Board recommends removing Wild Horse ovaries ‘in the field’
It’s over and the fat mare has sung; one and a half days of butt hurting, ear numbing, mind bending postulating and deliberation by the BLM’s “Special Interests” Advisory Board Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT with the heaviest “take away” being the board’s recommendation that the BLM remove the ovaries of wild mares in the field to head off the “bus going off the cliff.” That ain’t going to be pretty, folks (the ovary thing not the bus scenario)
If this were the first time someone ever attended such a meeting and were a relative newbie to the whimsical and whacky world of BLM wild horse and burro mismanagement they would have been out on the range, Tuesday afternoon, helping the BLM “gather” up every remaining wild horse and burro, as they waded through private cattle, because the wild horses, if you could find them, are all about to die from lack of water, forage and sore feet.
According to the BLM there is no food, no water and the poor horses can’t even take care of their own personal health so it is incumbent upon humans to “Manage” animals on the range, they have been doing fine on their own for hundreds of years, and the way to manage wild horses and burros is to remove them from their natural habitat and either warehouse them in holding facilities, at tax payer expense, or sell them off to kill buyers for slaughter while feigning ignorance. Now don’t forget the millions of privately owned, tax payer subsidized cattle and sheep can stay and the huntable critters are maintained so that the boys have something to shoot at with their big guns; it’s only the federally protected horses and burros that have to go.
The only bright shining moment came when a handful of persistent advocates had an opportunity to speak at the meeting, for a whopping three minutes, on Monday and I read so fast that there was smoke rising off from my bald spot. (We had to hold our own press conference to get our message out in an attempt to clear away the smoke and mirrors.)
But overall the highlights from the grazing, hunting and slaughterfest break down into the following, simple bullet points:
- The world is coming to an end with a massive drought that will require the BLM to remove all the wild horses and burros for their own good even though the BLM brought in a professional climatologist who clearly demonstrated at the meeting, with data, that droughts are cyclictic and have been going on for thousands of years with many being far worse than the one we are experiencing now. As usual, the science was ignored and trumped up panic was spread. I guess the board didn’t take any notes or failed to pay attention, we did.
- Board member Jim Stephenson wants to slaughter horses to solve the entire wild horse “issue”. Coming from Jimbo it is not new news but interesting that he was politically incorrect enough to blurt out his bloody and inappropriate opinion right when the BLM is getting beat up over being caught with their pants down selling 1,700 horses out the back door to Ken Salazar’s next door neighbor for slaughter. Ole Jim claims that his employers at the Yakima Indian reservation have 10,000 – 15,000 horses running wild on the reservation and the only way to manage them is to eat them. What Jim is not telling you is that his reservation turned down help from government agencies and the HSUS to aid in managing their alleged situation several years ago. Perhaps the prospect of selling these equine off to slaughter was, and still is, a major driver in their so called out of control problem.
- Callie Hendrickson waited through the entire meeting only to interject, at the very end, the concept that to avoid the impending doom of having too many horses in holding it was high time to start selling off horses so as to relieve the pressure. We knew that she was going to do it, it was only a question of when and she tried to sneak it in at the very last second. Uncle Kenny was very proud of her. We have been writing about Callie’s slaughter agenda ever since her unbelievable Salazar selection and we even warned the press about her plans to sell horses off to slaughter using the “sale authority” concept the day before at our press conference. Several members of the press were tweeting me as she began her windup “Here it comes….” and zingo, she did it. Saving grace is that her idea didn’t fly with the rest of the board, Jimbo smiled, and her idea died, for now, with Cattle Baron Ken Salazar’s glowing fingerprints all over it.
- The board doesn’t feel that using dartable, chemical contraceptives are a permanent enough solution to ending the reign of wild horses on the western planes so they want to rip out the ovaries of wild mares, IN THE FIELD, in a procedure called a Ovariectomy. I have a suggestion, how about we do a great big “Cattlectomy” and rip about half the private, welfare cattle off from public lands before we start mutilating natural occurring wild horses? No cows will be prone to invasive procedures and not a single cow will get an infection by cutting grazing permits in half. That’s pretty humane, don’t you think? And if that is effective we could proceed with conducting a few “Sheepoctomies” and reduce a few more grazing permits….wow, what a GREAT idea and I didn’t even have to draw upon my medical knowledge to come up with it. Is it just me?
- New director of the wild horse program, Joan Guilfoyle, doesn’t like you to question anything about her department, she takes it reeeeaaaal personal. Joan was defensive from beginning to end and spent the closing moments going through a punch list of issues that have been highlighted by the public in an effort to defend not only the board’s actions but those of the big, bad BLM. In the end, we were told that she was hired to be a “change agent” and this ain’t the same old rodeo that we are used to, but it takes a little while to get all the ole cowboys in line. Nice try Joan, we aren’t buying it and incase you have forgotten, you work for US not the other way around.
So those are the big take-aways, folks; a mix-mash of trumped up rescue, mutilation and consumption of wild horses. Ain’t America great?
At the conclusion of the meeting I walked away feeling a little queasy and dizzy; thought at first that it might have been because I skipped breakfast but under closer reflection it turned out that my brain was strained, confused and bruised from attempting to wrap itself around the concepts that stupid is a virtue and cruelty is the norm.
Sorry, I just don’t have the mental capacity to go there nor never will.
- BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Member Endorses Horse Slaughter during Public Session (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Call for probe into fate of captive wild horses (horsetalk.co.nz)
- Probe under way into fate of 1700 wild horses – BLM (horsetalk.co.nz)
- Citizen board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses (billingsgazette.com)
- Advocates decry BLM’s wild horse roundups at meeting in SLC (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Wild Horse & Burro Preservation Groups Announce Salt Lake City Press Conference to Call for Immediate Investigation of BLM “Slaughtergate” Allegations (rtfitchauthor.com)