Horse Slaughter Proponent “Dinky” Zinke Gives Away Wildlife Habitat to his Colluding Lobbyist Buddies

Story provided by Western Values Project

“Wild Horse & Burro Hater ‘Dinky’ Zinke is hell bent on making nature an after-thought near protected public lands…”

Over the next month, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is preparing to announce a series of oil and gas lease sales across the West. Given the administration’s favoritism to special interests in Washington, D.C., these proposed lease sales are poised to be an early holiday gift to the same oil and gas industry that helped propel it into office. For the rest of the West, these leases unnecessarily threaten some of our most pristine public landscapes, including several national parks, monuments, and communities.

A list of Secretary Zinke’s early holiday gifts to his lobbyist friends bordering or near our nation’s parks:

Basin and Range National Monument
Location of proposed leases: On border
Sale Date: December 12, 2017
Status: Auction pending
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Great Basin National Park
Location of proposed lease: 4.5 miles
Sale Date: December 2017
Status: Environmental Assessment comment period ends September 18, 2017
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Nevada BLM’s December 2017 Lease Sale. Includes parcels (red) near Great Basin NP and bordering Basin and Range National Monument.

Canyons of the Ancient National Monument
Location of proposed leases: Bordering
Sale Date: March 19-23, 2018
Status: Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected November 30, 2017
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Hovenweep National Monument
Location of proposed leases: 5 miles
Sale Date: March 19-23, 2018
Status: Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected November 30, 2017
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Utah BLM’s March 2018 Lease Sale. Includes parcels (red) near Hovenweep National Monument (blue) and directly along the western boundary of Canyons of the Ancients NM (purple).

Bears Ears National Monument
Location of proposed leases: 0.1 miles
Sale Date: March 19-23, 2018
Status: Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected November 30, 2017
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Utah BLM’s March 2018 Lease Sale. Includes parcels (red) near the boundary of Bears Ears NM (purple).

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Location of proposed leases: Bordering
Sale Date: March 13, 2018
Status: Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected December 13, 2017
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Montana/North Dakota BLM’s March 2018 Lease Sale. Parcel (red) bordering Upper Missouri River Breaks NM (purple).

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Location of proposed leases: Bordering
Sale Date: March 13, 2018
Status:Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected December 13, 2017
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Montana/Dakotas BLM’s March 2018 Lease Sale. BLM proposing to lease a parcel (red) directly bordering the northern unit of Theodore Roosevelt NP (purple).

Dinosaur National Monument
Location of proposed leases: 1.3 miles
Sale Date: December 12, 2017
Status: Auction pending
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Utah BLM’s December 2017 Lease Sale. BLM proposing to lease parcels (red) near the western boundary of Dinosaur NM (purple).

Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Location: 0.3 miles
Sale Date: March 19, 2018
Status: Final lease sale notice initiating protest period expected November 29, 2017
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Wyoming BLM’s March 2018 Lease Sale. Includes parcels (red) less than ½ mile from the Fort Laramie National Historic Site (purple).

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Location: 5 miles
Sale Date: December 12, 2017
Status: Auction pending
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Montana-Dakotas BLM is proposing to lease this parcel (red), which is about 5 miles from the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (purple), as part of its December 2017 Lease Sale.

http://westernvaluesproject.org/zinkes-gift-to-his-oil-gas-friends/

Urgent: Our Horse Nation Needs YOUR Help

Our nation is at a critical juncture and America’s wild horses and burros are in the crossfire. Following the troubling news that the President’s budget request for 2018 would strip federal protections for wild horses and burros and put over 80,000 healthy wild horses at risk for slaughter, wild horses are now in danger more than ever before. We were deeply troubled to discover that dangerous language that would reopen the door for horse slaughter was quietly inserted into the U.S. House’s massive spending bill for next year’s budget.

Click (HERE) to join Wild Horse Freedom Federation, The CANA Foundation and many other wild horse and burro advocacy groups in taking ACTION to save the last of the few herds that still remain alive and free!

Government Watchdog Probes Wild Horse Hater Ryan Zinke’s Use Of Private Planes

Wild Horses and Burros Need Your Voice TODAY!

Information supplied by Daniel Cordero Fernández

“We must relentlessly call Congress until they ask for mercy and remove the two offending sections legalizing wild horse killings and enabling horse slaughter in Appropriation Bills…”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Focus on all the member of the House and Senate appropriations committees but also contact your own Congressman and two Senators. This is because, in all likelihood, the two pro-slaughter sections (one removing the USDA slaughter inspections ban and other adding language to allow BLM to kill and sell for slaughter wild horses in holding) will be passed by the appropriations committees since western pro-slaughter folks have the majority and they have already discussed the matter and have allegedly agreed to pushing this to the full Congress to bring horse slaughter back. In my humble opinion, it is a done deal.

When contacting both your own legislators and the members of the committees, you must ask:

  1. a) Committee members:

– Ask them to vote no on any language allowing the killing of wild horses in holding and / or their sale without limitation, that is, for slaughter or “processing into commercial products” as they like to call it.

– Ask them to oppose any changes to refund horse slaughter inspections by USDA. Ask them to reintroduce the defunding language by means of a private amendment if necessary.

  1. b) Rest of congressmen:

– Ask them to oppose any language allowing the killing of wild horses in holding and/or their sale without limitation and, if necessary, to introduce or support an amendment striking down any language in the appropriations bill allowing the killing and sale without limitation.

– Ask them to support any amendment reintroducing the ban on the use of tax money to fund USDA horse slaughter inspections.

Contact information for all members of Congress, including the ones from a specific committee can be found together in this site:

https://www.contactingcongress .org/

Just select the committee you want contact info from the drop down menu and you are ready to go.

In the case of the agriculture appropriations one, whose text is already made but wasn’t formally introduced, they are aiming at removing Section 767 from the former appropriations bill, which contains the USDA defunding language that prevents horse slaughter plants to open up:

https://www.obpa.usda.gov/34gp exnotes2018.pdf

Go to Page 18 where it reads:

«Section 767: Prohibits inspection of horses for slaughter.

[Sec. 767. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel—(1) to inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603);

(2) to inspect horses under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104–127); or (3) to implement or enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation).]

This change deletes the entire section 767. This change is requested in order to permit the Executive Branch to carry out programs in the most efficient manner. » >>> They are deleting the ban entirely.

In the case of the Interior Appropriations Bill there is still no bill text (looks like these welfare ranching cowboys have problems putting two words together) but we have Trump’s budget request where HE VERY CLEARLY REQUESTS WILD HORSES IN HOLDING TO BE KILLED AND TO ALLOW SALES OF WILD HORSES FOR “ALL PURPOSES”, THAT IS, FOR SLAUGHTER:

https://www.doi.gov/…/u…/fy201 8_blm_budget_justification.pdf

Go to page 24 of the .pdf where it reads:

«Wild Horse & Burro Management Shift Management Strategies (-$10,000,000 / -29 FTE)

The WH/B budget is principally consumed by the cost to care for excess animals in off range facilities, […]. Animals for which there is no adoption demand are to be humanely euthanized while others that meet certain criteria are to be sold without limitation. Enacted appropriations bills from 1988 to 2004 and from 2010 to present have prohibited destruction of healthy animals and unlimited sale. […] The BLM must be able to use all of the tools included in the Act to manage this program in a more cost-effective manner, including the ability o conduct sales without limitation. The budget proposes to eliminate appropriations language restricting the BLM from using all of the management options authorized in the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. An estimated $4.0 million of the $10.0 reduction will be achieved through savings resulting from unrestricted sales. »

The markup session where both bills (agriculture and interior) text will be formally redacted and introduced is NEXT WEDNESDAY July 12th. Make sure you keep calling and writing until these two languages are killed for good. 

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2017/06/30/speak-up-for-wild-horses-before-its-too-late/

https://www.contactingcongress.org/

New Evidence Links BP to the Controversial Elimination of Protected Wild Horses From Federally Mandated Land by the BLM

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Newly discovered evidence in the form of the Ruby Pipeline project contract ties BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) to another environmental catastrophe under way in the western states of the US, the systematic removal and eventual destruction of federally protected wild mustang horses from public land, with the aid of the US Department of The Interior, in violation of federal Law.

ATS News, the investigative journalism arm of number-one “alternative topics” web site, AboveTopSecret.com, has discovered that BP Energy’s habitual destruction of vital habitats is not limited to the Gulf of Mexico, but extends to the desert and western states as well. In a hard hitting collaboration with 17 time Emmy Award Winner George Knapp, of KLAS TV in Las Vegas, ATS News’ Mark Allin presents the “smoking gun” contract that absolutely ties BP to the Ruby Pipeline (a natural gas pipeline) which will be built through federally protected lands. George Knapp, who has been covering and exposing the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for decades brings us up to date on the latest round ups of these magnificent animals, at the behest of major multinational corporations in a conspiracy of collusion with the US Department of Interior. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/

“The public that the Department of Interior and the BLM serve is not the John and Mary U.S. Citizen public, it’s the big corporate agriculture and big oil public that gets all the benefits of exploiting our public lands” said Knapp.

“We have the real facts and the proof that the BLM has systematically removed the mustangs from the lands set aside for their preservation. What’s more, there is ample reason to believe BLM’s most recent horse roundup, the bloodiest roundup in modern history, was conducted-at least in part-to pave the way for a gargantuan pipeline project” he went on to say.

“Many of the people who are at the top of these agencies, who are supposed to be making sure these big corporations are doing what they are supposed to be doing, have long histories as executives in or employees of the very corporations they are supposed to be keeping honest” said Allin.

“Additionally, when the agencies start throwing around bogus data to support what they are doing, which is in direct violation of the intent of Federal Law, the writing is on the wall. We need to get people to READ IT”.

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The Ruby Pipeline, a 675 mile long, 42″ diameter, natural gas pipeline that is being built right through the Mustang’s protected lands is a project of The El Paso Corporation in Houston, Texas. El Paso Corporation has almost as besmirched a past as BP Energy and some of their own contractors have come forward and said the construction of the pipeline will be devastating to not only the Mustangs but also to the protected habitats,

“it’s going to look like Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb” one El Paso employee was quoted as saying.

“After doing some serious, old fashioned, investigative journalist digging I discovered that BP is contracted to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of this pipeline” Allin said.

“BP’s record since 1999 is terrible. They’ve been fined hundreds of millions of dollars, their own employees have turned them in for safety and environmental violations, they’ve blocked state inspectors and forced them to get search warrants, and they keep getting away with it because the people who are supposed to be enforcing our laws give them just about anything they want, including self inspection and extremely low royalty fees for exploiting our public lands. They are never going to change unless we the people demand it.”

This interview exposes the truth behind what can only be seen as rank corruption and sheer incompetence at the expense of not only the U.S. Taxpayer but one our national treasures, the Wild Mustangs of the Great Southwest. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/ AboveTopSecret.com is the Internets largest and most popular website dealing with “alternative topics” such as government conspiracies, with more than 2.3 million pages of content and over 5 million monthly visitors.

The AboveNetwork, LLC, a virtual company with executives in three states and two countries, owns and operates AboveTopSecret.com, among other online properties. The company was founded in 2007 with a goal of creating compelling user-generated content ecosystems on issues of importance to people. For more information, contact Mark Allin at 480.304.5680 or pr(at)theabovenetwork(dot)com.

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