” Today, I found out about something that is really bad, putting ALL of America’s Wild Horses and Burros in danger. For the last 3 months, we have been opposing SJR007, a Utah Senate Joint Resolution to have states lethally control Wild Horses and Burros. SJR007 is now a thing of the past, because today Representative Chris Stewart and Senator Orrin Hatch introduced an Act (The Wild Horse Oversight Act), that would amend the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Free Roaming Act to have the states and registered Indian tribes, manage our Wild Horses and Burros in America.
This would mean no more BLM management (that follows set HMA regulation standards), but rather the Fish and Wildlife Service managing Wild Horses and Burros along with the States. This would also mean that the States could set the numbers for the amount of Wild Horses and Burros removed from the lands, rather than the Federal Government. If you know how the States operate, you will know that the number of Wild Horses removed would rise drastically, which could result in no more Wild Horses and Burros. Not to mention, it has not been disclosed how the Wild Horses would be removed, if they will be adopted, or even if they will be sold to slaughter. This is an absolutely HORRIBLE THING that we ALL need to act on NOW!!! The main motive that Stewart has is – he thinks there are too many Wild Horses on the land. This is absolutely untrue and unproven! “
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** UPDATE August 22, 2014**
The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will be live-streamed at
at 8:00 am MST on August 25, 2014.
See links for agenda and other materials :
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 (email@example.com); 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:
Representative Chris Stewart introduced this bill yesterday, July 10:
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.
Even though promises were made at the BLM workshop-webinar last August, the shelter issues have not been resolved. Winter is almost here and the horses in most of the temporary holding pens still have no shelter!
Those who adopt the BLM wild horses and burros must comply with the BLM rules that require it. Why do they hold strict standards for the adopters if they themselves don’t? Is this clearly not a double standard? It should be a no-brainer to understand that horses need shade in the summer and protection from rain, snow and wind; they seek it out in the wild, why wouldn’t they need it in the holding facilities? BLM knows this otherwise they would not require adopters to have shelter from the weather?
As a result of that workshop-webinar, BLM decided to review all the submitted comments and ideas and announced a couple weeks later they would test several options but only for the pens that sick horses were in! Shortly thereafter some very meager shade structures were built over the sick pens at Palomino Valley Center that only made shade. They do not provide any relief from wind or rain and partially provide relief from snow – that is…until it starts melting.
No doubt that the HSUS does good work for the animals but so far have not educated the community about the need for shelter for the wild horses in BLM’s care or about the double standard by the BLM on this subject? Please read the letters below and then compose your own letter to Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president, urging the HSUS to educate the community about BLM’s double standard and the needs of all the wild horses in holding for protection from all the elements – not just shade.
Monika Courtney’s emails to HSUS:
I have to say I thought you meant what you said. Meeting you was nice but being ignored is not.
I’d like to see you do a public awareness campaign about the mustangs’ plight. I understand you keep the dialogue with BLM – but there is more that can be done to educate your members. In that very room in Denver, where you spoke, many attendees, such as the very lady who helped the ground hog in Boulder; had NO idea about the mustangs’ plight. Matter of fact, it is kept hush hush – and gets little attention, seemingly due to other driving factors which disgruntle many amongst us. With good reason.
Let’s give love to those who helped us build this nation. To those who are forgotten in the war against schemes and VIP cattle ranchers who run the show. To those who are illegally removed from their rightful lands and sold to greedy middlemen, contracted for years by the agency who is assigned to “protect” them.
HSUS is a powerhouse that does great work for puppymills, against horse slaughter, soring, etc. yet the wild horses receive little if no publicity. Why ? I know you have a partnership with BLM, but to keep your ethical commitments as the HSUS founder established them… the mustangs are not getting a fair share by you in the bigger picture.
I’d like to hear back from you Wayne – we are all busy, and here is another year gone by with nothing much progressing towards a more humane world within BLM. As you said, the Interior Secretary can “turn the program around”. Yet, is this just more political talk.. as Ms. Jewell, being evasive, has not appeared to show much concern or taken a strong stance to do just that ?? How about helping out a bit ? I am sure with all the reps and legal experts available to you, there is more you can do to assist.
Currently, most cruel round ups on Navajo lands are going down, again. Horses chased by ATV’s, colts left behind. Of course we know the drift by Navajo President Shelly, as he is yet another clever PR person to try to pacify the public, whilst in reality he does nothing but pursue an agenda. Polite inquiries again.. have gone unanswered. Pleas and attempts by the public to stop the madness, as well. I think HSUS and a blog issue by you on this very shameful chapter would enlighten many, which in turn would apply the necessary pressure to reach any results.
I think the issue with you on Jane Velez ( http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2013/07/interior-secretary-can-turn-around-broken-wild-horse-program.html)
was an attempt to expose the topic of wild horses somewhat – yet it was also a good incent [incentive] to recruit more members, which deserve to know what is going down within our own government, and their destructive impact and constant cruelty on wild horses. We have so many in holding because the same pretentious lies continue.
We, the people, are getting tired of the same old – while horses suffer and get little help in the face of political games and agendas. Humane management on the range is long overdue, and ovariectomies are not part of the intent of the 1971 Act, nor is the constant merciless pursuit and brutal eviction of the so claimed “excess” horses… which are not excess at all, just a clever misnomer to keep up the same crappy propaganda.
Furthermore, a polite inquiry to Dr. Stull on her much anticipated animal welfare program to having been published by this past October… has gone unanswered. Perhaps you could update me on this.
The public is getting tired of being assuaged. We are all busy, such as you are I am sure. But this deserves attention, not delay. People want answers and results.
Please respond. Thank you for your time.
Subject: Is it ? ‘Tis the season to stop the cruelty ?
Here we go again. The “Season” is fast approaching…. with the teardrucker [tear jerker] approach to milk well meaning people – use the “holiday” spirit to give…. milk those folks. No disregard to dogs in puppy mills … they suffer, no doubt…
Yet in this very season… our wild horses still suffer too, still have no shelter from any elements in holding,
still are forgotten and the HSUS still has not started an effective public awareness campaign to educate all American HSUS members on the comprehensive, allover horrific plight and situation of the last wild horses in this country.
Matter of fact, the crisis for wild horses has reached biblical proportions – you are witnessing their very extinction – just cleverly disguised. Take your grand kids now to see a wild horse if you still can find one…. they are fast disappearing. Ovariectomies and brutal, evicting round ups are the real mantra – not humane population control on their rightful western landscape.
So perhaps with the “season” approaching, you also could kindly ask Mr. Wayne Pacelle to reverberate not only on the dread of puppy mills etc., but on how wild horses suffer, are secretly sent to slaughter by middle men and exploited by political and personal agendas – all at your tax payer’s fund and cleverly covert, with no progress in sight.
How about sending some season’s considerations the mustang’s way ? For the thousands of HSUS members in America, most still don’t know what is going down for our mustangs and burros. While much good work is done on other fronts, our wild horses and burros being doomed under the brutal, manipulative tactics of our Bureau of Land Management regime; enjoy little, if no public exposure. The truth would knock your socks off and if found out, make you pale in the joy of holiday glitter and spirits.
So here comes another season of giving… some of which could well go to wild equines suffering in holding, during most cruel round ups and heading to slaughter middle men as I type. Wild horses… still have no shelter in holding, still are stuck in closed government feed lot style pens with dark futures, still are the secret lucrative harvest of Western public lands… while BLM’s gospel of “transparency and new paths” echoes down the halls decked with holly…. in a hopeless, hollow and miserable sound.
Happy Holidays. Chose your giving wisely.
Proud supporter of www.savingamericashorses.org
(Please be civil and professional in your correspondence in asking the HSUS to pump up their public awareness campaign for the wild horses and burros – especially for the horses in BLM temporary holding facilities that need shelter.)
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
- The Desert Independent (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- BLM must reconsider its policies on wild horses (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- On Wild Horses, the Secretary of the Interior Needs to Listen to the Scientists – Andrew Cohen – The Atlantic (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- The Wild Horse Crisis Out West Continues (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Failure! (walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com)
- BLM solicits sterilization of wild horses (yoshigirl28.wordpress.com)