A Peoples National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting (with Poll)

POLL: What would you rather for our Nation’s Wild Horses & Burros?

Choose A or B and Click on the Link Below to Vote:

A. I WOULD RATHER OUR WILD HORSES ARE:
-Sold to foreign Nations including Russia where they are hammered in the head prior to slaughter.
-Mass Euthanized and MASS composted.
-Sold to poor peoples for food.
-sold to a corrupt tribal government, ignoring their own natural laws and the will of their people.
-sold to Zoo’s for zoo animal protein.

B. I WOULD RATHER OUR WILD HORSES ARE:
-Managed utilizing natural predators.
-Managed utilizing the recommendations of the National Academy of Science and stated the best solution was PZP immuno-contraception.
-Managed by darting from helicopter IF NEED BE: Keeping each family band together, not separating families, with darting each band in about 5 minutes, on the larger more remote Wild Horse Areas- All helicopters must have live stream cameras on the bottom ( as they ALWAYS should) facing in each direction so that the public can see how close the helicopters are/went, and if any wild horse went down or was separated etc.

Vote Here: Wild Horse and Burro Poll

ORIGINAL LIVE STREAM VIDEO POST today BELOW:

What are the real choices? (Listen to Video)

What are the choices being discused? (Listen to video)

What is the real reason that the Department of Interior refuses to manage ON THE RANGE in a non lethal manner? (Listen to video)

Why have we been threatened constantly with slaughter AND MASS EUTHANASIA when 80% of Americans are opposed? (Listen to video)

 

Does Chris Stewart Give Alternate Facts About Wild Horses Or is He Questioning His Own Religion?

 

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The Mormon Congressmen who set 3 world records and writes New York Times best-selling books.

Representative Chris Stewart of UT is a Mormon. He is also one of the most outspoken adversaries of wild horses. He claims they are over-populated, starving, destroying the land, and that they are merely animals that escaped domestication and now live wild on our public lands.

There have been many scientific finds, mitochondrial analysis, fossil finds, carbon dating, and a comparative analysis of the Yukon horse to modern wild horses proves that the genetic markers are so similar that the horses are unlikely to have been extinct during the 10,000 years after the Pleistocene Era.

The one fact that Chris Stewart has never addressed, and one that makes us question not only his moral compass, but also his sincerity in statements made, is that the Book of Mormon, used by the Church of Latter-day Saints, mentions horses several times. This would mean that horses never went extinct on this continent, which proves a constant evolution of Equines for 58 million years.

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Several artifacts have been found that are from the period in question. They include fossils, petroglyphs, cave carvings and drawings, and sculptures like the ones in this photograph.

The Book of Mormon speaks of horses in Lamanites (Alma 18:9 – 10; 20:6), Nephites (3 Ne. 3:22). Throughout the book horses are mentioned as an indigenous species. In Ether 9:19 Jaredites had horses. 1 Nephi 18:25 horses are mentioned with other large animals. Enos 1:21 tells us that Nephites had many horses among flocks. Alma 18:9 – 10 says the Lamanite King, Lamoni had horses and chariots. 3 Nephi 6:1 says the Nephites had horses after the Gadianton Robbers. The last mention of horses in the Book of Mormon is from approximately AD 26.

Mr Stewart among many other public figures, repeat the rhetoric we hear frequently. The accepted theory that allow wild horses to be treated as some invasive, unwanted animal. That theory is that all wild horses are descended from European stock. The theory is that after the 10,000 years of extinction horses, that were mostly of Spanish and Portuguese stock, were brought during the Spanish conquistadors expedition.

As with many claims made about our wild horses, there is just no clear, evidence to support this theory. However, there is much historical evidence that would seem to point out the polar opposite of that theory.  The Spanish revered the importance of the horses brought here, they needed them for war, to conquer this new world. Very meticulous records were kept as to the fate of each horse, and in no record do they believe their horses escaped and disappeared into the wild.

We also would need to consider that for them to have populated our continent, there would have to have been a stallion and mare escape at the same time, stay together and reproduce. They would have had to repeat this behavior for centuries which in itself is an unlikely occurrence.

Consideration would then have to be given to whether or not these escaped Spanish horses arrived early enough to account for horses kept by Indigenous tribes, which were documented by early European explorers. There were 4 early expeditions that brought horses, they were the expeditions of Cortes, Narvaez, de Soto, and de Coronado.

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Discovery by Europeans of horses found among Native American tribes. Graphic by Daniel Johnson

The chronicles of these expeditions make the claim that our wild horses are descended from these Spanish horses nearly impossible. Narvaez only had one surviving horse, that doesn’t work for being the creator of modern day wild horses. The other 3 conquistadors made Spanish land advances as far as Texas where they were stopped by the Plains Indians who already had horses. Given there is no explanation for how the Plains Indians got those horses, and knowing there was one Spanish horse surviving before they came to the Americas, the theory of modern horses descending from escaped Spanish Conquistadors just becomes fiction.

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Sketches of North American petroglyphs found in the Black Mesa area of Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

Mr, Stewart also contradicts some Latter-day Saint authors who mention horses in Mesoamerican artworks. Although these images are rare now and the fact that they are subjective do not in themselves provide any proof that horses were no extinct here, but must be added to the growing proof.

One such artwork mentioned is found at Chichen Itza. It is on the side of a building called the Temple of the Wall Panels. It is interpreted by Latter-day Saint scholars to be a man standing next to a horse. The carving has been dated to the 9th or 10th century AD, long after the last mention in the Book of Mormon, but definitely pre-Colombian. In the image below the wall shows erosion to some degree so the photo has an outline drawn on it to show the remaining details more clearly.

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Mitochondrial-DNA analysis, of the Yukon horse bones found recently, found that the modern horse, Equus caballus, is genetically equivalent to Equus lambei.  These fossil records represent the most recent Equus species in North America prior to Equus caballus. Not only is Equus caballus genetically a match to Equus lambei, but no evidence exists for the origin of Equus caballus anywhere except North America.

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So the science is there to prove that today’s modern horse is at a minimum a reintroduced native species, and there is sufficient evidence to support the theory that horses never went extinct on the North American continent.

Given all of this information we have to wonder why politicians like Chris Stewart have continued to ignore the science, continued to repeat the exaggerated population claims of the Bureau of Land Management, misrepresents truth, misleads federal budget hearing committees and calls for the death of healthy wild horses. Just like the science can prove the origins of modern horse, the records of the Bureau of Land Management can prove the population growth, according to their own census, are also nothing more than myth.

There is a very simple solution to wild horse population management, but less than one percent of the Wild Horse & Burro budget is spent on it. And that is management on the range with PZP, a birth control vaccine.

For more information on ‘On the Range Management’  or any other questions on this publication, please email: citizensagainstequineslaughter@gmail.com or call our office at 541-315-6650.

 

ACTION ALERT: STOP THE SECRET MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF MAD SCIENTISTS AND HORSE HATERS!

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**Tell USU President Noelle Cockett and Mad Scientist Messmer that they are breaking UT Code Title 52, Chapter 4, Open & Public Meetings Act. **

Talking points:

*NO public, state or federal funds, paid to the University, can be used for this CLOSED conference/workshop.

*Members attending, using taxpayer money to pay for entry fees, hotel or other travel expenses, are also breaking the law by attending.

*This closed meeting, in which they intend to discuss the fate of public resources (wild horses & burros) and how public funds, taxpayer dollars will be used to implement that fate, does not meet the requirements for closed meeting or executive session.

*The plan to record all but the panel discussion with the scientific ‘experts’ is unacceptable. The public has the right t know and hear the opinions of the scientists that this representative ‘coalition’ or horse haters bases their decisions on. (Too often the science is twisted to meet a pre-determined outcome.)

Flood emails, answering machines, and fax lines with messages expressing your outrage! USU must open this meeting to the press and public or face the consequences of violating the law!

Contacts:

Noelle Cockett
noelle.cockett@usu.edu
Business or work: (435) 797-1162
Fax: (435) 797-1173

Terry Messmer
terry.messmer@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-3975

Send a letter to the University Board of Trustees (the chairman of the board is Mr. Jody K. Burnett, if you want to address it to him) using this link:

https://www.usu.edu/trustees/contact/

CAES sent this letter to the University President, Mr. Messmer who is hosting the event (he is a professor) and the Board of Trustees. We’ve attached our letter here as well:

UT-WH-B-Conf-Letter-to-University

Read more about our fundraiser to send CAES delegate Patience to the meeting:

Wild Horse Summit Fundraiser!

Wild Horse Summit Fundraiser!

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Citizens Against Equine Slaughter is raising funds to send Patience, a delegate for CAES, to the National Wild Horse and Burro Summit. The conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 22nd – 24th, 2017. The goal of the summit will be to discuss full implementation of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Management Act. The meeting will be attended by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Utah Representative Chris Stewart, among others. As many of you know, wild horse and burros are facing unrestricted sale to slaughter and/or euthanasia in the coming months. Unrestricted slaughter was already approved by the House Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee in early August. It is imperative that an advocate for wild horses and burros attend this important summit. So far, there are no other advocates attending the meeting, but there needs to be a voice for the horses and burros! Patience has the knowledge and legal expertise to represent our advocacy. This fund is to cover the registration fee ($275), the field tour fee ($60) and accomodations ($215). We need to raise funds quickly! Please help get Patience to Utah to speak out for our wild horses and burros!

You can donate through GoFundMe here: gf.me/u/byh38c

If you would like to contact Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, you can email them directly: citizensagainstequineslaughter@gmail.com

Here is the informational brochure for the Wild Horse and Burros Summit:

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CAES Stands with the American Public and Condemns Horse Slaughter

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Citizens Against Equine Slaughter stands in unity with 80% of the American public in its condemnation of horse slaughter processes used in Canada, Mexico and even when it was done in the USA.

Anyone who has witnessed a horse being slaughtered can tell you how much suffering is inflicted on the animal before it finally dies. But even more than that, the presence of a slaughter house in your neighborhood can have a devastating effect on the entire community. We can learn from past experience just how much damage is done when a slaughterhouse opens in your town. First, there is the odor. Decaying meat smells drift through the air attracting vermin. There are also the other smells, like the smell of waste that is ever-present.

Along with foul odor, there is the pollution involved in disposing of unused portions of the carcasses, which can lay in dumpsters for days before being removed, the blood flowing into the sewer systems and overflowing at times. These and many other problems have been experienced in those areas where formerly there were horse slaughtering plants even in America. For a community trying to enforce regulations and health codes, many trips to the courthouse must be made and taxpayer dollars spent. And for those who consider this a good way to bring jobs to the area, the number of people employed are small, especially when you consider the tax dollars needed to manage the environmental issues that occur. It has even been suggested that crime rates go up and then drop when the slaughterhouse closes down.

The other very important point to consider when deciding to support the slaughter of equines is the fact that horses and other equines are not raised as meat animals and therefore regularly consume many drugs that a beef cow would never be allowed to eat. As a person who owned horses for over 40 years, I can personally attest that I never had a horse that did not end up needing bute (phenylbutazone)….a commonly used medication for horses in pain—and one that is toxic to humans and remains in the horse’s system even after death. So even when horses are shipped outside of the US for slaughter, the threat to our global neighbors is great. As a country that prides itself on compassion and being a good global neighbor we should pass laws forbidding our horses to ship anywhere to be killed and eaten. It is just the humane thing to do, for the horses AND for ourselves.

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter will continue to fight for passage of laws that will stop this cruel and undesirable practice of selling horses for human consumption. Horses are a recreational animal and have many therapeutic attributes that greatly enhance human lives. Eating them is not good for Mankind, and setting up slaughtering plants is costly in dollars and in environmental impact. End slaughter! PASS THE SAFE ACT.

Jeanne Brummet

August 1, 2017

Further Reading:

Food and Chemical Toxicology

Food Science

Representatives Stewart, Amodei, and Simpson Mislead Interior Appropriations Committee to Vote for Mass Euthanasia of Wild Horses

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Representatives Chris Stewart (UT),  Mark Amodei (NV), and Mike Simpson (ID) mislead the Interior Appropriations committee in order to trick representatives into voting for MASS EUTHANASIA of U.S. Wild Horses. (A voice vote was taken so they cannot individually be held accountable.) Video of the Interior Appropriations Committee meeting is posted below.

Watch Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thGTKpf8PW4&feature=share

ADVOCATES MUST CALL THEIR US Senators and Reps AGAINST BOTH SLAUGHTER of Domestic Horses AND MASS EUTHANASIA of U.S. Wild Horses.

Contact your House Reps here:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Contact your Senate Reps here:
https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

Read more about Representative Amodei’s violation of U.S. criminal code, Title 18 here: Representative Amodei Violates US Criminal Code, Title 18

Press Contact:
Val Cecama Hogsett
541.315.6650

East Pershing Complex Gather Plan Public Comment

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NEPA Document Number: DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2017-0009-EA

Location of Proposed Action: Pershing, Humboldt, Churchill, and Lander Counties.

Name and Location of Preparing Office: Humboldt River Field Office, Winnemucca Nevada Subject Code/Case File/Serial Number: 4700

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter finds that the BLM should choose Alternative C, or No Action on this proposed EA for the reasons outlined in this public comment.

Taking a preserve (HA) created by federal mandate and micro-managing herd management areas (HMA)within the HA was never authorized under any Congressional Act.

Micromanagement is defined as: ​to control every part of a situation, even small details. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/micromanage So the entire HA is not managed as a whole ecosystem, therefore cannot achieve a thriving natural ecosystem pursuant to the WFRHBA.

Hence it is not managed like Yellowstone National Park where predators and prey and environment are interacting in a natural manner. It is also not being managed like Assateague National Park. Both of these National Parks are profitable and are both under the Department of Interior. The Department of Interior might ought to “tier” their learning. The point here is that a natural balance can exist and the DOI understands how to do this and how lucrative it is.

WHO CARES about comparing a non-native species such as Bovine from Asia with horses. This is patently ridiculous and irrelevant. What ought to be compared is the fact that cattle are non-native, and their mouths do not contain upper front teeth and hence pull on plants and hence destructive. Of ALL the other grazers being ruminants are lacking in upper front teeth, hence equines are needed and necessary grazers on the range, and moreover, less destructive. The horses act as a lawn mower would for a human maintained lawn, the physical act of mowing promotes healthy growth of the plant. Their roaming activity also promotes biodiversity when paired with their mowing. Livestock such as cows or sheep, wrap their tongue around a plant either tearing it or pulling it out by the roots, both of which do not promote regrowth.

Comparing cattle to wild horses is also ridiculous given the relative numbers. This comparison is clearly unequal protection under the law and is also not scientific.

The EA has been written under current LAW. If the LAWS change the EA needs to start ALL over again.

Crucial information is not provided in the EA to support the actions proposed in the alternatives, including but not limited to:

  • All ungulate numbers must be detailed over the last 50 yrs.
  • Rainfall must be detailed over the last 100 yrs.
  • All grazing permits must be detailed.
  • The BLM must provide the full detail on all and any sterilizations for male or female.

Gearing things principally toward the livestock industry is in fact unequal protection under the law as well as going against the principle use purpose of the WH&B Act.

The BLM hasn’t provided a feasible, humane, safe, transparent, and culturally acceptable alternative to promote a natural thriving ecology providing equal protection under the law.

CAES suggests the following Alternative :

On Range Wild Horse Management via predators or PZP only.

  • Helicopter usage only for application of PZP, one band at a time, in the areas where native predators are unacceptable to the BLM, for reasons which the BLM should detail
  • Bait trapping one family at a time for the purpose of darting is also humane and feasible
  • Addition of predators in the most remote areas where the BLM refuses to utilize PZP
  • Cameras on the bottom of helicopters in all directions
  • Mix 40 darts of PZP at one time
  • Dart one family at a time for a short period
  • Dartable PZP should be used

The FLPMA and PRIA both state that multiple use policies were to be used to determine land uses, however it also stated it would not override any other land use policy.

  • Sec. 101. [43 U.S .C . 1701 note] This Act may be cited as the “Federal Land Policy and​
    Management Act of 1976”. DECLARATION OF POLICY Sec. 102. [43 U.S .C . 1701] (a) The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States that– (b) The policies of this Act shall become effective only as specific statutory authority for their implementation is enacted by this Act or by subsequent legislation and shall then be construed as supplemental to and not in derogation of the purposes for which public lands are administered under other provisions of law.
  • 43​ U.S. Code Chapter 37 – PUBLIC RANGELANDS IMPROVEMENT ACT of 1978 (a) The Congress finds and declares that— (c) The policies of this chapter shall become effective only as specific statutory authority for their implementation is enacted by this chapter or by subsequent legislation, and shall be construed as supplemental to and not in derogation of the purposes for which public rangelands are administered under other provisions of law.
  • Mountain States v. Hodel found that the 1971 law is in fact a land-use regulation; “In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife. At the outset, it is important to note that wild horses and burros are no less “wild” animals than are the grizzly bears that roam our national parks and forests.
  • “Herd areas meet the critical habitat criteria set for ACECs. § 1610.7-2 Designation of areas of critical environmental concern or ACEC, is a special designation created by Congress in the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. That law directed the Secretary of the Interior and the BLM to designate as ACECs: “…areas within the public lands where special management attention is required… to protect and prevent irreparable damage to important historic, cultural and wildlife resources. The horses on our public lands have been determined to be wildlife in many court cases, Kleppe v NM, WHOANM V NMLB and above in Mountain States v. Hodel as well as by Congress in the 1971 Act itself!! Let us remember how many people supported the 1971 Act. Hence these are legally ​wild ​horses.

Many tribes also consider these wild horses as wild, as well as cultural historic properties under both federal and state Historic Preservation Acts.

Just as BLM did not and does not have the authority to micro-manage areas within the Herd Area, it also did not have congressional authority to combine Herd Areas or preserves to create complexes.

The EA speaks to 4 Wilderness Study Areas within the ‘complex’. We realize that as a native species wild horses should be in these WSA’s as an integral part of the public lands and the ecosystems in these WSA’s.

The Secretary must protect herds per the 1971 law. Thriving herds must be genetically viable.This complex is managed for 3 different HMA’s. None of the 3 meet genetic viability at the low end of the AML range. The AML’s need to be adjusted to reflect proper levels to be in compliance with the 1971 law of protecting these herds. ​“It was originally thought that an effective population size of at least 50 was necessary to avoid short-term inbreeding depression, but empirical work suggests that if maintenance of fitness is important, effective population sizes much larger than 50 are necessary. Theoretical studies suggest that the figure could be closer to 5,000 for several reasons….” https://www.nap.edu/read/13511/chapter/7#149​ The AML’s must be increased to reflect the base number for genetic viability. In some cases where herds are able to migrate back and forth between HMA’s this is achieved, but again if managed on the entirety of the HA this would happen naturally.

This brings us to the point that migratory routes were not considered in the areas designated in​ the 1971 law. As such many of the herds were cut-off from a natural breeding selection to prevent any inbreeding. This I also an issue with water sources. When the smaller HMA’s were designated within the preserve, horses were often then cut-off from natural water sources. Many times, private landowners were then contracting with BLM to provide water from their own water sources. This is a bit of the fox guarding the hen house. But the entire area or preserved being open to the horse will mitigate, water, forage, land degradation issues.

In the West Douglas Case (COLORADO WILD HORSE AND BURRO COALITION, INC v. Ken​ SALAZAR, DOI pg 8 the Court finds that BLM’s authority to “manage” wild free-roaming horses and burros is expressly made subject to “the provisions of this chapter” 16 U.S.C. § 1333(a), including the provision that “[i]t is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture….” Id.§ 1331. It would be anomalous to infer that by authorizing the custodian of the wild free roaming horses and burros to “manage” them, Congress intended to permit the animals’ custodian to subvert the primary policy of the statute by capturing and removing from the wild the very animals that Congress sought to protect from being captured and removed from the wild.

Helicopter stampedes are not what the original intent of the law was. That clearly means the authority given by the Burns Amendment went against the original law to begin with and that amendment needs to be challenged and repealed. In the meantime, helicopters that will cause deaths should not be considered as an option to roundup wild horses. It is not the minimum feasible option nor is it humane. And it also violates the animal cruelty laws of the state of Nevada.

Herd areas relevant to the exemption clause” of the 1976 Federal Land Planning & Management Act. Sec. 302(a) which says; in relevant part, “where a tract of the BLM lands has been dedicated to specific uses according to other provisions of law, it shall be managed in accordance with such laws.” i.e. Such as the intent of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, and the 1973 Endangered species Act.

The EA speaks to degradation by cattle and horses. It is clear that there are many morelivestock in this ‘complex’ area. And with the entirety of the HA or preserve managed principally for the wild horses, as WAS stated in the 1971 law, there would be one horse per 3,962 acres. That is using the low end of the AML range which is what is left on the range after a gather. This is clearly NOT managing the preserve principally for wild horses. We find that to be an egregious error in management. Right now, the number of acres to one horse, according to the total number of horses on the complex according to the EA, is 1 horse per 856 acres.

The EA also states the WFRHBA Act “mandates management of wild horses in a manner that isdesigned to achieve and maintain a thriving ecological balance…” We assert that a thriving ‘natural ecological’ balance cannot be achieved where there is land degradation from excess livestock grazing. Yet the EA does not provide the number of livestock on the preserve. So therefore, with the number of allotments, and the average number of cows permitted on these allotments, we assert that there is no principle management for wild horses, and the number of livestock permitted deviate from the mandate to have a natural ecological balance.

You also infer that there is a need “to prevent the unnecessary death of wild horses resultingfrom excess, which has not been proven in this EA, lack of water or forage, which would not be an issue if livestock were removed, fences were not keeping horses from natural water sources, and again the area is properly managed, principally for wild horses. If there is not enough water or forage, the livestock must be removed first not only for the wild horses but for all other wildlife in the area as well.

In section 1.4 of the EA we disagree that the No Action Alternative is contrary to the​ requirement under the WFRHBA to remove excess horses, because as stated above, the HA is not managed principally for horses, there is an unequal balance of protection for wild horses and burros that is a problem on all of the wild horse preserves and the BLM must stop favoring special interest corporations that want to use these public lands. We see that because wild horses do not make money they always take a back seat, and that is not in keeping with the intent of the law which was to protect the wild horses because in 1971 there were shockingly few left. BLM mistakenly seeks to manage for just above the population there was in 1971 when Congress was so shocked at the few horses left in the wild that the WFRHBA was passed unanimously. And the fact that there were at one time between 2 and 8 million horses here is never mentioned.

We have provided the House and Senate proof of the lies that we have tens of thousands of starving horses on the range, and not one BLM office, person or even politician supporting that claim have ever provided proof beyond the Cold Creek, human created incident, or an occasional horse that dies. These are wild animals and as such, some will die. The law of nature is that only the strong will survive, so managing for unnatural goals in years of drought could even be questionable, however because the predators have been killed in such mass numbers we believe that ‘some’ unnatural measures now must be in place. However, the foundation needs to be fixed to do that. “Blaming wild horses for the damage done on public lands by livestock, is like blaming people who put ice cubes in their drink for the disappearance of the glaciers.” – Erik Molvar, Executive Director, Western Watersheds Project

We want you to choose the No Action Alternative. Give the entire HA’s principle use for wild horses by adjusting the permitted livestock, even if that means waiting until the next RMP round. The WFRHBA gives the Secretary (and his appointed custodians) the authority to provide supplemental feed and water when needed, so that is the minimum feasible level of management. When livestock are in trouble, the government provides subsidies or assistance to make hay drops.

It is a violation of the Nevada Animal Cruelty laws to even consider spaying of mares, and thatoption will never be acceptable to the American people. When the mortality rate of stallions gelded is higher than average when done by the BLM there is no way spaying of a mare, a much more complicated surgery, should not even be considered.

The EA also stated that wild horses double in size every 4 to 5 years but your own census of these HMA’s does not support those claims. We agree with using fertility control, PZP for the herds, but we also recognize that statements have been made by the agency that PZP doesn’t work (it won’t work if you do not use it on enough mares to achieve the desired population growth reduction) it is too expensive, PZP native is about $27 per mare, and the horses can be bait trapped one family at a time. Doing this will reduce the recompensatory breeding, fighting of stallions, and trauma of breaking up family bands.

Again, you mention sterilization of mares in this via ovariectomy. We find this is violating the Nevada Animal Cruelty statutes. Ovariectomies in wild mares has been highly unsuccessful and resulted in mortality rates that were above the acceptable range of the American Veterinary Medical Association. When we researched this last year during the IBLA appeal on the BLM’s decision to do these types of experiments we found that doing them in non-sterile environments is also not pursuant to the laws. And this action could also cause a veterinarian to have their license revoked.

The EA is also not clear, in Alternatives A and B about whether the horses would be treated with fertility control vaccines, or if there would be geldings or if there would be mares spayed, and needs to outline the number of each of those actions in each HMA. The language pertaining to the specific actions to be taken is vague. Therefore, Alternative C must be chosen and no action must be taken for this and all reasons above.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to comment on this plan and provide some insight into what we believe is the best management that can be implemented moving forward to achieve the goal of healthy horses on healthy lands.

Respectfully submitted (as amended) this 12th day of July, 2017
Theresa J Barbour for Citizens Against Equine Slaughter
PO Box 115
Drain, Oregon 97435
541.315.6650

Patience O’Dowd or Wild Horse Observers Association
PO Box 932
Placitas, NM 87043

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.

Media Contact:
Val Cecama-Hogsett
541.315.6650

 

Are Wild Horses Being Categorized for Slaughter?

Press Release: For immediate release

Are Wild Horses being Categorized for Slaughter?

Interior Secretary orders and inventory of wild horses in holding

On Friday morning, June 30, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) received an anonymous tip that Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and/or top Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials have ordered all wild horses currently in short-term holding facilities be categorized by weight and age in anticipation of the approval of the federal budget. The current recommendation for this budget would allow for “sale without limitation” of many or most of the wild horses currently in holding.

This, of course, could eventually lead to the barbaric slaughter of our iconic wild horses. The tipster stated that this categorization was to ensure the BLM was ready to “ship out” horses older than five years of age. The only place to “ship out” these horses would likely be to slaughter. The caller stated that the shipping would start with the smaller facilities so that wild horse advocates would not be able to impose an injunction before the plan was already started. The caller also told TCF that direction has been given to one of the government’s top transportation officials to prepare for shipping.

Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of TCF said, “Surely Secretary Zinke would not allow for this devious, clandestine and under-the-radar ploy to destroy wild horses when 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter. If only Secretary Zinke and other DOI and BLM officials would have implemented tried and proven on-the-range-management ideas as we have requested for over a decade, we would not be where we are today.” Ms. Kathrens states, “Options such repatriation of older horses in holding to the millions of acres that were designated ranges for these animals is a much more human solution.”

“There are nearly 50,000 wild horses that have been rounded up, torn apart from their families, and corralled at the taxpayer expense because on-the-range-management has not been implemented. Hundreds of thousands of cattle and sheep graze at little or no cost,” says Lisa Friday, volunteer Vice President of The Cloud Foundation. “Our indigenous American icons deserve better.”

Media Contacts:

Lisa Anne Friday

The Cloud Foundation

804-883-6576 (o), 804-389-8218 (c)

info@thecloudfoundation.org, Lisa_Friday@chs.net

Original Post by The Cloud Foundation: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/are-wild-horses-being-categorized-for-slaughter/

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