What a Bunch of BLM Bull-Puckey!

Forward by Grandma Gregg

This decision “should” have been appealed!

Take a look at Appendix “G” of the Research EA Final where the BLM ignores all public comments … including:

Public comment 15. Individual

“Per the DOI/BLM herd stats the Frisco HMA wild horse population jumped to 67% in the last year and the Conger HMA wild horse population jumped to 83% last year! See chart below “(in the comment letter).

BLM spreading more propaganda and false news

BLM spreading more propaganda and false news

It is biologically impossible since mares give birth to only one foal per year at the MOST and stallions and foals (up to reproductive age of about 3 years) do not provide foals and therefore do not add to the annual population. As I stated, this annual population increase is physically unattainable in the wild.”

Part of the BLM response to above (BLM did NOT respond to the 67% and the 83% population increases!):

 “The BLM utilizes well established scientific methods in the field of range monitoring, inventory and carrying capacity allocations, following approved methods outlined in official technical references and BLM handbooks and manuals. The CCFO and FFO have extensive vegetative trend, utilization, precipitation, actual use, riparian, and rangeland health studies which are contained in the Conger and Frisco HMAs and allotment monitoring files (4120 and 4710 files). Only the most current pertinent information has been summarized within this EA to show that excess wild horses occur within and outside, but adjacent to the HMAs. BLM use population growth rate not Birth Rate. The population inventory that was conducted in February of 2016 used simultaneous double-count method. Photos were taken of each band of horses that were observed. Photos, GPS coordinates and time of recorded observance were used to eliminate from the data any horses or bands that were double counted.”
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Reid, Lisa” <lreid@blm.gov>
To:
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 10:04 AM
Subject: Fwd: BLM News Release: BLM to Begin Frisco Wild Horse Gather, Removal and Research Public Welcome to Observe Gather Operations
For public information.  Thanks, Lisa
News Release
 Utah State Office, Utah
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Contact:  Lisa Reid (435) 743-3128 Dec. 30, 2016
BLM to Begin Frisco Wild Horse Gather, Removal and Research
Public Welcome to Observe Gather Operations
CEDAR CITY,Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office will soon be gathering and removing excess wild horses from within and outside the Frisco Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Utah.
The BLM will gather approximately 150 and remove 90 excess wild horses from the Frisco HMA to achieve a research population of an estimated 100 animals on the HMA.  Some horses will be fitted with tracking devices and returned to the range as part of a research project.  This will provide data on free-roaming horse locations and movement to help the BLM improve understanding of herd behavior.
Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 6.  Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
The BLM will conduct escorted public tours to gather observation sites.  Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline, (801) 539-4050.
Those interested in participating should meet at the KB Express Convenience Store/Subway at 238 South Main in Milford, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST.
Participants must provide their own transportation, water and food.  The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh winter field conditions.  Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended.  Please note that no public restrooms will be available once the tour begins.
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns.  Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying helicopters and should avoid recreational use of drones near the Frisco Mountain area.  Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
Gather updates and information will be posted at:  http://bit.ly/CongerFriscoGat her .  Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #CongerFriscoGather.
Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.  Those that are not adopted will be cared for on off-range pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Details on the EA and the gather can be found on the BLM’s planning documents website: https://goo.gl/pNIggw .      More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at (435) 743-3100.

To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at:  http://on.doi.gov/2h11lDS .
For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, public affairs specialist, at (435)743-3128 or lreid@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid.  The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
 
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Breaking News: BLM Soliciting Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Slaughter Advisory Board

reported by R.T. Fitch

“We were attempting to keep only good news and articles flowing during the holiday season but this announcement just broke, today.

Currently Ginger Kathrens is the only qualified person serving on the present board and she is, likewise, the only member to vote against butchering tens of thousands of wild horses that the BLM has illegally captured and currently  confines at taxpayer expense.

Ginger is the token advocate, while the rest are all special interest, per-screened appointees that are interested in only horse slaughter, welfare ranching, hunting and personal affirmation.

If you could recommend anyone to stand with Ginger, fat chance, who would you pick…we can play this exercise, again.

Brainstorm away….” ~ R.T.

Banner from America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA) with Melissa Ohlsson, Vice President of AWHA as artist

Banner from America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA) with Melissa Ohlsson, Vice President of AWHA as artist


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 27, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 95177-95178]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-31216]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Call for Nominations for the National Wild Horse and Burro 
Advisory Board

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to solicit public nominations 
for three positions on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Board) 
that will become vacant on April 3, 2017. The Board provides advice 
concerning the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming 
horses and burros on public lands administered by the Department of the 
Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the 
Department of Agriculture, through the U.S. Forest Service.

DATES: Nominations must be post marked or submitted to the address 
listed below no later than February 10, 2017.

ADDRESSES: All mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service should be sent as 
follows: Division of Wild Horses and Burros, U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW., Room 2134 LM, 
Attn: Dorothea Boothe, WO-260, Washington, DC 20240. All mail and 
packages that are sent via FedEx or UPS should be addressed as follows: 
Wild Horse and Burro Division, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau 
of Land Management, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea 
Boothe, Washington, DC 20003. You may also email PDF documents to Ms. 
Boothe at dboothe@blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorothea Boothe, Acting Wild Horse and 
Burro Program Specialist, 202-912-7654. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal 
business hours. The Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Board serve without 
compensation. However, while away from their homes or regular places of 
business, Board and subcommittee members engaged in Board or 
subcommittee business, approved by the Designated Federal Official 
(DFO), may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of 
subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in 
government service under Section 5703 of Title 5 of the United States 
Code. Nominations for a term of three years are needed to represent the 
following categories of interest:

Natural Resource Management
Wild Horse and Burro Research
Public Interest (Equine behavior)

    The Board will meet one to four times annually. The DFO may call 
additional meetings in connection with special needs for advice. 
Individuals may nominate themselves or others. An individual serving on 
another resource advisory council is not eligible to serve concurrently 
on the Board. Any individual or organization may nominate one or more 
persons to serve on the Board. Nominations will not be accepted without 
a complete resume. The following information must accompany all 
nominations for the individual to be considered for a position:
    1. The position(s) for which the individual wishes to be 
considered;
    2. The individual's first, middle, and last name;
    3. Business address and phone number;
    4. Home address and phone number;
    5. Email address;
    6. Present occupation/title and employer;
    7. Education (colleges, degrees, major field of study);
    8. Career Highlights: Significant related experience, civic and 
professional activities, elected offices (include prior advisory 
committee experience or career achievements related to the interest to 
be represented). Attach additional pages, if necessary;
    9. Qualifications: Education, training, and experience that qualify 
you to serve on the Board;
    10. Experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management;
    11. Experience or knowledge of horses or burros (Equine health, 
training, and management);
    12. Experience in working with disparate groups to achieve 
collaborative solutions (e.g., civic organizations, planning 
commissions, school boards, etc.);
    13. Identification of any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by 
the individual or his or her employer;
    14. Indication of whether the individual is a federally registered 
lobbyist; and
    15. Explanation of interest in serving on the Board.
    All nominations must be accompanied by at least one letter of

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reference sent from special interests or organizations the individual 
may represent, including, but not limited to, business associates, 
friends, co-workers, local, State, and/or Federal government 
representatives, or members of Congress as well as any other 
information that is relevant to the individual's qualifications.
    As appropriate, certain Board members may be appointed as special 
government employees. Special government employees serve on the Board 
without compensation, and are subject to financial disclosure 
requirements in the Ethics in Government Act and 5 CFR 2634. 
Nominations are to be sent to the address listed under the ADDRESSES 
section above.
    Privacy Act Statement: The authority to request this information is 
contained in 5 U.S.C. 301, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 
and 43 CFR part 1784. The appointment officer uses this information to 
determine education, training, and experience related to possible 
service on a BLM advisory council. If you are appointed as an advisor, 
the information will be retained by the appointing official for as long 
as you serve. Otherwise, it will be destroyed 2 years after termination 
of your membership or returned (if requested) following announcement of 
the Board's appointments. Submittal of this information is voluntary. 
However, failure to complete any or all items will inhibit fair 
evaluation of your qualifications, and could result in you not 
receiving full consideration for appointment.
    Membership Selection: Individuals shall qualify to serve on the 
Board because of their education, training, or experience that enables 
them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they 
represent. They should demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area 
of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions 
to resource management issues. The Board is structured to provide fair 
membership and balance, both geographic and interest specific, in terms 
of the functions to be performed and points of view to be represented. 
Members are selected with the objective of providing representative 
counsel and advice about public land and resource planning. No person 
is to be denied an opportunity to serve because of race, age, sex, 
religion, or national origin. The Obama Administration prohibits 
individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve 
on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees or councils. Pursuant to 
Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, members of 
the Board cannot be employed by either Federal or State governments.

(Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4-1, 43 CFR 1784.6-1)

Kristin Bail,
Assistant Director, Resources and Planning.
[FR Doc. 2016-31216 Filed 12-23-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-84-P

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Open Letters: What do YOU think about BLM Advisory Board’s Recommendation to Slaughter 45,000 Innocent Wild Horses?

R.T. Fitch ~ Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“You know MY thoughts and it is way too early to commit my words to text; not many of them are multi-syllable and most only have four letters. (I have managed to create an entire sentence utilizing only one cuss word, and it makes sense)

Link to unedited transcript from Bogus BLM Murder Board Meeting, yesterday: https://app.box.com/s/xo1xlqq58stg8fdg99guskpk59u1nxr0

Listed below are thoughts from many of our esteemed colleagues and I strongly encourage you to add yours AND to forward them to the email addresses supplied by Carol Walker, below. The bloody bastards! (sorry, that just slipped out)” ~ R.T.


The Perfect BLM Long Term Holding Facility

The Perfect BLM Long Term Holding Facility

Carol Walker ~ Director of Field Documentation for WHFF

“The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has just voted in favor of killing all the wild horses currently in short term and long term holding, approximately 44,000 horses. The only NO vote on the Advisory Board was from Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation.

Being extremely fond of euphemisms, the BLM uses the term “euthanasia” which is incorrect.

Definition of Euthanasia: “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.”  This is in fact murder, not euthanasia.

The intent behind this vote was to send a strong message to Washington, DC so that this might happen. Dean Bolstad, Division Chief had been alluding to killing the captive wild horses earlier in the meeting.

This is BLM’s endgame for our wild horses.

Please speak up – send comments to the Advisory Board ASAP at this address: whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov

You can email the bloody-minded Advisory Board individually as well:

June Sewing: mustangs@infowest.com; Fred Woehl: prtfred@gmail.com; Robert Cope: cowdoc75@hotmail.com; Julie Weikle: jweikeldvm@yahoo.com; Sue McDonnell: suemcd@vet.upenn.edu; Steven Yardley: steven.leslieyardley@yahoo.com; Ben Masters: benmasters@unbrandedthefilm.com

and you can thank Ginger Kathrens for standing strong in the face of such complete and utter disregard for the interests of our wild horses and burros: Info@thecloudfoundation.org.

Tell Dean Bolstad what you think: dbolstad@blm.gov

Then call Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior:(202) 208-3100

Then write your Congressmen and Senators.

This outrage must not stand.”

Published on Wild Hoof Beats: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/news/breaking-news-blms-wild-horse-advisory-board-just-voted-to-kill-all-49000-captive-wild-horses-in-holding

Dr. Don and Toni Moore:

We are writing to voice our overwhelming objection to the “Board’s” recommendation to brutally kill “unadoptable” wild horses in long term holding.

The majority of these animals should have not been removed in the first place.

Unauthorized, illegal recommendations such as these has raised the question in our minds that this board must be disbanded and all recommendations disregarded. This Board had superceded the statutory authority granted by the Department of the Interior and is making recommendations that will certainly not be implemented. This “Board” is wasting taxpayer dollars with ludicrous recommendations and functions only to promote special interest groups seeking eradication of wild horses and burros from public lands.

We are simply speechless at this latest maneuver, but make no mistake the actions and recommendations made by this “board” have united humane groups, wildlife enthusiasts including supporters of wild horses, and yes, the general public.

Who would have thought the actions of so few, this Advisory Board, attempting to carry out the BLM directive of management to extinction will change the face of public land mismanagement.

Congratulations, you will now begin answering to all Americans, not just a select few.

Dr. Donald Moore
Toni Moore

Grandma Gregg:

We have been set up, my friends. This mass murder of thousands of our wild horses and burros proposal is not something that just popped up today. This has been the strategy of BLM for many years. There is documentation of this fact.

The Board members are hand-picked by BLM (DOI and DOA). Bolstad knew exactly what was going to be announced at the meeting – because he has admittedly been talking to members of Congress “almost every week”. And what do you think he was telling them? And why do you think that Congress recently had a big “staged” meeting about the wild horses and burros? And why has the BLM been publishing bogus population figures and increases for so long – such as one herd increasing 775% in ONE year which means that 40 burros had 270 surviving foals in ONE year and there are many more examples of this. And why has BLM not put video devices on the helicopters when they do aerial population counts? Because it would prove that there are NOT the bogus numbers that they put in their bogus population reports – that’s why. All lies… the only thing that BLM does well is lie.

And why do you think that BLM has been crying about the cost of housing our wild burros in their feed lots when it costs we taxpayers nothing for the wild ones to live on their legal lands? And why do you think that when BLM’s Sally Spencer was proven to have sold our wild ones to a kill-buyer that it was covered up? And why do you think that when Spur livestock (a BLM holding contractor) was proven to have sold our wild horses to a kill-buyer that it was covered up? And why do you think that everyone associated with the BLM has been pushing sterilization and pesticides for our wild ones? And why has FOIA request data been ignored and covered up for years on end? And did you hear today at the meeting that our wild horses are considered by them to be valueless if they cannot be trained? So in their minds, if there is any wildlife that cannot be made to jump hoops then it is valueless? Wild is wild and should remain wild for the value of being wild. But BLM has thrown big money toward training these wild horses and burros instead of training humans to value them for what they are … which is wild for the value of being wild.

There is NO reason for these wild horse and burro removals and destruction procedures … because there are NO excess wild horses and burros on their legally designated land. In 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, these animals were found roaming across 53,800,000 million acres. That amount of acreage could support more than about 250,000 wild horses and burros but even after 22,200,000 acres were stolen from the American people by government agencies the remaining 31,600,000 acres could support more than 100,000 wild horses and burros today. The recent National Academy of Sciences study found no evidence of overpopulation of Wild Horses and Wild Burros. Obviously the government employees and the government’s actions toward the wild horses and burros needs to be closely and independently investigated and the animals left on and returned to their legally designated herd land. There is NO reason for these wild horse and burro removals and destruction procedures … because there are NO excess wild horses and burros on their congressionally designated land.

And on and on and on … think back now on what we have been seeing BLM do in recent years. And “we” the public have fallen for the BLM lies and so they have practiced on us to see how much we were paying attention and how far we would go to believe their lies … and we fell for it lock, stock and barrel. And it all boils down to one thing … there are NO EXCESS wild horses and burros on their legally protected lands – these are our wild horses and our wild burros and our wild lands.

The entire plan to murder all captured wild horses and burros in holding has been the BLM’s (secret) Golden Rule for a long time. And these people are all guilty of many things including violating Title 18 (18 U.S.C. § 1001). Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the common name for the United States federal crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States, even by mere denial 18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) US Code Per the US Department of Justice, the purpose of Section 1001 is “to protect the authorized functions of governmental departments and agencies from the perversion which might result from” concealment of material facts and from false material representations. This violation is punishable by both monetary fines and imprisonment … but instead of that, they walk around free and spew their lies as we heard them do again today. And we fell for it … and now our wild ones will be going to their deaths because of it. I am ashamed of what I was taught and was “America the Beautiful”.

“Though men now possess the power to dominate and exploit every corner of the natural world, nothing in that fact implies that they have the right or the need to do so.”  – Edward Abbey “A Voice in the Wilderness”

Lets here your comments AND forward to the Bogus Board, please!!!

Breaking News: Bogus, Bloody BLM Advisory Board Votes to Butcher ALL Wild Horses in Long Term Holding

Death to 44,000 Wild Horses?

BLM Advisory BoardWell they did it; the horse hating, special interest bastards that allegedly ‘Advise’ the BLM have voted that all horses in long term holding, they claim 44,000, be killed…TOLD YOU SO, this morning.  Bolstadt and company will not be happy until they murder each and every horse and burro.  With the exception of Ginger Kathrens it is what they all want and I hope that they gag on their big fat piece of welfare beef at dinner, tonight.

This board should be dissolved and disbanded IMMEDIATELY, not a moment to waste.

Write whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov and express your views. Although Ginger has been thoughtful and civil, as is her nature, it has proven to be a blunt sword against these boneheads.

More details to follow.

BLM Propaganda Alleges Wild Horse & Burro Population Exceeds Arbitrary AML by More than 40,000

Story by Craig Bennett, Reporter for Iron County Today

It pains me to share articles and news story (below) that are riddled with multiple inaccuracy’s and misinformation from the federal government’s rogue mismanagement agency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), but it is important for everyone, worldwide, to be aware of the all out war that the BLM is waging against our federally protected wild horses and burros.  The current information pumped out by those who are in bed with special interest groups (BLM) states that wild horse populations are in excess by a number that we believe is higher than the actual sum total of all wild equines on our public lands.  These are lies, nothing short of stone cold, idiot lies…and we as taxpayers begrudgingly give up our hard earned cash, in the way of taxes, to pay these civil employees with cushy salaries to LIE to us.

Sorry, but my “Stupid Meter” is pegged on ‘full’ and it is by far long overdue for the public to say enough is enough and call out the Administration, the Department of Interior and the BLM on how the federal government is intentionally managing our wild horses and burros into extinction and are currently working on a ‘final solution’ to ensure that our protected equines on our western public lands are forever whipped out and gone…like dust in the wind, their days are numbers…unless we take action, form the plan, work the plan and stop the carnage.  Are you up to the challenge, my friends?” ~ R.T.


SOUTHERN UTAH – Controversy in Southern Utah, including here in Iron County, continues over the number of wild horses on public lands.

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

According to the Bureau of Land Management website, the BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (as amended by Congress in 1976, 1978, 1996, and 2004). This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.

To promote healthy conditions on the range, the BLM determines what it calls the Appropriate Management Level (AML), which is the number of wild horses and burros that can thrive in balance with other public land resources and uses. Wild horses and burros that exceed AML (currently 26,715) are to be removed from the range, in accordance with the 1971 law, as amended.

The current estimated on-range wild horse and burro population (as of March 1, 2016) is 67,027, a 15 percent increase over the 2015 estimate of 58,150. That means the current west-wide on-range population exceeds AML by more than 40,000. The BLM’s finding is that wild horse and burro herds double in size about every four years. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators, thus the reason the herd continues to grow. The BLM states that the population of off-range (unadopted or unsold) wild horses and burros maintained in holding facilities is more than 45,000 as of May 2016.

The wild horses and burros compete with other wildlife and animals including deer, elk and cattle for the feed on these lands.

Typically for the cattle industry, BLM measures the amount of grass and feed on each range and determines and controls the number of cattle a rancher can keep grazing on the land permit. They are usually moved from summer to winter range to allow the feed to grow again.

Wild horses, on the other hand, are free to roam throughout the area, grazing virtually 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Ranchers are asking the government to apply the same regulations to the wild horses that pertain to cattle on the various ranches and open ranges.

The problem arises when there is not enough feed on certain ranges for the wild horses to survive. A video featuring Congressman Chris Stewart, (found at http://www.youtu.be/6L7vJmQBhIU) said it is a situation that needs to be addressed by both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans.

“We can’t just continue with what is happening here,” Stewart said in the video. “An estimate given to congress just in the last few days says it will cost 1 billion dollars to care for these animals in the next few years.”

Stewart went on to say, “We can just throw our hands up in the air and say it is just too hard, we can’t fix it, but that just seems unacceptable.”

There have been some population growth-suppression treatments introduced, but in a June 2013 report, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found that no highly effective, easily delivered, and affordable fertility-control methods were currently available to manage wild horse and burro population growth. The NAS also urged the BLM to use better research tools.

The currently available fertility control vaccine, known as porcine zona pellucida (PZP), is limited in the duration of its effectiveness – a one-year formulation (initially assumed to be 22 months) must be hand-injected into a captured wild horse.

A second formulation of PZP can be deployed via ground-darting, but is also effective for up to only one year. This dart-deployed formulation is not a viable fertility-control option for most wild horse herds because of the animals’ propensity to avoid human contact and the vast sizes of most herd ranges, which make it difficult to locate and track individual horses.

Why is the BLM killing wild horses?

By Jack Ferm as published on The Independent ~ A Voice for Utah

Horses are not part of America’s food chain!

The Bureau of Land Management is a federal agency tasked with protecting our heritage, including wild horses known colloquially as “mustangs.” These majestic animals have freely roamed North America since the Spanish reintroduced them to our continent in the early 1500s. But things have changed, and now a question has been raised: Is the BLM killing wild horses?

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

There is no thrill like watching a herd of these imposing animals run free as I myself have witnessed. They are intelligent and resourceful animals that have a matriarchal society, and they look to their leader like she was somehow elected by the herd themselves to lead them.

During World War I, more then a million of these animals had been conscripted for military combat with many more hunted and killed for sport or for dog food.

Finally, after years of abuse The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act was passed by President Nixon on Dec. 15, 1971, but even this law is not making a difference for these animals.

Now we have to ask why is the BLM not doing its job. Why is the BLM killing wild horses?

In the dichotomy of federal law, the BLM can use motorized vehicles to capture wild horses, but by law the BLM is not allowed to kill them (either directly or indirectly); whereas Fish and Wildlife Service can kill horses but can’t use motorized vehicles to capture them.

Yet the government wants these animals gone and has turned a blind eye to their knowingly being sold to slaughterhouses where their meat is often sold in Europe or Asia.  For instance, these nine countries—Mexico, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Poland and China—actually consider horse meat a delicacy. Yuck, to me it’s like eating a friend!

Animals that are slaughtered in these slaughterhouses are conscious and shaking while they suffer excruciating pain as they lay dying.

Our wild horses are now going to slaughterhouses where their throats are cut like the way chickens are slaughtered. And the BLM is fully aware of their slaughter: In fact, they knowingly aid and abet this unlawful treatment of these very intelligent animals.

BLM chasing protected mustangs from the air ~ photo by Terry Fitch

BLM chasing protected mustangs from the air ~ photo by Terry Fitch

Recent evidence has established the BLM’s complicity in the illegal sale of these free-roaming animals after capturing them by helicopter herding. The BLM appears to knowingly have sold 1,794, if not more, federally-protected wild horses between 2009 and 2012 to a Colorado rancher, Tom Davis, who then sold them for slaughter. The BLM is tasked with following the horses sold to insure they are sold to good homes and are not slaughtered. Yet 1,794 wild mustangs managed to slip through the cracks? Indeed, these majestic animals were deliberately sold into painful deaths.

However, as the agents of this rogue agency broke federal law, like most agencies during this regime, no charges will be filed against anyone … as usual.

Why is our government allowing these wild horses to be rounded up and sold to slaughterhouses? The answer isn’t a pretty one: oil and gas leases, and who controls them as well as livestock grazing. There are 63,000 federal onshore oil and gas wells under BLM management. Those and cattle and sheep ranchers take preference over wild horses. In this case, it isn’t just the money but also the power and control of BLM resources; horses don’t have a lobby or money, so they come up short!

My experience with mustangs has been limited, but I can tell readers that I have witnessed their intellect watching me repair a gate. One actually came over to me and watched everything I was doing like he was studying for a college exam. He was probably “reverse engineering” it so he could go out on an adventure after I left.

These horses even have an understanding of human suffering, acting as psychotherapy assistants for returning military personnel. Studies have shown that they are a good resource in helping returning military personnel deal with post traumatic stress disorder. They are very relaxing animals to be around, and they elevate your mood.

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

The Wild Horse Act in 1971 placed these horses and burros under federal protection. The BLM was mandated to protect the remaining herds. Instead, it has been an ongoing obstacle to their survival. The BLM from the very beginning lied about the number of wild horses roaming free, which allowed the BLM to remove thousands from the ranges. They have been chased and scared half to death by helicopters, sprayed with buckshot, run down with motorized vehicles, run off cliffs, gunned down at full gallop, shot in corralled bloodbaths, and buried in mass graves to eliminate them.

All of this happened under the “watchful” eye of the BLM staff, headed by Ken Salazar, a cattle rancher. Salazar was appointed to head the Department of the Interior in 2009 by Barack Obama.

Horses are not part of America’s food chain!

During Ken Salazar’s reign as head of the Department of Interior, more than 35,000 wild horses have been rounded up and placed in pens. We now actually have more wild mustangs in pens then roaming free as they were meant to be.

The current Secretary of the Interior in Barack Obama’s administration is former REI CEO and former Mobil Oil executive Sally Jewell of Washington. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2013.

Hmm … first a cattle rancher, then an oil executive … does any of this make you go “hmm?”

To get a full understanding of the beauty and intelligence of mustangs, watch the movie “Hidalgo.” It is a biographical Western based on the legend of American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang, Hidalgo. In the last few minutes are viewed hundreds of mustangs running free, as they should.

Consider that our heritage is under a current state of flux: we are always mindful of changing times and attitudes toward our world. In the end, the old remains, and the new is but an extension of the past, and we are part of only a sliver of a moment in time.

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A Grim Future Awaits the Nation’s Wild Horses

By Andrew Cohen as published in the Denver Post

“A poll conducted in 2012 indicated that 80 percent of the American people oppose the slaughter of American horses…”

Last week, a federal judge in New Mexico cleared the way for domestic slaughterhouse operators to again kill and render horses on American soil. Monday night, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver stayed that ruling, at least temporarily, so that it could evaluate whether the Obama Administration unlawfully permitted those operators to resume the brutal practice without first complying with all relevant environmental regulations.

The fight over horse slaughter in America, this latest legal battle reminds us, is decades old and ceaseless. But what is new to the grim equation today, six years after horse slaughter was halted here, is the presence of some 49,000 wild horses in long- and short-term government “holding facilities” in the Midwest and West. Over the past half decade or so, these federally protected horses have been removed from Western rangelands by the Bureau of Land Management, often at the request of ranchers and livestock agents, and placed into “federal custody” at great cost to the American taxpayer. There they now sit, utterly vulnerable to the market forces represented by those slaughterhouses.

Federal law is supposed to prohibit the slaughter of those horses. But the Interior Department has not always adequately enforced the prohibition. Last September, for example, Pro Publica published an exposé titled “All the Missing Horses” about the sale of hundreds of federally protected mustangs to a proponent of horse slaughter. Federal officials require all buyers to sign contacts saying they won’t “sell or transfer” the wild horses for slaughter, but there is virtually no enforcement mechanism beyond the requirement…CONTINUED

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Equine Advocacy Groups Join Effort to Spare N.D. Wild Horses from Slaughter

Source: By: Patrick Springer, Forum News Service

“We’re just trying to provide the safety net so none of these animals get bought by the kill buyers,”

FARGO – National organizations working to save mustangs are lending a hand to find caring homes for wild horses that will be rounded up at North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park and sold at auction.

The Cloud Foundation and Legacy Mustang Preservation are two groups that are joining forces in an effort called Operation Badlands Mustang Rescue, made up of volunteers who have been spreading the word of the Sept. 28 auction of more than 100 park horses in a campaign to spare them from slaughter.

“We’re just trying to provide the safety net so none of these animals get bought by the kill buyers,” Ginger Kathrens, executive director of The Cloud Foundation, said Friday.

In partnership with the affiliated Legacy Mustang Preservation organization, the groups have pledged to buy as many as 24 of the horses, if no other private owners step forward, to save them from being sent to a slaughterhouse.

The Cloud Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., works to save mustangs removed from public lands in Western states. It has raised money to transport horses it buys.

Legacy Mustang Preservation, based in Louisa, Va., will train the horses and find adoptive homes on the East Coast.

The involvement of the two organizations, each with a network of supporters, will add significantly to social media campaigns striving to find buyers who want to buy and train wild park horses, said Marylu Weber, who has tracked the horses in the park for almost 15 years.

“It is a huge deal,” she said. “Ginger Kathrens is probably the face and the voice of wild horses in the world because of what she’s doing for wild horses.”

Kathrens has made several documentary films about a pale palomino stallion named Cloud from the Pryor Mountains of Montana that aired on PBS Nature.

The Cloud Foundation is working to make removal of horses from public lands unnecessary, through better management practices including birth control, and rescue removed horses.

Western mustangs are popular among horse lovers on the East Coast because they are smart, sure-footed and hardy, Kathrens said.

The horses from the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, descendants of Plains Indian ponies and pioneer stock, also have an appealing history, she said.

The National Park Service should be actively working with wild horse supporters to prevent surplus horses from ending up in the hands of “kill buyers” working for slaughterhouses, Kathrens said.

“Their responsibility doesn’t end with the rounding up of the horses,” she said, adding that the park should bar kill buyers from the auction.

“Our purpose is to get the horses that nobody wants to bid on except kill buyers,” Kathrens said, adding that her organization will not bid against private buyers who want the horses as companion animals.

The horses are slated for sale at the Wishek Livestock Sales in Wishek, N.D., starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 28. The community is hosting meals and events in connection with the sale.

Wild Horse Advocate Says BLM Round-up Facility is Failing Horses

Source: By Elizabeth Batt as published in the Digital Journal

“…the paddock areas resemble feedlots…”

Reno – Advocate Monika Courtney is tackling a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Reno, NV., over its lack of shelter and basic care for rounded-up wild horses. Digital Journal spoke with Courtney and BLM’s Debbie Collins on the convoluted issue.

Courtney, who has been exposing what she says is BLM cruelty for the past five years, told Digital Journal that animals at the federal government’s Palomino Valley Adoption Center (PVC) in Reno, are being exposed to triple digit temperatures on a regular basis this summer, yet have no access to shelter in which to escape the heat.

“Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted,” said Courtney, “it’s obvious they need shade.” With, “no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots,” she said. Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during were, but they were very obvious.” Increase in temps are areas of concern After speaking with several people from the Regional Western Climate Center, Courtney obtained printed charts that show increased heat patterns for region over the last two years. “This year we have already had 12 days over 100 degrees F,” she said, “with many other days in the upper nineties. It was the same last year,” the advocate explained, “eleven days at over 100 degrees F.”

Yet despite the increasing heat, Courtney said, “PVC has no shade at all.” It is an irony the advocate says she puzzles over given that stored hay is covered, and the facility only adopts out horses to people who can prove they have shelter for them. The Center is the largest BLM preparation and adoption facility in the country with a holding capacity of 1,850 animals. It serves as the primary preparation center for wild horses and burros rounded up from Nevada and other state public lands…(CONTINUED)

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Wild Horse Chaos, Thanks to Obama

Source: By Andrew Cohen as published on Esquire

“Babies of weaning age — maybe three months old — were pulled from their mothers and immediately herded into the auction ring, one by one, crying and looking for their mothers as they were sold to the highest bidder…”

Captive Wild HorsesIt’s hard to believe or describe what just happened to hundreds of horses who were, until last week, roaming free in northern Nevada. Unwanted by members of a Native American tribe living near them, quietly delivered up by federal agents who wanted to make room for grazing livestock, unprotected by Obama Administration which says it is opposed to slaughter even as it enables it, the horses, more than 460 of them, were rounded up and shipped late last week to a public auction known for attracting “kill buyers” looking to fill slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.

I’m told that approximately 149 horses — unbranded and thus likely to be wild horses protected by federal law — were spared from slaughter on Saturday thanks to wild horse advocates, public interest lawyers, and a federal judge who late Friday night issued a restraining order because of the “serious questions” she had about the way the roundup was conceived and executed. But approximately 316 other horses, branded and thus considered private property, found on federal or tribal lands or otherwise brought to auction by their legitimate owners, were sold at a public sale Saturday in Fallon, Nevada.

As Congress contemplates two measures that would again ban such slaughter around the nation, and as officials in New Mexico and Iowa grapple with the controversial return of slaughterhouses to their jurisdictions, many of the horses sold Saturday, perhaps as many as 200 according to witnesses at the sale, will be killed for meat — or already have been. From a wild horse advocate, here’s one account of what happened Saturday at the Fallon sale:

“Babies of weaning age — maybe three months old — were pulled from their mothers and immediately herded into the auction ring, one by one, crying and looking for their mothers as they were sold to the highest bidder. Then their mothers followed, pushed into the ring in groups of 5-6 horses, huddled together, terrified and auctioned in lots and purchased by a kill buyer. It was brutal.”

The story of what happened to these horses is part of a broader story of the Obama Administration’s deliberate indifference to the nation’s wild herds and to the federal laws and policies designed both to protect and manage them. It is also a story that highlights the uneasy contradictions in the administration’s policy toward horse slaughter. Administration officials — like Agricultural Department Secretary Tom Vilsack, for example — have gone on the record saying they are opposed to slaughter. But it was the USDA’s Forest Service, in ways still not fully explained to the American people, that planned to facilitate the roundup of these horses (both the branded and unbranded ones) on behalf of the Paiute-Shoshone tribe — a roundup destined (as it did) to lead to slaughter for many of the horses.

There is no law in America today that says a person can’t sell his horse to slaughter. Members of the tribe had a right to collect and sell their own horses. But many serious questions remain about what happened last week, most notably these two: How did it come to pass that hundreds of horses were rounded up and shipped off for sale in the days immediately following a public announcement by the Forest Service that it was postponing that very roundup? And why, a week later, has the Forest Service still failed or refused to explain precisely what happened to cause these horses to be rounded up before officials satisfied their reporting requirements under federal law?

Had the advocates not intervened, and the judge not ruled, wild horses almost certainly would have been slaughtered in violation of federal law and policy. Moreover, if this episode represents a policy shift for the administration — if it is now the policy of the United States to actively help private parties sell their horses to slaughter — the American people surely deserve to have a fuller opportunity to debate the wisdom of that policy. On Friday, as the story drew attention in court and in the field, and as the emergency injunction filed by horse advocates was being evaluated by a federal judge, two of the three federal spokespeople responsible for keeping us all abreast of wild horse developments were gone for the weekend. A third told me via email that “it is Forest Service policy to defer to DOJ for comment on matters under litigation.”…CONTINUED

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