Monday, June 28, 2010

National Park Service Horse Training School

I am wondering where does the Park Service get these horses? Wouldnt it be wonderful if they used some of the wild ones they run out of the parks every once in a while and sell them at public auction with no limitations, where most of them wind up in killbuyers hands. National Park & Forest Service Wild Horses (and burros) DO NOT enjoy the protections of the 1971 Wild Horse Protection Act, all because of an oversight by the 92nd Congress. Dont you think its time to fix that now, by simple amendment to the Act that would include protection for all of our Nations wild horses on all of our Nations public lands?

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Evolution Revolution

Horses are another target in the animal rights campaign. There are approximately 100,000 unwanted horses slaughtered each year and sent overseas for human consumption. But legislation in Congress (HR 503 and S311) would ban equines from being slaughtered, which would open the door for neglect. Animal rights organizations are preying on people’s emotion and touting their devotion to horses, but still offer no alternatives for what to do with these animals. The existing horse shelters are full and there is no funding for new ones. This is another extreme animal rights position that hitches a ride on the coattails of our national love for horses.
Your concern for neglected horses is touching. Unfortunately, your pseudo-sympathetic display falls woefully short of championing horses’ rights to live out their natural lives in peace; after being used up by the rich,”horsey” set, which overwhelming dumps their equine family members when they become too expensive, too old or can’t sire “winners.”
Horses that give their ALL in service to those that in return, unceremoniously betray them with a reward of desperation, hunger, thirst and terror, as they are crammed into trailers and carted off to be hacked to death and bled out for human consumption. Animal rights groups would LOVE to “prey” on peoples’ emotions, if only your ilk had any. Here’s your ‘alternative’ to equine slaughter and a message to horse “owners”: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY–make a commitment to your horses from cradle to grave–allow them a serene life and NATURAL DEATH. The horse racing industry accounts for much of the atrocity which horses endure throughout their lives and overwhelmingly fuels the glut of horses sent to their violent and gruesome deaths.
~The following is courtesy of Doris Lin who researches and blogs on animal issues ~
Animal rights activists do not believe in killing any animals for food, but there are several arguments that apply specifically to horses.
* Horse slaughter increases prices and profits for horse breeding. If there is no profitable or easy way to dispose of unwanted horses, fewer horses will be bred. As reported in the Morning News, “Before slaughterhouses closed, ranchers knew they could get $1 per pound for the meat. The same meat is now worth only about 20 cents per pound . . . Ranchers are also simply getting out of the horse business, said Ross Lockhart, owner of Stockman’s Pride in Bentonville. He used to raise registered quarter horses but hasn’t bred anything for the past two years.”
* Many Americans believe horses are special, and should be treated more like companion animals than livestock.
* Neglect and abandonment do not increase when slaughterhouses close. According to the International Fund for Horses:
California banned horse slaughter in 1998. California has experienced no increase in abuse cases, and even noted a decrease 3 years following the ban. During the 4 years that the Cavel slaughterhouse was closed, Illinois saw a noticeable decrease in abuse and/or neglect cases. Texas, which had the only two slaughter plants in 2003, had among the nations highest rates of cruelty and theft.
* Some believe that horse slaughter is unusually cruel. At some slaughterhouses, horses are first stunned with a captive bolt gun, then bled to death. However, the horses are sometimes improperly stunned, and are sometimes skinned and bled while still conscious.
* Allowing horse slaughter creates another source of profit for thoroughbred breeders, thereby supporting horse racing, to which many animal advocates object.
* Several major horse racetracks oppose horse slaughter.
* There are about 9 million domestic horses in the US, and approximately one percent of that number are sent to foreign slaughterhouses each year. If shipping live horses for slaughter were banned, that relatively small number of horses could be absorbed by the horse community in the US.
The Upshot
Whether prohibiting the export of live horses for slaughter will lead to neglect and abandonment remains to be seen, especially in an economy where foreclosures threaten all types of companion animals. However, several major racetracks oppose horse slaughter and taking away an incentive for breeding or overbreeding is a powerful argument against horse slaughter.
If this legislation passes, however, it will not only infringe on constitutional property rights, but it will set up a slippery slope for animal agriculture. If horse slaughter can be banned without being based on food safety, science or facts, what’s next?
Constitutional property rights? You have just unwittingly zeroed in on the number one reason for the existence of the AR Movement. Your callous, disgusting and arrogant belief that sentient beings are no more than “property,” [reinforced by antiquated laws which harken back several centuries] to be treated as despicably as you see fit and then disposed of at your whim. The day will soon arrive when monsters such as yourself will be held accountable in a court of law, where non-human beings will finally see justice done on their behalf. As for your “slippery slope” regarding animal ag torture, the toilet is its appropriate final resting place.
I’m not sure how “science”, Mr.-there-is-no-global-warming, fits into your pro-slaughter argument, so lets stick with food safety and facts. Aside from the obvious moral and ethical issues involved, horse slaughter should be banned based solely on LACK of food safety. It’s a well known ‘fact’ that race horses–which make up the vast majority of U.S. horses slaughtered for human consumption–are DOPED. Aside from this, any horse which has received even the equivalent of an aspirin or other oral medications will have those residues in his/her body at the time of slaughter. There are NO REGULATIONS in the U.S. to prevent horse owners from administering banned substances prior to slaughter because horses are not regarded as food animals. Something you must be well aware of since you happen to be a cattle rancher, who I’d bet the ranch, has sent more than your share of “unwanted” horses to slaughter. When you defend horse slaughter as a means of feeding the populace, you not only advocate an unnecessary evil at the expense of majestic beings, but you defend poisoning human beings as well.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Subject: BLM to impound domestic estray horses in Pilot Valley
By The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office, in close coordination with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Simplot Land and Livestock and local residents, will impound a herd of approximately 175 abandoned domestic estray horses located within Pilot Valley north of West Wendover, Nevada.The impoundment is scheduled to begin Friday, June 25 and is expected to take approximately three to four days. The removal will be conducted by an experienced BLM gather contractor.The horses are believed to be released or stray and descendants of horses of local property owners. Over the years the herd has grown in size and is causing considerable impacts to BLM-managed public land resources.The contractor will set up holding corrals on nearby private land owned by Simplot Land and Livestock. Once gathered the horses will be transported to the temporary holding corrals and immediately be placed under the jurisdiction of the State of Nevada.Under Nevada estray laws, the State will try to establish legal ownership and offer the horses back to the lawful owner. Owners of the animals would have to own a registered brand in Nevada or provide legal bill of sale or other descriptive documents. The Nevada Department of Agriculture will accept responsibility of all unclaimed horses pursuant to the State’s estray laws.The BLM Nevada State Office and Elko District Office managers and staff initiated and have had ongoing discussions with the State since November 2009 and with private landowners since December 2009 to work towards gathering this herd of estray horses.For more information or questions regarding these horses, please call Ed Foster, Nevada Department of Agriculture, at: 775-353-3711.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Very Good Man with a Not So Very Good Plan

A staunch wild horse advocate and a man I dearly love for his compassion for the environment and all living things,.. has come up with a new plan to suggest to the BLM for a way to manage our wild horses and burros. Read all about it in his own words by clicking on to the link below;

And here is my response:

Craig, You know I love you dearly and I want what you want for the wild ones, for them to remain wild and free upon their traditional lands, ....and it seems to me they already have land set out for them as "reserves" and that is their traditional lands, as so stated by the Wild Horse Annie Act of 1971, which as you know REQUIRES them to be the principle users of same. As you also know, the BLM is ignoring this provision of the 1971 law and are using the Federal Lands Planning and Management Act (FLMPA) enacted in 1974 as an excuse for decimating the herds and/or zeroing them out off their GUARANTEED lands. Prior to FLMPA there was no requirement for any other use of the land, though the language of the Wild Horse Annie Act allowed for discretionary "any other use of the land," so long as the wild ones had principal use. Along came FLMPA in 1974 which set forth a new mandatory multi-use requirement on all public lands. In addition to the new mandatory multi-use requirement, a "sustainability of yield" was outlined as a crucial consideration in any resource and/or land management plan. In other words, "profitability" is now a major concern in formulating any resource or land use plans. In addition to all of this, FLMPA also requires that any decisions regarding land use and resource management plans be effected through written "Land Use and/or Resource Management Plans" as outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) established in 1970 - (This is the Act that requires BLM to let us submit public comments - for all the good it does) Anyways, BLM believes that it can decimate the herds and even zero them out as long as they follow the requirements of FLMPA and NEPA and do it through written plans. That is how they "justify" divesting the wild ones of their land in favor of "more lucrative" endeavors, (sustainability of yield) i.e.; energy and/or exploration (oil & gas, wind farms, utility corridors, and even expansion of wild life reserves (big game hunting) and community building, all of which (of course) are more profitable than keeping wild horses (and burros) roaming free on their traditional lands. So BLM thinks they are operating under the law when they decimate or remove the wild ones off their land simply because they can make more profitable use of the land, is REQUIRED by the "new" FLMPA laws. HOWEVER, and I cannot stress this enough,...what BLM fails to realize is that there is an EXEMPTION in the FLMPA laws that DOES NOT require "multiple use and sustainability of yield" for lands that have been designated for a certain use PRIOR to FLMPAs 1974 Act! "Those lands," FLMPA says, should be managed according to the law that was in place prior to FLMPAs enactment! So you see, the BLM is nullifying not only the provision of the Wild Horse Annie Act of 1971 that REQUIRES the wild ones to be principal users of their traditional lands, but by their ignorance, they are nullifying the EXEMPTION clause of the FLMPA law as well!! What is needed to keep the wild ones entitlement to remain on their traditional lands AND to be PRINCIPAL USES of same, is a legal challenge to the BLMs nullification of these important federal statutes. This is some VERY serious stuff as the federal courts as well as our Congress frown upon administrative agencies upsurping the lawmaking (and breaking) powers of the legislature. What is needed to WIN this constitutional challenge is a savvy lawyer well versed in Constitutional law. Do this, and if we are successful, there will be no need to find new "reserves" or for the building of any Salazoos. The wild ones can stay on their traditional lands AND be principal users of same. What have we got to lose? What would it hurt to try? Isn’t that what we all really want for the wild ones,.. to stay on their traditional lands, and to be the principal uses of same? -

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 Nevada men plead guilty to killing wild mustangs

June 16, 2010

By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press Writer

Two men changed their pleas Wednesday and acknowledged that they shot and killed five wild mustangs in Nevada in a case that flooded U.S. prosecutors with thousands of e-mails from around the world expressing outrage at the slaughter.

Todd Davis, 45, admitted in federal court in Reno that he and Joshua Keathley, 36, had been drinking and used "poor judgment" when they shot the horses with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in November near the Nevada-California line.

Prosecutors said they offered no plea bargain (YEAH RIGHT)and intend to seek the maximum penalty of one year in jail and $100,000 fine for each at the sentencing set for Sept. 14.

"The intentional and malicious harassment, abuse and killing of federally-protected wild horses should not and will not be tolerated," said Dan Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

In changing their pleas, the two Lovelock men admitted to U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid that they shot the horses about 150 miles northwest of Reno, a violation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

"We'd been drinking a little," Davis said. "We saw some horses and used poor judgment and shot a few of them."

Keathley said the two were looking for places to do some trapping when they came across the horses in the rugged high-desert rangeland on the edge of the Sierra Nevada.

"We seen the wild horses," Keathley said in his brief explanation to McQuaid. "We killed a few of them and then we left."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami said they shot into a herd of eight to 10 horses and watched AT LEAST FOUR fall to their deaths.

"We feel justice has been served at this point," Fahami told The Associated Press after the court appearance, adding that she and Bogden combined received a total of approximately 24,000 e-mails and letters.

"There has been great public interest in this case. And it's not just in Washoe County, not just in Nevada, not just in the United States," she said. "We've received e-mails from all over the world."

The men were charged in January with "maliciously causing the death of a wild horse" after the U.S Bureau of Land Management offered a $10,000 reward and the Humane Society of the United States added $2,500 for any information leading to criminal convictions in the case.

Activist Terri Farley, author of the popular "Phantom Stallion" series of children's books, attended Wednesday's hearing in support of prosecutors seeking the maximum sentence.

"I really hope the judge nails them big time," she told AP. "They are adult men, not kids. They are out there drinking on public land and using it as their own private shooting gallery."

Some horse protection advocates had criticized the government's decision to charge the two men with only one horse's death. Fahami said that was due in part to the inability to determine which man shot which horse.
"We charged the case based on the provable facts we had. (One horse) is what we could prove," she said. (OOOPPPS,.THERE IT IS, THE BS, didnt the jerks say that they "each shot a few?" Hey Judge, how about 2 and 2? Need more proof, check the ballistics)

These guys will be out in a couple of months out back trapping and shooting up anything moving in the desert again....what about stipulation that they cant ever own horses in life?

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Attention: Friends of Wild Horses & Burros

HORSE POWER a non-profit 501(c)3, and The Cloud Foundation are
bringing the Public ....

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory public workshop and the Board
meeting to be web-streamed live from Magnolia Hotel 818 17th Street, Denver,
Colorado, 80202. by HORSE POWER at

The workshop on Monday, June14, will provide the public with a unique
opportunity to express their views, comments, and suggestions regarding Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s wild horse initiative, which he and BLM Director Bob Abbey announced last October.

The Board will hold a regular meeting on wild horse management issues on Tuesday, June 15.

Times of Broadcast are

Monday June 14, 8AM - 4 PM local time

Tuesday June 15, 8AM-5PM local time


The public workshop and the Board meeting will take place in Denver,

Colorado, at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202.

The hours of the Monday workshop are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time; the

Tuesday Board meeting is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. The hotel’s

phone number for reservations is 303-607-9000. The business agendas for

the public workshop and Board meeting can be found on page 26990 of the

Thursday, May 13 Federal Register

Live Streaming Coverage Coming

June 14 & 15, 2010

Monday 8 AM-4PM

Tuesday 8AM-5PM


BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting & Public Workshop in Denver
June 14, 2010 - June 15, 2010 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Magnolia Hotel - Denver
BLM/Political Event
BLM WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADVISORY BOARD MEETING and PUBLIC WORKSHOP – scheduled for June 14 & 15, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

Please attend if you can, this is an important opportunity to speak out for the horses and burros. Please encourage the press to attend as well- this board has done little to represent the public for years but many people will be attending for the horses and burros and it is time to ask the Board to consider the public's opinions and solutions.
The event will take place at the Magnolia Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Rooms run over $200 per night currently but more affordable places to stay include:
The Comfort Inn (about 3 1/2 blocks away) has rooms from $116 (AAA/AARP rate) 303-296-0400
The Hampton Inn (about 6 blocks away) has rooms around $150. phone: 303- 864-8000

Draft Schedule:

I. Advisory Board Public Workshop Monday, June 14, 2010 (8 a.m.–4 p.m.)
8 a.m.—Open Workshop & Introduce Board Members
8:15 a.m.—Meeting Format and Guidelines
8:30 a.m.—Introduction of Secretary’s Initiative
Break—(8:50 a.m.–9 a.m.)
9 a.m.—Treasured Herds
Break—(9:50 a.m.–10:10 a.m.)
10:10 a.m.—Preserves
Break—(9:50 a.m.–11:15 a.m.)
11:15 a.m.—Sustainable Herds
Lunch—(12:05 p.m.–1:30 p.m.)
1:30 p.m.—Adoptions
Break—(2:20 p.m.–2:45 p.m.)
2:45 p.m.—Animal Welfare
3:35 p.m.—Process-Related Feedback
4 p.m.—Adjourn

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
*sign up by noon to speak at 3pm, expect to have only 2 min to speak.
8 a.m.—Call to Order & Introductions
8:15 a.m.—Old Business, Approval of December 7, 2009, Response to Recommendations
9 a.m.—Program Updates: Gathers, Adoptions, Budget, Facility and Pipeline Reports
Break—(9:45 a.m.–10 a.m.)
10 a.m.—Program Updates (continued)
Lunch—(11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.)
1 p.m.—New Business
Break—(2:45 p.m.–3 p.m.)
3 p.m.—Public Comments
4 p.m.—Board Recommendations
4:45 p.m.—Recap/Summary/Next Meeting/Date/Site
5 p.m.—Adjourn

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Will Conduct Public Workshop
and Hold Meeting in June in Denver

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the National Wild Horse
and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a public workshop and hold a regular
meeting in June at a two-day event in Denver. The workshop on Monday, June
14, will provide the public with a unique opportunity to express their
views, comments, and suggestions regarding Secretary of the Interior Ken
Salazar’s wild horse initiative, which he and BLM Director Bob Abbey
announced last October. The Board will hold a regular meeting on wild
horse management issues on Tuesday, June 15.

The public workshop and the Board meeting will take place in Denver,
Colorado, at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202.
The hours of the Monday workshop are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time; the
Tuesday Board meeting is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. The hotel’s
phone number for reservations is 303-607-9000. The business agendas for
the public workshop and Board meeting can be found on page 26990 of the
Thursday, May 13 Federal Register

On Monday, June 14, the public will be able to provide feedback and input
concerning Secretary Salazar’s initiative, the details of which can be
accessed at the BLM’s Website (; the specific Web address is

On Tuesday, June 15, the public may address the Advisory Board at an
appropriate point in the agenda, which is expected to be about 3 p.m.,
local time. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with
the BLM by noon on the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Depending
on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations,
set at three minutes for previous meetings. Speakers, who should address
the specific wild horse and burro-related topics listed on the agenda, must
submit a written statement of their comments, which may be sent
electronically to the BLM by accessing the following Web address:
. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the National Wild Horse and
Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard,
Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Written comments pertaining to the Advisory
Board meeting should be submitted no later than close of business June 7,

For additional information about the meeting, please contact Ramona
DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay
Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board provides input and advice
to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild
Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This law mandates the protection,
management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that
ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to
support them. The BLM manages about 37,000 wild horses and burros that
roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states; the agency also feeds and
cares for more than 35,000 horses and burros that are maintained in
short-term corrals and long-term Midwestern pastures.

The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year and the BLM Director may
call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but
are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government
travel regulations.

The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with
a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use
mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau
accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by
conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public

– BLM –
Magnolia Hotel - Website
818 17th Street

Sally Summers
Executive Director
Washoe Valley,NV 89704

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The true patriots who defeated Custer

By Tim Giago,

The Indian holiday on June 25 marks the 134th anniversary of the thrashing of George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn, or Greasy Grass, as the Indians called it. On all of the Sioux Indian reservations in South Dakota it is a statewide holiday.
The bumper stickers were born before the holiday. They could be seen on cars coming and going from the Indian reservations in America. They read "Custer died for your sins," or "Custer wore Arrow Shirts." And then came the holiday.

The Cheyenne and the Arapahoe, also participants in the great victory, have joined the celebration.

They celebrate the day their ancestors handed the U.S. Army one of its worst defeats in all of the so-called Indian Wars. The Indians called them the "White Man Wars."

Ironically, Custer considered himself to be a religious man. And yet the fatal charge he made into the valley of the Greasy Grass happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Two hundred ten American cavalrymen rode to their deaths that day, led by a man who was told by Cheyenne medicine men - after he slaughtered their kinsmen at the Washita - that if he ever attempted that feat again, he would surely be killed.

Custer met his demise on June 25, 1876, two years after he discovered gold in the Black Hills, a discovery that precipitated the deadly battles to follow and led to the eventual theft of the He' Sapa (Black Hills) by the U.S. government.

As part of the archaeological excavations 14 years after the battle, marble markers were set in place to mark where each soldier had fallen. According to the National Park Service, the field was eventually dotted with 252 markers or 42 more than the number of soldiers reportedly killed that day.

The Midwest Archaeological Center reported that the archaeologists chose to view the battlefield as a crime scene. And by using a combination of forensic techniques, such as studies of firing pin marks on cartridge cases and rifling marks on bullets, they have been able to determine the variety of weapons used in the battle.

Further excavations revealed skull fragments that had been broken while the bone was green, indicating what is called "perimortem blunt instrument trauma." The famous Lakota warrior Black Elk, when describing the final moments of the battle to which he was a witness, said the Indians used hatchets and clubs to finish off the surviving soldiers.

In what resembled a segment of the CSI television programs so popular today, forensic science indicated that the troopers of the 7th Cavalry were heavy users of coffee and tobacco. The bones demonstrated that the men led a rugged and hard life, indicated by broken bones and significant back problems.

The archaeological digs have substantiated much of what we have seen in the movies over the years. Custer did divide his troops into three elements and then subdivided his command into wings, which happened to be an accepted and field-tested military tactic that had proven to be quite successful until the Battle of the Greasy Grass.

Often, I have wondered how many places in America celebrate victories over the U.S. Army. Do descendants of the Confederate Army celebrate? But weren't they also a part of an American army fighting another American army?

The victory by the combined forces of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe over Custer's 7th Cavalry was short and swift. Some Lakota warriors have said it lasted less than 30 minutes. But that battle raised the hackles of white America. The warriors and their families would pay a heavy price for that victory. As punishment and retribution, the three tribes would lose millions of acres of land for having the audacity to stand up and fight for their people and for freedom. If the word "patriots" has meaning, these warriors define it.

Few good things happened to American Indians in the late 1800s or early 1900s, so this one good memory is firmly planted in the minds of a warrior society and lives on. While the rest of America goes about its business, the people of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe nations will reflect upon their day of glory with cookouts, horse races, dancing and prayers to commemorate a time when they ruled the Great Plains and were praised by Gen. Tecumseh Sherman as "the greatest light cavalry he had ever seen."

Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is founder and president of the Native American Journalists Association.

© 2010, Tim Giago

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wild Horse Advocates to Protest in Denver

For immediate release
Denver, Colorado
June 10, 2010

Wild Horse Advocates To Protest BLM Policy
June 15 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at BLM Advisory Board meeting in Denver
Press conference at 12:00 P.M.

On June 15, 2010, at 11:00 A.M., in front of the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street in Denver, wild horse advocates and members of the public will gather to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s current policy of removing large numbers of wild horses from their historic range. The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, which advises the BLM on it’s own wild horse and burro policy, is meeting on June 15 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at this location. The protesters are calling for a moratorium on wild horse and burro round-ups until an independent agency can determine a more accurate number of wild horses and burros on our public lands. At the beginning of fiscal year 2010, the BLM stated there were 37,000 wild horses and burros on public lands and that they planned to remove 12,000. In contrast, there are an estimated 2 million head of cattle on those same public lands. Outraged protesters are also asking for a congressional investigation of the BLM due to the number of animal deaths in recent round-ups. The BLM is currently using round-up techniques which were federally outlawed from 1959 to 1977. A third and most currently important point of contention is that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is asking Congress for an additional $96 million dollars to create so-called "wild horse sanctuaries" in the eastern United States, which will be nothing more than man-made pastures full of sterilized mustangs, NOT wild horses living on their natural terrain and in wild family bands as the title suggests. This plan is in direct conflict with current federal law. The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 specifically states that these animals "are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of public lands."

The public will also have two scheduled opportunities to voice their concerns in Denver, the first is at a public workshop promoting the "wild horse sanctuaries" (sponsored by the BLM) on June 14, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and the second is during the public comment period of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting, June 15, 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., when each member of the public will be given either 2 minutes or 3 minutes to speak. However, wild horse advocates and members of the public feel that they have not been heard in Washington thus far, and so they are gathering at the protest in addition to these meetings.

For additional information, contact:

Cathy Bryarly (event organizer) 303-746-4729
The Cloud Foundation 719-633-3842

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fallon Closing to Public?

Maybe they will let Leah and Marilyn and Willis and other mentors and the like in, with a special "Salazoo Pass," since they are down with the plan. Really I give up on this war as I have told them so many times how to put a stop to BLM BS once and for all but no ones listning....what more can I say or do? I have GOT to move on....scuse the pun but I aint whipping this "dead horse" no-more and soon will be poofing this blog. If there is any info anyone wants from it I suggest you grab it now for in a few days it will all be gone. The Wild Horse Wars are lost.

Demand BLM Keep Fallon Open to the Public - Thursday 6/10 last day openShare. Today at 3:17am

Fallon is closing it's doors to the public after Thursday's tour. Thursday will be the last time any of the 300 brand new foals will be seen by the public; many are starting to get sick too. Now we won't ever know what becomes of them. When adoption time begins, who knows where they will all be. There are also 1700 horses we won't know about. A visitor is the one who noticed that the mare of the starved foal Sorro was stealing another mare's foal after Sorro died. The public has been the eyes for the understaffed (and often oblivious) employees there.

Please write these people to ask the doors remain open:
(Tell Bob Abbey this will be a good start to that 'new direction" for the BLM he is talking about. Let's have him prove it by keeping the public allowed at Fallon.)

BOB ABBEY email=
Please cc: him on all emails

Saturday, June 5, 2010

BLMs "New Direction" a New Spin on an Old (Salazoo) Plan

BLM's "new direction" for wild horse management won't curtail 2010 roundups
June 4, 11:02 PMEquine Advocacy ExaminerMaureen Harmonay

Following the playbook written by its recently hired "conflict resolution" consultant, Kearns & West, the BLM has just announced a lofty-sounding set of goals to guide its future wild horse management practices. In a press release issued yesterday, BLM Director Bob Abbey pronounced that "it's a new day, and we need a fresh look at the Wild Horse and Burro Program."
Mr. Abbey said that going forward, BLM will no longer consider the euthanasia of healthy "excess" wild horses, and will not sell them "without limitation," in an effort to protect them from going to slaughter. That's quite a turnaround from past policies. Within just the last decade, former BLM Director Pat Shea rubber-stamped the concept of using euthanasia as a way of keeping the numbers of "excess" captive wild horses at a manageable level.
Mr. Abbey's openness to a new approach suggests that further changes may be coming. The BLM chief has agreed to open discussions about some heretofore controversial topics, including the potential reintroduction of wild horses or burros into herd areas where they currently don't exist; increased use of fertility controls or other methods to slow population growth; making more forage available for wild horse and burro use; the establishment of preserves to care for unadopted wild horses; the designation of selected wild horses and burros as "treasured herds"; and the placement of more "excess" horses and burros into private care.
The new strategies that Mr. Abbey is proposing sound promising, but wild horse advocates are taking his words with a grain of salt, waiting for the opportunity to state their case for the cessation of the roundups and the return of already-captured wild horses to their rightful Herd Management Areas (HMAs). They will have a chance to do so at the upcoming two-day workshop and public meeting of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on June 14-15 in Denver.
The bad news is that BLM intends to proceed with the schedule of wild horse roundups or "gathers" that it has already announced. Through the end of 2010 alone, the agency plans to sweep at least 7500 more wild horses from their native ranges in seven western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. Many of these roundups will be spearheaded by helicopter stampedes, run by the same contractor whose ruthless collection methods were directly responsible for the deaths of many foals and mares from the Calico Mountain Complex earlier this year.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pickin apart The Pickins (Alternative Energy) Plan

Not to forget, first and foremost T. Boone is a BIG OIL man who wants to keep drilling it simply to break our "addiction to foreign oil" ; and not just oil per se.
Someone needs to tell him, we need to break our addiction to oil period.

Pickins Plan: Greenwashing Big Oil;

Pickins Drops Plans for Giant Wind Farm as Gas & Oil Prices Drop;