Horse Health

BLM Struggling to find Anti-Horse, Special Interest Individuals to Sit on Wild Horse & Burro Extinction Board

Unedited Press Release – Forward by R.T. Fitch, pres./co-founder Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Advisory BoardHere’s your chance; if you belong to a special interest group that is pro-horse slaughter, large game hunting, welfare ranching and mining oriented then this is your perfect chance to jump into bed with the Department of Interior and their rogue Wild Horse and Burro outlaws.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to aide in managing wild horses and burros into extinction through on range ovarectimies, roundups and mismanaged sterilization drugs.  Just think of it, under the cloak of giving a damn you can sway government opinion to put more money into your pocket and maybe aide some of your federal agency buddies too, all who are exempt from accountability, investigation and prosecution.

Have no fear, regardless of all the public nominees that are truly knowledgeable about wild horses and burros, you can be a shoe-in as these are “appointed” positions so public opinion, common sense and good morale conduct means nothing.  You da man…or woman.

So gather up all your bogus credentials, start working on anti-equine statements and spread your desire to be an instrument of wild equine destruction among your colleagues and “Vim-Vim-Bala-Bim, Presto Chango” you are a member of the BLM Advisory Board.

It is really that simple, just like you.

BLM announces second call for nominations to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unkown

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unkown

The Bureau of Land Management this past week issued a second call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. To be considered for selection, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 28, 2015, or postmarked by the same date. The BLM published its second request for nominations in the Federal Register at

Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: humane advocacy groups, wildlife management organizations, and livestock management organizations.

Those who have already submitted a nomination in response to the first call for nominations (published in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2015 (80 FR 48910), do not need to resubmit. All nominations from the first and second calls will be considered together during the review process.

The Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the Department of Agriculture, on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies. The Board generally meets twice a year and the BLM Director may call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

The Advisory Board comprises nine members who represent a balance of interests. Each member has knowledge or special expertise that qualifies him or her to provide advice in one of the following categories: wild horse and burro advocacy; wild horse and burro research; veterinary medicine; natural resources management; humane advocacy; wildlife management; livestock management; public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior); and public interest (with special knowledge of protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry, or natural resource management).

Asking Questions of the BLM is UnAmericanIndividuals shall qualify to serve on the Board because of their education, training, or experience that enables them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they represent. They should demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions to resource management issues.

Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the Advisory Board; individuals may also nominate themselves. In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, Federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the Board.

For those interested, please submit a nomination letter and full resume. The following information must be provided: the position(s) for which the nominee wants to be considered; the nominee’s first, middle, and last name; business and home addresses and phone numbers; e-mail address; present occupation/title and employer; education (colleges, degrees, major field(s) of study); career highlights; qualifications: relevant education, training, and experience; experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management; experience or knowledge of horses or burros (equine health, training, and management); and experience in working with disparate groups to achieve collaborative solutions. Applicants must also indicate any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by the nominee or his/her employer; indicate whether the nominee is a federally registered lobbyist; and explain why the nominee wants to serve on the Board. Also, at least one letter of reference from special interests or organizations the nominee may represent must be provided.

BLM and ScienceNominations may be submitted by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. E-mail the nomination to To send by U.S. Postal Service, mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Quiana Davis, WO-260, Washington, D.C. 20240. To send by FedEx or UPS, please mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Quiana Davis, Washington, D.C., 20003. Or fax to Ms. Davis at 202-912-7182. For questions, please call Ms. Cowan at 405-234-5938.

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  1. I hear you, RT Finch. Re: special interests on BLM board. It is clear to me that extinction is in fact their goal. I wont repost this because too many people might actually be of that mindset and it might appear in their feed of one sort of another. Deep, deep disappointment in federal gov MIS-handling of wild horse and burro populations. Shameful behavior!


  2. Your analysis of the BLM advisory board UNFORTUNATELY is exactly right. I think we all know that over the years TRUE wild horse and burro people with personal and professional knowledge and credentials and scientific backgrounds have been nominated but their names were obviously tossed in the shi# bucket by BLM without a drop of consideration.

    Here is how BLM previously explained the nomination process to me and you will note that the selections start with recommendations from BLM-FS and nowhere is it mentioned that ANY public recommendations are even considered … so much for democracy in America:

    “Hi. No we can’t share who applied, only the final selectees. The selections start with recommendations from a BLM-FS team and moves up from there. The White House and DOI/DOA have the final say. The BLM-FS team memebers change based on the needs of the team. Selection process is still moving forward, but has not completed the process yet. Thanks.

    Debbie Collins
    BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Program
    Marketing and National Information Center

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  3. And it doesn’t hurt to have ties with Monsanto

    Monsanto Lovin’ “Conservation” Cowboys push to Kill Wild Horses
    by Debbie Coffey, Director of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
    Reprinted from the pages of the PPJ Gazette

    When representatives of Conservation Districts with ties to Monsanto attended the last Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting, they not only pushed for the roundup of wild horses & burros, they pushed to have the wild horses & burros sold for slaughter.

    Wait a minute, these organizations have the word “conservation” in their titles, don’t they? So what’s going on?

    Right before the last Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting in Reno, theNational Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) had their big annual meeting in Las Vegas. The NACD meeting was sponsored by Monsanto, Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Sygenta and Pioneer, the biggest producers of thegenetically engineered crops on the planet.

    At NACD’s meeting, Monsanto sponsored a radio broadcast on Agritalk and NACD President Gene Schmidt and First Vice President Earl Garber were interviewed. (So was Rick Cole, Director of Weed Resistance for Monsanto.)

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  4. In natural settings, wild horses effectively manage their own populations in response to the resources. Helicopter roundups fracture social groups and impair natural long-evolved reproductive social constructs resulting in overpopulation. If wild horse numbers are to be diminished, the roundup methods should not disrupt family social groups. Helicopter roundups contribute to wild horse overpopulation by fracturing family groups, not to mention their stress and terrorization effects on wild horses. Equid family groups can easily be rounded up intact by a savvy horsemen who follows the herd, blends, and then guides the herd to captivity without altering the familial population control structures. This takes two to three weeks, but is easily accomplished by a horse person in the know who is mounted with reliable, but similar looking horses. The helicopter roundups are inhumane and unnecessary. There are long-established kinder methods to manage wild horse populations without the brutal, disruptive effects of helicopter pursuit, which has demonstrated to be an immoral, unethical method of animal management. Regards, Sid Gustafson DVM

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    • Kudos, Mr. Gustafson, for humane, reasonable thinking. Will you please attempt to get on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board?


      • Well, yes, the Blackfeet Indians taught me the nature of wild horses well enough to effectively manage their best interests, so it appears if anyone with any heft in this discussion, rather than complain, get active and nominate me to the board, as well as guide me to the formal application process, please. I teach equine behavior and animal ethics, and am highly qualified to help assure wild horses are managed in a behaviorally sensitive and humane fashion. 406 581 4946


      • Sid, thank you! I don’t know that I have any particular “heft” but this article includes information on the process. I think initially you can submit an application without an outside nominee. There are many reading here with more knowledge of the workings of the BLM than myself who I hope will chime in.

        Thank you from all the horses who are voiceless.

        To be considered for selection, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 28, 2015, or postmarked by the same date. The BLM published its second request for nominations in the Federal Register at

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      • Hello Spots,
        I checked it out, and it appears the USDA prefer a humane organization nominate a candidate of their choice, rather than choosing members via an interested applicant process. That likely rules me out, but thank you for your support.
        Regards, Sid


      • Sid, keep your radar on the WHB Advisory Board, they often have multiple “positions” open which include many you would surely fit. Last year they had several open but I haven’t delved deeper into what seats were open this time around.


  5. It has been obvious for a long time that all of the American people who want to protect special interests from destroying the few remaining Mustangs of the West need to circumvent the BLM and DOI, for that matter. This is being done with great gusto but time is running out. Get involved. Get involved to keep a handful of self-serving individuals from destroying our heritage. Get involved to pull back “leased” federal land. Get involved to cancel the “welfare rancher” programs. Get involved to expose the BLM for fraud and abuse. Get involved to share facts with the public. Get involved on these issues by finding and joining groups on Facebook, become active on Twitter — your Congressman should recognize you on Twitter –, Tweet to major newspapers and political figures, write to your home town newspaper, call the White House comment line (202-456-1111). If you’re not doing this, you’re not doing enough. The BLM and their cronies rely on the public being unaware or misinformed or discouraged — don’t allow them to succeed with that game plan. Spread the word.

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  6. Well Letty has said it all. I would only add that 2016 needs to see our Enough is Enough campaign crank up with a vengeance. Enough of everything Letty has mentioned. But we need to work on a physical presence, BEING THERE not just in spirit. April 23, 2016 will be an international (yes we have many supporters overseas) rally for our wild horses and burros!! See how you can help in a city near you!! Other rallies, protests, events need to take place because we all know extinction is the end goal of this criminal agency. They just do not care. They will continue to run roughshod over the horses and the good American advocates/concerned citizens/taxpayers. I hope some of these amazing, seasoned advocates can lead us in the charge in 2016–we’re looking for some direction from y’all! Enough is Enough.

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      • Well, LOTS of comments now, Louie – yours is there and many other pro-wild horse people, plus a couple of the usual haters! Good comments too!


    • Geri and Maggie, I posted a comment, but I don’t know whether it will stay there. I think some of the pro-slaughter commenters that we keep seeing on all of these article could be paid by the industry.

      Where Have All the Wild Horses Gone?
      Cate Crismani

      Did you know that in the last 40 years 50 percent of the world’s wild species have been decimated? Wiped off the planet. Never to be seen again except in books or on the Internet. In one word, extinct. It is a fact. Another fact, the decimation is still going on now, taking its toll on the wild horses and burros roaming freely on the ranges in 10 U.S. states by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of Interior (DOI).

      So what is really going on? Follow the money. Cattle ranching, fracking, urban development, mineral and metal exploitation, hunting and corporate greed have all taken their toll on the wild horses and burros on public land. Frankly, on all of nature and its inhabitants, including humans. The wild horse and burro advocates are up against strong opposition and pro-lobbying groups for the NRA, the cattle and meat industry, corporate oil drilling and natural gas fracking, which, I might add, uses millions of gallons of water to keep the boring drills cooled off, along with uranium mining to produce plutonium. You do know that plutonium is a radioactive metal, produced from uranium, and used to manufacture nuclear weapons? And that both plutonium and uranium are nuclear reactor fuels? And that both are extremely radioactive and deadly? All of these groups are very powerful and very well-heeled.

      The wild horse advocates have no lobbying group and very little financial strength to hire one. Most spend and donate out of their own pockets to support the wanning, but needed, legislative changes

      Wild horse and burro advocates are constantly on guard and on roundup sites in protest. Petitions run rampant on and other petition sites demanding an end to these inhumane roundups. But the roundups continue ad nauseum

      Against all odds, the wild horse and burro advocates continue to fight the good fight. One some believe is a loosing battle. These dauntless folks are the only voice for the protection and preservation of these majestic animals to live freely and unharassed. So they press on with the belief that the price of freedom is constant alertness and the willingness to fight back.


  7. It appears that the Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board is “advisory” in name only. More than likely its real function is to make the WH&B Program look legitimate to the Public,


    • Indeed, it is just a rubber-stamping / legitimation instrument and this is why they put so much care in stuffing it with anti-horse elements.


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