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THE TRUTH #16 – FOIA documents reveal that Dave Duquette, employed by pro-horse slaughter organization Protect the Harvest, and 2 others, bought the 12 wild mares from the BLM that were spayed and sold in the “First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity”
To give some background and put the FOIA documents below into context, on August 17, 2017, pro horse slaughter organization Protect the Harvest posted: “Protect the Harvest presents the First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity: We are very excited and proud to announce the First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity! We want to thank the Burns, Oregon, Wild Horse and Burro managers for working with us to present this unique opportunity benefiting horses of the American West. Ten selected fillies will be offered for sale at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. These fillies are invited back to the 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity to compete in their own division for a $25 K purse.”
(Note, 12 wild fillies were offered.) On the Protect the Harvest website, on the page called “Meet the Fillies” you can see all 12 of these once wild horses. On the Protect the Harvest page called “Wild Spayed Filly Futurity” they promote the barbaric spaying of wild mares.
In 2016, a lawsuit was filed by Front Range Equine Rescue against the Bureau of Land Management to stop the archaic and barbaric ovariectomies via colpotomy and two other experimental surgical sterilization procedures that had never been performed on any horses, domestic or wild.
Things seem to get murky because Protect the Harvest did not buy these fillies from the BLM. Dave Duquette, employed as a “horse expert” by Protect the Harvest, and 2 other people personally bought the fillies. It seems that Dave Duquette and the others then had the fillies spayed and sold as an activity of Protect the Harvest. Another murky area is the question “Are wild horses being sold by the BLM to promote or fund experimental spaying or horse slaughter?” Also, in FOIA records that we obtained regarding the OIG investigation into the BLM selling wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, it was clearly stated that the BLM had a policy to not sell wild horses for use in rodeos.
According to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity facebook page, they are already selecting wild horses for the 2019 Snaffle Bit Futurity at the BLM Burns Corrals in Oregon. On January 22, “Chilly morning in Burns Oregon @ the Wild horse and Burro corrals. We are here selecting the fillies for the 2019 Reno Wild Spayed Filly futurity.”
From a snippet from a BLM sale log obtained by FOIA, you can see that Dave Duquette bought 4 wild mares, Mollyanna Russell bought 4 wild mares and Peter Laizure bought 4 wild mares from the BLM’s Burns Preparation facility in Hines, Oregon.
We had to match freezemark numbers to names in the FOIA request above, since the names were redacted on the FOIA documents below. All of the applications and Bills of Sales provided in the FOIA documents below have what seems to be “United Horsemen” (another pro-horse slaughter group) at the top of all of the pages. The handwriting on Dave Duquette’s application and Mollyanna Russell’s application appear to be the same. Both applications are dated July 31, 2017 and state that the intended use of the animals was “competition.” Peter Laizure’s application, also dated July 31, 2017, asks in box #7 “Do you have wild horse, wild burro or livestock experience?” The Yes box was checked, and in answer to “(if yes, include detailed description)” the word “Roundup” was written.
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