” 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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Wild horse preservationists have called into question the legality of the wild horse roundup in the checkerboard area of Wyoming which began Sept. 15.
Shelly Gregory with the Wyoming High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management asserts the Wild Horse and Burro Act allows private land owners to request the BLM remove wild horses from their property.
“The BLM is respecting the rights of private land owners to operate their land as they see fit,” Gregory said.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses | Habitat For Horses9 May
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?
We named this stallion Lion. He was rounded up during the Triple B 2011 roundup. This photo was taken Aug 24, 2011 at the temp holding pens. This was the first day that I went to a roundup and the first time I was at a holding pen.
He captured my attention right away at the holding pen because of all the commotion he made in the stallion pen. I’m not sure when he was captured. This day I was an observer in Newark Valley and I reviewed all my 900 images I took that day and could not identify him in them so it’s not likely he came from Newark Valley.
While walking around the holding pens, trying to get good photos to share, there was a moment when he was staring at me. I began talking softly at him, telling him not to be angry with me and apologized to him that he was caught because I didn’t want to see him or other others captured.
As my friends joined me in the following days at the roundups in Butte Valley and we visited the holding pens, everyone remarked about him. He stood out above the other stallions as the leader of them all! He always dominated this end of the holding pen because it was the closest to his mares. In between the wet mare pen and the stallion pen was a small pen with a branded horse in it.
By the end of the round-up, my friend Maureen, decided she was going to adopt him. I was elated to say the least because I fell in love with him and I knew he would be safe at Maureen’s place and I would see him again!
BLM sent him to Gunnison. Maureen let it be known she wanted him intact – BLM acknowledged that would be fine. However, Maureen discovered they gelded him anyway but she still was going to take him.
On the day she arrived at Gunnison to pick him up, he died while they were trying to load him – he broke his neck while Maureen was in the office signing papers to take him. She was devastated! She loved him too. She called me the next day and told me what happened – I was crushed for days! – a horse I barely knew but felt an instant connection with him.
- When Lion died, I hadn’t been a horse advocate for very long – maybe 10 months. Even though I had heard about the atrocities at roundups, experiencing one was a sure eye-opener – one that I will never forget! But what happened after the roundup was just as bad – not only because Lion died but there were horses in short-term holding who also died as a result of colic. Since BLM doesn’t count the foals, there’s no telling how many of them died in holding pens!I know how all my friends feel about losing a horse they love (I have never had a horse) and I understand how one can know the magic they feel when they first see or meet a horse with an instant connection.Lion is in my heart forever and is my driving force to see the wild horses and burros back where they belong – running wild on public lands!I know experiences like this are hard to handle but it’s real important for as many people as possible to go to a roundup so you can share what happens at a BLM roundup. Be a witness before they are all gone from the wild places in which they belong.
©2013 afroditi katsikis
- BLM Helicopter Roundups Continue to Destroy Wild Horse Herds (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- BLM must reconsider its policies on wild horses (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Wyoming BLM Wild Horse Helicopter Stampede Over; Captured, Shattered, Herd Remnants All That Remains (rtfitchauthor.com)
- The Desert Independent (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- On Wild Horses, the Secretary of the Interior Needs to Listen to the Scientists – Andrew Cohen – The Atlantic (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Where is the Shelter for BLM Wild Horses and Burros in Holding Pens (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
The Wild Horse Crisis Out West Continues
Celebrities are fighting it, deals are being brokered, and two proposals are sitting in Congress to end it. So why are horses still being slaughtered in droves?
By Leslie Macmillan
“Head ranger Phillips ordered journalists there not to document the event, telling me and photographer Sam Minkler, who is Navajo, “I will escort you off the reservation.”
How does Ranger Phillips get away with preventing journalists from taking photos and documenting a news worthy event especially when at least one of them are Navajo?
- Ex-N.M. chief vows to halt horse slaughterhouse ruling (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires – ABC News (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Horse slaughter law goes into effect in Oklahoma November 1, 2013 (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- US judge clears way for domestic horse slaughter (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Navajo Nation Horse roundups to Continue until MOU is finalized between Navajo Nation and Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Thundering Hooves and Animal Angels (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Leland Grass ‘Navajo Nation reverses position on Horse Slaughter’ (bsnorrell.blogspot.com)
- Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting on September 11, 2013 – Ben Shelly Navajo Nation President (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Shelly asks feds for help with feral horses (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
- Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting on September 11, 2013 – Roxie June Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture Presentation (hippies4horses.wordpress.com)
“Killing 6,000 wild horses in Australia is barbaric. Brumbies are awesome, create biodiversity to reverse desertification and deserve to live.
“The global public is outraged that Australia would condone mass killings of wild horses,” states Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs in California. “Are they killing off thousands of horses so they can frack the land for oil and natural gas? We ask that the heinous killings cease immediately.”
Libby Lovegrove, from the group Wild Horses Kimberley, has described aerial culling as a barbaric act of cruelty. . .
“Nobody’s tried to manage them. They’ve just let them breed up and breed up, and then they go out and shoot them. It’s just totally barbaric.”
Read more here -> Are they killing thousands of wild horses to frack NW Austraia?
- Save the Brubmies Inc. (savethebrumbyblog.wordpress.com)
- Celebrating Australia’s wild horses (blogs.abc.net.au)
- An aerial cull of wild horses is taking place in the Kimberley (abc.net.au)
- Feral horse cull commences in the central Kimberley (abc.net.au)
- About Save the Brumbies Inc. (savethebrumbyblog.wordpress.com)
- Three More Wild Horses Found Shot to Death in Oregon (nackpets.wordpress.com)
- Western Australia gov says yes to fracking (mining.com)
- WA graziers hope Govt will allow culling of feral horses (abc.net.au)