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BLM Back to Work Killing Wild Horses

by Maureen Harmony ~ Equine Advocacy Examiner

Silver King wild horse roundup claims its first victims

Captive Palomino at BLM's Palomino Concentration Camp ~ Photo by Terry Fitch

Here we go again.  It’s only three days into the controversial Silver King roundup, south of Ely, Nevada, and the BLM has already killed four perfectly healthy wild horses out of the 177 they’ve taken into custody.

Why were these horses “euthanized” (i.e., “shot”)?  According to the BLM’s report from the roundup:  “Three of the horses were blind in one eye from previous injuries.  The fourth horse suffered with a severe sway back.”

This is getting to be too much to bear.  One-eyed horses can function perfectly well under a variety of conditions, as can sway-backed horses, and it’s difficult to imagine how these killings can possibly be justified, unless, of course, the eye injuries actually occurred during the entrapment process, and were not “pre-existing.”

Observers in the field have noted that a magnificent white stallion is among those whom the BLM’s contractor, Cattoor, has trapped since Saturday.  You can see a photo of him on Laura Leigh’s blog.

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  1. We just keep doing what we have been doing– helping our Humane Observers get to those round-ups so they can document and we keep letting the public and Congress know. Ramp it up, Annie’s Army.

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  2. It seems like these noble animals just never get justice; just death.

    I certainly hope SOMETHING positive for them happens and it won’t be soon enough.

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  3. This BLM shooting of horses bothers me to no end! What the heck is wrong with America that they would allow such thugs to kills animals like this. Those are federal employees and horse killers!!

    The BLM and their contractors plain and simple, are horse killers! They have killed to many thousands of horses to ever change. Should be fired, charged with crimes and get in jail. Try to fix their mental health if any medical treatment can fix a lifetime of abusing animals, doubt it. No ownership of animals forever.

    Every horse (and foal) in the wild and captive by BLM should be on a PUBLIC data base. ID and photos. Every potentional adoption should be adopted with training! with a contract that the new owner must return if for any reason they don’t want the horse any more.

    Nothing should be shot by BLM except if they damage a horse and its suffering. And the damage caused needs to be listed in public so we can see where their animal care system is broken and needs improvement!
    The world would be better off if they give each blm thug their lifetime salary as severance and get them away from the land and animals!

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  4. Yesterday’s “rotten apples” post prompted memory of the terms “impeccable warrior” and “path with heart” as used by Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda I realized that for the first time I actually KNOW some impeccable warriors – Ginger, Leslie, Laura, George, RT, Jerry and Mo. I’m certain there are others I fail to mention. This is not a term they would apply to themselves – because of the humility involved – but it is WHO THEY ARE. We will follow them on their path.

    Heck, my husband’s rancor at Fish & Wildlife the past few days shows the ramp-up within the general public when they become aware. He is spreading the story far and wide, even spoke to an attorney to confirm what laws were broken.

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  5. Ick Ick Ick (insert cuss words)

    I have never understood why the BLM and the contractors kill horses that are just a little imperfect. A one eyed horse is fully capable of being adopted out. Or being turned back out into the wild. If it was a pre-injury as they claim he functioning just fine on his own before man came along..

    I just got this video this weekend about Wild Horse Redemption. The BLM in CO took a bunch of rounded up wild horses and sent them off to a prison to be trained. While some of that does have redeeming qualities I don’t believe it should be wild horses that have to pay the price for these men rehab.

    There are plenty of wild horses in long term holding that could benefit from this program and possibly have a new life and get out of jail. Why take a fresh off the range wild horse?

    Wasn’t one Hitler enough for society to see the damage one man can cause? Wasn’t Menegle enough for people to have suffered horrid trials? You should watch this movie called Auschwitz–there is a survivor of Menegle who told it like it was. He was a monster. And I don’t see a whole lot of difference between Hitler and his goons and the people running our country–much less the BLM.

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  6. What does the BLM have against horses that are blind in one eye that seem to function perfectly normally this way in the WILD, but it will be such a handicap in a concentration camp where they are fed and have no where to run or travel? And how do they know so quickly they are blind in one eye? Are they giving all the horses eye chart tests upon capture? Only explanation: they are CAUSING THE INJURIES TO THE EYES! And who is making these decisions? A vet or a hired goon like Dave Cattoor who just loves to shoot wild horses? Never forget this man used to capture and sell these horses for slaughter. Now he gets paid by the government (us sadly), but his attitude for horses remains the same.

    And please be careful of pointing out any ‘magnificent” stallions or horses on this blog. I’d hate for the Cattoor Crime Family (imo) to calls dibs on these horses for their illiterate kin and friends.

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    • Thanks, Laura. What piece of equipment is it so we can respond to the officials in charge of this? And how do we write the new “wild horse” guy in the BLMs pocket?

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    • The American Horse Protection Association, Inc. is the organization that is in charge of this person. Their email address is AMHRSEPROT@aol.com. This group says it advocates for the humane treatment of horses both domestic and wild. I haven’t found a website for them but heard that they were in the “process”.

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    • The American Horse Protection Association (AHPA) was co-plaintiff with the HSUS in a 1978 lawsuit filed against the DOI (American Horse Protection Ass’nv. Andrus, 608 F.2d 811) seeking an injunction against round-ups in Nevada. http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cases/wild/andrus.htm

      The district court denied the injunction, but the appeals court (9th Circuit) vacated the denial and remanded the case back to the trial court. Does anyone know what happened to that case?

      The AHPA has been around a long time. Why no website? Executive Director Robin Lohnes is an Advisory Board member, but the BLM web page for the Board does not list Mr. Harvey, the “Humane Advocacy Representative” as an AHPA member (Timothy J. Harvey, 56 Beebe River Road, Campton, NH 03223
      timoharvey@hotmail.com, Term expires: 03/08/2013). Barbara, where does it say that Harvey is affiliated with AHPA?

      AHPA is also the group that was named by Bob Abbey to head up the “pilot program” he announced earlier this year to study round-up practices.

      Does anyone know what this AHPA group is really about or what happened to the 1978 lawsuit after the 9th Circuit remanded? Was it dropped?

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  7. I just tried to call the Ely District and talked with Chesley Falge who was the only one in the office, of course, since all the others are on the round ups. She said she is just the clerk and I need to talk to someone else. Whatever!! I know that person won’t have anything to say anyway. But I did ask her how can she sleep at night knowing what is happening to the wild horses. And to kill them because they are blind in one eye. Da!! I have known a hand full of horses that are blinded in one eye but why are there so many in the wild? I never saw that on any of the My Friend Flicka episodes. Anyway my call was not very productive but she knew I was upset. I hope she passes it on.

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  8. What I would like to know, is how does blm or Cattoors employees actually ascertain the horses are blind at all – one eye or two? They miss dying horses, respiratory infections, bones and skulls in horse holding paddocks, dead foals with rope burns and gunshot wound, babies whose mothers stopped lactating, gashes, scrapes, lacerations, hooves of babies sloughing off, mares aborting foals and all manner of incredible sufffering and yet we are “supposed” to believe that these so called “experts” who feed black moldy hay and provide ZERO shelter to captive wild horses – winter and summer months – can provide that determination. And how is it so many so called “pre-existing” conditions never caused the horses harm on the range but cause their deaths by gunshot within minutes of capture at the hands of people who claim to “care about them.” We know what is going on we are not going away ! and grassrootshorse.com plans to poke blm in the eyes each and every day until they beg for mercy and finally stop the roundups, show us all contracts w/ contractors, holding facilties, foal adoption release records, how many horses, where are the horses and count each and every one of them including births and deaths !

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    • Amen, Sister! Perfectly said. How are they catching these one eyed stallions, horses in the chaos of a round up into the pens??? They are causing the injuries, either in the overcrowded gather pens where they are all stuffed like a can a sardines after running for miles (how can they cool their body temps like this anyway) or they are getting seriously injured loading them like sardines into a truck just a like a truck to slaughter does. Bet they get their jollies killing these perfectly fine horses and draw straws on who gets to do it. Sick sobs.

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    • In the movie Wild Horse Redemption there is a horse that is turned out in a paddock with other horses. This other horse comes up and bites him on the rump. The first horse then kicks the biter in the bottom jaw. I guess if that happened in a “real” BLM corral they’d put the biter down for a “broken jaw”.

      It really does bother me that all these horses keep getting “put down” for one reason or another. We know BLM is complaining about the overstock of horses and that the cost is eating them out of house and home. I keep wondering if this is so–why do they insist on rounding more horses? If they can’t afford the ones they already have in holding they certainly can’t afford to take on more horses.

      I think someone is playing God out there. They are playing with life and death. And they don’t realize that these horses aren’t coming back to life next week on a different tv show.

      Not to get to religious here but I do wonder if the Cattoor’s are Mormon and what there Bishop and Stake President would say if they knew what there good members were doing away from home? Mormons are suppose to be good stewards and while meat is not against the Word of Wisdom–the way these people operate makes me question there own personal integrity.

      At 67 Dave Cattoor should be retired and living happily on medicare. Hasn’t the man made enough money for 10 lifetimes over? God between the Cattoor’s and Slaughter Sue both families should combine their acreage and shoot their own homegrown wildlife.

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      • Margaret–Since you mentioned the horse with the broken jaw I want to tell the tale of a real “Broken Jaw”, one of a group of Mustangs that was turned out on Assateague Island–the Chincoteague VA side. He got into a battle with another stallion and ended up with a broken jaw. The Salt Water Cowboys(firemen) saw that it was healing and he remained with the herd for quite a period of time. Some of the most sought after Chincoteague ponies today have “Broken Jaw” bloodlines.
        Sure glad the firemen didn’t feel the need to put him down due to his “imperfection”!

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  9. THAT’S IT ! I AM CALLING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES OF NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA FOR “THE FOAL AT THE END OF THE VIDEO…ON MAUREENS ARTICLE…

    THE BLM PUT THIS FOAL IN A MUD PIT AND IT CANNOT GET OUT…

    I AM CALLING THE STATE POLICE OF NEVADA AND CALIF.

    YOU ARE GONNA BURN YOU BLM ANIMAL ABUSERS;

    I GOT YOUR NUMBER…AND i AM GIVING IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT…YOU SHOT THREE MUSTANGS FOR MISSING ONE EYE; YOU SHOT A MUSTANG FOR HAVING A SWAYBACK; EACH SHOT IS GONNA GET YOU TIME IN JAIL

    EACH SHOT INDICTS YOU…BLM YOU ARE GONNA “BURN BABY BURN

    WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT GETS PIX OF FOAL IN A PIT…

    GOODBY I WILL NOT BE POSTING ON ANY FORUMS UNTIL AFTER i HAVE CONTACTED THE PROPER LAW OFFICIALS

    YOU CAN SEE THIS BABY IS TRAPPED IN A PIT; AND THE BLM IS NOT HELPING HER OUT

    I HOPE YOU GET ARRESTED MR. BLM OFFICIALS

    AND i DON[‘T EVEN BELIEVE IN THE SYSTEM

    BUT IN THIS CASE I DO; PEOPLE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO ON MAUREENS NEWS BYTE PAGE;

    THE BLM DUG A PIT AND PUT A FOAL IN IT AND THE FOAL CANNOT GET OUT
    EVEN IF THE FOAL DUG THE PIT HERSELF WHICH IS HIGHLY HIGHLY UNLIKEY

    THE FOAL SHOULD BE HELPED OUT

    YA SEE THAT BROWN PILE AT END OF VIDEO

    THAT IS THE SOIL FROM A PIT THE BLM DUG

    AND THEN THEY LET A FOAL FALL INTO THIS PIT

    AND THEY DON’T HELP THE FOAL OUT

    THIS IS UNHEARD OF !!1 PHEW JUST A GOOD THING “MY COUSIN WORKS FOR THE FBI

    REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO CONTACT HIM; I HAVE NO CHOICE !

    SUMMARY

    BLM DUG A PIT ABOUT 3 FEET DEEP AND THREW A LIVING FOAL IN IT; THAT OR THE FOAL FELL INTO THE PIT…

    THAT OR THE FOAL DUG THE PIT; HIGHLY UNLIKELY….

    AND THEY DON’T HELP THE FOAL OUT OF THE PIT…

    PHEW WILL BE GOOD TO CALL MY COUSIN…GOTTA GO AND GET MY DIALING FINGER AND MY NOTES READY

    WITH THIS VIDEO; BLM I TOLD YOU BEFORE: U R “BUSTED !

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  10. TO THE BLM

    I KNOW YOU THINK I AM A JOKE BUT ONE THING YOUR FORGET; VIDEOS DON’T LIE….

    AND i AM KNOWN AS MISS MOTORMOUTH; “WOMEN WERE BORN TO TALK; i AM THE MUSTANGS STOOL PIGEON

    I WILL TELL ALL TO THE LOCAL; STATE AND FEDERALES !

    MARK MY WORDS YOU “DIABLOS ! YOUR TIME IS “DONE !

    YOU SHOULD BE GETTING A TELEPHONE CALL FROM EITHER MY REPRESENTATIVE; THE LOCAL POLICE OR THE STATE POLICE (OR THE FEDERAL POLICE) TODAY OR TOMORROW; THIS IS NOT A JOKE…AND NEITHER ARE MUSTANG FOALS; MARES; PREG. MARES; STALLIONS GELDINGS; COLTS FILLIES OR ANY OTHER EQUINE on earth!

    summary blm threw a living foal in a pit and won’t help her out of the pit; PLEASE see end of video; ya see how the foal is only half seen? this is because the foal is trapped in a pit; THIS IS UNHEARD OF…WHO DUG THAT PIT; certainly NOT THE FOAL!

    THESE PEOPLE REMIND ME OF SOME TYPE OF “EVIL MUSTANG SACRIFICING CULT…AND THIS IS OUR GOV. ?

    THE POOR FOAL; PLS. SOMEONE GO CHECK ON THE FOAL !
    BECAUSE MY INTENT IS TO HAVE THE CALIFORNIA STATE POLICE GO OUT TO THE BLM TO “RESCUE THE FOAL IN PIT !

    the brown you see is NOT the foal; the Brown you see IS THE DIRT FROM THE PIT THE BLM DUG and put a foal in it >>>>

    CAN’T YOU SEE; THE FOAL CANNOT GET OUT OF THE PIT !

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to john neil; i got my dialing finger ready; this is the blm ‘s unlucky day MARK MY WORDS; honest Injun wahpoose; born american raised american live as america

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  11. http://www.examiner.com/equine-advocacy-in-national/silver-king-wild-horse-roundup-claims-its-first-victims

    Note AT THE END OF THE VIDEO IS A PILE OF BROWN DIRT;

    ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A DOWNED BROWN FOAL; BUT HEAR ME OUT MY FRIENDS; THE BROWN DIRT IS NOT THE FOAL; NO; THE “BROWN DIRT IS THE DIRT FROM THE PIT…

    AND THEN THE FOAL FELL IN THE PIT AND CANNOT GET OUT!

    AND THE BLM CANNOT EVEN PULL A TINY FOAL OUT OF A MANMADE PIT…

    DO YOU HONESTLY AND TRULY THING A FOAL DUG THAT PIT

    NO THIS IS IN REPONSE TO ME SAYING: THE BLM LEAVES FOALS IN PITS

    SO THE BLM DUG A PIT AND WAITED FOR A FOAL TO FALL IN

    CAN’T YOU SEE THE LITTLE FELLER TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE PIT…

    THIS IS AT THE END OF THE VIDEO…THE FOAL IS TRYING TO CLIMB OUT OF A MAN MADE PIT

    YOU CAN SEE HIS FRONT HOOVES FURIOUSLY TRYING TTO ESCAPE

    IF THE FOAL IS NOT RESCUED THE FOAL WILL NOT FIND HAY OR WATER

    I HOPE TO GOD ABOVE; THIS SHUTS THE BLM FOREVER! IMO

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