Are wild horses & burros being categorized for slaughter?

Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation at Palomino Valley

SOURCE:  The Cloud Foundation

Press Release:  For immediate release

Are Wild Horses being Categorized for Slaughter?

Colorado Springs, CO 07-01-2017 – The Cloud Foundation received an anonymous tip that Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and/or top Bureau of Land Management officials have ordered all wild horses currently in short term holding facilities be categorized by weight and age in anticipation of the approval of the federal budget.  The current recommendation for this budget would allow for “sale without limitation” many or most of the wild horses currently in holding.  This, of course, can eventually lead to the barbaric slaughter of our iconic wild horses.  The tipster stated that this categorization was to ensure the BLM was ready to ”ship out” horses older than five years of age.  The only place to “ship out” these horses would be to slaughter.  The caller stated that the shipping would start with the smaller facilities so that wild horse advocates wouldn’t be able to impose an injunction before the plan was already started.  Although anonymous, the caller also told The Cloud Foundation that direction has been given to the one of the government’s top transportation official to prepare for this shipping.

Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation said, “Surely Secretary Zinke would not allow for this devious, clandestine and under the radar ploy to destroy wild horses when 80% of Americans are against slaughter.  If only Secretary Zinke and other DOI and BLM officials would have implemented tried and proven on-the-range-management ideas as we have asked for over a decade, we would not be where we are today.”

“There are currently in excess of 50,000 wild horses that have been rounded up, torn apart from their families, and corralled at the taxpayer expense because on-the-range-management has not been implemented as hundreds of thousands of cattle and sheep graze at little or no cost,” says Lisa Friday, volunteer Vice President of The Cloud Foundation.  “Our indigenous American icons deserve better.”

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Media Contacts:

Lisa Anne Friday

The Cloud Foundation

1(804)389-8218

info@thecloudfoundation.orgLisa_Friday@chs.net

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

 

22 comments on “Are wild horses & burros being categorized for slaughter?

    • Ginger will be on a special Wild Horse & Burro Radio show this coming Saturday, July 8th, to talk about what actions we can take to try to save the wild horses & burros from slaughter.

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  1. Yes, they are. This plan was building since 2006. THEY have been planning this since the closure in Illinois. There’s Interviews regarding Illinois plant closure where Bureau employees actually stated they needed to have the plant open for unadoptables. THEY hatched this plan then. Prior they would have large ranches Adopt what do You think they did that for? Slaughter….you haul in hundreds of horses to any location with freeze brands then ship some out then adopt some more no one knows it’s not the same ones. This was their own interview with a Bureau employee.

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  2. OMG I thought at first it was going to be horses 10 years old and older but now it’s 5 years. Also they can lie about the ages. When is this starting ?

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  3. We have to stop this barbaric plan. The BLM has a master killing plan and this is brewing for a long time. We have to save our wild mustangs and burros from being slaughtered.
    The govt just wants to wipe their slate clean. What a terrible cover up. Our wild horses DO NOT DESERVE THIS TREATMENT. THEY DESERVE FREEDOM ON OUR LANDS NOW. THEY ARE THE VICTIMS FOR HUMAN DECISIONS. WE MUST STOP THE GOVT OFFICIALS FROM DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS.
    NOW IS THE TIME HORSE WARRIORS TO GET BUSY AND SAVE THEM. WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR ALL OF OUR WILD HORSES. GET INTO THE POLITICAL SCENE. WHAT EVER YOU CAN DO AND TALK WITH YOUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. MARCH INTO THEIR OFFICES NOW.
    WE HAVE TO DO THIS NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED AND DISTURBED ABOUT THIS SITUATION. WE HAVE TO DECIDE FOR OUR GOVT OFFICIALS WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS.
    THE GOVT DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING. THEY ARE BEING PAID TO DO THIS HORROR BEYOND COMPREHENSIVE THOUGHT.
    WE KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BLM AND THEIR CRONIES. STOP THIS GENOCIDE FROM EVER STARTING PLEASE. LETS GET BUSY. SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT FOR THE WILD HORSES NOW.
    NOT LATER WHEN THEY ARE KILLED.OR SHIPPED.
    I FEEL THE GOVT HAS ALREADY TESTED THEIR DEMISE. THEY ARE SECRETIVE ABOUT THEIR DECISIONS AND NOT INCLUDING THE PUBLIC BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
    WE MUST DO SOMETHING NOW TO PROTECT THEM. LAWYERS, VETERINARY MEDICAL COMMUNITY MUST BE OUTRAGED.
    I AM OUTRAGED, STOP THIS GENOCIDE OF OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS.
    I FEEL THEY HAVE ALREADY KILLED SEVERAL AND BURIED THEM SECRETIVELY.
    MY GUT FEELING.SO THEY WILL FOLLOW THE MONEY AND OUR WILD HORSES WILL SUFFER ANGUISH BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

    WE HAVE TO STOP THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY PEOPLE. DON’T YOU SEE THIS, I DO.
    AS I WRITE THIS, I CAN REMEMBER BEING AT PALOMINO VALLEY AND SEEING SO MANY WILD HORSES THERE. THEN THEY SHIPPED SEVERAL OUT ON TRUCKS AT NIGHT. THEY DO THIS AND WE NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR WILD HORSES.
    I AM OUTRAGED. WE HAVE TO BE OUTRAGED. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO SPEAK AND HELP THEM SURVIVE. YOU MUST ALSO.
    WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. THE GOVT NEEDS TO LISTEN TO US, NOT THE MONEY TRAIL CRONIES. SAVE OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS. THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON OUR DECISIONS. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE FIRED. ALL OF THEM.
    SAVE OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS. JOIN OUR TEAM AND WILD HORSE WARRIORS. GET INVOLVED NOW.

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  4. Given that the word HAS gotten out, can the injunction be gotten ready to stop them?!
    Surely he wouldn’t? Oh surely he WOULD 😡 they will do WHATEVER they can get away with. So we must be sure they can NOT get away with.

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  5. Horrifying beyond all reason. It’s a good thing that there are people paying attention to details like this. There are holding facilities in my state. Should I go visit them? And if so, what are some things that I ought to look out for? Any information would be appreciated as I’ve never visited a holding facility before. And God forbid if language to reinstate Mustanging goes into effect, is there anything we do at that point? Will advocacy groups file lawsuits? And should we peacefully yet firmly protest outside holding facilities, BLM offices and/or Capital buildings?

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  6. This comes a no surprise, as the current administration is only worried about the budget. Does not care about the innocent wild horses & burros… The Icons of the American West, nor does he care about our remaining Native Americans who are trying to halt the pipeline. It’s all about $$, not about humanity & preserving our heritage for future generations. Be a voice for the innocent ones, sign every petition that you can. Plus donate $$ to the orgs that you trust to make a difference!

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  7. This comes as no surprise, as the current administration is only worried about the budget. Does not care about the innocent wild horses & burros… The Icons of the American West, nor does he care about our remaining Native Americans who are trying to halt the pipeline. It’s all about $$, not about humanity & preserving our heritage for future generations. Be a voice for the innocent ones, sign every petition that you can. Plus donate $$ to the orgs that you trust to make a difference!

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  8. 2009/Remember this?
    Wild Horse & Burro slaughter is “political suicide”

    Salazar the Slaughter Czar: Sky Protest Over Denver
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/22/806929/-Salazar-the-Slaughter-

    On Sunday November 22nd, as on the previous Friday (as reported in the Denver Post and 5280 Denver’s Magazine), a plane and banner message critical of Secretary Salazar will be flying over Denver, prior to the Denver Broncos game. Frustrated and angry over continued Wild Horse round-ups, the message sponsors are working toward a conversation on the real issues on our public lands discussed in this press release.

    Salazar The Slaughter Czar

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    • Yes, I remember. I wrote to him when he was still a senator in Colorado and got the same canned reply that showed he was against wildlife/wild horses and for the land hoarding exploiting industries. One of the reasons Hilary lost so many thousands of votes is because she picked him for her transition team.

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  9. It didn’t go well for him or his political career did it Mary.
    Same thing will happen to Secretary Zinke IF he unwisely pursues the same agenda.
    He, too, would be considered “expendable” by the forces behind this.

    All the Pretty Horses: Ken Salazar to Leave Interior
    ANDREW COHEN
    JAN 16, 2013

    Whatever the case, Salazar’s departure gives the president an opportunity to get it right the second time. The next Secretary of the Interior should not be a rancher or livestock agent or oil and gas executive. She or he should not be beholden to any of special interests groups which long have dominated – and too often scandalized – the work of the Interior Department. And, please, if it’s not too much to ask, the next Secretary of the Interior should be someone who cares enough about our nation’s wild horses to defend them, under federal law, against the men and woman who want them gone from our land.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/all-the-pretty-horses-ken-salazar-to-leave-interior/267234/

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  10. From The Atlantic
    The Troubled History of Horse Meat in America (excerpts)
    SUSANNA FORREST JUN 8, 2017

    “Trump might find himself sporting a new political epithet: Horse-Meat Donny”

    An Object Lesson.
    In these narratives, horse meat is the food of poverty, war, social breakdown, and revolution.

    The White House wants to reinstate the sale of horses for slaughter, but eating horse meat has always been politically treacherous.
    President Donald Trump wants to cut a budget the Bureau of Land Management uses to care for wild horses. Instead of paying to feed them, he has proposed lifting restrictions preventing the sale of American mustangs to horse meat dealers who supply Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses.

    The management of wild horse herds is a complex issue, which might create difficulty for Trump. Horse meat has a long history of causing problems for American politicians.

    Forever marginal, always unsteady, the business of packing and selling the poor man’s beef could boom and crash again in America. If it does, Trump might find himself sporting a new political epithet: Horse-Meat Donny.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/horse-meat/529665/

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    • I will read this now, but have to pipe in here that wild horse meat is no answer to poverty. There is every reason to believe significant amounts are contaminated by when and where these animals graze, there is a terrific amount of waste (offal and blood) produced which must be managed (read: high costs), and the stark truth that it would take only about a month or so to kill off every last wild horse on this continent forever. Best case means toxic food handed off to desperate people, again at taxpayer costs, and in short order there is no supply.

      This is the furthest possible thing from the management necessitated by reckless slaughter before the 1971 law was enacted. Worse, it cynically turns our public wildlife into nothing but commodities for a few to profit by, while charging taxpayers and robbing them of our heritage at the same time.

      Further, the cost per captive horse per US citizen today, even in this admittedly poorly managed system, comes to next to nothing, so the arguments about “saving money” are fallacy.

      If you take the approx. $60M share of the BLM budget which is used for off-range “management” and divide that over 325,000,000 US citizens, it comes to about EIGHTEEN CENTS A YEAR, or LESS THAN TWO CENTS A MONTH!

      So if anyone starts to complain about the “costs” of this poorly managed system, hand them a quarter and tell them that’s more than their share of the annual budget, right now.

      I’d also like to suggest a national organization could set up a fund into which taxpayers could donate their 25 cents to keep wild horses alive, and managed in the wild (which will cost even less).

      Also, I’d like a way for taxpayers to opt out of paying for subsidizing grazing leases and predator controls, since this is taxation without representation, and it is beyond onerous to think we could be forced to pay this while simultaneously being forced to lose our wild horses and burros forever, to save the nearest thing to nothing. Not even our national pride.

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    • The article referenced above has a strong message.
      There is a stigma associated with horse slaughter, at least in our country.
      It sticks like glue to public/political figures who are in any way associated, connected to or responsible for it.

      From The Atlantic
      The Troubled History of Horse Meat in America (excerpts)
      SUSANNA FORREST JUN 8, 2017

      In 1899, horse meat was dragged into one of the highest-profile food scandals of the century: the notorious Beef Court investigating how American soldiers fighting in the Spanish-American War ended up poisoned by their own corned meat. Many speculated wrongly that the contaminated beef was in fact horse meat. The first decade of America’s horse meat industry had been an unprofitable, ill-regulated disaster for the country’s reputation

      In 1951, reporters asked if there would be a “Horse meat Congress,” one “that put the old gray mare on the family dinner table.” When Adlai Stevenson ran for president in 1952, he was also taunted as “Horse meat Adlai” thanks to a Mafia scam uncovered in Illinois when he was governor.
      https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/horse-meat/529665/

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  11. Yet another political casualty of the Wild Horse & Burro war
    From TUESDAY’S HORSE/2009

    Horseback magazine talks to Conrad Burns about notorious amendment (US)
    In the world of equine welfare there may be no person subject to [more] derision than former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns.

    An ardent supporter of horses as a commodity to be sold for whatever reason their owner deems profitable, the former auctioneer LOST HIS SEAT IN THE U.S. SENATE to a farmer, Jon Tester, AFTER PASSAGE OF THE BURNS AMENDMENT.

    The law was passed in the dead of night after it was attached to an appropriations bill [in an emergency session during the Thanksgiving holiday] nobody had read.
    https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/horseback-magazine-talks-to-conrad-burns-about-notorious-amendment-us/

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  12. THANK YOU Coltswesternshop.
    The Public is NOT pleased (to put it mildly)

    BLM wants to streamline its review, planning procedures
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684162/BLM-wants-to-streamline-its-review-planning-procedures.html

    Reader comment:

    UtahTroutStalker-Draper, UT

    Well the rich are about to get a whole lot richer by using up the resources of the people.

    I feel sorry for future generations who will not be able to hunt, fish, hike, camp on the lands that have been given over to oil/gas interests or for the residents of the basin who will suffer from increased pollution.

    For all we know some Russian or Chinese owned company will end up with those rights, and Trump won’t have any problems getting his hotels built in Moscow and BieJing.

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