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IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses

15 Aug

Two horses that went through Another Chance 4 Horses in November 2013.

The IRS has revoked the charity status of the purported horse rescue, Another Chance 4 Horses (AC4H), in Pennsylvania.

The organization’s federal tax exemption was pulled in May 2014, and published online August 11th. AC4H failed to file its annual paperwork for three consecutive years, according to the agency’s records. AC4H is operated by founders, Christy Sheidy and Rick Sheidy. According to the Berks County group’s website, Glenn Schlappich and Nicola Cox are board members.
This isn’t the first time the controversial organization has been scrutinized by authorities. The state of Pennsylvania issued a Cease and Desist Order against AC4H in August 2013. The order states the organization is not registered with the department’s bureau of charitable organizations and must cease soliciting contributions within the state. The penalty for violating the order is up to $1,000 per violation and $100 for each day the violation continues. We attempted to reach an official in the state’s charity office, but our call was not immediately returned.
AC4H is not currently registered as a charity with the Pennsylvania Department of State. As of July 22, someone posting on Another Chance 4 Horses Rescue Facebook page as the administrator seeking sponsors for two thoroughbreds, allegedly rescued by AC4H.
The FBI has been investigating AC4H on allegations of fraud. Feds raided the group’s location in April 2013 looking for evidence of multiple crimes, including conspiracy and wire fraud. No charges have been brought. Our call to FBI Special Agent Charlene Trux was not returned.
Christy Sheidy did not respond to our request for a comment.

 

source:  IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses | Rate My Horse PRO.

Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils

15 Aug

This July 2014 image shows the entrance to the Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming. The cave holds the remains of tens of thousands of animals, including many now-extinct species, from the late Pleistocene period tens of thousands of years ago. Scientists have resumed digging for the first time in more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

 

 Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils

By Laura Dattaro Published: Aug 11, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

A Wyoming cave has turned up hundreds of fossils of animals that roamed the Americas around the time of the last Ice Age. The fossils range from small creatures like lizards and snakes to megafauna like bison.

“We found evidence of bison, a bit of gray wolf and quite a lot of cheetah and horse,” paleontologist Julie Meachen, who led a team of international researchers on a recent dig, told Reuters.The two-week dig ended on Friday.

Meachen spearheaded the two-week exploration of the cave, called Natural Trap Cave, which was first discovered in the 1970s and hasn’t been studied since. The only entrance is a 15-foot hole in the ground that’s now covered by a metal grate, according to the Associated Press. The researchers believe the animals whose bones are preserved below stumbled into the hole and fell to their deaths. The drop to the ground is about 85 feet.

The cold, damp conditions inside the cave kept the animals’ remains well preserved, according to Reuters. Studying the fossils could reveal information about the last Ice Age extinction, which occurred about 10,000 years ago. The remains are between 12,000 and 23,000 years old.

“Some bones still have collagen with intact DNA for genetic testing and some fossils are fragments crushed by rocks,” Meachen told Reuters. “But we take it for what it is when we find it.”

During the dig, two animals slipped through the grate covering the hole — a deer mouse, which survived and was sent back to the surface, and a pack rat, which died. The researchers left the pack rat’s body where it fell and plan to observe it over time to understand the decay rate inside in the cave.

More than 30,000 fossils have been removed the cave since its discovery, according to the U.S. National Park Service’s web site, including mammoths, lions and camels. No evidence of human activities has been found in the caves, leading researchers to believe the hole, which is difficult to spot from a distance, was once located along a migratory corridor. Layered sediments in the cave have revealed that the region went from a glacial climate to its current desert climate in just 500 years.

“It’s an incredible site,” Brent Breithaupt, a paleontologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), told the Associated Press. “It definitely is one of the most significant sites that BLM manages, and it will provide very, very important information.”

source: Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils – weather.com.

BLM Sets National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming

14 Aug

Wilkd Horses and Burro Advisory Board April 14, 2014 © 2014 afroditi katsikis

Wild Horses & Burros Advisory Board April 14, 2014 © 2014 afroditi katsikis

** UPDATE  August 22, 2014**

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will be live-streamed at
blm.gov/live
at 8:00 am MST on August 25, 2014.

See links for agenda and other materials :
http://www.blm.gov/…/recent_news_and_information.html

Please note the other materials includes the previous meeting minutes, (93 pages).There will also be a press conference by Friends of Animals and The Cloud Foundation:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is poised to eradicate the last large wild horse herds in Wyoming during the coming months. Horses in other states are also being ripped from their families and only homes they know this summer.

Join FoA and the Cloud Foundation (Cloud the Stallion) in a protest of the BLM at the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting on August 25th in at the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College.


Join this Facebook event if you can go, if you can’t go, select maybe to show your solidarity with this issue:
Protest to Protect Wyoming’s Wild Horses
 

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We would all love to see many wild horse advocates attend this meeting but it’s not likely many people can attend because for most of us, they are too far away and costly to attend.  I called Ramona Delorme last week to ask about a link to a live feed of the meeting and she assured me there would be one and to keep checking the BLM website…so far no more information on this. 

Please take a moment now and read the agenda of the meeting which can be found in the Friday, July 25, 2014, Federal Register HERE and start preparing your comments that can be submitted by email to atwildhorse@blm.gov or mailed to:

National Wild Horse and Burro Program WO-260
Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147
 

There will also be a rally on that same day in Riverton, Wyoming. Please join this facebook event if you are going HERE. If you want to support this event and can’t go, click ‘maybe’ and start sharing it with your friends.

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Press Release Date: 07/31/14
Contact: Tom Gory, 212-912-7420


BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for one day in August in Riverton, Wyoming, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held in the Little Theater (SC 109), located in the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming 82501, phone number 1-800-735-8418. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Friday, July 25, 2014, Federal Register HERE.

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 49,200 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Monday, August 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Monday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 12:00 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting.  There may be a Webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.  Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.  Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (atwildhorse@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583.  Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board meets up to four times a year and the BLM Director may call additional meetings when necessary.  Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

See the press release at:

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming.

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Wild Horse Escapes from the Jute Chute, Butte Valley trap site, Triple B, August 2011, ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

 

Supporters for wild horses rallied at the Rock Springs BLM office Tuesday afternoon – SweetwaterNOW

13 Aug

BLM PR Specialist Shelley Gregory, middle left, and rally speaker Beverley Hughes, red hat, discussed wild horses at the BLM Offices Tuesday.

BLM PR Specialist Shelley Gregory, middle left, and rally speaker Beverley Hughes, red hat, discussed wild horses at the BLM Offices Tuesday.

The wild horse supporters have another rally planned on Aug. 25 the day the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meets in Riverton, Wyoming. It will be a one day meeting, begins at 8:00 am public comments are in the afternoon and as usual, you must sign up ahead of time to speak. 
Read more about the WH&B ADVISORY BOARD MEETING HERE

Join the Facebook event page for this rally HERE
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ROCK SPRINGS – Throughout history rallies and protests have been seen on every stage imaginable. No matter where it takes place or what issue is involved, they all have a special link. That link is passion. On Tuesday, a handful of wild horse supporters gathered at the Rock Springs Bureau of Land Management Office.

While small in numbers, the supports had members who traveled from Cheyenne, Denver and around the area to show support for the wild horses. Speaker said they planned the rally and expected more people but with the court ruling halting the roundup, Hughes said many supports saw that as a win and did not show up.

Besides using Facebook to get support, the group also passed out flyers all over which included a huge focus at Sturgis about getting the word out.

Hughes explained how her passion for wild horses began. As a photographer, she made her way to Wyoming to photograph the wild horses. When she arrived, she was taken to the Green River Visitor’s Center and was shown two “token” horses. Not very impressed, Hughes hired a guide to take her out to see the horses. She said she saw about 20 horses in about a 12 hour span.

This is where she first learned of the wild horse roundups and the treatment of wild horses. Being a dog lover and rescuer her whole life, she quickly focused on the wild horses.

She went to the holding corrals and looked at the horses gathered in one big group with no shelter or shade from the heat. Hughes explained she then asked the BLM about the horses and explained she was given about five options, none of them good.

Since then she has been all over the country fighting for the wild horses.

Being a veteran of the military, Hughes said she made promises to protect this country.

“I feel the treatment of these wild horses is an attack on our country by the BLM,” Hughes explained.

Hughes also questioned why tax money was being used to move the horses out so cattle and sheep can graze. Hughes said cattle and sheep herders should have to rent private land like the way it used to be.

Another supporter Elaine Taylor made her way from Cheyenne to be at the BLM on Tuesday. She also spoke passionately about the mistreatment of the horses. She said these horses are being forced to stay in corrals in the dead of winter fighting the ice and snow with no wind breaks to protect them.

Taylor said they have tried to find out how many horses have died in captivity but no one could tell them.

“We know many horses have died because of this,” Taylor said. “I don’t believe in any inhumane treatment for any living thing.”

Wild horse supports said their concerns are being ignored and the way the roundups are being done with the use of helicopters is not good for the horses. One supporter said they ran a bunch of horses so hard that one of the horses lost its hooves and had to be put down.

Also at the rally, answering questions and listening to the concerns of the protesters was BLM Public Relations Specialist Shelley Gregory. She answered questions for the supports and listened to ideas they had. Several times she urged the supports to write down their comments and submit them before the public comment period ends.

One support said the government is making it harder for the public to submit comments. She said it has to be done a certain way or it gets thrown out. The supporters also noted the BLM was only accepting those comments submitted with unique and new ideas and not everyone’s voice was being heard.

Gregory said they do take those comments with unique and new ideas. She informed the wild horse supporters some of the comments submitted are very general and urged the supporters to submit new ideas. She said many issues get resolved from public ideas which haven’t been looked at or thought of.

Gregory said there are about 850 to 950 wild horses in the checkerboard land. She said the wild horses which are in the solid block areas of the management play would remain there.

Gregory told SweetwaterNOW the BLM has multiple uses and have to balance issues between the different groups. With the wild horses, she said the BLM has to honor this court-ordered action and the request of the private landowners to remove these horses from their land.

Gregory also explained local offices do not make the rules, congress does and they have to follow them. She urged anyone who has issues with happenings in the BLM office, they should also contact the Wyoming delegates in Washington D.C.

The public comment period is still open and Gregory urged the public to submit ideas and comments. For information about the issue or to find out how to submit public comments, visit the BLM website or contact the local office.

The wild horse supporters have another rally planned on Aug. 25 in Riverton.
Read more about the rally HERE

Read the article and make comments at:

Supporters for the wild horse population rallied at the Rock Springs BLM office Tuesday afternoon – SweetwaterNOW.

Hot August Nights No Fun for Some

3 Aug

After recently looking at all the horses and burros available for adoption in the short-term holding pens via the BLM Internet Adoption auction, many of them have suffered more that two freezing winters without out shelter from the wind in winter or two sweltering hot summers without shade, with nothing to do as well. Even though the wild horses and burros are supposed to be protected by BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, so far all we’ve seen is BLM WH&B program jump through hoops for the cattle ranchers and ignores every request or offer of help by the public to construct some shelter for the horses from the sun and wind, built in the corrals, free of charge. Sure would be appreciated if HSUS would speak up about the lack of  a CAWP.   ~admin

Hot August Nights No Fun for Some by Monika Courtney

 

The public’s appreciation for wild horses is strong. So is the call for a moratorium on round ups and reform within. Now, mid-late 2014, we have gained:

1)  NAS recommendations stating helicopter round ups are cruel and restructure of standards are long overdue.

2)  A “workshop” (2013) with concentrated efforts by the public to assist / provide input for shelter in holding.

3)  A clear recognition by unbiased equine experts and the tax-paying public that relief is needed and warranted – written input and recommendations and much more, submitted at Reno workshop.

4) Yet, we have gained NOTHING in all aspects, such as: increased comfort, shade/shelter, CAWP (Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program), or common ground as discussed during Advisory Board meeting in DC of last year. Concrete inquiries thereof are ignored.

5)  And more herds are destroyed, wiped out and sent to government suffering.

July 10, 2014 91 degrees Palomino Valley BLM Photo by P Bumgarner  ("left there close to noon, after trying to cool down in the office")

July 10, 2014 91 degrees Palomino Valley BLM Photo by P Bumgarner (“left there close to noon, after trying to cool down in the office”)

Concerns of wild horses being funneled to slaughter through tribal nations possibly government funded for this are stronger than ever. The association of Boyd Spratling  (BLM Board / DVM) to United Horsemen and cattle men who want to rid our wild horses with slaughter, is alarming.

The HSUS remains silent, while BLM spins their way out of cruel treatment, frivolous use of taxpayer monies, and protection of the welfare ranching industry. While offers by individuals like me to raise funds to accommodate the need for “increased comfort” aka shade are ignored, a dubious shade trial geared to appease further delays the topic at core is prevalent.

For those needing a look at the ongoing crisis, please see this:

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/51424048#51424048

Please send letters. Voice your outrage over the lack of CAWP and innovative shade / shelter for severe weather protocol. Horses step into snow on mountain tops to cool down in summer, and seek shade, a clear, logical proven fact, continuously refuted by BLM minimalist “trials” to possibly announce the non-utilization in the near future to further dismiss the topic.

Wild horses seek shade to survive summer heat, near Dayton, NV July 23 2014 photo taken by : Lea Harney Dudum

The violation of humane standards cannot be tolerated !

Where is the Humane Society of the United States? Where is  improvement suggested in a letter to BLM by Holly Hazard of HSUS, last summer? Was that just a placating appeal or a perfunctory duty? What is the HSUS’s work in this besides the devotion for contraception – but the cruelties of stampedes and social disruption of horses ? Why the lack of disclosure in “All Animals” of the horror, destruction and chaos in round ups?  Why not show the squalor of holding camps to the membership?  Where is CAWP?  Where is any reform – preached by Abbey back when, then Guilfoyle, then Roberson?

Then BLM contracts a pro-slaughter defender (during the debate over Prop. 6 in CA, who lobbied hard for the AVMA) – another paid “expert” to join the ranks of BLM propaganda – to establish (in the face of public outrage) the non-need of shade for wild (but trapped!) ones, because there are “no” studies??  There is plenty of evidence by experts who know the range and wild horses’ needs and behaviour in the wild – photos were mounted on poster boards and submitted at workshop. To denounce their need for shade from heat stress in barren feed lot setups is ridiculous !

Why do the wild horses of America not get a fair shake?

These two deaths could have been avoided – yet the bad norm goes on. A lack of federal guidelines and modern humanity goes on. Inquiries are ignored – of horses being choked by extreme tight tags, horses suffering in the sweltering heat and horses disappearing. Yet… bureaucratic trials and costly, unnecessary studies are established instead of real reform.

 

Feeling choked ? Photo courtesy by P. Bumgarner

Feeling choked ? Photo courtesy by P. Bumgarner 

Ask yourself if this is how democracy operates. I believe not. I am still waiting for a reply by Debbie Collins, and Zachary Reichold of PVC on the latest, re CAWP, helicopter “data” submitted to BLM by Dr. Stull in May, and real, effective shelter progress. In plain- just an update of all they keep promising us, since years. I am also waiting for help by HSUS, beyond the donation of tarps for sick pens or the good work they do against slaughter. Help for the wild ones, as they suffer the most, a demonstration of common ground and solutions that serve the wild horses, the symbol of freedom in this United Land of the Free. 

Palomino Valley Hay Storage photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis
Shade for hay but not horses! Palomino Valley hay storage photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

Wild Horses and Burros should NOT be Managed by the States!

11 Jul

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011 photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011
photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

Representative Chris Stewart introduced this bill yesterday, July 10:

H.R.5058 – To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes.

This bill may also be cited as “Wild Horse Oversight Act” This is mid July and the 113th Congress ends in early January 2015. The House has 5 months to get this bill passed and we have 5 months to stop this bill from passing. The Cosponsors are: Representatives Rob Bishop [R-UT-1] and Tom McClintock [R-CA-4] This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

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Migros Will NOT Be Buying Horse Meat from Bouvry in Canada

6 Jun

This is a good step in the right direction, but it doesn’t end horse slaughter since Migros will continue to look for other sources that comply with the Animal welfare laws in Switzerland. 

Migros Cooperative Association Press release :

(TRANSLATION BY GOOGLE)

Migros does not receive more horse meat from producer Bouvry from Canada

Zurich (ots) – The horses mast Bouvry from Canada does not meet the requirements of the Migros to the animal welfare. Therefore, the Migros stops the sale and will lead a reduced range of horse meat products until they find a new supplier who can comply with the Swiss animal welfare legislation.

The improvement of animal welfare at home and abroad is a central concern for Migros. In Switzerland, it is a pioneer with their labels TerraSuisse and Migros Bio. When importing, it has set itself the ambitious target within the Generation M to bring up in 2020, all foreign suppliers on the state of the strict Swiss regulations. In the area of ​​turkeys and rabbits, it is the Migros succeeded in Hungary together with its suppliers to build a production that act responsibly with animals and is the Swiss animal welfare legislation requirements. For its international commitment, Migros has recently received the Swiss Ethics Award.

When horsemeat Migros launched in 2013 a specific project to improve animal welfare. She defined clear guidelines for the producer Bouvry in Canada and supported him in the implementation. Various measures such as the construction of a modern abattoir were implemented. The supplier’s efforts but did not go far enough, especially in the origin of the horse and animal care. This was an independent control. Therefore, the Migros waived further collaboration with producer Bouvry. Migros respects existing contracts and stops the sale in a few weeks.

Migros is committed to finding an alternative. Foreign suppliers only come to train when they are able to comply with the Swiss animal welfare legislation. In the meantime, Migros will lead a reduced range, which comes from Swiss production.
Zurich, June 6, 2014

source: Migros does not receive more horse meat from producer Bouvry from Canada (PICTURE) | Press release Migros Cooperative Association.

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Canadian Parliament Defeats Food Safety Bill C-571

15 May

The Canadian House of Commons voted on whether C-571 should continue on to committee yesterday May 15, 2014,  for further consideration of the food safety laws and regulations in place regarding the slaughtering of horses. Most horses in Canada and all horses in America are not in the food pipeline. In America, horses are not regulated as food animals yet they still end up on the dinner plates in the global marketplace! C-571 could have stopped this and their reputation of safe food would not be sullied…sigh… it was defeated!

NDP Press Release:

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2014

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

Alex Atamanenko, MP (BC Southern Interior) issued the following statement in Ottawa regarding parliament’s defeat last night of his Bill C-571 through which he hoped to overhaul the horse meat industry in the interests of food safety:

“I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to Committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horse meat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.

Horses are commonly and even routinely administered a long list of common medications labelled as toxic and not intended for use in food animals because no safe limits or withdrawals periods have been established.

Unlike the cattle industry where food production is its primary purpose, the horse slaughter for meat industry mainly exists to dispose of the industrial by-product from the equine sporting industry where abuse and overuse of drugs is rampant.

By presenting arguments based on food safety, science and legal accountability, renowned international equestrian Victoria McCullough and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo recently effected a nearly unanimous and non-partisan decision in the US Congress to keep American slaughterhouses closed to horses. It is striking that Canada’s parliament just voted to ignore the same science and facts to give priority to industry profits.

I would like to thank all my MP colleagues that supported my bill. My warmest thanks go out to all those who worked so tirelessly to gather signatures on petitions and to the thousands of Canadians who signed those petitions or wrote their MPs in support of Bill C-571. A very special thank you to Sinikka Crosland of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition who together with Humane Society International / Canada have worked so hard to bring about action to clean up the shady and irresponsible practices of this unnecessary industry.

SOURCE:  HERE

Apparently the Canadian House of Commons could care less about their food safety issues…what a disappointment! We know it wasn’t the perfect solution, but if it had become law, at least the horses without an EID could not be slaughtered in Canada and the US Canadian border would be shut to imports of slaughter bound American horses.
Read about how the vote went in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday on:
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition 
Please be Our Voice!  ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Please be Our Voice! ©2013 afroditi katsikis

There is still a chance for the USA to shut it’s borders to exporting horses for slaughter by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.
Open a POPVOX account to send a message to your US Representative and comment in support of the House Bill HR.1094  and then comment on the Senate Bill S.541 to send a message to your Senator!
Time is of the essence: In a few short months the USDA/FSIS defunding language will no longer be in place and S.541 & HR.1094 expire in early January 2015. To see what else you can do to help pass the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 go HERE

 

Join the herd against horse slaughter in the USA photo ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Like this Facebook page: Safeguard American Food Exports Act S541 & Hr1094 to keep informed of the horse related legislation in the USA.

 

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Utah ATV protest peaceful

10 May

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman briefs ATV riders Saturday morning at Centennial Park in Blanding, Utah, on a plan for a protest ride into Recapture Canyon east of town. photo by John Peel/Durango Herald

The ‘peaceful demonstration in Iron County today was advertised for the last two weeks or more. The BLM knew about the plan of the locals to ride their ATV’s through Recapture Valley which has an 11 mile stretch of land full of archaeological artifacts of the Pueblo who were the first to live on that land; this land has been closed off to ATVs and motorized vehicles since September 2007. 

“Also, a statement issued after the ride from BLM Utah Director Juan Palma said the BLM had documented those who rode Saturday into the area closed to motorized use.

“The BLM was in Recapture Canyon today collecting evidence and will continue to investigate,” Palma’s statement said. “The BLM will pursue all available redress through the legal system to hold the lawbreakers accountable.”

I’m surprised to learn that the BLM stood by and watched as these motorized vehicles drove through this delicate area! BLM has itchy fingers when it comes to wild horse advocates taking photos at roundups and has even arrested some advocates for doing so! Taking photographs are harmless, but destroying or disturbing ancient artifacts is a totally different situation.

“Part of Palma’s BLM statement:

“Regrettably, after a peaceful rally in Blanding, Utah, a number of individuals broke the law by driving ATVs through Recapture Canyon where ancient artifacts and dwellings may have been damaged by the riders.

“As always, our first and most important priority is the safety of the public and our employees, and our actions today reflect that. The BLM’s law enforcement presence today focused on recording and documenting individuals who chose to violate the law by traveling into the closure area on ATVs.”

 

If BLM was that concerned about the value of the artifacts in Recapture Canyon, why didn’t they stop the ATV ride through it before the ride began? Are they busy arresting wild horse advocates who are merely taking photographs?

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding,  Utah

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding, Utah (Photo credit: MortAuPat)

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BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses | Habitat For Horses

9 May HELL-A-CHOPPER rounds up wild horses at Triple B, Newark Valley

HELL-A-CHOPPER rounds up wild horses at Triple B, Newark Valley,  photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

The only science the BLM reads is that which proposes the use of surgical, chemical, pharmaceutical or intrauterine devices to control population growth. They still continue to ignore the NAS report that states clearly that the BLM’s roundups are spurring the growth of the wild horse herds. Now they are extending the deadline for research proposals … could it be that the BLM Wild Horse and Burro group have yet to receive any proposals?

READ MORE: BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses | Habitat For Horses.

The third band harrassed by the chopper continuously at the trap site! ©2011 Afroditi Katsikis

The third band harassed by the HELL-A-CHOPPER continuously while at the Newark Valley trap site!  photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

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