HOUSTON, (Horseback) – In a letter to Emmy Award winning documentary Filmmaker Ginger Kathrens after a query about a BLM offer to allow humane observers, the agency’s director, Bob Abbey, responded that the agency would choose them. The BLM is mired in scandal after the deaths of scores of horses following a stampede induced by a roaring helicopter.
It is our intention to have impartial observers at the Fallon facility and we hope to have them in place soon. We have been working with reputable organizations to reach agreements so that we will have qualified people serving in this role. Once we have an agreement in place, we will inform you of the details. I have also requested that our office post updated reports on the BLM website regarding the condition of the horses at the Fallon facility.
Thanks for your continued interest in the care of our nation’s wild horses.
Kathrens responded, saying essentiall, thanks, but no thanks.
Dear Director Abbey;
Thank you for responding. This is not at all what we have in mind, however. Our hope is that humane observers for the wild horses who represent them will be allowed to observe the Fallon processing. I don’t feel this is too much to ask for considering the enormous taxpayer expense of this whole operation. It is costing over $10,000 a day to house the wild horses in this facility and this is taxpayer money.
Please reconsider this position and open this facility to qualified and reputable members of the concerned public who represent the wild horses. Wild horse advocates are not irresponsible folks who are out to get you. They are caring people who love wild horses and want the best for them. If there is nothing to hide then why won’t you allow advocates for the animals into the facility? Thanks again for taking the time to write. We welcome any meaningful dialogue with your office.