Wild Horses, Burros, Slaughter and Zinke; R.T. Fitch LIVE on Wild Horse Freedom Federation Facebook – Sunday

It’s not “Feel Good Sunday” by any means but instead it is a heartfelt plea for assistance in saving tens of thousands of Wild Horses and Burros from being shot and murdered to forward careers, egos and budgets.

Tax paying Americans want to take their country back and murdering the very icon of our independence is NOT the way to achieve said goal.

Join me for a brief few moments on Sunday, October 22nd at 7PM Eastern, 6PM Central, 5PM Mountain and 4PM Pacific for a few minutes of brainstorming on where we go from here.  This will not be a lecture nor an exercise in preaching to the choir but instead simply a few moments of face to face commentary on clarification, focus and a suggested best way forward.  I promise not to keep you long…Sunday is for family.

Please join me on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WildHorseFreedom/

It’s time to come together, my friends, and fix this broken system.

See you soon.

R.T. Fitch, Volunteer, Citizen President & Co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM’s Mouthpiece Board Recommends Death to America’s Wild Horses And Burros

It’s official, AGAIN, the BLM’s Wild Horse and Advisory Board recommends killing off Long Term Holding horses and any “excess” on the range…they even brainstormed about sending horses off to Russia to feed their Siberian Tigers.

Coming to Pubic Lands near YOU!

Rumors abound on the internet but here are the ACTUAL recommendations by the puppets as reported to us:

Increase the budget in FY2019 to 3 million for reversible fertility control. 

BLM Immediately (over the next three years) remove excess animals from the range to achieve AML.  (MURDER)

Phase out long-term holding over the next three years. (MURDER)

Increasing funding to support successful adoption programs and on the range management, and consider possibilities for international adoptions. (MURDER)

BLM utilize all tools specified in the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to achieve and maintain AML. (MURDER)

Examine and and adjust AML as appropriate on various HMAs. (MURDER)

Enemy to wild horses and member of the puppet patrol, Bed Masters, outlined his intentions to use lethal means in his self-indulging ‘blog’ post today …(more on my opinion of this later)

https://www.facebook.com/notes/ben-masters/wild-horse-burro-advisory-board-oct-19-2017/1769325596697949/

In the meantime, tighten up your cinches as we are in for the fight of our lives, here.

Send this information out far and wide, hit the news anchors, the networks, we need this to go viral.

More to come…keep the faith.

Wild Horse & Burro TWITTER STORM

ReTweet to everyone you know and have them retweet, make some calls and let it rip,  See you on Facebook tonight


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Feel Good Sunday: Dewey Bunnell of “America” speaks out for wild horses

Each and every person can make a difference.   Each and every one of you are the voices for the wild horses and burros.  Stay strong.

This video, produced by Dewey Bunnell of the classic rock band “America” was shared by our friend Jetara Sehart, of Love Wild Horses

Controversial Wild Horse Stampede Concluded

Source:

““This is illegal, and will most likely bring the number of wild horses remaining below the low appropriate management level in each of these three herd management areas…”

ROCK SPRINGS — The Bureau of Land Management finished gathering wild horses from three herd management areas Tuesday, a week after it was briefly halted.

The roundup was stopped last week amid a legal dispute over whether the BLM should count foals in its roundup. There were concerns that the rate of the roundup would surpass the previously stated goal of 1,560 horses, the Associated Press reported.

The issue came to light not through the BLM’s public decision-making process but only when government officials told horse advocates how they were counting the horses, the lawsuit claimed. Not counting foals deviates from past BLM practice, said William Eubanks, an attorney for the wild horse advocates.

A total of 408 dependent foals were removed with their mares and are counted in addition to the 1,560 wild horses, BLM Public Affairs Specialist Tony Brown told the Rocket-Miner. This brings the total of wild horses collected to 1,968.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Director of Field Documentation Carol Walker said she was concerned about additional horses being rounded up.

Instead of only removing 1,560 horses, which the BLM had deemed as excess during its National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Environmental Assessment, it removed an additional 408 wild horses, she said in an email.

“This is illegal, and will most likely bring the number of wild horses remaining below the low appropriate management level in each of these three herd management areas,” she said. “This is why we brought the lawsuit.”

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_437649fe-a920-5575-8824-e0b08d91e061.html

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Brutal Outlook for Healthy Wild Horses and Burros: BLM Calls for Shooting 90,000

By Return to Freedom

“There needs to be a fairer distribution of resources—not more biased reports and recommendations aimed at capturing, removing or killing wild horses…”

On Thursday, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recklessly voted to approve recommendations that call on the Bureau of Land Management to shoot tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros.

At its meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado, the advisory board recommended that BLM achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities—both within three years.

If Congress allowed BLM to follow through on the independent board’s recommendations, that would mean the government shooting at least 90,000 healthy animals. The advisory board has no power to control policy.

The board also called for allowing international adoptions and sales, which have not been allowed before. During its deliberations, the board repeatedly referenced a proposal made by a private party to have American taxpayers pay to ship upwards of 20,000 wild horses to Russia—where they would serve as prey animals for big cats.

“Killing tens of thousands of wild horses and burros would be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers who want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and who have invested tens of millions of dollars in their care,” said Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation.

“BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses. The agency has failed over and over, wasting time on think tanks, challenge concepts and meetings that go nowhere instead of directing resources toward actually managing land, water and habitat on the range and building a robust volunteer effort to help with critical projects benefiting wild horses and other wildlife.”

BLM has been close to its Appropriate Management Level before, but the agency balked at using fertility control despite ample evidence that it was safe and effective. The number of wild horses on the range stood within 1,071 animals of BLM’s own population goal in 2007, yet even then the agency chose not to aggressively implement fertility control.

In fact, BLM has never spent as much as four percent of its Wild Horse & Burro Program budget on this safe, proven and humane solution for wild horse population control; instead, it spends upwards of 65 percent of its annual budget capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary was among the first of many projects to use fertility control with great success. It has used the vaccine PZP for 19 years with an efficacy rate of 91 to 98 percent.

Meanwhile, wild horses continue to be dramatically outnumbered on federal land by privately owned livestock, which graze there at a fraction of the cost that ranchers would pay on private property.

“A balance must be struck between ranching and mining interests and wild horses and other wildlife as part of a fair interpretation of BLM’s multiple-use mandate on the range,” said DeMayo. “There needs to be a fairer distribution of resources—not more biased reports and recommendations aimed at capturing, removing or killing wild horses.

“BLM and the U.S. Department of the Interior must stop catering to those who profit from public lands and manage them for all Americans. It is time to stop treating America’s wild horses and burros like an unwanted invasive species and start becoming real stewards by using the safe, proven and humane tools available, in keeping with the spirit of the Act and the will of the public.”

Polls have repeatedly shown that about 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter and a similar percentage want to see wild horses protected.

A March 1 BLM estimate—made before this year’s foal crop—placed the on-range population of wild horses and burros at 72,674. As of August, the agency reported that 44,640 captured wild horses and burros were living in off-range facilities, including 32,146 on leased pastures referred to as long-term holding.

On Thursday, wild horse advocate Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation was the lone dissenting vote on recommendations that BLM achieve “Appropriate Management Level” of 26,715 in three years, close long-term holding in three years, and allow international sales and adoptions. She joined the others on the board in voting to recommend that BLM increase its funding of reversible fertility control to $3 million by fiscal year 2019, up from about $100,000 in 2017.

Kathrens noted that BLM’s arbitrarily set Appropriate Management Level is only about 1,000 wild horses and burros more than the estimated population at the time of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was signed. The law—which Congress passed unanimously—stated that wild horses and burros were “fast disappearing from the American scene.”

The advisory board’s recommendation would have BLM spend money saved on long-term holding on on-range management and increasing adoptions. Those adoptions would likely spare only a fraction of wild horses on the range or in holding from death. In 2017, BLM has adopted out only about 4,200 wild horses—its best total in years.

In September 2016, the advisory board voted to recommend destroying captive wild horses and removing all restrictions to their sale, which would allow buyers to purchase them on the cheap and transport them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. Again, Kathrens was the lone “no” vote.

In July, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that removed language that would bar BLM from killing healthy wild horses. The Senate Appropriations Committee could vote on its version of the Interior bill as soon as next week.

“It will take time, commitment and diligence—and a real plan—but we have science that clearly shows the path to a sustainable future for wild horses and burros,” DeMayo said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but it must be done and it must start now. The American people need to rally and urge Congress to force BLM to humanely manage these iconic, federally protected animals on the range.”

Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

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

*Reminder* Please call your U.S. Senators to save our wild horses and burros.

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The largest groups of wild horses I had ever seen being driven at once by helicopter

As we drove down County Road 430 toward the Colorado border, I had a sinking feeling that we were headed toward Bitter Creek Road, where 167 wild horses have already been rounded up and removed. I was initially told that no more than 200 horses would be removed from this area, that there would still be horses there. But now, since the helicopters could fly into Adobe Town at the every southern border with Colorado as well as in Salt Wells Creek from this location, that this was why we were going here.

The winding road up Kinney Rim

The winding road up Kinney Rim

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In fact, 236 wild horses were rounded up this day, 54 for Adobe Town and 182 from Salt Wells Creek. This stunningly beautiful area is in the shadow of Kinney Rim, one of the stunning and immense formations of hills in Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek. Just up over the rim and about 12 miles over was Eversole Ranch.

Coming from a long way away

Coming from a long way away

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Galloping in

I did not hear any helicopters for a long time – they had headed south toward the border, and I think they were bringing wild horses from quite a long way away.   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

Donate Here: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/donate/

Clearing up confusion about the Senate passing the Budget Bill last night

Your voice is the only thing that can save our wild horses & burros from slaughter

Last night the Senate passed the Budget Bill, which should not be confused with the Interior Appropriations Bill, which is the bill that could include removing protections of wild horses and burros from being killed or sent to slaughter. We have heard that this bill may be delayed until the last week in October, so there is still time to call your Senators and also the Senators on the Appropriations Committee.

Please call your Senators today and next week. Our wild horses are depending upon you to be their voice and save them from senseless slaughter and killing.

Call Your Senators and the Senate Appropriations Committee now -this week is it! Keep calling and faxing all members of the Senate Appropriations Committee –and particularly the members of the Subcommittee on the Interior- asking them to oppose any language allowing BLM to sell without restrictions wild horses in holding or authorizing the killing of healthy wild horses in holding or on the range as a “management option.”

Senators on Appropriations Committee:

Phone                     Fax

(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)       202-224-5054        202-224-5321

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)             202-224-5744        202-224-3416

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)             202-224-6665        202-224-5301

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)               202-224-4843        202-228-1371

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)           202-224-3841        202-228-3954

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)               202-224-4041        202-224-9750

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)                202-224-5042        202-228-3075

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)                202-224-3041        202-228-0285

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW)               202-224-3934        202-228-1153

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)                202-224-2152        202-228-0400

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)                202-224-6521        202-228-6966

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)            202-224-2541        202-224-2499

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)               202-224-4623        202-228-0447

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)              202-224-2523        202-224-2693

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)           202-224-4654        202-228-0629

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)                  202-224-5721        202-224-8149             (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)                 202-224-2644        202-224-8594         (Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)               202-224-2651        202-228-1236          (Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)             202-224-2841        202-228-3194

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)                  202-224-6621        202-228-3261               (He is our sponsor, no need to contact)

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)                202-224-2551        202-224-7999

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)             202-224-5754        202-228-1015

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)               202-224-3753        202-228-3997

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)                  202-224-4642        202-224-4680

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)             202-224-5972        202-224-3808              (He is also our sponsor, no need to contact)

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)            202-224-4944        202-228-3398          (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)              202-224-0238        202-224-3479

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)               202-224-2621        202-224-0238

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)              202-224-5653        202-224-9787

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)       202-224-6472        202-224-7665

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)                202-224-3954        202-228-0002

The Wild Horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard Will Not Be Forgotten

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

The Wild Horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard Will Not Be Forgotten

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

*Reminder* Please call your U.S. Senators to save our wild horses and burros.

Stunning horses run into the trap

Stunning horses run into the trap

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The “Judas horse” kicks out at the wild horses he has betrayed by leading them into the trap

The last few days of the roundup I was living in nervous anticipation of whether or not Judge Frudenthal would grant our Preliminary Injunction and stop the roundup at 1560 total wild horses removed until our case would be heard, or if the roundup would continue with another roughly 400 wild horses being illegally removed.

Rock Formations in Adobe Town

Rock Formations in Adobe Town

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A small family: stallion, mare and foal

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We set out to “the heart of Adobe Town” as the wild horse and burro expert described it. We went the very long way, and that morning it was a 4 hour drive made longer by a flat on one of the public’s vehicles. We finally arrived to an area a bit further into Adobe Town than I usually go. There were gas pads and the occasional gas vehicle but other than that we were alone. We passed the stunning Willow Creek Rim, and the unique and strange rock formations that are so much a part of this area. We set up at a gas pad then were told we had to move because the helicopter would be driving horses that way. We finally arrived at a small rise above a creek, and were told we needed to crouch down.

Horses running in front the of the gas pad

Horses running in front the of the gas pad

Running into the trap

Running into the trap

We were fairly close to the horses as they came into the trap for a change. The varied and beautiful colors of these horses were absolutely stunning, palomino, roan, dun, appaloosa and the many greys. The horses running in front of the gas pad I found rather ironic. We had come to this remote area to get wild mares for the radio collar study – they wanted to have a sampling of horses from different areas.We saw one family run by very close, the small foal running full out to keep up.                                                               READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

Donate Here: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/donate/

25 foals die at BLM’s Litchfield Corrals in CA, BLM states likely cause is colitis

Healthy foals with their moms in Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory

For more info on what causes colitis in foals, read HERE.

SOURCE:  BLM News Release

For Immediate Release: Oct. 17, 2017

Contact:  Jeff Fontana, 530-252-5332                                                                        CA-N-17-57

Preliminary results for wild horse deaths at BLM corrals

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – Preliminary veterinarian results indicate that 25 wild horse foals held at the BLM’s Litchfield Corrals may have died from colitis, or inflammation of the colon.  Additional tests are ongoing and the BLM is waiting for results from additional blood and tissue samples that could point to the cause of the colitis.

The foals, all under six months old, were awaiting adoption, when on Oct. 2 BLM wranglers noticed signs of a flu-like illness in some animals, all of which were housed in a single pen.  The wranglers consulted with a veterinarian and treated symptoms, but the condition of the foals gradually worsened over the week of Oct. 2.

The foals affected by the illness were kept in an isolated pen.  There have been no signs of illness in the other 300 mustangs in the main pastures of the corrals.

The foals were born at the corrals to mares that had been gathered last September from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory on the Modoc National Forest.