Wild Horses: France TV Claims Wild Horses are Overrunning the West

Story by Carol Walker as published on Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“They were thrilled as we drove up to see at least 60 wild horses around the waterhole…”

On Tuesday morning, I took a journalist and a cameraman from France TV out to a waterhole at Sand Wash Basin, home of one of my favorite wild horse herds. The previous day, they had been driven around a herd management area near Lander by the BLM wild horse and burro expert there, and had only seen 3 wild horses. They were thrilled as we drove up to see at least 60 wild horses around the waterhole, and they kept asking me if the horses were going to leave. I explained that the horses in this area were relatively used to people, and if we approached quietly and respectfully, we should be able to get some good footage of wild horse behavior.

spent about 5 hours with them, and made certain to discuss on the range management versus removal, the use of birth control instead of roundups, the livestock outnumbering wild horses on public lands by about 100 to 1, the pressure of special interest groups such as welfare ranchers that are squeezing out the horses, the importance of maintaining genetic viability of each herd,the inhumanity and cruelty of the helicopter roundups and housing the horses in holding facilities without shelter, and the BLM’s plan to do sterilization studies on the horses, to name just a few topics. I pointed out the behaviors that are characteristic of wild horses, that make observing intact families so special.

Then they headed to Rangely to meet up with Callie Hendrickson, one of the most virulent wild horse haters that ever sat on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, in order to interview one of her rancher friends.

hey certainly could have interviewed some wonderful wild horse advocates in the Pisceance/West Douglas Herd Areas, and given those that fight to protect them a little more time and notice. But they did not.

If I sound bitter, it is not because I didn’t get more air time – it is because they claimed this would be a balanced piece.

News stories come and go, but I am not going anywhere.

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/usa/video-les-chevaux-sauvages-se-reproduisent-trop-vite-un-probleme-pour-l-ouest-americain_949025.html

Translation:

Wild horses breed too quickly, a problem for the American West

The United States prohibits the slaughter of mustangs, but authorities still want to limit their number at 25,000, while the country already has more than 50,000 mustangsThe mustangs are no longer welcome in the American West. Federal authorities are sounding the alarm on the excessive number of wild horses on this territory. They will be 150 000 in five years if nothing is done to curb their expansion. A greater problem that these horses reproduce quickly and devour everything in their path, according to the administration, which creates conflicts with some breeders.

2,000 were collected in 2015, an insufficient number

The United States prohibits the slaughter of mustangs, but authorities still want to limit their number at 25,000, while the country already has more than 50,000 mustangs. Breeders who share the land with these wild horses no longer support not be able accessing water points in areas invaded by the mustangs. They hunt other herds.

In total, 2,000 were collected in 2015, a number insufficient to achieve the objectives fixex, but defenders of animals are the barbaric process. Different methods are launched without result, prompting federal authorities to propose a million and a half dollars of reward to find a lasting solution to the problem of wild horses.

30 comments on “Wild Horses: France TV Claims Wild Horses are Overrunning the West

  1. Wild horses overrunning the West sells more copies than a story about advocates trying to protect them, especially when written by those that feel it is okay to eat horse meat.

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  2. Craig has sent a rebuttal to their lies.. Thanks , Craig.

    Cheryl Bowe (Read Carol Walker’s article above, then here is the Translated France TV article)…… Wild horses breed too quickly, a problem for the American West

    The United States prohibits the slaughter of mustangs, but authorities still want to limit their number at 25,000, while the country already has more than 50,000 mustangsThe mustangs are no longer welcome in the American West. Federal authorities are sounding the alarm on the excessive number of wild horses on this territory. They will be 150 000 in five years if nothing is done to curb their expansion. A greater problem that these horses reproduce quickly and devour everything in their path, according to the administration, which creates conflicts with some breeders.

    2,000 were collected in 2015, an insufficient number

    The United States prohibits the slaughter of mustangs, but authorities still want to limit their number at 25,000, while the country already has more than 50,000 mustangs. Breeders who share the land with these wild horses no longer support not be able accessing water points in areas invaded by the mustangs. They hunt other herds.

    In total, 2,000 were collected in 2015, a number insufficient to achieve the objectives fixex, but defenders of animals are the barbaric process. Different methods are launched without result, prompting federal authorities to propose a million and a half dollars of reward to find a lasting solution to the problem of wild horses.

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  3. Sure why would France say anything g different. They eat US horses don’t they? And we all know if the BLM had their druthers they would all go to slaughter. The Welfare Ranchers would be in absolute glory. However, we all know the Horse Warriors will never let that happen. If we as Horse Warriors have our druthers slaughter here and the leaving if US horses from US shores will be NO MORE!! No one said this would be easy, but the fight is no on!! And there is no way we are giving up!! Don’t forget to check into the march on Sept. 29th in Washington, DC. The purpose of this is to show our Legislators we care about our horses and the people who could be eating tainted meat. We need the Safe Food and Safe Horse Act passed as soon as possible!! If you can please attend.

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  4. Hi Carol,
    I’ve looked everywhere for support for the 100:1 cattle to horses ratio. No luck. What is credible, though is using BLM receipts and AUMs to establish how many cattle were out in 2014. The number is 815,864. Compared to the BLM’s March projection of 49,2089, this nets out to a ratio of 16.6 animal units to 1 wild horse. That’s a far cry from 100:1.

    I’d be happy to send you my info graphic on this. I’ve checked it with two environmental groups, which vouched for the methodology.

    Perhaps this could be sent to the French TV station. It’s pretty persuasive.

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    • Vickery, it looks like you’ve used the number 49,2089 which I think may be 49,208 . This appears to be the number of wild horses in holding and not in competition with cattle. Instead use the number of 18,000-20,000 for the wild horses that are still free on their HMA’s for the ratio please. It will only be approximate of course. I think BLM over-estimates wild horse populations and under-estimates cattle. A cow/calf should be counted as 2 instead of 1. Also please ask about cattle at http://www.WesternWatershedsProject.org Many cattle trespass on our public lands. The 1990-91 GAO study found that the millions of cattle destroy the range and riparian areas and not the few thousand wild horses. At any rate the ration should be at least 40 animal units to 1 wild horse using 815,864 . Actually I think it should be at least 80:1.

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      • Barbara, I have been in correspondence with Western Watersheds, WIldEarth Guardians, and the center of Biological Diversity for more than a year in the course of writing six lengthy articles on public lands ranching (Forbes, Alternet, and Daily Pitchfork). I used them for research, books, experts, data, interviews, photography and fact-checking (including my use of BLM data and receipts to come up with the 16.6 : 1 ratio). Media doesn’t accept 20,000 as a wild horse estimate nor most advocate numbers because they are all over the map and have no source. They use BLM data because it is consistent and looks official. For advocates to be taken seriously, they need good data that doesn’t keep changing. And yes, I do know what an animal unit is.

        You can find an info graphic with data on the above mentioned 16.6:1 livestock ratio on my Facebook page, along with a map showing where cattle are and horses aren’t, and what forage allocations are. I posted it May 15.

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  5. Vickery, I’ve looked at the source of your ratio, and it isn’t exactly accurate either because if they had taken the time and trouble to look at the BLM Rangeland Administration System (RAS), like Paula Todd King and I have, they would know that the number of livestock grazing varies month to month on each allotment, and some months it could actually be that high, or even higher, of a ratio on some HMAs. So, unless someone takes the time to document the actual monthly grazing using the RAS, they are distorting information as well.

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    • Yes, I know it varies month to month. But using receipts accounts for that. Gross receipts divided by cost per AUM and again by 12 gives you the number of animal units which is comparable to the number of horses. Two enviro groups have approved this way of looking at it. Short of BLM actually providing a head count, this is the closest you can get. And RAS has proven too hard for them to understand. Just trying to give them something at their own level.

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      • Are you counting cow/calf as 1 like how they are counted for grazing permits/fees? When we are discussing how cows are grazing and destroying habitat, they should counted separately IMHO.

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  6. The French EAT horses so I bet they are eating up this dreadful story too.

    “Behind his display of horse steaks, dried horse sausage, horse pâté, and mincing machine for preparing fresh mince to be eaten raw – as horse tartare …”
    http://www.businessinsider.com/people-are-lining-up-to-buy-horse-meat-in-france-2013-2

    Sorry to hear that you got bamboozled by the so-called French “journalists” Carol, because I know that you fight for the wild ones every single day.

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  7. Sure, France just wants to make a case for the rationalization of shipping more of our beautiful horses to their restaurants. Forget trying to report the facts, what a pack of ghouls.

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  8. Of course, horse meat is eaten in France and their standards when it comes to animal welfare are far from that of America, at least from what I have read. However, I question the claim that livestock outnumber wild horses about 100:1. Isn’t it supposed to be 50:1? Not that it should take away from the fact that it’s unfair either way, but if we want to bring awareness to the public, our claims must be credible.

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  9. Connecting the dots and Following the Money….you have to wonder
    Just a thought, but this does all appear rather odd.
    WHY were the French media here to at this particular time?
    It looks as though France is pulling out of the European Union and the EU did ban American beef
    Are there more deals being made that don’t include the American taxpaying people?

    Le Pen victory causes ‘political earthquake’ in France
    https://euobserver.com/eu-elections/124325

    “We must build another Europe, a Europe of free and sovereign nations and freely decided cooperation. Tonight is a massive rejection of the European Union.”
    Europe’s Fear of GM Food and Meat from Cattle Raised with Growth Hormones Sows Divide

    Europe’s Fear of GM Food and Meat from Cattle Raised with Growth Hormones Sows Divide
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/europes-fear-of-gm-food-and-meat-from-cattle-raised-with-growth-hormones-sows-divide/

    Europe’s reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an “enormous gulf” that threatens the world’s biggest trade pact, industry and labour groups told EU and U.S. negotiators on Wednesday.

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  10. Reports have been stating for awhile now that US ranchers sell 97% of their beef to foreign countries. Only 3% stays here for American families. So, “welfare” ranchers will lose a lot if they cannot graze on OUR public lands for little to nothing. But, I won’t feel sorry for them if they eventually lose ground in their public land wars. Most ranchers are multi-millionaires making more money than most Americans.

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  11. France hates us, was over their years back and they treat US people terrible in a lot of the stores and restaurants, they know us by our shoes and buttons on our cloths. They can’t tell the truth can they no matter what ?
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  12. complete and utter LIES! thanks alot rance and your stupid assessments on OUR horses and urros so underpopulated they are heading to genocide illegally and your and kirkpatriks lying about them doesnt help at all. how Dare YOU eat OUR horses! Have you seen them in thee kill pens? what makes you think they are overruning the range when 300 horses on a million acres NEED to be killed?? and oh the BS of how they ruin the range? How stupid! Even russia imports herds to manage fires. Cows destroy habitatm not horses and they eat cheatgrass which prevents fire spreads. A true wildlife biologist knows this even children know this..We know this is nothing but for $$$ for every inch of their bodies. pzp is a LIE endorsed by our own hsus. its all a horrible nightmare as today they killed thousands and kill pen auctions were done all over the usa so we couldnt stop them from shipping. last month alone 5,000 horses and burros were killed in ONE month! this is one twisted world to kill animals that always readily obey us till the last glimpse at the photographer asking for HELP..they DIE horribly and slowly skinned alive after MUCH abuse. Take your dumb opinions formed wihout facts and stop lying about the overpopulation or need for fertility when that never ever stops the roundups. sick twisted minds with no heat for these ionic symbols of freedom.

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  13. They have have changed the game and went back to prior tactics instead of threading the needle….they have taught YOU to look at its tiny eye. You have get back to sewing and ignore the tiny eye. Put the correct information in major publications and roll with it. You also need a new term for what were doing…. like Wild Horse Specialists…because they have the term Advocate abused everywhere. Specialized title carries more public weight. Just an addition to the fire power to fight this garbage. France has horse haters too. However France has More horse lovers than you realize.

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  14. Masters of distortion proslaughter destroys all it encompasses. So why not skew other countries. What really happens here is slick and morbid. The BLM denounces slaughter publicly with fingers crossed behind its back. The Bureau has always been a compilation of horse haters and money driven opportunists. The sad part is theres no reasoning with them when I said Sue Wallis said Congress would Rue the Day it closed American slaughter and the BLM horses would be in dire straits. I think this is an offshoot of the orginal plan. Ranchers are planning on banking the Land after killing off herds…so think on this. . Cliven Bundy and all these fools believe the land will Revert to the in the end. It wont. In fact reading and re reading how the land woukd have originally reverted back if the original uses for the lands were eliminated by time the Wild Horse and Burro act came after that and all the other land uses negate the ability to revert back to the ranchers. The fact IS the Federal Government has indefinite use of public lands because of leases for oil and coal or anything else resource related. So the rancher eliminate the horses the ranchers can be eliminated regardless ofv their land lease agreements because they are therefore Depleting resources and re establishing. The Civil War folks they worded everything pretty tricky but binding. Maybe if the horses are eliminated then cattle for profit are as well then they will sit around wondering WHERE DID ALL THE FREE LAND GO?

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