Who are the 3 people trying to wield power to get rid of wild horses?

3 Iron County (Utah) Commissioners are threatening to take the unlawful action of removing wild horses if the BLM doesn’t.  Commissioner David Miller is quoted as saying “Volunteers are ready, corrals are prepared and feed has been secured in case the BLM does not act promptly.”

On a BLM adoption form, the BLM stated removing wild horses is a prohibited act: 

“PROHIBITED ACTS

(a) Maliciously or negligently injuring or harassing a wild horse or burro;

(b) Treating a wild horse or burro inhumanely;

(c) Removing or attempting to remove a wild horse or burro from the public lands without authorization from the BLM;

(d) Destroying a wild horse or burro without authorization from the BLM, except as an act of mercy;

(e) Selling or attempting to sell a wild horse or burro or its remains;

(f) Branding a wild horse or burro;

(g) Removing or altering a freeze mark on a wild horse or burro;

(h) Violating an order, term, or condition established by the BLM under this part;

(i) Commercially exploiting a wild horse or burro;

Any person who commits a prohibited act is subject to a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year,

or both, for each violation. ” 

Would “each violation” mean a fine and imprisonment for EACH wild horse removed?

Will the BLM label these County Commissioners as “emotional publics” or “eco-terrorists?”  Is it just a coincidence, or does it seem like County Commissions (with ties to Associations of Counties) are suddenly jumping on the bandwagon to get rid of wild horses?  Could livestock and other special  interests likely be behind this push?  Who is forking over money to elect these County Commissioners?

Who are the 3 Iron County Commissioners?

David J. Miller (click on his name to link to a vimeo of Mr. Miller discussing the transfer of public land)

Alma Adams

Dale Brinkerhoff

SOURCE:  Salt Lake Tribune

Iron County to feds: Remove wild horses or we will

Letter from Iron County commissioners gives Bureau of Land Management a Friday deadline to submit a plan.
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Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Wild horses from Utah’s Swasey herd are rounded up by Cattoor Livestock Roundup Co in the West Desert near the Swasey Mountains Thursday February 14, 2013. Under the Bureau of Land Management operation 50 miles west of Delta, helicopter wranglers will gather 262 horses. One hundred will be released back into the Swasey Herd Management Area — one of Utah’s 19 HMAs on federal land. Many of the horses released will be mares treated with the contraceptive Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22).

Iron County commissioners have given the Bureau of Land Management an ultimatum: Come up with an immediate plan to remove hundreds of wild horses from the area or residents will do it themselves.

As drought damages rangelands in southwestern Utah, the overpopulation of wild horses is threatening livestock and wildlife, said Commissioner David Miller. In response, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to reduce the number of cattle allowed or “allotted” in grazing leases, Miller said.

“Inaction and no-management practices pose an imminent threat to ranchers who are being pushed to reduce their allotments by 50 percent thereby damaging the value of their private rights,” reads a March 30 letter signed by Miller and Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower.

Volunteers are ready, corrals are prepared and feed has been secured in case the BLM does not act promptly, Miller said.

The letter, addressed to BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, gives the federal agency until noon Friday to present a plan for removing horses by a “time acceptable to mitigate the threats and adverse conditions” in Iron County.

A BLM management plan says there should be 300 wild horses in the area, but the agency estimates there are 1,200 animals, Miller said.

“We will take whatever action we have to take to reduce those numbers immediately,” Miller said Thursday. “We expect the BLM to take that action. If they refuse we cannot wait until the range is destroyed.”

Calls to the BLM were not immediately returned.

Read the rest of the article HERE

 

‘Tainted horsemeat’ kills 5 in Philippines

Source: Multiple

Horsemeat is not commonly eaten in the Philippines…”

Horse MeatCotabato – Five people are believed to have died from eating tainted horsemeat in the Philippines while as many as 60 may have consumed it, a local official said on Wednesday.

Four horses died from unexplained causes and their meat was given away to residents in the largely rural southern province Sultan Kudarat on March 25, Henry Albana, the province’s social welfare officer said.

Many fell ill after eating it, with the town of Senator Ninoy Aquino particularly affected, Albano added.

“The owners of the horses butchered them, then they distributed the meat to the residents. One of the owners was the first victim,” to die after eating the meat, said Albano.

“Provincial officials are trying to locate all the others who ate the horsemeat. I estimate that as many as 60 may have eaten it,” he told AFP.

Albano said some locals believed the horses died from eating grass newly-sprayed with pesticides. Health officials have yet to establish what happened.

Horsemeat is not commonly eaten in the Philippines but people in impoverished rural areas often resort to unusual meat sources such as field rats or frogs.

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Illegal Rancher Sides with Utah Politicians to Wage War on Wild Horses

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

Confusion Reigns Supreme as Welfare Rancher Plays “Tit-for-Tat” with BLM

"If you do DAT I'm gonna do DIS!"

“If you do DAT I’m gonna do DIS!”

According to recent news stories Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally been grazing cattle on public land for some 20 years. Apparently the BLM has had enough after two decades of Bundy not following due process and enrolling in their failed and broken “welfare rancher program” so the agency intends to round up the cattle and send them off to auction, can you believe it?

But ole Cliven and his half wit small town politician buddies are behaving much like little children in responding with a statement of, “if you do THAT then we will do THIS”. Some little boys just don’t grow up and of course, the horses are the ones to pay the price.

A notice was sent Tuesday to the BLM that read in part:

“You are officially put on notice that at the moment any action in Clark County, Nevada is taken to gather and confiscate private cattle without managing your own responsibility of feral horses in West Iron County to appropriate management levels, orders will be given to the Iron County Sheriff, deputies and other authorized agents to take necessary means to reduce the numbers of feral horses . . . This is not a threat. This is a plan of action,”

To read more on overgrown children behaving poorly feel free to visit:

http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20140401/NEWS01/304010022/

and

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/utah-county-complains-about-wild-horses-feds-prepare-clark-county-cattle-roundup

The BLM’s plan to send the cattle off to auction begs the question of why the agency didn’t simply contract with a slaughter house and ship the cattle off to be butchered like they recently did with a herd of wild horses.

Personally, I enjoy seeing anyone or anything being a thorn in the side of the bloody, slaughter loving BLM but it is painful to see the wild ones being used as pawns, again.

The poor horses never seem to be able to catch a break.

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Free Roaming Wyoming Horses Rounded up by BLM and sold to Canadian Slaughterhouse by Wyoming Livestock Board

Source: The Cloud Foundation

No public comment period – no transparency – no opportunity for horse rescue organizations to save horses from a terrible fate.

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (March 31, 2014) – 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.

“These were colorful wild horses I spotted several years ago while driving to the Pryor Mountains,” stated  Ginger Kathrens Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation. “They lived on what we’ve been told was a wild horse Herd Area southeast of the Pryors.” The small, remnant herd roamed a starkly beautiful landscape east of US 310 between Lovell and Greybull, WY. ‘”We stopped to admire them on March 10th on our way back to Colorado.” Kathrens adds. “The sight of these lovely, free-spirited animals, some with their newborn foals, against the backdrop of the snow-covered Bighorn Mountains was glorious. It’s hard to think about the horror they suffered just days later.”
On March 18, only eight days after Kathrens last spotted the horses, the BLM Field Office in Cody, WY supervised their roundup and removal. A BLM spokesperson told a Cloud Foundation representative that the horses would be held at the Worland Livestock Auction for 10 days and then sold.  However, later investigation revealed that the 41 horses rounded up by Cattoor Livestock Company on March 18-19 were delivered to the Worland Livestock Auction for brand inspection. Just a few hours later, once the brand inspection was completed, 37 horses were loaded onto a truck paid for by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and hauled to the Canadian border.
“According to Wyoming, Statute, Title 11, Chapter 24 entitled Agriculture, Livestock and Other Animals, ‘Estray horses rounded up must be held for not more than 10 days before going to auction,’” reported Paula Todd King, Communications Director for the Cloud Foundation. “These horses were rounded up and within hours they were on their way to the border. We found no notice announcing the roundup.”
The history of these horses is debatable. The BLM contends they are not wild, stating that they once belonged to an area rancher who died and his horses have only been in the area for 40 years. However, the Wild Horse and Burro Act (WHB Act) defines a wild horses as an “unclaimed, unbranded horse on federal lands in the United States.” Wyoming brand inspector, Frank Barrett, verified there were no brands of any kind on any of the animals.
Less than a mile from where Kathrens had been observing the horses is the boundary of the “zeroed out” Foster Gulch/Dry Creek Herd Area, designated for wild horse use after the passage of the WHB Act in 1971. “As they have done over a hundred times, the BLM decided not to manage wild horses in the area in 1987,” explains Kathrens. “If the horses have lived in the area for 40 years as BLM states, it is entirely possible that these horses were descendants of the herd eliminated from management in 1987.”
It is clear that these horses have survived for many years on their own, living in wild family bands, and thriving without human intervention.  Conflicting reasons have been given for the timing of this BLM roundup when the horses had newborn foals. BLM indicated that private landowners in the area have complained about horses trespassing on their land.  Sarah Beckwith, BLM spokesperson said that the horses were a threat to public safety – vehicles had killed two horses.  However, after further investigation, TCF found that a train struck one horse 6-8 years ago, and a private vehicle struck another around 5 years ago. Jack Mononi, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist for Cody BLM, told Todd-King that if the Agency did not spend the federal dollars by the end of March, the funds would no longer be available.
Kathrens called the Bouvry Exports Shelby facility in an attempt to negotiate purchase of the 37 horses. The woman who answered the phone would not confirm that the horses had arrived in Shelby and told Kathrens that “these horses were rounded up and removed for slaughter and that is where they are going.” Kathrens offered to pay more than the going price and was told that this was not possible. “I was shaking when I got off the phone,” Kathrens said. “To think that this could be happening sickens me.”
Kim Michels of Red Lodge, MT, purchased all that appears to have survived of the small herd, four tiny foals born this year. “We will do all we can to see that these babies not only survive but thrive as a fitting legacy to their lost freedom and their families,” said Michels. The foals were rescued by Stacey Newby, co-owner of the Worland Livestock Auction, who fed and cared for the foals, bottle-feeding the tiniest, a 3-week-old filly. The foals are now in the care of equine veterinarian, Lisa Jacobson, in Colorado.
TCF continues to investigate the legality of what appears to be a carefully planned and executed operation at taxpayer expense. “Was it legal?” Kathrens questions. “It is clear to me that it was not moral and certainly inhumane. I do not believe that American taxpayers want their money spent to roundup and send horses to slaughter.”
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Pony lovers struggle over how best to save Newfoundland’s historic, near-extinct breed

By Joe O’Connor as published in the National Post

“Losing the pony to a federal agency would be like losing another piece of our identity…”

Newfoundland pony lovers are crowing that a bunch of meddling mainlanders want to shift stewardship of their beloved animal from the province to a federal agency. Courtesy of Libby Carew

Her full name is Mary-Jaine Seymoure of Slievenamon, a Gaelic mouthful, to be sure, that translates into “women of the mountain.” And she does live on a mountain, on a farm in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she spends her days batting her big eyelashes and peering over shoulders and being playfully mischievous. At nighttime, she lets herself out of her barn, an equine magic trick that mystifies Helene Goyer — another woman of the mountain — and Mary-Jaine Seymoure of Slievenamon’s owner.

“My husband and I still don’t know how she does it,” Ms. Goyer says. “One evening she let herself out and got into our deep freezer and ate all our berries. So we tied a rope around the freezer. The next day she untied the rope and we found her in her barn with five Mr. Freezes in her mouth.”

Mary-Jaine Seymoure is a Newfoundland pony whose ancestors are as central to the story of Newfoundland as the wooden boat. Brought by settlers from the British Isles, some as far back as 400 years ago, the ponies were the engines of the pre-industrial age. Hauling wood, boats, fish, working the mines, clearing the land and becoming, along with the people who brought them over, true Newfoundlanders, a distinct and hardy stock on a hardscrabble island not for the faint of heart, or hoof.

There were about 12,000 Newfoundland ponies by the early 1970s. Twenty years later they were virtually extinct. Made obsolete by mass mechanization, and not meant to be pets, they were sold for meat and shipped to Europe for the enjoyment of continental diners. With the end of the Newfoundland pony nigh the provincial legislature took action, passing the Heritage Animals Act in 1996 to protect and “promote certain breeds or kinds of animals that have an attachment to the province’s history.” The Newfoundland pony, to date, is the only such animal, while the St. John’s-based Newfoundland Pony Society, by statute, is responsible for their protection.

There are perhaps 400 ponies remaining today, many residing in Ontario.

And now a new threat looms. Newfoundland pony lovers, such as Helene Goyer and the Newfoundland Pony Society behind her, are crowing that a bunch of meddling mainlanders — surely with dollar signs in their eyes — want to shift stewardship of their beloved animal away from the province to some cold-eyed federal agency in Ottawa so that professional breeders can play God with the gene pool that made the pony what it is today and knock the Newfoundland Pony Society from its perch as the pony’s designated protector.

“Losing the pony to a federal agency would be like losing another piece of our identity,” Ms. Goyer says. “If we lose control over the Newfoundland pony, if a change goes ahead and there is a mixing of breeds, our perfect little pony — as it has been for 400 years — is going to be lost.

“We’d be giving away our heritage.”

The cod and outports are already gone. Many of Newfoundland’s young people are working in Alberta. Will the Newfoundland pony be the next to go? It sounds diabolical, but the man in the role of mastermind doesn’t, it seems, have a diabolical bone in his body. His name is John Scanlan, a Scotsman by birth and by accent, with a 68-acre Newfoundland pony equestrian centre located northeast of Toronto that he runs with his wife, Jan. Both have utter, unabashed, crushes on the Newfoundland pony. Mr. Scanlan, age 62, is an affable fellow who portrays the entire flap over the Newfoundland pony as people in Newfoundland playing at politics, at fear mongering, instead of dealing in facts…(CONTINUED)

Click (HERE) to read the rest of the story and to comment at the National Post

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Video: Former Wild Mustang and Two Year Old Demonstrate Equine/Human Bond

by R.T. Fitch ~ pres/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

It’s “Feel Good Sunday” and as our readers have come to expect; we comb the internet for something horsey that is uplifting, cheering and hopefully, enlightening to share. 

Thanks to a regular and observant reader we were forwarded a video of 2 year Emma Dunn walking her good friend, Cinnamon, on a snowy walk across their Colorado ranch.

Emma’s proud dad, Justin Dunn, is a horse trainer who specializes in teaching horsemanship to children and disabled individuals.  It rather looks as if he got an early start with little Emma.

On Justin’s Facebook page the proud father wrote, “These two had and still have a special bond. Cinnamon Girl LOVES her Emma.”

It’s obvious that the feeling is mutual.

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