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BLM Transfer Provision in Omnibus Outrages Advocates

by Scott Streater, as published on E&E News

“The provision in the latest omnibus bill was requested last year as part of President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal (Greenwire, Feb. 10, 2016).”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The omnibus spending package the Senate approved today contains a provision that would make it easier for the Bureau of Land Management to adopt out or transfer wild horses and burros, reducing the growing number of animals under the agency’s care.

But the provision has angered animal rights advocates, who say it contains too many loopholes to protect thousands of wild horses and burros from being slaughtered.

At issue is a section in the omnibus package to fund the federal government through September — originally requested by the Obama administration last year — that would allow the Interior secretary to “transfer excess wild horses or burros” BLM has removed from federal rangelands “to other Federal, State, and local government agencies for use as work animals.”

The provision would authorize the secretary to “make any such transfer immediately upon request” of a government agency, such as the U.S. Border Patrol. The provision includes language stating that the animals cannot be killed or sold or transferred to any entity that would slaughter them “for processing into commercial products.”

But it allows transferred horses and burros to be euthanized “upon the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian, in cases of severe injury, illness, or advanced age.”

It’s that language that has wild horse advocates outraged.

Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, said BLM “has a history of misinforming the public” about issues related to wild horses.

“Couple this with the vague ‘illness’ and ‘advanced age’ language” in the omnibus provision, “and the potential exists for the killing of thousands of horses,” said Kathrens, a member of the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board…(CONTINUED)

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  1. This is Exactly WHY I was jumping up and down vehemently when the headlines last year read BLM to kill excess of 45,000 horses. It was the Exact Same plan. We real Advocates as they represented themselves said I misunderstood and to back down. Funny looks Like I clearly understood the intent just as I know it will still occur today. I have been in the horse Industry my Entire life and have made Great changes in Our Industry but even with All my knowledge and experience and insider Off the Record information the Advocates insisted I simmer down. This Omnibus was Always intended it’s just now you cooled me and the American public down from Fighting back before they got a toehold in Congress. Never turn your back to one creepy rumor in proslaughter, never trust a solitary killer buyer, never assume the BLM means to protect a single Horse. Never stop pushing. One moment Advocates said stop your pushing too hard. They cannot do this yet here it is. I’m sorry for venting but I don’t think we should sit properly on the sidelines and wait until the last inning. The bases have loaded, Its a Power Play. We have to be at the ready always to fight for the Horses. Killers never stop. Greed drives them forward. I am only driven by my Grandfathers words after being beaten at the Horse SLAUGHTER PLANT for saving some stolen horses that belonged to our neighbor. Stop this travesty it cannot continue, no horse Ever deserves this. My grandfather fought and fought. I don’t know how NOT to fight. So instead of taking anything for granted, instead of ever saying back off they are ok. Forge ahead. Our mission is to protect the horses. Period. Without America they have no one, without the World they have no one. Your their Voice speak Loudly. Quick directions on what to say people need to speak from the heart and talk to Your Senators about the Deceptions and the Brutalities, the time for formalities is over we need to speak about horses are blugeoned. Quit just simply letting links represent your passion. Be passionate, tell these people they are sending horses to their death. If we do not say it then it will again turn into an old dirty we secret. I told one Congressman I don’t want their blood on my hands then he understood more after I explained the gruesome processing. They simply don’t know. Your saying it but they need to understand the pain these horses feel the gruesome acts of violence and abuse. A link doesn’t make the impression you want. Words paint a bloody picture that’s what these ranchers did paint a verbal starvation picture. Paint a worded picture back. Quit being an Advocate long enough to speak about the extreme temps, tortures, pain and dead horses on killer buyer feed lots that are not cared for. Paint a verbal portrait everywhere. You want results? Well the horses require them. Tell Congress their signing a death sentence in the Veterinary Medi am Practice Euthanasia is also morphed into slaughter. Just because they say not for Commercial products doesn’t mean the documents won’t simply State euthanasia and they get shipped anyways. No other laws are upheld how will we track and prove what happened. Yup. I vented, probably misspelled a word or two. But my message is Clear. GRANDPA SAID SAVE EVERY DAMN ONE. I won’t back down Ever again. So don’t ask me. When the BLM plays pair tricks seemingly innocently I never close my eyes to sleep or this is what they do…..any thing they can.

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    • I agree with you,coltswesternshop.
      I wonder who inserted section 116 into the bill ? Of course it was for the welfare ranchers and maybe Farm Bureau. Now what senators will get it removed?


      • Barbara. None of them will. It’s all about the party never about America. Sorry to say it like that but this is what I’m seeing.


    • Colts. I’ve known you for a long time and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I’ve taken the same stance for a long time but always knew that nobody was listening…. It that they just didn’t really care. Now that’s all I’m going to say about it but rest assured that I’m on tyre same page as you and have been told pretty much the same thing which infuriated me more. Thanks for being tyre horses voice ..I applaud you.

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      • Terry , you are right I’m sad to say. It seems the country I knew is being destroyed and it breaks my heart . I’m old but what about the next generations and our wildlife, air, water and land?


  2. Thank you Colts for your passion and clear thinking…never lose the outrage…i am not sure who you are….but I too have been in this fight a long time……and the outrage never stops…..I applaud you and all who fight for the wild ones….Ginger Katherns is on my list of heros… too.


  3. We need to DEMAND of our elected officials what the source and scale of the supposed demand for “work animals” really is. I doubt it even exists at all, and the few trained Mustangs who might make mounts for the U.S. Border Patrol, for instance, can already be provided through the existing channels.

    There is NO demand for wild, untrained animals in any U.S. agency for “work” unless that word means research animals, which it could since the language being used is so vague.

    Make them prove there is a demand, and insist they limit any WHBs so used should this legislation pass, as well as require followup documentation etc., as they require of U.S. citizens adopting. Well, unless they are immune from prosecution as seems to be the case with the well-connected.

    Regardless, there is NO NEED for this legislation, and it should be expunged from the omnibus bill. If it can’t stand on it’s own it should not be given life at all.

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  4. One phrase you used in your rant was RIGHT ON … “never assume the BLM means to protect a single Horse” and you can add the USFS to that also.

    At one of last years BLM advisory board meetings Dean Bolstad (head of the BLM wild horse and burro extinction program) said he had been meeting with Congress almost every week. What do you think they were talking about? What kind of “over population” lies do you think he was telling them? What kind of disposal plan do you think he was promising them?

    I think the writing is on the wall … gee “thanks” (not the word I want to use) Dean Bolstad; it appears that your dream is about to come true and I blame YOU for telling these out-and-out lies about excess that have no scientifically substantiated or credible truth – at all. There are no excess wild horses and burros on their Congressionally designated lands.

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