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BLM claims selling wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis was selling them to a “good home”

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2017

On the Bureau of Land Management’s new website, on the Program Data page for the Wild Horse & Burro Program (under the Wild Horse and Burro Sales to Private Care tab), the BLM claims “It has been and remains the policy of the BLM, despite the unrestricted sales authority of the Burns Amendment, NOT to sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughterhouses or to “kill buyers.”

The BLM claims “Wild Horses and Burros Sold to Good Homes” but then includes a total of 402 wild horses and burros sold in Fiscal Year 2012. (In this 402 total, 320 were horses and 82 were burros.)

BLM sale logs obtained by us in Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that in Fiscal Year 2012, the BLM sold 239 wild horses (almost 80% of the 320 horses that were sold) to kill buyer Tom Davis of La Jara, CO.  Many, if not all, of these wild horses went to slaughter in Mexico.

Does this look like a “good home” to you?

BLM states it has a policy not to sell wild horses and burros to kill buyers, but:

  1. On 1/11/12, Lester T. Duke (BLM Burns, Oregon) sent an email to BLM’s Bea Wade, regarding 50 sale authority horses, noting that a “large portion”of the mares were “possibly pregnant.” Lester asked if they should ship to long term holding or hold them at the corrals for sale. Bea responded that she forwarded the email to Sally Spencer. After a couple of more emails regarding this, Sally finally sent email on 2/23/12 that Tom Davis would purchase the horses, starting with the load of mares from Burns, Oregon. (About a week later, BLM sold Tom Davis 32 horses from the Burns, Oregon corrals.   19 of these horses were mares)
  2. On 4/19/12, Deanna Masterson, Public Affairs specialist for the BLM Colorado state office, sent an “Early Alert” email to “WO BLM/DOI Officials” (Jeff Krause, Leigh Espy, Helen Hankins, Steven Hall, Tom Gorey and Sally Spencer) that “The Colorado Department of Agriculture notified the BLM Colorado State Office of a Colorado Open Records request from David Phillips, a freelance journalist, for brand inspection and transfer paperwork for horses the BLM sold to Tom Davis of La Jara, Colorado. Phillips indicated he suspected Davis of selling these horses for slaughter to Mexico.”
  3. On 4/24/12, the BLM, alerted that Tom Davis was suspected of selling horses for slaughter, still sells 106 wild horses to Tom Davis.
  4. On 5/17/12, Sally Spencer sent out an email, marked “High” importance, to 21 people (Joe Stratton, Roger Oyler, Amy Dumas, Fran Ackley, Karen Malloy, Christopher Robbins, Jared Bybee, Robert Mitchell, Alan Shepherd, Rob Sharp, Robert Hopper, Gus Warr, June Wendlandt, Joan Guilfoyle, Mary D’Aversa, Dean Bolstadt, Jeff Krause, Tom Gorey, Debbie Collins, Lili Thomas, Bea Wade) and BLM_WO_260 WHB Communications, telling them a reporter was calling about Tom Davis. Spencer asked Joe Stratton to send out a message to all facility managers and the state leads to send a message out to all WHB Specialists that if they were asked “specifics” about a purchaser, they shouldn’t respond for privacy issues…”

If BLM personnel were so convinced that they sold the wild horses and burros to a “good home,” why all of the urgency and secrecy?

If the BLM truly believes these horses were sold to a “good home,” why isn’t Tom Davis’ photo featured on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program page on the BLM’s new website, instead of the photo of the young blonde girl? After all, the BLM sold Tom Davis 1,794 wild horses and burros from 2008-2012.

If the BLM thinks they’re fooling us, they’re only fooling themselves.

All documents referenced above can be seen HERE.

38 replies »

  1. I guess they thought we’d forget huh? Well this we did not. I didn’t forget any of it.. Since we’re in the realm of alternative facts this is just the BLM during what they do best..lie through their teeth.

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  2. As shown in this article, BLM’s Sally Spencer was STILL selling our wild horses to Tom Davis in 2012 but in 2010, when I heard that many of our wild horses were being sold to a highly questionable buyer, I emailed BLM’s sales director Sally Spencer about my concerns. Here is her exact reply:

    “Thank you for your interest in the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Our goal
    is to find good long term care for the horses. Before someone can purchase
    a horse, they need to complete the attached questionnaire. We then spend
    quite a bit of time talking with the interested purchaser on what their
    plans are for the horse(s). We sell horses with the following intent

    Purchaser agrees not to knowingly sell or transfer ownership of any listed
    wild horse(s) and/or burro(s) to any person or organization with an
    intention to resell, trade, or give away the animal(s) for processing into
    commercial products.

    If we become aware of someone we have sold horses to who then sells or
    transfer ownership to any person who sells them to slaughter, we turn them
    over to the Department of Justice for prosecution and we will not sell or
    adopt to that person again.

    The person who is interested in purchasing horses from Canon City has
    purchased horses from us in the past. He has placed horses with
    individuals who have property and are interested in having a few (four or
    five) wild horses running on their property.

    We have other individuals who are interested in purchasing Adobe Town
    horses currently at Canon City and we will work with them to make sure that
    they will be able to provide good long term care for the horses.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Sally
    (See attached file: Sale Questions.doc)(See attached file: Bill of Sale
    Sally Spencer
    Wild Horse & Burro Program
    Office: 202-912-7265
    Fax: 202-912-7182


  3. The fact is: that video (which isnt as bad as some I’ve seen) should be put in the public eye – whether they want to see it or not! You know, the people who say they just cant watch something like that – so they close their eyes and pretend it doesnt happen? And it just tears me up to watch these videos- but turning away & NOT seeing makes these horses lives just be thrown away! I wonder – is that the difference between us — and people who “cant stand to look” at whats being done to – not just horses, but far too many animals?

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  4. BLM’s head wild horse and burro sales manager Sally Spencer not only received salary increases but during the years (2009-2012) that she was selling our wild horses and burros to Tom Davis she received additional “awards” of $5,320.00

    Per BLM: “The Bureau has an incentive awards program to encourage excellence by acknowledging superior performance. The recognition may involve cash awards or special salary increases for outstanding performance.”
    She did not receive “awards” before or since that time – per federal employee online data. This sure looks fishy to me!

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  5. What a disgrace. ..and they will continue to do so under the radar on taxpayers dime. This infuriates me to no end…and is totally unacceptable. can they be permitted to keep getting away with this? OMG poor babies 😿💔

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  6. Fine work, Debbie. Keeping this scandal in public view is important, especially now that Ken Salazar, on whose watch the travesty occurred, wants to run for Gov. of Colorado. Besides the whistle blowing mentioned, in 2013 advocates including Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Fdn. held a press conference exposing the crooked wild horse sales. Salazar did nothing. The Inspector General report, which was suspiciously delayed until 2015, confirmed that Tom Davis sent nearly 2000 horses to slaughter, lied when he said he bought them “for good homes,” and profited immensely from the illegal transaction. The BLM did NOT ask Justice to prosecute, no matter what Sally Spencer claimed. Here’s a link to the IG report:

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  7. Irony: Not long before the Tom Davis sale, Sally Spencer had the nerve to call and ask me why I’d “turned on” the BLM. Debbie, this is fantastic work, and I agree that if they count on us forgetting, they have a long, long wait.

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  8. So happy to read the BLM considers Tom Davis has provided a happy home for thousands of adopted wild horses! Let’s see photos of every damn one of those those happy homes and horses that Tom so generously adopted.

    Let’s also interview those (including the BLM) who continue to fail to prosecute those responsible for these FELONIES.

    Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat it. LET’S NOT!

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  9. I, for one, would like to followup on these very suspect adoptions; seems like monies’ passing hands all too conveniently. Prosecute. I agree. These animals are our heritage – they belong to us all!



    NOTES on BLM’s Sally Spencer selling wild horses and burros to Tom Davis with the assistance of two BLM short term holding facility managers: Doug Satica, BLM’s Litchfield holding NE California and Rob Sharp, BLM’s Burns holding facility, Oregon. The quotes below are from the Dave Phillips article he wrote about Tom Davis.

    Litchfield California, Doug Satica.
    “In March, a corral manager [Doug Satica] emailed [Sally] Spencer to say he had 92 “nice horses” just rounded up in High Rock, Calif., and to ask if [Tom] Davis could take some of the geldings.”
    A day later Spencer replied, “Davis told me that if the geldings are in good shape he will be able to place them into good homes.”
    “How many would Mr. Davis want to buy?” the corral manager asked Spencer. “And are there any specifics that he is looking for?”
    “He said he’d be interested in all of them, no specifics,” Spencer replied.”
    On March 23, 2012, sixty-five geldings, ages 10 to 25 were sold by BLM’s Sales and Marketing Director Sally Spencer to Tom Davis from BLM’s Litchfield holding facility in NE California. Doug Satica was and still is the corral manager for the BLM NE California Litchfield holding facility.

    Burns, Oregon, Rob Sharp, BLM facility manager.
    “In January [2012], the manager of the agency’s corral in Burns, Ore. [Rob Sharp], emailed superiors in Washington, D.C., to ask what to do with 29 mares, almost all of which were pregnant. Spencer replied that Davis would take them.”

    Our wild horses and burros … gone forever to a fate worse than just death.


  11. Don’t worry a Rescuer in Washington recently posted in a news blurb a killer buyers sold them last week approx 30 BLM horses in goal and that they were unable to save other BLM horses he had. This is very disturbing as it’s the 2nd valid claim killers have recently obtained Wild Horses to kill or regime asap from the BLM. Do you know about these incidents?


    • Colt, do you have links to this info? Also find it hard to interpret a lot of your posts, maybe your smartphone is using words you don’t type?

      For example, what are “horses in goal” and what does “to kill or regime asap” mean?


      • Yeah this smartphone has been goofing up. I used to type online, but unlike welfare ranchers I have to work, and it’s usually in the seat of a saddle so I can get in a hurry and not check spelling or grammar. I’ll try to do better. If I were a Welfare Rancher I would have tons of free time to run around posting correcting and facetiming or using a selfie stick but people who Actually work with their animals don’t have the luxury! 🙂


      • Here’s a link to the 1st article with 3 pregnant wild horses at killer buyers in Kansas. And I’m searching for the link with the 30 mares wild horses also sold by a killer buyers 2 weeks ago.


  12. Please Google article Smithsonian just wrote destroying the Wild Horses as if they were found to be serial killers. The newest article is Such proslaughter propaganda coming from an Institution that’s Supposed to show All the Facts, validate data, and reject falsified information. It’s also supposed to remain Entirely Nuetral and have No opinion based article but actual facts. Online data stats and facts are unacceptable resource for the Smithsonian yet they openly use Nothing but the False information available online. I slammed them yesterday for it. It’s reprehensible and anyone who cares about the truth about wild horses should contact the Smithsonian and let them know that future generations depend on their accuracy and verifiable data in any subject matter. Subject matter only resourced online or by pro horse SLAUGHTER is subject to scrutiny as most of their information has been proven false making the trust in research done by the Smithsonian questionable. Please Google it and if you can’t locate the article I’ll provide a link asap. Please do not let them get by with this travesty against the wild horses. Also beware a newly elected AQHA President has a questionable position in the welfare of horses and originally comes from Wyoming and has been a resident of Alaska which both have SLAUGHTER ties.


  13. Implementation Team Conference Call
    July 29, 2008

    6 Euthanasia

    How many could be euthanized during a gather without having NEPA?

    What is the criteria used during a gather to euthanize a horse, is it age, and if so what age?

    How many could be euthanized at the preparation facility without causing a major change of disposal?

    What would be the criteria for euthanizing at the midpoint and adoption facilities?

    Would you contract disposal of the carcasses at gather sites?

    Have a euthanasia and disposal contract

    Have a contract to sell horses at the gather site

    Are we euthanizing horses to save money to complete gathers?

    The team will have comments on the above question for our next conference call

    Sally had an e-mail from a person in Canada who wants 10,000 horses that he would slaughter the horses and send them to a third world country. Don is going to send the e-mail.


  14. Everything you people do is for profit and the killing of innocent horses and burros. BLM, your job is to protect these animals, not slaughter them for profit. What is wrong with you.
    Your part of: the not my job generation, can’t make a decision on your own to protect these animals. When you’ve killed them all and we have no more wild horses… What then.


  15. Terrible our country has gone to pot; yes the shitter. Literally. For all the things the good ole u.s.a. has done, not feeding our poor etc.. our animals, remember God ? We’ll America do you? Mostly NOT !!!!!


  16. Saving America’s Wild Horses

    With drumming hooves, they come running.
    With tails flagged high, they come running,
    With flowing manes, they come running.
    With flared nostrils, they come running.
    Oh, what a glorious sight!

    Clouds of prairie dust mark their passing.
    The scent of crushed sage comes drifting.
    Glistening hides in sunlight, reflecting.
    Separated mares and exhausted foals nickering.
    Oh, what a careening flight!

    What would cause this reckless running?
    Over rocky hills, unshod hooves come crashing.
    Older horses lose their footing
    Lathered sweat whitely spraying.
    Oh, what a panicked flight!

    Exhausted, on splayed legs, with sides heaving
    Too spent to nicker at their mothers’ leaving
    Foals collapse, roiling dust enshrouding
    From the chopper blades’ wild whirling.
    Oh, what a tragic flight!

    The strong ones lead, the rest conforming
    As they heed the fences’ hazing
    Into the catch pens’ terminating
    Rails forcing a bewildered milling.
    Oh, what an end to their flight!

    Looking for lost foals, mares pacing
    Bloated bags with warm milk dripping
    A mute and painful weeping
    O’er the Truth so horrifying.
    Innocence, a victim of their flight.

    Stallions answer Nature’s calling
    Rearing, striking, biting, screaming
    Close-quarter conflicts inciting
    Instinctive challenges contesting
    The bloody purpose of their flight.

    Growing herds expanded grazing
    Might harm the desert tortoise feeding
    Politicians paid for by Big Oil, Big Mining
    Approved detailed plans for exterminating.
    Greed, the “No Exit” signage of their flight.

    Some spend months in metal pens confining
    Forgotten, rains ease their frantic thirsting
    Thousand rib and hip bones testifying
    Slow starvation caused their dying.
    Human error the Reaper’s demise of their flight.

    Too few selected for public adopting
    Wild Horse Protection Act ignoring
    Auctioned prices climbing, ever rising
    The “Killer Man” nods and ends the bidding.
    One final sorting changes the nature of their flight.

    Steel trailers travel south to border crossings
    Squeezed into plywood crates, foreboding
    Bewildered captives endure hours of flying
    No hay or water to ease their silent suffering.
    Japan’s slaughter houses, the destination of their flight.

    Electric prods keep dazed mustangs moving
    On slimy steel, hooves slipping, horses falling
    They’re lined up, wild eyed with nostrils snorting
    At the stench of filth and hot blood flowing.
    The Kill Box, the vile termination of their flight.

    Spinal cords severed by Ice-pick stabbings
    Strong legs collapse to the sounds of groaning
    Hind legs wrapped in chains are lifting
    Through cut throats, life’s blood is draining
    Can glazed eyes see their souls take flight?

    Wild burros, horses, mules trapped for Federal culling
    Race horses, ponies, trotters too old for sports or breeding
    Loyalty, trust unnoticed in the equine steaks now steaming
    As patrons of foreign dining enjoy their gourmet gorging.
    Ignorant of the bloody, heinous outcome of their flight.

    Horses carried men in battle, no beribboned medal dying,
    Pulled prairie schooners across the plains unending
    Built railroads, carried mail, plowed fields for planting
    In Arlington, proudly paraded veterans to their final resting.
    We must preserve, forever, the freedom of their flight.

    With drumming hooves, they come running.
    With tails flagged high, they come running,
    With flowing manes, they come running.
    With flared nostrils, they come running.
    Oh, what a thundering, glorious sight!
    © June 2, 2016 by Janice E. Mitich
    Picture Rock, AZ


  17. Why hasn’t anyone prosecuted Tom Davis? He broke the law same as the BLM. They both need to held accountable. Prosecute them.


  18. A Federal Law needs put in place as a backup to the Wild Horse and Burro Act that when a wild horse of Any age is presented in a kill lot or crosses the border to be slaughtered the hauler should immediately be Arrested and the plants charged a huge fine if they accept any.


  19. About a year ago I found 3 mustangs being advertised online at a (KB) auction facility in the state of Washington. The ad included photos of their BLM brand. I sent the information and photos to Debbie Collins (BLM information/promotions person) who responded: “The law clearly states that once a horse is titled, it is no longer under the protection of the WH&B Act. Therefore, it is not illegal to sale or give away a titled horse.”

    I was not surprised at the response but I thought that all of us should be aware and remember that OUR wild horses and burros are being sold to KB and slaughter every single day regardless of the BLM’s statement that they don’t sell to KB/slaughter. They have done it before and even today they still maneuver and facilitate our wild horses and burros being sent to slaughter. BLM may not be the one holding the ax above the horses/burros heads but they ARE the ones funneling them down the chute to slaughter.


  20. Sand Wash wild horses up for adoption in Fruita Friday and Saturday

    Craig – Sand Wash Basin wild horses will be up for adoption through a silent auction in Fruita this weekend.

    Adoption information:
    Where: Rimrock Adventures Arena located at 927 Highway 340 in Fruita
    When: Public viewing: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21
    Public viewing: 9 to 10:30 a.m. on April 22
    Silent Auction/Adoption: 10:30 to 11 a.m. on April 22

    Twenty-four wild horses will be available, of those, 21 were gathered from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area about 45 miles west of Craig. And three are halter-trained horses from the Canon City Wild Horse Inmate Program.

    The Sand Wash horses were gathered from the range last fall and winter as part of an effort to manage the herd’s growth.

    BLM worked with the Sand Wash Advocate Team to gather wild horses by baiting them into corrals.

    A total of 43 wild horses were removed for adoption. Fifteen of the horses were adopted earlier this month at an event at the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary in Deer Trail, Colorado.

    For more information about the event contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist David Boyd at 970-876-9008. For more information about adopting wild horses, visit:


  21. THANK YOU IcySpots.
    I found a bit more
    This is one of the comments that was on the SWAT facebook
    GOOD question, so I followed up a bit more:

    “Once they arrive at Rimrock adventures, do you think that there will be kill buyers there to bid on them?”

    Horses removed from Sand Wash Basin in Northwest Colorado available for adoption in April

    Application accepted prior to silent auction sales
    By Sasha Nelson

    “Two adoption events are planned for the Sand Wash horses: One on April 8 at the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and one April 20 to 21 in Fruita at the Rim Rock Adventure Facility,” said Jayson Barangan, Public Affairs Specialist BLM Colorado State Office.

    “All of the horses will be made available to approved adopters first,” according to the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) website (


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