Navajo Horses at Gray Mountain/Cameron Did NOT Die of Drought, They Died From Malicious Management for Political Purposes

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Our sister organization has breaking news. Wild Horse Observers Association (WHOA) has uncovered that these horses died a slow, excruciating death, all while being documented. This was done we believe under pressure from the states of Utah, New Mexico, and the U.S. government to support claims of dying wild horses due to drought, in an attempt to push their slaughter & euthanasia agenda.Cameron Chapter NN-1Cameron Chapter NN-2Cameron Chapter NN-3Cameron Chapter NN-4Cameron Chapter NN-5Cameron Chapter NN-6Cameron Chapter NN-7Cameron Chapter NN-8Cameron Chapter NN-9

BLM Increases the Maximum Number of Wild Horses That Can be Adopted Per Person from 4 to 24 Per Year

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) once again makes the process of wild horse from wild lands to the doors of foreign slaughterhouses much easier.

From an MOU dated May 2018 BLM states”

Effective immediately, all facilities and state, district, and field offices must comply with the policies and guidance set forth in this IM. To increase the number of sale-eligible animals in off-range corrals open to the public, BLM’s policy is to offer animals that are 10 years or younger for adoption three times within six months from either the issuance date of this policy or the animal’s preparation date”

This increases the likelihood for placement of horses into the hands of individuals who may not have the best interest of the horses in mind. If the desired policy to offer $1,000 per horse to adopters also passes in the legislative appropriations process, the potential for earning $24,000 dollars is right there for kill buyers who will turn around and ship them off to slaughter to make even more money on them.

We don’t know of many individuals who just want to adopt 24 horses, let alone wild horses. This decision is another egregious decision in a long list of them the BLM has made recently.

We believe it’s time to call Kristin Bail, who signed this MOU and let her know:

  • This is not the management of horses, rather it is a way for BLM to attempt to get rid of wild horses that are warehouse because of their nearly 50 years of bad management practices.
  • Everyone except the government seems to be able to realize that it is much more fiscally responsible to manage wild horses on the land, with safe, dartable PZP vaccines to control population where it is needed.
  • Everyone except the government seems to be able to see the real culprit of overpopulation and rangeland overgrazing degradation is livestock.
  • ONLY the government is foolish enough to believe that commercial interest with lots of money is going to have more votes than the American people.

Contact Kristin Bail @

Phone: 202208-6731 (number may be old, there is no number listed on the BLM Directory page)
Alternate Phone: 202-208-3801 (you will have to ask for her as this is the main number for her office)
Fax: 202-208-5000
Email: kbail@blm.gov

Sometimes We Just Can’t Say it Any Better!

Originally reported in The Durango Herald, this is an excerpt of that article, the link to read the article in its entirety is at the bottom. We just could not have said it any better ourselves.

Diane Mitsch Bush opposes opening federal land to livestock grazing

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“With all due respect to Mr. Tipton, I don’t think he has studied range management very closely”                                                                    -Mitsch Bush                                                                               Photo Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file

“Congress is considering legislation that would open hundreds of thousands of additional acres of federal land to grazing by livestock. At a hearing last week, Tipton recommended the government enlist help from ranchers and farmers to better protect federal lands.

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Tipton, R-Cortez, claims farmers and ranchers would protect ranges, reduce fire threats and protect nature. Typically, they remove invasive weeds and build stock ponds that could be used by wildlife, he said.

“The premise does not quite fit the facts,” Mitsch Bush said. “Talking about this as a solution to fires is interesting. I don’t think it will work even if you did it. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Mitsch Bush is concerned that if local ranchers graze uncontrollably, ranges could be unusable and bodies of water could degrade. She said numerous range-management programs have been effective in mitigating the impact of cattle grazing on watersheds.

“With all due respect to Mr. Tipton, I don’t think he has studied range management very closely,” Mitsch Bush said. “I think there are better ideas out there to deal with this.”

Livestock grazing already is permitted across stretches of federal lands in the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management authorizes livestock grazing on 155 million acres, more than half of the acreage it administers. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also permit grazing on some of their lands. In Colorado, the federal government owns about 37 percent of the land.

Mitsch Bush also discussed November’s General Election. She said unaffiliated voters will play a big role because she believes they sometimes reject corruption and back-room politics often associated with Washington politicians.

“It’s the people’s House,” Mitsch Bush said. “And it’s been turned from the people’s House into a plutocratic, pay-to-play club, that is not legislating in our interests period. Our representative is frankly one of the key examples.”

Read the whole article

Acountabilty Just Left the Building and Our Public Lands Are even More Open to the Outlaws.

Action Alert

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July, 18, 2018
The Office of Inspector General is a watchdog agency that provides some level of transparency and accountability for the Department of the Interior from Secretary Zinke down. Today the GOP voted down full funding for the OIG.

This will further complicate matters for our wild horses and burros. CAES has already sent in several complaints about lack of FOIA responses from several agencies, for over a year now. It will make bills like privatizing our public lands even more attractive to the western states and all of their commercial industry on those public lands. It goes hand in hand with the gutting of the Endangered Species Act, trying to add killing of wild horses to the Bureau of Land Management’s budget for FY 2019, gutting the Environmental Protection Agency, loosening regulations there and also on National Environmental Policy Act regulations. And don’t forget the attacks on wildlife, national monuments, and the list goes on and on.

Today really drew the line in the sand between public lands and commercial lands turned over to state management. Today, the GOP took transparency, accountability, and oversight off the table. They took the ‘public’ out of it all.

Here’s what ranking member Raul Grijalva had to say when his request to fully fund the OIG was voted down:

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Grijalva: GOP Just Voted to Protect Secretary Zinke From Accountability by Denying Full Funding for DOI Inspector General
Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the House Republican majority voted down Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) amendment to the Department of the Interior (DOI) funding bill that sought to increase the DOI Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) funding by $2.5 million. Grijalva said the vote shows how stubbornly Republicans refuse to hold Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke or the rest of the Trump administration’s DOI appointees accountable for their multiple scandals, policy failures and embarrassing missteps.
In addition to the funding increase, Grijalva’s amendment authorizes the hiring of five new auditors to address contracts and financial assistance, five investigators to focus on administrative issues, and up to six new investigators in field offices to allow OIG criminal investigators to focus on criminal misconduct.
“Secretary Zinke is already the most scandal-plagued Interior secretary in recent memory, and House Republicans just voted against holding him accountable,” Grijalva said today. “They’re comfortable passing a trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich but won’t spend two and a half million dollars on a watchdog agency that protects the public and saves taxpayers money. Something is very wrong with this picture.”
Zinke is the subject of at least 14 formal government investigations, more than the last four Interior secretaries combined. The DOI Office of the Inspector general is handling the bulk of those efforts, with others taking place at the Office of Special Counsel and the Government Accountability Office. Current OIG funding and staffing levels have proven inadequate given OIG’s overwhelming workload of investigations and financial audits.
Increasing OIG’s funding would have a positive economic impact, as the office’s work generates an approximately 20-to-1 return to taxpayers. Even as DOI awarded approximately $10 billion in financial assistance and contracts in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, the number of OIG audits dropped roughly 16 percent. Contracts and financial assistance are some of the highest risk areas in terms of the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse.”

With all of the recent issues surrounding corruption, and lack of transparency for our wild horses. And the recent information we have gained on the subject of BLM attitudes toward wild horse advocates as “highly emotional people” claiming that we do not read documents fully and that we “don’t understand NEPA” regulations. There is a clear disdain for the advocacy that we see in their similar behaviors toward our wild horses. The lies told by veterinarians surrounding mare sterilization surgeries, in panel discussions and videos, the lack of transparency at private leased pastures and even federal holding facilities, and so many other issues just tell us that they truly do not intend on doing their job to protect our horses. And today’s vote was just one more step to keep us in the dark about our resources, our property, our wild horses.

Call your Congressional representative and urge them to:

*Deny funding that is not essential to care for warehoused horses, or provide emergency care for an injured horse on the range. NO other funding should be allowed until BLM corruption and collusion is fully investigated by an outside agency.

Budget cuts to the OIG are not going to allow for proper investigation into claims, like the ethics and intentional misinformation campaign we have reported against several federal employees and elected officials.

*Deny any new amendments to the FY 2019 Wild Horse language, Land Management Language, or any other portion of the CFR that would remove wild horses from federal care, kill them or perform barbaric experiments, like spaying mares or hormonal fertility drugs like GonaCon.

*Ask them to direct BLM and Secretary Zinke to go back to the drawing board and present a report on how they can move forward with a plan to manage our horses on their rightful lands with PZP and stop the removals and warehousing.

*And finally, please ask them to deny funding or language changes in the Interior FY19 appropriations bill that allows horses to be sold without limitation, or sold overseas until such time they can account for every wild horse removed, especially in the past 10 years.  (Reports to CAES have a common thread…there are not as many horses there as BLM claims.) Where are they?

Find your rep here: https://govtrack.us

 

BLM Logic at It’s Best

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The following information was posted on BLM’s website. Emergency gather because of drought….postponed until conditions dry out from heavy rain.  Things that make you go…”What?”

At first glance, it seems pretty absurd, right? Not really, the rain is a temporary relief. With the drought, this one rainstorm isn’t going to fix the problem. However, we feel the BLM should be using our tax dollars to construct some permanent water structures. Fish and Wildlife, and the Forest Service too. They all should be concerned about all of the animals in the west, not use this as an excuse to remove more wild horses!

Call a BLM office today, just pick one, any one. Ask them if they have animals in danger from drought out in their district. If they say yes, ask them what they are doing to help them.

If they say anything other than we are, right now, taking water out and also building a more permanent water structure (i.e. windmills or solar wells ). Tell them to ask CAES if they would help there with the Water for Western Wildlife program.


From the BLM Website:

“THE GATHER BEGAN ON JULY 9 – ON JULY 10, A RAIN STORM WITH HEAVY RAINS CREATED LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING, THEREFORE THE GATHER IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD

2018 PANCAKE EMERGENCY WILD HORSE GATHER

The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office on or about Monday, July 9 will begin gathering and removing approximately 250 excess wild horses from Big Sand Spring Valley in the Pancake Herd Management Area as there is not enough water to support the number of horses in the area.

Purpose of Gather

The purpose of the gather is to help as many horses as possible while protecting the habitat for other wildlife, including water sources and vegetation.  Without emergency action, the condition of the wild horses in the Big Sand Spring Valley is expected to deteriorate, potentially resulting in the death of some of the horses within a few weeks.  In addition, the overpopulation of wild horses on the limited water supply is reducing the spring’s flow due to trampling and depriving other wildlife of water.  Limited water is available in the foothills. Heavy to severe wild horse use in the valley bottoms and at spring sources and heavy trailing is affecting vegetative resources, degrading habitat necessary for wildlife, including that of the Greater Sage-grouse.

Details of Gather

The gather will be conducted by BLM employees (not contractors) using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used.  Corrals will be placed within the Pancake Herd Management Area (HMA) about 30 miles west of Ely and 80 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nev.

Public Observation

The BLM will conduct this operation by using temporary water and bait traps consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay; no helicopters will be used.  Because of the nature of the bait and water trap method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity; therefore, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during operations.

Adoption Information

The horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Fallon, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.  For information on how to adopt a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

The Pancake HMA encompasses 855,000 acres.  Wild horses overpopulate nearly 120,000 acres of this area, which has an Appropriate Management Level of 240-493 wild horses.  With a current population of approximately 2,160 wild horses, valuable resources have been depleted, affecting the health of those animals.  The central portion of Big Sand Spring Valley is extremely dry with few perennial waters and the area has been closed to cattle grazing since 2000.

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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Action Notice for the Budget Bills

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The BAD Bill & the GOOD Bill

H. R. 6147 is the bill we want to be defeated. Tell your electeds to VOTE NO.

It is the Dept. of Interior FY 2019 bill that has the Stewart Amendment. The language in his amendment asks for euthanasia of all horses, 10 yrs of age or older, that are removed from the wild. It also asks for restrictions on sales to be lifted which would allow unlimited sales to anyone who wants the horses, for any reason, including slaughter.
S. 3073 is the version of the Dept. of Interior FY 2019 bill. Tell your electeds to VOTE YES.

This Senate version keeps protections in place for the wild horses that have been there for nearly a decade.

The SAFE Act to permanently and completely stop the slaughter or transport to slaughter for American horses, domestic and wild needs to pass this year. We want to tell our electeds to VOTE YES on H.R. 113 and S. 1706

So ask your elected officials to:

Vote NO on H.R. 6147

Vote Yes on:
S. 3073,
S. 1706 and
H.R. 113