Breaking News: Navajo Nation Sells Permits to Hunt Wild Horses

https://nndfw.org/2018_feral_horse_proclamation.pdf

Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife


This is not the first go around on this issue but we need to act fast as permits have already been sold.

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/07/22/former-governor-bill-richardson-and-robert-redford-join-fight-to-stop-horse-slaughterhouses/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/07/27/richardson-meets-agriculture-secretary-in-washington-to-halt-horse-slaughter/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/10/08/navajo-leader-drops-his-support-for-slaughter-of-wild-horses-on-the-reservation/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/11/14/navajo-president-lies-too-reservation-horses-being-round-up-for-slaughter/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/06/04/navajo-officials-renegotiating-wild-horse-agreement/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/06/06/navajo-nation-eyes-agreement-reining-in-slaughter-of-wild-horses/

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/09/14/new-mexico-ag-requests-further-injunction-on-horse-slaughter/

Opinion: Pioneer Woman Sides with Wild Horse Slaughter Schemers

“In my humble Opinion” by R.T. Fitch

BLM Wild Horse Holder, Ree Drummond, Dances with the Devil

“Where’s the Beef?”

In response to Debbie Coffey’s article published on 2/12/2018 I would like to add that I was not the least bit surprised that Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) would be experiencing ‘the vapors’ over her little rodeo routine at the National Cattleman’s Beef Association convention earlier this year.

Why not?

She and her husband have made tens of millions of dollars off the backs of wild horses who have been ripped from their rightful range, their families smashed to pieces and what’s left of the gender segregated herds are farmed out to the likes of the Drummonds at great expense to the tax-payer while privately owned, federally subsidized cattle are put on the horses range.

Why not?

In my opinion Ree is a phony, Ree is greedy, Ree is a magnet for attention, and Ree doesn’t give a horse’s behind for the wild ones because if she did care about the horses, that are under her care, she would NOT be a part of or partake in any activity sponsored by one of the most pro-horse slaughter organizations in the United States.  But she did.

Ree admits that she is a fraud on her own blog and Facebook:

“Finally, I shared this on Facebook but wanted to share it here too: I did not grow up in the country.  I can’t saddle a horse.  For years I thought heifer and Hereford were the same word.  And last week I delivered the keynote address to the big, annual gathering of the National Cattlemen’s Association.” 

Yipppie, I am so cool.

Former Wild Horses feeding time at the Drummond Ranch ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

You don’t need to grow up or live in the country, you don’t need to know how to saddle a horse or even live with a pony in your backyard to know the difference between what is right and wrong for these creatures.  Predatory horse slaughter for human consumption does not take place in this country so why would she run and jump right into bed with an organization that wants to sell all the wild horses off to Canada or Mexico where they would be grotesquely murdered then eaten by foreigners?  Phony or just plain stupid?  Let the reader decide but anything that will make her look 20 minutes younger or have one more person ‘friend’ her on Facebook then I guess she is all in.

This speech was her chance to speak on behalf of the horses that she uses for her advertising and promotions and she did not make any effort to step up to the plate, she blew it and proved, once again, that the horses are nothing more than dollar signs and their future and well-being are of no consequence.

How do the Drummonds fit into the Wild Horse picture?

In layman’s terms:

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (signed unanimously by Congress with President Nixon’s sign-off) ensures that wild horses and burros can live out their lives, unmolested, on US Public lands in 9 western states under the care and watchful eye of the Bureau of Land Management a part of the Department of Interior.

Over the years the Act has been bastardized by amendments, so the Congressional rights of the wild equines have been eroded away by grazing, extraction and hunting special interests.

Now, the BLM rounds up and removes what it deems to be “excess” wild horses and burros, with little to no scientific supporting data, and warehouses them on contracted cattle ranches (like the Drummonds) while allowing private, subsidized cattle to graze on the wild horse’s former range on public lands.  All of this at tremendous expense to U.S. tax payers and the potential extinction of our wild horses and burros.

So, in my humble opinion, instead of spending tens of millions of dollars to pull wild horses and burros off of their protected land and put them on cattle farms while putting private cattle on public lands why don’t we just (wait for it) leave the wild horses on their rightful range, free, with their families and keep the cattle on the cattle ranches.

Is it really all that complicated?

 

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Doesn’t Want Plant-Based or Clean Meat to be Called ‘Beef’ … Because We’re Winning

by as posted on OneGreenPlanet

Awwww, are these guys Pioneer Woman’s (Ree Drummond) buddies, too?”

Major eye roll! The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) recently filed a 15-page petition (you can view it in its entirety here) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the silliest of reasons. USCA is asking the USDA to make a distinction between conventional meat and lab-grown meat (also known as “clean meat“) and plant-based meat by having a formal definition. In other words, the USCA doesn’t believe lab-grown or plant-based meat should be called “beef.” Yeah, um, good luck with that.

“[The government] should require that any product labeled as ‘beef’ come from cattle that have been born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner, rather than coming from alternative sources such as a synthetic product from plant, insects, or other non-animal components and any product grown in labs from animal cells,” reads the petition.

The USCA went on to ask the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to make the definition of “meat” to include the flesh of animals that have been “harvested in the traditional way.” We’re assuming “traditional” here means animals that have been cruelly slaughtered and filled with nasty antibiotics and hormones.

Hey … come to think of it, if the USCA wants to change the definition of beef because they feel threatened by plant-based proteins, perhaps the lab-grown meat industry should ask that “traditional” beef be labeled as “filled with gross antibiotics of a once tortured living, breathing animal.” Seems only fair, right?

USCA also said that not only are they petitioning to limit the definition of “beef,” but the group also announced that keeping consumers away from “fake meat and misleading labels on products that do not contain real beef” would be a major part of their 2018 policy agenda. Sounds like this outdated industry is desperate to win a losing battle…

The days of factory farming are numbered and you know it, USCA, otherwise, you wouldn’t pull such a meaningless stunt. If you don’t get with the times quickly, you might be left out of the cool kids’ table. After all, a lot of major meat corporations are hedging their bets and investing more into plant-based as well as clean meat companies.

Cargill, the world’s largest privately held food and agriculture company in the world, has made many moves into the plant-based industry. The company recently teamed up with plant-based company PURIS to help build a second pea protein plant in the U.S. Not only that, but food giant Nestlé recently bought plant-based company Sweet Earth Foods, and Tyson Foods, the world’s largest meat processor, just invested in the world’s first lab-grown meat company, Memphis Foods. Oh, and then there is the immense popularity of plant-based burgers, the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger, which have both been met with eager demand.

Thankfully, consumers are becoming more and more aware of what’s in their food and are actively seeking out plant-based options. With increasing concern for animal welfare, health, and environmental reasons, clean meat and plant-based meats have taken center stage in the fight to save our planet. As the rising trends toward plant-based proteins show, lab-grown meat will easily replace factory farming within the next decade, with the plant-based meat market projected to rise to $6.43 billion by 2023. In other words, give it up, USCA!

To learn more about the environmental impact of our food choices as well as trends and developments in the plant-based food space, check out our podcast #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/u-s-cattlemens-association-doesnt-want-plant-based-clean-meat-called-beef/

Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), wife of Ladd Drummond, a BLM wild horse holding facility contractor, was keynote speaker at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention

Ree Drummond on the stage at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention

by Debbie Coffey

On Ree Drummond’s blog (The Pioneer Woman), under a photo of the fancy boots she wore to speak at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention, Ree states:

“Finally, I shared this on Facebook but wanted to share it here too: I did not grow up in the country.  I can’t saddle a horse.  For years I thought heifer and Hereford were the same word.  And last week I delivered the keynote address to the big, annual gathering of the National Cattlemen’s Association.  I don’t do many speaking gigs these days because it takes precious time away from my teenagers, but this was one that Ladd and I could attend together, and we enjoyed the quick trip to Phoenix and back.  The irony of me speaking to 3,500 cattlemen and cattlewomen was not lost on me, and it was an honor to speak about how much I’ve enjoyed sharing glimpses of ranch life on my blog, TV show, and social media for the past twelve (!) years.  And at the very least, I was banking on these boots making up for all my agricultural shortcomings.”

In a classic example of irony, Ree stands in front of the sign “Cattle First.”

Ree Drummond uses the images of wild horses in promoting her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, on packaging for her Pioneer Woman cookware products, in her Pioneer Woman cookbooks and on her Pioneer Woman blog.

All the while, Drummond Land & Cattle Co., co-owned by Ree’s husband, Ladd Drummond, has been paid over $20 million in taxpayer dollars to warehouse captured wild horses on his private property as a Bureau of Land Management off-range pasture contractor.  (Talk about buttering your bread on both sides.)

Yet, it’s not likely that Ree said a word about saving America’s wild horses during her keynote speech to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

For many years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been pushing for the slaughter of America’s wild horses & burros, and their organization was listed on the Steering Committee of the secretive “Slaughter Summit” held in Utah in 2017.  The NCBA also “applauded” the recent Stewart Amendment that would allow all wild horses & burros in BLM holding facilities, and tens of thousands more on public lands, to be killed.

Ree uses wild horses to promote her business interests, and yet at this time of crisis for America’s wild horses & burros, she seems to support the organization that is pushing for their mass killing.

Ree received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

 

Zinke Proclaims Sportsmen ‘Greatest Conservationists’ Before Signing Big Game Habitat Order

Written by Joseph Witham as published on The St George News

“…revising wild horse and burro-appropriate management levels or removing horses and burros from winter range or migration corridors if they degrade habitat…”

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan “Dinky” Zinke helps tag a mule deer near Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 9, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Interior Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — While in Utah Friday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke helped tag mule deer near Salt Lake City before appearing at a hunting expo to sign a secretarial order intended to improve big game habitat in the Western U.S.

While tagging the deer, Zinke said he noted that a recently developed neighborhood nearby likely supplanted habitat that would have previously supported a herd of 300 deer.

In recognition of the impact growing human populations in the West have on big game migration, Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, designed to improve habitat quality and Western winter range and migration corridors ​for antelope, elk and mule deer.

The order also calls for greater collaboration among federal management agencies, states, private landowners and scientists to develop guidelines to help ensure healthy big game populations.

Joined by Utah Division of Wildlife Director Mike Fowlks and Mule Deer Foundation President Miles Moretti, Zinke signed the order before a gathered crowd at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City.

At the conference, Zinke said management plans like the ones in the order are made possible from the billions in revenue generated by hunters and fishers buying tackle, ammunition and other gear.

“There is no greater conservationist than our sportsman,” he said.

“American hunters are the backbone of big game conservation efforts,” Zinke said, “and now working with state and private landowners, the department will leverage its land management and scientific expertise to both study the migration habits of wildlife as well as identify ways to improve the habitat.”

Zinke said a collaborative approach is necessary to implement the habitat protection and improvement goals of the order, given the migration patterns of big game species that cross over thousands of miles on all types of land.

In Southern Utah, mule deer travel up to 110 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park into the Arizona strip area. They cross state, private, tribal, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Part of the order’s goal is to address challenges encountered along the pathways of these migratory routes.

Specifically, the order proposes development of an action plan with the following goals:

  • Restoring degraded winter range and migration corridors by removing encroaching trees from sagebrush ecosystems, rehabilitating areas damaged by fire and treating invasive vegetation.
  • Revising wild horse and burro-appropriate management levels or removing horses and burros from winter range or migration corridors if they degrade habitat.
  • Working with private landowners and state highway departments to achieve permissive fencing measures, including working with ranchers to modify fencing.
  • Avoiding or minimizing development in the most crucial winter range or migration corridors during sensitive seasons.
  • Working with states on sagebrush restoration.

The order prioritizes public land management in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming​.​

“I’m not an advocate for ever selling or transferring public lands, but I am an advocate for management,” Zinke said, adding that the order emphasizes input from individual states.

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group, acknowledged that it’s important to plan for wildlife migration but noted that Zinke has inflicted major damage to lands by supporting the oil industry and recommending reductions to national monuments, the Associated Press reported.

“We won’t allow the secretary and his staff to greenwash this abysmal record with meager policy crumbs,” group Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman said in a statement.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, blasted the decision as nothing more than “bureaucratic window dressing” to cover up damage Zinke has done to the habitat.

“If Secretary Zinke were serious about increasing America’s wildlife populations, he would stand by Western governors’ protections for sagebrush country, restore public input on drilling decisions, and stand up for America’s national monuments and wildlife refuges instead of selling them out,” the organization said in a statement.

Zinke said environmental groups that criticize his monument recommendation are using “nefarious” and “false” claims. He said “every inch” of the lands stripped from the monuments are still protected under other designations.

Associated Press reporter Brady McCombs contributed to this report.

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2018/02/09/jcw-zinke-proclaims-sportsmen-greatest-conservationists-before-signing-big-game-habitat-order/#.Wn59zIJG3OQ

The Mad King Flies His Flag

Opinion by Timothy Egan as published on The New York Times

“They call me ‘Dinky’ Zinke?”

The emperor of the outdoors rode into town on a horse named Tonto, and soon demanded that his own special flag fly outside his headquarters whenever he was in Washington.

He believes fracking is proof that “God loves us” and, despite being from Montana, doesn’t know how to properly set up his fly line when fishing in front of the cameras.

“He had rigged his reel backward,” Elliott D. Woods wrote of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a wonderful profile in Outside Magazine. “Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.”

As it turned out, it was quite consequential. When the magazine next tried to dial into an Interior conference call, it was denied access.

You may think that Stormy Daniels is in charge of the natural world under Donald Trump. And yes, the boorish behavior of the president and the porn star makes for better reading than an account of the quack running Interior.

But if someone were trashing your house, you’d want to pay attention. And Trump, using the very strange Zinke, is going after the sacred foundations of America’s much-loved public lands, brick by brick.

Zinke has been called the Gulfstream Cowboy for his love of using charter planes to fly off to the nesting grounds of wealthy donors. But he’s more like a mad king. And this monarch has control over the crown jewels of America’s public land.

They are not in safe hands.

Last month, the secretary attacked Patagonia, the outdoor retailer, after it protested the largest rollback of public land protection in our history with a website home page of a black screen and stark message: “The President Stole Your Land.”

It is your land, all 400 million acres of it, though you wouldn’t know by the way the Trump administration has ceded control to the private predators from the oil, gas, coal and uranium industries.

It is also your water, the near entirety of the outer continental shelf that Trump is opening to extractive drilling. Almost a dozen states have protested. The waters off the coast of Mar-a-Lago, in Florida, were given an exemption after Zinke met with the governor, who said drilling was bad for tourism. Your public servant at work.

Zinke is upending a century of bipartisan values as part of a Trumpian culture war. When asked why the president shrank national monuments in the Southwest by two million acres, Zinke said it was a way to strike back against “an elitist sort of hunter and fisherman.” Huh?

Could this be the same regular guy who took a helicopter to ride horses with Mike Pence? The cabinet member who wants to charge $70 to get into our most iconic national parks? The man whose nomination was championed by Donald Trump Jr., elephant killer and dictionary definition of elite hunter and fisherman?

Defenders of public land have pushed back. This week, a majority of the nonpartisan National Park Service advisory panel resigned in frustration. The board, federally chartered to help guide the service, said Zinke had refused to convene a single meeting with the members last year. Silly bird-lovers. Don’t they know you need to charter a plane for Zinke if you want to get his attention?

A much less-connected group, the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, responded with an essay from a board member who lives in a 500-square-foot abode in the Rocky Mountains. “We hunt, gather, garden, can, smoke, dry, jelly and pickle as much of our own food as we can,” wrote Tom Healy. “According to Mr. Secretary, I am an elitist.”

The writer is from Whitefish, Zinke’s hometown in Montana. Where have you heard that before? Ah, yes, a tiny energy company from Whitefish with two employees — three if you count Zinke’s kid when he was an intern on a side project — finagled a $300 million, no-audit, no-bid contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid. Zinke said he had absolutely, positively nothing to do with it.

Look, it could have been worse: Sarah Palin was an early favorite for interior secretary. Zinke is an ex-Navy SEAL, and looks the part. Enough nutty things come out of his mouth to make him a perfect Trump guy.

“The government stops at the mailbox,” he said at a rally last year, “and if you come any further, you’re going to meet my gun.” Note to Mr. Secretary: Don’t shoot the sheriff, or the census taker.

It took a bribery scandal to bring down an interior secretary in the Teapot Dome affair of the 1920s. Today, the corruption is all upfront. Energy Secretary Rick Perry gives bear hugs to coal barons while doing all he can to have the government prop up their industry. The Environmental Protection Agency is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the polluters it is supposed to regulate.

Over at Interior, they haven’t yet figured a way to charge Americans for the air we breathe. But the next time Zinke’s flag is up, something may be in the works.

NM Memorial Means to Murder Wild Horses

Unedited Report from The Taos News

“A Senate Joint Memorial wants the U.S. Department of Interior to better manage a growing wild horse population even if that means euthanasia and unrestricted sales to people who might haul the animals off to meat-packing plants in Mexico…”

The memorial is sponsored by Sen. Pat Wood, a Republican from Broadview, New Mexico, who represents Curry, Quay and Union counties.

New Mexico’s Wild Horse’s Fate?

More than 50,000 wild horses now roam public lands, and too few people exist to adopt them all, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.

The memorial asks the federal government to “follow the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and utilize all of the management tools provided in that act, including unrestricted sales and euthanasia, to achieve ecologically sustainable wild horse and burro populations. Additionally, this memorial encourages Congress to restore funding to that department to facilitate those activities.”

The memorial will be heard first in the Senate Rules Committee, but with barely a week left in the legislative session, not much time is left for the bill to wend its way to a final vote from both houses.

Carson National Forest has one band of wild horses on the El Rito Ranger District.

http://www.taosnews.com/stories/memorial-seeks-to-reduce-wild-horse-herds,46088

Zinke Flips Westerners the Bird

by Jesse Prentice-Dunn as published on WestWise

Interior Secretary set to ignore overwhelming public feedback in scrapping landmark sage-grouse conservation plans

Dinky Zinke, “Ya buddy, I could pop-off one of those puffed up puppies right now.!”

In less than one year on the job, Interior Secretary Zinke has taken a wrecking ball to America’s public lands legacy. From the unprecedented step of dramatically shrinking national monuments to proposing massive entrance fee hikes for national parks, he has made his doctrine clear — public lands are for extractive industries, not the American people.

Zinke has justified his actions by saying he’s merely listening to the public, but a closer look shows the public overwhelmingly supports conserving our public lands for future generations and opposes selling out our lands to oil, gas, and coal companies. For example, more than 2.8 million Americans, along with local businesses and the burgeoning outdoor industry, asked Zinke to leave our national monuments intact. He expressly rejected that input in recommending that President Trump dramatically shrink six national monuments.

Now, after Zinke announced his intent to eviscerate collaborative land management plans that balance sage-grouse conservation with energy development, Westerners are asking him to honor the deal that was struck and leave the plans alone. The feedback has been overwhelming:

  • The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service collectively received nearly 400,000 comments urging them to leave sage-grouse conservation plans intact.
  • At 15 public meetings scattered across the region, sportsmen and women, ranchers, business owners, and conservationists urged the agencies to honor the deal they brokered in 2015.
  • Western governors of both parties, including Matt Mead (R-WY), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Brian Sandoval (R-NV), and Steve Bullock (D-MT), made it clear that major changes to the plans are not needed.
  • A poll just released by Colorado College found that 64 percent of Westerners support keeping the existing plans in place.
  • Editorial boards and opinion writers around the West have asked Zinke to leave the sage-grouse plans alone.

Will Secretary Zinke listen?….(CONTINUED)

View story at Medium.com

Goodbye and good riddance to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who voted to return horse slaughter to the U.S.

SOURCE:  Equine Advocates’ facebook

Bill Clark via Getty Images

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s retirement could set off a race for the top spot on the Appropriations Committee.

By Equine Advocates

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Who Voted to Return Horse Slaughter to the U.S. Will Retire!

In July 2017, the House Appropriations Committee voted to allow horse slaughterhouses to operate in the U.S. In a 27-25 vote, Reps Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) flipped their votes in favor of horse slaughter. Their votes led many to speculate who had gotten to them because neither rep had a record of supporting horse slaughter in the past.

Luckily, the Senate Appropriations Committee disagreed with the House and voted in November to uphold the ban and prevent horse slaughter from returning. Now the matter must come before a Congressional Conference Committee where a final decision will be made.

Frelinghuysen’s own constituents were baffled by his vote. In fact, his hometown paper, The Morristown Patch wrote this at the time, “Frelinghuysen’s home district has a love of horses: The horse is the official New Jersey state animal, and Morris County, which makes up a large portion of his constituency, is known for its horse stables and farms. A representative for Frelinghuysen did not return Patch’s request for comment.”

Read the rest of this post HERE.

BLM Reschedules Hearing on use of Helicopters and Motorized Vehicles for Wild Horse Mismanagement

An opportunity to offer input on your mismanaged public lands

BLM Antelope Complex attack on Nevada wild horses in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

CHALLIS, Idaho – The Idaho Bureau of Land Management invites the public to submit comments as part of a statewide hearing regarding motor vehicle and helicopter use in wild horse management operations; in particular, aerial census flights. The hearing has been rescheduled to take place Feb. 6, from 1-2 p.m.at:

BLM Challis Field Office
721 East Main Avenue, Suite 8
Challis, ID  83226

This public hearing is being held to obtain information and your views, comments and suggestions about the BLM’s use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in managing wild horses within Idaho during the coming year (Feb. 2018 to Jan. 2019).  The BLM believes that partnerships and inclusion are vital to maintaining sustainable, working public lands.

Comments submitted to BLM should include your address, phone number and e-mail. Please be aware your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.  While you may request we withhold your personal information from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.

If you are unable to attend the hearing in person to submit your comments, you may submit written statements to BLM_ID_WHB_MotorizedHearing@blm.gov

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-reschedules-hearing-use-helicopters-and-motorized-vehicles-wild-horse-management