BLM Deal to Return Warm Springs Horses is NO Deal #FakeWin

While other wild horse advocate groups celebrate, likely because they need to find a win in the lawsuit they had dismissed for being moot, we see that this new announcement of BLM on the Warm Springs Case is NO win at all for the horses. In fact, it is NOTHING at all.

THE REAL STORY HERE IS READING THE MESSAGE BLM JUST ISSUED:

We didn’t get our way so we are not returning 200 horses as we agreed to in a previous APPROVED plan. But hey we’ll try to return horses, just not from now through December of 2019, and not pregnant or unpregnant mares, or stallions.

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What is BLM really proposing?

BLM issued a new plan to release wild horses on the Warm Springs Horse Management Area (HMA), changing the already approved plan. As we reported in our previous article on this the release of less than half the horses approved in the plan should not be changed because BLM could not go through with plans to sterilize mares. If the range could support 200 for their gruesome study, it can support the release of 200 without the study. Period. 200 horses must be released and we reject this new plan.

As if that was enough of an insult to our intelligence BLM also gives the following restrictions on releasing even the meager 66 these mainstream fake advocate organizations are touting as a great win. Here are the conditions that may change the release of just 66 horses:

  • BLM can’t return horses now or until approximately May or June because the roads are not good enough
  • Can’t return mares that are pregnant March – June because well, they might deliver on transport?  (They gather and transport pregnant mares routinely)
  • Won’t return mares with foals because of danger to foals on transport (They transport foals routinely)
  • Won’t return mares until foals are weaned and ripped away from mares 4 – 6 months after birth (so no returns from March – June until after 4 – 6 months later which would be as late as December
  • No returns during fire season June through fall
  • No returns if there is not adequate water (to be assessed in flyovers in June) even though forage is good and water on one half is good, the other side was questionable, and the solution is the removal of a livestock fence between the 2 sides of the HMA
  • No mares returned who were not pregnant, they could be sterile (erm the original plan was to return nearly 30 sterile mares wasn’t it?)
  • No stallion released without a mare released to keep a 50/50 sex ratio (unnatural and why can’t they release 33 stallions and release 33 mares as they can based on their other fake conditions)
  • AND BLM retains the right to alter, change, nullify, or create a whole new plan even if this one is passed

So, in other word BLM has said :

We didn’t get our way so we are not returning 200 horses as we agreed to in a previous APPROVED plan. But hey we’ll try to return horses, just not from now through December of 2019, and not pregnant or unpregnant mares, or stallions.

BLM Decides NOT to Release All the Horses Promised in Oregon

BLM Doesn’t Get Their Way and Warm Springs Horses From Oregon Suffer for it.

Feb.15, 2019

In 2018 we filed legal action to stop the BLM in Oregon from performing brutal, archaic sterilization experiments on pregnant mares. The BLM, after receiving our legal arguments against their plans, and after we got the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board to investigate the lead veterinarian who wishes to do these procedures, Burns BLM in Oregon canceled their plans to do them.

One declaration written by Burn’s BLM Rob Sharp to the court stated that if BLM was not able to do the experiments they would not release all 200 horses, which was what the approved plan stated. We called this emotional blackmail then, and after bringing this up on the BLM Facebook page for their wild horse and burro program…just the next day…BLM loads online a new proposed plan to return less than half what was approved in the previous APPROVED plan.

“Despite the DR being vacated, the conditions that caused the BLM to determine that approximately 652 animals were excess and needed to be removed from the range remain present and necessitate the current decision. To that end, this determination of NEPA adequacy (DNA) assesses whether the 2018 EA adequately analyzed the environmental impact of permanently removing wild horses and burros from the Warm Springs HMA, the proposed return of horses to low appropriate management level (AML) for the HMA, and the treatment of mares to be returned to the HMA with porcine zona pellucida (PZP). This DNA in no part replaces or relies on the 2018 DR, which was vacated in its entirety.”


OOPS – FOIA DOCUMENTS PROVE THIS IS A LIE

BLM — you removed “850 or so” stating “only 652-ish” are to be permanently removed.  The following email communication was received by CAES through a FOIA request. Note the author is BLM Public Affairs Specialist Tara Thissell.

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According to the gather reports from Sun J, the contractor who did the gather…846 horses were gathered, and of those only 813 made it to holding because of the horses that were killed or euthanized (and one lucky one that got away)

Per the new BLM proposal they will only leave a total of 96 horses and 15 burros (the low end of the AML for the Warm  Springs HMA. The reason they claimed an emergency to gather the HMA before any appeals on the gather were heard was deteriorating range conditions…which we also challenged because they had known about, and had been hauling water for months.

Despite the range being able to support the release of 200 of the gathered horses then (to do their study), they now claim that it can only support to the low end of the AML.

“The AML for the Warm Springs HMA is 96 to 178 horses and 15 to 24 burros. The number of animals gathered combined with the estimated 30 horses and 30 burros remaining on the range indicates that there are approximately 779 excess horses (plus 2 mules) and 56 excess burros above the low end of the respective AMLs.”

BLM tries to say…mares released would have been spayed so we would be releasing mares that can reproduce and add to the population which was not part of the original plan. When in reality only 28 – 34 of the 200 released would have been spayed mares, and BLM states in the new plan that they are
So let’s recap…

BLM removes 850-ish

SunJ Contractor who did gather says 889 removed – 846 horses, 43 burros. However, only 813 of those horses were shipped to BLM holding because one got away and 33 were killed

Plans to experiment on some of the 200 they say they will put back on the land

BLM stomps feet and says in court documents if we can’t do the experiments we refuse to let all the horses we said we’d release go back on the range

BLM claims 850 or so were gathered

BLM claims 652 were “excess”

BLM can’t do experiments

BLM claims really 779 +2 +56 (horses mules and burros which were all added together in the number of animals gathered in 2018) are excess now…837 excess animals

BLM Plans to return 66 horses instead of the 200 approved in the proposed plan, and according to their estimate that there were also 30 burros left after the gather which is over AML so none will be returned.

And what is their justification…” the conditions …remain present and necessitate the current decision.” The conditions that were such that 200 horses would be returned?

Go to this link:

CLICK HERE TO COMMENT TO BLM

Tell BLM that when conditions remain the same…they have no justification for putting less than half the planned horses back out on the Warm Springs HMA. There was range to support 200 for a study, and they admit conditions remain present, not worse, therefore there is range to support returning 200.

SIGH

Forest Service, Dead Horses, Forced Investigation & Taking Advantage to Spin a Tale

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has finally put out a press release on the wild horse shootings in the Heber Wild Horse Herd.

We think it’s nice that they have finally openly admitted that horses were in-fact shot. They could not do this until they finally had a veterinarian (member of the working group – more below) and a helper (ex-brand inspector) finally do necropsies on the dead horse carcasses on February 1, 2019, when we believe they actually put out the appearance to investigate this matter.

We, on the other hand, could look at the body, the bullet holes in the bodies, including one shot point-blank in the eye and know they had been shot…but you know we watch all the crime shows so we get that until the coroner says the cause of death was a gunshot wound…maybe aliens stole its heart first, then it was shot right?!

Here is what we have learned by the Forest Service Press Release:

  • FS claims 4 more dead horses than even we are aware of.
  • Forest Service says most horses had gunshot wounds but STILL will not say they were killed by a shooter.
  • Forest Service claims one horse died of blunt force trauma, like a vehicle collision…but doesn’t say any such incident was ever reported.
  • Forest Service warns media that they believe the reports they are providing to you are not factual.
  • Forest Service is still trying to appear the victim of us not sharing information we received on our tip line with them.
  • Forest Service is beginning to spin the web of deceit they will use to support the wild horse management plan they are going to put out for public review and comment.

Explanation of what we have learned and why we believe the statements were very craftily written.

  1. FS Claims 4 more horses are dead…when we have dozens of volunteers on the ground, taking shifts and out there every day, how many more might be dead if we did not find 4 of these deceased horses? Also, did FS include the 2 unborn foals in this 16 or are there really 18 dead horses?
  2. The FS after admitting that most of the deceased horses had gunshot wounds still tries to downplay the situation by not openly admitting some person(s) are out there killing wild horses. This has been an issue for years, and the FS not reacting proactively and firmly has also created a situation where many in the community have come to us admitting they purchased horses they knew were removed from the Apache-Sitgreaves but were told they were removed with permission of the FS or that they just thought horses could be removed without permission. 2 people have been named in those illegal thefts of our wild horses.
  3. FS claims one horse died of blunt force trauma, as if a vehicle collision happened, however, fails to state whether or not there was ever a report made about such a collision. It is illegal to have an accident and leave the scene of the accident, so are they looking for another criminal on that charge. Was it really hit in the road or was it too eaten by predators to see gunshot holes, with bullets already in the bellies of predators, body near a road, and take the focus off the shooters firing near a road?
  4. FS asks the local and state media to provide “accurate” information. Are they accusing them of lying? Are they mad because the media has been more helpful and honest to the public than they have?  Is this a threat to be quiet or to only publish the story the FS wants the public to hear?
  5. FS even though we reached out to the local law enforcement agencies and FS dispatch numbers has never made any real attempt to return our calls to retrieve information. Instead, we believe (but do not really know if it was them) they are the ones who called from a blocked phone number and left a message claiming to be an agent of FS LE that we had never heard of and told us to call another tip line to leave sensitive, protected information with whoever answers an 800 number, and to trust that the desk, voicemail or email boxes it goes to will not expose people who gave us information. It would be the most irresponsible thing we could ever do, what if one tip gives someone a clue that identifies them to some secretary, or someone walking by a desk etc. and it puts that person in harm’s way. We would be responsible for that person getting injured or worse. So…because they refused to do their jobs and get back to us (other than one call from a blocked number to leave a voicemail telling us to call an 800 number) we decided to take it to the agency that was next in the chain of command and turned everything over to the Phoenix FBI.

6. FS…and this is the major point of our response…states 12 of 16 horses were found deceased off the wild horse territory. This statement is the precursor to what you will read in the wild horse management plan they will be putting out this year for public review and comment.

When our board member was on the working group who was going to provide recommendations to the FS for the wild horse management plan for the Heber wild horses, we brought up the fact that livestock fences often prevent the horses from using the territory the FS outlined for this herd.

We also brought up the fact that FS has acknowledged in court cases that the herd often went back and forth and co-mingled with horses from the White Mountain Apache Reservation. However, the FS neglected to include the land between the reservation and the beginning of the boundary line they drew on a map for the horses. If the horses went from point A (reservation) to point C (Wild Horse Territory assigned by FS) how did they not cross point B (land in between that was historically used as the migratory route).

In Kleppe v New Mexico it was proven that a wild horse is still a wild horse when it walks off it’s protected area because wherever it roams it is still the property of the United States and the people. So it is IRRELEVANT that it was off the Wild Horse Territory. Perhaps people are chasing them off the territory and then shooting them.

THIS INFORMATION IS IRRELEVANT TO THE SHOOTING OF WILD HORSES. However in order to make claims the horse herd is overpopulated, or wandering off their territory because there are too many horses they are starting to attempt to create this illusion instead of fixing their errors, finding the shooter(s), and fixing the boundary to include all land where wild horses were in 1971 per the federal law, as the area for this herd to be managed on.

If FS is going to attempt to say they are overpopulated, the solution should be safe birth control, not the removal of genetics, or definitely not turning their heads while someone illegally removes or shoot them.

Additionally, we believe that the illegal meetings (per the Sunshine Laws of this nation) are irrelevant and did not meet the Stipulated Agreement of the court order. The same court that issued an injunction which prevents the FS from removing any horse from the Forest. We believe that they will now have to look at the fact that natural causes and these illegal killings have decreased the herd by approximately 12% in one year and they may need to look at increasing the herd size to preserve and protect genetic variability and viability and maintain a thriving herd as is their mandate. This, of course, does not include the numbers of horses that have been stolen or removed illegally from the forest.

Nice try FS but not good enough.

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Entire Heber Wild Horse Band Killed

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WHILE TYPING THIS STORY WE FOUND OUT THAT THE LAST MARE AND FOAL IN THIS STALLION’S HERD WERE KILLED TOO…

CAES has been working for 2 days on a story of a mare and foal that were found deceased. While we were working on that story the news that this stallion pictured above was shot last night.

The Navajo County Sheriff and Forest Service (FS) Law Enforcement were out there to investigate this stallions death today. They told our team on the ground that they are sending their veterinarian to retrieve the bullets from the deceased animal which was shot twice.

These incidents are similar to the horses shot in October, and the killers were not found nor were the bullets retrieved from those 2 stallions. We know that the body of this stallion is not being left unwatched while awaiting the arrival of the veterinarian. Last time the horses were buried before the FS retrieved any evidence.

The mare and foal found a few weeks ago were not found in time to determine the cause of death, but were found in the same location as this stallion and 4 young coyotes that were shot.

These incidents have occurred right off State Route 260 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. It is unclear at this time if we have someone shooting from or toward the highway but we caution anyone who is going to be in the area to be very aware of their surroundings. People who have the ability to kill just for the thrill are known to cross over to killing humans as well.

There is a reward offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible. And we would like to remind people that killing a wild horse is a federal crime that carries a penalty of $100,000 per horse and/or one year in jail.

Someone has to know something that will help find these perpetrators. If you have any information please call our tip line at 541.315.6650. Your name can be kept anonymous.

Our deepest thanks to Stacey Sanchez for photo evidence and for staying with the newly deceased stallion while we make sure the bullets are retrieved this time. Photos of the earlier incident or mare, foal and coyote are below.

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Congratulations to Nicole Ziegler on winning this awesome quilt! See you for our next quilt raffle soon!

DRAWING TO BE HELD JANUARY 31 SO GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

We are offing the first of 3 quilts to be raffled off for our horses this year. These are gorgeous, soft queen size quilts! Don’t miss your chance at winning one of them.

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PRESS RELEASE: BLM Forced to Drop Mare Sterilization Plans Again in Legal Action Brought by CAES

Oregon Pregnant Wild Mares Get Another Reprieve in Appeal Filed by CAES Against the Brutal, Outdated Experiments BLM Planned to Perform.

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Photo Courtesy Wild Horse Observers Association with Permission of David Bueno.

BLM has Finally asked the Interior Board of Land Appeals to allow them to have jurisdiction back over the Decision of Record they made earlier in 2018 to sterilize wild mares. The IBLA, yesterday granted that decision because BLM stated in their request to the IBLA that they no longer plan to do the experiments. But, this win is likely only temporary.

While there were other lawsuits filed in court against BLM’s brutal plans, CAES filed an appeal with the IBLA because we feared the lawsuits, even if won, would not stop these experiments from happening in the future.

BLM has clearly expressed in both their motion to the IBLA and in the ongoing Kathrens et al lawsuit that they plan to write a new Environmental Assessment are try again. CAES filed a motion asking the IBLA to only grant this motion to vacate and remand the decision back to BLM IF they did so with prejudice so the plans could not be recreated.

The Kathrens et al lawsuit found a flaw in First Amendment Rights to watch the experiments in their entirety, but BLM in their request for clarification on a preliminary injunction filed in that lawsuit made it very clear that BLM intends to fix the problem with the EA and issue a new one to do these experiments. Notably, while there were requests for cameras in instant case, there were no requests for scopes that would actually make the surgery visible if not safer due to the procedure itself and the large arm and hand of the (blind) vet and allow view of the interior of the mares which is being sliced, torn and ripped apart without being sown up and without seeing any tears in the vaginal tract itself or the foal itself.

We urged the IBLA not to allow BLM to continually proceed with this process of issuing a Decision of Record and then changing their minds, which avoids a court ruling on the experiments, and then come out with a ‘new and improved’ plan down the road. The IBLA denied our request to do so with prejudice claiming that would constitute an advisory opinion.

BLM will fix the issues of the superficial 1st Amendment suit (letting people view, video, etc. the experiments). And they will try this again. This has been a pattern of the BLM since they first attempted to do these experiments in 2016. CAES filed a similar administrative appeal in 2016, and the result was the same thing after CAES won legal standing BLM backed down. Only this time, the day after we filed our main brief in the case against their plans, they backed down again.

  • On Nov. 2, the Cloud Foundation announced their preliminary injunction win, however, court documents showed that the BLM had only stated that at some unspecified date, they would ask the IBLA for a vacate and remand in the CAES Appeal. However, the BLM did not ask for a remand until the day after CAES filed their Appeal Brief on Nov 13th at noon.
  • Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m., the BLM, in the CAES Appeal, asked the IBLA to Vacate and Remand, stating their intent to cancel the plan,
  • November 13, at 7:47 p.m. federal court judge in the Kathrens et al. case issued a preliminary injunction,
  • November 26 the IBLA gave BLM permission to abandon their plans ending the CAES Appeal with a win for the horses…this time.
  • The Federal Court Case is not over with Kathrens et al., however since the BLM canceled the plans during our legal action that court case is now moot.

PLEASE consider making a donation to CAES to keep us fighting in cases like this for the protection of American wild and domestic horses. CAES is a national 5013 c3 non-profit corporation. (see yellow donate button on upper right of any CAES web page).

Reward Offered for Information on Shootings of Federally Protected Wild Horses in the Heber Herd in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

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TAKE ACTION TODAY.

CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE GRIJALVA FOR HELP…

ph (202) 225-2435
fax (202) 225-1541

Or use this information from hos Tuscon office:
If you need help with a federal agency, please contact one of our caseworkers at
520-622-6788 or
email az03services@mail.house.gov

The Heber wild horses are being illegally shot after months of roping, trapping, and even wrangling to steal them off their land.

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******REWARD OFFERED FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ACTIONS******

An anonymous donor has put up $2,500 for reward and additional donations are coming in for information that will help catch the perpetrators of this federal crime.

Two Heber Wild Horse young stallions were found shot dead on10-13-2018 on Forest Service Rd 50 around mile marker 8. We were told the Navajo County Sheriff’s Dept did an investigation today and turned their information over to Forest Service law enforcement. We were also told by Arizona Game and Fish that they were notified yesterday and that Forest Service law enforcement had been out to investigate.

Please, if anybody knows anything about this, please contact us at 541.315.6650.

If you were in the area yesterday and saw any vehicles or heard gunshots, please let us know.

If you’ve heard any rumors, let us know. We want to stay on top of this and make sure a thorough investigation is done.

Somebody knows something, please keep your eyes and ears open and if you head out to the forest be careful! There are a lot of sick people in this world.

The Heber Herd is a federally protected herd.

 

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For too long the Forest Service has NOT taken these acts seriously, and perhaps even encouraged them.

We have receipts gained through FOIA, whereby the FS contracted with local ranchers through the years to gather and ship some of the herd to slaughter. And there has been a history of horses being caught, wrangled, from the Forest for decades.

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Halter around the neck from attempted capture.

This year we brought you to notice that horses were trapped without water (between livestock fences on the wild horse territory), and we worked with FS to get them to allow us to haul water in, and we provided the tanks, manpower, and water.

Recent months have seen suspicous horse trailers in the Forest, horses caught in a trap, and horses with ropes around their necks.

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Trapped mare with her foal and another whose mother was outside the trap.

It is long past time for Richard Madril and Steve Best of the Forest Service to demand that the Forest Service Law Enforcement find out who is responsible for these actions and put an end to them. THAT is the job of the Forest Service and Mr. Madril and Mr. Best we support your efforts to do that job!

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If you have any information please call CAES @ 541.315.6650. We will keep your name anonymous.

Radioactive Meat Shipped From U.S. to Where???

BLM Must Return the Gathered Horses to the Wild Horse Range in Nevada and Provide Water for Them

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   ***UPDATE: We have gotten no response to requests for information on where these horses are. We do not know how many have ended up in foreign slaughterhouses and fed to unsuspecting people in other countries. the united states should be investigated for crimes against humanity. these horses could very well have been a source of radioactive meat. It’s bad enough we cannot get the safe act passed to stop horses, non raised as food animals, from being shipped to other countries for human consumption…but radioactive?!?!***
TAKE ACTION AT BOTTOM.
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Recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a gather of 801 wild horses from the Wild Horse Range in Nevada. The range is located on the Nevada Test and Training Range, part of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base.

There has been no livestock on this land since the mid-1900’s. The nuclear testing done on the range makes it an unsafe location to raise animals to be used for human consumption. With the absence of livestock, this should be the prime location for BLM to use helicopters to dart the horses with PZP, an immunocontraceptive. That would provide safe, humane management on the range for the herd.

There is nothing in the current law that prohibits darting from a helicopter:

43 CFR 4740.1 – Use of motor vehicles or aircraft.
§ 4740.1 Use of motor vehicles or aircraft.
(a) Motor vehicles and aircraft may be used by the authorized officer in all phases of the administration of the Act, except that no motor vehicle or aircraft, other than helicopters, shall be used for the purpose of herding or chasing wild horses or burros for capture or destruction. All such use shall be conducted in a humane manner.
(b) Before using helicopters or motor vehicles in the management of wild horses or burros, the authorized officer shall conduct a public hearing in the area where such use is to be made.

If BLM follows the current trend of selling horses without any restrictions as to who is buying the animals, or what they do with them once purchased, or even if they allow adoptions of these particular horses, it would be gross negligence.

Studies since the Chernobyl nuclear incident in 1986 and even more recently from the Fukushima incident in Japan in 2011 have reported the dangers of meat and milk consumption from animals exposed to radiation or even grazing on forage in affected areas.

The Nevada Test Range is still radioactive. The wild horses eat vegetation that may be contaminated and drink water that still may contain these radioactive particles. These particles can transfer to humans upon consuming the meat. This is why many countries either stopped imports or tested imports of meat from Japan after Fukushima.

The daily gather reports listed 21 out of 31 horses euthanized as having clubfoot. This is an extremely high incidence of a congenital defect in a herd.

If BLM allows the sale of these horses, or even adoption there is no tracking that takes place to make sure these horses never enter the slaughter pipeline. American horses, including wild horses, are shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter and the meat is sold for human consumption.

BLM cannot afford to manage these horses for life in holding pens, as stated in their Justification for the Wild Horse & Burro Appropriations for FY 2019 statement. And they cannot just kill these horses pursuant to existing laws including the current appropriations and:

16 U.S. Code § 1338 – Criminal provisions
(a)Violations; penalties; trial any person who—
(1)willfully removes or attempts to remove a wild free-roaming horse or burro from the public lands, without authority from the Secretary, or
(2)converts a wild free-roaming horse or burro to private use, without authority from the Secretary, or
(3)maliciously causes the death or harassment of any wild free-roaming horse or burro, or
(4)except as provided in section 1333(e) of this title, processes or permits to be processed into commercial products the remains of a wild free-roaming horse or burro, or
(5)sells, directly or indirectly, a wild free-roaming horse or burro maintained on private or leased land pursuant to section 1334 of this title, or the remains thereof, or
(6)willfully violates a regulation issued pursuant to this chapter,
shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Any person so charged with such violation by the Secretary may be tried and sentenced by any United States commissioner or magistrate judge designated for that purpose by the court by which he was appointed, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as provided for in section 3401 of title 18.
(b)Arrest; appearance for examination or trial; warrants: issuance and execution
Any employee designated by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture shall have power, without warrant, to arrest any person committing in the presence of such employee a violation of this chapter or any regulation made pursuant thereto, and to take such person immediately for examination or trial before an officer or court of competent jurisdiction, and shall have power to execute any warrant or other process issued by an officer or court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this chapter or regulations made pursuant thereto. Any judge of a court established under the laws of the United States, or any United States magistrate judge may, within his respective jurisdiction, upon proper oath or affirmation showing probable cause, issue warrants, in all such cases.
(Pub. L. 92–195, § 8, Dec. 15, 1971, 85 Stat. 650; Pub. L. 101–650, title III, § 321, Dec. 1, 1990, 104 Stat. 5117; Pub. L. 108–447, div. E, title I, § 142(b), Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3071.)

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Nevada Test Range Wild Horses: Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Contact: Click on a name to go to their website and contact them. Phone calls are the best!

Nevada Senators :

Dean Heller                                                                 Catherine Cortez Masto

Dean Heller                                                                 Catherine Cortez Masto
Republican                                                                   Democrat

Nevada Representatives:

Mark Amodei                                                                Ruben Kihuen   The horses were removed
from his district!

Mark Amodei                                                              Ruben Kihuen
Republican                                                                  Democrat

Water for Western Wildlife – The Compassionate WWW

Support CAES and the Water for Western Wildlife (WWW) program.

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We need boots on the ground where there is drought, we need water haulers that can do the physical work of delivering the water.

We will do the work at the administrative level to get the proper permissions to put tanks out in areas, and make sure that you are on the proper list as a verified hauler in that area.

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter started this program with the Heber Wild Horses and after we saw so much wildlife coming in to use our tanks we expanded, and then were asked to start the program in other herd areas.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill in the form below, or give us a call at 541.315.6650 and speak with Val Cecama-Hogsett. No information you submit will be shared outside of this program.

 

If you can’t volunteer on the ground but would like to help we need people willing to make calls to local farm supply stores near the areas we have water projects, we often ask them to help by donating some of our water tanks.

We are currently looking for an official volunteer coordinator. The program has been so successful for these animals where the droughts get worse each year, that we are expanding rapidly.

As expansion happens, we are also in need of a grant writer, and a fundraising team. Because we do other work exclusively for equines, this program has a budget of its own, and if you are interested in becoming a monthly donor to the Water for Western Wildlife please fill in the form to let us know we can depend on you!

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FREEDOM ROCKS

Freedom Rocks on Oregon Beaches

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Find your own Freedom Rock for wild horses on Lincoln City beaches in Oregon (Seven Miles of Smiles) and post a photo of your painted rock on our Facebook Page by clicking HERE.

Lincoln City, Oregon is where we are starting the program. Anyone, any age can participate in their own neighborhoods or favorite spots. Just post your information on the Freedom Rocks with CAES Facebook group with pictures of your rocks. and the general area where people should look for your rocks.

Our American wild horses & burros are in danger of extinction. There has been a strong campaign by special interest industries that want to use the western lands our horses & burros roam. They claim wild horses are overpopulated and dying.

We know that isn’t true because our volunteers across the west are out there with them every day. We have water projects in 5 locations, taking water for wildlife including our wild horses and burros.

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Please be sure to share pictures of your found and created rocks to show support for the Freedom of our American wild horses. IF you’re interested in joining the Lincoln City Freedom Rocks Group, or in creating your own please contact Becky Sue Jaussen at:
Email: becky.jaussen@yahoo.com
Phone: 775.297.5144

Want to help more and sponsor a wild horse?

You can help us. You can name your own wild horse or burro. Look through the slideshow and when you make a donation you can name one of the horses or burros in the slideshow.

In the comments at the bottom of this page, give us the number on the photo and the name you choose and we’ll update that photo with the name you’ve picked for your horse or burro. (Donation suggestions $20 single or $38 for mare and foal pair.)

More burros will be here soon!

For more information on these programs or any other questions you have about this or any wild horse issues please contact Val @ the CAES Office: 541.315.6650 or via email: citizensagainstequineslaughter@gmail.com

 

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Warm Springs Release of 66 a Plan for Extinction

CAES responded to Bureau of Land Management Plans to release only 66 horses on the Oregon Warm Springs HMA. This is what we had to say:

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Photo courtesy Val Cecama-Hogsett. Wild horse in the Ochocos National Frest, OR.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit these public comments on the above-referenced DNA for the release of wild horses onto the Warm Springs, HMA in Oregon.

We have the following concerns with this DNA

  • The Environmental Assessment (EA) doesn’t meet NEPA requirements.
  • The Decision of Record (DR) approving removal horses from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) was vacated, making the initial removal of 846 horses illegal which should warrant releasing all gathered horses back to the HMA until an EIS is completed.
  • This Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) is not adequate where range health and genetic health are both much more relevant than the EA previously done addressed.
  • Genetic anomalies that are seen as a result of inbreeding was never mentioned. A genetic analysis that is up to date must be done before considering removal of 88% of the herd/genetics.
  • The numbers are not consistent in your own reports and statements on the number of horses considered excess
  • The census numbers for remaining animals is inconsistent.
  • The AML set for this HMA is clearly arbitrary.
  • This DNA is clear retaliation
  • The stated list of reasons for not putting the horses back for various reasons in 2019 covers January through December, which creates doubt that horses will ever be put back out there. When gathers are done you do not follow these same stipulations which show a clear favorability to removing horses, but definitely not for releasing any. Any waiting for the mares to foal, foals to be weaned and then taking them away from the mares to only release the mares is animal cruelty and also ensures the likelihood of very few foals being on the HMA this year. With very questionable genetics already in this herd, this is very bad management.

    These are the restrictions you listed for releasing horses:

    • BLM can’t return horses now or until approximately May or June because the roads are not good enough
    • Can’t return mares that are pregnant March – June because well, they might deliver on transport?  (They gather and transport pregnant mares routinely)
    • Won’t return mares with foals because of danger to foals on transport (They transport foals routinely)
    • Won’t return mares until foals are weaned and ripped away from mares 4 – 6 months after birth (so no returns from March – June until after 4 – 6 months later which would be as late as December
    • No returns during fire season June through fall
    • No returns if there is not adequate water (to be assessed in flyovers in June) even though forage is good and water on one half is good, the other side was questionable, and the solution is the removal of a livestock fence between the 2 sides of the HMA
    • No mares returned who were not pregnant, they could be sterile (erm the original plan was to return nearly 30 sterile mares wasn’t it?)
    • No stallion released without a mare released to keep a 50/50 sex ratio (unnatural and why can’t they release 33 stallions and release 33 mares as they can be based on their other fake conditions)
    • AND BLM retains the right to alter, change, nullify, or create a whole new plan even if this one is passed

Doesn’t meet NEPA requirements/ Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) is not adequate

The final EA and DR were subsequently vacated which makes the removal of the horses in the first place an action that was done with a then vacated decision of record. The horses should all be returned to the HMA until such time as a new EIS is done.

The EA did not address the emergency need for removal due to the health of the horses. There was some mention of water issues on the west side of the HMA, however, that was not going to stop 100 horses being released on that side of the EA for the study. So, obviously, the water issue is not real, or plans to remedy that problem were canceled because there is now no study.

You said: “this determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) assesses whether the 2018 EA adequately analyzed the environmental impact of permanently removing wild horses and burros from the Warm Springs HMA, the proposed return of horses to low appropriate management level (AML) for the HMA, and the treatment of mares to be 2 returned to the HMA with porcine zona pellucida (PZP).”

The EA did not analyze permanent removal of all horses from the HMA, it analyzed the removal of all horses and the return of 200.

There has been no environmental impact study (EIS) on the removal of 88% of the herd permanently. And to do that we feel an EIS, not an EA must be done. We feel it must compare the total number of all grazing animals, wild and domestic, and the financial comparison of each proposed action should also be a factor in the proposed actions. Financial aspects figure into the human element of the environment, especially when figuring the reduction of livestock to mitigate water problems or the removal of a fence. Would removing the fence be more of a hardship on the permittee with livestock than it is on the taxpayer who pays to house and feed the horses who cannot be on the land.

The BLM must provide the number of livestock on the HMA, the number of all other grazing wildlife species on the HMA, and the AUM’s allotted for each, including wild horses, for forage use.

BLM needs to explain why fencing is not removed if it is impeding horses from getting to water on various parts of the HMA, there and why the fence is not removed. If the fence is not to be removed what BLM is doing per applicable laws to provide water improvements to the west side of the HMA. That would also remedy the previously mentioned problem of impassable roads to vehicles hauling water. But BLM still has not justified how water was going to be provided during the study, but cannot be done now. Are only horses being studied managed?

The removal of 846 horses was vacated

You said:
“This DNA in no part replaces or relies on the 2018 DR, which was vacated in its entirety.“

Based on this statement, the entire DR was vacated meaning the horses you removed is a decision that was vacated and all of the horses should legally be returned.

Genetics

The final gather reports indicated a very high number of horses euthanized due to genetic issues. Where are the genetics studies, and how do you justify removing from 852 horses (Your census estimate per Appendix E of the EA) all but 96 horses, if there were 30 horses left on the HMA post gather. That is removing almost 88% of the genetics from the herd when the final gather report clearly stated horses were euthanized because of a genetic issue. The largest of which being angular limb deformities which are a KNOW inbreeding issue.

A new genetic analysis must be done before a reduction to below the recommended numbers for genetic viability is done. Even with 850 plus horses in this herd, there are genetic issues. That should bring into question the science you are using to manage these herds as self-sustaining herds. Until there is a scientific answer to the genetic problems with this herd, and given that all removed were in average to above average body condition, this herd should not be reduced at all, but a reduction by 88% is criminal mismanagement. It definitely does not meet with a decision that has used the best available science.

Census numbers and removal numbers do not add up or are inconsistent

You said: “…conditions that caused the BLM to determine that approximately 652 animals were excess and needed to be removed from the range remain present and necessitate the current decision.” Since 845 were removed per your final gather report this would mean that 193 horses should be returned as they were not determined to be excess.
 
On January 31, 2018, you said:
“Because the goal of this gather was to capture up to 100 percent of the horses, the contractor spent many hours and days flying the HMA and was able to collect a good estimate of the remaining horses on the HMA (25-35). Not post gather survey was conducted by BLM because we were confident in the pilot’s count.”

So where do these new statistics of 30 horses and 30 burros left on the range come from? This statement does not say 25 – 35 of each horse and burro, therefore it is our belief there were 25 – 35 animals, combined horses, and burros left. Where are the pilot’s statements that there were 30 each? Those need to be made public.

The EA said you would return 200 horses, 100 to each the east and west sides of the HMA, it did not say 200 minus 30 horses that are out there or 200 minus any left out there post gather. So 200 should be released. We recognize that some of the mares to be released would not be reproducing mares, and that would have some effect on future population, so we recommend that at least those 28 – 34 mares be treated with PZ vaccines before release, and it could easily be done, and boosted before they are released.

The AML is Arbitrary

If the study could release 200 horses, and the land could support those 200 horses, how do you justify now only being able to support 75 horses despite saying the range conditions continue to be the same as when they were gathered? Does this mean if the sterilization of 28 – 34 mares, and releasing those mares in the  200 for the purposes of the study would have had to be halted because of new range conditions? If so there has to be a full EIS done to determine the health of this range because your EA obviously failed in determining whether or not this range could support the 200 horses to be released according to the EA that was done.

Also as we stated in our opposition to the EA this HMA, should not have been created as a bubble within the original HA to be the only place horses are managed on the entire HA, and multiple use mandated in FLPMA only applies to lands that are not already set aside for use in a previous land use policy or act which is what the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is. Therefore removal of horses to this level is not in keeping with your mandate to manage this area principally for wild horses, in fact, they do not even get an equal amount of forage, water, and land allotted to them.

This DNA is Retaliation

This action shows clear retaliation on the part of the BLM after not being able to proceed with the mare sterilization study that was to be done. The EA that was approved for that study stated 200 horses would be returned to the HMA.

According to court documents during our IBLA Appeal, this decision to release less than half the horses approved for release in your DR was predetermined if you did not win the case we filed against the mare sterilization and removal of too many horses from the herd. See Sharp Declaration at Pg. 6 where you stated: “IF BLM is unable to carry out the surgical procedures, it would not return all 200 wild horses involved in the study back to the HMA.” This further proves our assertion that the AML is arbitrary, and this action is retaliatory and not based on science.

BLM plans to do the study, after removing horses, used this emotional bribery to try and get us to drop the case, did not respond to our assertions in the case that there was a genetic problem and removal of so many horses was inappropriate, but then asks for a redaction, and ignores the fact that they just illegally removed horses with no approved DR. NOW, you again try to push a predetermined decision on the public and the horses without following appropriate laws or the best available science. Moreover, you are not managing for the health of this herd or their survivability on a genetic level. Where is the ON Range Management? Removals are not sustainable.

We Recommend

  • An EIS be done
  • A water improvement plan for the west side of the EA be done, or the fence be taken down separating the 2 sides of the HMA
  • A genetic study is done to determine the cause of the extremely high number of genetic anomalies seen and resulting in the euthanasia of horses after the gather.
  • The AML to be reevaluated and adjusted, and an update to the LUP be done to reflect that change.
  • This herd is managed at a more appropriate management level of 175 – 200 horses, with on range management tools such are PZP which can be darted via helicopter or bait trapping a family band at a time. Although if the vast majority is released and mares are already darted and boosted it will not need doing again for at least 3 years.

Respectfully Submitted,
Theresa J Barbour
Research & Legal Consultant
Citizens Against Equine Slaughter
PO Box 115
Drain, OR 97435

American Wild Horse Campaign -Seriously…WHAT Are You Doing???

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AWHC puts out another “give us your email” petition which will give them some kind of claim to another issue they did not even realize was an issue, but rather celebrated as one of their wins:

Take Action for the Wild Horses of Warm Springs

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) for the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) in Oregon…

That plan includes the return of just 66 horses to the range to meet the low Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 96 horses…

Bottom line: The BLM plan is releasing too few horses to maintain a healthy, genetically viable population…

We encourage you to submit comments directly there, and also take one moment to sign our petition below.

Val Cecama-Hogsett who has been following the media reports, doing the FOIA’s, and assisted on the legal cases Citizens Against Equine Slaughter filed with the Interior Board of Land Appeals in both 2016 and 2018 posted on your Facebook page the following comment in regard to your latest action:

“For crying out loud…YOU celebrated this as a great win of your 1st amendment lawsuit….now after we pointed out that BLM’s plan is definitely NOT a win, not acceptable, not legal NOW you put out this action to make people think you actually care?!?!?!?! How about you get real and honest with your supporters. I know Citizens Against Equine Slaughter and several other small advocate groups have had it with the fraudulent posts and half-truths of this organization.”

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CAES addressed the celebration AWHC claimed on this issue just a few weeks ago:

BLM DEAL TO RETURN WARM SPRINGS HORSES IS NO DEAL #FAKEWIN

WHILE OTHER WILD HORSE ADVOCATE GROUPS CELEBRATE, LIKELY BECAUSE THEY NEED TO FIND A WIN IN THE LAWSUIT THEY HAD DISMISSED FOR BEING MOOT, WE SEE THAT THIS NEW ANNOUNCEMENT OF BLM ON THE WARM SPRINGS CASE IS NO WIN AT ALL FOR THE HORSES. IN FACT, IT IS NOTHING AT ALL.

THE REAL STORY HERE IS READING THE MESSAGE BLM JUST ISSUED:

WE DIDN’T GET OUR WAY SO WE ARE NOT RETURNING 200 HORSES AS WE AGREED TO IN A PREVIOUS APPROVED PLAN. BUT HEY WE’LL TRY TO RETURN HORSES, JUST NOT FROM NOW THROUGH DECEMBER OF 2019, AND NOT PREGNANT OR UNPREGNANT MARES, OR STALLIONS.

What is BLM really proposing?

BLM issued a new plan to release wild horses on the Warm Springs Horse Management Area (HMA), changing the already approved plan. As we reported in our previous article on this the release of less than half the horses approved in the plan should not be changed because BLM could not go through with plans to sterilize mares. If the range could support 200 for their gruesome study, it can support the release of 200 without the study. Period. 200 horses must be released and we reject this new plan.

As if that was enough of an insult to our intelligence BLM also gives the following restrictions on releasing even the meager 66 these mainstream fake advocate organizations are touting as a great win. Here are the conditions that may change the release of just 66 horses:

BLM can’t return horses now or until approximately May or June because the roads are not good enough

Can’t return mares that are pregnant March – June because well, they might deliver on transport?  (They gather and transport pregnant mares routinely)

Won’t return mares with foals because of danger to foals on transport (They transport foals routinely)

Won’t return mares until foals are weaned and ripped away from mares 4 – 6 months after birth (so no returns from March – June until after 4 – 6 months later which would be as late as December

No returns during fire season June through fall

No returns if there is not adequate water (to be assessed in flyovers in June) even though forage is good and water on one half is good, the other side was questionable, and the solution is the removal of a livestock fence between the 2 sides of the HMA

No mares returned who were not pregnant, they could be sterile (erm the original plan was to return nearly 30 sterile mares wasn’t it?)

No stallion released without a mare released to keep a 50/50 sex ratio (unnatural and why can’t they release 33 stallions and release 33 mares as they can based on their other fake conditions)

AND BLM retains the right to alter, change, nullify, or create a whole new plan even if this one is passed

So, in other word BLM has said :

WE DIDN’T GET OUR WAY SO WE ARE NOT RETURNING 200 HORSES AS WE AGREED TO IN A PREVIOUS APPROVED PLAN. BUT HEY WE’LL TRY TO RETURN HORSES, JUST NOT FROM NOW THROUGH DECEMBER OF 2019, AND NOT PREGNANT OR UNPREGNANT MARES, OR STALLIONS.

Again in the latest attempt to promote your organization, you claim that your organization stopped the sterilization experiments…when in fact the BLM asked for an order to vacate and remand the plan during OUR legal case. The fact is that until the BLM can find a way to get around the law that says ‘surgical experiments on any wildlife expected to survive MUST be done in an aseptic (not field sterile) environment’ they simply cannot do these experiments. We asked you in 2016 to help us pursue this legal avenue, you refused, even after taking donations to file a lawsuit to “stop” these experiments. When we pointed out to you in emails that you had in fact collected funds for these purposes and asked you to donate those to us since we and several other orgs. were, in fact, filing that lawsuit, you refused, then 3 days later filed a lawsuit to ‘watch’ the experiments.

When your case this last time, 2018, again a first amendment lawsuit to watch the experiments was ruled moot because BLM canceled plans, again during OUR legal action, you announced it as a win YOU had for the horses and told people BLM would be releasing the horses. Hence, we clarified that with the above Feb 18th article. We would like to know what action your organization took that resulted in a win for any horse in this situation?

BLM responded to the end of your lawsuit by telling the media that they are working on ways to proceed with the experiments despite the litigation. They have not STOPPED plans to sterilize mares, they are simply trying to figure out how to get around the legal issues brought before them. Your lawsuit did nothing but once again, as in 2016, give them a first amendment lawsuit to claim was an issue, use as the reason the media gets for stopping plans, when in reality it gave them the chance to get our entire legal battle, and then use you fake lawsuit to request a vacate and remand order, and avoid a ruling on the legal issues we have now TWICE filed. Instead of working with us on solid legal arguments you file a first amendment lawsuit…something you told another advocate from yet another group is a lawsuit that doesn’t work when she asked about helping her file one to watch radio-collaring of wild horses in WY.

You not only refused to post but completely ignored our article to address the issue with BLM regarding this decision in another article we posted on February 15:

BLM DECIDES NOT TO RELEASE ALL THE HORSES PROMISED IN OREGON

BLM DOESN’T GET THEIR WAY AND WARM SPRINGS HORSES FROM OREGON SUFFER FOR IT.

Feb.15, 2019

In 2018 we filed legal action to stop the BLM in Oregon from performing brutal, archaic sterilization experiments on pregnant mares. The BLM, after receiving our legal arguments against their plans, and after we got the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board to investigate the lead veterinarian who wishes to do these procedures, Burns BLM in Oregon canceled their plans to do them.

One declaration written by Burn’s BLM Rob Sharp to the court stated that if BLM was not able to do the experiments they would not release all 200 horses, which was what the approved plan stated. We called this emotional blackmail then, and after bringing this up on the BLM Facebook page for their wild horse and burro program…just the next day…BLM loads online a new proposed plan to return less than half what was approved in the previous APPROVED plan.

“Despite the DR being vacated, the conditions that caused the BLM to determine that approximately 652 animals were excess and needed to be removed from the range remain present and necessitate the current decision. To that end, this determination of NEPA adequacy (DNA) assesses whether the 2018 EA adequately analyzed the environmental impact of permanently removing wild horses and burros from the Warm Springs HMA, the proposed return of horses to low appropriate management level (AML) for the HMA, and the treatment of mares to be returned to the HMA with porcine zona pellucida (PZP). This DNA in no part replaces or relies on the 2018 DR, which was vacated in its entirety.”


OOPS – FOIA DOCUMENTS PROVE THIS IS A LIE

BLM — you removed “850 or so” stating “only 652-ish” are to be permanently removed.  The following email communication was received by CAES through a FOIA request. Note the author is BLM Public Affairs Specialist Tara Thissell.

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According to the gather reports from Sun J, the contractor who did the gather…846 horses were gathered, and of those only 813 made it to holding because of the horses that were killed or euthanized (and one lucky one that got away)

Per the new BLM proposal they will only leave a total of 96 horses and 15 burros (the low end of the AML for the Warm  Springs HMA. The reason they claimed an emergency to gather the HMA before any appeals on the gather were heard was deteriorating range conditions…which we also challenged because they had known about, and had been hauling water for months.

Despite the range being able to support the release of 200 of the gathered horses then (to do their study), they now claim that it can only support to the low end of the AML.

“The AML for the Warm Springs HMA is 96 to 178 horses and 15 to 24 burros. The number of animals gathered combined with the estimated 30 horses and 30 burros remaining on the range indicates that there are approximately 779 excess horses (plus 2 mules) and 56 excess burros above the low end of the respective AMLs.”

BLM tries to say…mares released would have been spayed so we would be releasing mares that can reproduce and add to the population which was not part of the original plan. When in reality only 28 – 34 of the 200 released would have been spayed mares, and BLM states in the new plan that they are
So let’s recap…

BLM removes 850-ish

SunJ Contractor who did gather says 889 removed – 846 horses, 43 burros. However, only 813 of those horses were shipped to BLM holding because one got away and 33 were killed

Plans to experiment on some of the 200 they say they will put back on the land

BLM stomps feet and says in court documents if we can’t do the experiments we refuse to let all the horses we said we’d release go back on the range

BLM claims 850 or so were gathered

BLM claims 652 were “excess”

BLM can’t do experiments

BLM claims really 779 +2 +56 (horses mules and burros which were all added together in the number of animals gathered in 2018) are excess now…837 excess animals

BLM Plans to return 66 horses instead of the 200 approved in the proposed plan, and according to their estimate that there were also 30 burros left after the gather which is over AML so none will be returned.

And what is their justification…” the conditions …remain present and necessitate the current decision.” The conditions that were such that 200 horses would be returned?

Go to this link:

CLICK HERE TO COMMENT TO BLM

Tell BLM that when conditions remain the same…they have no justification for putting less than half the planned horses back out on the Warm Springs HMA. There was range to support 200 for a study, and they admit conditions remain present, not worse, therefore there is range to support returning 200.

WHY does AWHC seem to support only advocate groups that blindly, unquestioningly follow whatever AWHC wants to say/do? We asked you in 2016 emails, how you decide what actions to take, how you involve your members in making those decisions…your response was we are not a coalition. Now you seem to have your favorite ‘partners’ but again your members seem to be left in the cold with information provided to them, and you don’t seem to be following what we hear advocates saying they want. Why?

WHY is it that you refuse to give CAES credit for any work in stopping the mare sterilizations both in 2016 and 2018, why did you post only a short video from Salt River Wild Horse Management Group on the situation with the Heber wild horse shootings but completely shun CAES, and our AZ office the Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance and the decades of work we’ve done to protect that herd? When in fact that small video was done by Simone Netherlands of the SRWHMG actually was more harmful than helpful. It put the orphaned filly’s location out to the public when we were not sure if she was a target to the shooters, and all the commotion of Ms. Netherlands and her entourage chased off a family band we had hoped would adopt the foal. Then in the same posts about the Heber’s from the day she spent in the area she posted photos of herself at dinner with people she said were community members helping protect the horses, keeping an eye on the orphaned filly…we know these people, and we know they have been known to open their gates to a curious wild horse that later ends up part of their horses provided for trail rides. Another person in that photo who claims to be a great advocate in that area actually picked up and removed shell casings from some of the crime scenes. So instead of sharing the situation from the advocacy group that is most familiar, most involved and getting results in the case you promote one of YOUR partners. WHY? What is your real motivation?

WHY instead of promoting Anna Orchard, who was and is providing the on-the-ground work for the Virginia Range horses, are you trying to destroy her reputation trying to make sure she doesn’t get a contract to continue care for the herd? Why didn’t you support WHOA’s NM Bills for wild horses? So many ethical questions about your organization….and you just refuse to answer us.

Again we ask why you seek to destroy or diminish the work of all these small advocate groups and organizations…are we a threat to your visibility or funding? Are you working for the government to divide the advocacy? Are you providing distractions via less than adequate lawsuits, half-truths and other divisive tactics to cover-up BLM or FS actions?

OPEN LETTER TO AMERICAN WILD HORSE CAMPAIGN

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10 March 2019

CAES & Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Orgs. Respond to AWHC & Their Handling of the Situation of the Modoc Wild Horses

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DISMISSING SMALLER ADVOCATE ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BLINDLY FOLLOW MAY NOT BE THE BEST WAY TO DO BUSINESS. IT DOESN’T UNITE A MOVEMENT IT DIVIDES, WHICH IS A GOVERNMENT TACTIC…

As the organization that clearly brings in the most money in the name of being advocates FOR our wild horses we are asking that you listen to the will of the advocacy and represent us…otherwise aren’t you acting like the same government that will not hear our wishes for our wild horses in the first place?
Dear AWHC:

We are asking you to stop working with the BLM and FS and in apparent mover that are not in the best interest of the horses and sanitize government actions. The most recent of which is the issue with the Forest Service and the wild horses of the Modoc National Forest. There is law that forbids abdication of management of these federally protected wild horses.

Most recently we are responding to your article:
Recently we have asked you to do more than document gathers, we have asked you to report crimes and file court injunctions where you see animal cruelty and abuse happening.
Recently we pointed out that you gave zero credit to Citizens Against Equine Slaughter for work to stop the mare sterilizations in Oregon and that you celebrated BLM putting back 66 of nearly 850 horses removed when BLM asked the judges, in our case, to allow them to vacate plans to do experiments.
Recently we asked you to promote the small groups, promote us, empower us by posting/using our petition to stop euthanasia. asking the government not to allow our wild horses to be killed. You only use the word slaughter, which you are smart enough to know are 2 distinctly different things when it comes to speaking with lawmakers and getting bills passed.

Now in this case with the horses in the Modoc National Forest in California…we are asking that you use the millions of dollars you collect from the public and from the government to do what is right. Use the laws that exist to protect these horses.

It is important to note that the previous CA Wild Horse and Burro Manager Tom Pogacnik stated that the BLM Solicitor determined that BLM could not abdicate jurisdiction over the horses to another agency.

Kathleen Hayden, a co-founder of Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Inc. stated, “In our case, it was the Coyote Canyon Herd and Herd Area that BLM transferred to CA Anza Borrego Desert state parks.”
This is applicable to any transfer that USFS may attempt in a transfer to another entity.
IS AWHC going to file to stop this flagrant violation of the law?
In Mar of 2016, re: fossil evidence
Karen Miner, Environmental Program Manager, stated:
“When and if available scientific information convinces the experts that determine the checklist of native species to North America that Equus caballus should be considered as an indigenous species, they will make the change in the next revision to the list, and then we would take that fact into consideration for inclusion on our state animal lists.”
We are asking AWHC to:
  • campaign to add wild horses to the inventory of native species,
  • get them listed under Ca Endangered Species Act 
  • fight to stop inhumane roundups
  • fight for increased AMLs to maintain genetically viable herds which retains their unique genetics in different pockets of the west
  • openly oppose the 10-year plan to reduce herds to AML
  • openly oppose plans to put wild horses in pastures or sanctuaries


Until you do this your organization is not using the most powerful tools in the box.

The most important SUPREME COURT case law, Kleppe v New Mexico opinion delivered by Marshall Thurgood identified the wildlife status and ordered the return to public lands. And in WHOANM v NM Livestock Board where the judges ruling confirmed our wild horses are not only wildlife but are “NATIVE” wildlife. 
The most recent DNA findings confirmed the native status, AND there is a plethora of sufficient data that distinguishes wild from domesticated behavior. That difference appeared to be disputed by USFWS for denying The Cloud Foundation’s petition to list.
In CA the path is clear, and the time is ripe.

To our readers:

If you agree and would like AWHC to start using their funding for the points we have posted about please contact their director, Suzanne Roy at sroy@americanwildhorsecampaign.org

or send your comments to us via the form below and we will forward them to AWHC.

Forest Service Makes an Anonymous Call to Our Tipline Number

Weeks after asking Forest Service Law Enforcement to call us and retrieve the information we got on our tip line, Forest Service Law Enforcement from a different county calls us, from a blocked number…and then asks us to call a national 800 hotline to give them information!

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Too late we turned it over to the FBI and will let them do your job Forest Service. We don’t even know if it was really you who called and we sure are not going to be so irresponsible as to call some 800 number and give any information that could possibly have some identifying information to expose any person of a community that is under siege by thugs.

 

This was the letter we sent to the FBI and Congressional members O’Halleran and Grijalva in response:

This letter is to inform you all that after having turned over my declaration with all of the information we received on our tip line for people to call about shooting of horses from the Heber Wild horse herd in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, I received a phone call from a blocked number. 

I was not able to take the call and the caller left a voicemail claiming to be Andy Peterson from the Forest Service Law Enforcement…”

“Mr. Peterson, if it was, in fact, him, did not leave a contact number or email for himself but instead left an 800 number for me to call to turn over the tips we have.

This 800 number is the number that the Navajo County Sheriff has posted as their We Tip line, however, we feel that is a very inappropriate suggestion. This information we received is highly sensitive, we do not know who is on the receiving end of the information turned over to that 800 number, and we feel information must be delivered to sworn law enforcement, which is why I provided you at the Phoenix FBI me declaration with all the information we received from those calls.

With the high level of public safety concern and all the illegal activity of not only horse shootings, but shooting near roads and buildings, wild horse theft ring, and possible collusion with the local Forest Service personnel we are again asking that an outside agency is brought in to handle this investigation.

WHY would a Forest Service Law Enforcement person from a different county call me and not Mr. Lopez, the ranger for that are who is the “lead” investigator be calling me, why from a blocked phone number, and why would they refer me to a national tip line?

We also know that 800 number has received no tips per the Navajo County Sheriff Department, and that is a clear indicator to us (after receiving more than 3 dozen tips on ours) that the community does not trust, or is afraid of the local law enforcement. 

There is a bad situation out there and it has got to be stopped. “

AZ Congressman O’Halleran Speaks Up for the Heber Wild Horses

Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance, the Citizens Against Equine Slaughter AZ branch have been in contact with Congressman Grijalva and O’Halleran since the situation escalated in mid-January. The Forest Service was on furlough, the Law enforcement person for that area was said to be investigating even though he was on furlough, and the local Navajo County was referring us to the Forest Service. We were so worried not only about the horses but also for people as these shootings were happening near a major road and buildings.

After the Forest Service refused to return calls from CAES and was not collecting evidence or doing necropsies we felt that the investigation was not really being considered a priority as the shootings in October were still unresolved.

Thankfully Congressman O’Halleran has stepped up to the plate for the Heber wild horses, our public lands, and all of you who own these land and wild horses on them.

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Please use keith.brekhus@mail.house.gov and send a thank you to Congressman O’Halleran!

 

 

Heber Wild Horse Update

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2/01/2019

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Today, while our crews were on the ground early in the day 2 more of the Heber wild horses, were found dead.

Our ground crew has been taking shifts day and night to watch horses, some who are injured, one in particular with a serious wound, but we could not tell if she would recover, or if she had been shot. Today that mare, a beautiful palomino named Angel by our volunteer crew went down.

As the Forest Service personnel were leaving the scene of the other 2 horses where a veterinarian had performed necropsies, our crew flagged them down to have the veterinarian look at this downed horse we had been watching for several days.

At first Ranger Lopez said they didn’t have time to look at another horse and was insistent on leaving the area. The veterinarian traveling with them said it would only take a moment. So they evaluated the mare and determined she had to be euthanized.

Richard Madril of the Forest Service told one of our ground crew members that the injury to the horse we had observed was, in fact, a gunshot wound.

As we are looking at photos and having some of our own experts assist with their opinions we believe all these horses we have been finding the past 10 days were shot in one killing spree that happened late on January 21st.

As of this report, the national office for CAES has received 35 tips on the activities in the forest and the people we believe to be involved in the killings, and other illegal activities in the forest concerning the herd. We are still encouraging the Forest Service Ranger to call the investigative reporter who works for ActivateNow News, and set-up a tip line at the Citizens Against Equine Slaughter national office, so far he has not made contact to find out what we might know to assist his investigation.

The reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) has grown to over $5,200 dollars and CAES has a goal to double that and find these killers. If you have any information please call 541.315.6650 And if you want to contribute to the reward fund you can use the donate button on the side of this page, or go to our Citizens Against Equine Slaughter on Facebook and look at the top post where there is a donate button.

Through this tragedy, we have had an outpouring of anger and sadness from the Heber and surrounding communities. People are afraid this will go beyond the killing of animals, and they are afraid of these men. But…you are still speaking out, still standing up and we are proud of you for that and will stay in this battle with you until we have Justice for the Heber Herd.

CAES PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

Forest Service and Navajo County Sheriff look the other way while environmental terrorists pick-off our federally protected wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona & endanger the lives of tourists, local residents, and other endangered and native wildlife.

CAES is very sorry to report that another horse from our beloved Heber Wild Horse Herd has been found dead. The mare was seen alive and healthy just two days ago. As we speak our volunteer ground representatives are on the scene and speaking with Forest Service Ranger Lopez and deputies from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department.

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This situation has been ongoing since October when 2 stallions were killed, and most recently with the deaths of a mare and foal in early January, another mare and stallion (leaving an unprotected filly weanling on her own) on January 21 and now this mare within the past 2 days.

The situation was complicated by the shutdown so we provided a tip line phone number (541.315.6650) for people to call in anonymously with information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible for these killings. That tipline provided more than 2 dozen tips and when we did not receive return calls from Ranger Lopez and the sheriff’s department was told the case was now in federal jurisdiction we turned to Congressman Raul Grijalva for assistance, we have filed a report with his office and as asked also shared the initial report to the Phoenix FBI. Since then we have received more information, threats to our persons and now another death. However, we will continue to work with the FBI and would work with Ranger Lopez should he care to call us to gather the information we have on this case.

We understand other wild horse advocate groups are interested in what is happening and may have photographed the Heber wild horses, however, the best thing they can do at this time to help is to contribute to the reward fund or contact our office to see what more they can do. Providing any other information may not be accurate or up-to-date, or complete and that could inadvertently damage the work we have put into this thus far.

Our volunteer team has been on the ground, in the courts, and in the working groups for more than 20 years documenting the horses and working hard to protect them. Please give them the respect they deserve to continue to do their work and protect this beloved herd.

The Forest Service has thus far been complacent in resolving this issue and we are hoping that the information we were able to collect, perhaps because the community members were able to call a number that was not a local number or a local person who would put them in danger for speaking out, will now prompt Forest Service to bring the person(s) accountable to justice.

When the Forest Service chose people to be on the working group to develop a management plan for this herd they refused an advocate who knew the forest and the herd but accepted a man who is now making threats against our board member Val Cecama-Hogsett. We believe Forest Service needs to realize that supporting terrorists is not an appropriate management tool.

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When people are speaking this way we do not know what they are capable of. We are not saying Mr. Joslin shot these horses or was involved, he was on the working group. However when we have threats like this because we are trying to obtain information about the shootings of our wild horses…we have to worry how safe the public is out there. The recent shootings have happened near roads and near buildings. At this time, unless you have to be in the area, we recommend that you stay out of the forest until the shooter(s) are arrested.

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If you have information or would like to offer assistance please call our national office at 541.315.6650.

We do, and will, work with anyone. However, we do not work with or support those groups who support mass slaughter or euthanasia as population tools. We also believe the horses need to remain wild in the forest and not removed or culled for any reason. We support proactive management with the least human interference possible. Those tools include predators, which have been a large part of the population control of this herd and the use of PZP birth control vaccines.