BLM Must Return the Gathered Horses to the Wild Horse Range in Nevada and Provide Water for Them
31 August 2018
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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 Senators :
The horses were removed
from his district!