Press to get Inside Peek at BLM’s Wild Horse “Death Herds”
On October 27th the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a press release stating that it would hold a “media day” at two of its mid-western wild horse long term holding facilities November 9th and within minutes Horseback Magazine (HB) editor Steven Long responded to the BLM’s Washington D.C. public affairs officer, Tom Gorey, chief HB photographer Terry Fitch would be in attendance.
Laura Leigh is a highly recognized and knowledgeable wild horse advocate while Terry Fitch has been present at several recent BLM wild horse stampedes and her award winning photos add the edge to Ms. Leigh’s reporting along with that of her husband, author R.T. Fitch.
It goes without saying that the tours will be a sanitized version of earlier BLM propaganda videos released to justify the destruction of our America’s iconic wild horses. The facilities are classified as either “Mare” or “Gelding” specific where sexually alerted herds (same sex) live out their lives outside of their former family bands in an unnatural state simply waiting to die. The cruelty of segregating normally gregarious horses into de-sexed herds is an act of inhumanity that is not recognized by the BLM.
The press release also contained new, shocking and unverifiable data on the number of federally protected wild horses that allegedly still remain on public lands. Likewise the standard BLM mantra that wild horse herds double every four years is again repeated in an effort to justify the unlawful removal of protected wild horses from their congressionally protected public lands. Dancing with numbers has recently landed the BLM in federal court where their poor data and junk science have been challenged by such well known animal advocacy groups as the ASPCA, Habitat for Horses, The Cloud Foundation and Front Range Equine Rescue.