It’s a No Brainer: Republicans Should be Opposed to Horse Slaughter

as published on The Hill

The push to slaughter wild horses is coming from a narrow – but powerful – special interest lobby in the D.C. swamp made up of millionaire and billionaire cattle ranchers on America’s federal lands.

Zinke: “Mmmmm, Good under saddle, tasty on the grill…I love my little Filly Burger.”

Thanks to the greed of tiny but powerful industry lobby, congressional Republicans are about to legalize the slaughter of America’s wild horses – and commit political suicide in the process. Polls show that 80 percent of men, 90 percent of women and 86 percent of Trump supporters oppose horse slaughter. With nine Republican House seats up for grabs according to the Cook Report, opposition should be a no brainer. But this hasn’t stopped Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from leading the charge, while House Republicans have already passed legislation that would legalize an inhumane practice that has been outlawed for fifty years.

The push to slaughter wild horses is coming from a narrow – but powerful – special interest lobby in the D.C. swamp made up of millionaire and billionaire cattle ranchers on America’s federal lands. Public-lands ranchers make up just 2 percent of U.S. cattle operators, represent just 0.06 percent of total employment in 11 western states and produce only 3 percent of American beef. They already enjoy steep public subsidies not available to 98 percent of America’s 1.1 million cattle ranchers who do not hold public lands grazing permits. But not surprisingly they are eager to expand their advantage, even though it will come at the expense of Republican representation in Congress, perhaps even jeopardize the Trump presidency, and result in the unnecessary slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses.

The slaughter process begins when a “kill buyer” outbids a rescuer at an auction. The horse is then loaded onto an overcrowded truck, stunned, hoisted up by a leg, and pulled apart piece by piece – which is exactly what the Republican legislation sanctions. As Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle has said, “We don’t do this to dogs or cats when we don’t have homes for them, and it should be unthinkable to do this to the domesticated animal that helped settle the nation.”

The goal of the horse slaughter lobby is to clear public lands of horses and replace them with cattle. Naturally the justification offered for the indefensible carnage this entails is that it will benefit the victims. The wild horse herds need to be thinned for their own good lest they starve – so the argument goes. Opening slaughter houses in America would save horses currently being shipped to their deaths in Canada and Mexico from the miseries of the journey. But this is just sickening hypocrisy. Absent the cattle industry land grab, the thinning of the herds can be accomplished in a cost-effective and humane way by the use of PZP birth control. The problem for the land grabbers is that this would delay and thwart their designs to take the land for themselves…(CONTINUED)

Click the link to read the rest of the story: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/352770-its-a-no-brainer-republicans-should-be-opposed-to-horse

BLM’s Sally Spencer, who authorized sale of about 1,000 wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, gets “promoted” to Acting District Manager

Source:  eplanning.blm.gov

BLM’s Sally J. Spencer

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Sally Spencer, as the Supervisory Marketing Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, personally authorized the sale of almost 1,000 of the wild horses (that ended up going to slaughter) to kill buyer Tom Davis.  Spencer was also willing to sell 10,000 wild horses to slaughter in Canada.   In 2017, Sally Spencer signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for an oil and gas lease sale, as the “Acting District Manager” for BLM’s Southeastern States District Office.

The BLM must’ve been very happy with Spencer’s work selling wild horses & burros to slaughter, to allow her to be an Acting District Manager and make major decisions about selling off our public lands.

FONSI signed by Sally J. Spencer as Acting District Manager (see the entire FONSI HERE.)

Bill of Sale to kill buyer Tom Davis signed by Sally J. Spencer (note: the year at the top of the document is 2012, and the year by Tom Davis’ signature is 2012, BUT, Sally Spencer wrote in the year as 2011.)

THE TRUTH #5 – Kill Buyer Tom Davis paid the BLM only $17,940 for 1,794 wild horses & burros, but the BLM paid $145,704.60 to ship these animals to Davis

SOURCE:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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

                                                                                                                                                                

THE TRUTH #6 – Dept. of the Interior Office of Inspector General details costs on shipping wild horses and burros to kill buyer Tom Davis

Below are the details contained in a DoI OIG Investigative Activity Report on the costs of shipping wild horses and burros to kill buyer Tom Davis.  From 2/13/2008 to 4/24/2012, the BLM spent $145,704.60 shipping our wild horses and burros to Davis.  Davis paid the BLM only $17,940 for these 1,794 wild horses and burros ($10 each).  The Agent’s Note states “During Davis’ interview, he stated that could make a profit of $2,500 to $3,000 for each load of horses he received from the BLM.”

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Most, if not all, of these wild horses and burros ended up going to a likely, and very horrific, slaughter in Mexico.

See the Dept. of the Interior Office of Inspector General’s records on this HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-5-kill-buyer-tom-davis-paid-blm-17940-1794-wild-horses-burros-blm-paid-145704-60-shipping-wild-horses-burros-davis/

THE TRUTH #5 – Kill buyer Tom Davis admitted to DoI OIG investigators that he knew wild horses went to “kill plants” (slaughter)

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THE TRUTH #5 – Kill buyer Tom Davis admitted to DoI OIG investigators that he knew wild horses went to “kill plants” (slaughter).

The pages below are from the transcript of a DoI OIG interview with Tom Davis, in connection with the DoI OIG’s investigation into kill buyer Tom Davis selling wild horses & burros to slaughter, where they had horrific deaths.

Tom Davis talks about selling wild horses to Charro Rodeo, and then also admits he knew that wild horses were going to the “kill plant.”

    

Read the rest of this article HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-5-kill-buyer-tom-davis-admitted-doi-oig-investigatiors-knew-wild-horses-went-kill-plants-slaughter/

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THE TRUTH #4 – BLM’s Sally Spencer sold 214 wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis AFTER an “Early Alert” email notification that Davis was suspected of selling wild horses to slaughter in Mexico

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THE TRUTH #4 – BLM’s Supervisory Marketing Specialist, Sally Spencer, signed off on TWO Bills of Sales to Tom Davis, for 214 horses, AFTER receiving an “Early Alert” email informing her (and other Washington DC office BLM/DoI officials) that Tom Davis was suspected of selling wild horses to slaughter in Mexico.

Here is the “Early Alert” email dated 4/19/2012 from Deanna C. Masterson, notifying WO BLM/DOI officials, including Sally Spencer, that there was “…a Colorado Open Records Request from David Phillips, a freelance journalist, for brand inspection and transfer paperwork for horses the BLM sold to Tom Davis of La Jara, Colorado.  Phillips indicated he suspected Davis of selling these horses for slaughter in Mexico.”

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Here is a BLM Bill of Sale dated 4/24/2012 for 106 wild horses sold to Tom Davis from the BLM’s Fallon Maintenance (Indian Lakes) Facility in Fallon, NV:   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AND SEE MORE FOIA DOCUMENTS HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-4-blms-sally-spencer-sold-214-wild-horses-kill-buyer-tom-davis-notification-davis-suspected-selling-wild-horses-slaughter-mexico/

THE TRUTH #3 – The timeline of kill buyer Tom Davis, who bought almost 1,800 wild horses & burros from the BLM, including BLM emails about him

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THE TRUTH #3 – The timeline of  kill buyer Tom Davis, who bought almost 1,800 wild horses & burros from the BLM, including BLM emails about him

NOTE:  Besides the fact that the Bureau of Land Management sold one person almost 1,800 wild horses and burros, some other issues that really stand out in the timeline below are:

16 of these sales were authorized by “Virtual Migration Person” instead of a person’s name, indicating a lack of accountability by the BLM.  Who, exactly, authorized these sales?

1 /11/2012 – On 1/11/12, Lester T. Duke (BLM Burns, Oregon) sent an email to BLM’s Bea Wade, regarding 50 sale authority horses, noting that a “large portion”of the mares were “possibly pregnant.”  Sally Spencer sent an email on 2/23/12 that Tom Davis would purchase the horses, starting with the load of mares from Burns, Oregon. (About a week later, the BLM sold Tom Davis 32 horses from the Burns, OR corrals. 19 of these horses were mares)

4/24/2012 – The BLM, already alerted that Tom Davis was suspected of selling horses to slaughter, sold Davis another 106 mares (27 years old to 11 years old) from Indian Lakes Rd. facility in Fallon, NV.  Sally Spencer authorized this sale.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

THE TRUTH #2 – Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation: the paper trail of wild horses to slaughter – from authorization for sale by BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad to kill buyer Tom Davis, to kill buyer Dennis Chavez, then to Mexico for likely slaughter

SOURCE:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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THE TRUTH #2 – Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation uncovers paper trail:  BLM’s current Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad, authorized the sale of wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, soon after, these horses were owned by kill buyer Dennis Chavez, and Chavez sent these horses over the Mexican border to likely slaughter.

Dean Bolstad authorized sale of 15 wild horses and 15 wild burros from the Litchfield BLM holding facility on 6/7/2011, to kill buyer Tom Davis.  Note freezemark numbers 98608643, 98608656 and 99608705:

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The geldings with the freezemark numbers of 98608643 and 98608656 were captured 11/19/2010.

The gelding with the freezemark number of 99608705 was captured 1/31/11 (so he was likely slaughtered less than less than 5 months after capture).

See the rest of the documents HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-2-equine-welfare-alliance-wild-horse-freedom-federation-investigation-uncovers-paper-trail-blms-wild-horse-burro-program-division-chief-dean-bolstad-authorizing-sale-kill/

BLM claims selling wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis was selling them to a “good home”

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2017

On the Bureau of Land Management’s new website, on the Program Data page for the Wild Horse & Burro Program (under the Wild Horse and Burro Sales to Private Care tab), the BLM claims “It has been and remains the policy of the BLM, despite the unrestricted sales authority of the Burns Amendment, NOT to sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughterhouses or to “kill buyers.”

The BLM claims “Wild Horses and Burros Sold to Good Homes” but then includes a total of 402 wild horses and burros sold in Fiscal Year 2012. (In this 402 total, 320 were horses and 82 were burros.)

BLM sale logs obtained by us in Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that in Fiscal Year 2012, the BLM sold 239 wild horses (almost 80% of the 320 horses that were sold) to kill buyer Tom Davis of La Jara, CO.  Many, if not all, of these wild horses went to slaughter in Mexico.

Does this look like a “good home” to you?

BLM states it has a policy not to sell wild horses and burros to kill buyers, but:

  1. On 1/11/12, Lester T. Duke (BLM Burns, Oregon) sent an email to BLM’s Bea Wade, regarding 50 sale authority horses, noting that a “large portion”of the mares were “possibly pregnant.” Lester asked if they should ship to long term holding or hold them at the corrals for sale. Bea responded that she forwarded the email to Sally Spencer. After a couple of more emails regarding this, Sally finally sent email on 2/23/12 that Tom Davis would purchase the horses, starting with the load of mares from Burns, Oregon. (About a week later, BLM sold Tom Davis 32 horses from the Burns, Oregon corrals.   19 of these horses were mares)
  2. On 4/19/12, Deanna Masterson, Public Affairs specialist for the BLM Colorado state office, sent an “Early Alert” email to “WO BLM/DOI Officials” (Jeff Krause, Leigh Espy, Helen Hankins, Steven Hall, Tom Gorey and Sally Spencer) that “The Colorado Department of Agriculture notified the BLM Colorado State Office of a Colorado Open Records request from David Phillips, a freelance journalist, for brand inspection and transfer paperwork for horses the BLM sold to Tom Davis of La Jara, Colorado. Phillips indicated he suspected Davis of selling these horses for slaughter to Mexico.”
  3. On 4/24/12, the BLM, alerted that Tom Davis was suspected of selling horses for slaughter, still sells 106 wild horses to Tom Davis.
  4. On 5/17/12, Sally Spencer sent out an email, marked “High” importance, to 21 people (Joe Stratton, Roger Oyler, Amy Dumas, Fran Ackley, Karen Malloy, Christopher Robbins, Jared Bybee, Robert Mitchell, Alan Shepherd, Rob Sharp, Robert Hopper, Gus Warr, June Wendlandt, Joan Guilfoyle, Mary D’Aversa, Dean Bolstadt, Jeff Krause, Tom Gorey, Debbie Collins, Lili Thomas, Bea Wade) and BLM_WO_260 WHB Communications, telling them a reporter was calling about Tom Davis. Spencer asked Joe Stratton to send out a message to all facility managers and the state leads to send a message out to all WHB Specialists that if they were asked “specifics” about a purchaser, they shouldn’t respond for privacy issues…”

If BLM personnel were so convinced that they sold the wild horses and burros to a “good home,” why all of the urgency and secrecy?

If the BLM truly believes these horses were sold to a “good home,” why isn’t Tom Davis’ photo featured on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program page on the BLM’s new website, instead of the photo of the young blonde girl? After all, the BLM sold Tom Davis 1,794 wild horses and burros from 2008-2012.

If the BLM thinks they’re fooling us, they’re only fooling themselves.

All documents referenced above can be seen HERE.

Dept. of Justice refuses to take any action against Spur Livestock, BLM contractors who sold wild horses to kill buyer

By Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. Of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation   Copyright 2015                   All Rights Reserved.

In this case, there was NO justice.  Wild Horse Freedom Federation did an investigation and found that a BLM long term holding contractor, Spur Livestock, sold wild horses to well known kill buyer Joe Simon.  R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, publicly presented an official government document with proof of this to the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board at their meeting.  Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, was present.

However, the Department of Justice (DoJ) only issued a letter of declination.  A declination decision is generally viewed to mean that the DoJ , in the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion, declines to prosecute or bring an enforcement action.  

So, the issue of a current BLM contractor selling wild horses to a kill buyer, most likely for slaughter, was just swept under the rug.

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Also, the 36 horses with the U freezemark were BLM sale authority horses. So, Spur Livestock sold 70 wild horses to well known kill buyer Joe Simon.

 

On the BLM FROM THE PUBLIC page for the National Wild Horse & Burro Program, it states this:

Question:  What is the BLM’s response to allegations regarding wild horse sales to a South Dakota long-term pasture contractor, known as Spur Livestock, in 2008? (Updated September 2014)

Answer: The BLM cares deeply about the well-being of wild horses and burros, both on and off the range, and takes seriously all accusations of the slaughter of wild horses or burros.  These accusations were thoroughly investigated and the case was presented ot the U. S. Department of Justice who issued a letter of declination. The case has been closed.”
But, this contradicts the BLM’s answer to the question about the 1700 wild horses sold to Tom Davis (see below), in which the BLM states “Anybody that is found to have violated the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should be held accountable.”
In fact, Spur Livestock, owned by Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson, continues to be under contract with the BLM.   It seems that the only thing the BLM cares deeply about is covering up the actions of its corrupt Wild Horse & Burro Program.
In furthering proof of BLM’s lack of transparency, the BLM didn’t post the actual declination letter so that the public could read the details.  The BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program should provide the public with information on all cases that it has brought to the attention of the DoJ, noting the reasons not to investigate or pursue prosecution, along with the rationale for those decisions.
As many of you know, the Department of Justice represents and defends the Bureau of Land Management in courts when wild horse advocacy groups and advocates file lawsuits against the BLM for it’s actions.
And, we’re all still sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the answer to this question:
Question:  What is the BLM’s reaction to allegations regarding horse sales to Tom Davis of Colorado, as reported by Pro Publica?
Answer: The BLM condemns any sale of wild horses for slaughter.  We care deeply about the well-being of wild horses, both on and off the range, and it has been (and remains) the policy of the BLM not to sell or send wild horses or burros to slaughter.  We take seriously all accusations of the slaughter of wild horses or burros.  The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of the Interior has initiated an investigation into the situation and will work in conjunction with the State of Colorado throughout its investigation.  We look forward to the results of that inquiry.  Anybody that is found to have violated the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should be held accountable.”
Anyone who violates the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should absolutely be held accountable.  But they aren’t, and the BLM continues to spin public opinion with propaganda.

Slaughter-horse hauler’s sentencing delayed

SOURCE:  WSMV.com

Reported by Nancy Amons

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A man who made his living shipping horses to slaughter in Mexico was in court Friday, but his punishment was delayed because of a hidden infusion of money.

This would have been the final chapter in the saga of Dorian Ayache, but there was a snag in his sentencing.

Ayache did not want to talk about his criminal case Friday, and he won’t learn his fate until January.

Ayache was the slaughter-horse hauler whose trucks overturned twice on the interstate, killing several horses.

Federal regulators cited Ayache for a long list of safety violations and for continuing to haul horses under a new company name, even after he’d been shut down by the government.

It turned out that most of the charges against Ayache couldn’t be criminally prosecuted. The case against him was falling apart.

Ayache appeared to be facing very little jail time, possibly even probation.

But Friday, Judge Aleta Trauger took a tougher stance. She was angry after learning Ayache inherited $300,000, but didn’t use any of the money to pay his fines.

Ayache owes the government about $36,000.

The federal prosecutor now wants Ayache to serve three months in prison. But because of the new information, the case was continued.

Trauger had some strong words for Ayache, saying even though the only charge that still stuck was a minor violation, she would consider his entire history.

“He is highly regulated by the government and he could care less what the government tells him to do,” Trauger said.