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Despite Trump promise, BLM breaks rule of Law making extinction all but inevitable for Wild Horses & Burros

28 Jul The third band eating dust at the trap site!

Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper exposes BLM: Never-seen evidence proves America’s wild horses and burros are disappearing without explanation

PINEHURST, TexasJuly 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. (WHFF), today released its white paper, “Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.”  America’s wild horses and burros – long a national treasure and symbol of freedom – are endangered and being pushed towards extinction, despite the Trump administration’s promise to uphold the rule of law. 

The comprehensive white paper cites taxpayer waste and multitudes of inconsistencies in documentation presented to both the American public and Congress.  These alleged offenses continue to occur under the direction of Trump-appointed Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), Ryan Zinke.

WHFF’s document notes current and historical violations that include evidence of misrepresentation, wasting taxpayer funds, and lack of scientific accounting for the wild horses and burros — in absolute defiance of the Congressional statute that provides for the safety of the iconic wild herds.

The five-year investigation culminating in the document has uncovered a consistent pattern of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing misinformation thought to confuse and mislead the American taxpaying public and legislators.

For years, the BLM has taken healthy wild horses and burros from their legally protected lands in the American West at the expense of taxpayers.  Notably, on those lands, the cost to taxpayers was nothing, yet the BLM roundups have continued, taking tens of thousands of wild horses into captivity.  Despite the reported number of horses in captivity (46,000) to date, large numbers of horses have mysteriously disappeared from the holding pens or during transports where they never arrived.  And it appears that taxpayer money has been wasted by the BLM, at the expense of the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect. 

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ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE Wild Horse and Burro Oversight Act S.1845 H.R.3172

25 Jul

       ” 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! “
~Elisa Nelson
Admin – Utah Animal Rights Advocates
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Elderly BLM STALLIONS recently gathered from Sulphur, Utah – found homes!

21 May

A WEDNESDAY FEEL GOOD STORY: The Elderly BLM STALLIONS recently gathered from Sulphur, Utah – found homes! – Horse and Man.

Lots of feel good stories from the previous internet adoption auctions, but this one was pretty exceptional – advocates and rescuers working together sharing photo posts about the horses and 2 jennies [Rosemary (necktag 5237) and Rosebud (necktag 5431), at Mantle Ranch which are on the upcoming internet adoption again] . I was totally surprised to see that all the elderly sulphur horses were adopted and some of them at sanctuaries.

Wild horse in holding at Elm Creek, NE Do you recall when several mares had been taken out of the auction? They were taken out because they were foaling. I found out a few hours ago that the ladies who won a few auctions and also arranged transport for the 3 sulphur sale authority stallions to go to the Black Hills of South Dakota …well the really GREAT news is that those two ladies have arranged that those mares and foals will be joining the stallions at Black Hills. Be sure to donate a couple bucks if you can.

Mantle Ranch, WY necktag 9900

Mantle Ranch, WY necktag 9900

Since the BLM WHB facebook page usually posts 5 or 6 horses available for the internet adoption auction on their page that may only help those 5 or 6 horses or burros. Photos are ‘deal clinchers’ – photos motivate – while words could be just too good to be true.  When horse lovers see a photo of a horse, if that’s the horse they’ve been hoping to have, they join the auction.  It’s the photos that motivates them to try to win that horse at the auction.

Join this facebook event if you want to help share photo-posts of the wild horses and burros in the June 2, 2015 -> BLM Wild Horse and Burro Internet adoption starting June 2, 2015

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Triple B, Newark Valley temp holding pens August 24, 2011 © 2011 afroditi katskis

Urgent: BLM Wild Horses and Burros Need Homes Facebook Page

16 May

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 trap site!

Most of the wild horses and burros that BLM WH&B program have put up for adoption, have gone through the jute chutes chased by helicopters; others have been captured in traps and still others are born in holding pens.

The third band arrive in the trap chute.

The third band arrive in the trap chute.

This is the beginning of their relationship with humans and it doesn’t get much better for most; the worst possible scenario for them is deadly.

Young Foal and Mare, Triple B temp holding  ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Young Foal and Mare, Triple B temp holding ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Most will end up in holding pens and even the lucky horses and burros that have been adopted may end up in bad situations and are at risk of going to slaughter.

The Facebook page is for those wild horses and burros:

Urgent: BLM Wild Horses and Burros Need Homes.

Newark Valley trap site Triple B round up August 24, 2011

Hell-A-Chopter in the Jute Chute during the Newark Valley trap site Triple B round-up August 24, 2011. Even though there is a BLM regulation requiring abatement of dust at the trap site, the BLM chooses to ignore it.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE: Urgent: BLM Wild Horses and Burros Need Homes.

Twitter: #BLMWildHorseAdopt

What’s Wrong with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program? LOTS!

20 Apr

While reading Necktag #5846 profile information on the bidding page I realized she was a a young foal when captured and now has spent 5.5 years in short term holding. As I reviewed the Elm Creek, Nebraska photo gallery, I noticed some of the horses available for internet adoption auction had been in short term holding facilities all their lives, 6 years for some while others were “born in a holding facility” and some of these did not indicate which holding facility or the HMA of origin.
It is annoying that they can’t keep good records about the cattle grazing on public lands, or have solid data on the numbers of horses and burros still running free so it’s not new that the Wild Horse and Burro Program cannot track foals in holding pens and know their HMA of origin. Or, maybe they do know but can’t recall or find the missing data? It doesn’t help that any foals born in a holding facility aren’t counted if they are under 6 months old. And if they die, they still don’t count! Yet vetting, food and care during the first six months of their lives is still paid for via tax dollars. What a way to run a federal program! They don’t count everything we pay for….


Gray 6  old mare from Lost Creek (Cyclone Rim) Herd Management Area

Gray 6 old mare from Lost Creek (Cyclone Rim) Herd Management Area

For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption pages to see what horses are there and prepare to make some tweets in advance for more exposure to find homes for the wild horses and burros. However, this isn’t easy or quick to do because there are no social media share buttons on their pages!

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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
at 8:00 am MST on August 25, 2014.

See links for agenda and other materials :

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


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.



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



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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Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting Sept 11, 2013 (first morning session)

31 Jan

Note to my readers:

   AS I watched the live-stream and the captured text, I noticed various problems with the captioning. It is evident to me that voice recognition software was used to capture the text from the speakers instead of a professional transcriber like a court reporter.

 There are many words here that are not spelled correctly. When trying to read this captured text, and the word is unintelligible, trying saying the word out loud phonetically. I hesitated to change any text or make corrections as I did not want to be accused of modifying it to suit any particular persons benefit or detriment. Please consider this not as an essay, but more as notes and a guide for further conversations.

–  When you see this: >>   it means theres a change of speaker. Sometimes the live-stream captioning added the names of the speakers and sometimes it did not.

–  The multiple dash  – means that live captioning dropped some text.

–  Sometimes the live captioning repeated the beginning of a sentence and sometimes whole sentences were dropped.


we’ll go to Joan Guilfoyle to get an update, a BLM update.

>> JOAN GUILFOYLE: All right. Thank you, Boyd. So I’d like to — normally we do this on the first opening day as you all know. I realized this morning that because we were adjusting our agenda because of the topics, we never got a chance or I never got a chance to introduce and make known some of the BLM Forest Service folks in the audience and helping with this, so I wanted to do that now. Alan shepherd acting division chief most of you have met him. There’s other folks. Dean Bolstad is the senior — what’s your title? I don’t remember.
>> DR. BOYD SPRATLING: Joan, that’s an indication you Mac your titles too cumbersome.

>> JOAN GUILFOYLE: It’s simple which is why I forgot it. Joan Ruth is here assistant to the director. Anting director on Fish and Wildlife Service. I see Zach Reichold senior advisor here DC full time. Sally Spencer in the back who has been doing meeting organization and I want to thank her and I know the board always wants to thank Sally for all the background work she does for us.

We also have folks from the states who helped look at this NAS report. We have Jerry Bibey from the Montana state lead. Rob sharp, Oregon, WashingtonState lead. Roger back there who is Arizona. And I think did I hit all the BLM folks? There are probably some of them online and the Forest Service, Ralph and — Debbie Collins on the right. She’s our public information person.

Dr. Al Kane is back there out of my view who is our APHIS person who helps us quite a lot. Rebecca Moore is the economist who works in Fort Collins who is new hire relatively speaking with the BLM and helping do some economic analysis on our program which is really helpful and I think that may have gotten all the people on our team.

BLM. Forest Service. Barry and Ralph, is it all right if I introduce you, Barry Emeler is long time Washington office contact for the Wild Horse and Burro for the Forest Service and Ralph Geffen works on the range program. His boss Charlie Richmond is who you heard from yesterday and Holly hooks just showed up who is budget chief for the program. I wanted to make sure you knew who everyone was and if you have any questions anybody, feel free. Good people out there.

So I’m going to do the update I normally would have done the first day. So first of all, wanted to mention that three of the board members terms are expiring on March 28th, 2014. And those three folks whose terms are expiring are Robert Bray, Julie Gleason, and Joe Dear. The opportunity for people to renominate themselves or come in anew has already been published in the Federal Register. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About paper.li

26 Nov

What you need to know about paper.li and why to use it.

At the bottom of this page are the two paper.li I edit. They both come out daily. All the stories in them have been tweeted and those stories are determined by me. Tweets made by my followers  are captured by paper.li based on what is tweeted via hashtag or text. Other sources include facebook pages, RSS feeds from blogs and webpages such as media news, youtube channels…

You don’t have to be a twitter user to subscribe because the subscription comes to your email account. Each issue has stories that were tweeted during the previous 24 hours. I edit them just as they are published, to remove stories I deem not relevant and maybe spam to the paper or there are many tweets about the same story.

One of the very cool things I’ve discovered is that if a paper.li is saved on your computer desktop, facebook page, embedded on your blog or webpage, they are current on the day you click them to read. 

You can find older issues by date by clicking on the archives button on the ‘tool bar’ just below the title of the paper.li. You can also sort the stories to read by the hashtag that was used by clicking on ‘topics’.

Just below the name of the paper.li there is a tool bar to help you navigate the paper.li


Clicking on TOPICS lets you quickly look at a selected topic of the contents for the day. Clicking PHOTOS brings up all the photos shared in the issue; clicking VIDEOS brings up all the videos. Share and subscribe – I’m sure you understand what those buttons do.  

This is just below:

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013  Next update in about 23 hours  Archives 

All content is sourced from the previous 24 hours.  Next Update lets you know when the next issue comes out.  You can look at past issues by clicking the Archives button. (However, there are other settings for publishing:  daily, weekly or twice a day.)

Not only can you read the stories by clicking on the headline but you can also tweet them by clicking on the name of the person who shared them as well as reply to their tweet if you choose.

The multi-share option allows you to select specific stories to tweet or share to facebook. (This feature is greatly under-used in my humble opinion.) If you are a cross-poster for the animals or horses that need rescue, you can select those stories and put them in one sub-issue to share on twitter or on facebook.

You don’t have to make your paper.li public by sharing it. You can make one just for yourself so you can stay updated on topics you are interested in. But if you create one to share publicly you may likely get more followers – I did!

Another reason I think this tool is fabulous is you can quickly see what your twitter followers are tweeting or retweeting and share those quickly by retweeting or responding to them. There are many more features about paper.li I have not addressed; some I don’t know because this is the free version I’m writing about, not the upgraded version that has a fee. 


A general horse paper with tweets about any horse news including: horse health, horses in the news, wild horses and burros, horse racing, horse rescues, tack, training, horse history, horse shows, burros, donkeys, eventing, barrel races, farrier care and much more. Articles about animal abuse and neglect, protests and other animals being murdered (elephants, dolphins, rhinos, lions, etc.,) are often on this paper.li as the tweeters are people who love horses and love all animals. Sidebar on this paper.li describes a special issue for Sunday Issues. Use this hashtag #TweetEquine in your tweets on Friday and Saturday for horses, donkeys or burros  in need of homes or rescue (ok to include fundraisers for equines by non-profit groups).  All rescue related stories will be featured in the top section of this paper.li on SUNDAYS.

To read the paper.li, click -> #TweetEquine

SAFEAct S541 HR1094

This paper.li mainly devoted to horse slaughter topics from around the world. The main reason for starting this paper.li is to help advocates and activists supporting the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 with the latest stories on horse slaughter, EU’s horse meat scandal, gathering information about what our politicians are doing in the U.S. Legislature, as well as other news stories that are relevant to getting this legislation passed.

In the sidebar, there is a current list of the Senators and Representatives that are co-sponsoring S541 and HR1094 (usually updated within a day or two of when I get notified by govtracks). There are active links in that sidebar to the sources of the information in there so if you really need to know right away the status of the two pending bills, the links to the source of the information is in the sidebar.

To see this paper.li, click ->  SAFEAct S541 HR1094


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Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

24 Nov Wild Horse and Foal Escape

This article was published in History in the Headlines on June 27, 2013. As technology grows, we will learn more about the history of the planet and the animals that have lived here. 

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By Sarah Pruitt

Paleogenomics–the study of ancient genomes reconstructed from fossil bones–got a huge boost this week when a multinational team of scientists announced they had been able to determine the genetic code of a horse that roamed Canada’s Yukon Territory 7,000 centuries ago. Their work shatters by nearly 10 times the record for the oldest complete genome ever sequenced, and suggests that the new techniques and computing they used may eventually allow genetic mapping for fossils up to 1 million years old. In addition to lending greater insight into the evolution of one of history’s most studied mammals, the discovery suggests exciting possibilities for deciphering the genetic codes of other ancient mammals, including mastodons, mammoths, bison and perhaps even early human ancestors.

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

The 5-inch (12.5-centimeter) hind-toe bone fragment that the team used to decipher the ancient horse’s genetic code was unearthed in the Thistle Creek region of the Yukon’s Klondike gold mines. Because the fossil bone was preserved in permafrost, the horse’s DNA remained very cold and very dry, which slowed the disintegration process that usually begins immediately after death. The scientists’ task was made more difficult, however, by the fact that much of the fossil was contaminated by more current bacteria: For every 200 DNA molecules sequenced, only one was actually from the horse.

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