Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Although the National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition put “presentations” from their “Slaughter Summit” online, most of what happened at this secretive meeting is not available to the public, even now. There is no video of what Dean Bolstad, the Division Chief of BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, said to attendees when answering questions. The “addresses” have not been made available to the public.
From a Las Vegas Sun article, we know that Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, who “addressed” the invited guests of the “Slaughter Summit, and who has obviously been misinformed, said:
“There is nothing humane or majestic to see a wild horse starving to death or a wild burro dying of thirst,” said Aurelia Skipwith, deputy assistant U.S. Interior Secretary for fish and wildlife and national parks.
Skipwith said the first major solution is for Congress to pass President Donald Trump’s budget request that includes language allowing wild horses to be sold without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.
Skipwith said the ability to sell horses “without limitation,” along with euthanizing horses and burros, is the “most humane way to address the issue.” (Source: Las Vegas Sun)
For one thing, these wild horses and burros will likely either be shot or sold and will end up in the slaughter pipeline. Their deaths will not be “humane.”
In reality, the scope in this proposed massive killing of America’s Wild Horses & Burros is akin to a genocide.
Aurelia Skipwith was appointed to this position by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April, 2017.
Skipwith seems to have had a meteoric rise to this position. Per her linked in page, she graduated from law school in 2015, and has only worked at some of her jobs as little as 7 or 4 months. Skipwith’s longest period of employment in the past was with Monsanto.
Per her linked in page, her employment has consisted of:
Research and Legal Intern USDA (4 months)