TEMPORARY INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS ILLEGAL

Brian Steed, Bureau of Land Management’s Acting Director

“Federal agencies are not supposed to be run like a temp service.” – PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch

Source: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

For Immediate Release: Feb 12, 2018
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337

TEMPORARY INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS ILLEGAL

All Decisions by Acting Park Service, BLM, and Fish & Wildlife Heads Legally Void


Washington, DC — President Trump’s record tardiness in nominating agency leaders may undo months of work inside the Department of Interior, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The way the Trump administration has filled agency leadership slots with temporary or acting directors violates a law enacted to prevent a president from circumventing the U.S. Senate’s constitutional advice and consent power.

The PEER complaint filed with Interior’s Office of Inspector General charges that the acting directors of the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) are in blatant violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.  Under that act, any action taken by a noncompliant official “shall have no force or effect” nor may it be later “ratified.”

“The law prevents a president from installing acting directors for long periods and completely bypassing Senate confirmation,” argued PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that President Trump has not nominated or even announced an intention to nominate, persons to fil the NPS, BLM, or FWS vacancies.  “Federal agencies are not supposed to be run like a temp service.”

The complaint recounts Vacancies Reform Act violations invalidating the appointments of –

  • NPS Acting Director P. Daniel Smith, who did not serve in a senior position for 90 days during the prior year, as the Act requires. Nor did Trump appoint him, another requirement of the act;
  • BLM Acting Director Brian Steed, who also did not serve in a senior position for 90 days and Interior Secretary Zinke, not Trump, appointed him.
  • FWS Acting Director Greg Sheehan, who not only suffers from these same deficiencies but also now exceeds the 210-day limit the act imposes.

Read the rest of this press release HERE.

 

 

 

Due to government shutdown, motorized hearing for wild horse management operations is postponed

“We will watch for a new date and be sure to pass it along.” ~ R.T.

News Release

Jan. 22, 2018

Due to government shutdown, motorized hearing for wild horse management operations is postponed

 CHALLIS, IDAHO – Due to the government shutdown, the Idaho Bureau of Land Management will postpone the statewide hearing regarding motor vehicle and helicopter use in wild horse management operations that was scheduled to take place Jan. 23, from 1-2 p.m. at the BLM Challis Field Office.

BLM–

Wild Horses and Burros: Twas the Night before Christmas

by Vicki Tobin and R.T. Fitch, Illustration by Kerry Kelly of the Houston Chronicle

“First published on Christmas Day in 2009; the evil characters may have changed but the message still rings true to this very day.  The roundups must stop so that we can appropriately care for and manage, if needed, our national treasures on their rightful range.  At Wild Horse Freedom Federation we offer the gift of our continued fight in support of the Wild Horses and Burros to live free with their families on their promised public land.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good fight!” ~ R.T.

Twas the night before Christmas…

artwork by Kerry Kelly ~ Houston Chronicle

Twas the night before Christmas on our public land
not a Mustang was stirring, knowing what was at hand.
They huddled in fear hoping someone would care,
in hopes that the advocates soon would be there.

The foals hid in cover while Mom stood her ground
while stallions and bachelors, made sure Steed wasn’t around.
With Zinke lurking and Nedd so close by
the bands must stay quiet and not blink an eye.

When out on the range there arose such a clatter
The Mustangs all knew, what was the matter.
They ran to take cover, on wings they did fly
For surely they knew, that many would die.

The visions of million$ caused Cattoor a big grin
While Bolstad and Spencer high-fived a big win
More horses removed by ignoring the law
Hold on to your hats and stand back in awe.

The chopper did glisten on new fallen snow
Sealing the fate of the horses below.
When all of a sudden, the bands all stood still
And watched as the chopper came over the hill.

They stood in amazement, can it really be true
The advocates appeared right out of the blue
The horses retreated, not believing their eyes
For surely this is another, BLM guise.

Then leading the charge, lively and quick
were Kathy and Holland and Fitch with a stick
More rapid than lightening, Coffey followed in tow
with Simone close behind, directing which way they go.

Now Ginger and Paula and Ann times two,
Oh Marjorie and Dawn and Julie it’s you.
Now Vicki and Jerry and Susan and Daryl
with cameras in hand come Terry and Carol.

Down the hill they descended toward the horses with care
and watched as the chopper, fled into the air
The advocates came with injunction in hand
the decree shouted out, not on our public lands!

Enough is enough the judge did declare
the horses were saved by the breadth of a hair.
‘Our work here’s not done,’ the advocates cried
‘the choppers still flying, other herds could be spied’

It’s back to D.C. with a permanent plan
to ensure all the horses could live on their land.
So love was delivered to the horses with pride
but the warriors must leave so that no more would die.

They climbed up the hill and turned back to the band
who all now had gathered on what was their land.
‘We carry you with us,’ R.T. did say
‘as we go to the White House to show them your way.’

The horses all bowed with a sign of approval
as they all now knew that there was no removal.
They neighed and they nickered to the spirit above
‘Thanks for sending the people who give us their love.’

original artwork by Kerry Kelly of the Houston Chronicle

Wild Horses & Burros: Congressman Chris Stewart Violates U.S.C. Title 18 – Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

Press Release: Citizens Against Equine Slaughter

“Congressman Stewart Reports a 41% increase in WH&B population in less than 5 months – IMPOSSIBLE!”

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter has found evidence that the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and at least one Congressman are guilty of violating 923. 18 U.S.C. § 371—Conspiracy to Defraud the United States:

“The general conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, creates an offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose. (emphasis added).”

Congressman Stewart Reports a 41% increase in WH&B population in less than 5 months – IMPOSSIBLE

We find that Chris Stewart did stand in front of a Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of the Interior in 2016, addressing the BLM FY 2017 Budget. He did state that the wild horse population, in a majority, on the range were starving, or dying from dehydration. He also stated that there were, at that time, 67,000 wild horses on the range. These claims and population statements were those made by the BLM and the DOI in several media sources, as well as the Budget Justification letter submitted to Congress.

These 2 population statements would suggest that the wild horses went from approximately 47,000 in January 2016 to 67,000 by May of 2016 a 41% increase in less than 5 months? When BLM skews the ratio of stallions to mares on the range, 60 :40, this would mean that with 40 percent of the 47,000 wild horses in January, 18,800 would be mares, and all of them along with approximately 1,500 stallions had to have given birth in 5 months to achieve the 67,000 population boom stated in May of 2016.

1. We found that the August 2016 Environmental Assessment, Adobe Town Wild Horse Movements & Habitat Selection Research Gather, DOI-BLM-WY-D030-2016-0104-EA, page 35, Line 132 and 133, stated the wild horse population on the range was less than in holding (47,403 in holding), according to BLM officials in January of 2016.

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/59671/97559/117715/Draft_Adobe_Town_Habitat_Movements_Research_EA_9-23-2016.pdf

2. Then in the Interior Appropriations subcommittee mark up, Representative Chris Stewart did state on 25, May 2016 that “There are more than 67,000 of them (horses) now, …” https://stewart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-chris-stewart-calls-for-bipartisan-solution-to-the-overpopulation-of

Was there even a census between these two numbers showing a 41% increase from Jan to May of the same year (2016)?

While we gathered photos of horses across the 10 states in various HMA’s to prove they were healthy, we found no wild horse advocate group with volunteers on the ground, no wild horse photographer, and even one ranch manager (Stacey Davies, from Roaring Springs Ranch in Oregon) who stated he knew of NO starving horses in Oregon, during a meeting of the Steens Advisory Council. So we asked, but never received any proof of this claim of “tens of thousands of horses that look like this”, made by Representative Stewart, as he held up an old photo of a mare and foal from one instance in 2015 in which human interference with wildlife created an issue where the horses did not act naturally, but instead became emaciated.

Along with these claims of health crisis and population booms, there is always the claim of rangeland destruction, but the question must be asked when photographic, or range-tour evidence is presented, was there ever livestock here? How long ago? And did the time after livestock were removed allow for rest and recovery. There is no wild horse habitat without livestock damage that proves the wild horses are destructive. Even studies such as the WY radio-collaring of wild horses in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area will be biased by the fact that plant life or consumption will be looked at based on the location given by the collars of the horses, however, no other species that eats these plants is simultaneously studied. Therefore, there is no valid way of scientifically determining what ate that plant. Making that aspect of the entire study invalid.

We assert that these statements and misrepresentations of truth are intentional

We assert that these statements and misrepresentations of truth are intentional, and done to convince the public as well as Congressional members to agree to an agenda to push these horses off the range or to genetic extinction. Many herds show signs of inbreeding when the genetic analysis reports are read. Augmenting genetics with the odd mare from an outside herd is not keeping the unique genetics found in different herds or areas viable or separate from the meta population, rather destroying any uniqueness. The augmentation method has also proved unsuccessful in the Kiger/Riddle HMA’s of Oregon. The Oregon genetic analysis reports have shown a steady decline in viability, even with outside mare or stallion introductions.

These intentional lies and mistruths must be exposed, and those perpetrating them must be charged with violation of U.S.C. Title 18, with intent to misinform the U. S. government to reach special interest agendas while misleading the people they are to serve.

Submitted to Congressman Raul Grijalva for the Congressional record, to be shared with the Natural Resources Committee of which he is the Ranking Member, on 7, July 2017.

Media Contact:

Val Cecama-Hogsett
541.315.6650

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OAMf1oifbF0fw14RNZ5G4e3YryEKdO6aZX9Fu9EFD4A/mobilebasic

Shut UP – It’s What Your Government Wants You to Do

Many thanks to Arlene Gawne and her talented brothers Jim and Gerry for this production

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BLM’s Bob Abbey talks Wild Horses and Burros: Fact or Fiction?

“In my Humble Opinion!” by R.T. Fitch – Author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

June 3, 2010 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey announced that his agency plans to take the Wild Horse and Burro Program in a new direction, and in so doing he is requesting public comment on the document that implements Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Wild Horse and Burro Initiative (Salazoo).

That’s pretty close to how the press release opens and reading those words makes me sit a little deeper into the saddle and latch onto the horn just a tad tighter because I feel something beginning to collect between my legs and the outcome is not going to be pretty.

It’s almost as if you are afraid to read any deeper into the announcement as truth and accuracy, to date, have not been forth coming from the BLM.  Although the words “seeking public input” has merit the mention of Salazar’s death zoo concept makes one’s blood boil.  (Let’s spend millions of dollars to round-up the last of our native wild horses, sterilize them and then spend untold millions more shipping them back east to leased or bought property with different forage to watch them wither away and die, gone forever.)  Can’t get me too revved up over a plan like that; neither scientifically or emotionally.

Although I hope that one day we can have productive and fruitful dialogue with an agency that looks over our wild horses, hopefully not the BLM, this current invitation appears to be flawed from the git-go.

The entire idea of well rounded discussion is immediately stifled when Abbey inserts caveats such as;

certain topics and options will be off the table, including the euthanasia of healthy excess animals or their sale without limitation to protect the animals from slaughter

Sorry dude, that’s one of the FIRST things I want to discuss as your agency has not only been involved with but makes it easy for our national heritage to slip across our boarders to be butchered for wealthy foreigner’s dinner plates.  And it can and IS still happening today!  Excuse me while I clear my throat, “Errr, cough, hrmmm, excess horses my ass, brmmm, cough!”  There, that feels better.

Also, without producing accurate numbers or qualifying the need Abbey say’s that the unnecessary and deadly helicopter stampeded round-ups will continue;

These gather operations are being carefully analyzed, engaging the public in the planning process.”

Says who?  Last December while your henchman Don Glenn was standing before a small group of equine welfare advocates extolling how transparent you all are a wild horse herd was being zeroed out in a covert, unannounced round-up and you expect us to believe you now?  Pardon me while I sneeze, “DOINK!”  thank you.

Carefully analyzed!?!?  For Pete’s sake you screwed up the math on the Calico Complex round-up and stopped stampeding horses well under the number you intended to gather because why?  You ran out of blinking horses to harass and capture, you had no idea how many were really out there.  You claim that you left 600 horses on the range and multiple flyovers and visits from independent sources indicate that if there are 100 still surviving, we are lucky.

Based on the best information the BLM currently has, without these gathers the land will suffer, wildlife will suffer, and ultimately, the horses will suffer.”

And where did you acquire that “best information”?  Would it perchance come from your boss’s buddy’s from the cattle industry?  How about stampeding the forage destroying, privately owned cattle off from our public lands and let the non-destructive, native wild horses alone?  That would be a novel concept.  And how much would that cost, you know, just to leave the horses on the land that Congress put aside for them to live on?  Hmmm, let me get out my calculator, this is going to be complicated…cipher this to the 8th power of that, shift the decimal point to the left and the grand total comes up to be ZERO!  Goodness gracious, why have we not thought of this sooner?

It just blows my mind how this mess goes from dumb to dumber; somehow I missed that “Government Employee Double Talk 101” class in college.  It must have been over in that “Bachelor of Incompetency” program.  I knew I messed up, just imagine the freedom a graduate from DOI U must have as they are not held accountable for anything while the rest of we dumb idiots are forced to live the truth and are required to produce deliverables throughout our careers.  Life could have been so easy but we just had to go and pick the path of accountability, bunch of dopes.

Abbey’s press release closes with a statement that indicates there are 38,000 horses left free with 35,000 held in concentration camps.  The former is probably way high and the later may tend to be a tad conservative.  Wonder how many of that alleged 35,000 are still alive and intact as the public has not been allowed to verify the well being of captives.  How many truckloads have been shipped across the boarder for slaughter as that is just what the BLM wanted to do two years ago and I don’t think a leopard changes spots that quickly.

But at least Abbey is being honest in bringing to light one thing; the fact that the BLM’s mission is near completion.  They have reached, at minimum, the point where there are more horses held in captivity then are free in the wild and that very, very soon…there will be no more wild horses, none, zero, nada, zippo.

That you can count on.

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Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis: Slicing and Dicing a Wild Horse near You

An Opinionated Update on the Woman that every Horse Loves to Hate

by R.T. Fitch – Equine Advocate and author of  “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Wyoming Rep. "Slaughterhouse" Sue Wallis - A wild horse in every pot

Over the past several weeks the bulk of the world celebrated the birth of new beginnings and entertained nostalgic visions of festive celebration, peace on earth and goodwill towards men.

But out in a remote area of beautiful Wyoming a small time, local politician continued to plot against and spread a web of deception about one of the last, true icons of the American West; our Wild Horse.  Well known for her twisted visions of Mustang Burgers garnished with large sums of Greenbacks to horrific scenes of bloody horse butchering, Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis couldn’t leave well enough alone and live out her remaining years underneath the rock of lies she has created.  No, she had to launch another impotent and misguided attack on the horses of the United States.

A self-proclaimed poet and, again, self-appointed CEO of an alleged 501(c)(3) organization that is  potentially an illegal “front” for the likewise alleged 501(c)(3) of the United Horseman’s Front who actively lobby, against IRS rules, to bring back bloody horse slaughter to the US and wipe indigenous mustangs from our public lands, (take a breath here) Wallis has sent an email to Congress in an open attempt to further her cause of killing off every free standing horse in the United States.

Wallis has a long history of tempting both law and fate with her efforts to personally promote her beef business while forming alliances with everything from pig farmers to Quarter Horse breeders.  Her common call to battle is that the ban on horse slaughter, in the US, is the cause of all the country’s fiscal woes and her tool for spreading her lies resides in everything from her ridicules “cowgirl poetry” to her illegal raffles to obtain funds to press for the return of bloody horse slaughter to the United States.

Just a little insight into this mind filled with spiders and cockroaches; an excerpt from one of her poems which is linked from her government web site:

know my place in the food chain.

Whether worms or cougars
get me first
depends on time and chance.

Don’t like to kill,
know how to butcher,
how to hunt,
think flesh is good,
and pure and food
for souls
and kids.

And, how can I possibly explain
that racing horseback,
loose and wild through
treacherous enchanting terrain,
sailing loops from
rope swung, weary shoulders
to catch wily mustang mares
is the most exciting,
and addicting occupation
known to
womankind.

“Mmmmmm, finger licken good, I am warm and tingly all over.  Is Freddy Kruger in the audience?”

That one ought to have Child Services knocking on someone’s door…and chasing down publicly owned Mustangs; isn’t that against Federal law?  But then again, flesh is good…bet those ole Wild Horse Hamburgers tasted good on the campfire.

Add to that her recent illegal “Raffle” fiasco.  Her original, flawed plan did not get off the ground so now she is hyping the across state lines gambling operation on her own website, in violation of her own state’s gaming laws…here’s just a little taste of the dialogue under the Dodge Truck that you might be able to win so that you, too, can drag your horse to slaughter.

We are excited to be proposing proactive legislation in 2010 at both the state and federal level that will actually improve conditions for horses, not advance some subversive agenda. We are better positioned than we ever have been before, but we need the full engagement of our grassroots to succeed.

We need your financial support, and we need you to spread the word to everyone that you know who understands why it is so important to address the two big issues that negatively impact the welfare of horses, and the equine industry today:

1) reinstituting horse processing the the U.S.; and

2) controlling the overpopulation of wild horses on public lands.

If you care about the ranching and rodeoing way of life, if you want to protect our private property rights and do what is right for horses and horse people-contribute $100 (or more…you’ll receive a chance for every $100) and receive your ticket TODAY!

Ain’t it great, kill the horses on all fronts…and remember, she is an ELECTED official in the state of Wyoming.  “Hello IRS, hello Attorney General, is anybody out there listening?”

And now for her latest, mindless attempt to destroy the equines of the US; a petition and letter to the Federal government, certainly there are an abundant number of Feds that want to be aligned with her philosophy…oh wait, there’s the Department of Interior and the BLM that would find this to be a tasty morsel:

Sue W. | Recluse, WY

To my colleagues in the US Congress, to the Obama Administration, and to the leaders of the various federal agencies who deal with the horse problem: Beware of, and do not allow radical animal rights activists and extreme environmental organizations the ability to determine the fate of the horses, the land, or the people. Those groups have no real connection, and only seek to line their own pockets by emotionally manipulating those who have no way of knowing any better.
Sincerely,
Rep. Sue Wallis, Wyoming
sue.wallis@unitedorgsofthehorse.org

Oh, Sue honey, I bet you wasted your entire holiday season thinking that nonsense up and only God knows how many pencil erasers sacrificed their lives while you attempted to construct those two, measly little sentences, what a pity.

Sadly, in the 48 hours that your little note has been posted only one other person joined your cause and that was probably either your self-admitted mustang murdering pal, Conrad Burns or Montana’s other buffoon, Rep. “Red” Ed Butcher.  What wonderful company you do keep.

Darling, listen closely, the major “horse problem” that our country has is you, only you are the one who does not get it.  And the pro-horse activists, preferred reference is “advocate”, that I know all own horses, most live on their own farms, eat normal diets and finance their own advocacy.  After many years in the horse rescue and advocacy circles, trust me, it ain’t about money coming in, it’s all about money going out.  Check our legitimate tax returns and you would see.  (Unlike yourself, we adhere to Federal IRS law)

So, sweetheart, crawl back into that dank corner that you slithered out of and lick your wounds while you await election day; as your judgment is coming.  That pin prick of white light that you see on the horizon is the blazing headlight of a freight train full of Karma headed right in your direction and it has the souls of thousands of equines onboard who have your name branded onto their tortured souls…and it ain’t gonna be pretty, but then again, neither is your public facade.

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