Obama’s BLM Continues Assault on American Wild Horses over Holiday Weekend

an ‘Outraged’ OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ co-founder/president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Americans Eat Holiday Leftovers While Lives End for Iconic Wild Equines

BLM's Wild Horse Harvesting Machine by John Holland

Obama’s BLM Wild Horse Harvesting Machine by John Holland

While the bulk of Americans give thanks and embrace family traditions from years gone by a small group of elite Federal agents and specialized contractors plot, terrorize, capture and destroy federally protected wild horse herds which embody to all Americans traditional western heritage, freedom and family.

Sanctioned by the Obama Administration in an effort to support yet another cloudy and failing agenda, the BLM is ripping some 700+ wild horses and burros from an area granted to them to live forever free and unharassed by Congress in 1971.

While the U.S. celebrates the tradition of family solidarity and Thanksgiving the helicopters roar over the heads of helpless family bands of wild horses who in only a matter of minutes will never see their herd members and babies again.

Since Thursday, November 21st,  570 wild horses have lost their lives of freedom and the wild equine will know no holiday this weekend as the Obama Wild Horse Harvesting Machine begins operating their trap #3 in the Manuel Gap area of their Adobe Town & Salt Wells wild horse decimation operation.  Three horses have been killed since the assault began.

Although no horses were tormented on Thanksgiving Day some 17 mares with 16 foals were torn apart from their families on the day prior to the holiday.

700 equine souls is the target for this ruthless harvest but as the BLM has proven in the past, once pumped up and with dollar signs in the eyes of their contractors, more innocent equines may succumb to the ‘good ole boys’ grazing agency’s wild horse eradication program.

The private cattle subsidized by taxpayers increase on federal public land while the protected wild horses and burros are removed, forever.

The embarrassment of Obamacare is nothing compared to the destruction of Obama’s LaLa Land in the West…an agenda of special interests, abuse, deceit and abject destruction.

America has, again, lost a little luster as the helicopters continue to fly over the heads of the innocent icons of freedom and family.  It’s a sad day for horse and human alike.

67 comments on “Obama’s BLM Continues Assault on American Wild Horses over Holiday Weekend

  1. There are no countries only corporations with flags. Shop till you drop, eat like a pig, consumption is fueling the world wide depletion of everything. Yet everything is finite and only when all is gone will we wonder why. It’s us.

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    • Has anyone sent this to Fox News, and all of their Senators and Representatives?
      Why not? This needs to go viral – NOW. Thanks all, do your part.
      Have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
      lrctrublu

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  2. This an OUTRAGE,The President has to realize his already unpopularity is escalating , one would think knowing full well that 80% of the voting public are against the unprecedented and unnecessary BLM Wild Mustang round ups and the Slaughters of Our American Icons and treasures are one highly likely way to win back a lot of needed support…………he not only needs but must gain back he would pick up the Executive pen an use it to sign an executive ORDER to stop this complete insanity !!!!! Mr President for Gods Sake do what you need to do, save our Beloved Mustangs and Horses !!!!!!!!!

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  3. The inhumanity seems endless. The ‘death toll’ is yet to be realized though as the horses are being stampeded in freezing temperatures. The BLM would have you believe that the horses are made to withstand the frigid wet cold and in most part they are. Horses have a ‘fur’ with an undercoat like other animals made to withstand rain, snow etc but when a horse is stressed and chased they, like all of us, begin to sweat. The undercoat is now wet as the moisture is coming from a different direction than nature intended. The wet undercoat freezes next to the skin and the insulation of the animal is compromised.

    “Besides the fact that the natural thermoregulatory mechanisms can only be fully utilized when a horse is kept in their species-appropriate living conditions, there is an anxiety and stress factor that horses inevitably experience when cut off from their basic needs and kept in ways unnatural for this species (stabling, separating from equine companions, forced exercising, lack of continuous fiber uptake, etc.). This stress also makes them less capable of coping with cold.”

    http://academialiberti.blogspot.com/2012/02/thermoregulation-in-horses-in-cold-time.html

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    • The President is not involved, never was in the working of the Interior, or BLM. They operate on their OWN agenda which is to destroy and enjoy the fruits of their “labor” If no one has noticed, the seeds of revolution are planted. We can’t take it anymore!

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  4. I don’t understand how the BLM can legally zero out 2 HMA’s with this atrocity. ? Also the agreement with the cattlemen seems illegal to me but I guess it was never taken to court or if so BLM won.
    BLM is getting by with murdering our wild horses.and causing their extinction and Congress is doing nothing to stop it.

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  5. The Public Land & Resources Law Review
    http://scholarship.law.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context=plrlr

    Horses on the contiguous public portions of the checkerboard are not
    subject to the provision. 61 Landowners could exploit this precedent and §
    1334 to coerce the BLM into gathering wild horses from all public and
    private plots in an entire region to eliminate forage competition with
    livestock.
    However, the BLM’s “ministerial duty” does not apply to public
    lands, even if private interests hold grazing permits and leases to use
    certain federal tracts.62 Leasing arrangements do not alter the public
    ownership of the range,63 so wild horse management on federal sections
    should conform to the purposes pervasive throughout the Act, as well as to
    PRIA and FLPMA’s “multiple use-sustained yield” concepts. The court
    improperly ordered removal of the horses from the public lands in the
    region.64

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  6. The insanity needs to be STOPPED!!!! It does seem illegal the excess land use for welfare cattle…The lies are at an Magnitude beyond reality from the BLM…500+ Wild Horses removed is BS..

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  7. http://scholarship.law.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context=plrlr

    However, the BLM’s “ministerial duty” does not apply to public
    lands, even if private interests hold grazing permits and leases to use
    certain federal tracts.62 Leasing arrangements do not alter the public
    ownership of the range,63 so wild horse management on federal sections
    should conform to the purposes pervasive throughout the Act, as well as to
    PRIA and FLPMA’s “multiple use-sustained yield” concepts. The court
    improperly ordered removal of the horses from the public lands in the
    region.64

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    • Louie, have you uncovered grounds sufficient for a class action suit against the BLM? It seems a good case could be made that much is being done against the letter and the intent of the original law, including last-minute amendments, backroom bargaining, spurious taxonomic changes to justify removal of burros, and absolute unconcern over the NAS report, among other things. Obviously petitions and outrage fall on deaf ears and the “machine” continues on. Is a class action suit a possible way “we, the people” can be heard?

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  8. If so, Louie, how can they continue to bulldoze through & do as they please?? This is so dam frustrating – to have NO voice in any of this. Even tho so many people have tried to stop it or at least have a say in it. There has to be some way for us to actually MAKE a difference. Obviously, the petitions & letters & comments aren’t getting through to where they should. Cannot even imagine how it must be for the few senators & representatives who ARE fighting for the horses & burros – to have to deal with these greedy money grubbers. What happened to We, the People???

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  9. We must continue to expose the government’s waste of tax payer dollars in terrorizing and removing these wild horses from protected public lands! Warehousing wild horses is not cost effective nor in compliance with the LAW. These roundups are not based on science. The NAS report specifically stated that removing the horses is ineffective, not necessary and we all know the real reasons WHY. Stupidity, greed, corruption and total disregard for equine lives…all to make way for corporate mining, oil and gas frackers that destroy the environment for private gain and also, there’s those god damn welfare cattle/sheep that cost $1.5 million for us to subsidize the Grazing Rights Antiquated/Outdated Program. Not to mention the 80 million, an ever increasing spiraling out of control budget for the WHBP. http://spendopedia.org/wiki/Federal_Funds_Spent_Tending_to_Wild_Horses

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  10. I just cannot understand why the BLM keeps on rounding up the wild horses when the American Taxpayers are against it. We call Washington, sign petitions but yet nothing happens. President Obama seems like he is on the side of the cattlemen, oil companies, mining companies and all others that rape the land. What happen to Wild Horse Annie’s Acts to Protect the Wild Horses? Why is the BLM and many others just doing whatever they wish to these poor wild horses. Just leave the wild horses and burros alone on the land that has been designated to them.

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  11. Something to consider…a previous comment that might not have been seen.

    Bouke
    November 30, 2013 @ 10:43 AM [Edit]

    I am in favor of a national ad campaign.. It should be discussed and planned in order to get exposure all over the country

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    • This worked for David Brower ages ago concerning the Grand Canyon. I’ve thought before about following his footsteps with a full page ad in the NYT, but geez, how to pay for it?

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    • PS I understand The Sierra Club is against wild horses, but this week saw a box of Christmas cards featuring horses — including some wild horses — which were produced by The Sierra Club!

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    • I bet many of us would contribute to that, Louie. Maybe each individual couldn’t afford a large amount of money – but lots of small donations add up…sure is worth looking into.

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  12. These cruel roundups, make one sit and cry for our precious Wild Horses/Burrows! Perhaps a massive campaign to expose these actions. President Obama, cares less about any living animal; except for himself. There will be a judgment day, by God!

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  13. 3 years ago on Thanksgiving week, Sun J and BLM did the same thing to the Pine Nut wild horses. They captured them all by Weds. night so even though they didn’t fly on T-Day, they processed them and then hauled 22 foals to Palomino Valley and then when some witnesses realized what had happened, BLM took 22 wet mares to P/V to pair up with the foals. This was supposed to be a capture/treat with PZP and release roundup and there was NO reason to take those foals to P/V and away from their mothers. Eventually they returned the 22 mares and 21 of the foals back to the Pine Nut HMA but by then the foals and mares had been exposed to who knows what diseases (strangles was bad that year), not to mention the unnecessary stress of removal and trucking them twice. Did they figure nobody would be watching since it was Thanksgiving? You betcha!
    Here is BLM’s sugar-coated version:
    http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/pine_nut_mountains0/gatreports.html

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  14. Another Unhappy Thanksgiving. I Said Grace And In My prayer, I Prayed For The Horses BuT Where Is GoD When We Need Him? was He Also Sleeping It OfF Like So Many Of The Rest Of Us? WeHave Lost Our Country To The Corporate Terrorist Groups. The Horses Have Lost Their Freedom And Possibly Their Lives. And Did We Fight? Did We Not Play By The Rules? No, We Didn’t Go In First And Take The Horses Away Or Hide Them From These Heathens. We Have Been All Civilized And Nice To The Devil, Played By The Rules And Where Did It Get Our Horses And Burros? Look People, Wood Horse Annie Would Have Been Driving the Horses To Safety. All We Did Was Sign Petitions, Talk To A Bunch Of Lying Legal Prostitutes, Asking To hold Rallies. Expend Money To Buy The Prisoners Lives From Their Jailers. Are We Next? Will We Be Rounded Up And Jailed For Crimes Unknown To Us, For Speaking Up? It’s Beyond Obama. It’s That Group In Congress Who Have Held Up Everything That Should Have look At Them Dammit! They Go On Strike To Get Their Way And Unlike Union Workers, They Still Get Paid. Obama Cannot Run For Election Again..Two Terms Is All A President Gets. He Has Been Under Alot Of Gunfire From Congress To Undo Any Good He May Have Tried To Do. Where Does Your Congressman Stand On Animal Rights? How Did You Vote?

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    • Are you serious? Congress gave them this land in 1971 to live free forever. These are Federal agents doing this, part of the obama administration !!! Put the blame for this squarely and honestly where it belongs !!!!

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  15. I have posted this before but here it is again since so many ask how can the BLM/USFS get away with what is obviously breaking the federal law of the United States?

    Are our government agencies ABOVE the law?
    Apparently they think they are and have declared this in an official document.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has publicly published the statement that they are above the law and the congressional LAW DOES NOT PERTAIN TO THEM! BLM stated (see link below): “The … [Congressional] Act …is not pertinent to the overall management of the wild horse and burro populations by the BLM and USFS. In general, it protects the wild horses and burros from such actions by the general populous.”

    So BLM is telling us that the laws of the United States Congress are written for the general public and that BLM and USFS do not have to follow the law. Plain and simple that IS what they are saying.

    BLM policies are simply plans and decisions that have been made by the BLM and are ONLY policies and plans and decisions – nothing more. They are not laws of the United States. Any policy established must be within the outline of the umbrella of the law it is required to follow. A policy is nothing more than a plan and is illegal if it does not follow the law of the United States.

    I was taught that the law was to be followed and that if it needed to be changed (and many do) then that was the right and responsibility of Americans to do so but for any agency to disregard the law for political and financial reasons was illegal and TREASONOUS.

    http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/battle_mountain_field/wild_horse___burro/stone_cabin_complex.Par.93911.File.dat/FinalVersion_EA.pdf

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    • Thanks , Grandma Gregg. So why in the hell isn’t BLM/USFS being tried in court for this ? All advocacy groups need to get together and to drag them into court. Sec. of Interior Jewell needs to be tried also or even the President.since they are responsible.

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    • GG, my understanding is the law was enacted by public demand, then unanimous act of Congress, who then appointed the BLM to manage the WHBs for the public, not for themselves! If what you posted here is true there are grounds to remove them from oversight of the public’s WHBs and put another organization in their place, preferably one with citizen oversight included.

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  16. If you’re interested in a National Protest to gain more attention to this issue go to “Save the Horses Stop the BLM” facebook page. We are trying to gain more support in numbers for just such a thing.

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  17. Where exactly is this happening. It makes me sick. Someone has to do something about this cruelty. I’ll stand outside around the heard so they can’t kill anymore innocent animals. PROTECT THEM. PROTEST. Let’s gather enough people to shut our government down!

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  18. I would like to object to your making this a political issue, invoking President Obama’s name in the blame game. These round ups actually were accelerated in the beginning of the Bush administration and the decisions are primarily Congressional in origin. The round ups are part of the tidal wave of the privatization of public assets which began over a decade ago, and are not limited to public lands. You divert the attention from the real causes when you drag the President into a process which he has little control over. He was elected as president, not KING.
    And who knows how many wild horses went to slaughter after the Burns amendment was passed?

    “In 2001, after decades of failed herd management policies, the BLM obtained a 50% increase in annual budget to $29 million for implementation of an aggressive removal campaign.

    In 2004, the 1971 Act was surreptitiously amended, without so much as a hearing or opportunity for public review, opening the door to the sale of thousands of wild horses to slaughter for human consumption abroad.”

    http://www.the-horse.org/wild-mustangs/history/

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    • Margo, your words are true, but Obama doesn’t get a pass here since he has apparently abandoned our WHBs and has done nothing to direct Sally Jewell to do otherwise, either. He could take a stand and make some changes but remains unconscionably silent when he could choose otherwise.

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  19. Excerpts from an excellent article
    http://www.habitatforhorses.org/a-clearer-view-on-the-dilemma-of-wild-horses-and-the-blm/
    By Robert Bauer
    Mr. Bauer is a well-known wildlife biologist and long time advocate of the wild horses and burros in the West

    “The horrors of the roundups, witnessed by myself, stab the hearts of many. These roundups are downplayed by the BLM as if it were a spectator sport to those who have witnessed them. The question has been posed, as it was during the Wassuk roundup, if those watching were enjoying the “gather” as though it were a baseball game, or a Broadway show. The conditions through which they are rounded up are many times horrendous, however, not to mention the manner in which they are rounded up.”

    “I am aware that there are many facets to this battle, but differences must be laid aside, once and for all, along with the possible desire for fame or fortune, to win. Our hearts must be solely on the lives and freedom of these wild ones. It must burn in us so much that their well being is our only motive, nothing more. Each of us must examine our hearts in this respect. The wild horses and burros are just this, wild, and the conditions in which they thrive in, no matter how mild or harsh is part of the beauty of their existence. This is true of any form of wildlife. Taking them out of this environment is not only destructive to their lives but also to the ecosystem of which they are a vital part.”

    “Together with one mind and one heart this onslaught against the wild horses and burros can be stopped, and their freedom secured, wild, free, and untouched, in the numbers that only nature and its mechanisms dictate. This must be our only focus!”

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    • Louie, powerful words! But to do as this suggests would require changing the law, since the BLM/USFS are expressly directed therein to manage the herd populations to keep them within established ranges. Nature was locked out of the process from the beginning it seems, and even moreso with so much expended to eliminate predators throughout the west.

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  20. Adobe Town has been recognized on numerous occasions as having nationally significant and threatened natural-ecological-geological features and for potential inclusion as a national park, underscoring the outstanding natural attributes of the area. However, when the BLM developed its wilderness recommendations, natural gas potential was given priority over public recreation and environmental quality.
    http://www.voiceforthewild.org/greatdivide/wsa_description.html
    Not surprised – just disgusted and saddened that money is the first priority.

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    • This is because the wilderness plan designation has nothing to do with the environment.

      Sorry. When federal agencies should have access to the best environmental land management practices possible, but continue to do little other than employ the most environmentally destructive policies possible, we have to come to grips with the fact that to the federal government NEPA, the 1971 Act, and a number of other federal laws no longer exist. We’ve been staring this in the face, and we largely agree.

      When we called for a moratorium on round-ups in 2009 and 2010, Congress provided funds for the NAS to review the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. That study has been completed, and the study largely affirmed that the concerns citizens expressed are true.

      Therefore, I suggest that we contact our representatives and let them know that we are concerned that Congress may have been circumvented through international treaties, thus removing the freedomes Congress provided for our wild horses. This is what the evidence supports. President Clinton’s E.O. 13112 issued on Februrary 3, 1999, should have had a statutory basis, and the only ones that would apply to our horses are the provisions in these two treaties.

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    • Barbara,
      What makes you think that President Obama did not hire her to do just exactly what she is doing? Before long, we will realize that Ken Salazar was a grumpy puppy compared to what this fire eating dragon intends to do.

      We need to wise up. Nothing that has happened is an accident. Every single thing that has happened to our wild horses has been planned and very well concealed from the public for at least two decades—if anyone knows any old time must angers, it might be very information to find out who was paying them to kill off the wild horses in the 60’s. While it may have been ranchers, there is the possibility that oil tycoons that owned property in the West were out in front of this, and it is also possible that the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act through a huge wrench in their plans. One document states that this bill made it so you couldn’t even kill
      a horse that wandered off public land.

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  21. It isn’t just the WH&B advocates that are pushing back. We should all unite.

    WILD EARTH GUARDIANS

    Save Scenic Red Desert Landscapes from Oil & Gas Drilling
    We need your help to save the gorgeous Red Desert from oil and gas drilling
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently amending a land-use plan covering over 4 million acres in southern Wyoming, including about half of the spectacular Red Desert. The plan will determine which scenic landscapes will be protected and where heavy industry will be permitted.

    Under the Bush administration, the most pro-drilling land-use plan in Wyoming history was approved for this area. It placed 14.6% of these public lands into a sacrifice-zone category (VRM Class 4). This category allows complete industrial destruction and does nothing at all to even reduce impacts to scenic landscapes.
    Shockingly, the new plan amendment would expand the amount of industrial sacrifice zone from 14.6% to 57%, allowing full scale oil and gas drilling on millions of acres of public land.

    Tell the BLM that scenic landscapes, wildlife habitats, and public recreation are important priorities too, and should not be sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed.
    The BLM had improved management by designating a handful of areas as “Lands with Wilderness Character,” particularly in the spectacular and fragile badlands of Adobe Town. However, most of these areas would be allowed to be converted to full-scale gas fields under the new proposed plan. This is a waste of rare and precious desert wilderness.
    Help us save endangered desert wilderness, historic trails of national importance, and scenic Red Desert public lands from industrial destruction. Take action today—public comment period closes November 13.

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  22. So if Congress signed this bill in 1971, why did the round ups even begin? They are protected under this bill but yet the BLM continues. It seems to me that this bill that was set forth to protect the wild horses that have roamed America since the 17th century have zero protection from this bill present day. I feel this is a disgrace to the American iconic culture. They have not hurt anyone. There are so many more cows and sheep ou in these areas but no one is raising flags over that!

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    • The Burns Amendment slipped through a 3,000 page appropriations bill by Senator Harry Reid and Conrad Burns. No one knew about it, so no one debated it, and essentially, no one voted on it. PLEASE google “Repeal the Burns Amendment”. You’ll find a petition to sign. And for the sake of these horses, call, email, snail mail every politician you can…either elected or voted in. Especially, but not limited to Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Oregon, all the states where this is happening. You can also contact Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of the Interior, and Senator Wyden of Oregon. He is on the Senate Energy Committee and according to some has a lot of clout. They are about to pass Bill S258 which will increase cattle grazing rights, and decrease the public’s ability to comment on and influence the renewal of range leases. Which even FURTHER endangers our Wild Mustangs. This needs to be stopped, as it stands, and will likely be voted on Dec. 6th. Time is of the essence.

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  23. I was given permission to post the following excerpts from a letter that was sent to BLM/Wyoming/Rock Springs Field Office.

    BLM/USFS policies are plans and decisions and statements that have been made by the BLM/USFS and associates – nothing more. Any policy established must be within the outline of the umbrella of the law it is required to follow. A policy is nothing more than a plan and is illegal if it does not follow the law of the United States. Let me explain this point with a simple analogy: If the owner of a company wrote in the company policy that it was not required of the employees to wear seatbelts while driving on state roads but the state had a mandatory seatbelt requirement then the “no seatbelt” POLICY would not come under the umbrella of the law and thus the policy would become null and void with the law taking absolute precedence. Any policy written by the BLM/USFS that contradicts and does not come under the umbrella of the WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT OF 1971 is automatically and completely null and void with the Congressional law always taking precedence over the policy.

    I request that the following alternatives be analyzed in the EIS:

    Continue ranchers’ PRIVILEGE of public lands livestock grazing at taxpayer- subsidized, below-market rates IN EXCHANGE FOR tolerating the presence of wild horses on the private lands in the checkerboard and on the public lands where they have a RIGHT to exist. If ranchers do not agree to this arrangement, then their PRIVILEGE to graze livestock on the public lands at taxpayer subsidized rates, which is given solely at the DISCRETION of the Interior Secretary – shall be REVOKED.

    I request an investigation into conflict of interest governing discussions and decisions for removals of the Checkerboard wild horses in Wyoming.

    FEDERAL LAW CANNOT BE VIOLATED UNDER A CONSENT DECREE.

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    • Ratified treaties are sovereign to federal law. This is why the 1997 Update of the International Plant Protection Convention (signed with reservations by President Clintonto to make sure the Convention did not intervere with national invasive species programs) is listed under federal invasive species law at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This law went into effect on October 2, 2005, and since the National Invasive Species Council included our federally protected horses and burros in their lists of alien (non-native) invasive species as pests that threatened plants, our wild horses and burros are consisted a threat to plants.

      I suggest we contact the House Natural Resources Committee and express our concerns that our wild horses are being fraudulently removed from public lands based on allegations that they did not originate here and are therefore, inherently harmful.

      I have reviewed several hearings in both the Senate and the House. The witnesses testimony is largely regurgitated from the same original source documents. No one has asked the essential question, how do you know for sure that the species you claim is an alien, non-native, invasive species. One witness said that it would be much better to just use the word harmful because the alien issue is not important and it would be less confusing if people just said harmful instead of invasive.

      Wonder how far this would have gone if the expert at using science as a weapon against the American people frauds put horses and burros on a list of species known to be harmful?

      The point is this:

      Rather than go through Congress to repeal the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act, the Clinton administration used provisions in international treaties that linked that Alien Species Piece, Article 8 (h), to the 1997 Update to the Plant Protection Act.

      This is why groups like the Sierra Club are doing studies on the damage horse trails do to the land.

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  24. During the tour, I was very aware of the absence of one of the most vital parts of wild horse society – family. It was odd seeing groups of mares all by themselves – they formed in large groups, very unlike the usual small families of 2 to 10, with the stallion, mares, youngsters and foals. It is a beautiful, sterile environment, and reminded me more watching of a group of ranch horses than wild horses.

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  25. Again, Save the Horses Stop the BLM is trying to organize a public protest, but they need numbers…thousands. It will be in DC, but also run concurrently in cities around the country for those who cannot travel. This would be a massive undertaking and THEY NEED PEOPLE ON THE GROUND!!! Please, if you’re serious about helping, get to “Save the Wild Horses Stop the BLM”, and make known your solidarity with them…volunteer to organize a protest in your city. THIS blogsite has well over 2,000,000 hits. Maybe we should do it here. “Save the Horses” doesn’t get as many hits or comments. We can start with Jane Velez and Madeline Pickens perhaps? We need an organizational structure. What think you?

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    • I have been sick of this Murderous conspiracy of our wild ones , I am ready and have been for many years nicey nice has never worked !!!!!!! they are Law breaking criminals who belong in Jail….. In just the way they Jailed the INNOCENT MUSTANGS !!!!!!!!! The same Beauties who built America , gave everything they have to ensure Freedom !!!!! and to protect us !!!! They terrorize and use the Mustangs to line their greed filled pockets !!!!!! Some things are SACRED, the Mustangs !!!!! I am furious !!!! To willfully brutalize the Mustangs and horses and Burros is to dishonor those who love them dearly !!!!for who and what they are TREASURES……………………….. also a gift of Love so loveingly given to US !!!!!!

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  26. Contact the House Natural Resource Committee. Hearings were held in this committee during the Bush administration on the need for invasive species laws. There is no record that the committee was ever informated that our federally protected wild horses and burros are specifically targeted in the literature. Testimony was provided by the fraudsters, but this detail was not included.

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  27. He is by far the worst,heartless, idiot we have for a president. The horse got us through the first world war,b4 their were cars we had the horse and burros. He is a disgrace to this country not only because of the senseless killing of these Majestic animals but him himself.

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  28. To be frank, i work for the state that is run partly by the federal gov. And i as a human being am so ashamed to have people like the ones we have run in our offices. That being said i mean presidential all the way down. I challenge them all to live and be treated the same as they treat all living creatures created by God. I want to herd them, torture them, take them from their families and watch their faces.

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  29. There are no real laws, Judges are the law and interpret it as they see fit and always protect capital. Only when it becomes profitable to let the American Mustangs be will they be free. Special interests pay for elections because in the end they reap the rewards, be it cattlemen, oil men or frackers.

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  30. Although I do not claim to be a fan of Obama I find it ludicrous that you call this Obamas BLM this has been going on for decades Republican presidents and Democratic Presidents alike. The real problem is who is paying who, Ranchers, Oil men, GREED its all about GREED. Sick and wrong our country is falling ,wildlife is being destroyed and our citizens poisoned(Monsanto).

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    • Sorry Vicki, my assertion that the BLM is Obama’s BLM is spot on because the agency works under and is directed, personally, by his own appointee, the Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell. He picked her to run the show and although we hoped that she would bring a fresh insight and a little science and common sense to the brutal agency she has become nothing more than a talking head that spouts the same spew as those before her. Obama could have made a difference and an improvement for the wild horses and burros but he consciously decided not to and instead to follow another bullying, personal agenda on our public lands.

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  31. This is nothing new folks. It is not Obama’s BLM. they have been rounding up and thinning herds for years. I myself bought a 4 yr old stallion from a BLM auction in Az. Captured 3 wks prior to sale in Nevada and transported to Az. Bought him 10 yrs ago. Gentled him, gelded him, did some training and sold him to someone who could take him further in finding a job than I could. In the year that I had him he put on 300 pounds and gained height and muscle. He was probably in a bachelor bunch and obviously not getting enuff to eat but with good hay and grain he thrived. Take that in to consideration. I do not think that a group of scattered horse lovers will be able to mount a battle against the lobbies of the cattle ranchers and others who want the horse off the land so they can move in. Someone has to organize, collect factual data and money, hire a lobbyist and become a force that Washington will listen to. It does no good to be a bleeding heart and write these comments without taking action. If nothing else go to a BLM auction and buy you a couple and turn them out on your property. Oh you can’t because the price of hay is ridiculously high!!! Horses can and will adapt to seeing people in their grazing areas and will not be bothered by oil wells. It is the big corporate cattle operations with the deep pockets that you need to fight against.. not the family rancher. Everyone write 1 letter to each of your senators and congress men and get 10 friends to do the same

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  32. Stop murdering these magnificent companion animals.
    Therer are many disabled children in our Country making
    incredible progress with the help of horses & skilled individuals.
    Do not take away such brilliant helpers.

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