Mustangs at Kill-pens

Are there really more mustangs (wild horses) at kill pen lots now than in years before?

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Mustangs have ALWAYS shipped to slaughter. The thing people do not realize is that 1. once a mustang is adopted, the title of ownership goes to the adopter after a year, many people ship their mustangs off after that year because they were not able to handle them. It takes a very experienced person to handle and tame a wild horse. 2. the majority of wild horses are sold as ‘sale authority’ having been offered for and passed up for adoption 3 times. Sale authority means the horse is sold, a title given right then. 3. once a horses title is given to the owner, right then or after a year, the horse is no longer federally protected and the vast majority go to slaughter.

So why does it seem that so many more are being seen in kill pens now…
– – – The ‘businessmen’ who run the kill pen discovered that there is a huge market in promoting that they have these mustangs…they found out what a large group of advocates mustangs have, and how ridiculously high of a bail price they would pay. So now the plan to rescue mustangs has backfired so badly because of people who bail them from these kill buyers that it has caused them to seek out mustangs! They have ALWAYS shipped to slaughter, but people who bail or buy from a kill pen are causing MORE to be purchased by kill-buyers.

What then is the solution. 1. NEVER buy from a kill pen. Get your horse rescued at auction, or at the BLM adoption events, or go buy one from a holding pen. 2. Fight to end slaughter or shipping to slaughter from this country. (Get the SAFE Act passed) 3. Fight to enforce the protections afforded wild horses in 1971 by forcing BLM and Forest Service to manage our wild horses ‘On the Range’ they have the tools to do it, but refusing to use the tools and claiming they do not work at the same time seems to satisfy a completely ignorant Congress and WE need to remind them who they work for and what WE want.

Fight for ON Range Management and an end to slaughter.

Christmas Miracle is Needed for Monero Mustangs

Please Sponsor a Monero Mustang Today. 48243143_218625292250195_7944448312180998144_n

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter has partnered with many good organizations and sanctuaries for wild and domestic horses. Monero Mustangs is a 501c3 in New Mexico with mustangs that were removed from the Carson National Forest by US Forestry Service. Monero Mustang needs your help to get through the winter with the 36 horses they currently have.

When the Forestry Service started a gather of the horses in the Carson National Forest our sister organization Wild Horse Observers Association was able to step in and stop the helicopters and bring a halt to the gather, but the Forest Service was not required to return the horses they had already gathered.

Monero Mustangs stepped up and rescued the wild horses from going to slaughter. Now, they need us to help get them through the winter with feed and hay bills. This continuing need is something that happens when horses are removed from the wild and have to go to sanctuary to keep their lives. But, if they are going to be in sanctuary Monero is the best of the best, which one 31-year-old gal can tell you!

This is La Vieja (Grandmother) and she sure doesn’t look her age. The great people at Monero are so diligent about the care they provide for these horses and La Vieja is only one of many seniors at the sanctuary.

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The picture was taken December 12, 2018. La Vieja who will be 32 this spring.

To sponsor a Monero Mustang means that you are providing the essential feed and vet care for a specific horse at the sanctuary for only $50 a month. You will receive a certificate with your horse’s photo and you will get updates about your horse and the sanctuary throughout the year.

We suggest that if you cannot afford the whole sponsorship monthly you find a partner, ask another to split the sponsorship with you and just let Monero Mustang know who your partner is so both of you get a certificate for your horse!

At this time of year we all are worried about finances, and getting our family a trinket or 2, but maybe you have a special relative who would love to have a wild mustang sponsored in their name…? Most of all we hope that everyone who supports CAES and our work will strive to sponsor one horse, find 12 people who would each make one month donation and donate the care for that horse for the year…just give Monero and these mustangs that critical help they need to make their holiday season one that they can enjoy not going to bed worried about how they will manage the hay bills next month.

We know our loyal supporters can do this… and because this is our holiday wish we are going to update this post everytime one of the 36 horses has been sponsored for the year! Good luck to all of us and let’s get it done!!

CAES and another non-profit have sponsored the first horse for Monero. Merry Christmas La Vieja, may your 2019 be as wonderful as the past 31 years!

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To make your donation go to Paypal and type in moneromustangs@yahoo.com and please leave us a comment and tell us your name or the names of all in the group who are sponsoring a Monero mustang for 2019.

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You can also find Monero Mustangs on Facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/Moneromustangs/

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They’ll Come for Your Big Game Species Next: a 2-Year-Old Warning Coming True

In 2016 CAES Board Member Val Cecama-Hogsett Warned That Big Game Species Would be the “next” Targets of the Livestock Industry.

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It seems by this article “Grand Teton plan would trap or kill goats to help bighorns
by Mead Gruver at the Associated Press on December 04, 2018 that mountain goats are now facing a grim fate because they are the new scapegoats for the livestock industry and the habitat damage and loss for bighorn sheep.

The article states that “The problem, according to the park, is Grand Teton’s 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep.” The park is approximately 310,000 acres, 485 square miles, hardly too small of a space for less than 200 animals.

As with our wild horses who are blamed for damage done by commercial livestock, these mountain goats will be the next victims of corporate greed.

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Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

The Excuses

From the article you can see the story being built:

1. “The thriving goats spread disease and compete with the bighorns for food.”
However the article lightly glosses over a much more serious threat to bighorn sheep in the United States: “Pneumonia, which also can be carried by herds of domestic sheep in the backcountry, is an especially severe threat for bighorn sheep populations in Wyoming and elsewhere.”
 
2. “Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are both native to the Rocky Mountain region. Grand Teton’s mountain goats aren’t native to the park, however. They descended from mountain goats introduced southwest of the park in the 1960s and 1970s.”

So, native, but not native because they have migrated, or were a native species of this country moved for hunting and have naturally adapted? Were they ever there? YES, they were and they are not a different species that was historically found there.

This is again the similar argument made against our wild horses. They are native to North American, but if they went extinct for a short period at the end of the Pleistocene Era, and ones that had moved to Europe via the Bering Land Bridge were then brought back to this continent…does that mean they lose their native species?
 
3. “The goats are reproducing rapidly. Now might be the best time to reduce or eliminate the animals before they’re too numerous to bring under control, according to the Park Service.”

Ah yes, the very familiar ‘breeding like rabbits’ theory to create a myth of overpopulation. What the article does not discuss, which is the same thing we see when the livestock industry screams 60, 70, 80 thousands of wild horses (There has NEVER been an actual census done), is the number of livestock that depend on the habitat, of effect the species of concern.

There are 94 million livestock wandering these lands,  and the damage done to land must be wild horses, the forage eaten and needed for bighorn must have been taken by mountain goats, not because of pneumonia, the habitat loss for sage grouse is wild horses, not livestock or other corporate uses such as mining, roads etc, the destruction of apex predators, because they are a danger to humans….not because they eat corporate livestock profits.
Two years ago Val Cecama-Hogsett, a Citizens Against Equine Slaughter board member and avid wild horse advocate said she was sitting back and looking at a bigger picture. She asked herself “What happens if we can’t save them?” Speaking of the wild horses. The answer was clear to her then and she tried to reach out to other wildlife groups and hunters. She warned, “they will come after your animals next.”
 
The article seems to be a foreboding example of how the livestock industry is now pitting themselves against the hunters of the west by stating “Unfortunately, state wildlife agencies sell nonnative wildlife viewing opportunities to the public,” Ramey said. “This is not a zoo in the wilderness. It should really be for native wildlife.”
We have to wonder how far the rest of the advocates for wildlife, environment and now even the hunters will allow the livestock industry to continue to run the show, making decisions, designing studies with their bought and paid scientists, educated in corrupt universities funded by the likes of the Koch Brothers, and voted on by “collaborative” good old boy groups all behind closed doors.
The biggest problem for wild horse advocates is that we are the poor cousins of many causes who oppose the livestock industry. But Cecama-Hogsett warns, “waging war with the hunters of this country might be biting off even more than they (the livestock producers in the west) can chew. They might get a backlash they have never seen or expected”