Horse Slaughter

THE TRUTH #26 – Lest we forget: historical records of some of America’s tens of thousands of wild horses & burros that were sent to slaughterhouses

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THE TRUTH #26 – Lest we forget:  historical records of some of America’s tens of thousands of wild horses & burros that were sent to U.S. slaughterhouses.

It is important for us to remember that many tens of thousands of America’s wild horses & burros have met cruel and horrendous fates at horse slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada (and, previously in the U.S.).  Below are just some historical records of wild horses & burros sold to U.S. horse slaughterhouses Beltex, Dallas Crown and in North Platte, Nebraska (Central Nebraska Packing).

The records below are of wild horses & burros the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adopted out, that were later “titled” (ownership given to the adopters), that ended up being sold to slaughter.  These records were part of a lawsuit and were obtained by a request to the Federal Records Center.  We also included an interesting letter by attorneys Howard Crystal and Eric Glitzenstein, of the law firm Meyer & Glitzenstein.

The USDA’s Forest Service has started a roundup of 1,000 wild horses in Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in northern California.  The Forest Service will sell older wild horses for only $1.  The Forest Service should know that many of these wild horses will end up in the slaughter pipeline.  The Forest Service is also going to microchip these horses.   Without the usual freezemark number on each horse’s neck to identify it as a wild horse, the Forest Service is making it easier to sell and ship these wild horses to slaughter.

Each number you see below represents an American icon that met a horrific fate.  We will not forget.

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  1. Another BIG reason for concern

    Congressman Doug LaMalfa is the U.S. representative for this district which includes the Devil’s Garden in Modoc County.
    This committee made the recommendation that would have allowed Wild Horses & Burros to be “euthanized” or sold without restrictions, which would have removed ANY protection from slaughter.


  2. Few people are aware that the United State Forest Service (USFS) is now spending half (50%) of their total budget on fighting wildfires, and doing so when there is a readily available, simple cost effective (virtually free) method for abating the dry grasses and brush that fuel these explosively hot and disastrous wildfires.

    The article titled ‘Fire Brigade – The Value Proposition of Wild Horses’ was sent to my local County Supervisors as well as to the representative of my Congressman, Mr. Doug LaMalfa – (CA Dist. 01).
    Sadly and frustratingly I had the first-hand experience of being ‘brushed-off’ by a representative of my own Congressman, Doug LaMalfa (I wonder if he knows how his constituents are treated?)


  3. 23,000 acres was returned to the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory

    Federal court orders restoration of 23,000 acres for wild horses

    A federal appeals court has delivered a victory to wild horse enthusiasts, ordering the U.S. Forest Service to restore 23,000 acres of critical land as protected horse country in California — and showed judges taking an increasingly dim view of agencies’ decision-making.

    The government had said the land was added by “administrative error” in the 1980s, and tried to erase it from the boundaries of the protected wild horse territory, but the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said decades of history of protection can’t be tossed out so easily.
    Judges ordered the Forest Service to go back and redo the decision, considering what impact the erasure would have on the horse population.

    “This is a precedent-setting victory making clear that federal land management agencies cannot exclude federally protected wild horses or other key uses of public lands without grappling with the implications of such actions on the environment,” said William S. Eubanks II, a lawyer who helped handle the case for a series of challengers.

    The horse advocates have been battling the government for years over wild horse roundups and protected lands, and the fight over the California area known as Devil’s Garden in the Modoc National Forest is the latest skirmish.

    Horses are protected by what Judge Patricia Millett, who wrote the court’s opinion, called a “Matryoshka doll of nesting federal statutes.”

    In the case of the California land, the 23,000 acres connected two other protected horse territories, creating one large swath. But the Forest Service said the land was added to a map in the 1980s by mistake and never should have been there.
    It said removing the land wasn’t a change in policy, but rather just cleaning up what the actual policy was supposed to have always been.

    The judges said decades of history and practice by the Forest Service can’t be swept away by calling the original decision a mistake.


  4. From PPJ GAZETTE (Radio show is archived)

    Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour..Forest Service Fires Shannon Reed By Email

    Forest Service Fires Shannon Reed By Email
    Former Forest Service Employee Shannon Reed, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees President Emeritus Lawrence Lucas, and USDA Coalition of Minority Employees Vice President Lesa Donnelly will be on TS Radio Network with Marti Oakley tonight to discuss reprisal against employees who report sexual harassment and workplace violence. Ms. Reed reported former Chief Tony Tooke for sexual assault which largely resulted in Tooke being forced into early retirement. She was recently fired as an act of reprisal.



    U.S. Forest Service Condemned for Wild Horse Slaughter Plan
    Posted on October 15, 2018 by frontrangeadmin

    The Forest Service’s plans to sell wild horses without limitation are in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act as well as other federal and state laws.

    Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have put the U.S. Forest Service on notice regarding the sale without limitation of horses rounded up from California’s Modoc National Forest.

    FRER and HSUS sent a strongly worded letter to the Forest Service (under the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) which reads in part that they:
    …are writing to put you on
    notice with respect to violations of federal and state law in connection with the Forest Service’s plan to sell wild horses “without limitation” after it captures them from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory, found in the Modoc National Forest in northeastern California. It is commonly understood, and can certainly be proven, that the sale of wild horses without limitation (especially at the announced $1/per horse price) will result in their sale to purchasers who will ship them to Canada or Mexico, where they will be slaughtered for human consumption.

    The Forest Service’s plans to sell wild horses without limitation are in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq. (NEPA), the Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, 40 C.F.R. parts 1500-1508, the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551, et seq. (APA), California Penal Code section 598c, the spirit of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (“Wild Horse Act”), 16 U.S.C. § 1331 et seq., Congressional sentiment, and the desire of the majority of the American people. We hope that after review of this letter, the Forest Service will withdraw its decision to sell any wild horses “without limitation” in connection with this gather. If the Forest Service is not willing to change its decision, we will consider all other legal remedies available to our clients and their supporters, to stop the Forest Service’s actions.


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