Equine Rescue

The BLM Abandons Plans to Do Gruesome Sterilization Experiments on Wild Mares, Call to Action

By Carol Walker ~ WHFF Director of Field Documentation
As published on Wild HoofBeats

“We have stopped the first part of the plan, now it is time to work on stopping the second…”

With amazing public outcry beginning in April of this year, with 50,000 emails and letters sent and three legal actions filed, the BLM finally got the message that the American public would not stand for the barbaric sterilization experiments they had planned for 225 wild mares in a filthy holding facility in Burns, Oregon. The BLM called off the Wild Mare Sterilization Project at 3 am on Friday, September 9, 2016.

I personally want to thank all of you who wrote, emailed and called, some of you every day, Oregon State University to try to discourage them from participating in this inhumane butchery that the BLM had planned for 225 wild mares. Thank you to those of you who wrote articles in magazines and newspapers, who told your friends, and who spread the word. Thank you to the three groups/organizations who filed legal actions: Front Range Equine Rescue, The Cloud Foundation, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Assn., Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, and Wild Equid League of Colorado.

We do make a difference and we can make a difference.

When in late June this year, Republicans on the Federal Lands Sub-Committee launched a full out assault on wild horses on public lands in the West we found out what the plan was – to eradicate wild horses on our public lands using sterilization, and to euthanize the 45,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities.

We have stopped the first part of the plan, now it is time to work on stopping the second. When the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend on Friday, September 9, 2016 to euthanize (actually the correct word is kill) all 45,000 “unadoptable” wild horses that have been stockpiled over decades in BLM holding facilities, (the lone “no” vote being Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation) the gauntlet has been thrown down, the challenge is on for the second part of the plan.

Hundreds of people have been writing me “what can I do to help?”

Here is my answer…(CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE)


8 replies »

  1. This awful and barbaric experiment on these and any other animals must end or in some cases never be allowed to take place at all the whole business is so cruel


  2. Interesting… when I tried to share this blog on facebook, I received the following message: This message contains content that has been blocked by our security systems.
    If you think you’re seeing this by mistake, please let us know.


  3. For everyone who is being blocked by Facebook…
    Drop Facebook and move over to Twitter.

    A major difference between Facebook and Twitter emerges in their methods of communication. Facebook is, in fact, meant to be more passive, as Jeff Glasson noted in an early 2008 blog post on the Social Media Today website. In contrast,

    Twitter seems a much more active form of social communication in which the way you talk to people on the social network emerges as much more conversational. Twitter has been likened to a giant party where you know no one but wish to make many friends. In contrast, Facebook would be a wedding reception filled with family and friends

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  4. This is what I sent to the President & Vice President – sent a longer version to my reps in DC (Congressmen & Representatives).
    I would hope by now you have been made aware of the Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board’s recommendation to BLM – the euthanization of 44,000 wild horses. I have written many times regarding this “issue” – the real plight of our Wild Horses & burros. The response or lack of seems to parrot the BLM mantra. We, the American public, and the wild horses & burros need our representatives in the government to look past that mantra and research the actual facts. There are many, many wild horse & burro advocates – not animal rights activists as portrayed by the BLM & ranchers groups.
    Before accepting the BLM’s “guesstimates or truths” please look at the research material that has been done by Karen Sussman of ISPMB (International society for protection of Mustangs & Burros). This organization, as well as Dayton Hyde’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary are located in South Dakota. Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation – Carol Walker of Wild Hoofbeats – Craig Downer of the Wild Horse & burro Fund all are well-known & respected for their research and on the ground experience. Another reference that would be very educational is the book “Welfare Ranching” – it will enlighten you as to the actual cause of the devastation of our public lands.
    The roundups – the short term & long term holding areas – the entire agency (BLM) has been proved to be far from transparent. There are many instances of malfeasance-the sale of wild horses to kill buyers, which somehow never was prosecuted – guilty parties presently climbing the ladder at BLM. Please – for the sake of our wild horses & burros – please investigate this beyond the BLM’s excuses.

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  5. Speaking Truth to Power

    From Congressman Grijalva

    I spent all day Sunday meeting with Native American leaders gathered at the Sioux camp in South Dakota to hear about their opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, which would destroy sacred land and threaten the tribe’s only water supply. I arrived ready to hear their concerns. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I left inspired.

    From a humble beginning of about 30 people, the camp has grown to approximately 5,000 — with native supporters from as far away as New Zealand, Brazil, California and Florida. They need our help. Can you sign my petition to the Army Corps of Engineers urging them to reject the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all?

    Despite what you may have heard, the camp is peaceful. The land the Dakota Access pipeline would cross was original treaty land, and for a community like the Sioux, that means land that’s been taken away by the government too many times before. Now it’s happening in the name of private industry. Everyone at the camp, and everyone around the world who stands with them, is right to oppose it.

    The leaders in South Dakota have a simple message: This isn’t going to happen to us again. I stand with them now, and I’ll stand with them until the threat of this pipeline is behind us for good. Can you sign my petition urging the Army Corps to reject the Dakota Access project for good?

    I went to listen, not to give speeches. I think it was the right approach. I’m glad to lend my support, and I’m asking you to do the same.


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