Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 8/16/17): Ginger Kathrens (Exec. Dir., The Cloud Foundation) and Carol Walker (Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation) on telling Congress not to kill over 46,000 wild horses & burros

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, this Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Our guests tonight are Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Exec. Dir. of  The Cloud Foundation, and member of the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board and Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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The Last BLM Tour of the Wild Horses in Long Term Holding Facilities

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

It is very likely that this will have been the last tour of wild horses in Long Term Holding facilities, or “Off Range Pastures” as the BLM are now calling it. If the provisions in the 2018 Trump Budget which allow the killing of wild horses in holding and on the range, by this time next year there may be no horses at this or the other facilities – they may all be dead.

The last time I saw the Red Roan Stallion, with his son in 2005

I am returning to the Hughes Ranch for the second time. My first visit was in 2005, after the roundup in Adobe Town in August of that year. I went to the Rock Springs Corrals looking for an older red roan stallion who had captured my heart in my visits to Adobe Town. He was going to be released back to Adobe Town, given his age (22) but at the last minute, the BLM decided to take older horses to Long Term Holding. I could not find him at Rock Springs, and was told he had been shipped to the Hughes Ranch. I called John Hughes and asked if I could come and see the horses, and he agreed, so I flew to Tulsa and rented a car to drive to Bartlesville. Although I looked at many horses in many pens and pastures, I was not able to find him. But I have never forgotten him. I hope he did live out his life there.

Horses just arrived at Hughes Ranch in 2005

Today, I am in one of two huge buses filled with people eager to see the horses. Debbie Collins, Wild Horse and Burro Outreach Specialist for the BLM is on my bus, and she starts a promotional video on the bus that we listen to as we drive to see the horses. She tells us that we will make three stops to the see the horses, picking up Robert Hughes at the first stop, then on to a second area with horses, and to see a “Virtual Reality” tour on the new Mustang Heritage Foundation trailer, then on to a third location near the house where she says the horses are so gentle they come right up to you. There are over 1400 horses here at the ranch, almost all geldings.

SEE THE REST OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE (HERE)

http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/the-last-blm-tour-of-the-wild-horses-in-long-term-holding-facilities

BLM is “cowed” by Livestock Industry

Privately owned welfare cattle being herded onto public land and wild horse habitat DURING a BLM roundup at Antelope Complex, NV. ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Below is a letter to the Editor of the Elko Daily Free Press by George Wuerthner

SOURCE:  Elko Daily Free Press

Editor:

The recent August 11 editorial approving of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s review of the sage grouse recovery plans may sound good to the livestock industry but it does not represent the best science.

As a former BLM botanist and an ecologist, I can attest to the fact that the BLM is “cowed” by the livestock industry. And the assertion that “well managed” grazing “may” be beneficial to sage grouse, is like saying chemo treatments might be good for one’s health. Only in rare instances, can livestock be considered “beneficial” to sage grouse.

The fact remains that livestock grazing is the SINGLE biggest negative impact on sage grouse. Livestock production impacts sage grouse at multiple stages of its life cycle. For instance, the BLM and the editorial in the Elko Daily appear to suggest that “invasive plants (meaning cheatgrass) and wildfire are the greatest threat to sage grouse.”

This is true as far as it goes. It’s like suggesting that diabetes is a threat to American health without naming sugar and obesity as the ultimate factors. Livestock, by disturbing biocrusts, promotes the establishment of cheatgrass. In addition, by preferentially consuming the native grasses, livestock reduces their competitiveness, giving the advantage to cheatgrass.

Of course, the widespread invasion of the highly flammable cheatgrass, promoted by livestock grazing, is a major factor promoting so many large range fires.

Livestock also consumes the forbs (read flowers) that sage grouse chicks need during the first few months of their lives. Sage grouse chicks also require wet meadows and riparian areas for foraging on forbs and insects, and nothing has done more damage to western arid riparian areas and wet meadows than trampling by livestock.

Let’s not forget that fences are a major source of mortality for the slow flying sage grouse, and what factor is responsible for most of the fences on western rangelands? Livestock!

Livestock grazing, by reducing the height of residential vegetation, also reduces the hiding cover for chicks and adult grouse, making them more vulnerable to predators. And fence posts are a preferred lookout for raptors which can p

Indeed, due to predation risk, some studies suggest sage grouse will avoid fence lines for up to a mile—removing a significant amount of the habitat that might otherwise be available to them.

Stock troughs are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus, which in some parts of the sage grouse range is a major source of mortality.

These are only a few of the ways that livestock production harms sage grouse. The only reason the BLM says livestock may be beneficial is that it is weak-kneed and has been systematically had its scientific staff ignored, demoralized and eliminated.

George Wuerthner

THE TRUTH #5 – Kill buyer Tom Davis admitted to DoI OIG investigators that he knew wild horses went to “kill plants” (slaughter)

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.  Be sure to subscribe HERE to Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

                                                                                                                                                                  

THE TRUTH #5 – Kill buyer Tom Davis admitted to DoI OIG investigators that he knew wild horses went to “kill plants” (slaughter).

The pages below are from the transcript of a DoI OIG interview with Tom Davis, in connection with the DoI OIG’s investigation into kill buyer Tom Davis selling wild horses & burros to slaughter, where they had horrific deaths.

Tom Davis talks about selling wild horses to Charro Rodeo, and then also admits he knew that wild horses were going to the “kill plant.”

    

Read the rest of this article HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-5-kill-buyer-tom-davis-admitted-doi-oig-investigatiors-knew-wild-horses-went-kill-plants-slaughter/

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BLM to Begin Bible Springs Complex Wild Horse Roundup

SOURCE:  thehorse.com

(Stock photo)

Edited Press Release

BLM Set to Begin Bible Springs Complex Wild Horse Gather

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be removing excess wild horses from areas within and outside the Bible Springs Complex in Iron and Beaver counties, Utah, beginning Aug. 15.

“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population and healthy rangelands in the Bible Springs Complex Herd Management Area,” said BLM Cedar City Acting Field Manager Paul Briggs. “By managing herd growth, we are ensuring enough food and water is available for the wild horses, while at the same time protecting public rangeland resources and reducing conflicts with private land owners.”

The Bible Springs Complex includes the Four Mile, Tilly Creek, and Bible Springs herd management areas (HMA). The current wild horse population estimate in the Bible Springs Complex is approximately 619 animals; the BLM plans to gather and remove 100 wild horses from state, private, and BLM-managed lands. Animals removed from the range will be available for adoption through BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures.

The public is welcome to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours, provided the safety of the animals, staff, and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted. Observers must provide their own transportation, water, and food. No public restrooms will be available. The BLM recommends weather appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended. Those interested in participating should meet at the Maverik Adventure’s First Stop, 220 North Airport Rd in Cedar City, Utah, where tours will depart at 5 a.m. MST. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801/539-4050.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Feel Good Sunday: Wild horses continue to roam Cumberland Island

SOURCE:  AJC.com

Caption: About 125 to 175 wild horses reside on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, according to the National Park Service. Credit: Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

Georgia’s southernmost and largest barrier island claims Jekyll Island as its neighbor to the north and Amelia Island, Fla., to the south.  Unlike its neighbors, however, Cumberland is only accessible by ferry from St. Marys or by private boat.

The tranquil island is roughly 18 miles long and ranges from three-quarters to 2.5 miles wide, depending on the location.  Across the sound to the west lies U.S. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, which houses Trident nuclear-powered submarines.

While submarines may roam the waters around Cumberland, wild horses roam the island.

Today, 125 to 175 horses reside there, said Jill Hamilton-Anderson, chief of interpretation, education and visitor services for Cumberland Island National Seashore, part of the National Park Service.  The horses keep to smaller groups, often staying within certain areas, such as the island’s south end.

The earliest account of horses on the island dates back 275 years to a battle over Fort St. Andrews in 1742.  When the Spanish entered the British colonial fort on the island’s north end, they found about 50 to 60 horses in a corral, according to the NPS.  However, while evidence is scarce, the NPS believes that horses were brought over in the late 1500s when the Spanish missions were established.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

BLM Concludes Marietta Wild Burro Gather

These 129 burros have been sent to BLM’s Indian Lakes Road facility in Fallon, NV, where the public is only allowed to go for a quick tour on a wagon once or twice a year, so nobody can see them.  The BLM will now flood the internet adoption sites with these burros, so the burros can rack up 3 strikes as soon as possible, and then it’s off to the slaughter pipeline. – Debbie

SOURCE:  thehorse.com

(Stock photo)

Edited Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concluded a wild burro bait-and-water-trap gather on the Marietta Wild Burro Range (MWBR) in Mineral County, Nevada, on Aug. 4.

The BLM gathered 129 wild burros within and outside the MWBR.

The BLM said the purpose of the gather was to alleviate overpopulation within the MWBR. This led to animals leaving the range and moving into the vicinity of the state highways and had resulted in numerous vehicle collisions creating public safety and animal health risks.

All gathered wild burros were transported to the Indian Lakes facility located in Fallon, Nevada, where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program. For information on how to adopt a wild burro, visit blm.gov/whb.

For more information contact Lisa Ross at 775/885-6107.

Groups move to ban cyanide traps that kill predator animals

SOURCE:  The Washington Post

FILE – This March 16, 2017 photo released by the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office shows a cyanide device in Pocatello, Idaho, Environmental groups have started a legal process to ban predator-killing cyanide traps used mostly in the U.S. West after one of the traps sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog. The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, Aug.10, 2017 to outlaw the spring-activated devices called M-44s. (Bannock County Sheriff’s Office via AP,File) (Associated Press)


BOISE, Idaho — Predator-killing cyanide traps such as one that sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog should be banned, environmental groups told the federal government Thursday.The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to outlaw the spring-activated devices called M-44s.

The traps look like water sprinkler heads embedded in the ground and spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait.

The groups said the federal agency should ban the traps that pose a threat to people and pets on public lands and kill non-targeted wildlife.

“This is a good time for the agency to take a serious look because people are really outraged about this,” said Collette Adkins, an attorney and biologist at the center.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

CCTV to be compulsory in English slaughterhouses

Source:  Horse & Hound

CCTV to be compulsory for slaughterhouses

by Lucy Elder

CCTV will be compulsory in all English slaughterhouses under plans revealed by environment secretary Michael Gove today (11 August).

Mr Gove said the measures he is setting out “will reinforce our status as a global leader” in animal welfare.

Under the new plans, footage would be available to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) official vets, who monitor and enforce animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses.

A six-week consultation on the proposals has started and the plans are likely to go before parliament early next year.

British Veterinary Association president Gudrun Ravetz welcomed the plans, in particular the commitment to official FSA vets having unrestricted access to footage.

The government has also confirmed it is updating the welfare codes for chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and horses.

Read the rest of this story HERE.

BLM to remove wild horses that have wandered off Piceance-East Douglas HMA in Colorado

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BLM approves plan to remove wild horses from outside established area

The Bureau of Land Management today announced a final decision to remove up to 100 wild horses this fall from private land and other areas outside the designated Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area  in northwestern Colorado.
The decision will also allow future gathers to remove wild horses that stray from the 300-square-mile Piceance-East Douglas HMA designated for their management.
“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population on healthy rangelands in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area,” said BLM White River Field Manager Kent Walter. “Wild horses that stray from the established Herd Management Area need to be removed to reduce conflicts with other resources and private land under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”
The BLM will primarily use a helicopter drive trap method to gather the horses from private lands in the Cathedral Creek area. If less than 100 wild horses are gathered from this area, the BLM may elect to gather horses from additional nearby areas outside the HMA.
The BLM currently estimates that there are 210 wild horses outside the HMA within the area covered by this decision, which includes about 773,000 acres in the White River Field Office east of Colorado Highway 139, south of Colorado Highway 64 and west of Colorado Highway 13. The decision area does not include the West Douglas Herd Area, which is west of Colorado Highway 139.
Wild horses removed through this gather will be taken to the Canon City holding facility and be made available for adoption or sale.
The decision record and environmental assessment are available at http://bit.ly/2rDXBi1 .