Horse Health

BLM to Start Brutally Sterilizing Wild Horses

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Sadistic War on Wild Horses Sinks to New Moral and Ethical Lows

BLM to Conduct Frankenstein experiments on live, female wild horses.

BLM to Conduct Frankenstein experiments on live, female wild horses.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups.

Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis delivered those messages at an emotional congressional hearing this week. He offered a glimpse of the challenges facing the agency that has been struggling for decades with what it describes as a $1 billion problem.

Highlights of the hearing included Nevada’s state veterinarian calling for the round-up and surgical sterilization of virtually every mustang in overpopulated herds, a protester who briefly interrupted with shouts denouncing “welfare ranchers” turning public lands into “feedlots,” and an Arkansas congressman whose puppy is about to get neutered.

Rep. Tom McClintock, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands, took aim at those who object to euthanizing mustangs “and yet seem perfectly willing to watch them succumb to excruciating death by starvation, dehydration and disease.”

“That is the future we condemn these animals to if we don’t intervene now,” the California Republican said.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming, emphasized the 1971 law protecting mustangs allows for their destruction if they go unadopted. But since 2012, Congress has required horse purchasers to sign documents promising not to resell them for slaughter, and the Bureau of Land Management opposes lifting those restrictions.

Ellis said the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on federal land in 10 states is 2.5 times more than the range can support. However, there’s no more room in government corals and leased pastures, where 47,000 horses cost taxpayers about $50,000 per head over the course of their lifetime.

“Quite frankly, we can’t afford to feed any more unadopted horses,” Ellis said. “I understand your frustration. We are frustrated too.”

Ellis said the agency’s “roadmap to the future” includes use of temporary contraceptive vaccines as well as sterilization.

“We feel that before we can implement a spay-neuter program on the range, we’ve got to do the research to make sure we can do it efficiently and safely,” he said. “It is going to take a little time to do that.”

Rep. Rod Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, said it’s time to have “that real tough conversation about something more permanent.”

Other Republicans turned on the lone horse advocate called to testify — Ginger Kathrens, founder of The Cloud Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and member of the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse advisory committee.

But Kathrens said most Americans want to see mustangs “roam freely on their native home ranges as intended.”

“Castration, sterilization and long-term confinement of horses in holding facilities … is unnecessary, cruel, unhealthy and fiscally irresponsible,” she said.

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, noted, however, that “thousands of domesticated animals are spayed and neutered every day.”

“I’ve got a new puppy and he’s got his day coming soon,” he said.

That prompted an outburst from Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for Friends of Animals.

“They are wild animals. They are not cats and dogs,” she shouted as McClintock banged the gavel and called for Capitol Police. “The solution is getting welfare ranchers off of our public lands, which have been turned into feedlots.”

J.J. Goicoechea, the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s veterinarian and longtime rancher, urged the gathering of “as close to 100 percent of horses as we can” in overpopulated herds for surgical sterilization before returning some to the range.

“Those of us who truly make a living caring for animals … have a moral obligation to manage populations in balance with natural resources,” he said.

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  1. Enough, how dare Chris Stewart undermine the American people, the Blm as well , with there brutal sterilization plan to send our Wild mustangs into extinction. Let’s alone death with this method. These horses built our country ,fought in wars , and still patrol our borders.
    We need to go national news to expose the Blm , Chris Stewart and anyone else that opposes our Wild horses. I have had enough of this massive extermination plan .
    We will Defend and protect our wild mustangs.
    What ever it takes .


  2. Friends of Wild Horses

    …( disrupting a Federal Lands Subcommittee’s sham of a meeting on the fate of America’s wild horse and burro where the public was forbidden to participate)

    “Give public lands back to wildlife” FoA Disrupts Federal Land…
    “These are wild animals…they’re not cats and dogs. Give our public lands back to wildlife.” Edita Birnkrant, Friends of Animals Campaigns Director

    If the only way to get our voices heard and save wild horses is to break the rules, we’ll continue to do so until America’s public lands are finally given back to wildlife. Check back with us tomorrow for a full update of this truly disgraceful meeting.


    • I love the woman from friends of animals. What was her fate? I’m glad that someone was there to represent the rest of us. I loved her outburst. I loved her strength. We have no room for niceness any more. No trying to turn the other cheek when we are labeled lunatics. You read what happened to the Jews when Hitler took power. They didn’t fight back avid they died. I’m 61 and I’m furious over this bullshit. I’ve told you all that being nice is not going tho get you anywhere. Look what had happened!!!!!! Just look!!!


    • In one of the articles I read where 35 advocacy groups were for PZP, it stated that those groups represent some 350,000 people.
      The sad reality is there was not 350,000 standing at this women’s side supporting her.

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      • Thats` because she does not support them, and fights against most of them in court because she does not support PZP.


    These are the reps who intend to strip protection for Wild Horses

    The Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a wild horse lynching, not hearing, in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. Know that these representatives in Congress are laying the groundwork for lifting Congressional prohibition on selling wild horses and burros for slaughter and FoA will not let them get away with it.

    We will be watching them closely if they introduce any legislation that would harm America’s wild horses and will let you know how to Take Action. In the meantime know what they stand for!


    • Cynthia Lummis

      The Department of Interior Oil and Gas Royalty Scandal and Its Wyoming Roots

      In 1992, independent auditors Ryan and Fetterolf were witnesses for Uinta County against Union Pacific Resourcesxviii, which was suing the county and the state, claiming the county had no right to hire minerals production auditors for contingent fees, and disputing the taxes on the company’s oil and gas production in the county. Ryan told WyoFile that when he and Fetterolf showed up to give their depositions in the case, he was shocked to find that state Senator Cynthia Lummis, a Laramie County Republican, was the company’s lawyer.

      “Cynthia, are you here to represent your constituents or Union Pacific?” Ryan says he asked.
      “I represented Union Pacific Resources Co. in a declaratory judgment action that went to the Wyoming Supreme Court,” Lummis told WyoFile, adding that the court made no decision on the merits of the case, but sent it back to the Board of Equalization.

      Cynthia Lummis, who is now Wyoming’s sole U.S. Representative in Congress, has been a politician for more than 30 years, and a lawyer for nearly a quarter of a century. When she was working for Union Pacific Resources in the 1990s, she was a partner in the Cheyenne firm of Wiederspahn, Lummis & Liepas PC. Her husband and law partner, real estate developer Alvin Wiederspahn, is a former state representative and senator on the Democratic side of the aisle. In the ’90s, the firm’s clients included Amoco Production Company and Union Pacific Resources. Wiederspahn was also a leader of the Wyoming Taxpayers’ Association, a group with a populist-sounding name that is an energy industry lobby.

      During the summer, Burton—who as a Republican state representative from Natrona County had served on the House Revenue Committee with Rep. Cynthia Lummis—consulted Lummis and former state Sen. Dan Sullivan, who were co-chairmen of the legislature’s Joint Interim Revenue Committee that had reported on the 1990 law. Sullivan, the Republican brother of former Democratic Gov. Michael Sullivan, was by 1996 working for Chevron. He assured Burton that Chevron was correct, the production taxes and royalties should be excluded.xxv Burton met with

      Governor Jim Geringer three times on the subject, and he finally told her, she said, “Do what you think is right.”

      What she thought was right (Burton consulted the state attorney general to see if she was about to break the law; he said no) was to accept Chevron’s view of the matter, overrule her auditors and herself, and exclude production taxes and royalties from the direct cost formula.
      She issued a new memo in October 1996 to “supercede” and “cancel” her previous memo. The Equalization Board later found this October memo to be “contrary to law.”


  4. All the letters I’ve written to my Representative and Senators, including the White House and Secretary Unjewel have gone unheard. Writing calling just doesn’t do it. Thank you goes to Edita for her shout out. I too will be watching for direction on what to do next.


  5. Let’s face it … the only persons that have worked for 40 plus years for the extinction of wild horses and burros are those with a financial interest. This has been and continues to be unacceptable, illegal and the American citizens including me are disgusted at the “sell-out” of our lands and resources by the agency that is responsible to protect them … BLM.


  6. Idiots. There are millions of cats and millions of dogs in the US. There are only tens of thousands of wild horses! They are not supposed to be ‘adopted’, but to live on the range according to the law because the American people want them! I shudder at the thought of permanent sterilization; it is immoral and unethical to do that to any living thing, taking away their future. We wouldn’t dream of doing that to ourselves – although we have in our illustrious human history. Disgusting.

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  7. I just heard on one of our radio stations here in Denver, Hickenlooper was considered as Hilary ‘ s running mate for vice president, but he thinks she needs someone different—-he is suggesting Ken Salazar —-all you Hilary people better chew on that one awhile.


    • He must be dreaming. I’d prefer Raul Grijalva, or better yet, for the Interior Dept. That’ll get these guys shaking in their boots.


      • I don’t know – Ken Salazar certainly did enough damage as President Obama’s Interior Secretary, and I don’t think anyone would allow more. Especially with his connection to Tom Davis and trucking wild horses off to slaughter.


    • If she wants to kill any chance of her being president, that’s exactly what she’ll do. And if Donald Trump wanted to do the same thing, he’d pick Steve King.


      • I think donald trump can stop all this, he isn’t like the other republicans, I think he is the only one that can save our horses. Remember that salt river horse that got shot. I think tom mcclintock shot that horse, also he told a friend of mine that he was funding those illegal slaughter operations in florida


      • Joey, where did you get your information from? There is a large reward for catching the person or persons responsible for shooting that horse.


      • Hey we really need Donald trump he can stop this corruption in congress and he would too, Hillary is not pro horse she’s lying Obama said he was pro horse too but he’s letting people get away with these wild horse round ups, trump maybe republican but he’s a true republican all the republicans right now are all corrupt in fact the democrats and republicans all suck why do you think the republican establishment is so afraid of trump.


      • Joey, please provide sources for your comments about Trump declaring in any way he would specifically protect our wild horses and burros, it would be news to me and certainly many others.


      • I wasn’t being serious about Donald Trump picking Rep. Steve King as his running mate. As of now, I have not heard anything about that happening and doubt that it would.

        joey, like Frank said, any information regarding the death of Dotty is vital and I believe there’s a monetary reward for the person who knows who killed her.

        As far as what Trump would do for our wild horses and burros, he hasn’t made any reference to them. His position on animal welfare issues in general are unclear. However, a state socialist by the name of Roland Vincent believes that Trump’s policies could actually benefit animals indirectly. One of the reasons has to do with trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He states, “Trade agreements make is easier and more profitable to kill animals. They encourage and reward live export. They make it cheaper to produce corpses. They override US cruelty standards, such as they are. They make it impossible for the US to ban the import of even the most horribly exploited and slaughtered creatures.” Donald has been an outspoken critic of TPP and, as such, would most likely fight against trade deals that reward animal cruelty. At first, I was hesitant to read Roland’s blog post as part of his blog’s tagline reads: “The most radical Animal Rights blog on Earth!” I support animal welfare no doubt about it, but the word “radical” makes me cringe. But, being that I was trying to find out as much as I could about the candidates’ stances on animal-related issues, I read his posts anyway and they’re pretty interesting:


  8. National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn
    Summary Recipients Donors Expenditures PAC to PAC/Party
    Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2016 cycle
    I only included the top recipients here but they are all on this link:

    Total to Democrats: $53,500
    Total to Republicans: $483,500
    Amodei, Mark (R-NV) $10,000
    Ashford, Brad (D-NE) $10,000
    Bishop, Rob (R-UT) $10,000
    Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $10,000
    Calvert, Ken (R-CA) $10,000
    Davis, Rodney (R-IL) $10,000
    Desjarlais, Scott (R-TN) $10,000
    Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) $10,000
    Hurd, Will (R-TX) $10,000
    King, Steven A (R-IA) $10,000
    LaMalfa, Doug (R-CA) $10,000
    Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) $10,000
    McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $10,000
    McSally, Martha (R-AZ) $10,000
    Messer, Luke (R-IN) $10,000
    Newhouse, Dan (R-WA) $10,000
    Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $10,000
    Scott, David (D-GA) $10,000
    Smith, Adrian (R-NE) $10,000
    Smith, Lamar (R-TX) $10,000
    Tipton, Scott (R-CO) $10,000
    Upton, Fred (R-MI) $10,000
    Scott, Austin (R-GA) $9,000
    Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) $8,000
    Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $7,500
    Bost, Mike (R-IL) $6,500
    Gibbs, Bob (R-OH) $6,500
    Rooney, Tom (R-FL) $6,500
    Conaway, Mike (R-TX) $6,000
    Cramer, Kevin (R-ND) $6,000
    Rouzer, David (R-NC) $5,500
    Aderholt, Robert B (R-AL) $5,000
    Allen, Richard W (R-GA) $5,000
    Barr, Andy (R-KY) $5,000
    Blum, Rod (R-IA) $5,000
    Carter, John (R-TX) $5,000
    Comstock, Barbara (R-VA) $5,000
    Costa, Jim (D-CA) $5,000
    Emmer, Tom (R-MN) $5,000
    Fincher, Steve (R-TN) $5,000
    Flores, Bill (R-TX) $5,000
    Forbes, Randy (R-VA) $5,000
    Griffith, Morgan (R-VA) $5,000
    Harris, Andy (R-MD) $5,000
    Holding, George (R-NC) $5,000
    Marshall, Roger (R-KS) $5,000
    Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX) $5,000
    Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $5,000
    Sessions, Pete (R-TX) $5,000
    Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $5,000
    Stefanik, Elise (R-NY) $5,000
    Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) $5,000
    Thornberry, Mac (R-TX) $5,000
    Valadao, David (R-CA) $5,000
    Vela, Filemon (D-TX) $5,000
    Williams, Roger (R-TX) $5,000
    Womack, Steve (R-AR) $5,000
    Yoho, Ted (R-FL) $5,000

    Total to Democrats: $0
    Total to Republicans: $62,000
    Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $10,000
    Lankford, James (R-OK) $10,000
    Moran, Jerry (R-KS) $10,000
    Scott, Tim (R-SC) $10,000
    Boozman, John (R-AR) $5,000
    Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) $5,000
    Portman, Rob (R-OH) $5,000
    Barrasso, John A (R-WY) $3,000
    Burr, Richard (R-NC) $2,500
    Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) $1,000
    Fischer, Deb (R-NE) $500
    Based on data released by the FEC on June 21, 2016.

    Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center:


    • The “preferred” Alternative after a SIX YEAR analysis is to frack 5750 new wells – oh but they are saving the environment by re-drilling in some of the old well pads?????? Wow – we really need to be so grateful for this wonderful environmentally friendly oil grab! REALLY?


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