Congressman Chris Stewart Violates U.S.C. Title 18

Press Release: July 7th, 2017

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter has found evidence that the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and at least one Congressman are guilty of violating 923. 18 U.S.C. § 371—Conspiracy to Defraud the United States:

“The general conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, creates an offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose. (emphasis added).”

Congressman Stewart Reports a 41% increase in WH&B population in less than 5 months – IMPOSSIBLE

We find that Chris Stewart did stand in front of a Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of the Interior in 2016, addressing the BLM FY 2017 Budget. He did state that the wild horse population, in a majority, on the range were starving, or dying from dehydration. He also stated that there were, at that time, 67,000 wild horses on the range. These claims and population statements were those made by the BLM and the DOI in several media sources, as well as the Budget Justification letter submitted to Congress.

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Screen grab from video of Rep. Stewart’s presentation to the Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of the Interior in 2016

These 2 population statements would suggest that the wild horses went from approximately 47,000 in January 2016 to 67,000 by May of 2016 a 41% increase in less than 5 months? When BLM skews the ratio of stallions to mares on the range, 60 :40, this would mean that with 40 percent of the 47,000 wild horses in January, 18,800 would be mares, and all of them along with approximately 1,500 stallions had to have given birth in 5 months to achieve the 67,000 population boom stated in May of 2016.

  1. We found that the August 2016 Environmental Assessment, Adobe Town Wild Horse Movements & Habitat Selection Research Gather, DOI-BLM-WY-D030-2016-0104-EA, page 35, Line 132 and 133, stated the wild horse population on the range was less than in holding (47,403 in holding), according to BLM officials in January of 2016. https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/59671/97559/117715/Draft_Adobe_Town_Habitat_Movements_Research_EA_9-23-2016.pdf
  2. Then in the Interior Appropriations subcommittee mark up, Representative Chris Stewart did state on 25, May 2016 that “There are more than 67,000 of them (horses) now, …” https://stewart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-chris-stewart-calls-for-bipartisan-solution-to-the-overpopulation-of

Was there even a census between these two numbers showing a 41% increase from Jan to May of the same year (2016)?

While we gathered photos of horses across the 10 states in various HMA’s to prove they were healthy, we found no wild horse advocate group with volunteers on the ground, no wild horse photographer, and even one ranch manager (Stacey Davies, from Roaring Springs Ranch in Oregon) who stated he knew of NO starving horses in Oregon, during a meeting of the Steens Advisory Council. So we asked, but never received any proof of this claim of “tens of thousands of horses that look like this”, made by Representative Stewart, as he held up an old photo of a mare and foal from one instance in 2015 in which human interference with wildlife created an issue where the horses did not act naturally, but instead became emaciated.

Along with these claims of health crisis and population booms, there is always the claim of rangeland destruction, but the question must be asked when photographic, or range-tour evidence is presented, was there ever livestock here? How long ago? And did the time after livestock were removed allow for rest and recovery. There is no wild horse habitat without livestock damage that proves the wild horses are destructive. Even studies such as the WY radio-collaring of wild horses in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area will be biased by the fact that plant life or consumption will be looked at based on the location given by the collars of the horses, however, no other species that eats these plants is simultaneously studied. Therefore, there is no valid way of scientifically determining what ate that plant. Making that aspect of the entire study invalid

We assert that these statements and misrepresentations of truth are intentional

We assert that these statements and misrepresentations of truth are intentional, and done to convince the public as well as Congressional members to agree to an agenda to push these horses off the range or to genetic extinction. Many herds show signs of inbreeding when the genetic analysis reports are read. Augmenting genetics with the odd mare from an outside herd is not keeping the unique genetics found in different herds or areas viable or separate from the meta population, rather destroying any uniqueness. The augmentation method has also proved unsuccessful in the Kiger/Riddle HMA’s of Oregon. The Oregon genetic analysis reports have shown a steady decline in viability, even with outside mare or stallion introductions.

These intentional lies and mistruths must be exposed, and those perpetrating them must be charged with violation of U.S.C. Title 18, with intent to misinform the U. S. government to reach special interest agendas while misleading the people they are to serve.

Submitted to Congressman Raul Grijalva for the Congressional record, to be shared with the Natural Resources Committee of which he is the Ranking Member, on 7, July 2017.

Media Contact:
Val Cecama-Hogsett
541.315.6650

 

7 thoughts on “Congressman Chris Stewart Violates U.S.C. Title 18

  1. Horses are gods creatures and should be treated with dignity. The blms treatment of horses is wrong and need to stop. I hope my comments help put stop to these practices

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  2. Please stop slaughter ing America’s wild and domesticated horses they don’t deserve to be treated. The way they have been for decades this is so wrong what is wrong with people it abuse and that suppot to be against the law GOD why people wanna slaughter any animal for food is wrong I sign all kinds of petitions last year about all this crap and we’ll here we go again leave the dam horses burros alone quite killing them and selling.using them for food ..People that do that are sick and letting it continue is wrong ..Stop horse slaughter once and for all,,

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  3. Please stop slaughter ing America’s wild and domesticated horses they don’t deserve to be treated. The way they have been for decades this is so wrong what is wrong with people it abuse and that suppot to be against the law GOD why people wanna slaughter any animal for food is wrong I sign all kinds of petitions last year about all this crap and we’ll here we go again leave the dam horses burros alone quite killing them and selling.using them for food ..People that do that are sick and letting it continue is wrong ..Stop horse slaughter once and for all,,

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  4. These horses and burros have been on the firing line for decades. The Government and Cattle Industry has done everything they can to get rid of them. Took away their grazing lands, deprived them of water, grass, family units. Chased them down with helicopters, chased them into corrales.
    Warehouses them, no shade or protection from the elements in them. Taken away their leader stallions, separated dials from mothers. Sold them knowingly to kill-buyers and tried to conceal the fact, and again.the Government looks the other way. Now the Government wants to make us believe they are doing the right thing by sending basically close to 100,00 wild horses and burros to their deaths because these little wild horses and burros have indured all that and still live, that the Government screwed this up so bad, that there is still Wild horses and Burros alive on and off the range, and that the Government and BLK flunked this course and now want the horses and burros exterminated once and for all. Hats off to the Wild horses and Burros of the United States of America. They are
    what made America great.

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  5. Please stop this barbaric acts against any of our horses they don’t deserve what is ahead of them this all needs to stop there has got to be better ways birth control relocating something else I don’t want to find horse meat in something I’m eating horses are put on this earth to be friend not food would you eat your dog your cat how about the bald eagle it’s part of our history we protect the eagle that iconic why not the wild horses

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  6. The treatment and sentiments by the BLM regarding our wild horses is very one sided and not based on scientific evidence. When an issue arises, such as a few horses outside their designated area (which is much too small considering the millions of acres of open public lands) the BLM reacts in the harshest way, rather than coming up with a plan in cooperation with advocacy groups. Those groups are a wonderful resource for collaboration on this issue.

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