Federal and State Horse Haters Lock Out Media and Advocates from Utah Sponsored “Slaughter-fest”

Article by Max Roth of Salt Lake Fox 13

“Propaganda, Lies and Deceit Permeate Secret Wild Horse and Burro Planning Meeting to Organize Murder and Extermination of National Icons”

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SALT LAKE CITY — Wild horses bring out the romance and the longstanding divisions at the heart of the American West, and that dynamic was clear as the Bureau of Land Management, the State of Utah, and a number of private and non-profit groups met in a closed-door meeting in downtown Salt Lake City to discuss the animals’ fate.

The deputy chief of staff to Utah Governor Gary Herbert expressed both the romance and the sense of cold reality.

“We love them and they’re an iconic part of our landscape,” Mower said, adding, “There’s just simply not enough feed for the horses and not enough water.”

A collection of Wild Horse advocates gathered on the sidewalk outside of the Marriott Hotel, where the Wild Horse and Burro Summit was taking place.

“I serve on the BLM’s national wild horse advisory board as their humane advisor and yet I was not invited,” said Ginger Kathrens, a filmmaker and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.

Alongside Kathrens were representatives from the Wild Horse Campaign, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, and a number of Utah volunteers like Shauna Muztafago.

“I felt compelled to be here today to be a voice to those who have no voice,” said Muztafago, who took the day off from her job at a mortgage company to protest the event she couldn’t attend.

The Director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Michael Styler, said his goal is all about being humane to the horses.

“They’re running out of feed. They’re running out of water. How could you be so heartless as to let horses starve or die of thirst by mismanagement?” Styler asked.

The state and the Bureau of Land Management say sustainable population levels for wild horses are somewhere near 27,000 animals and the current population is closer to 73,000.

The advocates who were not invited to the meeting say those numbers are more a reflection of the government’s priority on profitable livestock over wild horses. They cite a 2013 study conducted by the National Academy of Science that found no basis for the 27,000 horse population target. They also cite their own work with horses.

“We actually manage wild horses on the range, we document them, we have stats and data on each and every wild horse,” said Simone Netherlands, Executive Director of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.

Netherlands said her volunteers regularly dart the horses on their range in Arizona with a chemical called PZP-22, which slows reproduction rates to maintain herd populations.

That’s likely among the solutions discussed by the Wild Horse and Burro Summit, though that’s impossible to know because the news media was also not invited into the Wild Horse Summit discussions, just to a brief press conference in a separate room.

15 comments on “Federal and State Horse Haters Lock Out Media and Advocates from Utah Sponsored “Slaughter-fest”

  1. Yet these same whining government officials seen to think that there’s enough for the famed cattle and God forbid the fracking and mining. Look people there’s nothing beautiful about Utah other than the horses and other wildlife. It’s just a desert with nothing more than drought living conditions. It’s a hell hole. Nothing for tourists to see. Horse advocates should have stopped playing nice a long time ago had they really taken this seriously. This government is out for nothing more than death and destruction of all that you all know. Get used to it. This is what you voted for. This is what you have.

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      • Doesnt it tell us something when the media is also shut out – and realizes it! The fact that Ben Masters, a member of the advisory board is allowed a seat at the table and Ginger Kathrens, also a member – is NOT invited certainly should say something to everyone! Fair & Balanced? Not so much. As is most if not all of the government agency – BLM, that is, main agenda.

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      • So board member Ginger Kathrens was not invited, but board member Ben Masters was? How about board member Steven Yardley, the public lands rancher? Was he invited? It would be nice to know which board members were invited, and who was left out.

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      • If I had to bet money, I’d bet that Ginger was the ONLY BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board member NOT invited to Slaughter Summit, since Ginger was the only one to vote against slaughtering the wild horses and burros when this Advisory Board voted for slaughter.

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      • So can we find out who was actually invited (including all Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Members, as well as others? It’s indefensible if Ginger Kathrens was the only member excluded, as her purview is humane care of our national wild horses and burros.

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      • Agreed, but this group is so secretive I doubt if they will make that available to the public. If they were proud of what they were doing they wouldn’t be so secretive.

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  2. 43 CFR 4710.5 – Closure to livestock grazing.
    § 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.
    (a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.

    Achieving justice for our wonderful wild horses and burros depends on BLM officials exercising their authority to legally reduce private, usually corporate, domestic livestock grazing in the wild horses’ legal areas, whether on BLM or USFS lands. Such exercise would be legally covered under 43 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) 4710.3-2 and 43 C.F.R 4710.5(a). In particular, 43 C.F.R. 4710.5 clearly states that the Bureau of Land Management can legally reduce livestock grazing in order “to provide habitat for wild horses or burros.”

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  3. The argument there “is no water” as our desert cities endlessly sprout new pools, lawns, and golf courses is, well, hard to swallow.

    Just doing minimal research on comparative water needs of beef cattle and horses

    Beef Cows
    At 70 degrees F., an 1,100 lb. pregnant cow needs 8.7 gallons/day, and a lactating 800 lb. cow needs 16.9 gallons. Since most range cows are larger than 800 lbs. it would be conservative to round this to 17 gallons (to which should be added an amount contaminated by large amounts of fecal matter, and water consumption of contaminated water is decreased).

    A growing calf at the same temperature needs between 6-9 gallons/day.

    So a fair estimate of a c/c pair is around 25-30 gallons/day. This makes sense as the gut fill storage capacity of a single 1,000 lb. adult cow is between 30-50 gallons.

    If you caculate need by another formula from this same report, it shows they need 7 gallons/lb. of dry forage consumed, which needs to be around 30 lbs. per day for a 1,000 lb. dry cow. Even allowing for some moisture in desert grasses, by this caculus a single cow might need well over 100 gallons/day, and more if lactating or on hot summer days.

    Horses
    The same report indicates a moderately active 1,100 lb. adult horse needs between 10-20 gallons/day, with lactating mares of the same weight needing about 14 gallons/day.

    Gut fill for an 800 lb. adult horse is between 5-10 gallons, which helps explain why horses can’t “tank up” and prefer to drink several times each day in smaller amounts.

    Even using the most conservative figures, a single adult cow needs at least 5 x as much daily water as a single adult horse. It is also worth noting that freely roaming horses will disperse their water-carrying urine and manure over a much larger area (if allowed) than larger herds of cattle who prefer to loiter in riparian areas en masse, and must be lured or driven away by workers to achieve similar dispersion of wastes away from the water source.

    The “no water” argument doesn’t seem to hold water, and even if true it should directly relate to 5 cows being removed for every horse to prevent cattle from dying an equally horrific death (which would also bring about a tax deduction).

    Just sayin’

    https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/livestoc/as1763.pdf

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  4. Why Cabinet Secretaries Should Not Threaten Members of Congress
    Aug 14, 2017
    Cary Coglianese, Gabriel Scheffler and Daniel E. Walters

    Among the many twists and turns in this summer’s legislative drama involving Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, one sideshow revealed an important lesson worth highlighting about American government-specifically, about the appropriate relationship between executive branch officials and members of Congress.

    In the days leading up to the Senate’s late-night crescendo, where Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined with Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to reject a last-ditch effort to pass a “skinny” repeal bill, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke apparently made phone calls to Alaska’s two Senators threatening adverse departmental actions toward their state if Murkowski did not get behind the health care repeal effort.

    Although Zinke’s phone campaign failed to sway Murkowski, it skirted close to, if not over, the line of illegality. It also flipped the roles of agency officials and members of Congress. The head of an executive department is Congress’s delegate, not its boss.

    The federal Anti-Lobbying Act, for example, prohibits agencies from devoting federal government resources “directly or indirectly” to support “any … telephone [use]…intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress… to favor, adopt, or oppose, by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation.” This act exempts “proper” communications in the course of official business, but threatening calls about legislation outside the scope of an agency’s purview seem neither proper nor official.

    Zinke’s alleged conduct also offended the spirit of the Hatch Act’s restrictions on “political activity” by federal officials. Although the Hatch Act typically restricts federal employees’ ability to get involved in campaigns, at least in a colloquial sense the words “political activity” encompass more than campaigning.

    Even more concerning, Zinke may have skirted close to bribery-which occurs when someone “directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official … with intent . . . to influence any official act.” Dangling federal resources or approval of projects and policies over a U.S. Senator would seem to amount to something “of value

    https://www.theregreview.org/2017/08/14/coglianese-scheffler-walters-cabinet-secretaries-threaten-congress/

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  5. The Government in the Sunshine Act (a few excerpts)

    How the Sunshine Act works

    The Sunshine Act is crucial for journalists who cover national issues. It applies to the same executive branch agencies covered by FOIA, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Communications Commission. Since Congress does little to force agencies to comply with the Act’s requirements, journalists operate as government watchdogs to oversee enforcement of the Act. Because they rarely learn of agency meetings beforehand, they often must depend on meeting transcripts required to be kept by the agency rather than on information actually obtained at the meetings.

    The open meeting requirement of the Act mandates that, except as provided in the Act’s 10 exemptions, “every portion of every meeting of an agency shall be open to public observation.”
    Congress requires agencies to follow a specific procedural process to close or properly open a meeting. To comply with the Act’s openness requirement, an agency must publicly announce the time, place and subject matter of the open meeting at least one week prior to the meeting date. The agency must submit that information to the Federal Register for publication immediately following public announcement.

    While an agency may close a portion of a meeting under Exemption 10, the agency may not use the closed portion as an “umbrella to shield from public scrutiny all other topics.”

    https://www.rcfp.org/federal-open-government-guide/federal-open-meetings-laws/government-sunshine-act

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  6. New point to bring out to help save the Wild Horses we need to point out that there’s 100 million cattle no telling how many sheep. 100 million cattle vs their BLM number of 72,000 free roaming horses includes foals that would have to consume the daily intake of 3,089 COWS per day to destroy the range this is each horse per day every day for 365 days a year. No mammal could ever do that much feed intake in 1 day.

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    • This is absolutely an important point! And also that the welfare ranching program costs taxpayers $125 million per year (about $1 billion per decade)

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  7. This is something to really look at carefully, first they were sneaky about the meeting . the news never mentioned the meeting so people wouldn’t know . When it comes to wrong doing they keep it private and sneaky when it comes to killing of animals. They know that they are greedy killers when it comes to MONEY MONEY MONEY. How sad that mans soul has become unbalanced and corrupted . If you think for one second that’s it in our best interest of what there doing , you better think again- its in the best interest. of there greedy pockets .

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