(The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”
At the conclusion of this commentary is inserted a current press release announcing that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is extending the public comment period for the “New Direction” the BLM is taking with the Wild Horse and Burro program for an additional thirty days. A quick look at the statement’s face value and you would think it is a victory for the voting public, more time for the taxpayers of this land to comment on how the BLM and DOI have burned millions and millions of dollars for absolutely no reason (not discounting how many tens of thousands of wild horses they have allowed to go to slaughter and kill). And now the latest ploy is to ship, at your expense, western wild horses to leased acreage (Salazoos) in the mid-west where they will be sterilized and we, the public, can slowly watch our wild horses die off into only a memory, never to be seen again. And YOU get to pay for it all while it is FREE for them to stay where they are rightfully and lawfully located.
But under closer inspection it quickly becomes apparent that this extension is not driven by the goodness of Bob Abbey’s heart nor is it viewed as an opportunity handed to the public so that they can further cast their honest votes. NO; this is a direct and manipulated attempt to give the anti-horse factions an opportunity to further organize and invite the “horse-eaters” to continue their impotent attempts to pollute the public’s mind with additional misinformation.
The BLM knows that their broken policies and procedures not only do not work but that the bulk of America is on to their dirty little game. They are not giving the likes of you and me, the ones who pay their cushy salaries, more time to comment, no…a group from Wyoming has been pushing for the extension and the members of that group are no friends to horses.
In an effort to be fair and balanced, unlike the BLM who cannot even post correct numbers, we posted two articles last week on a Wyoming delegation that wanted the comment time extended.
Let’s just peel a few layers off from that smelly onion and take a look at the members of this delegation. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) is anti-wild horse, pro-horse slaughter and the same is true of Sen. Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Barrasso (R-WY). If you check their voting records and prior comments they all wanted the predatory and bloody business of horse slaughter brought to their beautiful state of Wyoming. (Ain’t technology great?)
Check out their comments (HERE)
Also, Rep. Lummis was dead set against Rep. Rahall/HR 1018, “Restore Our American Mustangs Act,” in Congress, April 2009.
Below are two videos of Lummis in Congressional sessions regarding the above bill.
This is where Lummis states that Wild Horses are the “Bullies of the Range”
And in this one she attempts to accuse the wild horses of ruining the range grass…in summer flies are on them and they roll on grass and destroy sage grouse habitat (naughty, naughty horses)…and the way they just pull up the roots (she must talking about the private cattle that out number the horses over 50 to 1)
And if you have not figured it out by now, Lummis is a rancher, just like the big guy who is gutting all of the west and destroyed our Gulf of Mexico, Cheif Rancher Secretary Ken Salazar of the Department of Interior.
Now, add to all of the above the depraved ravings of the not-so-politically-correct Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis of Wyoming and all of the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together. “Slaughterhouse” actually showed up to a recent BLM/Advocate workshop and after being chided multiple times to stay on topic she finally managed to get her message out about eating wild horses.
The “Wyoming Gang” are probably all in kahootz and “Slaughterhouse” has been so far over the top these three needed to pick up the “Horse-Eating” ball and attempt to wrap the whole bloody mess up in pretty pink paper and try to sell it to the public as a hand out. A free ride for us it surely is not.
We need to double our efforts during this period; comments to the BLM, sure, but they will only ignore them…I would say flood them anyway. But the real impact is going to come from a very skittish Congress and Senate that are nervous about November and they just might be in the mood to listen to what their constituents say. Write, fax, email your Reps and don’t forget to keep knocking on the door of the White House. Maybe after time the First Lady will become annoyed at her husband for not answering the door and listening to us, perhaps someone in that big White House will finally pick up the phone or swing open the door but just don’t give up, keep the pressure on and use this extra time to turn the tables on the “Horse-Eaters” and their corrupt partners in crime, the BLM.
BLM Press release below
(Note that they have flip-flopped they have flipped flopped the numbers, again, on horses in captivity and free roaming horses – we have proven that they cannot manage numbers but now they themselves screw up in their own press releases)
extending the public comment period on its Wild Horse and Burro Program
Strategy Development Document to September 3, 2010. The extension will
provide members of the public with an interest in the management of
America’s wild horses and burros an additional 30 days to comment on the
document, which outlines possible management actions under consideration by
the BLM to implement Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Wild Horse and
Burro Initiative. The bureau will also accept comments submitted via
The BLM’s Strategy Development Document was initially released to the
public for a 60-day review and comment period on June 3. The extension
announced today will increase the public’s opportunity to provide input for
the BLM as it prepares a long-term strategy for the management of America’s
wild horses and burros. The BLM’s strategy will be presented in a detailed
report to Congress. A PDF version of the Strategic Development Document is
available by clicking on
“We made this decision because we are committed to providing the fullest
possible opportunity for the public to join this dialogue regarding future
management options for the nation’s wild horses,” said BLM Director Bob
Abbey. “We are committed to working with all stakeholders in a transparent
manner to ensure the future health of our wild horses.”
To ensure input from the broadest number of stakeholders, the BLM will also
accept comments by email at email@example.com and by mail at BLM Washington
Office, 1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665, Washington, DC 20240. If e-mailing
comments, please put “WHB Public Comment” in the subject line. If sending
by mail, comments need to be postmarked no later than September 3, 2010.
The BLM is also soliciting feedback online using ePlanning (accessible
online at http://blm.gov/m14c).
The BLM estimates that more than 38,000 wild horses and burros roam
BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states. Another 35,000 wild horses
and burros are fed and cared for at short-term corrals and long-term
pastures. Costs for the program, particularly those for animals in holding
facilities, have risen dramatically in the last several years. In Fiscal
Year 2009, for example, approximately $29 million, or about 70 percent of
the total wild horse and burro program budget of $40.6 million, was spent
on animals held in corrals and pastures.
The original news release, the Udall Institute Report, and other documents
are available at http://www.blm.gov/whbstrategy .
The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other
Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with
a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use
mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau
accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by
conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to SFTHH user “Ronnie” for much of the research and information contributed to this article.
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