Rancher Kevin Borba & Eureka County Commissioners try to pull the wool over public’s eyes

CORRECTION:  When this article originally posted, the incorrect information that Kevin Borba owned 330,000 acres was quoted from the Elko Daily Free Press (Thomas Mitchell).  However, according to newly obtained information from the Eureka County Assessor, Kevin Borba owns 1,339.55 acres.  This article has been updated to include this correction. 

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Fish Creek HMA roundup (photo:  Bureau of Land Management)

Fish Creek HMA roundup (photo: Bureau of Land Management)

Rancher Kevin Borba and Eureka County Commissioners filed the appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals on Friday, opposing the return of any of the 424 wild horses recently rounded up to the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) near Eureka, Nevada.

The BLM planned to return 104 mares treated with fertility control (PZP) and 82 studs to the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) near Eureka on Friday.

New welfare rancher Kevin Borba, is being likened to Cliven Bundy and portrayed as trying to “eke out a living on dry, inhospitable rangeland.”  However, Borba is a 48-year-old cattleman from California, who bought a $1.5 million ranch in Eureka County in 2012.  Borba named his new 1,339.55-acre ranch the Borba Land and Cattle Co.  

A couple of years later, the BLM reduced the number of cattle on his grazing allotments.  The “news” reports that Borba originally grazed 415 head of cattle, but his grazing allotment was reduced to 140 cattle.

Hold your horses.  According to the BLM’s Rangeland Administration System, Borba has 2 grazing allotments in the BLM Ely District on the Little Smoky Valley pasture of the Duckwater Allotment (BLM authorization #2703864).  For one thing, the “reduced” number of 140 cows is a cow-calf pair, which means Borba can graze 280 cattle for 5 months each year (Oct. 15 – March 15) on 100% public lands.

Borba also has an active authorization to graze 1,000 sheep for 5 months of each year (Oct. 30 – March 31) on 100% public lands. But Borba decided that he didn’t want to raise and sell sheep, and also declined to sell his sheep allotment to sheep ranchers when they offered to buy it.

Borba also has 2 grazing allotments (BLM authorization #2703895) on the Antelope Valley pasture of the Fish Creek Ranch Allotment in the BLM Battle Mountain District, where he grazes 506 cattle (in reality, this could be 1,012 cattle if we count cow-calf pairs) for 5 months each year (Nov. 1 – March 31) on 100% public lands.

The 2015 Fish Creek Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan noted “In 2014, unauthorized livestock were documented grazing consistently for six months outside the permitted use within the Antelope Valley Use Area of the Fish Creek Ranch Allotment.”

Borba’s sense of entitlement was also evident when he told the Associated Press “We (ranchers) have a right to be here and we don’t want them to turn out the horses.

It’s important to focus on the fact that Borba’s authorized grazing allotments are on 100% PUBLIC LAND, not on the 1,339.55 acres he bought.

Why should taxpayers subsidize Borba’s poor business planning with his dependence on grazing his cattle on PUBLIC LANDS instead of his privately owned 1,339.55 acres?  Livestock grazing is a privilege, not a right.

Something else is fishy.  On the BLM’s website page for the Fish Creek HMA, today it states this about the wild horses: “The current population estimate for the HMA is 79 wild horses. Wild horses are known to move between the Fish Creek HMA and Seven Mile HMA, located south of the Fish Creek HMA.”

BUT, “news” reports just claimed the current population of wild horses in the Fish Creek HMA was estimated at 549 wild horses.

The BLM website currently states this about the Seven Mile HMA: “The current population is estimated to be 92 horses. An AML range of 60-100 wild horses has been established for both the USFS Butler Basin Wild Horse Territory and the Seven Mile HMA.”

And yet, in 2014, another source estimated that the 97,479 acre  Seven Mile HMA had an AML of 30-50 wild horses and it was estimated there were 154 wild horses.

This is confusing, isn’t it?  Just like numbers are being pulled out of a hat.

Could some of the 154 (or, 92) wild horses that are part of the Seven Mile HMA have wandered over and been counted as part of the 549 wild horses supposedly on Fish Creek HMA?
Out of the estimated 549 on the Fish Creek HMA, the BLM rounded up 424 (leaving 125), and was going to return about 186 (this is the 104 PZP treated mares and about 82 studs).
Until Kevin Borba and the Eureka County Commissioners threw a big hizzy fit.

But, since 125+186=311, does this mean there are now only about 311 wild horses (with 104 of the mares treated with the fertility control pesticide/”vaccine” PZP) on 2 HMAs, on over 350,292 acres?

While some wild horse advocates claim that 104 mares treated with PZP is “sane” or “fair” management of this wild horse herd, or that the BLM is doing the “right” thing, it seems they should do more research before giving quotes to the media, and before selling out the wild horses.  These groups do NOT speak for all of us.

The BLM continues to manage wild horses to extinction.  Period.

Utah lawmakers consider ban on horse tripping

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers this year are considering banning horse tripping practices that involve the use of ropes to lasso the animals and bring them to the ground.

A bill from West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory would ban the practice for sport or entertainment.

Ivory says horses are companions and service animals and they should not be brutalized.

Horse tripping has been banned in 13 states and several other states are considering restricting the practice.

Horse roping and horse tripping are not sanctioned by Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the National Professional Rodeo Association.

The Deseret News reports critics of horse tripping bans say they open the door for criticism from animal-rights activists of rodeo events.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo shocking horses

With so much going on, it’s hard to cover everything, so we’re playing a bit of “catch-up” today with this issue.

Promoters of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo claimed they stopped shocking horses years ago, but SHARK caught them doing it again this past summer.   One newspaper – the Wyoming Tribune Eagle – called out the rodeo.  You can read that article below.

SOURCE:  Wyomingnews.com

Some cowboys don’t abide by the Code

by D. Reed Eckhardt

Live each day with courage.

Do what has to be done.

Ride for the brand.

Remember that some things aren’t for sale.

Know where to draw the line.

– Excerpts from the “Code of the West”

It gets tiring after a while.

You would think after 41 years in the news business that I would have gotten used to being misled by the subjects of news stories and their public relations flaks.

Still, I wish that just one time they would say, “Hey, we messed up.  We’re fixing things.  It won’t happen again.”

But no, all one gets is the dissembling, and half-truths, and deflections.  Usually, some little guy takes the tumble for the actions of the big boys.

That is how it was this past week at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

CFD officials promised in 2008 that they would no longer shock horses to get them to perform.  The WTE caught them red-handed using Hot-Shots on roughstock and did an article that embarrassed the organization nationally.  Policies were passed.  Rules put in place.

Afterward, rodeo officials begged this newspaper to do stories about how well they tended their animals.  They swore they were as much about the horses, calves, steers and bulls as they were about the money and the cowboys.

We ran those articles, catching holy heck from the animal rights crowd in the process.  But it seemed like the fair thing to do.

Well, bull-oney.

Someone representing CFD got caught again on July 18 shocking saddle broncs and barebacks on their faces during the CINCH Rodeo Shootout.  Videos from SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) clearly show it; there was no way to pass the charge off as the rantings of some out-of-control animal rights group.

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How much better it would have been if CFD had just fessed up.  Instead, it went into cover-your-butt mode.

The PR machine could be heard revving up all the way in downtown Cheyenne.  Limit the response to a committee chairman.  Keep the general chairman under wraps.  Spin, spin, spin.

Out came the answer: Blame it on a rogue volunteer who didn’t know the rules.  Say he has been disciplined.  Promise it never will happen again.  Quiet those yahoos in the press.

Story runs in the media; storm over.  Or so it seems.

And then it happened again the next day.

Only this time, it was even more brazen.  Heck, the prongs from the Hot-Shot stuffed in the horse’s face nearly sparkle in the sunlight before the device disappears out of sight.

A review of the videos makes it clear that all of this never was accidental.  Watch for yourselves.  That so-called “volunteer” hides the Hot-Shot behind his hand, uses it, puts it back out of sight and then passes it behind his back to someone else.

If this guy didn’t know the rules, why did he try to hide it?

If he thought it was legal, he simply would have done his thing.  Instead, he sneaks around and has someone (is that someone wearing a contestant’s number?) slip it out of sight as if nothing has happened.

Read the rest of this story HERE.

A Boy and His Horse: A&M Large Animal Hospital Helps Restore a Special Bond

Story by Megan Palsa as published on Texas A & M Veterinary Medicine website

“This ‘Feel Good Sunday’ we would like to share with you a story of a group of people who are very near and dear to the hearts of all equestrians in our part of Texas; they are the staff and students at Texas A & M University’s Large Animal Hospital.  In our parts, when a vet conducts an emergency field visit to a sick or injured horse and quickly accesses that the situation is more than he can handle the equine patient is immediately transported to Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas…a mere 40 minute trip for us.  A & M has saved one of our horses from the jaws of death and also eased another gently across the bridge.  I will never forget the sympathy card signed by all who attempted to save the life of a very dear equine friend of mine.  Their sincere care, concern and compassion are forever emblazoned upon my heart; so today we tip our hats to those who endeavor to dedicate their lives to better the bond between both horse and human.  Simply put; Thank You!” ~ R.T.

It is often said that dogs are man’s best friends, but sometimes a horse can be a boy’s best friend. Throughout history, humans and their horses have shared a unique bond. Drawn to their overwhelming power and mystique, they continue to be an integral part of our lives. Ten-year-old Kaden Ramirez and his horse, George, share a bond that is deeper than most.

Growing up immersed in the rodeo culture, Kaden’s love for horses was almost predestined. However, it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with autism at the age of six that rodeoing became more than a hobby; it became his therapy.

“It took almost two years for George to fully learn Kaden, which is a feat considering that the process of buying and training a horse for him is very intensive,” said Kimberly Ramirez, Kaden’s mother. “People would stop me and say, ‘Wow, it looks like Kaden finally learned that horse,’ and I would say, ‘No, George finally learned him.’”

The dynamic duo has been rodeoing together for a little over two years now and began excelling in barrel racing all over the region this past year, recently claiming the all-around title in La Grange. Not only has rodeoing with George brought Kaden extraordinary pleasure, doctors have confirmed that participation in rodeos has helped his symptoms.

On the night of September 20, 2014, George had an accident and poked his eye with an unknown item in the pasture, resulting in an emergency trip to the veterinarian. After being treated by their referring veterinarian, the eye was not progressing as they had hoped, so George was sent to Dr. Leslie Easterwood at the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital.

“George came to the Large Animal Hospital with a five day history of a puncture to the left eye after showing little progression. Dr. Sam Williams, a Texas A&M graduate who had been treating George in Victoria, Texas, sent him for an injection into his eye that is not commonly done out in private practice,” said Easterwood. “He had some fibrin (inflammatory material) inside the anterior chamber of the eye that was preventing his pupil from opening. If the fibrin remained in the eye, the pupil would remain closed, and he would not be able to see once the puncture was healed.”

Although a horse can typically function and perform various activities with the loss of sight in one eye, it would be dangerous for the duo to continue barrel racing unless George regained enough sight in the eye. The extensive veterinary procedures have led to costly medical bills. Easterwood and her team decided, however, that they would do all in their power to keep this duo together.

“After hearing the story about the bond between George and Kaden, we were moved, and agreed to keep George in the hospital to help provide him with the best chance at sight. George would be a very good teaching case and could offer our students the opportunity to follow the case the whole way through and see the effects of our treatments,” Easterwood said. “Although the Ramirez family had not asked for any help, we were more than happy to provide it. The family’s friends also started a GoFundMe account to help with expenses from both our hospital and the charges from Dr. Williams.”

Easterwood and her team kept George over the weekend, performing ultrasounds on the eye to monitor progress with the fibrin, and over time, the pupil opened and George became responsive to light. “These are both good signs that we will hopefully have a sighted eye once the corneal healing is over,” said Easterwood.

An entire community waits anxiously for an update on George’s condition, but none more so than 10-year-old Kaden. Regardless of the outcome, this dynamic duo will stay strong.

“The Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital is a wonderful and caring place,” said Ramirez. “Dr. Easterwood, her team of students, and all of the staff were very dedicated to not only George and Kaden but also us as a family. I feel they all went above and beyond the call of duty, and we will always have a special place in our hearts for this animal clinic. They have made Kaden a big Texas A&M fan, and he now keeps up with all of the football games and wants to get everything in maroon; A&M has made a friend for life.”.

Hunter Involved in Horse Shooting Works For a NY Sheriffs Office

Source: story by Brett Davidsen as published on WHEC News 10

“How do you mistake a horse for a coyote?”

Hunter_involved_in_horse_shooting_works_for_Ontario_County_Sheriff39s_Office-syndImport-053802For weeks, many of you have been asking us to look into the case of two horses shot by hunters in Livingston County.

It happened last month and since then we’ve put in several calls to police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation trying to track down answers. Finally, Wednesday we received a release about the incident and Thursday we learned one of the men involved works for the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department.

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says it was not his investigation, so he was not at liberty to release information. Why the DEC waited more than three weeks to tell us what happened isn’t clear and the horse owners tell News10NBC even they were left in the dark.

Owner Tom Maggio says, “We’ve had horses all our lives. They’re just like your kids and that’s how you feel. You’ve lost one of your family. That’s how my wife feels.”

Maggio is still trying to make sense of what happened on the land in Nunda where his wife and stepdaughter both raise horses.

Last month two licensed hunters taking part in a coyote hunt shot two of their horses in two separate locations on the property. One horse died. The other horse, Comanche, was wounded. The bullet is still lodged in his left shoulder. It initially had us asking how an incident like this could happen.

“Let me ask you the same question? How do you mistake a horse for a coyote?” asks Maggio.

After the incident occurred, News10NBC began asking questions of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the investigating agency. The DEC offered little information. Yesterday, it announced it had taken action against the two hunters identified as Christian Smith, of Phelps, and Glenn Gosson, of Fairport.

The DEC revoked their hunting licenses for three years, fined them $200 dollars and had them pay restitution for the value of the dead horse, its burial fee and veterinarian bills for Comanche. What the DEC didn’t mention is that Smith is also a law enforcement officer. Thursday, in a prepared statement, Sheriff Povero confirmed Smith is a lieutenant working in the corrections division. Povero would not take questions, saying it’s a personnel matter.

“The Ontario County Office of Sheriff is now conducting a separate internal investigation relative to the off-duty conduct of this employee,” says Povero.

Smith remains on active duty. Maggio wonders if the DEC dragged its feet on the investigation and let the men off easy because Smith is in law enforcement.

“I just don’t feel that,” says Maggio. “You know, it was swept under the carpet — too much doesn’t add up.”

We went to the DEC’s regional headquarters in Avon to get more answers. We were told no one was available to speak with us, but someone would call, no one did.

“Something needs to be changed,” says Maggio. “It really, really does. Because this time it’s a horse, next time it might be one of us.”

Maggio says he was never even told the names of the hunters until he heard them on the news Wednesday. He says he believes the men feel bad about what happened, but also says he believes they have given other hunters a bad name.

Battling Horse Slaughter: The Good, the Bad and the Stupid

Source: Anonymous Contributor

“Below is an actual recent phone conversation between a well known equine advocate (name withheld to protect the innocent) and a horse hater (name withheld to protect the stupid) who crawled out from underneath his rock in an obvious effort to display his lack of knowledge, education and social mores.  True, it is just another day in the life of an advocate but often it helps to share some of the joy with other like minded souls.  Enjoy!” ~ R.T.

A redneck sounding guy from (deleted) left me a voice message to call him this morning. Five minutes later, he left a second and identical message. He said it was about horse slaughter. I told (delete) it did not sound like one of our folks! She said “I think that is a safe assumption.”

I called him back and the conversation went something like this (although he continually talked over me):

Eaten  horse is good fer ur complection, er, looks

Eaten horse is good fer ur complection, er, looks

Him: Are you (delete)?.
Me: Yes

Him: Are you against horse slaughter?
Me: Yes

Him: Can I ask you why on earth you would be against it?
Me: It is a cruel betrayal to the horses and the meat is unfit for human consumption.

Him: I could understand that if you were a woman who had raised a horse as a pet, but for a man to think like that is ridiculous.
Me: I can see how a person like yourself might confuse compassion and femininity. Still, I am against cruelty and selling contaminated meat.

Him: Bull s**t!  Ever since the GD Congress closed the plants you can’t get jack for a horse and they are suffering.
Me: Well, how do you say that given there was no reduction in the number of horses going to slaughter. They just went to Canada and Mexico.

Him: I don’t say we should kill all horses, I wouldn’t kill a really good one. But you used to get $1,500 for a nag, now you can’t get $300. I have a load of horses here that I am taking down to Mexico to get knocked in the head and make me some money. (I think he was trying to get me upset with that imminent threat. Like I would panic at the thought given the river of horses we have had to witness going to slaughter all these years.)

Me: You better hurry, the Europeans won’t take the meat any more because horses are not raised as food animals and they have found lots of dangerous drugs in the meat. I am sure you know why slaughter animals have ear tags.

Him: Bull s**t! We use exactly the exact same drugs on cattle as horses and just keep them up for 30 days.
Me: Then you better hope you don’t get caught! Besides, I have studied the statistics and found closing the slaughter plants had nothing to do with the rate of abuse and neglect. Again, how could it if we still slaughter just as many horses?

Him: Bull s**t! It destroyed the horse market.
Me: Then you can tell me how many horses we sent to slaughter last year?

Him: Probably about 20,000.
Me: Over 150,000. Ask the USDA.

Him: It wasn’t enough!
Me: How many would we need to kill to make the market improve? Did you know that breeding is way down since 2005?

Him: Horse crap. The auctions are full of horses and you can’t get anything for them. Every jackass in the world is breeding a horse in their backyard because they think they need a colt.
Me: We agree on breeding! However, if you don’t believe breeding is down, talk to the AQHA, their registrations are off more than 50%.

Him: The AQHA is disgusting. They wrecked that breed. Quarter horses are just pigs on stilts now.
Me: Hey, we agree again! But it is happening to all breeds.

Him: You are the stupidest men I ever met.
Me: Perhaps, but I think you confuse your strongly held opinions with knowledge. I have had my work reviewed in a law journal and they found it accurate. BTW, if you want to know what really causes abuse and neglect to increase it is the price of hay. It has increased 250% in many states over the past decade.

Him: Of course feed is important. The drought has hurt a lot of livestock business, but that all happened after the plants closed.
Me: No, one of the biggest droughts was in 07-08. It hit the Southeastern and Northwest US hard, just as the US plants were closing. Besides, the biggest impact has been from the shift of land use away from hay and into subsidized corn for ethanol as the price of gas went up. Hay crops were dropping every year until about a year ago.

Him: What is wrong with slaughtering horses right here and creating some good jobs for Americans?
Me: The jobs wouldn’t go to Americans, they would go to illegals like they always have, and they are not “good” jobs. They are dangerous and low paying.

Him: So what?  Illegals need to earn a living too. (I can’t believe this guy would be pro-immigrant!)
Me: Do you know what a horse slaughter plant does to the crime rate in a town?

Him: You have to be an idiot not to see that this all happened after the plants closed.
Me: Perhaps you should look for some facts to go with your opinions. It really helps drive your points home.

Him: Where the hell do you live? I bet you live in New York City?
Me: Virginia

Him: I bet you never even owned a horse in your life.
Me: We have 15 and I have owned horses for 50 years. You?

Him: Then you are a GDMF dumb ass <click>

Gotta love it!

Calgary Alberta: Wild Horse Rally Friday

Courtesy of CochraneTimes.com

Ghost River

Wild horse advocates are holding a rally this Friday, Feb. 20, at the McDougall Centre, 455 6th St. SW, Calgary at 1 p.m. to protect the Ghost River wild horses that will be culled by the Alberta government.

The group says the Ghost River Equine Zone is home to an uncertain number of wild horses and the government intends to have 50 to 60 horses removed by Feb. 28.

Following a number of flyovers, the group claims the numbers provided by the government are incorrect.

“Due to a complete lack of transparency and accountability on their part, we took to the air again this year to check out the horse numbers in the cull area for ourselves, said Darrell Glover, of Olds, AB. “After culling 218 horses from the Ghost in 2012, who can possibly justify removing any more horses from the year? If they take the very few that are left from the South Ghost, they will never recover.”

They are inviting people to attend the rally.


Note from Debbie – here is where you can write to tell the Alberta government that you won’t be spending your tourism dollars there because they are removing the wildies:


The culling of the Canadian wild horses and why the PZP “solution” was a ruse: Gail Fagan of Help Alberta’s Wildies on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 2/18/15)


Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesday (*SM), February 18, 2015

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

Listen to the archived show Here!

(Click on the word “HERE” above, to be linked to the show) 1 hour show.  We won’t be taking calls during the show.


Tonight, our guest will be Gail Fagan, spokesperson for Help Alberta’s Wildies (HAW), a group of concerned Canadians who have been fighting to save the remaining wild horses, called “wildies,” in Alberta, Canada.  The Alberta government’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) is their equivalent of our Bureau of Land Management.

This group was founded by Darrell Glover, who flew over the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and took aerial photos.  He was shocked at the loss of foals and yearlings he saw, yet last year, the Alberta government was going to capture and send to slaughter approximately 200 horses.  Glover exposed the lack of credible data by the ESRD.  The response from the public was amazing.  People volunteered, protested, camped out in -30 C weather, brought trailers full of hay, took bales on snowmobiles to the starving horses to draw them away from the traps. 5 people were arrested.  But in the end, only about 15 horses were taken.

Find out why things are so different this year, as another cull is currently taking place.  Could this happen here?


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Keep up with Help Alberta’s Wildies latest news on their facebook page.

an additional note from Debbie _ this is where you can write to the Alberta government to let them know you won’t be spending your tourism dollars there since they are removing the wildies:


Tonight’s radio show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation


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



11/6/13 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance discussing the latest in horse slaughter issues. Click HERE.

11/13/13 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) & founder ofWild Burro Protection League & Carl Mrozak, videographer. Click HERE.

11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, founder of respect 4 horses, director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.” Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups. Click HERE.

12/4/13 – Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist & author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” andRobert Bauer, Wildlife Biologist, debunk the BLM’s “junk” science about wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

12/11/13 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

1/15/14 – Victoria McCullough, equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum andJohn Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, on stopping horse slaughter from being reinstated in the U.S. Click HERE.

1/29/14 – R.T. Fitch, John Holland and others honor wild horse advocate Garnet Pasquale, who dedicated her life to save the wild horses near her home in Nevada, with the Spring Mountain Alliance. Garnet’s dear friend, wild horse advocate and wildlife photographer Arlene Gawne, talks about Garnet, wild horses and the Spring Mountain Alliance. Click HERE.

2/5 - Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federationand filmmaker James Kleinart (theamericanwildhorse.com). Click HERE.

2/26/14 – Barbara Clark, founder of Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary on the natural behavior of wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

4/1/14 - Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on endangered (thought to be extinct) Bonaire donkeys. Carl Mrozak, videographer, with advocates Rona Aguilar, and Al Catalfumo. Click HERE.

4/11/14 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

5/28/14 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, along with Ginger Kathrens, on his trip to the Pryors with Ginger to find Cloud. Click HERE.

7/15/14 – Karen Sussman, Pres. of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), in South Dakota. Click HERE.

7/23/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on the dire situation for wild horses in Wyoming. Click HERE.

7/30/14 – Milanne Rehor (Arkwild, Inc.) trying to save the last Abaco Spanish Colonial wild mare in the Bahamas. Click HERE.

8/6/14 – Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG,that specializes in caring for CRITICALLY ILL, NEO-NATAL, SICK AND/OR INJURED FOALS. Listen HERE.

8/13/14 – Susan Wagner, President and co-founder of Equine Advocates, on investigations and the miserable lives of PMU mares (continually impregnated and turned into 4-legged drug machines to produce Premarin, PremPro and Premphase). Click HERE.

8/20/14 – Vicki Tobin, Vice President of Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Daryl Smoliak, Board member of EWA. Click HERE.

8/27/14 – Karen McCalpin, the Exec. Dir. of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Click HERE.

9/3/14 – Debbie Coffey and supporter of wild horses & burros, Marti Oakley of the PPJ Gazette. Click HERE.

9/17/14 – R.T. Fitch and Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation on the roundup of Wyoming wild horses. Click HERE.

9/24/14 – Wild horse advocate and world famous author Terri Farley (The Phantom Stallion series). Click HERE.

10/15/14 – Dr. Ray Kellosalmi, expert on the PMU (pregnant mare urine) industry and horse slaughter in Canada, and Scientific Advisor to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition with Susan Wagner, the President of Equine Advocates in a special show forBreast Cancer Awareness Month. Click HERE.

10/22/14 – ELAINE NASH, founder and Director of Fleet of Angels, a network of people that helps transport equines to safety when their lives are in danger, and also the Keep America’s Wild Equines in America program.  Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation & equine mgr. (TMR Rescue, Inc.) Todd Mission Ranch.  Click HERE.

10/29/14 –  Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom FederationClick HERE.

11/5/14 -  Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation  Click HERE.

11/12/14 – Shannon Windle, President, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund in Reno, Nevada.  Click HERE.

11/19/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation.  Click HERE.

1/7/15  – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League, on pending extinction of burros in America.  Co-Hosted by R.T. and Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.  Click HERE.

1/14/15 – Jo Anne Normile, author of the book, Saving Baby and president of Saving Baby Equine Charity.  Click HERE.

1/21/15 – Ginger Grimes, Founder and President of Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses in Utah and volunteer Julie Smith, who’s working to get a stronger animal protection law (called Elsa’s Law) passed in Utah.  Click HERE.

1/28/15 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, with an update on horse slaughter issues.  Click HERE.

2/11/15 – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation,and Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation:  The PZP debate.  Click HERE.  

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EU Ban does Little to Slow Export of US Horses to Slaughter

Source: Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

An official AG’s opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s office is clear-cut: these shipments violate Texas law.

Slaughter BoundEquine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation continue to monitor the shipment of horse meat from Mexico into the Port of Houston, and then on to other countries. There are two important reasons we are doing this. The first has to do with Texas statutes and the second is related to the recent EU decision to ban Mexican horsemeat.

Texas Ag. Code 149 is a 1949 law that makes the shipment of horse meat illegal in the state of Texas. This is the same law that in 2007 closed down the plants in Texas and the same law that made American Airlines cease shipping horse meat from the two Texas plants. Attorneys have researched the issue and believe that once again this state law is being broken.

An official AG’s opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s office is clear-cut: these shipments violate Texas law. We are working closely with the Harris County (Houston) District Attorney’s office to try to gain compliance.


Secondly, the EU food safety ban of horse meat from Mexico took effect January 15. We have been carefully monitoring the shipments through the Port of Houston to determine the effect of the ban on the export of horse meat from Mexico. Since 87% of horses slaughtered in Mexico and shipped to the EU are American, we expected a sharp decline in shipments. This decline would logically be consistent with a sharp decline in the number of American horses exported from the US to Mexico for slaughter and shipment to the EU.

The number of US horses exported to Mexico for slaughter has gone down since the EU ban took effect, but not nearly as much as expected. USDA data shows that in the four weeks since the effective date of the ban, fewer horses have been shipped to Mexico from the US for slaughter compared to last year. However, the reduction thus far seems to be no more than 10% to 20%, far less than the hoped for 87%.

We must, however, realize that the plants may have had an order backlog with non-EU countries and that they could keep their volume up for a while by clearing this backlog. There are some indications that this may be at least partially the case given the most recent reports, but only time will tell.

The last shipments from Mexico prior to the EU ban were not scheduled to arrive in Antwerp until the 16th of February. All of the eight containers were shipped through the Port of Houston in violation of Texas law. Intermeats and Empacadora De Carnes De Fresnillo are listed as the shippers.

Questions remain. Has the EU food safety ban been fully implemented? What will be its longer term impact on the export of US horses? Are other non EU markets taking the horse meat banned by the EU as unfit for human consumption?

What we do know is that two shipments were dispatched from Mexico in early February, after the effective date of the EU ban. The shipments from Empacadora De Carnes De Fresnillo were consigned to non EU countries, Russia and Vietnam. We anticipated continued exports to these two countries, as well as possibly Hong Kong, given pre-ban trade patterns.

Texas Man Charged for Allegedly Dragging Donkey Behind Truck

Source: Multiple

“Unfortunately, this is local news for us and very disturbing” ~ R.T.

The man is accused of tying the donkey to his truck then driving down the road, right past the intersection of FM 1485 and State Highway 242.

The donkey shows no signs of what eyewitnesses say was a disturbing sight. The animal was being lead by the driver of a pickup truck who had tied the donkey to the ball hitch.

“That’s pretty terrible,” witness Hazik Hassan said.

Hassan saw the donkey after the driver was stopped by Montgomery County law enforcement. The donkey had been on a trek of at least six miles.

“That was a long way for a horse, and it was an older horse, mule I mean. You could see its ribs and everything, that’s pretty sad man,” Hassan said.

Montgomery County authorities say 21-year-old Nasim Irsan is being charged with cruelty to animals. Deputies say the donkey had a single rope around his neck with the other end wrapped around the trailer hitch.

It reminds Kimberly Ray of My Feed Store and More of another case two and half years ago when a donkey named Suzie Q was dragged behind a truck sustaining severe injuries.

Nasim Irsan has been charged with animal cruelty for the incident.

“You’d figure that people would learn from someone else’s mistakes because that other gentleman ended up spending quite a bit of time in jail,” Ray said.

And while this donkey is in far better shape than Suzie Q, Ray says it’s no excuse for tying an animal behind a truck.

“They could get scared, get spooked, break a leg, get tangled up in the rope, get out in traffic. It’s not a good way to transport an animal. That’s just not a good way to do it,” Ray said.

The donkey is now with local animal control officers.

Irsan is being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.