Infamous BLM Advisory Board Wild Horse Hater Tries to Spin the Truth

By Nancy Lofholm of the Denver Post

Outspoken BLM Horse-Eater Attempts to Delude the Press

Callie Hendrickson is a member of the Colorado Cow Club that has partnered with the BLM in it’s effort to zero out the West Douglas herd in northwest Colorado.  Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition, the Cloud Foundation, Front Range Equine Rescue, Habitat for Horses and private citizen plaintiffs have been responsible for keeping the West Douglas horses free.  To date, this has been an unprecedented success but a MEMBER of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is active in trying to end, forever, the existence of this herd.  That speaks volumes to the “stacked deck” theory of the BLM’s Board.  Many thanks to our plaintiffs, donors and sponsors for supporting this TRUE and LEGITIMATE win by these unified, registered 501(c)3 organizations.  The horses of West Douglas run free thanks to your concern”  ~ R.T.

CallieHendricksonGRAND JUNCTION, CO — Callie Hendrickson is a horsewoman. She grew up on a ranch. She was a professional horse trainer for seven years. She has owned as many as 35 horses at a time and currently has two that she rides for pleasure. Her eyes still redden when she talks about having to put down colts with broken legs decades ago.

But for a certain faction of horse lovers, Hendrickson is an evil advocate of horse slaughter. She is the unfeeling citizen adviser who would send thousands of wild horses to the glue factory, the dinner table or the dog food bowl.

Hendrickson, one of the newest appointees to the Bureau of Land Management’s national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, shakes her head over that.

“I certainly don’t consider myself a horse hater. I am a realist,” she said as she slapped a hand on a sheet of figures documenting what she sees as the facts of the problem of too many wild horses on public lands. “My focus is on this.”

What she means by “this” are numbers that show the federal government in the past year spent nearly $60 million on gathering, removing and holding wild horses and burros from the 179 horse management areas that dot 10 Western states. There are currently more than 37,000 wild horses and burros in the wild, 11,000 more than the U.S. Bureau of Land Management estimates the management areas will sustain.

More than 46,000 horses and burros are being held in short-term corrals and long-term pastures. Attempts to have these horses adopted have fallen far short. Last year, 2,730 horses and burros were adopted at a cost of $7.1 million to the BLM.

Those numbers and the fact that horse herds in the wild can double every four years, have led Hendrickson, an otherwise unassuming middle-aged Grand Junction resident, to speak gas-on-the-fire words that horrify advocates who see wild mustangs as noble icons of the West and living symbols of history: “sell,” “slaughter” and “eat.”

“Selling a horse to go to slaughter would be my last choice,” Hendrickson said, after explaining why it may be part of a multifaceted solution to get the horse population under control and that it is more humane than letting them starve in the wild.

Hendrickson added, “I’ve never eaten horse meat. I never plan to. But I’m not going to tell someone else they can’t eat horse.”

Even the agency she advises as part of a nine-person board is removed from that view.

“We’ve taken the idea of selling for slaughter off the table. It is not an option,” said Tom Gorey, the BLM’s national wild horse specialist who called Hendrickson a highly qualified board member who will do the job of working toward consensus.

Hendrickson honed her no-nonsense belief about animal welfare growing up in the remote west end of Montrose County. One of her strongest memories is of raising 4-H steers, and, yes, she admits crying when they were auctioned to become beef.

She completed the Horse Training and Management program at Lamar Community College and has worked as a school teacher and an agriculture loan officer. She has training as a mediator and works as the part-time executive director of a northwest Colorado conservation district.

Look at any wild horse advocacy website or blog, and Hendrickson is painted with one broad brush. She is excoriated as the “pro-slaughter cattlewoman,” tagged as “anti-wild horse” and “inherently antagonistic to wild mustangs and burros.” She is called an advocate of “the mutilation of mares” for her views on spaying and as a proponent of “equine concentration camps.”

She sparked her own day of national protest on March 1 when thousands of wild-horse supporters heeded the urging of horse advocacy groups and called Interior Secretary Ken Salazar‘s office to lobby for Hendrickson’s removal from the board.

In the wake of that kind of criticism, Hendrickson has grown even bolder about drawing attention to what she calls the elephant in the room. That is the subject of using lethal control as one method of reining in the wild horse population.

“I think she should step up to the plate and resign,” said Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Colorado Springs-based Cloud Foundation, a wild horse and burro advocacy group. “She knows very well she doesn’t represent the sentiments of the American people she was appointed to represent.”

Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, said she believes Hendrickson was put on the advisory board to represent the interests of the cattle industry and “to clear the path for the mass slaughter of wild horses who have been rounded up and removed from public lands.”

Roy’s group and other horse advocacy groups charge that the BLM is mismanaging wild horses and burros by decreasing the acreage they are allowed to roam on and by placing equine interests behind those of livestock grazing.

The groups’ fervid criticism of Hendrickson has only intensified lately as the wild horse situation has been roiled by new controversy. A wild horse buyer in southern Colorado is being investigated for allegedly buying large numbers of wild horses to sell for slaughter.

Hendrickson says she hopes her talk of using what some consider extreme measures to control herd sizes may spark horse advocates and the agency she advises to get more creative about the problem.

Her bottom line is that before the horses can be managed in healthy herds, their numbers must be reduced through birth- control, relaxing adoption rules so more horses can be sold and adopted, and creating more sanctuaries on private lands.

She would like to explore the creation of a “virtual adoption” program. Those who want to save horses could pay ranchers an annual fee to care for them.

“Right now we are in crisis mode,” she said. “We need to truly start managing horses.”

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Obama’s BLM “Slaughter” Advisory Board Shows True Colors on First Day

Commentary by R.T. Fitch ~ Author and volunteer President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Appointed Anti-Horse/Pro-Slaughter Fanatic Sticks Foot in Mouth During Opening

Jim Stephenson in the best shot for America's horses; an image in a rear view mirror

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has created for themselves yet another PR nightmare with the new appointments of Anti-Horse/Pro-Slaughter activists to their beleaguered and special interest Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Council.  Self proclaimed wild horse hater Callie Hendrickson did her homework and is well aware of the massive public outcry over her appointment to the board as she has spent the last several years of her life trying to wipe out the last of the federally protected free roaming wild horses in Colorado.  With all of the bad press, she didn’t step across the line in her self-indulgent introduction, today, at day one of the biased BLM meeting being held in Reno, NV.

But her partner in crime Jim Stephenson wasted no time in announcing his disdain for wild horses and disengagement from mathematical facts as he stepped right into a giant pile of stallion feces during his personal, and rather lame, introduction.  The following is taken directly from the BLM’s site at http://www.blm.gov/live/

BLM appointee Jim Stephenson doing what he enjoys most, playing with dead animals

” I AM JAMES STEPHENSON . THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR ON THE BOARD. I HAVE BEEN TO ONE MEETING SO FAR. I SPENT THE LAST 16 YEARS WORKING FOR THE YAKAMA INDIAN NATION IN WASHINGTON, SOUTH- CENTRAL WASHINGTON. THEY ARE BIG GAME BIOLOGIST. I ALSO HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR WILD HORSES. WE HAVE SUMMER AROUND 15,000 HEAD ON ABOUT 400,000 ACRES — SOMEWHERE AROUND 15,000 HAD APPEARED I HAVE TO ADMIT, I HAD ANOTHER MOTIVE FOR GETTING ON THE BOARD. THAT WAS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW MANY INDIAN FORCES ARE — THE TOTAL NUMBER EXCEEDS THE NUMBER ON BOM LAND. WE HAVE A NATIONAL TRIBAL HORSE COALITION, UP TO SIX TRIBES. AREN’T SPRINGS, — ORANGE SPRINGS, YAKAMAS, NAVAJOS. NAVAJOS HAVE 70,000 HEAD OF HORSES. THERE ARE LIKELY AT LEAST 100,000 HEAD OF HORSES RUNNING LOOSE AT THIS TIME. I GREW UP IN SOUTHEASTERN OREGON. I DROVE DOWN HERE, AND I REALLY HAVE A REAL LOVE FOR THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY, NORTHERN NEVADA AND SOUTHEASTERN OREGON. AND I REALLY WANT TO SEE THE HORSES, THE POPULATION’S MANAGED AT A PROPER LEVEL. MY EXPERIENCE, I KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW. THANK YOU.”

No, thank you, Jimbo for verifying that the BLM has once again stacked the decks against the horses and brought in a biased, non-mathematician who is going to tell us that there are 100,000 wild horses running around on a few reservations when there are probably less than 20,000 still running free on their rightful land in 10 western states.  Give me a break, Jim.

The more I listen and see the more I am infuriated with the lack of transparency, knowledge and severe absence of depth on the board that is supposed to be advising the BLM on the proper management of the last few of our national icons still breathing air as free entities  It is maddening.  Salazar and Abbey should be fired, at the very least, if not prosecuted for the atrocities that they have committed upon the very charges that they have pledged to protect.

For all of you advocates who are speaking tomorrow, please, speak to the issue that the board is a sham, a farce and we will do all in our power to awaken the spirit of the American people to the disaster that this handful of special interest puppets are besetting upon our symbol of freedom and truth in this, formerly, great land of ours.  Give it all that you have got knowing that the rest of us are standing beside you in spirit.

May the “Force of the Horse®” be with you.

BLM Nat. Wild Horse and Burro “Slaughter” Advisory Board Meets Today

“Due to a paying job taking priority over domestic travel Terry and I will not be in Reno, NV, today and tomorrow for the gathering of the BLM’s hand picked grazing, cattle, hunting and slaughter special interest Advisory Board meeting where the end and destruction of our national icons will be discussed and planned.  Seasoned advocates are well aware that this bogus board ignores and rejects mass public opinion when it comes to the issue of saving the last few federally protected wild horses and burros on public lands but during this meeting all advocates should do their best to declare with disdain the appointment of self-proclaimed horse-hater and slaughter supporter, Callie Hendrickson.

 I am reproducing, below, an OpEd that I wrote back in February shortly after her appointment.  Did quite a bit of research and on the opening day of this insulting excuse of a meeting it might be of value to revisit this travesty.  The article speaks for itself, nuff said” ~ R.T.

Salazar, Obama’s BLM Stick It to the Wild Horses, Burros and the American Public

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation 2/23/2012

Infamous Horse Slaughter Advocate Appointed to BLM Advisory Board

"Our friend Callie says da horses gotta GO...eat more Horse!"

While trusting Americans calmly slept all snug in their beds dreaming of freedom, blue skies, green grass and the thundering of distance hooves the grotesquely distorted and immoral monster, known as the Department of the Interior (DoI), was plotting on collusive and divisive ways to kill off the national icon of American freedom and independence; the wild horses and burros of the western United States.

The plotting, scheming, lobbying, exchanging of favors and money under the table is nothing new for the DoI and its bastard offspring, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  They have been stripping, maiming, harming, warehousing, killing, selling and hiding tens of thousands of public wild horses for decades and as of late it was actually exposed, in a FOIA back in 2008, that they were going to slaughter the tens of thousands that are in their equine concentration camps, only to do an about face and lie to the public and say that was just a hypothetical study and they never intended to actually pull the trigger, right.

But would you like some rock solid evidence, today, without any shadow of a doubt that the bought and paid for grazing company, BLM, is stacking the deck to ensure that our national heritage is cruelly slaughtered and sold to foreign countries for a filly burger versus applying sound science to range management?  I will give you all that without even any comment; just letting the facts speak for themselves.

Several weeks ago the Secretary of the DoI, Colorado cattle baron and long time horse-hater Ken Salazar appointed one of his home state buddies to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  This sham of a board is supposed to advise the BLM on a way forward in protecting and managing the national treasure of wild horses and burros on their federally designated public lands.  But instead, this board is stacked with ONLY cattle, hunting and grazing interests.  To date, there is not one single horse/burro advocate sitting on this public board and good ole boy Salazar appointed an infamous and outspoken horse slaughter advocate and welfare ranching promoter into the “Public Advocate” slot.  You say, “What gives?”…it’s called collusion, money, greed and corruption ladies and gentlemen and what stings the most is that the feds that suckle on the teats of the federal sow don’t think that we are smart enough to figure out what is REALLY going on; that’s what curdles my milk.

Let’s take a second and listen to the words of wisdom that Salazar’s new appointee, Callie Hendrickson, has to say about wild horses/burros and banned, predatory horse slaughter.  Former Public Advocate Janet Jankura wanted to stay but Salazar wasn’t having any of that because some of the wild horse advocates actually got along well with Janet, damn her soul.

First stop will be her website, the Wild Horse Range Coalition which is pretty much a failed attempt to pull together welfare ranchers, who pay only $1.35 a month to tear up and destroy YOUR public lands, so that they can all collectively blame the naturally occurring wild horses for range degradation where the horses are usually outnumbered by private cattle, on public land, between 100-400 to “1”.  We shall take a cue from Callie and utilize the format that she uses on her site/blog with the headers “Callie Says:” (now keep in mind that this individual was picked to be YOUR voice to the BLM in helping to preserve and protect OUR wild horses and burros)

Callie Says:

Posted October 11th, 2011 – Wild Horses and Burros Meeting

“Based on what we hear about the people in the East wanting to be sure the horses remain free or that they won’t stand for the horses to be sold, I was surprised that the only activist in attendance were the small handful that have been making a living off of convincing people that the BLM is managing the horses to extinction.  There were a total of 10 – 12 people who made comments.  There were no tears shed by the horse activists this time so to wasn’t quite as entertaining as the two previous meetings.”  (Little note here, Callie honey, idiots like you are costing me my retirement.  Make money?  We spend money;  personal money and trying to save the West Douglas herd from your gnashing teeth and clanking knife and fork is postponing my retirement you self-righteous twit…oh, sorry, I forgot, I wasn’t going to say anything but I just don’t do “stupid” very well.)

…” I was very frustrated when a new Board Member noted the Board needed to consider the elephant in the room and discuss lethal control of the horses.  Immediately he was shut down by the Chair of the Board, Robin Lohnes, and BLM Assistant Director, Ed Roberson.  Last I knew anything about parliamentary procedure, the Chair’s role is to conduct the meeting rather than control the conversation to the point only her point of view is discussed.  And since this is an “Advisory” Board to the BLM, it is frustrating that a BLM employee would shut down any discussion brought up by a Board Member.  In my opinion, that was totally inappropriate.”  (Wow, what a team player…stupid enough to publicly trounce on the Chair and STILL get appointed.  You must have something pretty big on ole Kenny, huh?  And we feel sorry for you, they didn’t get a chance to talk about your favorite subject, slaughtering and eating wild horses…bet that made you all hot for a “Filly Fillet”, didn’t it.  Drat, there I go again, sorry.)

Oh, Callie talks to herself, too.  Here site/blog is such a total failure that she is the only one who responds to her page on current issues and she only had two responses to all of the issues with the most interesting being:

Callie Says:

“Check out the GAO report that tells us what we already knew. Closing horse slaughter plants has caused more horses to suffer. Surprise, surprise!”  (Don’t you just want to give her a great big hug?)

Under another header;

Callie Says:

“These new bills on the Government Litigation Savings Act are making wild horse groups nervous. These bills will stop their “cash cow” because they will no longer be able to sue the government to make money. I encourage you to see the “take action” page and learn about what these bills will do for you as a tax payer.”  (I think we talked about this before, dumbass…eeks, sorry burros…there is NO money in suing the BLM to stop abusing the horses and burros, it is a bottomless pit but it is all done so that WE can sleep at night knowing that we have done the right thing while the likes of you toss and turn with the haunting nightmares of destroying all that is natural, pure and right with our wilderness.  I wouldn’t trade places for a second.)

Callie is also a self-proclaimed scientist and mathematician, a trait she shares with her friend, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis:

Callie Says:

“While there are an estimated 38,500 horses and burros (12,000 more than the range can support), it has been proven time and time again that BLM’s count is anywhere from 15% to 50% undercounted. This is understandable because it is impossible to count all the animals from the air when they are in rough terrain (canyons and mesas) under pinion and juniper trees. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to count horses, deer, elk, cattle, etc. If we give them the benefit of the doubt and estimate an undercount of 35%, there are likely 51,975 horses on the range.”

Callie went to Washington in May of 2011 to share her genius and compassionate heart with legislators on Capitol Hill, to read her comments just warms your soul as she is the one who will be advising the BLM on how to care for and protect your wild horses, I just can’t wait.

Callie Says:

“Our message was, BLM has the law to follow and they need to stand up in court and defend their decisions to remove the horses from the range.  They have the authority to sell the excess horses and they need to do so.  That is the only answer to keeping a healthy range and to not be spending $40 million a year feeding horses that have no use.”  (Gosh, I have a really neat and simple plan for all those useless horses, darling…leave them on the range were they don’t cost a friggen nickel just as the US Congress voted UNANIMOUSLY to do back in 1971.  Am I missing something here?)

Callie goes on to talk about the suit to stop the Triple B roundup, last year, which was filed with Laura Leigh as plaintiff and Wild Horse Freedom Federation as the supporting organization.  Initially the judge allowed the round up to proceed but with video supplied by the plaintiff showing the pursing helicopter coming into contact with the horse the Judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the roundup.  Now Callie does not mention the TRO, only the initial denial on July 15th and she is so very disengaged from the facts of what is going on as she blames and bashes the Cloud Foundation instead of the true funding group, WHFF.

Callie Says:

“This is great news that the Court recognizes the law and the need to move forward with these gathers! However, I bet we never see any information about what the Cloud Foundation has cost the taxpayer in delaying the gather after all of BLM’s and the gathering contractor’s efforts and expenses of setting up for the gather, being delayed, being given the go-ahead, then being delayed again, then being given the go-ahead again!”  (Awww, poor misguided thing, I would so very much have liked you to bash myself or our WHFF versus the good folks at TCF.  I love a good thrashing from a lame blogger now and then..’stop it I love it’…’it hurts so good’…but no, you missed the entire point and went down a road that only shows your lack of understanding and total disengagement from the facts, sigh…I hope that your condition improves.)

So folks if you have some time to waste and feel like seeing what it is like to live in a very dark and lonely habitat simply swing on over to www.wildhorserange.org where you can witness the melt down of a celebrity wanna-be post disjointed articles with the only comments made being from herself, one guy did comment on the entire site and she was so enthralled that she asked him to forward her article to the BLM so that they could see how cool she was.  To date, she has had only 9,000 hapless victims hit on her site, we do that in a day at SFTHH, but then again, we are about doing what is right instead of delving into the darkness of murder and slaughter…and now she represents YOU, the American public, ain’t it sweet?

Oh, don’t forget to swing by and listen to Callie talk up her ideas on the internet radio:

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) Joining the BARN by telephone is newly appointed BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Member Callie Hendrickson discussing several issues related to the management of Wild Horses & Burros in the United States & right here in Colorado. In particular is the focus on the Act that guides the program, and that gives BLM the authority to make decisions regarding the National Wild Horse & Burro Program…022112_WildHorseBurroProgram_CallieHendrickson_21m

But before we close, let’s bop on over to Facebook where good ole Callie publicly fawns up next to our favorite Head Horse-Eater, Dave Duquette, president of the ever shape shifting organization presently going under the name of United Horsemen, a front for the slaughter, meat and packing industry with ties to the current Canadian Horse Slaughter community.  (She is now a proud member and will be speaking at their Slaughterfest in May, again as your PUBLIC ADVOCATE to the BLM for YOUR wild horses and burros, ain’t it great?

Dave Duquette “Welcome aboard folks, Callie it’s great to see you here.”

Callie Hendrickson “Thanks Dave Duquette. I’m working on learning this FB thing. Working to help people understand the problems the wild/feral horse overpopulation issues cause on the range. Have you visited the www.wildhorserange.org page? You seem to have a great handle on this stuff and I certainly welcome your feedback on it.”

Callie Hendrickson “BTW Dave, great job on all the work you are doing to get the Approps bill passed without the rider! Keep up the good work and be sure to let us know what we can do to help.”

On her own pro-cow anti-horse Facebook page she talks to herself a lot, too:

Callie Says:

“As a taxpayer, I agree 100% with Ole Olson! Sell them and let the highest bidder buy the horses. If it is a horse lover, great! If it is a killer buyer, great! At one time I thought the government had an obligation to manage the taxpayers’ money wisely. That has gone out the window today. Has anyone burst Ms. Pickens bubble by letting her know the horses she saw in the movies were domestic horses? Or is that like her not knowing that horses are used for meat? If you marry the kind of money that she has, I guess you can afford to live in a fantasy world. But in the real world, life is life and it ends in death one way or another.”

Enough said?

Now it’s time to hear from someone else, someone who may be opinionated but the opinions fall into the favor of preserving the lives of our national icons and to stop the destruction of our public lands for personal gain.  That someone would be ME!

R.T. Says:

“It’s time to CULL CALLIE, to stand up and fight this outrageous appointment; a slap in the face to the good citizens of this fair land, this horse-hater needs to go and go now.”

Click (HERE) for more Info

Come join us in our National Call in and Fax day on March 1st where we intend to occupy both the phone lines AND the fax lines to Callie’s good buddy and friend, Ken Salazar.  Let Kenny know that you are outraged, pissed off, disappointed and insistent that Cruel Callie be removed from consideration for the BLM Advisory board, IMMEDIATELY.  This is unconscionable and yet another stain on the Administration that had promised not only change, but to be animal friendly.  We have NOT seen anything like that, yet.

On March 1st tell Salazar that you want action and you want action NOW, enough is enough:

Number to Call: (202) 208-3100

Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956

Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Cull Cruel Callie is the Cry of the day and as a team, we can make it happen.  Tell your family, your friends, your business associates and go visit her site and pull down the evil talk.  This woman does not represent mainstream America and it is obvious that she does a poor job of representing the horse-eating few.  She has to go.

Make the calls, send the faxes and insist Cruel Callie is Culled on March 1st.  We have the power, we have the know-how and we surely have the right cause on our side.

CULL CRUEL CALLIE

Sources:

http://www.wildhorserange.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Horse-Range/154140607989970

https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedhorsemen/permalink/181547408596460/

http://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/02-21-12-blm-announces-three-selections-for-national-wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board/

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Callie Hendrickson: “Pro-slaughter” Appointee to BLM Wild Horse Board Draws Protests

By Alan Prendergast of the Denver Westword

Active Anti-Horse Activist Selected by Obama’s DOI Secretary Ken Salazar

"Cull Callie, NOW"

The appointment of Callie Hendrickson to a board that helps shape the federal government’s wild horse management plan has touched off a frenzy of petitions and protests by horse advocacy groups. They say the Grand Junction woman is a defender of ranching interests who’s endorsed commercial slaughter of “excess horses” on public lands.

The Department of the Interior was barraged with phone calls and e-mails after it was announced that Hendrickson would be appointed as one of two “general public” representatives on the Bureau of Land Management‘s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Hendrickson is executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts and a horse owner herself. But she’s better known to wild horse activists as a champion of grazing rights. The districts she represents intervened in a contentious lawsuit over wild horse roundups in Colorado, supporting the BLM’s efforts to “zero out” the West Douglas herd, a small but hardy group of mustangs located south of Rangely.

The board, which is supposed to provide a wide range of citizen and stakeholder input, has specific seats designated for veterinarians, livestock management, natural resources and so on. That Hendrickson was appointed to represent the public at large alarms groups such as the Colorado Springs-based Cloud Foundation, which has criticized the move as stacking the board in favor of ranchers, who view wild horses as competition for public grazing land.

Hendrickson has maintained that the horse herds are far more overpopulated than official BLM counts suggest. At the same time, she’s denounced the “waste” involved in the agency’s roundups and failed adoption program, which has left 45,000 horses and burros in short-term holding facilities and privately contracted pastures, operated at taxpayer expense. “We’ve got a wreck,” she said in a recent radio interview. “We’ve got too many horses on the range and 45,000 in holding areas, costing taxpayers over $35 million a year. That’s unsustainable.”

On the Wild Horse Range Coalition blog, Hendrickson has expressed frustration that the prior board has refused “to consider the elephant in the room and discuss lethal control of the horses.” She has also called for “welfare horses” to be made available for sale “without limitation” to the highest bidder. Since the adoption program can only handle a small fraction of the horses BLM is removing from the range every year, that presumably means turning them into horsemeat and glue.

Critics of BLM’s program insist that the horses are not overpopulated and starving and that the roundups have decimated viable herds. When the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed, 339 herds were identified as under its protection; only 179 of those herds remain today, and their total permitted range has dwindled from 53 million acres to 31.6 million acres.

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Petition: Tell Interior Secretary to Dump Pro-Wild Horse Slaughter Appointee

Ken Salazar a friend and puppet of the Cattle industry and executioner for the Nation's Wild Horses and Burros

Sponsored by: American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Animal Law Coalition, The Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, International Fund for Horses, Protect Mustangs, Respect4Horses and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Secretary of the Interior has, for the second time in a row, selected an openly pro-horse slaughter person to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  Callie Hendrickson, an anti-wild horse activist, pro-horse slaughter proponent, has been selected to represent the interests of the ‘General Public’ on the board.

It is well known that Hendrickson supports horse slaughter, and the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including kill buyers). She supports the removal of all the wild horses in the West Douglas Creek herd on Colorado’s Western Slope. She has testified in support of anti-wild horse legislation and will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this Spring.

And Ms. Hendrickson is out of step with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose horse slaughter. According to a recent national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners for the ASPCA, 80% of Americans from all walks of life and all areas of the country do not support the slaughter of American horses.

Take action today: Urge Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to rescind his appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. 

Background:

The nine-member BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) who openly advocates for horse slaughter. Other Board members include the former head of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and a wildlife representative who is a member of organizations advocating a hunting season on wild horses.  Documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. They have stacked the Board with anti-wild horse extremists who could advocate for the slaughter of wild horses that have been removed from public lands and are being stockpiled in government holding facilities.

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TODAY: National Wild Horse and Burro Call-In Protest to “Cull Callie” from BLM Advisory Board

Unified Call to Action TODAY: Animal Law Coalition, ASPCA, Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, Horse Fund and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Jam Salazar’s Phone Lines and Clog His Fax with “CULL CALLIE!”

Call Salazar TODAY and tell him to "CULL CALLIE!"

Today, join thousands of concerned and caring Americans around the country and tell Salazar to “CULL CALLIE!”.

Protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board[1] as the General Public Representative.

Background: Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts representing ranching interests, many of whom have permits to run livestock on public lands in Northwestern Colorado. The organization successfully petitioned to become an intervenor on the side of BLM to completely remove the West Douglas Wild Horse Herd on the Western Slope of Colorado.

  • Ms. Hendrickson supports the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including slaughter buyers).
  • Ms. Hendrickson will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this spring.

Does Callie Hendrickson represent you? If your answer is NO, then please call, fax, and email Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and politely, but firmly ask that Callie Hendrickson’s appointment to the Advisory Board[1] be rescinded immediately.

Tell the Secretary that she does not represent you or the 80% of the General Public opposed to horse slaughter[2].

Number to Call: (202)-208-7351
Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956
Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Click (HERE) To Read About Calli, Salazar’s Death Sentence for the Wild Horses and Burros

[1] The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want —a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding.

[2] A recent nationwide poll reveals that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for  human consumption regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. The survey was sponsored by the ASPCA and conducted by Lake Research Partners.

Salazar, Obama’s BLM Stick It to the Wild Horses, Burros and the American Public

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Infamous Horse Slaughter Advocate Appointed to BLM Advisory Board

"Our friend Callie says da horses gotta GO...eat more Horse!"

While trusting Americans calmly slept all snug in their beds dreaming of freedom, blue skies, green grass and the thundering of distance hooves the grotesquely distorted and immoral monster, known as the Department of the Interior (DoI), was plotting on collusive and divisive ways to kill off the national icon of American freedom and independence; the wild horses and burros of the western United States.

The plotting, scheming, lobbying, exchanging of favors and money under the table is nothing new for the DoI and its bastard offspring, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  They have been stripping, maiming, harming, warehousing, killing, selling and hiding tens of thousands of public wild horses for decades and as of late it was actually exposed, in a FOIA back in 2008, that they were going to slaughter the tens of thousands that are in their equine concentration camps, only to do an about face and lie to the public and say that was just a hypothetical study and they never intended to actually pull the trigger, right.

But would you like some rock solid evidence, today, without any shadow of a doubt that the bought and paid for grazing company, BLM, is stacking the deck to ensure that our national heritage is cruelly slaughtered and sold to foreign countries for a filly burger versus applying sound science to range management?  I will give you all that without even any comment; just letting the facts speak for themselves.

Several weeks ago the Secretary of the DoI, Colorado cattle baron and long time horse-hater Ken Salazar appointed one of his home state buddies to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  This sham of a board is supposed to advise the BLM on a way forward in protecting and managing the national treasure of wild horses and burros on their federally designated public lands.  But instead, this board is stacked with ONLY cattle, hunting and grazing interests.  To date, there is not one single horse/burro advocate sitting on this public board and good ole boy Salazar appointed an infamous and outspoken horse slaughter advocate and welfare ranching promoter into the “Public Advocate” slot.  You say, “What gives?”…it’s called collusion, money, greed and corruption ladies and gentlemen and what stings the most is that the feds that suckle on the teats of the federal sow don’t think that we are smart enough to figure out what is REALLY going on; that’s what curdles my milk.

Let’s take a second and listen to the words of wisdom that Salazar’s new appointee, Callie Hendrickson, has to say about wild horses/burros and banned, predatory horse slaughter.  Former Public Advocate Janet Jankura wanted to stay but Salazar wasn’t having any of that because some of the wild horse advocates actually got along well with Janet, damn her soul.

First stop will be her website, the Wild Horse Range Coalition which is pretty much a failed attempt to pull together welfare ranchers, who pay only $1.35 a month to tear up and destroy YOUR public lands, so that they can all collectively blame the naturally occurring wild horses for range degradation where the horses are usually outnumbered by private cattle, on public land, between 100-400 to “1”.  We shall take a cue from Callie and utilize the format that she uses on her site/blog with the headers “Callie Says:” (now keep in mind that this individual was picked to be YOUR voice to the BLM in helping to preserve and protect OUR wild horses and burros)

Callie Says:

Posted October 11th, 2011 – Wild Horses and Burros Meeting

“Based on what we hear about the people in the East wanting to be sure the horses remain free or that they won’t stand for the horses to be sold, I was surprised that the only activist in attendance were the small handful that have been making a living off of convincing people that the BLM is managing the horses to extinction.  There were a total of 10 – 12 people who made comments.  There were no tears shed by the horse activists this time so to wasn’t quite as entertaining as the two previous meetings.”  (Little note here, Callie honey, idiots like you are costing me my retirement.  Make money?  We spend money;  personal money and trying to save the West Douglas herd from your gnashing teeth and clanking knife and fork is postponing my retirement you self-righteous twit…oh, sorry, I forgot, I wasn’t going to say anything but I just don’t do “stupid” very well.)

…” I was very frustrated when a new Board Member noted the Board needed to consider the elephant in the room and discuss lethal control of the horses.  Immediately he was shut down by the Chair of the Board, Robin Lohnes, and BLM Assistant Director, Ed Roberson.  Last I knew anything about parliamentary procedure, the Chair’s role is to conduct the meeting rather than control the conversation to the point only her point of view is discussed.  And since this is an “Advisory” Board to the BLM, it is frustrating that a BLM employee would shut down any discussion brought up by a Board Member.  In my opinion, that was totally inappropriate.”  (Wow, what a team player…stupid enough to publicly trounce on the Chair and STILL get appointed.  You must have something pretty big on ole Kenny, huh?  And we feel sorry for you, they didn’t get a chance to talk about your favorite subject, slaughtering and eating wild horses…bet that made you all hot for a “Filly Fillet”, didn’t it.  Drat, there I go again, sorry.)

Oh, Callie talks to herself, too.  Here site/blog is such a total failure that she is the only one who responds to her page on current issues and she only had two responses to all of the issues with the most interesting being:

Callie Says:

“Check out the GAO report that tells us what we already knew. Closing horse slaughter plants has caused more horses to suffer. Surprise, surprise!”  (Don’t you just want to give her a great big hug?)

Under another header;

Callie Says:

“These new bills on the Government Litigation Savings Act are making wild horse groups nervous. These bills will stop their “cash cow” because they will no longer be able to sue the government to make money. I encourage you to see the “take action” page and learn about what these bills will do for you as a tax payer.”  (I think we talked about this before, dumbass…eeks, sorry burros…there is NO money in suing the BLM to stop abusing the horses and burros, it is a bottomless pit but it is all done so that WE can sleep at night knowing that we have done the right thing while the likes of you toss and turn with the haunting nightmares of destroying all that is natural, pure and right with our wilderness.  I wouldn’t trade places for a second.)

Callie is also a self-proclaimed scientist and mathematician, a trait she shares with her friend, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis:

Callie Says:

“While there are an estimated 38,500 horses and burros (12,000 more than the range can support), it has been proven time and time again that BLM’s count is anywhere from 15% to 50% undercounted. This is understandable because it is impossible to count all the animals from the air when they are in rough terrain (canyons and mesas) under pinion and juniper trees. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to count horses, deer, elk, cattle, etc. If we give them the benefit of the doubt and estimate an undercount of 35%, there are likely 51,975 horses on the range.”

Callie went to Washington in May of 2011 to share her genius and compassionate heart with legislators on Capitol Hill, to read her comments just warms your soul as she is the one who will be advising the BLM on how to care for and protect your wild horses, I just can’t wait.

Callie Says:

“Our message was, BLM has the law to follow and they need to stand up in court and defend their decisions to remove the horses from the range.  They have the authority to sell the excess horses and they need to do so.  That is the only answer to keeping a healthy range and to not be spending $40 million a year feeding horses that have no use.”  (Gosh, I have a really neat and simple plan for all those useless horses, darling…leave them on the range were they don’t cost a friggen nickel just as the US Congress voted UNANIMOUSLY to do back in 1971.  Am I missing something here?)

Callie goes on to talk about the suit to stop the Triple B roundup, last year, which was filed with Laura Leigh as plaintiff and Wild Horse Freedom Federation as the supporting organization.  Initially the judge allowed the round up to proceed but with video supplied by the plaintiff showing the pursing helicopter coming into contact with the horse the Judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the roundup.  Now Callie does not mention the TRO, only the initial denial on July 15th and she is so very disengaged from the facts of what is going on as she blames and bashes the Cloud Foundation instead of the true funding group, WHFF.

Callie Says:

“This is great news that the Court recognizes the law and the need to move forward with these gathers! However, I bet we never see any information about what the Cloud Foundation has cost the taxpayer in delaying the gather after all of BLM’s and the gathering contractor’s efforts and expenses of setting up for the gather, being delayed, being given the go-ahead, then being delayed again, then being given the go-ahead again!”  (Awww, poor misguided thing, I would so very much have liked you to bash myself or our WHFF versus the good folks at TCF.  I love a good thrashing from a lame blogger now and then..’stop it I love it’…’it hurts so good’…but no, you missed the entire point and went down a road that only shows your lack of understanding and total disengagement from the facts, sigh…I hope that your condition improves.)

So folks if you have some time to waste and feel like seeing what it is like to live in a very dark and lonely habitat simply swing on over to www.wildhorserange.org where you can witness the melt down of a celebrity wanna-be post disjointed articles with the only comments made being from herself, one guy did comment on the entire site and she was so enthralled that she asked him to forward her article to the BLM so that they could see how cool she was.  To date, she has had only 9,000 hapless victims hit on her site, we do that in a day at SFTHH, but then again, we are about doing what is right instead of delving into the darkness of murder and slaughter…and now she represents YOU, the American public, ain’t it sweet?

Oh, don’t forget to swing by and listen to Callie talk up her ideas on the internet radio:

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) Joining the BARN by telephone is newly appointed BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Member Callie Hendrickson discussing several issues related to the management of Wild Horses & Burros in the United States & right here in Colorado. In particular is the focus on the Act that guides the program, and that gives BLM the authority to make decisions regarding the National Wild Horse & Burro Program…022112_WildHorseBurroProgram_CallieHendrickson_21m

But before we close, let’s bop on over to Facebook where good ole Callie publicly fawns up next to our favorite Head Horse-Eater, Dave Duquette, president of the ever shape shifting organization presently going under the name of United Horsemen, a front for the slaughter, meat and packing industry with ties to the current Canadian Horse Slaughter community.  (She is now a proud member and will be speaking at their Slaughterfest in May, again as your PUBLIC ADVOCATE to the BLM for YOUR wild horses and burros, ain’t it great?

Dave Duquette “Welcome aboard folks, Callie it’s great to see you here.”

Callie Hendrickson “Thanks Dave Duquette. I’m working on learning this FB thing. Working to help people understand the problems the wild/feral horse overpopulation issues cause on the range. Have you visited the www.wildhorserange.org page? You seem to have a great handle on this stuff and I certainly welcome your feedback on it.”

Callie Hendrickson “BTW Dave, great job on all the work you are doing to get the Approps bill passed without the rider! Keep up the good work and be sure to let us know what we can do to help.”

On her own pro-cow anti-horse Facebook page she talks to herself a lot, too:

Callie Says:

“As a taxpayer, I agree 100% with Ole Olson! Sell them and let the highest bidder buy the horses. If it is a horse lover, great! If it is a killer buyer, great! At one time I thought the government had an obligation to manage the taxpayers’ money wisely. That has gone out the window today. Has anyone burst Ms. Pickens bubble by letting her know the horses she saw in the movies were domestic horses? Or is that like her not knowing that horses are used for meat? If you marry the kind of money that she has, I guess you can afford to live in a fantasy world. But in the real world, life is life and it ends in death one way or another.”

Enough said?

Now it’s time to hear from someone else, someone who may be opinionated but the opinions fall into the favor of preserving the lives of our national icons and to stop the destruction of our public lands for personal gain.  That someone would be ME!

R.T. Says:

“It’s time to CULL CALLIE, to stand up and fight this outrageous appointment; a slap in the face to the good citizens of this fair land, this horse-hater needs to go and go now.”

Click (HERE) for more Info

Come join us in our National Call in and Fax day on March 1st where we intend to occupy both the phone lines AND the fax lines to Callie’s good buddy and friend, Ken Salazar.  Let Kenny know that you are outraged, pissed off, disappointed and insistent that Cruel Callie be removed from consideration for the BLM Advisory board, IMMEDIATELY.  This is unconscionable and yet another stain on the Administration that had promised not only change, but to be animal friendly.  We have NOT seen anything like that, yet.

On March 1st tell Salazar that you want action and you want action NOW, enough is enough:

Number to Call: (202) 208-3100

Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956

Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Cull Cruel Callie is the Cry of the day and as a team, we can make it happen.  Tell your family, your friends, your business associates and go visit her site and pull down the evil talk.  This woman does not represent mainstream America and it is obvious that she does a poor job of representing the horse-eating few.  She has to go.

Make the calls, send the faxes and insist Cruel Callie is Culled on March 1st.  We have the power, we have the know-how and we surely have the right cause on our side.

CULL CRUEL CALLIE

Sources:

http://www.wildhorserange.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Horse-Range/154140607989970

https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedhorsemen/permalink/181547408596460/

http://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/02-21-12-blm-announces-three-selections-for-national-wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board/

Equine Welfare Organizations Join Forces to Demand Ouster of BLM Board Horse Slaughter Promoting Appointee

Unified Call to Action from: Animal Law Coalition, ASPCA, Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, Horse Fund and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

National Wild Horse and Burro Protest Day – March 1, 2012

"Callie Hendrickson does NOT represent US or the HORSES!"

Join thousands of concerned and caring Americans around the country.

Protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board[1] as the General Public Representative.

Background: Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts representing ranching interests, many of whom have permits to run livestock on public lands in Northwestern Colorado. The organization successfully petitioned to become an intervenor on the side of BLM to completely remove the West Douglas Wild Horse Herd on the Western Slope of Colorado.

 

  • Ms. Hendrickson supports the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including slaughter buyers).

 

  • Ms. Hendrickson will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this spring.

 

Does Callie Hendrickson represent you? If your answer is NO, then please call, fax, and email Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and politely, but firmly ask that Callie Hendrickson’s appointment to the Advisory Board[1] be rescinded immediately.

Tell the Secretary that she does not represent you or the 80% of the General Public opposed to horse slaughter[2].

Number to Call: (202) 208-3100
Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956
Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov


[1] The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want —a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding.

 

[2] A recent nationwide poll reveals that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for  human consumption regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. The survey was sponsored by the ASPCA and conducted by Lake Research Partners.

 

Public Outraged Over BLM’s Anti-Horse Appointee on Wild Horse and Burro Board

Guest OpEd by Bonnie Kohleriter

Spokesman Gorey Slams Public Rather Than Addressing Concerns

Biased Appointment puts America’s Icons at Risk ~ photo by Terry Fitch

The BLM recently appointed Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Advisory Board. The American public opposes and rejects this appointment.  Tom Gorey, spokesman for the BLM, chose to attack and insult the public over its concerns rather than convey the extremist thinking of Callie Henrickson to which the public takes exception.(See the Atlantic Monthly article: The Lasso Tightens Around America’s Wild Horses by Andrew Cohen) Callie Henrickson is to assume the position of “General Public” advocate on the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, but do her views represent the opinions of the public or for that matter, of the Congress, BLM employees and contracted employees?

So what are Ms. Henrickson’s  views?  In 2011 she presented a paper to the National Advisory Board.  Subsequently, she sent this paper along with a paper done by the United Horseman to her constituents.  She urged her constituents to follow the ideas in these papers and write to the BLM commenting on the BLM’s Strategy for Reform.  The ideas in her paper as well as in the United Horseman’s were as follows:

1)    Support fertility control treatment only if it is done annually and only if the financial commitment is available.  As the treatment is costly and difficult to perform on skittish, skeptical horses on an annual basis, suggested was, forget fertility control treatment.

2)    Perform sex ratioing of 70/30% male to female rather than the 60/40% currently performed by the BLM though neither plan has been researched  as to its effect on the health of the wild horses.

3)    Sterilize the wild horses and burros on the range though again, this plan has not been researched as to the health of the wild horses. (This idea was not presented in her paper to her constituents but to the recent NAS Committee members in their meeting in Spokane, Washington.

4)    Don’t trade cattle permits for horse permits.  Horses are the “most destructive ungulate on the range due to their tooth and hoof structure.” If trades are made no government help should be extended (though government help is extended to cattlemen using public lands).

5)    Excess horses, upon removal,  should be sold to the highest bidder.

6)    Government funding should not be given for long-term pastures or ecosanctuaries.

7)    Slaughter of tribal, wild and domestic horses is to be sanctioned and performed. (While she did not advocate this position in her paper, she has aligned herself with the United Horsemen who take this position.)

The opposition to the appointment of Ms. Henrickson on the BLM National Advisory Board is not due to the public opposing the removal of the wild horses on the range as suggested by Tom Gorey in his vitriolic rants in the Atlantic Monthly article.  Rather the opposition to her appointment is due to her extreme ideas in the handling of the wild horses and burros both on and off of the range.

Bob Abbey, in his speech to the first Slaughter Summit Conference, said the wild horses are not available for slaughter.  Yet Ms. Henrickson continues to press it in the second Summit conference soon to be held.  The HSUS and others are continuing to work with the BLM to try to get a 2 and 3 year fertility drug with the goal to stabilize and maintain the wild horse and burro population on the range.  They have gone beyond the use only of the one year drug.  The Mustang Heritage Foundation is working to train and adopt as many horses as possible. Congress has said the wild horses are not available for slaughter and 80% of the American Public in a recent well respected poll done by Lake and Associates is opposed to slaughter.

The BLM has so many problems it is addressing and should be reforming and refining from appropriate rangelands management, appropriate horse and burro management on the range, humane gathering,appropriate corral management, securing of long-term pastures and ecosanctuaries.  Does the BLM and public really need to deal with the views of an extremist and of a minority at this time?

Ms. Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts in Meeker, Colorado.

Links of Interest:

http://www.michiganhorsecouncil.com/Assets/Files/Index/BLM_Proposed_Wild_Horse_Strategy.pdf

http://wildhorsecoalition.com/images794/GatherListLetter.pdf