Interior Secretary Blitzed by Americans Protesting Pro-Slaughter Appointee

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board appointment draws a storm of protest

Salazar's Office March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2012) – The Department of the Interior has received thousands of calls today in protest to the appointment of Callie Hendrickson, an openly anti-wild horse, pro horse slaughter woman from Colorado to the National Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Hendrickson was appointed to serve on the Board, representing the General Public.  Callers contend that Hendrickson does not represent the vast majority of citizens who oppose the slaughter of horses and support the presence of wild horses on rangeland in the West.

“We’re proud that so many Americans are riding to the rescue of our wild horses,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation and producer of the popular Cloud programs on PBS. “The appointment of Ms. Hendrickson is the latest in an alarming trend, considering that this Board recommends wild horse and burro management strategies to the BLM.”

“It appears that Sec. Salazar and his cattle baron friends are trying to stack the deck and turn back the clock to 2008 when they planned to slaughter the wild horses in holding”, said R.T. Fitch, volunteer President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, “But the public is not going to sit back and allow that to happen, this is a new world with an engaged American society and we are simply not going to stand for such bullying.”

Last June, Secretary Salazar appointed James Stephenson of Washington state to the Board. Stephenson spoke about the need for slaughter as a management option at the last National Advisory Board meeting in Washington D.C.

  • Currently, over 45,000 once-wild horses live in government holding facilities, double the number that wild horse advocates estimate are still living free on their designated ranges in the West.
  • 339 wild herds were identified for protection by the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. Today 179 herds remain.
  • Wild horses and burros exist on roughly 31.6 million acres (11% of our public lands)—down from 53 million acres originally designated for their use.
  • 2-3 million head of privately owned livestock are permitted on 157 million acres of BLM lands.
  • Wild horses and burros compete for forage with livestock on 86% of their designated ranges where private livestock are allocated 83% of the forage.
  • Only 3 to 4% of all beef consumed in the United States comes from public lands grazing.
  • Public land grazing revenues total $23 million. Administration costs total $144 million, resulting in a yearly shortfall of $121 million.

Links of Interest:

Unified Equine Welfare Group’s Protest Press Release: http://wp.me/pyapj-3GZ

ASPCA Poll from Lake Research Partners shows 80% of Americans do not believe in horse slaughter: http://bit.ly/ySl7oG

R.T. Fitch OpEd on Hendrickson’s appointment:  http://wp.me/pyapj-3GZ

10 Steps to Restore America’s Wild Horses & Burros: http://bit.ly/nWcJRh

TODAY: National Wild Horse and Burro Call-In Protest to “Cull Callie” from BLM Advisory Board

Unified Call to Action TODAY: Animal Law Coalition, ASPCA, Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, Horse Fund and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Jam Salazar’s Phone Lines and Clog His Fax with “CULL CALLIE!”

Call Salazar TODAY and tell him to "CULL CALLIE!"

Today, join thousands of concerned and caring Americans around the country and tell Salazar to “CULL CALLIE!”.

Protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board[1] as the General Public Representative.

Background: Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts representing ranching interests, many of whom have permits to run livestock on public lands in Northwestern Colorado. The organization successfully petitioned to become an intervenor on the side of BLM to completely remove the West Douglas Wild Horse Herd on the Western Slope of Colorado.

  • Ms. Hendrickson supports the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including slaughter buyers).
  • Ms. Hendrickson will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this spring.

Does Callie Hendrickson represent you? If your answer is NO, then please call, fax, and email Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and politely, but firmly ask that Callie Hendrickson’s appointment to the Advisory Board[1] be rescinded immediately.

Tell the Secretary that she does not represent you or the 80% of the General Public opposed to horse slaughter[2].

Number to Call: (202)-208-7351
Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956
Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Click (HERE) To Read About Calli, Salazar’s Death Sentence for the Wild Horses and Burros

[1] The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want —a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding.

[2] A recent nationwide poll reveals that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for  human consumption regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. The survey was sponsored by the ASPCA and conducted by Lake Research Partners.