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“…Remember this?’ ~ R.T.

June 11, 2009

BLM’s Secret Planning Documents “Alternative Management Options”

Documents obtained by the Freedom of Information Act:

BLM Alternative Management Options Draft Plan + Markup

BLM Implementation Team minutes + markup

BLM Implementation Team minutes + markup

Documents Reveal BLM Secret Plan to Destroy Wild Horses

Former wild horses imprisoned by the BLM photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Documents obtained from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) via the Freedom of Information Act by a Phoenix-based non-profit, The Conquistador Program, reveal shocking and detailed plans to destroy healthy wild horses in government holding facilities as well as those still remaining in the wild on public lands.

BLM employees as well as a USDA veterinarian held weekly “Implementation Team” meetings beginning in July of 2008 in which they discussed and developed strategies aimed at ridding BLM of thousands of mustangs. In October they completed a 68 page document entitled “Alternative Management Options”. Tactics included in this document are reminiscent of those used to wipe out Native American tribes in the 1800s.

The BLM team created scenarios for killing mustangs using barbiturates, gun shots, or captive bolts. Bodies would be disposed of through rendering, burial or incineration. They discussed killing 1200-2000 wild horses per year. The document states that “the general public would be prohibited from viewing euthanasia.” Additionally, the Team felt that “increased support from public relations and management staff would also be needed to insulate those doing the actual work from the public, media and Congressional scrutiny/criticism.”

“Minutes from these meetings as well as the Draft Plan reveal what amounts to ‘the final solution’ for the American mustang,” states Ginger Kathrens, filmmaker and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “Despite a huge outcry from the American public last year regarding BLM plans to kill wild horses in holding, the agency is still pressing forward with a plan to destroy our American mustangs both on and off the range.”

Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program Don Glenn told The Cloud Foundation that “no decision has been made to move forward on a large scale with this plan, yet.”

BLM meeting minutes speak for themselves. “Security at facilities and at gathers would need to be increased to combat eco-terrorism. Having the people that are willing to put down healthy horses at gather sites could be a problem. Having vets putting down healthy horses at preparation facility[ies] could also be a problem.” Meeting minutes reveal the psychological toll that employees would pay-“have counseling for employees and contractors that have to euthanize the healthy horses because it is very stressful.”

The report created an option in which wild horses of all ages could be sold “without limitation”. In other words, horses could be sold directly to killer buyers in unchecked numbers. The Team admitted that “some wild horses will go to slaughter”.

Team Members formulated ways in which they could circumvent the National Environmental Policy Act, asking “How many (wild horses) could be euthanized during a gather (roundup) without having NEPA?” BLM discussed ways to circumvent the federal carcass disposal law (43 CFR 4730.2). Conversations included how many wild horses could be rendered at the Reno Rendering plant or “disposed of in pits”. The Team concluded that “there will not be large numbers of horses euthanized during gathers or in the field. This is due to state environmental laws.”

Recommendations include the creation of gelding herds, and sterilization of mares to create non-reproductive herds in the wild in place of natural herds. The team recommended changing the sex ratio from the normal 50% males and 50% females to 70% males and 30% females. Then the experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22, would be given to all mares that are returned to the wild. Plans call for rounding up the wild horses every two years to re-administer the drug.

“Mares on the drug will cycle monthly and, with the altered sex ratio, the social chaos will be dangerous and on-going,” Kathrens explains. “Any semblance of normal wild horse society will be completely destroyed.”

Kathrens has spent 15 years in the wild documenting mustang behavior for her PBS television documentaries which chronicle the life story of Cloud, the now famous pale palomino stallion she has filmed since birth. “Even Cloud and his little herd in Montana are in serious danger if BLM implements these options,” she continues. “The BLM plans a massive round up in Cloud’s herd beginning August 30, 2009.”

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  1. Another Data Quality Act violation???

    July 10, 2017

    House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen

    2306 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-3011 (202) 225-5034 Fax 202 225-3186

    Attn: Chief of Staff – Katie Hazlett

    Senior Policy Advisor – Steve Wilson

    Re oppose funding BLM Wild Horse slaughter by operation of laws

    Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen,

    For the record I, Kathleen Hayden do respectfully request that the Appropriations Committee oppose the BLM’s 2018 Wild Horse and Burros (WH&B) budget that would removing the ban on slaughter and allow the conversion and slaughter of over 40,000 of America’s wild horses and burros, in holding and on the range. Please assist in maintaining the current ban on slaughter and consider the following information for repatriation of OUR HERITAGE.

    I respectfully request that Appropriations Committee consider the Data Quality Act which was enacted as Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2001 (PL 106-544, H.R. 5658). I suggest that the information provided by the DOI to support the appropriation of funds may be based on inaccurate data.

    As you know our Nation’s wildlife laws (including wild horse and burro species) are subject to the Public Trust Doctrine, emanating from the Magna Carta. The first case to challenge the 1971 FREE ROAMING Wild Horse and Burro Act was in the 1976 case of New Mexico v Kleepe. Justice Thurgood Marshall, representing the court’s unanimous opinion, found the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act to be Constitutional, and that the Property Clause gave Congress the power to protect wildlife (horses and burros) on the public lands, state law notwithstanding. Subsequently in 2009 United States District Judge Judge Rosemary M Collyer, stated “ It would be anomalous to infer that by authorizing the custodian of the wild free-roaming horses and burros to “manage” them, Congress intended to permit the animals’ custodian to subvert the primary policy of the statute by capturing and removing from the wild the very animals that Congress sought to protect from being captured and removed from the wild. Forty Thousand Wild Horses to Slaughter? Really? Please, can you tell me how much of American Heritage Herds have been converted, warehoused, and slated for slaughter? This is even more egregious given that our free roaming equis herd status has been confirmed by mitochondrial DNA .

    Please tell me which State and Federal Agency has not conspired and colluded to deny us our inheritance by subversion of the Data Quality Act? The above-stated grievances may be remedied by amendment of Resource Management Plans. RMP amendments are the standard operation procedure to accommodate needed changes and deficiencies. Amendments can remedy/cure the cumulative deficiencies. An abundance of state and federal habitat is available to repatriate wild horses under numerous laws. Most, if not all, were grandfathered” under FLPMA (Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.) FLPMA provided for addition habitat as ACECs, which facilitates the need of special management attention. See: *CA has 45, 864,800 acres of federal lands and 100,206,720 acres of State Land.* The available habitat that I am suggesting is not in competition with Mining, Ranching or endangered species. It is a very small portion of the US federal government owned 640 million acres of land and about 28% of the nation’s total surface, 2.27 billion acres Wild horse/burro populations constitute less than one percent of wildlife and livestock grazing on the public domain.


    Was it Congress’ intent to create an entire Cottage Industry for the conversion of our wild herds for he commercial use of livestock and slaughter? Please assure me of the Appropriation Committee’s support to restore the Nation’s Heritage Wild Horse and Burro herds. Respectfully, Kathleen Hayden

    Caballos d’Anza non-profit, POB 236, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 email: cell phone 619

    On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 1:50 AM, Straight from the Horse’s Heart wrote:

    > R.T. Fitch posted: ““…Remember this?’ ~ R.T. June 11, 2009 BLM’s Secret > Planning Documents “Alternative Management Options” Documents obtained by > the Freedom of Information Act: BLM Alternative Management Options Draft > Plan + Markup BLM Implementation Team minutes” >


  2. And this was EIGHT years ago! Obviously nothing has changed in the BLM’s end goal – I wonder if they do realize that without wild horses & burros – this agency will take a BIG hit financially! Of course – to them – there is no other purpose. Well, other than satisfying the “needs” of allotment users and the mining & fossil fuel industries.


  3. Indeed, this sends the shivers up one’s spine, to think of how utterly insensitive, inappreciative, and destructively ruthless some people are living in the world today. They have their agenda, a selfish and greedy one, that in the end does no one any good!


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