By Jetara Séhart of LoveWildHorses.org
“The horses are suffering at the BLM PVC, Nevada facility now and soon temperatures will rise…”
Approximately, three years ago in Reno, Nevada, The Bureau Of Land Management held a workshop to discuss whether horses held within their facilities required shelter, or not to survive. The introduction of this workshop, stemmed to appease public outrage surrounding the BLM facility located near Burning Mans’ land and near Reno, the Palomino Valley Center, in Nevada and stemmed from the photographic evidence of wild horses, dying and suffering in extreme heat with no way to escape searing hot, deadly desert Sun’s rays, held behind bars in the BLM facility.
Sunday, Patty Bumgarner, Nevada citizen and wild horse photographer visited the Palomino Valley Center and what she witnessed was heart wrenching.
Bumgarner, watched many horses coughing and noticed still only one water trough is provided in each open, that holds 70-100’s of horses. She also reports, the temporary 3 small trial shelters, were removed last October and no shelters are any where in site. The BLM PVC facility operates on a skeleton crew and the manager, is difficult, at best to reach and refers inquiries to provide aid for the horses to D.C., but when advocates call D.C. to request aid for horses, no aid, comes for them. On the weekends there is no staff present, to over see the welfare of the 2,000 wild horses and burros, held in the BLM cages.
Bumgarner, noted the BLM sends a few people on the weekend to only feed the horses once and throws the grass hay directly, onto the ground (where manure is present and mud, which could cause colic) and the heightened feeders are stacked off to the side and no longer used.
The access to water, is only made easy for dominant horses at this facility, creating suffering and health concern for the less dominant horses, who cannot access drinking water, when needed. This facility three years ago was asked to provide shelter, wind breaks and more water troughs, but still they have not been provided.
Bumgarner witnessed a horse drinking extremely dirty still water, left over from the storms of Thursday until early Saturday morning last week.
The horses are suffering at the BLM PVC, Nevada facility now and soon temperatures will rise, today temperatures in this area reached 85 degrees and in the triple digits, again daily survival in these pens will become difficult, if this facility does not soon erect need wind breaks and shelters.
Not even the foals, or sick horses are now provided shelter or respite from stinging painful debris laden high winds.
Further concern for the horses at this facility is rising, as many horses held here, now have been marked with a large unsightly hip freeze numeric brand, which indicates they may be sold without authority. Also, it appears many horses have been moved from this facility.
Questions are being asked, Where have the wild horses now gone? Why is it so difficult to receive aid for the wild horses to prevent their suffering and many deaths, within the BLM pens?
Thirty one public demonstrations were held, this past Saturday April 25th, across the nation, including three awareness marches in Australia, England and Sweden. Demonstrators are expressing public concern and calling for the Department of Interior, Representatives in the Senate, Congress and Government Executive Branches to step in and act, to apply solutions immediately, to save the last of America’s native wild horses and burros, before my legacy horses are forever lost.
Awareness at the protests highlighted, to provide emergency aid, shelter, wind breaks and more needed water troughs for the 58,000 wild horses and burros living in horrid concentration camp-like (unsafe), tax funded, Bureau of Land Management facilities and to increase protections, for the now threatened, under 20,000 free roaming wild horses and burros, remaining upon, Western public lands, to remain safe and free and to close U.S. borders to horse slaughter.
The underlying life threatening urgency is exasperated, for the wild horses and burros, is largely due to the fact, that U.S. borders, today remain open, for Americas wild and domestic equines to be exported to slaughter, after three failed attempts, any BLM captive wild horse and burro may be sold without authority, by the truck load, opening the door for kill buyers to obtain and profit from the gruesome and inhumane horse slaughter trade, such as occurred in the Tom Davies incident, in which 1,700 BLM trapped wild horses, were later slaughtered.
The BLM received at least annually $55,000,000. to run the wild horse and burro holding facilities and at least $120,000,000 this past year, but what the American people desire is to preserve not harass, harm or cause death, nor to further decimate and ultimately wipe the wild horses entirely from the magnificent Western landscape.
One solution lies in truly enacting sharing of our public lands in order for the wild horses and burros to survive.