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Congress Rejects Bipartisan Effort to Protect Wild Horses & Burros

Source: AWHC

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Monday, the House and Senate unveiled an agreement on the fiscal year 2020 spending legislation. The final bill rejects the efforts of bipartisan lawmakers to prevent federal funds from being allocated toward cruel sterilization surgeries and accelerated roundups.

The vast majority of Americans, from both parties, oppose these surgeries and roundups.

But, this bipartisan effort to protect wild horses and burros was rejected in favor of a backroom deal cut by Washington D.C. lobbyists for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Humane Society of the U.S., the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom that seeks federal funding for the roundup of as many as 20,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands next year.

This week marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, and the spending bill unveiled yesterday marks a sweeping and unparalleled betrayal of these beloved and iconic animals by groups that say they want to protect them.

The words of then-President Nixon in his signing statement for the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act stand as true today as they did in 1971.

“Wild horses and burros merit man’s protection historically … as a matter of ecological right–as anyone knows who has ever stood awed at the indomitable spirit and sheer energy of a mustang running free.”

Then, as today, the American people stand firmly on the side of protecting America’s majestic public horses and the public lands they live on.

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2019/05/16/aspca-return-to-freedom-and-hsus-cow-towed-to-the-livestock-grazing-industry-by-concurring-with-lies-and-joining-a-plan-to-sell-out-americas-wild-horses-burros/

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    • I totally agree with everyone’s comments here! Unforgivable here. ! Hoping that RT will post his post his annual Christmas post “WE WERE THERE” I know he will…Such an Amazing man for Horses & Vietnam Veterans..

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    • “A New Broom Sweeps Clean”

      THE ATLANTIC

      50 Years Ago, Americans Fired Their Dysfunctional Congress
      JULIAN E. ZELIZER

      Ihttps://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/50-years-ago-americans-fired-their-dysfunctional-congress/384688/

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  1. It is entirely possible that there will not be a Bureau of Land Management before this is over.
    For Whistleblowers…It’s Now or Never

    Few BLM Employees Agree to Relocate as Interior Attempts to Ease Pain of Those It Will Fire

    So far just two employees have agreed to move from Washington headquarters to new locations in western states.
    Those who rejected the offer will eventually lose their jobs as BLM moves its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado. The agency issued official management directed reassignment letters to impacted employees on Nov. 12 and gave them 30 days to respond. To date, only two employees have already relocated, according to an email William Perry Pendley, who is currently serving as the bureau’s acting director, sent to employees Thursday and obtained by Government Executive. Employees who accepted their reassignments now have 90 days to report to their new duty stations.

    https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2019/12/few-blm-employees-agree-relocate-interior-attempts-ease-pain-those-it-will-fire/161895/

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  2. WE NEED TO STOP THE 2020 SPENDING AGREEMENT- 202-224-3121- CALL ALL YOUR SENATORS AT LEAST 2 AND YOUR CONGRESS PERSON !
    CATTLE RANCHERS WILL NOT WIPE OUT OUR WILD HORSES WE MUST STOP THEM ! TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON 2020 SPENDING BILL THAT GIVES MONEY TO BLM TO ROUND UP WILD HORSES AND EXPERIMENT ON THEM- NO MAS !

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      • Icy and others. Are you aware of the current (comments due tomorrow the 19th) EA regarding the BLM proposal to experiment on our wild mares with undeclared sterilization chemicals … and all done behind our backs in the Carson City prison?

        It appears they have slipped this EA in when most people are busily concerned with so many issues. I cannot even find the names of the chemicals they plan on using but the EA docs do say that this current proposal will NOT be performed under the Good Laboratory, Good Clinical, or Good Manufacturing Practices! These studies are regulated and required by the Food and Drug Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency. But it appears BLM has thumbed their nose at these good practices. Hope you and others can at least send in a “NO ACTION” public comment. Thank you.

        See EA : https://go.usa.gov/xpEvc
        or mail to
        blm_nv_nvso_research@blm.gov
        Came from BLM office in Reno, NV

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  3. The BML needs to leave our wild horses alone God put them here not for you to kill they are Beautiful Animals and it sick to that all you want to do is kill them you make me sick

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  4. GG – hope you dont mind that I used your wording in my email. Possibly wont do any good – BUT maybe if enough people take the time to make it known they are aware of this travesty – maybe???

    re: DOI-BLM-NV-0000-2020-0001 EA (OOCYTE GROWTH FACTOR VACCINE STUDY)

    Since the Environmental Assessment Documents themselves come right out and SAY that this current proposal will NOT be performed under the Good Laboratory, Good Clinical, or Good Manufacturing Practices, it appears that the BLM has now decided they no longer are governed by these rules! However, these studies are regulated and required by the Food & Drug Administration and/or the Environmental Protection Agency!
    Therefore, I choose the NO ACTION alternative.
    This may have been an attempt – on the BLM’s part – to once again sneak some nefarious scheme past the taxpaying public.
    NOT happening!

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    • This country was settle and wars were won on the back of Mustangs. Why would we want to lose a national treasure. Someday everyone will have to meet their maker. I wouldn’t want to be these people of power who are not taking care of Gods horses. We are accountable to the power we are given!!

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  5. When Money And Ego Control Wild Horse Management (excerpts)
    POSTED BY: JACOB WOLINSKY DEC 18, 2019

    Some wild horse non-profits favor the use of artificial chemicals to control wild horse populations
    This obtuse and unnatural concept and resulting wild horse management policies subjects large and small wild horse families to genetic erosion and social disintermediation. Stallions can sense when a mare is infertile and will favor a fertile mare.
    The use of PZP or GonaCon on any wildlife including wild horses is more or mankind’s foolishness; playing God with snapshot information and flying in the face of evolutionary biology and natural selection; nature’s way of controlling populations.

    Excerpt below from: ‘Consequences of porcine zona pellucida immunocontraception to feral horses’-
    Dr. Cassandra M.V. Nunez

    “On Shackleford Banks, PZP-treated mares were up to 10 times more likely to change bands than their untreated counterparts (Nuñez et al. 2009; Figure 1). Moreover, mares receiving 4–6 total treatments were more likely to engage in the behavior than those receiving 1–3 or 0 treatments (Nuñez 2005, unpublished data). This is an important shift in behavior, as band stability, which is affected by the degree of female loyalty to the band stallion (Kaseda et al. 1995), is important to overall animal health. Decreases in band stability have been associated with decreased physical condition and female fecundity, increased parasite load and off spring mortality, and less time spent in preferred behaviors (Linklater et al. 1999). Moreover, increased mare turnover can disturb resident females (Monard and Duncan 1996), causing an overall increase in their levels of aggression (Rutberg 1990, Monard and Duncan 1996). In addition, repeated changes to band composition may prevent the establishment of stable female dominance hierarchies, which are critical to maintaining social cohesion among mares and overall group stability (Berger 1977, Houpt and Wolski 1980, Heitor et al. 2006). Evidence suggested that such decreases in mare fidelity to the band stallion were related to PZP-induced subfertility: mares that conceived more often over a 5-year period (i.e., mares that were left untreated or for which treatment had failed), were less likely to engage in group changing behavior (Nuñez et al. 2009; Figure 2).”
    However, because wild horses are in most cases commingled with livestock on HMAs where ranchers have over the past 300-years culled native apex predators to maximize livestock production (making money), native species wild horses are no longer exposed to the evolutionary process of ‘natural selection’ by their co-evolved natural predators. The BLM has engaged in the systematic spread of misinformation, saying and writing that wild horses have no natural predators, which is a manifestly untrue statement, and is arguably a fraud being perpetrated upon the U.S. Congress and Americans.
    Jacob Wolinsky

    Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of ValueWalk.com, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Prior to ValueWalk, Jacob was VP of Business Development at SumZero. Prior to SumZero, Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. – Email: jacob(at)valuewalk.com – Twitter username: JacobWolinsky – Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver

    https://www.valuewalk.com/2019/12/wild-horse-economically-and-ecologically-appropriate/

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  6. There you go again Congress, showing your unwillingness to listen to the people of this country, who elected you.Well we can vote you out. Stop killing and terrorizing these beautiful horses. Use PZP which has been studied and is the best birth control method, according to experts. Stop showing your ignorance, disregard for life, and selfishness. Do something positive and good for a change.

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