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FEDS STAND BY AS UNBRANDED, FEDERALLY-PROTECTED WILD HORSES ARE CAPTURED AND SENT TO SLAUGHTER AUCTION

Source: The Cloud Foundation

Documents Implicate Feds in Horse-Laundering Scheme

Eye to the Soul by Terry FitchWinnemucca, NV…. On August 11th, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) notified a coalition of wild horse advocacy and conservation groups that it was “issuing a stop order” to helicopter wranglers hired to roundup hundreds of wild horses on USFS, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and tribal lands on the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada/Oregon Border and transport them to a slaughter auction.

The Forest Service’s decision to pull out of the roundup operation came after the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and its parent organization, Return to Freedom, The Cloud Foundation and the Western Watersheds Project sent two letters to the USFS outlining the multiple ways in which a stealth agreement between the Service to conduct the operation violated federal law.

However, the Forest Service also informed the coalition that the tribe was proceeding with the roundup, and, in fact, had captured 277 horses and already shipped 130 of them to the Fallon Livestock Exchange as of yesterday afternoon. The Forest Service also stated that it also had “no specific information about whether any of those animals came off National Forest or outlying [Bureau of Land Management [BLM] lands.”

The participating agreement between the Forest Service and the Fort McDermitt Tribal Council and a separate agreement between the BLM and the Forest Service, previously authorized the tribes to push wild horses from public lands onto reservation lands for the purpose of capture and sale to a slaughter auction. The area in question is in close proximity to the BLM Little Owyhee Herd Management Area (HMA) where federally-protected mustangs live.

“The Forest Service and the BLM have a responsibility to protect unbranded horses in this roundup. It is well documented that horses from the Owyhee Complex range outside the HMA to the border of the Forest Service lands in question,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “Although the Forest Service has issued a ‘stop order’ to the helicopter wranglers in response to our legal letters, serious questions remain about whether the federal government continues to be complicit in this shady operation where federally-protected wild horses are headed to a slaughter auction this Saturday. ”

“The Forest Service and BLM should be equally as concerned about these horses as we are if the are to uphold their legal responsibilities under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act,” said Neda DeMayo, President of Return to Freedom, AWHPC’s parent organization. “In our negotiations, the Forest Service was willing to guarantee that any unbranded horses captured in this operation would be returned to federally-protected wild horse areas. This responsibility does not end now. We call on the BLM and the Forest Service to ensure that no unbranded wild horses captured from public lands around the Fort McDermitt reservation are sold at the auction for slaughter.”

“The Forest Service cannot just wash its hands of this situation now, after putting in place a stealth agreement to roundup these horses and send them to slaughter, and after admitting that the tribes have been working ‘for days’ to push horses off public lands and onto tribal lands toward the traps,” said Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “This is a betrayal of the American public and our wild horses. This entire matter must be investigated and the sale of all unbranded horses must be halted immediately.”

Today the groups sent another letter to the Forest Service demanding that officials verify the origin of all horses sent to auction by the tribe and prevent the sale of any unbranded horses at the Saturday auction. They also released the agreement between the Forest Service and the Tribe, which documents the intention of the FS to turn all horses – branded and unbranded – to the tribe, as well as use tax dollars to pay for the roundup and to ship the horses for slaughter.

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    • Find a federal judge and and report to the FBI and get something done by authorities. They cannot all pass the hat! Pressure the FBI and Secret Service! This involves crossing state lines and money and fraud against the public. Federal LAw enforcement must act.

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  1. I am so disgusted with these so-called civil servants, whose duty it is to carry out the mandates of a civil society – setting the standard for ethical and legal activity has gone by the wayside long ago. I am also disgusted and disappointed woith the shoshone tribe who has set aside their ancient tie with the horse to leave way for the greed of the w#**@e man tp control them again. Who stands to profit? The transporters, the auction, the kill buyers.
    The appeals and hearing board for the DOI will hear of this today.
    Fallon Auction – enjoy your blood money, every bit of it. The time will come when your owners and emploees (all those working to butcher these iinnocents) will face our Lord or ypour Higher Power. The torture of these beautful equine souls will be standing behiind Him.

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  2. Now do you see what they think of us??? And these do called native Americans are behind it as well. Let them catch hell for the duration of time. And let these federal groups who sorted and condoned it root in hell.

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  3. Living in Colorado I have listened to this water shortage excuse for so long I just laugh anymore-for years I have read about fracking and the privatizing of water – read these articles to see what I mean~~~~and it won’t be long before some government group says NOT enough water-air-food-resorces for all humans-need to start a roundup–OH excuse me Hitler already tried that-consentration camps come to mind and I think our own government tried that with the Indian already too-reservations come to mind. We are on a slippery slope folks – feel it in my soul.

    http://now.msn.com/texas-fracking-boom-may-run-town-wells-dry-report-says

    http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2008-06-11/there-will-be-water

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/water-wars-corporations-begin-lay-claim-worlds-h20?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=53f17f5273-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_193c8492fb-53f17f5273-86773325

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    • Yep right…Slippery Slope is so true…..I know ranchers selling off their water rights
      for the big bucks here in Colorado on the western slope!!!…Seriously when are people going to get what’s really going on???

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      • And pretty soon Monsanto will own our food and Neslie will own our water~~~the question will be How Much Will Humans Have to Pay them for Food and Water-so much for God given anything.

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    • Is it going to take a major man made or natural earth catastrophe to end this blood lusting brutality by the so-called powers that be? The government with its captive media have done the job of creating and promoting a nation of non-critical thinking mushrooms This has been in the works for a long time. These magnificent precious animals are the canaries in the mine.

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  4. I’m afraid advocates were given a song and dance about cancelling the roundup. Apparently they temporarily cancelled the helicopter stampede that would have brought in 200 more horses. From the video, the narrator said horses look to be in very good shape, there are many mares and foals which will bring a good amount of money. Tribes cannot be raising horses to dump them in the slaughter pipeline. Truckloads of Piute horses have been saved before and now they need to be saved again. The Forest Service of the USDA is complicit and more than likely so is the BLM and DOI.

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    • Who can prove these are reservation horses or not? Are these horses branded?
      These horses are in good condition. Don’t believe they are reservation horses.

      There are hundreds of wild horses from Little Owyhee to the Humboldt Toiyabe USFS.
      In Snowstorm mountains, Humboldt HMA and Little Owyhee.

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  5. So where are the lawyers we need a bundle of lawyers to finally once and for all STOP BLM, take them to court, since no one else is stopping them… It will continue obviously, I actually think if possible they are ALL getting even bolder in their sneaky tactics, just so heartbreaking… I called Fred Upton 202-225-3761 on Safe Act 1094 and he really gave me hope the person on the other end was very, very informative he also said to keep calling Frank Lucas 202-225-5565…. Call everyone

    The SAFE ACT will not get past the committees onto the floor for a full vote unless the chair for each committee is on board. Currently, S541 is stuck in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Chairman is Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA] @(202) 224-3254.

    In the House HR1094 is in the hands of Frank Lucas [R OK-3] @(202) 225-5565 who is Chairman of the Agriculture Committee which oversees the Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit (LRDC) subcommittee and its Chairman is Eric “Rick” Crawford [R-AR1] @(202) 225-4076.

    HR1094 has also been referred to Fred Upton [R MI-6] @(202) 225-3761 as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who oversees the Health subcommittee and its Chairman is Joseph Pitts [R PA-16] @(202) 225-2411

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  6. This is beyond words! If the BLM was a private company, they would have been out of business years ago. Their blatand fraudulent use of taxpayer money, in conjunction with their disdain for the very people who pay their salaries, is disgusting. What is even sadder is that we have learned to accept this as normal behavior. Incredible!

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  7. COME ON! WHERE IS THE NEWS ARTICLE ONLINE TO SHOW THAT THIS IS THE PRINCIPLE THAT PRO-SLAUGHTER IS BASED ON! lIES, DECEIT, AND GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE! WHERE IS THE MAJOR NEWS ARTICLE SHOWIN THAT THE TRIBES ARE WANTING TO SLAUGHTER HORSES AND IN THE MEAN TIME ARE DOING SO EVEN WITH THE BLM HORSES? AND THEY KEEP CRYING OUT THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY TOO MANY ANIMALS ON THIER RESERVATION BUT THEY ARE COLLECTING MORE OFF THE FEDERAL LAND???????ITS SUE WALLIS FACT DEBACLE ALL OVER AGAIN! SHE QUOTES WE HAVE TOO MANY, NOT ENOUGH, BUT TOO MANY, THE TRIBES ARE THE SAME TWO FACED LEADERS THAT ARE PROMOTING HORSE SLAUGHTER, WE HAVE TOO MANY HORSES PACKED WITH URANIUM, ECOLI, AND ARSENIC DRINKING OUR WELLS DRY AND EATING ALL OUR FEEDS AND GRASSES AND ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS ON THE RESERVATION ACTUALLY STARVING TO DEATH. HOW IS IT ONLY THE EQUINES ARE STARVING TO DEATH? HOW IS THAT THEY ARE DRINKING AND EATING EVERYTHING YET THEY ARE HAULING MORE HORSES FROM GOVERNMENT LANDS? INSTEAD OF TAKING THOSE OVERABUNDANT ANIMALS THEY ARE SCREAMING, HOOTING AND HOLLERING ABOUT? DOESNT ANYONE SEE THIS IS A DANCE OF DECEPTION???? THE LIES JUST KEEP GETTING MANUFACTURED AND THE DATA DOESNT FIT. PLEASE SOMEONE PRINT THIS IN THE MAJOR NEWS THE EXAMINER SOMETHING-THIS IS REALLY THE MOST RIDICULOUS STORY OF THE ABUSE OF POWER, PLEADING, AND HORSES I HAVE EVER HEARD~ BESIDES THE GAO REPORT! IF THEY ARE SO OVERLOADED AND CRAM PACKED WITH HORSES IN THEIR HERDS ON ALL THE LANDS OF THE NATIONS-THEN WHY ARE THEY HERDING THE BLM HORSES OFF TO SLAUGHTER WITH THEIRS. WHY ARE THEY GOING TO FEDERAL LANDS TO DO IT? THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW THE LIES, JUST LIKE WHAT IT COST TO MANAGE THE HORSES ITS ALL A LIE, THEY CANNOT EVEN PROVE THEY ARE MEETING THEIR BASIC NEEDS, THEY DONT EVEN PAY FOR BUILDINGS FOR SHELTER ALL THESE YEARS, AND THEY DONT WANT TO STOP PAYING FOR BIG DOLLAR HELICOPTER ROUND UPS. THE DECEIT, THE HORSES ARE BARELY RECEIVING THEIR BASIC NEEDS SO YOU KNOW THERE IS CORRUPTION WHEN WE KNOW THAT THE HORSES EVEN IN THE THOUSANDS DONT COST THAT MUCH MONEY, IF IT DID NO ONE IN THE NATION WOULD HAVE LARGE HERDS EVER! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! I AM ASHAMED OF THE NATIONS TRIBES IGNORING THEIR PEOPLE’S PLEAS TO HELP THE HORSES, I AM ASHAMED THEY BLATANTLY IGNORE THE AMERICAN VALUES, I AM ANGRY AND OUTRAGED BY THE HORRIBLE ABUSES OUR PUBLIC HAS TO ENDURE BY BELIEVING THAT THE HORSES ARE STARVING, ROBBING THEM OF THEIR TAX MONEY, AND THEY ARE ACTUALLY BEING MANIPULATED INTO SLAUGHTER AGAINST THEIR BETTER JUDGEMENT. I AM ALSO SICK OF THE FORESTRY SERVICE-MY GRANDFATHER FOUGHT FOR SO MANY RIGHTS FOR HORSES WITHIN THE STATES AND HE WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT JUST DID THIS MANY MOONS AGO, THEY ARE NOT NEW TO THIS BLANTANT MISTREATMENT, HOSTILE HORSE ENVIRONMENT, AND ARCHAIC CRAZY WE WILL DO WHAT WE WANT BEHAVIOR! I AM SICK OF THIS POOR EXCUSE FOR A GOVERNMENT PROCESS.

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  8. I always knew it was a matter of time before they figured out how to get the wild horses into the slaughterhouses. I am sure that this was planned out a long time ago by the Indians and the BLM. They just are so tricky in their actions against defenseless wild horses. This really makes me sick. This is major news and it needs to be broadcast all over the country.

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      • Robyn,
        I think CNN may know some of what is going on. Still need more people to contact the news here locally and nationally.

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    • Thanks for sending this info to the media. How can we get the feds to uphold the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burros Act? These horses belong here on the public lands! The few cattle and mining leases and some Tribes, are the few perpetrators at making a buck per pound for horse meat! Please quit killing our Horses! Investigate the lease holders, mining companies, who are decimating the grounds these beloved horses have existed for more than 700,000 years! I’m sick, I’m native american, and I’m ashamed of any tribes involvement!

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  9. This reminds me of the BLM hearing in 2009 when advocates were told how welcome we are at any roundup and at the very moment they were saying this they were conducting that secretive roundup. Seems like this is what was going on last week with Joan. Way to go BLM.

    Totally disgusted and without funds to help any suit going forward. Ain’t it grand to be on the government titty and not have to worry about where your next check is coming from? Ain’t it grand to be able to travel on the government titty and not have to cover those expenses on your own?

    Collusion strikes again. Our government is bought and paid for by fracking, oil, mining, reservation. What we want doesn’t matter. What we see wrong isn’t taken into account.

    Just an FYI–years ago when I first got my horse he was starved by the stables feeder. We knew he was losing weight but. O one could figure out why til the day my horse bit me. My horse wasn’t the only victim–this guy starved about a dozen horses. His response when asked why–they were rich white folks and I didnt like them. In my case I was a teen. Get over yourself. I don’t what reservation he came from. I confess to being totally ignorant of one tribe from another. I do know he was native American.

    So no my experience as a kid taught me that not all native Americans prize horses. There are some really awful people out there without regard to race, creed or color.

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  10. There are to many loop holes, the easy allure of money! The laws to protect the horses are being shoved aside and to many people are looking the other way!

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  11. No one was there. We have no one in the field. Not a credentialled journalist either. Do you know how far Little Owyhee is from Fort McDermitt? They have our horses at Fallon. This needs to be stopped by a Federal Law Enforcement Agency! This is not over. Please get someone out there and stop this. Threats from us only embarrassed the Forest Service. This is BLM’s baby and they will do whatever they want. We have to demand the enforcement of the 1971 Wild Free Roaing Horse and Burro Act. NOW. FBI, Federal MArshalls, Secret Service, all need to be put on the spot and one of them must come forward and end this with arrests.

    If no one gets arrested for this then we need a judge who will demand the law be enforces by one of these law enforcement entities. We need to take out horses into public Custody where ever they are in the wild or in captivity. Find law enforcement and a federal judge that will act.

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    • Mar I believe there is an advocate trying her best to fight this. McDermitt is just off the Owyhee HMA. This HMA is the subject of a lawsuit. It is confusing to know what is going on.

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      • Margaret, there are many of us focused on this right now. No one advocate will matter as much as all of can. Don’t be fooled. This is going to take a village, as they say.

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  12. This is a HUGE story and betrayal and law breaking interstate FRAUD. There is NO OTHER STORY BUT THIS! CONCENTRATE ON THIS! STOP GOING OFF ON TANGENTS. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!

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    • Mar Wargo…you can do something about it…contact the news…I gave websites to the local news on this blog…take action…call the national meda…if you are that concerned

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      • I am in touch with all I know. I am totally concerned as this is one of the most blatant acts of betrayal and fraud that BLM etc have perpetrated on our wild ones and the American public. This is my concern when people do nothing because other causes are more attractive to them or other people do not respond and rise to the level of outrage and offense we must share and aim at these liars and thieves. I am not just here saying this to you, Nancy M Leake, I am here telling BLM and USFS that this action will be more than noted by myself and my colleagues. I write about this because I am a journalist and this needs to be told to all.

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      • I agree…this is something we all need to get involved in….as I keep saying this is The Horses Story…..thank you

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    • Mar as a journalist, what news agency do you think is the best to contact? What do your colleagues say? Can we have your suggestions? I see Robyn and Arlene are making suggestions. Your expertise would be great! Thank you

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      • I am saying what I can here. Who is involved? From Fort McDermitt Reservation to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Distrct Office, Winnemucca BLM, Reno BLM, DC USFS and BLM and Tom Gorey, Reno Gazette does a good job, AP. Good luck to all of us. Oh, and Steven Long at HorseBack, maybe. Horse Talk New Zealand carries our stories all over the world. Talk to Vickery Eckoff and see if she is going to touch on this as it was a ploy to take wild horses to slaughter and engage Suzanne Roy at her spot on Huffington Post. Ask Questions.

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  13. The greed and corruption seems to be getting more prolific every day! It’s horrifying and unbelievable, at the same time, what our American wild horses are being subject to and somehow we have no voice in the matter?! This is frightening and terribly sad, if their allowed to proceed with the auction. These horses are no different than the grizzly bear, the mountain lion and the wolf – they’re our heritage. It’s time those in authority listen to the public and take the action needed to protect our national treasures.

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  14. This makes me sick!!! Is horse slaughter illegal or not? Why are these auctions allowed? I just made a tip to the FBI to investigate and stop this auction. Hope it helps. Not feeling like any agency cares though.

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  15. There is only one way to WIN this for the Mustangs and that is to stay focused , This is all about the Horses here , the BLM Loves us to be not focused , they THRIVE and Depend on it !!!! Our Magnificent Mustangs dont have time for us to bicker they are being given the DEATH SENTENCE by an out of Control Agency that needs to be STOPPED , The Mustangs are counting on us , Lets get this job for them done …. I Long to see the Mustangs Thundering across the Desert again I live for it,In my Dreams I can see them Running Free , Manes flying in the Wind , Hoofs pounding the desert sand, their powerful bodies rippling in unisence , my ears and eyes mesmerized by the beauty by the magnificent Mustang doing what he was Born to do … my Body feeling the vibrations of the Earth beneath me trembling , entirely engulfed in the splendor of the Mustang !!!! Everyone that passes is a beauty of love , one more magnificent then the other , I have witnessed this many times on the Nevada Desert !!!!!! I have returned to them for 20 yrs just see them !!!! It is a sight and sound phenomenon , I never will give up !!! This is what I will fight for , the most Wonderful Gift given just to us…………..

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      • Dear Nancy, I envy you being so close there I have wished throughout the years I could live there to be there where they used to be………….. They impressed and enriched my life everytime i went there ……….. until about 11 years ago when I went there and they were no where to be found !!!!!!! i was devastated not to find them !!!!!!!!

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      • How can anything so completely innocent , and so perfect be surrounded by such Greed ,and brutality and deceit ???? It s mind boggling to see such awful depths people will stoop to ..for a dollar…….. i am disgusted by this !!!!

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    • Arlene,
      My husband and I go off roading all over Northern Nevada, he goes dirt biking riding and sees herds on tops of mountains,,,we find herds and take tons of pictures of them. I have been following wild horses for 15 years…beautiful to see them wild and free….

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      • Dear Nancy !!!!WOW i am so very envious of that !!!!!! what i have seen of the Mustangs on the desert is embedded in mind, and i dream of it almost nitely !!!!!!also theBlk Mustang we all named Freedom from Jan 2010…..

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      • Dear Nancy, I saw the Mustangs for the first time in Nevada about 20 yrs ago, they captured my heart and soul with their stunning beauty, I have returned hundreds of times to see them !!!! they never disappointed me , i will never disappoint them !!!!!!

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  16. Go back to the original post about these equines on RTs site….
    I knew they would find a way to remove and kill these magnificent and protected animals, even when they (USFS) said it was “cancelled”, I said…..they’ll find a scum, covert way to do it anyway.

    This goes back to the original 1971 Act and it’s loopholes, such as migratory nature of the mustangs and wild burros, multiple agencies in charge and other problems with the Act.

    Very sad, but I’m not surprised.

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  17. Try filing a complaint with the justice department – different administrative branches of the government don’t always agree. Can’t hurt, might help. Try the FBI too…as whacky as these ideas sound, they couldn’t yield less than our other efforts. both agencies are charged with enforcing federal laws…

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  18. It is not enough but it is something:
    below sent to Bolstad, Thomas, Guilfoye and Collins
    copy and send also … if you wish

    dbolstad@blm.gov
    jguilfoy@blm.gov
    lthomas@blm.gov
    blm_wo_wild_horse@blm.gov

    Right this minute there are 417 horses that have been caught up in a large tribal roundup who await their fate at a slaughter auction in Fallon, Nevada. Many of the horses are branded and “owned” by the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and sadly, there is nothing legally that I am aware of that can be done to save them.
    But among the tribal horses are an undetermined number of unbranded horses – taken from public lands – these horses have been captured off Forest Service and BLM public land. There is no way to distinguish wild horses from tribal horses if they are unbranded. Unbranded horses captured from our public lands are sitting at the slaughter auction waiting to be purchased by kill buyers.
    You must take every single possible step to ensure that federally protected wild horses are not sold at the slaughter auction by confiscating ALL unbranded horses from the auction IMMEDIATELY.
    This can’t wait! The auction takes place in a little over 24 hours from now. What do you and your agency plan to do about this? To do nothing and allow publicly owned wild horses be sold at this auction is a very very very serious violation of the 1971 Congressional Wild Horse and Burro law.
    Response requested.

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