Susan Wagner, Pres. of Equine Advocates & Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on BLM’s new plan to kill, to sterilize and to ship wild horses & burros overseas (Wed., 5/9/18)

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Our guests tonight will be Susan Wagner, President & Founder of Equine Advocates and Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently presented Congress with a new plan for managing America’s wild horses & burros, titled “Management Options for a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program.”

There is nothing “sustainable” for America’s wild horses & burros in the BLM’s new plan. This new plan is a blueprint to kill, to sterilize and to ship wild horses & burros overseas, where the BLM has no jurisdiction. With this new plan, the BLM will quickly rid themselves of the wild horses & burros they were supposed to “protect,” and will manage the remaining ones to extinction within the next generation or two. Carol and Susan will discuss all of the details.  And, we’ll tell you what you can do to help the wild horses & burros.

You can read the BLM’s new plan HERE.

You can read the recommendations for managing wild horses & burros prepared by Wild Horse Freedom Federation HERE.

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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1/17/18 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on BLM denying her access to photograph wild horses at Axtell (Utah) and Bruneau (Idaho) off range corrals (where the public is not allowed to see them) to help facilitate adoptions. Listen HERE.

1/19/18 – Erik Molvar, Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project. Erik is a contributor to The Hill and his blog posts can be found here. Listen HERE.

2/21/18 – Ann Marini, Ph.D., M.D., and John Holland of Equine Welfare Alliance on veterinary drugs banned in animals used for human consumption that the BLM gives to wild horses & burros. Listen HERE.

3/14/18 – Jonathan Thompson, a Contributing Editor at High Country News and the author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster, on the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, and other environmental disasters. Listen HERE.

3/21/18 – Kirsten Stade, Advocacy Director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Listen HERE.

3/28/18 – Stephany Seay, Media Coordinator for the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC), working to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. Listen HERE.

American couple die in Ireland in tragic horse carriage accident

Source:  Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

Tragic carriage horse accident in Ireland (carriage being removed)
AMERICAN COUPLE DIE IN IRELAND IN TRAGIC HORSE CARRIAGE ACCIDENT
While the road appeared to be treacherous, the horse apparently spooked and bolted, pulling the carriage into the ravine and killing himself and his passengers
This story was picked up in many papers around the country including the Washington Post, NY Post, NY Daily News, USA Today many national and local TV stations
NY Post  – 4/10/18
from Extra.ie – 4/12/18
“Stewart Ainsley was driving in a car behind the horse and cart when he saw the horrific tragedy involving Rosalyn Joy Few, 64, a US citizen, and her Canadian partner Normand Larose, 62, unfold within a ‘matter of seconds’.
‘We think he was going too fast, the horse. But by the time he decided to brake, obviously the cart must have went into the back of the horse, causing the horse to panic … then the horse took off,’ Mr Ainsley told RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday.”
PUBLIC SAFETY: ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS TO BAN
HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org
Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line
horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 

We need a total ban, not a “compromise” that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 

Horses can easily become unwitting weapons and cause accidents that may result in serious injury or death to themselves, their passengers or innocent passersby.  

This is the message we have been trying to convey to
the authorities for years.
These are the facts about horses that should give every Mayor, Legislator and Administrator pause about supporting the horse-drawn carriage trade or considering allowing a new business into their city. Horses are accidents waiting to happen.
  • Horses are prey animals.  This refers to an animal that traditionally may be hunted for food — an animal that is sought, captured and eaten by a predator.  Horses’ natural enemies are mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, bears and even humans.  They are hard-wired to react when they believe they are in danger.  They have a well-developed fight or flight response and will spook and run for their lives.  This can be in reaction to an umbrella opening, a loud noise, leaves rustling, plastic bags, or an unexpected bump or push.  It could be just about anything that they see as a threat.
  • Size of a Horse:  Horses that pull carriages generally weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds and are very strong and muscular.  They are intimidating but are probably more afraid of you.  Charlotte’s Web, the movie based on a classic children’s book by E.B. White – beloved by both children and adults – captured this characteristic perfectly and humorously.  Ike, the horse,  was many times the size of Charlotte, the spider,  but was terrified to the point that he fainted and would only talk to her with his back turned.
  • City Officials generally do not want to rock the boat and look at horse-drawn carriages as people entertainment and the horses as automatons.  While there have been many spooking accidents in NYC that have caused serious injuries, it is only a matter of time before someone dies.  It has happened in many other places around the globe.
  • Carriage drivers and their supporters will say their horses are “trained” and “bomb proof.”  There is no such thing because a horse’s nature cannot be denied.  We see this all the time with accidents.  We need to remember that a carriage business is profit motivated.  It is not an equine sanctuary.  They need for people to believe that they “love their horses like family, ” working and living conditions are excellent and everything is perfect.

Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover trainer exposed for horse cruelty

Source:  change.org

After over 63,745 people signed the petition below on change.org, Extreme Mustang Makeover contacted the person who started the petition and and confirmed that Eli Slabaugh was no longer an active and approved trainer with Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Extreme Mustang Makeover.  Slabaugh “willingly withdrew himself” from the competition and the Mustang (not the horse in the video) that he had acquired from the BLM was being returned to BLM due to his actions towards another horse.

BUT THIS FACT REMAINS:  Mustang Heritage Foundation and Extreme Mustang Makeover had approved Eli Slabaugh as an active trainer for their organization.  He was a trainer for them since at least 2015.  Also, per information provided below, there was a previous video of Slabaugh that was reported, but he was still able to compete.

Eli Slabaugh, from Michigan, was a trainer with Mustang Heritage Foundation since at least 2015.  See these articles:

http://www.tribunerecorderleader.com/local-news/marlette/area-horseman-has-major-challenge/

http://sanilaccountynews.mihomepaper.com/news/2015-09-09/Front_Page/Horsing_around.html

We need to demand to know Mustang Heritage Foundation’s vetting and approval process for all trainers, including trainers used for the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Here is video of Eli Slabaugh “training” a horse:

This was on the petition site:

“Eli Slabaugh is a horse “trainer” that competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions. Recently a second video of him “training” a horse was released. The video shows Slabaugh lunging the horse while PULLING him/her down then WHIPPING the animal. A few seconds later you see Slabaugh KICK the horse as well. There was another video so this video is a second event of this happening. There was a previous video of him that was reported but he was still able to compete.”

Here is the petition:

“To whom it may concern

I’m writing you on behalf of the horse community to let everyone in charge at ANY EQUINE EVENTS know that the act that this poor excuse of a human did in the video shown is UNACCEPTABLE, DISGUSTING and most of all WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

Myself and the rest of the horse community are standing by this petition to have Eli Slabaugh BANNED from competing as well as his horses being taken away until he receives punishment. The horse community and myself are letting you know that if he isn’t banned from equine events and doesn’t receive thorough training your organization that welcomes HIM (Eli Slabaugh) and any other people who treat animals like this WILL BE PROTESTED HEAVILY.”

Stop horsing around and ban carriages

Source:  New York Daily News

                                                       End of the line (Marcus Santos)

BY , President of Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

Everyone from the carriage-horse industry itself to onetime anti-carriage-horse crusader Bill de Blasio may want the push to eliminate the cruel industry to go away.But that’s not going to happen.

Regardless of how many Council members say they are tired of it or how much the media mocks it, animal rights advocates’ fight to free these horses from this inhumane duty on city streets is here to stay.  Last month, a carriage overturned near Central Park, dragging the horse with it — confirming the flimsiness and danger of these conveyances. (Fortunately, no one was injured.)

Recognition of animal cruelty is the issue of the 21st century.  Barcelona recently announced it will ban horse-drawn carriages; so did Guadalajara. Montreal’s mayor supports shutting down the industry there.  Even Rome is considering electric carriage replacements.

When de Blasio ran for election in 2013, his promise to ban horse-drawn carriages was front and center.  After a fierce backlash, that didn’t happen, and the humans who profit off animal suffering now think it never will.

De Blasio has won another, and a final, four years; he doesn’t have to worry about reelection.  It’s time again to talk about the horses again.

Those who operate carriages insist, as they did before, that the animals are happy, and that all regulations are strictly enforced.

That’s just not true.

Weather restrictions are generally followed, but beyond that, few are.  These rules bar, among other things, overloading carriages to leaving horses unattended and untethered while the drivers look for business — a serious safety issue because of the nervous nature of horse, which can spook at the slightest provocation, injuring or killing himself or passersby.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Forel is president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.

Burro’s shooting death prompts investigation, outrage

SOURCE:  Havasu News

Burros wander the streets of Oatman, an old mining town in Mohave County, about an hour’s drive from Lake Havasu City.

By Flickr user Keppet

By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald

The New Year’s Eve shooting death of a young burro has ignited a firestorm on social media.

According to Needles resident Eileen Sparks, the burro was found by motorists inside the town of Oatman, the victim of a gunshot. The animal appeared to be dazed, she said, and unwilling to move from the roadway. A bullet wound was clearly visible against the burro’s body.

“We were driving in for the day when we saw him,” Sparks said. “Some off-roaders had gotten out of their vehicles…the pure shock on their faces made us stop. In our eight years coming here, we’ve never seen a burro that had been shot. They were trying to get him out of the road, but he just stood there.”

Another driver contacted authorities, Sparks said, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management dispatched a ranger to the scene. According to BLM officials, the burro’s injuries were so grave that the animal had to be euthanized.

“It’s one of the saddest things I’ve seen,” Sparks said. “My heart is broken. We need to find out who did this…I want to contribute to a reward to find out who did this.”

Sparks isn’t the only one. Oatman visitors and residents have spread the story through social media, quickly identifying the yearling as a familiar sight in the town.   Read the rest of this article HERE.

Horse Slaughter Lover “Dinky” Zinke booked government helicopters to attend D.C. events

“‘Dinky’ Zinke used taxpayer-funded vehicles from the U.S. Park Police to help accommodate his political events schedule…the Ego continues to swell…along with the head!!!” – R.T.

“I loves my dead stuffed animals, even if I didn’t kills them myself!”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence, according to previously undisclosed official travel documents.

The travel logs, released to POLITICO via a Freedom of Information Act request, show Zinke using taxpayer-funded vehicles from the U.S. Park Police to help accommodate his political events schedule.

In a case detailed in the new documents, Zinke ordered a U.S. Park Police helicopter to take him and his chief of staff, Scott Hommel, to an emergency management exercise in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on June 21.

Zinke’s staff justified the $8,000 flight by saying official business would prevent him leaving Washington before 2 p.m., too late to make the two-hour drive to the exercise, according to the documents.

The event that prevented Zinke from leaving before 2 p.m. was the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), according to Zinke’s official Interior calendar. Gianforte, who won a special election for Zinke’s old seat in May after assaulting a reporter, contributed along with his wife $15,800 to Zinke’s two congressional campaigns.

“Secretary Zinke’s last engagement in Washington D.C. is at 2 p.m.,” an Interior staffer wrote as justification for using the helicopter. “Driving to [the West Virginia event] would not enable him to be on time and fully participate as scheduled.”

Interior defended the trips.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/ryan-zinke-helicopters-dc-212730

Former USFWS Special Agent Sam Jojola calls out Utah’s Rep. Rob Bishop and Zinke’s fake “International Wildlife Conservation Council”

Killer of Cecil the Lion, Minneapolis dentist & big game hunter, Walter Palmer (left) (photo: dailystar.co.uk)

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by Sam Jojola, Retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Special Agent

The more things change, the more they stay the same

On November 8, 2017, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council.  The devil is in the details and what will follow in days, weeks and months to come will shape this Council and their priorities. Since the Council involves aspects of conservation, hunting and law enforcement, I wonder if Council heads will be selected from recognized leading experts in those three areas of focus.  I am particularly concerned how the Council will deal with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) foreign listed species and import permits that are mentioned in this press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

I believe the creation of this Council comes at a very bad time given the recent news of Zimbabwe’s regime shakeup and the most recent proposal for the U.S. to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe.  I hope now that President Trump has moved to keep the ban in place, that he and Secretary Zinke will consider keeping the ban given the current developing instability of Zimbabwe over the past several days: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/trump-puts-decision-allow-elephant-hunting-trophy-imports-hold-022152590.html

Five illegal Leopard trophies entering U.S. in 2008 detail Zimbabwe’s corruption

In 2008, sources from outside the U.S. contacted me and provided specific details about a shipment of leopard trophies entering the U.S. with fraudulent CITES permits from Zimbabwe.  I passed on my initial investigation to USFWS Special Agents in Colorado who seized the leopard trophies and completed the investigation after trophy hunters and a foreign guide were prosecuted: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-dakota-man-sentenced-smuggling-big-game-leopard-hide-united-states

There are a number of articles on the Internet that detail how widespread illegal hunting has been in Zimbabwe over the years. There are disturbing estimates of large numbers of rhinos that have been killed for years in Zimbabwe.

Google “illegal trophy hunting in Zimbabwe”

Readers will be shocked at the details of pages with disturbing accounts, estimates and reports that reflect the widespread killing of staggering numbers of elephants and rhinos over the years.

Knowing history to avoid repeating the same mistakes

To really grasp what is happening now with wildlife resources across the globe and how they are managed (and mismanaged, due to poor regulations, corruption, greed, etc.), it is very important to examine bad decisions of the past to insure these decisions are not repeated now and in the future.  One of the key documents everyone should read is from an October, 1996 posting on the website from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) that consists of 29 pages, titled “Tarnished Trophies.”

Read page 9 of this report that is titled “Fish and Wildlife Safari Service.”  This “white paper” documents corruption of a high level department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at that time with respect to promoting trophy hunting of threatened and endangered species: https://www.peer.org/assets/docs/whitepapers/1996_tarnished_trophies.pdf

As one of my colleagues who is a renowned former wildlife research biologist put it simply, “humanity’s DNA is seriously flawed” and we as a species can many times make the wrong decisions, particularly when managing wildlife resources now and in the future for generations.

My comments on the creation of an International Wildlife Conservation Council

On November 15, 2017, I submitted my comments to the USFWS via e-mail regarding the proposed creation of an International Wildlife Conservation Council:

  1. The proposal is a monumental waste of money due to Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) who has helped push five (5) bills from the Natural Resources Committee that would conceivably dismantle the Endangered Species Act over a period of time. The ESA plays a major part of wildlife conservation. It would make more sense to form a council to fight these destructive proposals that would destroy the ESA or have the Secretary of Interior request Rep. Rob Bishop to resign. If Rep. Rob Bishop has his way to “invalidate” the ESA, imagine trying to protect wildlife and regulate hunting. Dismantling the ESA in any form or fashion is destroying large fragile ecosystems at the expense of wildlife resources for future generations.
  2. The International Wildlife Conservation Council should actually be renamed to accurately portray the proposed actions. It should be re-named “The International Wildlife Conservation, Hunting and Law Enforcement Council” which is more appropriate.
  3. One of the “duties of the Council” will be to “Recommend removal of barriers to the importation of the United States of legally hunted wildlife”. The recent lifting of the ban this month to allow trophy hunters who legally killed elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2017 can now import those trophy elephants into the U.S. U.S. trophy hunters who legally hunt elephants in those countries in 2018 can apply for a USFWS permit and import their trophies here. This proves the implementation of this Council is without merit and unnecessary and barriers are obviously already removed without the Council in place.
  4. A Council formed to help African nations re-write wildlife laws in their respective countries would be a better proposal. Zimbabwe is a notoriously corrupt nation reportedly losing upwards of 1 billion dollars annually to corruption. Why should the U.S. allow U.S. trophy hunters to kill any wildlife in that country and allow their importation here? We are rewarding a corrupt regime. The U.S. should instead provide legal expertise and offer to help Zimbabwe and other countries re-write their wildlife laws that seal loopholes that contributed to the Cecil the Lion incident.
  5. There are already plenty of loopholes in the ESA across the board. Why constrict Special Agents and Wildlife Inspectors from doing their job to enforce regulations with additional bureaucracy?

Task Force concept needed to address transnational wildlife criminal syndicates

The U.S. should instead focus on addressing the exponential growth of the global illegal wildlife trade by improving U.S. law enforcement strategies through the formation of a task force comprised of USFWS, the FBI, IRS, ICE, DSS (State Department), the CIA, NSA, and a U.S. Special Operations group to fully address the transnational wildlife criminal syndicates that are dismantling ecosystems across the planet.

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In 2008, Walter Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statement to the Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he shot outside authorized hunting zones in Wisconsin.  He tried to have release of the incriminating photograph stopped.

THE TRUTH #11 – The BLM authorized the adoption of a wild horse to a woman who was later charged with animal cruelty. Although the wild horse survived, the fact that this horse was subjected to animal cruelty illustrates what happens when the BLM fails to do adequate, if any, compliance checks

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public. Be sure to subscribe HERE to Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

THE TRUTH #11 – The BLM authorized the adoption of a wild horse to a woman who was later charged with animal cruelty.  Although the wild horse survived, the fact that this horse was subjected to animal cruelty illustrates what happens when the BLM fails to do adequate, if any, compliance checks.

When looking at FOIA records regarding the fate of wild horses born in BLM holding facilities, we came across a horse (Freezemark #10183695) that the BLM approved for a Private Care and Maintenance Agreement (PMACA) adoption to someone in Loxahatchee, FL. This caught our eye because of the investigations by Richard Cuoto of Animal Rescue Mission that exposed illegal slaughter farms in Loxahatchee, FL, including Medina Farm. Luckily, this wild horse didn’t end up on Medina Farm, but we found out that the adopter, Janet Greene, was charged with animal cruelty. We have provided links to two newspaper articles, a timeline of events and BLM FOIA documents below.

Horse owner formally charged with animal cruelty (Read this article HERE.)

Janet Greene (photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

“Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control seized 14 horses Nov. 7

…Janet E. Greene, 47, of Port St. Lucie, is charged with 13 counts of felony cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal.

Feed bills show that 16 horses were being fed a total of 51 pounds of hay per day, well below the recommended amount of 320 pounds of hay, according a statement from Animal Care and Control Sgt. Max Sharpe.”

And we saw this article:

Woman charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in Loxahatchee Groves horse-death case (Read this article HERE.)

“…the county’s top animal investigators said that in the span of two months, one sick horse ended up becoming two dead horses and 13 sick ones, and they placed that blame squarely on Janet Greene, the horse’s owner of record.”

Veterinary assistant Nancy Rogero, left, and animal care specialist Rosemary MacDougal care for one of 14 emaciated horses that were brought to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

In reviewing the FOIA records regarding the PMACA (Private Maintenance and Care Agreement) adoption and timeline of events after the BLM turned over the horse to Janet Greene, it looks like this:

10/9/11 – Janet E. Greene fills out a BLM Application for Adoption of Wild Horse(s) or Burro(s) (undated) and on 10/9/11, BLM’s John D. Parsons authorized a Private Maintenance and Care Agreement for Wild Horse(s) or Burro(s).

11/7/12 – About thirteen months later, Janet E. Greene is arrested for animal cruelty.

3/15/13 – Over seventeen months after the adoption, the BLM case file log shows that BLM sent a title application to Janet Greene, but it was returned as undeliverable. It also notes “Talked to Mr. Green, got new address and re-mailed title app

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

 

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Read all of THE TRUTH and see other FOIA documentation HERE.

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Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

*Reminder* Please call your U.S. Senators to save our wild horses and burros.

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The largest groups of wild horses I had ever seen being driven at once by helicopter

As we drove down County Road 430 toward the Colorado border, I had a sinking feeling that we were headed toward Bitter Creek Road, where 167 wild horses have already been rounded up and removed. I was initially told that no more than 200 horses would be removed from this area, that there would still be horses there. But now, since the helicopters could fly into Adobe Town at the every southern border with Colorado as well as in Salt Wells Creek from this location, that this was why we were going here.

The winding road up Kinney Rim

The winding road up Kinney Rim

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In fact, 236 wild horses were rounded up this day, 54 for Adobe Town and 182 from Salt Wells Creek. This stunningly beautiful area is in the shadow of Kinney Rim, one of the stunning and immense formations of hills in Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek. Just up over the rim and about 12 miles over was Eversole Ranch.

Coming from a long way away

Coming from a long way away

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Galloping in

I did not hear any helicopters for a long time – they had headed south toward the border, and I think they were bringing wild horses from quite a long way away.   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

Donate Here: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/donate/

The Wild Horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard Will Not Be Forgotten

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

The Wild Horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard Will Not Be Forgotten

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

*Reminder* Please call your U.S. Senators to save our wild horses and burros.

Stunning horses run into the trap

Stunning horses run into the trap

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The “Judas horse” kicks out at the wild horses he has betrayed by leading them into the trap

The last few days of the roundup I was living in nervous anticipation of whether or not Judge Frudenthal would grant our Preliminary Injunction and stop the roundup at 1560 total wild horses removed until our case would be heard, or if the roundup would continue with another roughly 400 wild horses being illegally removed.

Rock Formations in Adobe Town

Rock Formations in Adobe Town

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A small family: stallion, mare and foal

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We set out to “the heart of Adobe Town” as the wild horse and burro expert described it. We went the very long way, and that morning it was a 4 hour drive made longer by a flat on one of the public’s vehicles. We finally arrived to an area a bit further into Adobe Town than I usually go. There were gas pads and the occasional gas vehicle but other than that we were alone. We passed the stunning Willow Creek Rim, and the unique and strange rock formations that are so much a part of this area. We set up at a gas pad then were told we had to move because the helicopter would be driving horses that way. We finally arrived at a small rise above a creek, and were told we needed to crouch down.

Horses running in front the of the gas pad

Horses running in front the of the gas pad

Running into the trap

Running into the trap

We were fairly close to the horses as they came into the trap for a change. The varied and beautiful colors of these horses were absolutely stunning, palomino, roan, dun, appaloosa and the many greys. The horses running in front of the gas pad I found rather ironic. We had come to this remote area to get wild mares for the radio collar study – they wanted to have a sampling of horses from different areas.We saw one family run by very close, the small foal running full out to keep up.                                                               READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

Donate Here: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/donate/