Amid “Slaughtergate” Allegations BLM Appointee Gives Thumbs Up to Horse Slaughter
Salt Lake (SFTHH) – During a tense first day of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting, being held in Salt Lake City UT, board member Jim Stephenson shocked the attendees by closing the session with the final comment that he believes that the answer to appropriate management of federally protected wild horses and burros is the “slaughter market“.
Reeling from questions and comments circulating around the credible allegations that kill buyer Tom Davis purchased over 1,700 wild horses from the BLM which were then sold to slaughter in Mexico the Stephenson statement could not have come at a more inopportune time for the BLM and it’s advisory board.
The first day of meeting was spent in an obvious attempt by the board and the BLM to build an illusion of transparency and cooperation between the beleaguered agency and the public was deftly dashed and destroyed when Stephenson made the comment and further punctuated the delivery with clarity of malicious intent by hollering to the audience, “and my name is Jim Stephenson!” Pro-horse slaughter board member Callie Hendrickson remained silent during the Stephenson commentary.
Just several hours prior wild horse advocacy groups the Cloud Foundation, Respect4Horses and Wild Horse Freedom Federation held a well attended media event, in an adjacent meeting room, decrying the BLM’s reckless helicopter stampedes and demanding an external investigation into what is rapidly being referred to as the BLM “Slaughtergate.”
Likewise, minutes prior to the Stephenson outburst WHFF president R.T. Fitch read a letter from 11 year old Robin Warren, during the public comment period, who initiated a petition calling for an investigation into the Davis scandal and WHFF co-founder Terry Fitch and Cloud Foundation director Ginger Kathrens hand carried and dramatically piled on the desk before Stephenson the 800 page, printed signatures of 113,526 American citizens who have, to date, signed the Warren petition.
After the conclusion of the meeting the general public mingled with the board members and attempted to gain clarity on the official stance of the varied members while Stephenson was engaged by attending “cattle” special interest representatives who were obviously pleased by his outburst and were not shy in publicly slapping him on his back and shaking his hand.
Day two of the meeting commences at 0800 hrs Mountain Time and can be witnessed live by clicking (HERE)
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