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THE NEED TO TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST H.R. 5058: Doom for America’s Wild horses

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THE NEED TO TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST H.R. 5058

On July 10th, 2014, Representative, Chris Stewart (UT-R), introduced a bill to the Committee on Natural Resources which could ultimately spell doom for America’s Wild Horses and Burros. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Bishop (UT-R) and Tom McClintock (CA-R).

On July 15th, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and is titled “Wild Horse Oversight Act.” There are 26 members on this committee of which 14 are Republicans and 12 are Democrats.

To find out if your Representative is on this committee please click here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5064

Act now and write your Representative if they are on the Committee and state the following in your own words:

The Wild Horses and Burros Act (PL 92-195) became a federal law to protect America’s wild horses and burros for all Americans and future generations to enjoy. Left to the state’s control in 1971, we would have no wild horses or burros left in our country. The same holds true for today if states take control of management.

Please let us remind you that wild horses and burros can ONLY be removed if they are causing damage to their habitat and that can only be proven through monitoring of their habitat by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This means that setting a permanent AML (appropriate management level), as BLM currently does, is arbitrary and capricious. In other words, it is illegal.

Those people, who have wanted for years to eliminate wild horses, live in the 10 western states in which the wild herds reside. The same states that want to take control of management now.

In 1974 when the first counts were done on population of wild horses and burros, there were approximately 60,000 animals at which time the law stated that the animals were “fast disappearing from the American scene.” Now we have only half that number existing on public lands.

What should be required of the BLM is monitoring of the public lands to determine who is causing damage to the lands. Since BLM is comprised of the same culture of people who have advocated for the removal of wild horses and burros, a new independent agency should be developed whose only job would be monitoring public lands with the ultimate goal of restoring the health of the land and who would have the power to remove those animals causing damage.

Read more about these representatives.
Chris Stewart  http://ballotpedia.org/Chris_Stewart (Utah)
Rob Bishop http://ballotpedia.org/Rob_Bishop (Utah)
Tom McClintock http://ballotpedia.org/Tom_McClintock (California)

Vicki Tobin & Daryl Smoliak of Equine Welfare Alliance on Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Wed., Aug. 20th

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Did BLM ineptness kill 70 wild horses that were shipped to Scott City, Kansas?

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Did BLM’s inept management of wild horses cause another 70 deaths?   BLM’s press release headline states 57 died, but then in the body of the press release, they state another 13 mares had to be euthanized.  57 + 13 = 70. Why is the contractor only being informed of the proper feed AFTER so many horses died?

These were most likely the wild horses that the BLM recently shipped from Teterville Long Term Holding in Kansas to the feedlot-like facility Scott City, Kansas.  57 horses, plus the additional 13 that were in such bad shape they needed to be euthanized, are a lot of horses to die in a short period of time. Another BLM “investigation?” There is very little accountability to the public. BLM’s Press Release is below this article. The BLM is having a one day tour for CREDENTIALED MEDIA, but apparently, nobody from any wild horse advocacy groups has been invited. We request an immediate public tour of this temporary short term holding facility. Tax dollars pay for this.

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Susan Wagner of Equine Advocates on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Aug. 13th)

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Palomino Armstrong of Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue talking about critical care of foals on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Aug. 6th)

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Our guest will be Palomino Armstrong, who (along with her husband, Matt) is the angel who runs the CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG, that specializes in CRITICALLY ILL, NEO-NATAL, SICK AND/OR INJURED FOALS.  They take care of the foals that are near death’s door, needing literally 24/7 care, and live with them in the nursery until the foals are strong enough to live outside.  They also rescue other injured or newborn orphan animals.

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Millane Rehor, trying to save the most endangered wild horse in the world (Wed., July 30th) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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Groups seek protection for North American Wild Horses under Endangered Species Act

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Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Misclassification of wild horses as a non-native species is politically, not scientifically driven,”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

June 10, 2014 – Friends of Animals (FoA) and The Cloud Foundation have filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list North American wild horses on public lands as threatened or endangeredunder the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WHBA), which was passed in 1971, has failed to protect our wild horses. Six states have already lost their wild horse populations—Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Misclassification of wild horses as a non-native species is politically, not scientifically driven,” said Ginger Kathrens, executive director of The Cloud Foundation. “Wild horses are severely endangered but without recognition of current scientific evidence of their native status, they could become extinct.”

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Public Lands are not “Federal or State” lands

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new-logo25An Open Letter and Comment form Grandma Gregg

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Who actually owns “public land”?

DSC_0084As an American citizen, environmental researcher and a life-long visitor to the state of Utah, I appreciate the opportunity to provide input on the proposed Bible Springs Complex environmental assessment. The federal government does not own land in the West. These are not “state lands” and not “federal lands” and not even “government lands”.” They are public lands. The American people own the public lands in the West and they are administered on our behalf by the national government under laws and regulations. This land belongs to all citizens of the United States, not the federal government. More

R.T. Fitch trip to the Pryors with Ginger Kathrens: Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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WHFF VP “The BLM’s MISMANAGEMENT of wild horses & burros”

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We, at Equine Advocates, are pleased to share with you the tenth video from our 2014 American Equine Summit featuring Debbie Coffey, Vice President and Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Debbie’s talk is titled “The Bureau of Land Management’s MISMANAGEMENT of Wild Horses & Burros.” Please see Debbie’s bio at http://www.equineadvocates.org/video….

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BLM Criticized for Selling Wild Horses for Slaughter

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“How long does a horse have to live wild and free before it’s considered wild?”

— The Bureau of Land Management rounded up a horse herd that roamed for decades on federal land in northwest Wyoming and handed the horses over to Wyoming officials. They, in turn, sold the herd to the highest bidder, a Canadian slaughterhouse.

Wild horse advocates are incensed, saying they should have had a chance to intercede in the March roundup and auction. But the BLM says the horses were abandoned — not wild — and that it publicized the sale beforehand.

“It would take very little to do this in a more effective way, so that horses are not just sent off to slaughter indiscriminately,” said Paula Todd King of The Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based advocacy group.

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BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed seige and cattle theft at Bundy Ranch really about fracking leases

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“The way this works, of course, is that BLM runs land theft operations by claiming they are “managing” the land and thereby kicking everyone else off it. They then invoke a reptile, an owl, a bird, a snake or some other animal which they claim to be “saving,” even while they are stealing and destroying hundreds of cattle belonging to a private rancher trying to make an honest living in a nation where productive Americans are increasingly branded “enemies of the state.”

Editors Note:  This is the same BLM that rounded up the wild horses and sent them to slaughter and which continues to hunt them into extinction.  We warned the cattle ranchers that this same method of eradication would be used on them when the BLM was ready.  And ready they are!

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The Bureau of Land Management says its 200-man armed siege of the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada is all about protecting an “endangered tortoise.” But a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.

This document from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology(1) shows significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870′s. The “Gold Butte” area is indicated on the lower right corner of the document (see below), and it clearly shows numerous exploratory drilling operations have been conducted there.

What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas and possibly even within the Gold Butte area itself.

It is, of course, customary for the U.S. government to bring armed soldiers to an oil dispute. (Operation “Iraqi Freedom” for starters…) Heavily armed snipers, helicopters and militarized soldiers have never been invoked over tortoises. (Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves.)

Here’s the map showing the oil exploration conducted on the land where Bundy runs his cattle (all the red crosshairs are oil and gas exploration drilling operations):

BLM collects $1.27 million in shale fracking leases

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Ginger Kathrens on Wild Horse & Burro Radio Friday night!

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Joan Guilfoyle & Euthanizing Wild Horses on the Range

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new-logo25Debbie Coffey, Copyright 2014     All Rights Reserved.

V.P. and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation         ___________________________________________________________________

As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facilitates unprecedented “uses” on public lands that use vast amounts of water from aquifers and drop the water table, Joan Guilfoyle, BLM’s Division Chief of the Wild Horse & Burro Program, issued an information memorandum that stated because of lack of water and forage (which are man-made drought conditions caused by BLM’s mismanagement of public lands), wild horses & burros could die, and recommended that the BLM euthanize wild horses on the range.

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And, at the end of this memorandum (received in a Freedom of Information Act request), in case of large scale mortality of wild horses as a result of declining water (and thus, lack of forage) Guilfoyle wants to avoid “a public spectacle.”  Once again, the BLM seems to worry more about their public image than their mandate to protect the wild horses & burros.

(Note to Joan:  You may want to avoid a public spectacle, but this horse has already left the barn, as all aspects of the BLM and the Wild Horse & Burro Program are increasingly under public scrutiny.)

You can read this information memorandum by Joan Guilfoyle here.

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First the wild horse herds are slaughtered, now the bison

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new-logo25Marti Oakley        © copyright 2014 All rights reserved

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PPJG note:  As many of you know, we have fought long and hard to save America’s wild horses and burros from the harvesting for slaughter machine that is the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement plan for the West.  The federal government, in tandem with state agencies and agents, are decimating wildlife in the Western states.  They started with the killing and slaughter of our wild horses and burros, now…….they come for the bison.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.

Defenders of Wildlife can be contacted at:
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Washington, DC 20036

Hundreds of wild Yellowstone bison face needless deaths if Yellowstone National Park goes forward with a planned slaughter.

The killing may begin any day, and it has the potential to be the worst slaughter of wild bison since 2008, when 1,600 bison were sent to their deaths simply for roaming outside Yellowstone’s boundaries.

Defenders is pulling out all the stops to prevent this tragedy.

Tell Montana Governor Steve Bullock to stop this debacle and let bison roam outside Yellowstone Park.

Yellowstone National Park officials plan to follow a long-standing agreement with Montana and capture bison that leave the park for shipment to slaughter. Though Park employees are doing the work, make no mistake that the blame for this tragedy lies with the Montana Department of Livestock, who simply won’t tolerate wild bison outside the Park or allow bison numbers to grow beyond the arbitrary number of 3,000.

The Montana ranching industry claims that letting bison wander outside the park exposes cattle to a risk for a bacterial disease called brucellosis. But in reality, there has not been a single documented case of bison transmitting the disease to cattle in Montana.

The one person who can stop it is Governor Steve Bullock, who can prevent shipment of bison across Montana’s roads to slaughterhouses, and who has ultimate authority over the Department of Livestock.

Urge Governor Bullock to stop this slaughter!

The common-sense alternative is clear: An expanded “tolerance zone” around Yellowstone National Park where bison would be allowed to roam. Yellowstone National Park, the Intertribal Buffalo Council, individual Tribes, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Defenders of Wildlife and many other conservation groups support this expansion. The only agency blocking this solution is – once again – the Montana Department of Livestock. Governor Bullock must urge this rogue agency to get on board with this common-sense solution. Otherwise, any bison wandering outside the invisible borders of Yellowstone could be shipped to slaughter.

Yellowstone is home to one of the last genetically pure herds of bison left in North America. Up to 1,600 of this 4,600-strong herd could be killed under this appalling scheme, once again preventing the herd’s expansion and setting back bison restoration.

Bison are icons of the American West. Slaughtered by the millions a century ago, bison were driven to the brink of extinction. Today we have an opportunity to reverse this national wildlife tragedy. We cannot let fear and ignorance rule the day.

With your help, we can prevent the killing. Please take action now.

Sincerely,

Steve Forrest
Senior Representative Rockies & Plains
Defenders of Wildlife

Carol Walker & James Kleinart on Wild Horse & Burro Radio tonight!

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Honoring Garnet Pasquale & the Spring Mountain Alliance on Wednesday night

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Victoria McCullough & John Holland on Wild Horse & Burro Radio!

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SUPPORT A MORATORIUM ON THE CULL OF ALBERTA WILD HORSES

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I hope that everyone notes this same story is being played out all over the world.  The petition to stop the culling of the less than 1,000 wild horses remaining in Alberta, Canada needs signatures.  We’re asking our readers to help out and sign this:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/311/562/915/

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It is believed that there are blood lines in the wild horses, dating back to the Spanish Barb, or even ancient blood lines.  If those rare blood lines are removed indiscriminately in a cull, they will be lost forever.  Canada and the world will lose a unique heritage animal.  Biologists, photographers, tourists and future generations will lose the opportunity to study and experience these rare wild horses (often referred to as Wildies).

According to the Alberta government there’s less than 1000 horses remaining, in an area of 8500 sq km.  Despite these low numbers, they claim there are too many horses competing with the much larger cattle and forestry industries on Crown land.  The government manages them via an annual capture and cull process which separates family units, weakens the herds and further threatens their survival.  Imagine the fear these wild horses experience during their capture, transport and slaughter.

An icon of the Canadian west, these beautiful horses played an important role in the settlement of this country.  They helped the First Nations as well as the RCMP.  During the great World War, many were rounded up to serve alongside our Military, and never returned home.  Portrayed in numerous movies, books, songs, paintings, photography and TV, they are a beloved part of our history, past, present and future.

The text of the petition states:

To: Alberta Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resources Robin Campbell
and Alberta Minister of Tourism–Richard Starke

As a concerned citizen, I’m writing to urge you to support a moratorium on the cull of Alberta’s wild horses. Annually the ESRD (Environment & Sustainable Resource Department) has a capture program on Crown land under the Stray Act.

Please seriously consider the value these magnificent horses have as a tourist attraction. They’ve been here for centuries, it’s believed they have rare blood lines of the Spanish Barb, and they’re a unique Alberta icon. Like the wild horses of Sable Island and Namib, Alberta’s are gaining global interest and attention. Canada’s Sable Island wild horses generate economic income from the many conservationists, artists, biologists and general public who make the costly trip to see, study and photograph them. On the other hand, Alberta’s wild horses are captured and most are sent to slaughter, a decision heavily influenced by the cattle and forestry industry.

Will you support a moratorium on the annual capture and cull of Alberta’s wild horses? They’ve earned their right to live with their herds in their natural habitat and to be protected.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Court Says AQHA can Delay Clone Registrations

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation has been following the horse cloning issue and this court case.  Just a reminder, as “unwanted” horses are sent to an inhumane slaughter, the slaughtered mares’ ovaries and unfertilized eggs are used to create CLONED horses.

Rancher Jason Abraham of Canadian, Texas, and Amarillo veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen, who owns the Timber Creek Veterinary Hospital in Canyon, Texas, aren’t just a couple of cowboys, they’re both major partners with animal cloning company ViaGen.

“ViaGen Inc. has had a field office in Canada since 2007.  When the United States closed the doors to their equine slaughterhouses, the company moved north to Canada, as the cloning process requires equine ovaries (a by-product of slaughter horses).

To take advantage of the Fort Macleod, Alberta horse processing plant, ViaGen Inc. created their cloning laboratory, in nearby Lethbridge.  Mares sent to slaughter at this plant are used in the cloning process for their ovaries and oocytes (unfertilized eggs).  Their cells are then used by the company’s lab to host the DNA from the animal intended to be cloned. The Canadian slaughter horse market provides a continual supply of eggs to be used for Viagen, Inc.” (Jan/Feb 2012 Western Horse Review.com)

Bouvry Exports in Fort MacLeod, Alberta is the largest horse slaughterhouse in North America.  Be sure to read “The Push for Cloned Horses As Natural Horses Go to Slaughter.” - Debbie Coffey

Court Says AQHA can Delay Clone Registrations

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by Pat Raia

A federal judge is allowing the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to delay registering cloned horses until the association’s appeal of an earlier court ruling is decided.

Some owners have used the cloning process—first performed on horses in 2003—to preserve their animals’ bloodlines, particularly those of high-performance equines. In response to cloning as a way to preserve bloodlines, some breed associations ruled on whether or not cloned horses can be included in their breed registries. In 2004 the AQHA board of directors approved Rule 227(a), which prohibits cloned horses or their offspring from being included in the organization’s breed registry.

Last year Jason Abraham and two of his companies, Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture and Abraham Equine Inc., filed a complaint against the AQHA which asks the court to order the AQHA to remove Rule 227(a) on grounds that the ban on registering cloned horses and their offspring violates antitrust laws.

Earlier this year, a 10-person federal district court jury found that the rule preventing cloned Quarter Horses from being registered violated both state and federal antitrust rules. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lou Robinson later signed an order requiring the AQHA to allow cloned animals in its registry.

In October, the AQHA filed a federal lawsuit asking that the court’s ruling be overturned.

AQHA Executive Director for Competition and Breed Integrity Tom Perechino said the AQHA’s complaint also asked the court to suspend clone registrations until a ruling in the association’s appeal has been made.

On Dec. 2, the U.S. District Court in Amarillo, Texas, allowed the AQHA to delay registering clones and their offspring until the breed association’s appeal is heard and decided. The court also ruled that the AQHA must immediately develop its own rules for the registration of clones and their offspring.

Atty. Nancy Stone, who represents Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture, was unavailable for comment on the decision.

In a Dec. 3 written statement, AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway, Jr. said the association’s executive committee would continue its fight against the cloning regulation.

“The AQHA executive committee, myself, and your AQHA employees are pleased with (the) order granting in part our motion for stay, and we will continue to fight for our membership’s right to determine the rules for its association,” he said.

Treadway said that the AQHA’s appeal case now moves on to the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans. The AQHA has until Dec. 24 to file its appellate brief in the case.

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