Happy Ending for Foals from BLM Wild Horse Slaughter Roundup

Source: The Lovell Chronicle

“It is ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and to find something good we had to dig into something that was really bad to locate even a tiny glow of sunshine.  It has been a week of the BLM and their rancher buddies breaking federal law on all fronts and our feature for today highlights the goodness of Wild Horse and Burro advocates and the rancid, dark underbelly of a federal agency gone mad.  Hats off to those who saved this little babies from the horrifying fate that the BLM cruelly handed to their family and herd.  Bitter sweet, but it is the best we can do for today.  Thank you TCF and Dr. Lisa, we love ya’all.  Keep the faith my friends.” ~ R.T.

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4 babies were all that survived the herd of wild horses sold to slaughter by the BLM ~ photo courtesy of The Cloud Foundation

Four foals, dubbed by wild horse advocates as the “Dry Creek quartet,” are now out of harm’s way and under the care of experienced veterinarian Dr. Lisa Jacobson in Northern Colorado.

The foals—individually named by horse advocates as Maestro, Allegro, Cornet and Piccolo– were separated from their mothers, during a helicopter roundup by BLM and State officials near Sheep Mountain in early March. The Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy group, spearheaded the rescue after a kindhearted stockyard owner spotted the baby horses among the adult horses that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Jacobson, an experienced horse vet and advocate against horse slaughter, estimated that some of the foals were very young at the time they were separated from their lactating mothers.

“It was really staggering that they survived,” said Jacobson. “Some couldn’t have been more than days old at the time of the roundup. Even the oldest was no more than a few months old.”

In spite of their ordeal, Jacobson said the foals were in good health when she received them and they are continuing to thrive.

“If they were sick, we’d be seeing it by now, especially after all the stress they went through,” said Jacobson. “We’re not seeing any coughing or snotty noses. They are eating well and really thriving. At times they are even running, bucking and playing.”

Stacy Newby, co-owner of the Worland Livestock Auction, noticed the foals in the mix with the adults that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Though she had never seen it personally, she said it is common knowledge that foals, not wanted by slaughterhouses, either die during transport or are killed upon arrival.

“I’ve never seen it myself, but I’ve heard that is what happens and my heart just wouldn’t let that happen,” said Newby. “I knew I could save them and I wanted to give them an opportunity to thrive.”

As the colts were being sorted out, Newby said she wanted them.

“I didn’t really ask, it was more like I just said I was taking them,” she said. “My intent was to raise them, tame them, halter break them and then find them homes. We have the setup to do it and so that was my plan.”

Newby convinced those in charge that she wasn’t taking “no” for an answer, and got the brand inspector to process the proper ownership documents, making her the legal owner.

Once the word got out that Newby had rescued the foals, she was inundated with telephone calls from horse advocates from across the country wanting to adopt the foals.

“I was receiving up to 50 calls a day from people wanting to adopt them,” she said.

For the next few weeks she fed them, while her trusty Australian shepherd dog “Lonesome” watched over them. Newby said the dog stood watch as if he knew they needed protection.

“They had good muscle, a little skinny, but healthier than you would expect,” she said. “And once they figured out that I was the milk lady, feeding them became as simple as pie.”

Kim Michaels of Red Lodge, the Cloud Foundation’s Montana representative, contacted Newby, along with other members from the organization.

“I could tell these gals from the Cloud Foundation really wanted these colts,” said Newby. “They seemed very sincere so I let them take them.”

Ownership was then transferred to Michaels and the foals were transported to Colorado, where they will remain for many months until they are deemed adoptable.

“Lisa (Dr. Jacobson) might have them for up to a year,” said Michaels, who is now the legal owner of the foals.

“This isn’t going to be quick,” said Jacobson. “They will need training to be comfortable around people and will need a lot of nourishment and we’re going to be pretty picky about who adopts them.”

In the meantime, Jacobson said the foals are flourishing and already showing curiosity about their human caretakers.

“Piccolo even nickered at me the other day,” said Jacobson. “That’s the first sound I’ve heard out of them. It was as if she was saying ‘Hey you, open the gate, we want to go inside.’”

Ginger Kathrens, founder of the Cloud Foundation, said she was happy the organization was able to assist with the rescue of the foals but at the same time heartbroken that the organization was not given the opportunity to adopt the 40 horses that were sold to slaughter. She said the organization is already seeking legal advice to find out how this type of action can be prevented in the future.

by Patti Carpenter

Click (HERE) to comment directly at the Lovell Chronicle

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BLM Bypasses Ginger Kathrens, R.T. Fitch and other (real) wild horse advocates once again

By Debbie Coffey, Vice President and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation.    Copyright 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

In reading the BLM Press Release below, a few things stand out, besides the fact that we don’t see the names of Ginger Kathrens or R.T. Fitch on this list of people who were just appointed to the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.

Advisory Board Nominees R.T. Fitch and Ginger Kathrens speak at press conference during BLM Advisory Board meeting in March 2013 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Advisory Board Nominees R.T. Fitch and Ginger Kathrens speak at press conference during BLM Advisory Board meeting in March 2013 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

While Ginger Kathrens (Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation) has spent many years studying actual wild horse behavior on the range, BLM’s new appointee Dr. Sue M. McDonnell maintains a semi-feral herd of ponies specifically for the study of their physiology and behavior under semi-natural conditions.”  McDonnell’s books are published by The Blood Horse and Eclipse (Blood Horse Publications) Blood Horse Publications is owned by the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association, which promotes thoroughbred racing and breeding.

According to the BLM Press Release below, Dr. Robert E. Cope moved to Idaho and was “elected as a Lemhi County Commissioner in 2001 and currently serves in that position.”   Dr. Cope has been “active in the National Association of Counties” and served as the vice chair of its Environment, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee for nine years.

This is kind of interesting, because the Nevada Association of Counties recently filed a lawsuit against the BLM to remove wild horses, and to euthanize all wild horses in holding.  The White Pine County Commissioners (Nevada) voted to donate $5,000 to support this lawsuit, and Elko County Commissioners (Nevada) voted to donate $10,000 to support this lawsuit.  BOTH of these counties are members of the NATIONAL Association of Counties.  Meanwhile, Iron County Commissioners in Utah are threatening to illegally roundup wild horses.  It seems we’re seeing a pattern with counties.

In documents received in a Freedom of Information Act request, even Edwin Roberson, BLM’s current Assistant Director of Resources and Planning, noted that county interests could be seen as representing livestock interests.  Robertson noted “Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy Groups may see a county elected official position on the Board as an attempt to make the Board membership weighted towards livestock interests, which is already represented.  Many of the Wild Horse and Burro advocacy groups have already accused the Board of this.  Livestock interests in the many western states and groups like the Public Lands Council will likely be in favor of a county official position on the Board.”

Roberson also noted “The Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Western Counties Alliance (WCA) have requested that a county elected official position be added to the Board.  Director Abbey responded to NACO in the attached letter, dated September 27, 2010, explaining that any change in membership categories will require a change in the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s Charter and encouraged NACO to nominate individuals that qualified for the present existing positions.”

And then, referring to WH & B Advisory Board member Callie Hendrickson, Roberson noted “Presently one of the public interest representatives now on the Board is closely aligned with county representation in Colorado as the Executive Director of Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.”

Finally, in the press release below, it states “In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.”

In other words, in only one year, the BLM sold off over 4 1/2 billion dollars of public lands and public resources, so if you hear anyone bring up the money BLM spends on holding facilities for wild horses at this National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board, direct their attention to the money BLM rakes in on our natural resources.

SOURCE:  blm.gov

Bureau of Land Management Contact: Tom Gorey For immediate release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (202-912-7420)

BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been appointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; Fred T. Woehl, Jr., of Harrison, Arkansas, has been appointed for the category of public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior); and Dr. Robert E. Cope, DVM, of Salmon, Idaho, has been appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board. Dr. McDonnell is Clinical Associate and Adjunct Professor of Reproduction and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, as a certified applied animal behaviorist, she consults privately on equine behavior and welfare. Dr. McDonnell, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, co-edited the current leading academic book on horse behavior, titled “The Domestic Horse: The Evolution, Development and Management of its Behaviour,” published by Cambridge University Press. Mr. Woehl has been involved in the horse community for more than 40 years as a trainer, natural horsemanship clinician, and educator. He is actively involved with the Equine Science Department at the University of Arkansas and taught Equine Science at North Arkansas College. He has served as a volunteer for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program for 10 years, conducting demonstrations of wild horse versatility and assisting with adoptions. Mr. Woehl worked as a senior agricultural adviser for the U.S. State Department from October 2008 to November 2009 in Iraq, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of agricultural programs and policy for the Ninewa Province. Dr. Cope, who earned his DVM at Kansas State University, has practiced veterinary medicine since 1975. After relocating to Idaho, he was elected Lemhi County Commissioner in 2001 and still serves in that position. Dr. Cope has been active in the National Association of Counties (NACo), serving as chair or vice chair of NACo’s Environment, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee for nine years. As a veterinarian for nearly 40 years, Dr. Cope has focused on large animals, particularly range livestock. The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. Information about the board can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/Advisory_Board.html The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under its mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Ginger Kathrens on Wild Horse & Burro Radio tonight!

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Times for this FRIDAY night show are:

6:00 pm PST … 7:00 pm MST … 8:00 pm CST … 9:00 pm EST

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Call in # 917-388-4520

This is a special ONE HOUR show, and you can call in with questions any time during the show.

The shows will be archived, so you can listen anytime.

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Tonight’s guest is Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.  On March 24, The Cloud Foundation received an anonymous tip that BLM had rounded up and removed 41 free-roaming horses from public lands in northern Wyoming.  Further investigation revealed that BLM conducted a helicopter roundup of the horses and turned them over to the Wyoming Livestock Board who sold the horses directly to the Canadian Bouvry Slaughterouse.  The taxpayer-funded roundup was conducted with no notice of sale after the horses were impounded, giving no one the opportunity to step in and negotiate a deal to purchase any of the horses.  Even Bighorn County Sheriff, Kenneth Blackburn, was surprised that he received no notification of the roundup, which was conducted in his jurisdiction.  The horses were driven to Shelby, Montana, to the Bouvry-owned feedlot, the jumping off point to their Canadian slaughterhouse, the largest slaughterhouse in Canada.

All but four foals were sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse.  The foals were purchased from Worland Livestock Auction by Kim Michels.  The Cloud Foundation transported these foals, all between 3 and 12 weeks old, to Colorado where they are now under the expert care of Dr. Lisa Jacobson, DVM.  They require special nutrition and socialization as they acclimate to their new environment.

The foals, known as the Dry Creek Quartet, are:

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Coronet , Maestro & his sister, Allegro, and (bottom) Piccolo, the youngest

Ginger will be giving us background and an update on the Wyoming wild horses, as well as an update of the wild horses in Utah that are being threatened with roundup by the Iron County Commissioners.

This radio show is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Vice-President & Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation .

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To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585

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“Loading ferals as we speak”

by Debbie Coffey, V.P and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In a telephone conversation with Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller this morning, when asked for an update on the situation regarding rounding up wild horses, Mr. Miller stated that they were “loading ferals as we speak.”

This call was immediately followed by a call to BLM Utah State Director Juan Palma’s office, which referred the call to BLM Public Affairs Specialist Lisa Reid.  I relayed Mr. Miller’s comment to Lisa Reid, who stated that as of last night, the “agreement” between BLM and Iron County Commissioners hadn’t been signed, but that yesterday evening, Juan Palma called David Miller one more time to make clear that no wild horses were to be removed.

Reid stated that the BLM agreed “any wild horses that are nuisance horses on private property” (in other words, wild horses that may have wandered off of a Herd Management Area) would be removed by the BLM.  The rancher would need to submit a letter to request for the removal, and so far, BLM in this area had received two letters.  One was for 7 head, and the other was for 20 head.

By the way, removing wild horses that may have wandered onto private property is a “wink, wink, nod, nod” loophole that ranchers across the west are using to push the BLM (and they probably don’t have to push too hard) to remove wild horses without the BLM having to prepare an EA.  And, who would even know if the wild horses had somehow been driven onto the private property?

What is of concern is that only about 3 BLM employees are covering 3 HMA’s that are each about 62,00 acres (so that’s about 186,000 acres).    Ms. Reid stated that there are only a few roads on these HMAs and that the BLM employees would be monitoring activities.  But who is monitoring what could be happening to wild horses on private property if an agreement hasn’t been signed?

Ms. Reid told me that they don’t have rangers, since most are in Mesquite (the Cliven Bundy issue) but they have requested extra support.  Ms. Reid will be giving updates to Wild Horse Freedom Federation and to other wild horse advocacy groups via teleconference.  Meanwhile, the article below is one version of the BLM showdown with Cliven Bundy, and just take a look at all of the BLM law enforcement there.

We continue to be concerned about a lack of monitoring of wild horses that may have roamed onto private property, and for the safety of wild horses in Utah.  The BLM has a mandate to protect the wild horses.

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SOURCE:  gopthedailydose.com

Rogue BLM, Rancher’s Son Arrested, Family Targeted by Fed Snipers For Non-Compliance

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The BLM is doing their best ATF, Ruby Ridge impersonation. The rogue agency is presently involved in what many feel is an illegal invalidation of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy’s grazing rights as well as the unauthorized roundup of his cattle.

The big jackboot of the federal government is on display for all to see. This is how they respond to those who would dare to stand up to them.

Dave Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s son, was arrested by armed BLM officers while he was standing on the side of SR 170. His apparent crime, unauthorized picture taking of his family’s cattle grazing along the Virgin River.

Ryan Bundy, Dave’s brother recounts how several family members had gone out to observe what the feds were doing with the family cattle.

The BLM is in the process of confiscating the Bundy cattle as their solution to his failure to recognize their order which invalidated his grazing rights. His contention is that those rights were bought and paid for and the order itself is illegitimate.

On March 27, BLM officials arbitrarily announced they were closing roughly 300,000 acres of land, including that which is in dispute, apparently to help conceal their actions from public scrutiny. They have set up so-called “free speech zones” for media, which are far-removed from and beyond view of the actual activity.

As is customary, the Feds blame the citizen for their actions. National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said, during a press conference, that “Mr Bundy has created a larger burden to the taxpayers through his statements.

She continued, “He has said that he will ‘do whatever it takes’ and that his response to the impound will ‘have to be more physical’. When threats are made that could jeopardize the safety of the American people, the contractors and our personnel; we have the responsibility to provide law enforcement to account for their safety. The greater the threats, the more security that is needed to provide public safety and the greater the cost to the American taxpayer. We are hopeful that lawful protests don’t escalate to illegal activity.”

Through all of their years of ranching, the Bundy’s haven’t posed a risk to anybody. The only thing that is different is the presence of federal goons.

As to the arrest of Dave Bundy, his brother Ryan insists that his brother was merely taking photographs. “He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape,” Ryan Bundy said. “We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way. Even if they want to call [the area that we were filming] federal land; which it’s not; we weren’t even on it. We were on the road.”

The group of four Bundy vehicles had parked on the north side of the road and Dave was filming. Out of nowhere a contingent  of BLM vehicles swarmed down upon them. Ryan Bundy described it, saying , “I counted, they had 11 vehicles all with at least two agents in each one, maybe more.” He said, “They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us. We were doing nothing besides filming the area.”

None of the Bundys were armed with anything more than a camera. BLM loudspeakers ordered the family to leave the area.  Bundy continued, “They said that we had no first amendment rights except for up by the bridge where they had established an area for that.”

The BLM has established two fenced areas near the City of Mesquite, that they have designated as free speech areas for members of the public to express their opinions. In other words, they have declared the remainder of the area to be Constitution-Free Zones with our rights invalidated.

Dave didn’t return fast enough for the jackboots. “He was filming and talking on the phone, I don’t know to whom. It happened pretty fast. They came down on him hard and had a German Shepherd on him. And then they took him,” Ryan said.

He continued, “I stayed and witnessed the whole thing. I told them that I was not going to engage them and that I just wanted to take my brother with me. But they were pushing, pushing, pushing! So I did stay there long enough to witness the whole thing, about 10 feet away from me.”

BLM issued the following statement: “An individual is in custody in order to protect public safety and maintain the peace. The individual has rights and therefore details about the arrest will not be disclosed until and unless charges are filed.”

Ryan Bundy says they have nowhere to turn.  “We don’t have any policing representation,” he said. “Our local police will not respond. The County Sheriff will not respond. NHP will not respond.”

BLM claims this arrest was for public safety. It is clearly because the family isn’t backing town to their tyranny and BLM is being exposed as tyrannical overzealous thugs. The militarized police and feds, they’ve got all of this ammunition and weapons, and a real itch to use them.

 

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Letter to BLM: Stop the Criminal Conspiracy

The important letter below was sent to listed parties of the BLM by a wild horse & burro advocate:

April 8, 2014

Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief BLM Division of Wild Horses and Burros jguilfoy@blm.gov

Juan Palma, Utah State Director, BLM   jpalma@blm.gov

 Jenna Whitlock, Utah Associate State Director, BLM   jwhitloc@blm.gov

Todd Christensen, Color Country Utah District Manager BLM utccmail@blm.gov

Salvatore R. Lauro Director, Office of Law Enforcement and Security BLM SLauro@blm.gov

BLM Utah State Office utsomail@blm.gov

Re: Threats to Capture Wild Horses in Utah in Violation to Federal Law

Dear Sirs/Madams:

Please stop this conspiracy to commit any illegal activity on public land before it goes any further.  The American people own the public lands and resources in the West and they are supposed to be administered and protected on our behalf by the national government under laws and regulations.  These are not “federal lands.”  They are public lands.  They never belonged to any state, county, individual, private or corporate entity.  The land and the resources and the animals belong to the citizens of the United States.

The current threats by the Iron County Commissioners et al are apparently being made in response to BLM’s request to remove or reduce the privately owned domestic livestock that have, in the past, been permitted to graze on public land.  Removal or reduction of domestic livestock which provides financial gain for any private or corporate owned institution must be activated in favor of protecting the land and the wildlife and wild horses and wild burros and their habitat that belong to the American people.  As a matter of fact, by law the BLM can and should close appropriate areas of public lands to grazing use by all domestic livestock, if necessary, to provide habitat for wild horses or burros; to implement herd management actions; or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment, or injury. 43 C.F.R. § 4710.5. It is the law.

Per the 1971 Congressional Wild Horse and Burro Act, the land is to be devoted PRINCIPALLY although not exclusively to the wild horses and wild burros’ welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept of public lands.   Definition of “principally”: First, highest, foremost in importance, rank, worth or degree, chief, mainly, largely, chiefly, especially, particularly, mostly, primarily, above all, predominantly, in the main, for the most part, first and foremost.  Wild horses and burros are legally DESIGNATED on the Herd Management Area(HMA) and livestock are only PERMITTED. Definition of the word “designated” is to “set aside for” or “assign” or “authorize”.  Definition of “permit” is to “allow” or “let” or “tolerate”.  The HMA and HA lands and resources are set aside for, and assigned and authorized for, the use of wild horses and burros whereas the livestock is only allowed and tolerated and let to use the public range resources.  While commercial livestock grazing is permitted on public lands, it is not a requirement under the agency’s multiple use mandate as outlined in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA).  Indeed, public land grazing clearly is a privilege not a right, while the BLM is mandated by law to protect wild horses and burros.

It appears from recent news reports that BLM is cowering to the conspirators that have stated they intend to break the federal law.  These Utah ranchers and the Iron County Commission are threatening to break a federal law and their threat alone is a conspiracy against the citizens of the United States of America.  Will BLM cower to these people and allow them to bully the American people and the government of the United States?  If they do, then all participating members of BLM are equally guilty as accessories to the conspiracy.

A criminal conspiracy exists when two or more people agree to commit an unlawful act, and then take some action toward its completion.  The action taken need not itself be a crime, but it must indicate that those involved in the conspiracy knew of the plan and intended to break the law. All collaborators involved and showing intent to break the law can be charged with conspiracy to commit the crime, regardless of whether the crime itself is actually attempted or completed.

An accessory to conspiracy must generally have knowledge that a crime is being, or will be committed.  A person with such knowledge may become an accessory by helping or encouraging the criminal in some way, or simply by failing to report the crime to proper authority.  If BLM law enforcement can’t stop the Utah ranchers and County Commissioners from committing crimes that they have publically announced they will carry out, then it is BLM’s legal duty to report those crimes to the proper authority that is capable of stopping the crime against the American people.  If they don’t … then they are clearly accessories to the crimes.

It has not evaded my notice that BLM is not threatening these ranchers with arrest by Federal Marshalls.   I now demand that armed Federal Marshalls be posted at the boundaries of the wild horse HMAs with orders to use force to protect the wild horses.  If this action is not taken, charges will be filed with the Inspector General and articles will be filed with the BLM Office of Hearings and Appeals.   As employees of the United States Government were you not sworn to protect the rights of the citizens of the United States?

Utah ranchers plan to illegally roundup wild horses starting on Thursday

To Live FreeEven though BLM’s Juan Palma caved in to illegal threats made by the Iron County Commissioners for wild horse roundups by private citizens  and told them he’d have a plan for removal in place by Friday, the Iron County Commissioners (with support from Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower) broke off their meeting with the BLM and plan their illegal activities to commence on this Thursday.  Iron County Commissioner David Miller claims “we have to get those horses off the range immediately.”  Once again, private (livestock) interests are treating PUBLIC LANDS like their own PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Please write to the BLM and ask them to post Federal Marshalls around the HMAs to stop this illegal activity (thank you Janet Schultz for demanding this action from the BLM), and to remove livestock immediately from the same area, since there is not enough water and forage for the wild horses.    jpalma@blm.gov and jguilfoy@blm.gov

SOURCE:  The Spectrum

Read the story HERE

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Letter from wild horse & burro advocate to BLM

Each person can make a difference.  With Iron County Commissioner’s (in Utah) decision to start an illegal roundup wild horses by private citizens on Thursday, this letter to BLM’s Utah State Director, Juan Palma, and BLM’s Division Chief of the Wild Horse & Burro Program, Joan Guilfoyle, written by wild horse advocate Janet Schultz, asks that the BLM post Federal Marshalls around the HMAs to stop this illegal activity.

“Subject: Utah Controversy

I’m following with interest the story evolving over the Bundy cattle case and the threats of the Utah citizens.  I’m also reading the comments enflaming the population of “ranchers” threatening to roundup wild horses, if the law is followed in removing ther cattle, which have apparently illegally grazed public lands for more than a few years.

It has not escaped my notice that BLM is not threatening these ranchers with arrest by federal marshalls.

This is on its face unequal application of the law against citizens threatening violation of the law by using animals as their excuse.  Armed guards stand post a every wild horse roundup.

I will now demand that armed marshalls be posted at the boundaries of the HMAs presently being focused on with orders to use force to protect the wild horses.  If this action is not taken, charges will be filed with the Inspector General and articles will be filed with the BLM Office of Hearings and Appeals.

Stories of the horses being rounded up and maintained on private property under emergency contracts is ludicrous.  That offer has been made many times by advocates for the protection of the wild horses.  Undertaking that effort on behalf of those who want the horses disposed of is UNEQUAL protection and favoritism.

It will be plain that our government is out of control and a stringent review of its budget and authority will be undertaken.

Janet Schultz”

If you want to write to BLM’s Juan Palma and Joan Guilfoyle, their e-mail addresses are: jpalma@blm.gov and jguilfoy@blm.gov