BLM backs down to cattle activists

While the BLM cites the drought in the West to remove wild horses and burros from public lands PERMANENTLY, the BLM doesn’t enforce drought-related grazing restrictions in northern Nevada when cattle ranchers flagrantly defy the grazing restrictions.  – Debbie

SOURCE:  Elko Daily Free Press

BLM Allows Grazing on Closed Allotment to Avoid Confrontation

by Dylan Woolf Harris

ELKO – The Bureau of Land Management says it didn’t give ranchers permission to graze on a closed allotment made up of public and private land, but instead indicated that it “would not interfere” with the cattle turnout.

The Battle Mountain Complex, an area near Valmy that comprises both the North Buffalo and Copper Canyon allotments, falls in “checkerboard” land. Grazing was closed there in a 2013 decision, according to Nevada BLM spokesman Rudy Evenson.

With fewer and fewer spots available to graze due to drought, Dan and Eddyann Filippini decided to run cattle Tuesday on North Buffalo while the closure is in appeal.

The vast majority of AUMs on the allotment are privately held.

Acting BLM State Director John Ruhs told Eddyann Filippini that the agency wouldn’t attempt to stop the ranchers, according to Evenson. Instead, Ruhs reminded permittees that the federal land was still off limits.

“We’re not going to come out there and have a big confrontation,” Evenson said.

There aren’t fences, however, separating the land by ownership.

Former assemblyman and longtime rancher John Carpenter, who participated Tuesday to support the Filippinis, said whether the cows wander onto public lands shouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s not a resource issue because there’s plenty of grass,” he said. “There’s all kinds of grass there.”

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Navajo Nation eyes agreement reining in slaughter of wild horses



By Laura Zuckerman

(Reuters) – The first effort of its kind to prevent wild horses roaming the Navajo Nation in the U.S. Southwest from being sent to slaughter in Mexico has gained the preliminary approval of tribal leaders, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Thursday.

Under a draft agreement that still must be reviewed by the tribe, a foundation established by Richardson and actor Robert Redford would provide funds and expertise to the Navajo Nation to halt reservation roundups that have seen thousands of wild horses shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico.

  The impact of intensive grazing by wild horses in a high-desert reservation that spans more than 27,000 square miles (70,000 square km) of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah has been compounded by drought and led to competition with livestock for sparse vegetation, said Rick Abasta, spokesman for Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

  The roundups by the nation’s agriculture department and the fate of the captured animals has ignited controversy among the tribe’s more than 300,000 enrolled members, including wild horse advocates, Abasta said.

The issue has divided a tribal nation whose economy relies in part on free-range cattle and sheep but which also reveres horses.

“The Navajo elders have a saying which translates into English as ‘Our horses are sacred,'” said Abasta.

Richardson, whose second term as New Mexico governor ended in 2011, said he and Redford formed the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife with the aim of aiding wild horses.

“Our main objective is to stop the roundups and stop the horse slaughter,” said Richardson, who said Redford is a fellow horse enthusiast who owns a home in New Mexico.

Richardson said the agreement would first seek to identify the number of wild horses on the reservation, where estimates have ranged from several thousand to more than 70,000.

If ultimately approved, the deal, which proposes such methods as birth control to keep wild herds in check, would be the first of its kind on Indian lands and perhaps in the nation, he said.

“The Navajos are the biggest tribe in the country. If we strike an agreement here, it will set an example for other tribes that still slaughter,” Richardson said.

Abasta said the nation’s newly elected president is seeking feedback from tribal members.

“President Begaye wants a little more time to gather the input of grassroots organizations, ranchers and others to determine how best to go forward on implementing the agreement,” he said.

A Riding Club Ate at a Horse Meat Restaurant and People Are Pissed

By Phoebe Hurst as published on

“The decision to eat an animal you also enjoy feeding sugar lumps to may seem strange…”

Few animal products are as divisive as horse meat. Britain might have eaten the stuff during both world wars and it may technically be a leaner alternative to beef, but fears over the safety of horse meat (and, y’know, how emotionally crippling Black Beauty is) mean that most British and American diners have little desire to deviate from the standard roster of farmyard animals. The fact that traces of horse spent most of 2013 surreptitiously lurking in European burgers didn’t help the meat’s image much either.

horse-meatA university riding club in southern Sweden discovered just how controversial horse meat can be this week after news broke of its decision to host a dinner at restaurant renowned for serving horse meat.

Linköping University’s riding club held their annual summer dinner at De Klomp last month, where The Local reports they dined on a “mixture of cured meats, followed by hot roasted horse meat accompanied by warm potato and vegetable salad with chilli mayonnaise.” As if this weren’t enough horse-based debauchery, some of the equine enthusiasts also “washed it down with a beer called Dead Pony.”

The decision to eat an animal you also enjoy feeding sugar lumps to may seem strange, but Sweden has a relaxed attitude when it comes to eating horse. Sales of the meat outperform mutton and lamb combined, and when IKEA’s meatballs were found to be contaminated during the European horse meat scandal, the Swedish homeware giant responded by saying it would consider making horse meat balls an official menu item.

Before the fateful dinner, Linköping University’s riding club treasurer and vice president Frida Dagsgård wrote a message to members saying: “Pets have received [a] very high status in society. People have too close a relationship to them… only 60 years ago we ate horses and rabbits as [our] staple diet.”

Despite a presumably happy evening spent toasting to Dobbin with a Dead Pony and a mouthful of horse burger, a petition protesting De Klomp restaurant appeared online earlier this week.

Featuring on, it called on campaigners to “denounce restaurant De Klomp in Sweden, for killing a horse” and was accompanied by a suitably graphic photo of a dead horse. The petition received over 1000 signatures before being removed from the site on Wednesday.

Responding to the controversy surrounding her uni club dinner, Dagsgård told regional newspaper that she had expected “some upset comments” but not an online petition. She explained that the idea of hosting a horse meat dinner “started as a joke” before “we thought that it was something we could actually do.”

According to Take Aanstoot, founder of De Klomp, part of the anger directed at the restaurant stems from horse meat-shy diners outside of continental Europe…(Continued)