While Some Park Rangers Head To Greener Pastures, Their Horses Aren’t So Lucky

By Barbara Moritsch as published in the National Parks Traveler

Although most people don’t know it, the horse slaughter industry is alive and thriving in the United States.

“Norman,” a retired NPS steed, was destined for a slaughterhouse outside of the United States before he was rescued/Photo courtesy of Kat Gonzales

“Norman,” a retired NPS steed, was destined for a slaughterhouse outside of the United States before he was rescued/Photo courtesy of Kat GonzalesMy first partner in my first job with the National Park Service was a dark bay mare. I was extremely popular with the kids when I’d show up at the General Sherman Tree or Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park riding Sweets. So you can imagine the shock and horror I felt last August when I learned that three NPS horses were on a feedlot in Colorado, waiting to be shipped to a slaughterhouse in Mexico.

In September of 2014, my husband and I rescued our first kill pen horse: a coal black, BLM-branded mustang in his mid-20s. Since then we’ve been able to do the same for 19 other horses in the same predicament. I regularly monitor Facebook pages that list these equines-in-need, and in August I spotted a photo of a big sorrel horse with the caption: “Fern, NPS Horse.” I scrolled further and found two more: a black and white paint gelding named Fairplay, and a big, thin sorrel gelding named Norman. All three of these beautiful, fit-looking NPS horses were at immediate risk of being “shipped.” I was stunned. How could we allow an NPS horse to end its career at a slaughterhouse?

Although most people don’t know it, the horse slaughter industry is alive and thriving in the United States. Ten years ago, Congress passed an act prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse slaughterhouses, which ultimately led to closure of all facilities in the United States. It’s still legal, however, and lucrative, to ship horses to slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses, and it is not humane. Horses are shipped for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water, or rest in crowded trucks. They are often seriously injured or killed in transit. Horses are skittish by nature (owing to their heightened fight-or-flight response), which makes accurate pre-slaughter stunning difficult. As a result, horses often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during dismemberment—this is rarely a quick, painless death.”

Fortunately, numerous people are working to end the transport of horses for slaughter in the United States, and to save horses that find themselves in the “slaughter pipeline.” A horse enters this pipeline when a “kill buyer” finds a free or inexpensive animal advertised on Craigslist or in the newspaper, or buys horses at public auctions. In most cases, the horses are hauled to feedlots, where they are microchipped for shipping and fattened up on substandard feed before being hauled to the border. The fatter the better; the horses will be sold by the pound.

Groups in several states try to find homes for the feedlot horses before they ship. In these situations, the kill buyers charge a few hundred dollars more per horse than they would get from the killers. Many groups use Facebook pages to post photos of the kill-pen horses. For some horses, limited information is provided: sex, approximate age, and deadline (when the horse is scheduled to ship). Occasionally, there are a few notes: “very friendly,” “sound,” “injury to left leg,” “said to be broke.” The price also is posted, usually ranging from $200 for a yearling to $1,000 for a big draft horse. The rescuers sometimes give the horses names.

When the three NPS horses popped up on my screen, I immediately shared their pictures on the slim chance someone might recognize them. Over the next few days, two of the horses were saved by people I don’t know, but no one was stepping up for Norman.

I put out a call for help, and was contacted immediately by several former and present NPS employees. The Santa Monica Mountains Fund provided Norman’s bail to get him off the feedlot, and several individuals pulled together money to transport him to a safe foster home, and to cover his board while in foster care. In a wonderful gesture of kindness and generosity, one former NPS employee, Kat Gonzales, even offered Norman a forever home.

After we got him hauled off the feedlot, Norman was quarantined at a foster facility for 30 days, because horses from auctions and feedlots are under great stress and often are exposed to numerous equine diseases. The quarantine period helps prevent a new owner from taking a horse home and exposing their other horses. At the end of Norman’s quarantine, he was moved to his new retirement home in Minden, Nevada. A GoFundMe account was set up to pay for Norman’s ride to Nevada, as well as hoof trimming, vet bills, and lots of horse treats.

So this story had a happy ending. Fern, Fairplay, and Norman got lucky; very lucky. But these horses, who likely worked very hard for the National Park Service, came too close to ending their lives in terror at a Mexican slaughterhouse. This raises serious questions:

* How did they end up in the slaughter pipeline?

* What NPS policy is in place to ensure that hard-working equine rangers are guaranteed a safe retirement?

* Were Fern, Fairplay, and Norman simply unfortunate exceptions, or are numerous former NPS horses landing on slaughter lots and meeting gruesome ends?

While handling the logistics of getting Norman safe, healthy, and settled in his new home, a few of Norman’s supporters attempted to contact NPS managers to alert them to the fact that NPS horses were showing up on slaughter lots, and to inquire about NPS policy for retired equines.

Phone calls weren’t returned and emails generated no response. The Yellowstone Park Foundation (although polite and seemingly sympathetic) reported that they were not “privileged to release information” about equine retirement policies in the NPS. When a manager in the NPS’s Washington, D.C., Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP) Branch office finally responded, he told us to submit a Freedom of Information Act request. We are waiting for the information from this request.

What we do know is that the NPS defines live animals as property; basically, the same as a desk, gun, computer, or toilet brush. In the NPS Handbook for Director’s Order #44 (Personal Property Management), live animals are included on the list of “excess personal property” that can be donated to other entities. If such an animal is auctioned, there is a clause in DO44 that may prohibit anyone who had “prior contact with the item” from bidding. So if I had wanted to purchase the mare I rode on patrol in Sequoia after she was done with her career, I probably wouldn’t have been allowed to do so. Treating live animals the same as any other type of property is outdated and demeaning to these public employees, and is likely one of the primary reasons retiring equines are showing up on kill lots.

How could an NPS horse land on a feedlot that ships horses to slaughter? There are many ways it could happen, but it starts when a horse like Norman gets too old to do his job, or when the park where he is working decides to terminate their equine program. The park contacts a local horse rescue operation and asks for help in finding Norman a safe and comfortable retirement home. The rescue group finds Norman a home. Norman’s new owner dies, and the rescue is not notified of the person’s death. The heirs take Norman to a local auction, where he is purchased by a “kill buyer.” Or the new owner finds herself in a financial crisis and can’t keep Norman. Instead of contacting the rescue, she takes him to an auction. Few people know that all horses sold at auctions in the United States are at high risk of being purchased by a kill buyer. Approximately 130,000 horses per year are shipped out of the United States for slaughter every year.

National Park Service officials in Washington, D.C., however, cited a provision for disposing of horses and mules unfit for continued service.

§ 1308. Disposition of unfit horses and mules

Subject to applicable regulations under this subtitle and division C (except sections 3302, 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41, horses and mules belonging to the Federal Government that have become unfit for service may be destroyed or put out to pasture, either on pastures belonging to the Government or those belonging to financially sound and reputable humane organizations whose facilities permit them to care for the horses and mules during the remainder of their natural lives, at no cost to the Government.

That said, some horses and mules apparently fall through the cracks. Some parks relocate horses to other NPS units, which can be successful, but also has ended in at least one horse’s death when the receiving park employees were not horse savvy. Other parks work with local equine rescue groups to find homes for the retirees, and some horses have been passed on to nearby police departments.

Several years ago a now-retired NPS employee involved with Yosemite’s horse program drafted a retirement plan for NPS horses and sent it to NPS’s property management office in Washington, D.C., but the draft plan seems to have dropped out of sight.

On a brighter note, it became clear during our investigation that many NPS employees are very concerned about the fate of the agency’s hard-working equines after they retire. Sadly, as with so many other issues within NPS, these employees are afraid to speak out about their concerns because doing so could compromise their jobs.

In 2000, H.R. 5314.ENR, also called “Robbie’s Law,” was passed to facilitate the adoption of retired military working dogs. It is time for the Department of the Interior to promote a similar law (perhaps named Norman’s Law?) that would address the lives of working equines and other service animals from the time they are acquired to the time they are laid to rest.

Norman cannot tell us what his job was with the NPS. Unless someone recognizes him and steps up to tell us his story (and he is, by the way, easily recognizable by his very large size, his white star and strip, and his brushy moustache), we will never know what services he performed. Did he pull a wagon or sleigh? Did he walk long distances in the backcountry to rescue injured hikers? Did he proudly carry a ranger in the front country, having his photograph taken by thousands or millions of park visitors? If I had not seen the NPS horses on Facebook and if others had not immediately been willing to help, Norman, after his years of dedicated service, might have, in the words of one of his key supporters, “become a taco.”

The year 2106, when the NPS celebrates its centennial, is a perfect time for the Service to establish a rock-solid plan and policy to ensure NPS equines are safe and healthy in their retirement years. Let’s hope the agency will step up and take full responsibility for these horses who have been such reliable and beloved public employees. It’s the right thing to do.

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37 comments on “While Some Park Rangers Head To Greener Pastures, Their Horses Aren’t So Lucky

  1. When I visited Yellowstone a few years ago and took their historical tour (which included a great reliance on carriage horses), I asked to see the barns (long since torn down) and asked what became of them once they were replaced by automobiles. Turns out, they were shipped overseas to support WWII and none returned. So there is a long history of essentially “throwaway” service horses in at least some of our government.

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  2. I cannot verify this information but here it is anyway:

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 12/19/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 2,342
    Breeding males 92
    Breeding females 133
    Geldings 38
    Burro/Mule/Pony 40
    Total horses 2,645

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 12/12/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,864
    Breeding males 48
    Breeding females 64
    Geldings 20
    Burro/Mule/Pony 2
    Total horses 1,998

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 12/5/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,682
    Breeding males 72
    Breeding females 83
    Geldings 38
    Burro/Mule/Pony 27
    Total horses 1,902

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 11/28/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,809
    Breeding males 43
    Breeding females 70
    Geldings 13
    Burro/Mule/Pony 26
    Total horses 1,961

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 11/21/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,636
    Breeding males 37
    Breeding females 45
    Geldings 16
    Burro/Mule/Pony 17
    Total horses 1,751

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 11/14/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,777
    Breeding males 76
    Breeding females 106
    Geldings 32
    Burro/Mule/Pony 19
    Total horses 2,010

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 11/7/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,434
    Breeding males 52
    Breeding females 88
    Geldings 20
    Burro/Mule/Pony 53
    Total horses 1,647

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 10/31/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,354
    Breeding males 69
    Breeding females 72
    Geldings 18
    Burro/Mule/Pony 16
    Total horses 1,529

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 10/24/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,293
    Breeding males 89
    Breeding females 155
    Geldings 29
    Burro/Mule/Pony 6
    Total horses 1,572

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 10/17/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,621
    Breeding males 42
    Breeding females 59
    Geldings 13
    Burro/Mule/Pony 0
    Total horses 1,735

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 10/10/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,350
    Breeding males 126
    Breeding females 181
    Geldings 66
    Burro/Mule/Pony 101
    Total horses 1,824

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 10/3/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,267
    Breeding males 106
    Breeding females 164
    Geldings 18
    Burro/Mule/Pony 63
    Total horses 1,618

    Weekly total horse exports US to Mexico 9/26/2015 according to USDA:
    Slaughter horses 1,070
    Breeding males 32
    Breeding females 44
    Geldings 19
    Burro/Mule/Pony 1
    Total horses 1,166

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    • GG what exactly constitutes a “slaughter horses”?? And I thought stallions were not accepted? More & more mares? Reading these numbers & hearing about the pens with lower numbers of horses – not good.

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      • Slaughter horses follow a different export procedure than non-slaughter ones and have different taxation (they have their own tariff header). Slaughter horses, when they leave the USDA border export pens, they do so on sealed trucks that can only travel to the slaughter plant.

        Non-slaughter horses are exported in way lesser numbers at a time in unsealed trucks, many with temporary entry permits for sporting events. Some come back but most remain in Mexico. There is no guarantee however that once their sport / breeding careers are over they won’t end up in a Mexican kill feedlot (ejido) as a Mexican-origin horses. Many do, how many it is impossible to know.

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      • Side issue perhaps for this topic but those sealed trailers also often mean the horses inside can be carrying transmissible diseases (often no Coggins tests required) and are not allowed food, water, or inspector entry into the trailers.

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    • The information is correct but it must be noted that the number of horses shipped to Mexico always go up during the six-eight last weeks of the year, likely to cope up with increased demand for horsemeat abroad during the Christmass season.

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      • So slaughter horses travel in a sealed trailer – but exactly what is the difference between them and the other horses listed by gender? All the horses in the kill-pens technically are “slaughter” horses – so why is there this distinction between slaughter horses (which likely are also mares & geldings etc) and the numbers of “breeding” animals? Does the USDA really believe these horses are being sent to Mexico (or Canada) for breeding purposes? Certainly is unlikely to me! I apologize for kind of nit-picking here!

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      • Slaughter bound horses go directly to the plant, the others do not. All horses shipped for slaughter must go directly to the plant, no exceptions. The others are horses that are either shipped specifically for breeding, to attend sporting events or sold completely as a sport animal. Slaughter horses go in bulk in trailers carrying 30 or more animals. The others are shipped individually or in very small loads. This evidences that they are not shipped for slaughter, since no importer (the US killer typically do not cross the border, a Mexican driver comes to pick the horses up and take them to the plant) would make a profit shipping one or two horses at a time. In addition, non-slaughter paperwork is slightly more expensive and, right now, there is not any incientive for KBs to decieve Mexican authorities.

        There are people in Mexico that also likes horsemanship and they buy horses, train, breed and ride them. And there are some that find slaughtering horses totally despicable. However, there is no guarantee that after most of these horses end their sport careers or fail at breeding or racing they won’t end up at a slaughter feedlot, as a Mexican horse but this is not an immediate process, and it usually takes months or years.

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      • Thanks – Daniel, I guess I should have figured this out myself, but never realized that there was a breakdown as specific as that one. Just labeling these horses as slaughter horses – how sad is that?

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  3. The bottom line is that this is bull shit!!! These animals have given their lives and service to the Parks and the public. Don’t you just love it when the Parks bring the horses to events for publicity..who ever let this happened should be fired!!! Wild Horses, Burros and horses in this service should be accounted for. It’s the same old same old. Out of sight out of mind! Do we as Americans have do their job and keep track of these animals. It’s time to change the laws and regulations. What do they do with older employees? I bet they get a retirement party while these dedicated we employees of the park are put in jeopardy of going to slaughter. Looks like I’m going to make another trip to my Legislators office. How many others went down the tubes? Another disgusting action of a government Dept at tax payers expense!!

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    • Well does everyone want to get on board with this and file for a lawsuit with the BLM about tthe WMHs?

      Return to Freedom is banning with AWHP and a few others to file a lawsuit about the Colorado ,Saylor group. Check our return to Freedom site. Wildhorses@returntofreedom.org . For info

      The way I look at it. Too do nothing about this .isn’t helping theses horses. And it’s not going to get any bettet.

      Id hate to feel later like we should of done something..

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  4. The Unlikely Horse Meat Pipeline That Goes >From Delaware To Russia
    https://www.thedodo.com/community/Animalsangels/us-quarter-horses-exported-to–856607711.html

    The seller, AZTX Cattle Company, is based out of Hereford, Texas.While their website shows a few cattle grazing happily on emerald green pastures, a total of 140,000 animals are kept in barren, dusty pens at the company’s two massive feedlots in Hereford and Garden City (Kansas). Their access to any fresh grass as shown on their homepage is non-existent. And as for the horses? You will find no mention of horses on their website whatsoever.

    So where are these horses being sent to? What is their ultimate fate? The purchaser is Kaliningrad Meats, a meat processing company located in the Russian Federation. Kaliningrad Meats and Bryansk Meats are both divisions of Miratorg, the largest pork producer in Russia. Miratorg is a huge meat conglomerate with ties to Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and other large food companies.

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  5. Thank you for reporting this and for getting the word out…this must stop. No animal should have to go through inhumane treatment on the way to death. It is their life they are fighting for…and that fight is born into them…I can’t imagine being thrown into a pen to fight for my life and to be thrown around and shipped here and there only to be abused more and in pain while fearing for my life as I meet death…makes my heart break for every animal treated this way…this needs to stop!

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  6. I will never understand how we can have such sick disgusting things happening in this country. This should be so public that every person in the US would know the evil things being done by the USDA to the loved animals in this country..

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  7. I am grateful to all the rescue personnel, their time, efforts and financial costs of rescue. But this needs to be addressed at the Nat’l level that NO horses be exported from the US.
    We need to take responsibility of countless breeders of throwaway horses and shut them down; stallions should be neutered as a requirement for owning horses. National parks, OUR National parks, should be opened to wild horses (that should also be neutered) and large predators and wolves should be reintroduced to make a sustainable ecosystem.
    Oil, gas, and lumber companies should be banned from exploitation of OUR Nat’l Parks for huge profits that make these corporations rich at the expense of OUR Nat’l Parks, OUR wildlife and OUR tax dollars. The racing industry alone euthanizes or sends 50,000 horses for slaughter annually in this country alone.
    Animals are not entertainment and people who make profits from them should face fines and jail time. The BLM should be totally restructured to accommodate these changes. THIS is what needs to happen for ALL horses; and ALL wildlife on the brink of extinction….

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    • I agree with almost all of your comments EXCEPT = the BLM already is or wants to “neuter” wild horses! You do realize that once thats done – there would be NO more wild horses – which is what the BLM and the ranchers want!

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      • Don’t agree with neutering the wild horses either. IS there really that much of an overpopulation anymore? Was there ever to begin with? . Horses only birth one foal at a time and a fairly long gestation period, plus the natural elements that keep the herd size down like predators, disease.,bad weather. And now …after thousands have been slaughtered ..What are the excuses for roundups now?

        Anyway the stallion is known for protecting the herd whiile keeping the genes strong in the herd. Birth control of the mare would be the most humane way with hormones that do wear off . Also then the mares would be no good for consumption.

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  8. You can get the list of US horses going to slaughter in Canada at defendhorsescanada./org they generally send out the list at least once a year. I doubt that we will ever get a bill through congress that stops horse slaughter because the senate will never allow it. The US Senate not the House of Representatives is 100 % to blame there is at least 160 cosponsors for H.R. 1942 while only about 25 or 27 cosponsors of the senate bill S.1214 in the senate made up mostly of the senators that introduced the bill. Keep in mind that the Quarter Horse Association encourages over breeding for the registry fees. A large number of horses in the slaughter pipeline are Quarter horses. The owners dump them if they don’t work out as far as roping horses or race horses or are injured knowing there are plenty more where that one came from.

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  9. According to the latest omnibus ruling. Isn’t it illegal to traffic horses to Mexico. Canada?
    Are there not weigh stations checking on this?
    It’s a wonder there are any horses left ar all.

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    • No. It only prevents USDA from using funds to conduct ante mortem inspections mandatory to be able to sell the meat. This means it only prevents horse slaughter plants from opening up in the US, but does not make it illegal to ship them abroad for slaughter, as was done since 2007 and even before the US-based plants closed down.

      It is very important that people is aware of this

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  10. Thiz has got to stop!
    Have you googled Floridas Vern Buchanan letter to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell?
    Very clear she is not helping.
    We need to write Buchanon, Grijalva,Barbara Boxer, HSUS with a baroge of letters.
    Also would be more powerful if some of these wonderful horse organizations coukd ban together to plop a lawsuit against the BLM

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  11. Has anyone else seen the current Bundy debacle? This one is in Oregon at a wildlife refuge. Ammon Bundy is the “victim” now. Seems the federal government is pushing people into poverty! They are defending the Hammonds – the guys that were responsible for burning over 100 acres of public land – and oh yeah – by the way had been poaching deer! Will the feds actually do something this time? Judging from the comments I read somewhere else – not too many people are sympathetic towards the Bundy group. Which is as it should be.

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    • By letting the Bundy bunch go the federal government are only making things worse. Those folks could be more dangerous than what people generally imagine.

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      • Those evil Hammonds need to be put in prison for trespassing , arson, killing of those wild horses from the fires. Can’t let them get away with this.

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  12. I read a comment a lady posted asking a simple question…
    What up with the war on horses these days?? Good question!
    The greed, deciet, and immoral standards of our Gov. are completely off the charts. We have annihilated every wild animal that takes from our own pockets. Wolves, mustangs, Mtn lions rattlesnakes bobcats, bears and they were long, long before us. Sealing our own destruction!! Cuz when they’re gone ,we’re gone.
    I’m ashamed to part of this “human race. Too many cheaters.
    Thanks for reading.

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  13. It is dispariging that our BLM supports lobbyist for the cattlemen, hunters, miners.
    Most of them need to be fired and the BLM redone with at least half or more as animal advocates
    Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell needs to be rounded up from her kayak and sent back to England. She is worthless and does nothing about this tragedy bestowed upon our wildlife.
    Shes is all about big oil, mining and destroying public lands. And she’s in charge of millions of acres of our public lands?
    The way these horses are slaughtered is beyond cruel.t is downright EVIL!!

    Needs to be a joining of a multitude of pro horse organizations to demand an investigation and also an explanation and accountability for the disappearance of the horses from Palamino Nevada?
    If we don’t act on this.
    soon all our wildlife will be gone

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  14. Loved the comment written by Vicki O’Neill about the disappearance of large numbers of wild horses. But, most of all we agree that the BLM needs to be investigated.

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  15. there’s a lot of writing and typing here between horse lovers and humane people -how can it be directed out to the public-could we find a film maker and do a documentary that could go nationwide-we could get money from rob redford willie nelson etc-I can’t give anymore $-i am adopting an indian res mustang baby-scare me a baby-hope she stays in one piece-the wind has been wicked this winter- that has cost $1200 and she’s not at my house yet cause of snow-I can’t read this stuff-empathic seriously and cannot control my grief and anger–have to DO the film thing now-any helpers to get $ -we can find a college kid to film-let’s go international -can’t take it anymore -grievous angels all the suffering animals-it’s not right-and it trickles down on humanity-not good-NG as we used to say as kids debra Bish

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    • Hi Debra

      I agree with your filming of the WMH. Need to show more of the public how gorgeous and peaceful this herd is.
      The Plans this dreadful BLM have for them are a nightmare and have to be stopped. And sheep where the horses will have been?
      Sheep are the most destructive grazing animals there are!!! Unlike horses they tear the ROOTS right out of the ground. .leaving the ground to dust and dirt and erosion

      Did you by chance read that the wonderful Return to Freedom org. Is banning together with AWHP ,Cloud to form a coalition to file a lawsuit against the BLM?
      They filed for a halt of the Roundups and neutering om the Saylor herd in Colorado
      Saying it’s a violation of the 1971 horse and burro act.
      You can read at their Web site wildhorses@returntofreedom.org
      We need to get the WMH people to do the same…and fast!!!!!! We have less than a week.! !
      We need to get the WMH lawsuit filed.
      Trying to see how RTF doing this.
      Looks like wild horse defense attorney is helping.
      Let’s pull our like minds together and find out.
      I’ve got a couple people I need to call.about this.
      Back later

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  16. can’t emotionally handle the inhumanity of slaughter -lets team up -lots of us and do a documentary that is so awesome it will go global to end this holocaust by grassroots humane revolution-the movie stars will give us money-college students will film= we can do it-debra bish

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    • Like your ideas. A large group of people here often think how benificial it would be to get more movies stars, bands involved to raise awareness, funds to fight this. Funds for detective work, help take the BLM down ,rescue horses. Amazingly there are many who don’t think this horse slaughter business could possibly take place here in the US and dont khow how cruelly they’re treated from the roundups to the Slaughter houses.

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  17. Only we the people who care can stop this.
    The horses can’t talk!
    I believe there is an attorney listed at the bottom of the RTF link.
    Anyone have any better ideas? The BLM is sneaky going to need all the people, orgs together possible.
    What thiz BLM is getting away with Is so crooked…and they won’t be satisfied until all the wild horse population ard zeroed out.

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