Wednesday, July 12th: The Fate of Horses in this Country Will be Decided Today (Updated)

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Update 1:

The Amendment in the Ag. budget failed, and Amodei intentionally mislead the committee….more on this son. We’re listening to the Interior hearing which addresses wild horses before we put out a full account of today’s administration’s results……sickening thus far.

Update 2:
The Interior budget passed the House subcommittee and now moves n the the Senate full committee. This is sickening news again. Not a good day for the EPA, ESA or horses in America. Today, once again I will turn my flag upside down to represent a nation in distress, and it will remain there I fear, until this administration is voted out of office! WE have to vote these people out in 2018. This is OUR country, OUR environment, OUR animals, and WE WILL BE HEARD!

Will they go to slaughter in this country once again?

Will the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) get Congressional approval to destroy 50,000 wild horses that they removed from the lands they belonged on?

Will the protections from all of our equines in this country go backward in time, to a less humane, less civilized place?

*WATCH THE APPROPRIATIONS HEARINGS USING THE LINKS POSTED BELOW.

At 10:30 EST, the Full Committee mark-up on the Department of Agriculture’s FY 2018 budget hearing will look at the House Draft, that draft removed section 767, and that meant that there can be funding for USDA inspections of horse meat in this country. And removing section 767 also removed the restriction that did not allow BLM to euthanize or slaughter healthy or unadoptable horses.We believe the Roybal-Allard/Dent amendment will be introduced to address at least one of these issues, but we have not yet seen the language, so we will be waiting to hear that. And whether or not it is voted into inclusion in the budget. (This hearing I believe will be audio only) You can open it on the web at the following link: https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=394963

At 3 pm EST, the House mark-up of the Department of the Interior’s FY 2018 budget will begin. This bill addresses the request of Secretary Zinke, Rep. Chris Stewart and others to make sure NO restrictions are included that stop the BLM from using ALL tools available to them in the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses & Burros Act. This tool they speak of includes the possibility of destroying or disposing of excess horses. The bill seeks to make it easier and faster for the horses to be transferred to other agencies, under the guise of work horses, with no limits. The original language in the 1971 law also said sterilization could be a tool used to manage horse populations. Now, we know in 1971 that statement meant gelding a stallion (mare sterilization had never been done at that point) and they still intend to try and twist that to experiment on mares, and do it in filthy, dusty environments, putting the mares at great risk of death. We will be watching and hoping that the bill is simply at a stand still for this reason and MANY others. It seeks to destroy wild lands, wildlife, and so much more to make us ‘energy dominant’ as both Secretary Zinke and President Trump have stated. You can watch this hearing at this link: https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=394962

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.

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