or problem. Working together, the parts are stronger than the whole.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is us; that is who we are and that is how we need to perform as we move forward in the quest to save the last of our wild horses and burros.

I cannot add to those three salient points but I would like to close in stating that even to this day, Captain Phillips is very outspoken on the issue that he does NOT consider himself to be a hero.

His frank humility is humbling and I tip my hat to his leadership, honesty and dedication.

Yet, you ALL are heroes in my heart, each and every one of you. I am blessed to know you and remind myself of that fact each and every day.

Keep the faith; failure is not an option!

Appeals Court: Quarter Horse Group May Reject Clones

We’ve been covering the subject of cloned horses, including The Push for Cloned Horses As Natural Horses Go to Slaughter” and  Horse Cloners Fight in Court to Make More ‘Unwanted’ Horses.”  Below is the latest update.

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Horse cloners Dr. Gregg Veneklasen and Jason Abraham

SOURCE:  ABC News 

by Associated Press

The United States’ pre-eminent quarter horse organization may refuse to register cloned animals, an appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case brought by two Texas ranchers.

In a 20-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that the ranchers failed to prove their antitrust case against the American Quarter Horse Association.

The ruling overturns a lower-court decision that had said the association had to admit cloned quarter horses to its breeding registry. The prestigious list adds financial value to listed animals.

In August 2013, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo had issued a permanent injunction against the group’s prohibition after the ranchers sued. The ranchers argued the association was operating a monopoly by not allowing clones.

The lower-court ruling would have set a precedent as no American horse-breeding groups allow cloned horses to be registered.

“We always knew our case was sound,” said Don Treadway, executive vice president of the 280,000-member AQHA, in a statement posted on the association’s website. “Obviously, this decision lifts a huge burden from the shoulders of our association, and we are relieved to finally have a judgment in our favor.”

The ranchers plan to appeal, said their attorney, Nancy J. Stone of Amarillo.

“We are extremely disappointed and will seek to have the trial court’s judgment reinstated,” she said in an email. “Appellate courts are to give great deference to the verdict of a properly instructed jury and we believe the jury’s verdict and the trial court’s judgment were proper.”

The cloning method at issue, called somatic cell nuclear transfer, is the most common means of cloning.

A somatic cell, which isn’t from a sperm cell or egg cell, contains the complete DNA of the animal. An egg cell is then taken from a female of the same species. In the lab, a scientist extracts and discards the nucleus of the egg cell, which holds the egg donor’s genes and the somatic cell from the genetic donor is inserted into the egg. The resulting egg develops using the genetic donor’s DNA and is then implanted into a surrogate mother.

In 1997, scientists in Scotland announced the birth of Dolly, a sheep born a year earlier and the first animal cloned using somatic cell nuclear transfer.

 

 

Misrepresenting Wild Horses At The New York Times

Announcing The Daily Pitchfork!

They state “The human-animal relationship is not only central to our economic lives, but it bears directly on the environment, food and public safety, policy-making and even basic constitutional rights.”

And most importantly, “Accurate animal journalism is journalism that follows clear and proper guidelines, relies on credible sources, presents accurate facts in the most appropriate language, embraces real science and data, and includes a range of perspectives, including those of animals themselves.  These qualities are fundamental to the media’s mission and, as such, they are central to ours.”   

Thanks to Vickery and James for taking the time to dig for facts to give much needed accuracy.  Below is a recent article by Vickery. SOURCE:  The Daily Pitchfork

Misrepresenting Wild Horses At The New York Times

Photo by Jennifer MaHarry

Rated: F

Article Review:

As Wild Horses Overrun the West, Ranchers Fear Land Will Be Gobbled Up

New York Times  –  Sep 30, 2014

How much disclosure does the media owe its readers?  Two New York Times articles illuminate the complexity of this timely question: “Hidden Interests, Closer to Home,” by Public Editor Margaret Sullivan (Sept. 20, 2014), and “As Wild Horses Overrun the West, Ranchers Fear Land Will Be Gobbled Up,”by Times staff writer, Dave Philipps (Sept. 30, 2014).

Sullivan’s and Philipps’ articles bookend a discussion about think tanks exploiting op-ed pieces (or other articles) to advance policies in a way that obscures conflicts of interest.  Sullivan’s article clarifies the Times’ position on this issue.  She writes, “For [Times’] readers to evaluate ideas, they need to know where they’re coming from — and who might be paying for them.”  A related corollary is that to evaluate ideas, readers also need access to accurate data and context.

But Philipps’ story, which appeared ten days after Sullivan’s essay, accomplishes neither of these objectives.  In fact, it repeatedly violates them, despite Sullivan’s presentation of them as essential to the Times’ editorial mission.

The relevant policy under examination is the federal government’s Wild Horses and Burros program.  Philipps suggests that reducing costly roundups and slaughtering horses held in captivity would fix the problem by lowering the expense of long-term holding facilities, where close to 50,000 horses now languish.

There’s just one problem: both Congress and the U.S. public oppose that “solution.”

Rather than address the concerns of Congress, Philipps quotes a couple of self-interested Utah ranchers who predictably claim that an over-abundance of wild horses are eating their cattle out of house and home, threatening the horses’ and ranchers’ existence, and costing taxpayers a bundle.  He adds the perspective of a sympathetic wildlife biologist and a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manager for support.

An overpopulation story—especially one exposing federal spending that goes against the public’s interest as expressed through their elected officials—is essentially a numbers story.  Philipps’ story, however, doesn’t provide a proper accounting.

The population numbers he uses—48,000 wild horses roaming free compared to a maximum sustainable herd size (called Appropriate Management Level) of just 26,000—aren’t reliable.  These figures are BLM estimates.  They are estimates, moreover, that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sharply criticized as inaccurate in a 398-page, 2013 report (“Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward”).

The BLM itself commissioned the NAS report, but Philipps, in failing to mention the study, neglects the NAS finding that BLM roundups increase horse populations (p. 5-6)that the BLM underutilizes fertility control (p. 303); and that conducting “business as usual” is unproductive (p. 14).

These omissions are only the tip of an iceberg of confusion.  Philipps did not provide Times readers with the relevant context. For example, readers should have known that of the 155 million acres of western rangeland that the BLM oversees for public grazing, 83 percent has no wild horses on it at all—just privately owned cattle and sheep.  The remaining 17 percent is designated as wild horse habitat, but horses share it, yet again, with privately owned livestock, which are allocated 77 percent of the forage there, according to Zachary Reichold, BLM senior wild horse and burro specialist.

The BLM doesn’t explicitly provide the number of privately owned livestock on public lands, but those numbers can be gleaned by visiting its Rangeland Administration System (RAS) database, where public grazing allotments are tracked.  There you can learn that, in Utah’s Beaver and Iron Counties—where the ranchers Phillips interviews blame the horses for compromising the rangeland’s health—it would be a physical impossibility for horses to overrun the landscape.  Notably, the RAS shows cattle and sheep there outnumbering wild horses by almost 11:1.

Nationally, cattle outnumber wild horses 50:1 on BLM-managed lands, contradicting the Times claims of wild horses “overrunning the West,” “gobbling up land,” “causing long-term damage,” and fleecing taxpayers.  It’s true that public rangelands have deteriorated from overgrazing.  But there’s no evidence that wild horses are to blame.

But there is evidence that livestock are.  Damage caused by private livestock grazing is confirmed by watchdog groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER) and Western Watersheds—and that’s without even analyzing the immense cost to taxpayers of the federal grazing program. The issue is analyzed here.

Philipps also neglects to mention the massive gas development deal announced back in 2012 on 1.1 million acres of mixed federal, state and private land in Carbon and Sweetwater counties.  This land is the Wyoming “checkerboard” from which the BLM has just finished removing 1,263 horses—a roundup that Philipps attended as a reporter.

The BLM states that the Wyoming roundup was carried out at the request of private land owners and had nothing to do with horses eating too much or being in danger of starvation.  Who made that request has not been made clear.  A FOIA request sent to the BLM back in April seeking that information has still not received a response (as of today).

In her September 20 article, Ms. Sullivan, The New York Times Public Editor, notes disclosure lapses in several recent Times op-ed pieces and articles, quoting a reader who complains: “the NYT may be unwittingly aiding and abetting the very manipulations of public opinion and government policies that it publicly deplores.”  This claim could easily be made about Dave Philipps’ fact-challenged, selectively reported, and lopsided article.

Editor’s note: Both Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Philipps were asked, via e-mail, to comment on the claims in this article.  They never responded.  The New York Times corrections desk did not respond to the editors’ request for corrections either. 

READ MORE ARTICLES ON THE DAILY PITCHFORK HERE.

Vickery Eckhoff – Co-founder and Executive Editor

VICKERY headshotVickery is a New York City-based writer whose investigation of wild horse politics and the underground horsemeat trade has produced a book proposal and more than two dozen articles on Forbes.com, the Huffington Post, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and Alternet.  As part of her research, Vickery has interviewed Dr. Temple Grandin, local and state legislators, horsemeat-loving chefs, slaughter plant owners, kill buyers, ranchers and officials at the USDA, Bureau of Land Management and other government agencies.  She has been a guest speaker at four equine conferences on the topic of correcting disinformation about animals in the media.  Contact: vickery@dailypitchfork.org

James McWilliams – Co-founder and Senior Editor

James iJAMES_headshots a writer based in Austin, Texas and a professor at Texas State University.  His books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press).  His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in The Paris Review (online), The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, The American Scholar, Texas Monthly, and The Atlantic.  He’s a columnist at Pacific Standard and his literary non-fiction has appeared in The Millions, Quarterly Conversation, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The New York Times Book Review.  In 2009, he won the Hiett Prize, a national award given annually to a pioneer in the humanities by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
Contact: james.e.mcwilliams@gmail.com

Update: The Adobe Town Wild Horses Arrive at Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Story and Photos by Carol Walker ~ Director of Field Documentation ~ Wild Horse Freedom Federation
as published on WildHoofBeats.com

“I am struck by how healthy all the horses look, and also by the wild beauty of the sanctuary.”

To Read Part One of this Tale Please Click (HERE)

We delayed the horses’ journey by one day due to bad weather but the horses set out Thursday, driven by veteran horse hauler Merle from Canon City. I headed up earlier in the day so I could meet them when they arrived.

They were unloaded into a pen that they could get settled into, complete with a huge bale of gorgeous hay. All four were calm and bright eyed despite their 7 hour journey from Colorado. It was about ten degrees with wind chill, and I was happy that they had thick coats adapted to cold weather. I texted Manda Kalimian, who has been eagerly waiting to hear that her horses have arrived. I am so very grateful to Manda and her organization, the Cana Project, formerly The Seraphim 12 Foundation. http://canaprojects.org/ She believed me when I told her how special these horses were, was optimistic and certain that we could save them, and she bought these horses and made sure that they would have a wonderful home to live out their lives together in peace.

I stayed well back from the fence so they were not disturbed, and watched them for about an hour until the light disappeared. They all dived into the hay eagerly, so I felt encouraged that they would do well that night. Snowfall and Diamond Girl are both much thinner than when they were in the wild, but I feel certain that they will put on weight soon with all that beautiful hay…(CONTINUED)

Click (HERE) for the rest of the story and PHOTOS

Wild Horses and Burros: An Update Seen Through the Eyes of One Biologist

by Robert C. Bauer ~ Biologist

In a desperate attempt to curb the devastating roundups many advocates are succumbing to the pressure of the BLM to utilize the PZP contraceptive on our wild horses.”

The passion of my heart is, and has been, to emphasize how nature through its own mechanisms will and should be allowed, to maintain natural ecological balance, without human intervention. It does this through physiological differences, found within each species inside any given ecosystem. Each of those differences, contribute as a vital factor in a broad ecological equation. It also accomplishes this through the numbers or density of any given species of animal or plant within that system, in conjunction with competitive species, and the carrying capacity of the land. There is a misconception, even amongst advocates of the wild horses, that the only things that are necessary to check wild equine population growth is the presence of its predators and or natural environmental factors. Although, natural predation is important and environmental impacts, density dependent

Adobe Town Wild Stallion and Pronghorn ~ photo by Carol Walker

inhibition plays an important role also. In this scenario, what that means is that the numbers or density of wild equine, versus competing ruminants, such as the pronghorn, each will fluctuate in response to the other based upon the carrying capacity of the land, yet always in perfect balance. In essence, the pronghorn need the presence of wild horses and burros, just as much as the wild horses need the pronghorn. Each population will have the effect of keeping the numbers of another competing population at levels that are ideal for the carrying capacity of the land.

Also, what must be understood is that nature is dynamic, and not static. This infers that it continuously fluctuates and adjusts, through its own negative and positive feedback loops, from the molecular, all the way up the scale of organisms. Because it is dynamic and not static means that its functions cannot be confined to finite thinking, and fixed statistics but must be allowed, through its own mechanisms to maintain itself, hands off, so to speak. In other words, nature cannot be limited at any given time to a given number, or average of numbers, that mankind deems appropriate. An example of this is the Bureau of Land Management’s, “Appropriate Management Level“, of wild horses in their legally designated lands. Mankind’s sole responsibility has to be focused on keeping the restrictions off of nature, so that nature can be itself, and not an offspring of man’s seemingly brilliance. The moment mankind seeks to alter nature according to a fixed number, or an average of numbers, is the moment that nature and balance itself begins to break down. At first it occurs little by little, yet as artificial alteration persists, the breakdowns become greater and greater. This has occurred in every branch of nature, where mankind has endeavored to manage natural balance, assuming nature to be static and not dynamic.

With these thoughts in mind as an introduction, the tenacious destruction of a vital component of nature’s beauty and balance continues to be removed from the rangelands of the west, even the wild horses and wild burros, by the Bureau of Land Management. It has turned a blind side to the solid science that opposes the idea that these creatures are a detriment to the ecosystems they exist in. Just as much, it is opposed so to the myth that there is over population of our wild equine. The ludicrous concept of the “Appropriate Management Level”, of wild horses in any area out west is a lie concocted by the bureau. This is based upon how much forage that the BLM is going to allow the mustangs, as opposed to how much they would actually consume. This is opposed to cattle and other competing ruminants in these same areas, which are allocated by this same bureau, the major percentage of the forage. From this comes the propaganda that there exists overpopulation of wild Equids, and the subsequent removal of them in mass, from their legally designated lands. This, the bureau does regardless of the fact that our wild horses and burros, by law, are to be considered as the principle species in a multi use situation. This is all accomplished to accommodate the Bureau of Land Management’s leasing of those same lands for cattle and cattle ranchers, for energy interests, and big horn sheep hunters.

In a desperate attempt to curb the devastating roundups many advocates are succumbing to the pressure of the BLM to utilize the PZP contraceptive on our wild horses. This thinking may be based on a heartfelt love for our wild ones, but also with the idea that a compromise in this area will at least preserve them in the wild. There are those that believe that the roundups have already decreased because of this compromise to use the contraceptive. As a biologist I would ask all to consider some truths concerning this issue.

First, the numbers of the wild horses remaining in the wild are not the 20,000 to 30,000 that many assert are out there. The numbers of our wild ones are not even in the teens of thousand s anymore. This has its basis upon the liberal use of PZP, the thousands of wild horses and burros already removed, and the adjustment of sex ratios. Added to this, are mortality rates in the wild that range between 19% to 75% annually, both first year and adult. The reasons that the roundups have decreased is simple because the wild horses remaining in the wild are so few, they can’t be found. This is despite the continued propaganda that there is still overpopulation.

Secondly, with continued use of the PZP contraceptive, population growth will be driven down even further, in as much as reproduction will continue to decrease dramatically because of PZP, but mortality percentages will remain the same. In essence, mortality will completely overwhelm reproduction and accelerate the population decline. Added to this will be the increased chances of the loss of genetic viability. All of this the BLM is fully aware of, however not unlike our Native American ancestors, the U.S. government promises a compromise but are taking a 100 miles for every mile we give them.

The roundups will continue, even though the wild horses are fewer in number. There doesn’t have to be many roundups, however, to decimate our wild horse herds with what few numbers are out there, especially with an even more rapid decline in population growth and the threat of inbreeding. The proponents of PZP, whether they love our wild horses or not, will be aiding the BLM in driving them to extinction. The only answer is to continue fighting for the truth, and to allow nature to remain untouched. The wild horses and burros will continue as the poetically beautiful, yet vital components of ecological balance if, and only if, we allow nature alone, through its own dynamic methods to dictate the numbers in the wild that are to exist, at any given time.

Acknowledgments: Craig Downer, Wildlife Ecologist

The Destruction of Our Wild Burro Herds Accelerates

After being chased by a helicopter and roped and kicked by this wrangler who is paid with our tax money, this wild burro is then further abused by being pulled by the ears.  Photo by Carl Mrozek

After being chased by a helicopter and roped and kicked by this wrangler who is paid with our tax money, this wild burro is then further abused by being pulled by the ears.
Photo by Carl Mrozek

What will be the fate of our captured Wild Horses and Burros?  With the past evidence of our wild horses and burros “disappearing” under the supposed “protection” of BLM and with the past BLM record of roundup brutality … I am afraid to even think about it … but it is happening NOW … and the few Wild Burro Herds that remain on American soil will disappear forever unless the unwarranted roundups and removals are stopped.

In March of 1981, 648 American wild burros were secretly shot and killed under direction of the U.S. Navy at California’s China Lake Naval Weapons Center.  The Animal Legal Defense Fund – stepped in after they heard about the 1981 mass murder and were able to save some burros.  Then in 2011 China Lake NWC captured and removed more burros and the “word” was that they are doing it because the burros had  been seen eating the LAWN of the office!  Now, it appears that ALL burros from both the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station and the nearby Centennial Herd Management Area (not managed for burros) will be captured and removed in the immediately. $148,245 has already been allocated to Cattoor Livestock Inc. for the roundup, which is due to start on January 16 and continue through January 20.

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CNN aired this shocking video of a BLM contractor knocking over a wild burro with the helicopter skids.  The footage was captured by film maker Carl Mrozek.

Here is an example of how BLM “plays the game” (i.e. BLM’s deception to the public):

BLM states on their 2015 winter gather schedule that 20 burros will be captured from NE California’s Twin Peaks HMA but the actual legal (cx) document clearly states they plan to capture and remove from 90-110 of our wild burros!  This is another example of BLM’s deception to the public regarding what they say to us (the public) versus what they REALLY plan on doing.

At the 2013 BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting, Dr. Lori Eggert, University of Missouri, said that genetic diversity of burro populations are well below what you would see in healthy populations and that 12 burro HMAs have populations between 2 and 49 animals.  Those herds are far below the population numbers for genetically healthy herds.

According to a 2007 Wild Horse & Burro Capture Status Report obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by American Horse Defense Fund, 12% of the burros rounded up in March of 2007 were dead within six months of the gather.  That’s a far cry from the 1-2% BLM is so fond of sharing with the public.

The following account from an article in AMERICAN HERDS reveals a chilling insight into what happens behind the scenes, away from public scrutiny:

“An eyewitness exposed how yet another lone burro was run for miles via helicopter until it collapsed.  If this weren’t enough, contractors then proceeded to jump up and down on the helpless burros rib cage and belly, grabbed its ears and repeatedly slammed its head into the ground until, finally satisfied, walked away to leave the burro to die a long and agonizing death.”

America’s Federally Protected Wild Horses and Burros deserve better than this!

Information:

http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2009/08/killing-em-with-kindness.html

The Burros at China Lake – Animal Legal Defense Fund

http://www.navyregionsouthwest.com/go/doc/4275/1421287/NAWS-China-Lake-conducts-annual-horse-and-burro-count

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management/tentative_gather_schedule.html

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/hma-main/HMA-CA-264.html

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management/Data/completed_fy_11_gathers.html

https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=5bbd0c15a29d95643e9c3bb9e42c9436&tab=core&_cview=0