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Why Did the 2010 Calico Roundup Occur in the Dead of Winter?

28 Sep

A Stallion’s Courage

 

Why Did the 2010 Calico Roundup Occur in the Dead of Winter?

Because the contractor didn’t get the holding facility finished until December, instead of September. A contractor with no experience at holding wild horses. The roundup alone cost over $1,000,000 to drive horses at high-speed, young or pregnant, over rocky volcanic ground for up to 10+ miles.

 

America’s Wild Horses: A Living Legend in Peril

21 Sep

Wild Horses on the Range

Wild Horses on the Range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This photo is of a genetically bay horse, showing the faint dorsal counterstriping that is common on some bays. This horse is NOT a dun and this dorsal stripe does not reflect the presence of the dun gene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     Watch and listen carefully as the video posses excellent arguments about the markings on some of the wild horses and debunks the myth that all the wild horses are descendants of the Spanish horses set free in North America. Continue reading

FoA’s Civil Disobedience Action for Wild Horses

19 Sep

WestDeltaGirl:

It’s time everyone who loves the wild horses and burros and want them to continue to run free on their legally given land, stood up en-masse to put a stop to this madness by the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program. WE are their voices and MUST do everything we can to stop the BLM from raping the horses and burros off their home.

I’m considering organizing a tweetstorm for those who can not attend the Rock Springs protest in person on September 22 due to expenses of travel or too short a notice. I will know in a few hours whether I have the support necessary to start a tweetstorm event. We need to make as much noise as we can to support the wild horses and burros we love.

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Wild Horse Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Wild Horse Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Monday, Sept 22, 10:30 a.m. Rock Springs, Wyoming-Press Advised to Call for Embargoed Details

In Wyoming 179 wild horses have been ripped from their families and rounded up this week-three have died as a result – due to the Bureau of Land Management’s criminal reign of terror, and hundreds more are set to be brutally removed off the land and imprisoned in barren holding facilities where many are then “adopted” and end up in slaughterhouses. Friends of Animals has had enough of the agency stealing horses from public lands and will organize a protest/civil disobedience action 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in Rock Springs at a location to be disclosed to media upon request.

Edita Birnkrant, Friends of Animals’ Campaign Director says, “We refuse to allow the BLM to operate without disruption while these sadistic roundups are occurring, so we’re showing up at a…

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BLM Wild Horse and Burro Myths and Facts are Twisted

19 Sep

Horses crossing a plain near the Simpson Park ...

Horses crossing a plain near the Simpson Park Wilderness Study Area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the lawsuit by the Rock Springs Grazing Assn against the BLM WH&B program – BLM caved in and agreed with the plaintiff more or less. However, it was the BLM WH&B staff that recommended the Rock Springs grazing association file a lawsuit against the BLM. That lawsuit has got to be the shortest lawsuit in which the BLM was named plaintiff. The lawsuits they aggressively litigate,  go on for years and are the ones that wild horse advocates have filed.

The BLM WH&B program has never followed the science, has never asked for or accepted help by those people who really care and know about wild horses and they have loaded their advisory board with ranchers and pro-slaughter folks and not with people who do NOT have affiliation with cattle ranchers or horse slaughter.

This board is totally jaded against wild horses roaming free. BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is an expensive farce and adds insult to injury by their recommendations – the latest one is to export 100 burros to Guatamala where they will become beasts of burden. The BLM has also misconstrued the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro act to suit the ranchers, frackers, miners, timber harvesters and solar farm industries but rarely honestly protect the animals they were charged to protect.

Last night while trying to locate the gather report for the Great Divide Basin I stumbled across this page on the BLM website:  Myths and Facts

Many of the ‘Myths’ and facts are BLM interpretations based on the NAS report that was given to the BLM in the summer of 2013.  They  misconstrued the NAS report that came out last year to fit the needs of their other ‘clients’ who don’t have the same federal protection as the wild horses and burros. Makes me wonder who is filling their pockets?

The BLM stated Myths that are facts and facts which are myths for the most part. Some of their references used below are not reliable sources of information.

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Myths and Facts

Contact: Tom Gorey, BLM Public Affairs (202-912-7420)

Updated as of August 15, 2014

Myth #1: A report issued in June 2013 by a 14-member research committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recommended that the BLM stop gathering wild horses and burros from Western public rangelands and let nature cull any excess herds.

Fact: These characterizations are completely erroneous. NAS’s Board on Agricultural and Natural Resources (BANR), which oversees the academy’s natural resource studies, issued a special-edition newsletter in July that said: “Some news accounts have incorrectly reported that the study found that the Bureau should stop gathers and ‘let nature cull any excess herds.’ In fact, the report recommends more intensive management of the horses and burros….” BANR then cited several management measures recommended by the report, including using scientifically rigorous methods to estimate the number of animals on the range; modeling the effects of management actions, such as the use of fertility-control treatments on mares and stallions and the removal of animals through gathers, on wild horse and burro health; and, following gathers, using the available one-year fertility-control vaccine (known as PZP) more widely and consistently to treat some mares.

The 383-page report itself, titled “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward,” makes it clear that to “let nature cull any excess herds” is not a viable option. The preface to the report, which does challenge the status quo of wild horse management, goes on to say in the very next sentence: “It is equally evident that the consequences of simply letting horse populations, which increase at a mean annual rate approaching 20 percent, expand to the level of ‘self-limitation’—bringing suffering and death due to disease, dehydration, and starvation accompanied by degradation of the land—are also unacceptable.”

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Myth #2: The BLM is selling or sending wild horses to slaughter.

Fact: This charge is absolutely false. The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management care deeply about the well-being of wild horses, both on and off the range, and it has been and remains the policy of the BLM not to sell or send wild horses or burros to slaughter. Consequently, as the Government Accountability Office noted in a report issued in October 2008, the BLM is not in compliance with a December 2004 amendment (the so-called Burns Amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act) that directs the Bureau to sell excess horses or burros “without limitation” to any willing buyer.

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Myth #3: Horses are held in crowded “holding pens.”

Fact: This assertion is false. The BLM’s short-term holding corrals provide ample space to horses, along with clean feed and water, while long-term holding pastures – large ranches located mainly in Kansas and Oklahoma – permit the horses to roam freely on approximately 289,000 acres of grassland.

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Myth #4: Since 1971, the BLM has illegally or improperly taken away more than 20 million acres set aside for wild horses and burros (from 53.8 million acres to 31.6 million acres).

Fact: This claim is false. No specific amount of acreage was “set aside” for the exclusive use of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act directed the BLM to determine the areas where horses and burros were found roaming and to manage them “in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.” The law also stipulated in Section 1339 that “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the [Interior] Secretary to relocate wild free-roaming horses or burros to areas of the public lands where they do not presently exist.” Of the 22.2 million acres no longer managed for wild horse and burro use:

6.7 million acres were never under BLM management.
Of the 15.5 million other acres of land under BLM management:
48.6 percent (7,522,100 acres) were intermingled (“checkerboard”) land ownerships or areas where water was not owned or controlled by the BLM, which made management infeasible;
13.5 percent (2,091,709 acres) were lands transferred out of the BLM’s ownership to other agencies, both Federal and state through legislation or exchange;
10.6 percent (1,645,758 acres) were lands where there were substantial conflicts with other resource values (such as the need to protect habitat for desert tortoise);
9.7 percent (1,512,179 acres) were lands removed from wild horse and burro use through court decisions; urban expansion; highway fencing (causing habitat fragmentation); and land withdrawals;
9.6 percent (1,485,068 acres) were lands where no BLM animals were present at the time of the passage of the 1971 Act or places where all animals were claimed as private property. These lands in future land-use plans will be subtracted from the BLM totals as they should never have been designated as lands where herds were found roaming; and
8.0 percent (1,240,894 acres) were lands where a critical habitat component (such as winter range) was missing, making the land unsuitable for wild horse and burro use, or areas that had too few animals to allow for effective management.
(The percentages above were current as of July 25, 2011.)

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Myth #5: The BLM is managing wild horse herds to extinction.

Fact: This charge is patently false. The current on-the-range population of wild horses and burros (approximately 49,200) is greater than the number found roaming in 1971 (about 25,300). The BLM is seeking to achieve the appropriate management level of 26,684 wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands, or about 22,500 fewer than the current West-wide population. The BLM also actively monitors the genetics of each herd by sending genetic samples to Dr. Gus Cothran at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cothran furnishes the BLM a report on every sample with recommendations for specific herds.

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Myth #6: The BLM removes wild horses to make room for more cattle grazing on public rangelands.

Fact: This claim is totally false. The removal of wild horses and burros from public rangelands is carried out to ensure rangeland health, in accordance with land-use plans that are developed in an open, public process. These land-use plans are the means by which the BLM carries out its core mission, which is to manage the land for multiple uses while protecting the land’s resources. Livestock grazing on BLM-managed land has declined by 35 percent since 1971 (when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act) — from 12.1 million Animal Unit Months (AUMs or forage units) to 7.9 million AUMs in 2013.

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Myth #7: The BLM lacks the legal authority to gather animals from overpopulated herds or to use helicopters in doing so.

Fact: This assertion is false. Section 1333 of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act mandates that once the Interior Secretary “determines…on the basis of all information currently available to him, that an overpopulation exists on a given area of the public lands and that action is necessary to remove excess animals, he shall immediately remove excess animals from the range so as to achieve appropriate management levels.” Section 1338 of the law authorizes the BLM’s use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in its management of wild horses and burros.

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Myth #8: Gathers of wild horses by helicopter are inhumane.

Fact: This claim is false. The BLM’s helicopter-assisted gathers are conducted humanely, as affirmed by three recent independent reports (see below), and have proven to be more humane, effective, and efficient than other types of gather methods when large numbers of animals need to be removed over wide areas or rugged terrain. Helicopters start the horses moving in the right direction and then back off sometimes one-quarter to one-half mile from the animals to let them travel at their own pace; horses are moved at a more rapid pace when they need to be turned or as they reach the entrance to the capture site. Helicopter pilots are better able to keep mares and foals together than horseback riders; pilots can also more effectively move the animals around such barriers as deep ravines, fences, or roads.

In Fiscal Year 2012, out of 10,350 wild horses and burros gathered, a total of 80 animals, or approximately three-quarters of one percent (0.77 percent), died or were euthanized during gather operations; of those 80, 22 animals, or about one-fifth of one percent (0.21 percent) of the gathered animals, died or were euthanized because of acute injuries. Acute injury deaths include all animals that died or were euthanized because of acute injuries, such as spinal cord or head injuries, fractured limbs, or other severe injuries that occurred during gathers. Total deaths include all animals that died or were euthanized for any reason during gathers, including acute or sudden injuries or illnesses, as well as chronic or pre-existing conditions that required euthanasia (such as limb deformities, lameness, and poor body condition).

Two reports issued in the fall of 2010 (one by four independent, credentialed equine professionals and one by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General), plus another report released in 2011 by the American Association of Equine (Veterinary) Practitioners, found — without any ideological or political bias — that the BLM’s gathers of wild horses are conducted in a humane manner. The Inspector General determined that the BLM’s gathers are “justified” and reported that the agency “is doing its best to perform a very difficult job.”

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Myth #9: If left alone, wild horses will automatically balance their reproduction rate with rangeland conditions.

Fact: There were an estimated 25,300 wild horses and burros in 1971, and those numbers rose to a peak of more than 60,000 before the BLM was authorized and able to effectively use helicopters for gathers. If left unchecked, Mother Nature would regulate the wild horse and burro population through the classic boom-and-bust cycle, where the population increases dramatically, food becomes scarce, and the population crashes through starvation or dehydration.

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Myth #10: The BLM overestimates the number of wild horses and burros on the range.

Fact: This assertion is false. Currently, most BLM field offices in the West use a “direct count” method that involves the counting of each wild horse and burro actually seen during aerial surveys. This method, the Government Accountability Office (in October 2008) and a National Academy of Sciences research committtee (in June 2013) concluded, results in an undercounting of herd populations. A BLM directive, known as an Instruction Memorandum, seeks to correct this undercount by using two principal methods of survey that account for a range of error. The two survey methods, which will be implemented in a multi-step process, are known as “simultaneous double-count” with sightability bias correction and “mark-resight” using photographs. The directive, prompted by the GAO report, can be accessed at this link.

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Myth #11: The Government Accountability Office, in a report issued in October 2008, found that the BLM has been mismanaging the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Fact: This claim is completely false. The GAO made no such finding. The full report can be accessed here: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0977.pdf

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Myth #12: Wild horses are native to the United States.

Fact: This claim is false. The disappearance of the horse from the Western Hemisphere for 10,000 years supports the position that today’s American wild horses should not be considered “native.” American wild horses are descended from domestic horses, some of which were brought over by European explorers in the late 15th and 16th centuries, plus others that were released or escaped captivity in modern times. Over this 500-year period, these horses (and burros) have adapted successfully to the Western range. Regardless of the debate over whether these animals are native or non-native, the BLM manages horses and burros on public lands according to the provisions of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which describes the animals as “wild” rather than feral.

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Myth #13: Two million wild horses roamed the United States in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Fact: This mythical figure has no historical basis; it is complete speculation. In a book titled The Mustangs (1952) by J. Frank Dobie, the author noted that no scientific estimate of wild horse numbers was made in the 19th century or early 20th century. He went on to write: “All guessed numbers are mournful to history. My own guess is that at no time were there more than a million mustangs in Texas and no more than a million others scattered over the remainder of the West.” (Emphasis added.) Mr. Dobie’s admitted “guess” of no more than two million mustangs has over the years been transformed into an asserted “fact” that two million mustangs actually roamed America in the late 1800s/early 1900s. When it comes to the historical wild horse population, a substantiated and more relevant figure is the number found roaming in 1971, when the BLM was given legal authority to protect and manage wild horses and burros. That number was 17,300 wild horses (plus 8,045 burros), as compared to today’s estimated population of 33,780 wild horses (plus 6,825 burros).

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Myth #14: Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, BLM-administered public lands where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971 are to be managed “principally but not necessarily exclusively” for the welfare of these animals.

Fact: The law’s language stating that public lands where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971 are to be managed “principally but not necessarily exclusively” for the welfare of these animals relates to the Interior Secretary’s power to “designate and maintain specific ranges on public lands as sanctuaries for their protection and preservation” — which are, thus far, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (in Montana and Wyoming), the Nevada Wild Horse Range (located within the northcentral portion of Nellis Air Force Range), the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range (in Colorado), and the Marietta Wild Burro Range (in Nevada). The “principally but not necessarily exclusively” language applies to specific Wild Horse Ranges, not to Herd Management Areas in general. The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR, Subpart 4710.3-2) states: “Herd management areas may also be designated as wild horse or burro ranges to be managed principally, but not necessarily exclusively, for wild horse or burro herds.”

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Myth #15: The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR) specifies that the BLM is to allocate forage to wild horses and burros in an amount “comparable” to that allocated to wildlife and cattle.

Fact: The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR, Subpart 4700.0-6) states that “Wild horses and burros shall be considered comparably with other resource values in the formulation of land use plans.” This regulation means that in its development of land-use plans, the BLM will consider wild horses and burros in a manner similar to the way it treats other resource values (e.g., cultural, historic, wildlife, and scenic, as distinguished from authorized commercial land uses, such as livestock grazing or timber harvesting).

 

SOURCE: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/history_and_facts/myths_and_facts.html

 

Spencer Lennard: Subsidies turn Emigrant Wilderness into grazing nightmare – California Forum – The Sacramento Bee

15 Sep

English: A cow icon

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Even though this situation is disgusting, I’m glad that someone other than a wild horse advocate sees and writes about the damage that has been done by domestic cattle.  Not one mention of wild horses causing the damage in this article.   The domestic cattle are not native to the Americas but the wild horses are native!

 

Click these titles to blog posts to learn more on the history of  horses in the USA:

 

Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils

Dispel the Myth of The Aboriginal North American Horse

 

Spencer  Lennard wrote the article below he is an avid hiker, mountaineer and public lands advocate who lives in Oregon.

Read the article here:

Spencer Lennard: Subsidies turn Emigrant Wilderness into grazing nightmare – California Forum – The Sacramento Bee.

 

 

 

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.
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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

 

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