The BLM Slaughter Conspiracy
By John Holland and Valerie James-Patton
December 20, 2009
"Pure propaganda" was Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spokesperson Tom Gorey's
reaction in a recent AP interview when asked about the growing accusations that
his agency is in the process of virtually exterminating the very herds of wild
horses and burros that it is supposed to protect.
However, Gorey's denial of the BLM's intentions rings false in the light of
recently uncovered documents from the BLM itself and of its own published plans
and estimates. It is not possible to interpret these in any way other than a
plan to virtually eradicate the wild herds.
Two internal-use BLM reports were obtained earlier this year through the Freedom
of Information Act; Alternative Management Options Plans from October 2008 and
the Team Conference Calls Report from July - September 2008. In these documents,
BLM members presented, analyzed and discussed several management plans aimed at
reducing the population of the wild horses on the range as well as those in
Proposals for reducing the populations included adjusting herd sex ratios with
some of the horses returned being gelded, and an increased use of the
contraceptive PZP, the use of other unauthorized fertility drugs called Gonacon
and SpayVac and even surgical sterilization of mares (a process that has
resulted in 10% mortality).
Also found in the Team Conference Calls report were these notes submitted by Don
"Sally had an e-mail from a person in Canada who wants 10,000 horses that he
would slaughter the horses and send them to a third world country. Don is going
to send the email. Jim said he has a demand for horses going to Denmark, but
they are having a problem getting titled horses."
Adding further to the plan for sending wild horses to foreign countries, the
following recommendations were submitted to BLM from BLM's advisory board
members at the June 15th, 2009, Advisory Board Meeting held in Sacramento, Ca:
"that BLM advertise and market sale eligible animals (with the intent clause) in
foreign countries with known good homes by offering "select sales" for sale
eligible animals 11 years of age and over, and for younger animals that have
been offered for adoption three times during a 90 day period and that BLM
continue to explore opportunities to foster foreign aid by providing sale
eligible animals (with the intent clause) to foreign countries for agricultural
The BLM's response to these recommendations was that it is considering these
plans as part of a 5 year strategy plan.
Clearly, the BLM has already been corresponding with foreign countries to market
the wild horses with the intent to send the horses to slaughter. The board
recommendation that the sales include the "intent clause" was clearly a fig
leaf. The BLM is well aware that it would be impossible to enforce the intent
clause in foreign countries.
But if that were not an obvious enough fig leaf, then the reference to
"countries with known good homes" is a laughable one. It comes as no surprise
that the notes from Don Glenn, who is also a member of the advisory board, were
not mentioned at the advisory board meeting.
While Tom Gorey may continue to claim that it's pure propaganda that the BLM is
in the process of eliminating the wild horses, the notes regarding the slaughter
of our wild horses in foreign countries, combined with the advisory board
recommendation to sell the horses to foreign countries proves otherwise.
The BLM's plan is now clear. They will first ignore the 1971 Wild Free Roaming
Horse and Burro Act and gather virtually all the wild herds, working year-round
until only a few small, sterile bands remain free. If delayed in one place, they
will simply shift their schedule and gather at another as they did with Buckhorn
when Calico was delayed.
The cost of feeding these captured horses, along with the 37,000 already in
holding, will then precipitate an enormous financial crisis. This will leave the
BLM with no option but to euthanize or ship to slaughter most of the horses in