Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Annual 2015 Blogging Report

SFTHH

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http://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/annual-report/

A Holiday Message from SFTHH

Santa2“As I do everyday, unless Deb has the reins, I sit in front of the computer and either attempted to write something of some value or find a tid-bit on the web that might be of interest to our readership…and you know what, I came up empty handed today.  It is the week between Christmas and New Years with everyone enjoying the holiday season and probably very few people visiting here.  Plus, I am 7,900 miles away from home; although used to it the sting never goes away nor dull you just learn to live with it.

So with that being said, I sincerely hope that you are all having a good time and I promise that I will NOT post any bad news until the season is over.  If we have nothing good to say we are just not going to say it..hence today’s brief OpEd.

Peace to you and yours.  Every last one of you is so very special.” ~R.T./Santa

Feel Good Monday? Texas Santa Visits China

“Dear Readers;  I know that Christmas was several days ago but I would like to share with you how I spent my Christmas along with some very special friends who helped to make a whole bunch of little Chinese children happy if only for a moment.  One of those “lifetime memories” that I am blessed to call my own.  Keep the faith my friends.” ~ R.T.


Christmas in Nanba China 2015 – Music by Straight No Chaser, Photos by Delin Shang…many thanks to Yan Yang, Qiuyi Chen, Joel McCommon, Delin Shang and Dery the Saxman for participating and making this one of the best Christmas’ ever.

Thanksgiving: A Personal Thank You

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

An open letter:

"Happy Thanksgiving" from Terry and R.T. Fitch

“Happy Thanksgiving” from Terry and R.T. Fitch

“It has been a while since I have penned a word or two and shared my thoughts with my best of friends. Sitting in front of my computer in the wee hours of Thanksgiving 2015’s dawn I reflect on just what it is that I, and/or others, should be thankful for.

Thankfulness is about as personal as it gets; what I might feel blessed for could be another’s bane. So putting all of my personal, and perhaps even selfish, thankful feelings aside I can distill the essence of the emotion down to one singular fact, feeling or emotion; I am thankful for you.

Over the years each and every one of you advocates and partners has been a blessing that has buoyed my spirits and sharpened my resolve. There is no amount of giving or concern that is too small in the record book of Wild Equine Advocacy; every effort counts and all of you have signed your name to the big book in the sky with your compassion, love and concern for those who cannot speak for themselves. For that one singular passion, I am unabashedly thankful this day.

Thanks to all of you for being…you. Each and every one of you is a very special ray of light in the darkness of our quest, each of you guide me and give me strength, for knowing you I am a better person and on this day, I honor you.

Thank you, my friends; you are all special in so many different ways that I give thanks for the blessing of knowing you.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours be they two or four legged, we are all family and should never discount the positive impact that we have upon one another.

Keep the faith and enjoy life to it’s fullest.”

R.T.

Feel Good Sunday: You are the Light

by R.T. Fitch

R.T. Fitch at D.C. RallyI have spent a great deal of time, today, searching for good news in relation to wild horses, burros or just equines in general and let me tell you, the pickings are slim.

So I turned my eyes inward and have realized that I have been remiss in adding any input of my own and have slacked off in writing commentary when perhaps a quick poke in the ribs is due. For all of that, I apologize as the paying job has required more attention (way more attention) than I had foreseen but keep the faith, we are still alive and functioning.

With that said, I ran across a little slide show that I put together back in March of 2010 which documented the “March for Mustangs” protest held in Washington D.C. with contains a multitude of photographs that make my eyes leak, big time. “Why” you ask…because the pictures are of YOU, or at the very least those who represent YOU, normal, stick in your throat, apple pie eating, tax paying Americans who traveled from all points of the country, at their own expense, to protest what was and is still going on with the BLM’s assault against our wild horses and burros. I can’t watch the video without being overwhelmed by your commitment, vigilance, courage and tenacity.

We are going to do it,;hate to keep baiting you but things are in the works to bring this management to extinction to a close. BUT we CANNOT do it without YOU. Each and every one of you plays an important role in your own unique and special way, so please, do not discount yourself.

Check out the ole video, recognize a few of us (I was fatter then), and then let us make NEW news for the wild horses and burros.  Keep the Faith.

Love you guys.

R.T.

 

Share Your Love for Wild Horses and Burros at Christmas this Year

…and help save them at the same time

An Open letter from Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s President, R.T. Fitch Logo-yellowbkgd

Fellow Equine Advocates;

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We are greatly honored and pleased to have our own Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s Director of Field Documentation, Carol Walker, host and produce a stunning calendar for us this year. (2016)

Carol’s work is acclaimed internationally and her artistry printed in this calendar speaks volumes to her talent, love and dedication for the last of our wild horses and burros.

We don’t spend much time soliciting funds from hard working advocates because like you, we know that every penny counts. But if you want to help the wild equines, inexpensively clean up your Christmas shopping list AND share your love and commitment to our wild horses and burros with your family and friends then please, look to our calendar to do all of the above and more.

Over 60 award winning photos of the Adobe Town Herd adorn the pages of this dynamic calendar and with every passing day it will remind you of why we do what we do in an effort to save these majestic creatures.

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50% (not 5, 10 or 20) of the proceeds will go directly into the war chest of Wild Horse Freedom Federation so that we can continue our outreach, education and legal battles with those who wish to brush the wild ones off from their rightful range.

Share a piece of us with your family and friends and I assure you that next year will have the potential to sincerely make a difference for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I would like to personally thank all of you for the sacrifices that you have made and for standing with us shoulder to shoulder in this most worthy fight. Together, we can change the future for our beloved wild horses and burros.

Keep the Faith my Friends.

R.T. Fitch
President and Co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Controversial Wild Horse Roundup Ends with 2 Dead and 167 Removed from Herd

Source:  Multiple

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

A controversial horse roundup conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ended Wednesday after 167 horses were removed from Colorado’s West Douglas Herd Area.

The BLM used helicopters and bait traps to capture the horses. Two were killed during the roundup. A stallion fell while being loaded onto a trailer and another horse stepped on his neck. Also, a young foal broke its leg after being roped while trying to run away. He was eventually captured and then euthanized.

A lawsuit was filed in an attempt to stop the roundup but the federal judge allowed the BLM to move forward with their plans.

The lawsuit was brought by The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (CWHBC), Dr. Don Moore and Toni Moore of Fruita, CO., and Barb Flores of Greeley, CO, to protect this herd and the neighboring Piceance East Douglas herd. “Sadly,” states Toni Moore, “the courts did not view the loss of an entire herd of wild horses as ‘irreparable harm.’ “

“Wiping out the West Douglas herd erases a whole distinct set of genetics, separate from nearby East Douglas horses,” states Linda Hanick, TCF Board member who testified in the Sept. 11 hearing on the case.  “The roundup disregards the importance of the historic recorded documentation of these horses since Sept 1776. This roundup closes the door on an important piece of Colorado’s wild horse history.”

“We’re very disappointed of course,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of TCF. “Wild horse families that have shared a history with this rugged Colorado landscape for hundreds of years will be swept away, while the real public land destroyers, the thousands of head of welfare livestock remain.  It is terribly unfair, but we continue to fight for those wild herds that remain!”

“Sadly, we did not prevail in stopping the BLM from proceeding to zero out the West Douglas Herd,” states Carol Walker, Director of Field Operations for WHFF. “We continue to fight the mismanagement and decimation of our wild horse herds. Our voices count, and are the only hope they have.”

R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation responded: “For years the American public has attempted to keep these herds free on their rightful range and with a stroke of a pen their freedom, families and lives have been shattered. Once again American taxpayers have been betrayed by big government, big agriculture and big business; it is shameful.”

“I feel a deep sadness for any wild species on the brink of disaster,” concludes Kathrens. “These lovely wild horse families have no idea that the end of their wild lives is coming.  They are simply the innocent victims of greed and power.”

Court Gives BLM Green Light to Destroy Colorado’s Historic West Douglas Wild Horse Herd

Joint Press Release from The Cloud Foundation and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Zeroing out entire wild horse herd not viewed as constituting “irreparable harm.”

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

Washington, DC (Sept. 15, 2015) – Today, Federal Judge Christopher R. Cooper denied a Preliminary Injunction to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from carrying out its decades old quest to remove the entire West Douglas wild horse herd. Tomorrow the BLM will begin a helicopter roundup and removal of wild horses in and around the herd area with the ultimate goal of zeroing out the herd (area).

The lawsuit was brought by The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (CWHBC), Dr. Don Moore and Toni Moore of Fruita, CO., and Barb Flores of Greeley, CO, to protect this herd and the neighboring Piceance East Douglas herd. “Sadly,” states Toni Moore, “the courts did not view the loss of an entire herd of wild horses as ‘irreparable harm.’ “

“Wiping out the West Douglas herd erases a whole distinct set of genetics, separate from nearby East Douglas horses,” states Linda Hanick, TCF Board member who testified in the Sept. 11 hearing on the case.  “The roundup disregards the importance of the historic recorded documentation of these horses since Sept 1776. This roundup closes the door on an important piece of Colorado’s wild horse history.”

“We’re very disappointed of course,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of TCF. “Wild horse families that have shared a history with this rugged Colorado landscape for hundreds of years will be swept away, while the real public land destroyers, the thousands of head of welfare livestock remain.  It is terribly unfair, but we continue to fight for those wild herds that remain!”

“Rangeland impact of livestock in West Douglas is greater than 10 times the impact of wild horses,” states Barb Flores, plaintiff in the case who also testified in the Sept. 11 hearing. “Both use the area year round. While cattle are moved from pasture to pasture, wild horses migrate throughout the herd area on their own.”

“The BLM does not consider mortality rates in its population estimates,” Flores continues. “While we all expect the death of old, sick and injured wild horses, research shows that foal mortality is often 50%, and in many herd areas it is even higher. This means that less than half the foals make it to their first birthday. Shockingly, BLM’s 20% population growth rate assumes all foals live and no wild horses, of any age, die.”

“To add insult to injury, the helicopter contractor chosen to round up the West Douglas herd, is noted for their cruelty,” adds Hanick who personally witnessed a roundup in 2010 conducted by Sun J Livestock in which 12% of the horses were killed.  “We will hope for the best and attempt to record what happens this time around if granted adequate access.”

“Sadly, we did not prevail in stopping the BLM from proceeding to zero out the West Douglas Herd,” states Carol Walker, Director of Field Operations for WHFF. “We continue to fight the mismanagement and decimation of our wild horse herds. Our voices count, and are the only hope they have.”

R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation responded: “For years the American public has attempted to keep these herds free on their rightful range and with a stroke of a pen their freedom, families and lives have been shattered. Once again American taxpayers have been betrayed by big government, big agriculture and big business; it is shameful.”

“I feel a deep sadness for any wild species on the brink of disaster,” concludes Kathrens. “These lovely wild horse families have no idea that the end of their wild lives is coming.  They are simply the innocent victims of greed and power.”

Media Contacts:

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

Carol Walker

Director of Field Documentation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation

303-823-6642

www.LivingImagesCJW.com

www.WildHoofbeats.com

LINKS:

Legal Documents andPrior Press Releases

WestDouglas Herd Area Final EA 

BLM PressRelease July 29, 2015

 The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

 Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a Texas based registered 501(c)(3) non profit which puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction.

 The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (“CWHBC”) is a non-profit Colorado corporation, organized to educate the public and wild horse and burro adopters about wild horse issues and to protect wild horses and burros

 Ms. Toni Moore is a resident of the state of Colorado and is the Secretary/Treasurer of CWHBC and the Special Projects Coordinator of The Cloud Foundation, Inc. (“TCF”).

 Dr. Don Moore is an equine and small-animal veterinarian and has live in or near the WDHA and PEDHMA most of his life.

 Barb Flores, a resident of Greeley, Colorado is chair of the Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition and has photographed and documented Colorado’s wild horse herds for over 20 years.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Joins Fight to Save Historic Wild Horse Herd from Extinction, Again

Wild-Horse-Freedom-FederationPO Box 390, Pinehurst Texas 77362

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2015

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Partners with The Cloud Foundation to Block BLM’s Plan to Zero Out Colorado’s Unique West Douglas Herd

Pinehurst, TX – Since 2010 wild equine advocacy groups Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) and The Cloud Foundation (TCF) have consistently worked together in a unified effort to thwart the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) attempts to totally remove Colorado’s West Douglas herd from their rightful range for the exclusive benefit of “Welfare” ranchers and special interest groups.

Although this legal battle has been ongoing for almost 20 years the BLM has, as of late, accelerated their efforts to destroy this federally protected, historic herd so that private cattle owners and extraction interests can declare the public land to be their own.

Citing that the wild horses are damaging the range due to over grazing the BLM has failed to acknowledge that the number of horses pale compared to the sizable herd of private, “welfare” cattle that are allowed to graze on the public land for the bulk of the year at mere pennies a day.

“Using the BLM’s own statistics, the wild horses are out numbered by a minimum of 4 to 1 by the welfare cattle allowed to graze on the horse’s range.” states R.T. Fitch, President and cofounder of WHFF, “The concept of the Federal Government destroying this herd to line the pockets of a few of their bedfellows ought to spark outrage in each and every American’s heart and soul. Enough is enough and we are making a stand.”

Renowned equine photographer and Director of Field Documentation for WHFF, Carol Walker agrees; “The BLM must not be allowed to zero out this herd simply because it is ‘inconvenient’ to manage, or because it is pandering to cattle ranchers and extraction companies. This would set a very damaging precedent for our few remaining wild horses and burros.”

The BLM intends to commence with their removal operation next month.

Links of interest:

History of WHFF’s legal Battle with BLM for West Douglas Horses
http://rtfitchauthor.com/?s=West+Douglas&submit=Search

BLM Press Release
http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/white_river_field/wild_horse_documents.Par.18152.File.dat/Press%20Release%20WRFO%20Gather%207.29.15.pdf

West Douglas Herd Area Final EA
http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/white_river_field/wild_horse_documents.Par.92698.File.dat/Final%20EA%20WDHA%2020150023_7.27.15_withappendices.pdf

Wild Horse Freedom Federation
http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

Contact:

R.T. Fitch
Wild Horse Freedom Federation
1-800-974-3684

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with 501c(3) status in all 50 states. WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands. WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

Sidebar: Raccoon Rescue/Relocation

Raw video by Terry and R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Okay; it’s not about wild horses and burros but it is still centered on keeping what IS wild, wild.

Just a short video interlude as to several of the other aspects of living on “Laughing Horse Ranch”…it’s all about the critters.