Breaking News: Forest Service Traps Protected Wild Horses Inside a Cattle Permittee’s Fences With No Water, Again.

Forest Service & BLM, Rivals in Staging the Best Scene to Support the Big Lie.

©CAES 2018

Yet again Citizens Against Equine Slaughter (CAES) has caught one of the federal agencies, mandated to protect American wild horses, creating the scene they need to support the lies told to get rid of our wild horses.

After a week-long battle CAES has been given permission to provide water for horses the Forest Service (FS) has allowed remaining trapped inside an area with no water. CAES received a call from our Arizona branch, the Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance, letting us know that the FS had a band of 15 – 20 wild horses trapped in a fenced area where they cannot get to water. Our team there was told by the FS that they were not going to supply water to the horses. They stated that the cattle would be back out on the range in 2 weeks and the ranchers would be putting water out then.

Our first reaction was that gates must be opened when cattle are not on the land. This is not a solution for this band that is trapped, the fences run the wild horse territory (WHT) from the northern to southern boundaries, and there is no access at either end for the horses to go around. This band can stand and see water on the western side, beyond the fence, but cannot get to it.

The Information Assistant, Steve Johnson sent this email to one of our members:

“I’m an Information Assistant on the forest, and David Evans forwarded your email to me. We share your concern regarding the drought conditions on the Sitgreaves National Forest. The Black Mesa Ranger District is in the process of coordinating with local interested private individuals who have expressed an interest in providing water for the horses. Gates on the fences around earthen stock tanks are being closed on tanks that are close to going dry. This is to prevent animals from getting mired in the mud created by receding waters.
Steve Johnson, Information Assistant, Forest Service
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Supervisor’s Office
p: 928-333-6348, f: 928-333-5966, stevenmjohnson02@fs.fed.us”

When CAES board member, Val Cecama-Hogsett got involved she spoke with Mr. Johnson. He told her this closing of gates was to prevent a situation such as the one that allegedly happened on the Navajo reservation. The truth, in this case, is that there are no gates between these horses and the water, just miles of cattle fencing. He informed Val of the working group with local people. There is a meeting Monday for ongoing topics.  But this is an urgent situation that has already claimed one wild horse’s life.

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The BLM and FS must stop the lies, allowing horses to die by denying them water or food. That is illegal, cruel and goes against the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act which mandates they manage these horses for healthy, thriving ecosystems, and the survival of the horses for future generations.

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18 thoughts on “Breaking News: Forest Service Traps Protected Wild Horses Inside a Cattle Permittee’s Fences With No Water, Again.

  1. BLM & Department of Interiors you are personally responsible for the wild horses under your care and custody and you are not above the law so you should have a count of animal cruelty and neglect for every horse you have rounded up and put in a pen without water & food, dead or alive! That’s our public land not your’s or the ranchers, we pay for that land and your wages so do your damn job and get water and food to those horses immediately, you have murdered enough already. It’s unethical for you to round up wild horses on the land set aside for them so you can make money leasing it to ranchers for their cattle for profit. To lock up horses within sight of water and food is the most cruel form of torture I have ever heard and you should be ashamed of yourselves, how do you look at yourself in the mirror and sleep at night knowing those poor horses and suffering and dying without basic needs, water and food. YOU COMPLETELY DISGUST ME! YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED AND CHARGED WITH ANIMAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY FOR EVERY HORSE IN THOSE HOLDING PENS AND THE HUNDREDS THAT HAVE DIED. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A WAR ON YOUR HANDS NOW BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T DO THE RIGHT THINGS ON YOUR OWN. TRUMP IS A DESPICABLE EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING WITHOUT A HEART, ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, IN THE END THAT’S GOING TO BE THE END OF YOU, MARK MY WORDS!

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  2. Why doesn’t someone go out there & just cut the fence – I know it’s illegal but it’s kinda like when someone leaves a dog in a hot car & a Good Samaritan breaks the window to save the dogs life – same thing – cut the fence to access the water – if it is public land how can they fence it off – it’s ridiculous that they do this – of course it’s all about money –

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  3. This is really bad!! What is wrong with our world! To do this to a living creature. They should be ashamed to call themselves human. What is this world coming to?

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  4. This is sick,disgusting, inhumane and so so cruel, no human with a soul would do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I AM SO SICK OF THESE ABUSIVE MURDEROUS CATTLE RANCHERS OR ANYONE WITH NO REGUARD FOR ANY LIFE, KNOWINGLY KILLING THESE PROTECTED WILD HORSES (WHO CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT WATER )WITHHOLDING WATER FOR 2 WEEKS ? WHY IS THIS TOLERATED ? WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO THIS? THESE ARE OUR PROTECTED AMERICAN WILD HORSES. I WANT EVERY INDIVIDUAL HELD ACCOUNTABLE.!!! I WANT LEANS ON THEIR INCOME, HOME, FAMILIES HOME, ALL ASSETS , MONEY LAND WHATEVER IT FUCKING TAKES FOR THEIR MURDEROUS INHUMANE ACTS TO THESE INNOCENT “PROTECTED WILD HORSES”. I WANT SEVERAL CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS SO THIS NEVER EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. THIS. SHOULD NOT HAPPEN TO ANY ANIMAL. SUCH CRUELTY AND HATRED OF LIFE. I’M JUST GETTING STARTED. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES AND MUST STOP!

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  6. If they don’t open the gates for these horses to get to water they are breaking
    The law. Over and over. Why are they breaking the law and getting away with it. What kind of mongrels do we have here. Nevah vote TRUMP AGAIN IF U DON’T STEP UP FOR THE HORSES KINGDOM.

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  7. Yes let’s do it! I’m sick and tired of having to see these posts were the wild horses are being treated so badly that it’s going to cause their deaths. All because of the BLM who are so corrupt and working along with the Cattlemen protecting cattle but not caring about the horses. This has to stop!

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  8. The cattle owners are allowed to fence public lands? MY public lands that are supported by my tax dollars? This is totally obscene! Why are my public lands being used to support private cattle owners? I’m fed up with the BLM and the Department of Interior! They need to be disbanded and SUED! They work for us, we don’t work for them. What is it going to take to get a class action lawsuit filed against these murderers? Public VS DOI and BLM!

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    1. I am tired of cattle being on our public land it is time for the Ranchers to take care of their own animals and get them off of our public lands this is our taxpayer money and we are not going to let cattle on a public lands anymore ranches don’t want to share with our wild horses then the cattle’s got to go I think we need to sue them and everybody else gets involved I don’t know how we go about it but I know that can do this for us it’s time to fight back and shut these ranchers down

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    2. The grazing allotment program is and has been run by our government for YEARS! This program is NOT a RIGHT of livestock owners, it is a PRIVILEGE! They pay a pittance of a fee in order to lease an allotment from the government. Unfortunately, there are grazing allotments all through the herd management areas. Please research the information on this – there is lots & the more we all know – the more educated we are. Many large corporate entities take advantage of this program. Doubt that was the purpose originally when this program was set up.

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  9. Not only is that illegal,but is inhumane accirding to ALL regulations under Wild Horse Act,but HSUS,ASPCA,AHA,USDA…EVERY DEPARTMENT IF AGRICULTURE IN EVERY STATE. PROSECUTION ON SO MANY LEVELS. AM SPEECHLESS…AT THE TITAL DUSREGARD FIR LIFE THESE SO CALLED OFFICIALS EXHIBIT.

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  10. After over 200 Wild Horses died of thirst, stuck in the mud that used to be a water source, we cannot allow even – more Horse to suffer this tragic death!!
    These Horses should be allowed to run free!
    No Cattle should have preference to water. The people who own Cattle or any other animal is responsible to feed & water their animals. To fence in these Wild Horses & deprive ghgn of wAter is equivalent to killing them. This is immoral, Inhumane, & should never happen again.

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