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BLM & some “nuisance” ranchers deceive American Taxpayers

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On October, 16, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management Ely District in Nevada issued a news release announcing that in early November, it would begin a roundup to remove “approximately 120 excess wild horses from in and around the Triple B and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.” And “The helicopter gathers are necessary to prevent further damage to private property and provide for public and animal safety.” 

For one thing, per BLM’s website, “Nevada is an open range state.  It is the responsibility of the private land owner to build a legal fence to keep livestock off private land.” 

Let’s take a closer look at what this news release did and didn’t say.

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The BLM stated this:  “The District will remove up to 50 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA.  The horses to be gathered are located about 120 miles south of Ely.  They are a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and are damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints.  AML for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The current population is 452 wild horses.”

The BLM omitted informing the public of the excessive numbers of livestock in the Silver King HMA, which is shown in the chart below.

The information on the 2 graphs below was taken directly from information on BLM’s Rangeland Administration System database.

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 Triple B HMA

The BLM stated this: “The District will remove about 70 excess wild horses from the Triple B HMA, located about 30 miles northwest of Ely, that are damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints.  Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses.  The current population is 1,311 wild horses.”

Again, the BLM omitted informing the public of the number of livestock on this federally protected HMA for wild horses. More

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BLM to send wild burros to Guatemala to become beasts of burden?

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to send America’s supposedly “protected” wild burros to Guatemala, where the once free-roaming wild burros may well become beasts of burden for poor rural Guatemalans with, most likely, little spare income for farriers or veterinary care (if there were any even available). Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America.

BLM plans to ship the burros about 2, 000 miles. The food for burros will certainly differ between the USA and Guatemala. The BLM recently had about 80 wild mare’s die, supposedly from stress, shipping the mares from one location to another WITHIN KANSAS.

Will the burros be shipped by ground, through regions with drug gangs? There are many human rights violations in Guatemala, so why would American burros be safe in this environment?

The BLM’s “From the Public” page, states this:

Question: Is the BLM looking into a wild burro-related partnership that would benefit small-scale farmers in Guatemala?

Answer: Yes, the BLM, which is dealing with limits on its off-range holding capacity for wild horses and burros, is exploring the feasibility of a wild burro-related partnership with the Defense Services Cooperation Agency and Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org).

To begin with, there isn’t a “Defense SERVICES Cooperation Agency” listed anywhere on the internet, but there IS a DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Anyhow, putting this (seemingly) error aside, the BLM goes on to state:

The prospective partnership would provide gentled, sale-eligible wild burros under BLM management to assist communities and farmers in Guatemala, where burros are prized working animals and expensive for families in poverty to buy. If the partnership were to move forward, the gentled burros would help carry water, crops, and other supplies.

I wonder if the BLM realizes that a terrible problem for equine already exists in Guatemala, and humane organizations are trying desperately to help?

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American Veterinary Medical Association volunteers in Guatemala have often encountered severe saddle sores in horses.

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World Horse Welfare observes “Working hard to transport crops through dense forests, these horses often have high physical demands placed upon them.” More

BLM contractor Gunnison prison caught with “hands in the cookie jar.”

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While BLM spokesman Tom Gorey seemingly frets that it will “complicate national efforts to make sure there is enough off-range holding capacity for wild horses and burros that are removed off public ranges,” he failed to mention that the final report of the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of Utah Correctional Industries (UCI), in which about $2 million dollars in costs submitted (and paid with taxpayer’s money) was questioned as being seemingly illegal, was issued Sept. 27, 2013.  That’s almost a year ago.

In this report, the OIG pointed out that “we found that UCI’s accounting systems do not fully comply with the standards set forth in 43 C.F.R. § 12.60 for financial reporting, budget control, and allowable costs.”

Why did it take the BLM about 6 years to figure out something was wrong with the accounting at Gunnison prison?  And why didn’t the BLM fire this contractor (rescind the contract) last year

Basically, it was uncovered that this BLM contractor overcharged the government by about $2 million dollars.  Why is the news twisted to make it seem like Utah Correctional Industries just decided not to renew their contract with the BLM because they weren’t making enough profit?

Has the BLM even bothered to review the facility reports and mortality reports from Gunnison?  Or was the BLM only focusing on the money?  More mismanagement by the Bureau of Land Management. More

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Who is the contractor for BLM’s emergency short term holding facility (where 75 wild horses died)?

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Mares look at the public on a BLM tour of Long Term Holding pastures in Kansas. (photo by Carol Walker)

75 wild mares died in a very short amount of time at BLM’s emergency short term holding facility in Scott City, Kansas.

The BLM awarded the contract for an emergency short term holding facility to Phil Jennings, who has the contract for the BLM’s Pauls Valley facility in Oklahoma.  Jennings has had contracts with BLM since 2005 for Pauls Valley, and the obligation amounts seemed to be mostly in about the $100,000 to $300,000 range.

The BLM Scott City, KS emergency short term holding facility contract was signed 6/4/2014, and the obligation amount is $2,030,000. Yep, that’s a jump to over $2 million dollars.

But Jennings is in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  That’s about a 400 mile drive to Scott City, Kansas.  It seems Jennings may have LEASED the feedlot run by Beef Belt, LLC in Scott City, KS.  So, in essence, BLM’s contractor hired a subcontractor.

(Does that seem to make Jennings a very well paid middleman?)

If a contractor leases a feedlot from what is in essence a subcontractor, then the subcontractor has no direct contract with instructions and obligations to the BLM, does it?  Did any BLM personnel give written instructions and obligations to Beef Belt, LLC, which was formed in 10/1/13 (just 9 months prior to getting this windfall of business)?  Or.was it only after 70 horses died, that the BLM finally seemed to get concerned or involved, and give instructions about the feed? More

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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Wild Horse Races at Rodeos

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Reading the article (below) that was in the Wyoming news, you might wonder how many “pastures” contain “wild horses” that have had “little, if any, contact with humans?”  It could very well be that only “unbroken” horses are used in these Wild Horse Races.  (But, should any horse be treated in the way they’re treated in Wild Horse Races?)

You might wonder if any of our wild horses, or their offspring, might in some instances have ever been used in any rodeo Wild Horse Races.  After the BLM sells wild horses in bulk sales (many horses, often by the truckload), it seems they don’t know where the horses go.  Some wild horse mares may have even been used to breed bucking stock.

It seems the BLM hasn’t kept track of the foals born to wild horses and burros.  Remember the “discrepancy” between Palomino Valley’s facility reports and rendering records for the same time period?  And BLM’s response was “We welcome the public’s interest in this matter and acknowledge that the horse mortality numbers being reported at BLM facilities are lower than the numbers invoiced by BLM-contracted rendering facilities that dispose of horse remains.  The discrepancy results from the reporting procedures currently used by the Bureau…”

So, in other words, there has been a lack of, or extremely lax , reporting procedures and accountability by BLM of the wild horse & burro foals.

Anyhow, back to the sources of “wild horses” used in Wild Horse Races.  Why would someone have “little, if any” contact with a horse in their care on their property?  Wouldn’t they have to drive out to feed the horse in the winter?  Wouldn’t a horse need a farrier?  Wouldn’t horses need vaccinations?  (Horses are now being vaccinated for West Nile Virus in Utah.)

There are Wild Horse Races in Montana.  There are Wild Horse Races in Arizona.

There are Wild Horse Races in Oklahoma.  Even Pioneer Woman wrote about these races).  And took some pictures, which were on her blog.  Apparently, her husband, Ladd Drummond, participated in a Wild Horse Race and got kicked.  Ouch.  (Ladd Drummond has a contract for a BLM long term holding facility.)

There are Wild Horse Races in Oregon.  Horses have died at wild horse races.

It seems there is even a Professional Wild Horse Racers Association (PWHRA).  There are even Wild Colt Races for kids 11 and younger to participate in.   Jason Smith is President of PWHRA.  Smith is also president of the National Tribal Horse Coalition, and has been lobbying for horse slaughter.

And, there are Wild Horse Races in Wyoming.  Before you read the article below, click HERE to see a video by SHARK of a Wild Horse Race in Cheyenne, WY.

We don’t know if these “wild horses” could in any instances be offspring of American wild horses, or if they are just “unbroken” horses, but this rodeo “sport” appears to be dangerous to the safety of any horses.

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

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BLM ships 1,770 wild horses out of Teterville Long Term Holding Pasture in Kansas (without notifying the public)

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Mares look at the public on a BLM tour of Long Term Holding pastures in Kansas. (photo by Carol Walker)

Over the course of several weeks, with no transparency (unless a member of the public happened to call to directly ask), the BLM recently shipped about 1,770 wild horses, who were supposedly “living out their lives” on the Teterville Long Term Holding Pasture in Kansas, to other long term holding pastures and to a TEMPORARY SHORT TERM HOLDING FACILITY, in feedlot like conditions.

Approximately 1,400 mare were shipped to the Temporary Short Term Holding Facility in Scott City, Kansas.

Approximately 100 geldings were shipped to Cassoday Long Term Holding in Kansas.

Approximately 100 geldings were sent to Hulah Long Term Holding in Oklahoma.

Approximately 35 geldings were shipped to Catoosa Long Term Holding in Oklahoma.

Approximately 100 geldings were shipped to Bartlesville Long Term Holding in Oklahoma.

Approximately 35 geldings were shipped to Whitehorse Long Term Holding in Oklahoma.

The so called “notification” that the BLM gave the public, (if you happened to be browsing the From the Public page of their website, was this:

Question: Does the BLM ever move animals from a long-term pasture to another holding facility? If so, why? (July 2014)

Answer: Yes, BLM moves animals from long-term pastures to other facilities if the long-term pasture can no longer accommodate the animals. Examples of when this would occur include:  
1.  If a contractor sells the ranch and the new owner does not want to manage for wild horses.
2. If a contractor has lands recovering from drought and wants to remove grazing animals or decrease their numbers to aid in drought recovery.
3. If market conditions change in the livestock sector such that the contractor identifies a more lucrative use for the land.
 
Depending on the capacity of the facility needing to relocate animals, the number of animals being relocated can range from a few hundred to a few thousand head.
 
The majority of animals that have not been adopted are held on long-term pastures.  Long-term pastures provide a free-roaming environment for the animals and it costs less for the taxpayer to house animals on long-term pastures than at short-term holding facilities.  With long-term and short-term facilities nearly filled to capacity, the BLM is currently seeking new short-term and long-term holding facilities.”
Okie dokie.  I have some comments about this:
 1) The BLM didn’t even bother to mention (notify the public) that they shipped 1,770 wild horses out of the Teterville Long Term Holding Pasture in the vague “answer” to their own generic question.
2)  The BLM, in charge of “managing” (and planning for the “care” of) the wild horses for about 42 years, didn’t have the foresight that the conditions they listed above might happen, and have another Long Term Holding Pasture on a waiting list.
3)  The public would like a tour of the TEMPORARY SHORT TERM HOLDING FACILITY in Scott City, Kansas.  We are tired of the BLM moving our wild horses onto private property, and out of sight.  The BLM needs to be accountable to the public.
4) Per BLM’s Debbie Collins, the “notification” of the horses being shipped from Teterville would be in the form of showing the numbers of additional horses at certain LTH facilities and the Temporary Short Term Holding Facility in Kansas on the BLM’s next “Off The Range” Facility Report.  Of course, this report isn’t easy to find on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro website.  And that really doesn’t adequately inform the public that wild horses were shipped out of Teterville Long Term Holding, does it?  Are we on a scavenger hunt for tidbits of information?
5)  The BLM has issued bids for new Long Term Holding Pastures, but it could take up to a year.  Meanwhile, 1,400 mares may have to go through a harsh winter in western Kansas in feedlot like corrals.
6)  Debbie Collins seemed not to know, or did not want to tell me, the name of the contractor/ranch/facility for the Temporary Short Term Holding facility in Scott City.  A member of the public shouldn’t have to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for something like this.  BLM employees, and the Wild Horse & Burro Program, are paid with public tax dollars and should answer questions.  No wonder the BLM’s FOIA office is swamped.   (Don’t worry, we’ll find out.)
7)  The BLM continues to blatantly lack transparency.

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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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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Carol Walker on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., July 23rd) on the Dire Situation for Wild Horses in Wyoming

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Pro-Horse Slaughter Propoganda film “Horses in Crisis” backed by Super PAC & Cattle Activists

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Boyd Spratling, a past President of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association who’s currently serving as a BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board member, manages to further undermine whatever shreds might be left of BLM’s credibility by taking a seemingly prominent part in the pro-horse slaughter propaganda film “Horses in Crisis,” made by a group called Protect the Harvest.

At the end of this film, credits show the Protect the Harvest logo “in conjunction” with United Horsemen (the pro-horse slaughter group whose President is Dave Duquette).

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This propaganda film is shockingly inaccurate.

While rancher Mike Stremler talks about horses starving on the range, the film shows a photo of a foal that was taken INSIDE of a BLM facility AFTER a roundup.

And you might wonder if Protect the Harvest bothered to get releases signed by wild horse advocates before inserting their images into this film. Or, don’t they even know enough to Protect their Asses?

The film states that there are about 52,000 and possibly up to 100,000 wild horses on the range. I wish. But “Where’s the beef?” This film omits any mention of the huge numbers of cattle and sheep that are devouring forage on public lands in the West.

Protect the Harvest was founded in 2011 by oil magnate Forrest Lucas (Lucas Oil Products), who also serves as its President. Lucas also owns the Lucas Cattle Company of Cross Timbers, MO. Lucas Oil has investments in Professional Bull Riders, Inc., and sponsors professional bull riding stars.

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Protect the Harvest formed a “Super PAC” (a political action committee that can raise unlimited amounts of money) called “The Protect the Harvest Political Action Committee.”

This Super PAC’s treasurer, Brian Klippenstein, also serves as the Executive Director of Protect the Harvest. Klippenstein spent 26 years in Washington D.C., and worked for Senators Roy Blunt and Kit Bond.

While the word “harvest” in “Protect the Harvest” may sound like it’s about protecting crops, most likely it’s the definition that means “to gather, catch, hunt or kill for human use, sport or population control.”

It appears that “Horses in Crisis” promotes the slaughter of wild horses.

Last year, Protect The Harvest aired radio ads in Oklahoma promoting legislation to re-instate horse slaughter.

Pro-horse slaughter groups seem to consist of cattle ranchers who dislike “animal activists,” so it’s ironic that since cattle and sheep are animals, and since the ranchers are cattle and sheep activists, the ranchers are actually “animal activists” themselves.

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http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/06/03/bull-riding-sponsor-forrest-lucas-forms-anti-animal-advocacy-super-pac/

http://www.nevadacattlemen.org/history.aspx

http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/15/smallbusiness/lucas_oil_forrest.fortune/index.htm

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

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Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Manager of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue, Inc.) and President of the Wild Burro Protection League, who recently went to Bonaire (Dutch Antilles) to investigate this issue and speak at a public meeting.  Marjorie took DNA samples from the donkeys in Bonaire to Dr. Gus Cothran, geneticist at Texas A & M, and the DNA proved to be a perfect match to that of a rare, globally endangered species.

Carl Mrozak, videographer (Eagle Eye Media), with work appearing on CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Weather Channel and other networks.

Rona Aguilar, member of the team formed by Al Catalfumo to investigate the plight of the donkeys in Bonaire.

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Barbara Clarke of Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary on Wild Horse & Burro Radio!

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Joan Guilfoyle & Euthanizing Wild Horses on the Range

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

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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

SOURCE: thehorse.com

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.

Craig Downer & Bob Bauer on Wild Horse Wednesdays radio tonight!

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Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist and a member of the
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Bob and Craig will debunk the Bureau of Land Management’s unscientific  “myths” about wild horses & burros.

Wild Horse Wednesdays is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Marti Oakley, PPJ Gazette. This series of radio shows on Wednesday nights will feature upcoming guests including Elizabeth Lovegrove of Wild Horses Kimberly in Australia and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation. _______________________________________________________________________________ To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585

LISTEN TO ARCHIVED WILD HORSE WEDNESDAYS SHOWS:

11/6/13 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance discussing the latest in horse slaughter issues. Click HERE.

11/13/13 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and founder of Wild Burro Protection League (under Todd Mission Rescue) and Carl Mrozak, videographer (Eagle Eye Media), with work appearing on CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Weather Channel and other networks. Click HERE.

11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, Natural Horsemanship Trainer, founder of respect 4 horses Organization, and director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.” Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and author of the much acclaimed book “Straight from the Horse’s Heart: A Spiritual Ride through Love, Loss and Hope.”  R.T. also runs the blog “Straight from the Horse’s Heart,” which posts current news and information and gives a comprehensive education to the public on issues in connection with wild horses & burros and public lands issues.  Also, Ginger Kathrens, Director of the Cloud Foundation, joined in on the show to talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups.  Click HERE.

Wild Burro night on Wild Horse Wednesdays radio tonight

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Would BLM Sell Horses to Slaughter? You betcha.

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In memory of the late Dr. Patricia Haight, who worked hard for the Conquistador Program, I decided to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request based on some records she managed to obtain via her FOIA request. More

BLM’s Questionable “Uses” of Public Lands

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SOURCE:  Straight From the Horse’s Heart

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If you want to see how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shows bias in Environmental Assessments, you only have to look at what the BLM writes in EAs to round up wild horses, and then compare it to what they wrote in an EA to approve the 2013 Burning Man Festival, where 68,000 people, and their vehicles, recently trampled the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

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Gene Seidlitz, BLM’s District Manager for the Winnemucca District gave a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to The Burning Man Festival.   It’s kind of funny how “uses” of public lands that bring in significant amounts of money always seem to get a Finding of No Significant Impact.

The June 2012 Environmental Assessment (EA) for Burning Man, states this:

“Black Rock City LLC is responsible for payment of the actual costs of administering the Special Recreation Permit, including all direct and indirect costs, in addition to the commercial use fees.  The fees that BLM collected for the designated event period in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ranged from $989,000 to nearly $1.3 million.  In 2010, the BLM’s cost recovery from BRC for issuing the permit totaled $795,533.55, and BRC’s commercial use fees totaled $500,483.98 (Aspen 2011).

Agency, city and county personnel get paid overtime, and Black Rock City reimburses this cost.”

(This means BLM employees get paid overtime and Black Rock City foots the bill.)  This almost seems like giving “bribes” to the agency, city and county, doesn’t it?

The EA also included this:  “Mr. Wayne Burke, Tribal Chairman, stated the following before the Nevada State Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth and Employment: Allowing Tribe members to become vendors to the Burning Man Festival will bring money into the Tribe.  We can offer resources to assist Tribe members to do that.  We are looking to have our current law and order code pass through the Tribal Council. When it is passed, we will be able to receive traffic citation fines (Nevada State Senate 2011).”

“The Paiute also have received additional funding from BRC outside of the event period.  Mr. Scott Carey, Tribal Planner testified before the Senate Select Committee, stating: The Tribe is proud of our partnership with Black Rock Solar, the fund-raising arm of the Burning Man Festival.  Using the solar demonstration systems program that the State Legislature approved, we have been able to construct eight solar projects on the reservation.  This has led to substantial savings for the Tribe.  For example, the community of Nixon has more solar panels per person than any other community in the United States.  State Route 447 has more solar panels per mile than any other road in the United States and has been declared “America’s Solar Highway.”  We are looking to expand our solar projects into commercial-sized projects (Nevada State Senate 2011).”

(How are the Paiutes going to support solar without water?  Isn’t there a drought?)

The maps on p. 98 and p. 238 of the BLM’s Burning Man Festival EA don’t clearly indicate the outline of the Wild Horse & Burro HMAs in relation to the event area and roads/airstrip.

Under Wild Horse and Burros, the EA states: “The cumulative effects study area for wild horse and burros includes the travel routes to and from the event and the air basin (see Figure 5-1).” And then, “The wild horse gather plans would help BLM manage herds that currently have populations in excess of the Appropriate Management Level (AML).  While gathering horses and burros is stressful for the captured animals, managing herds at the AML is necessary to comply with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and protect rangeland resources”.

Do you think removing wild horses is really about “protecting rangeland resources?”  Shouldn’t the BLM be equally concerned about (and prohibit) 68,000 people from entering the desert (and kicking up dust) for an event if the BLM wants to protect the rangeland?  The BLM is closing off roads to public lands in other areas to even a few cars.

The EA also states “Cumulative Impacts from the Proposed Action.  The incremental contribution of the Proposed Action to cumulative effects on wild horses and burros would be largely limited to the duration of the Burning Man 8-day event and immediately before and afterwards.  As such, the Proposed Action would not combine with other activities to result in cumulative impacts to wild horses and burros.”

This sort of minimizes the impact of building an airstrip, roads, and having 68,000 people trampling around in the desert, doesn’t it?  What exactly constitutes “cumulative” anyhow?  2 days?  8 days?  An annual event with 68,000 people?  It seems everything is open to interpretation (and money).

BLM’s decision-making and policies seem to be arbitrary and capricious, and seem to be in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.

SOURCES:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2406228/Burning-Man-Nevadas-experiment-desert-popular-Nearly-70-000-gather-weekend-debauchery.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/28954/37413/39213/FONSI_Burning_Man.pdf

https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/28954/37412/39212/Burning_Man_DOI-BLM-NV-W030-2012-0007-Final_EA.pdf

BLM and Fish & Wildlife Service Experimenting on Wild Horses

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by Debbie Coffey                                   Copyright 2013                                            All Rights Reserved.

PART 1 of a series on BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Experimentation on Wild Horses and Burros

(Warning: the photos below may be disturbing to some)

At the upcoming BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting, the board will likely bring up the subject of the field spaying of wild mares.

It is important to keep in mind that the BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (also a Department of the Interior agency) are partnering in EXPERIMENTING on our wild horses (and, in the case of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, “feral” horses). This BLM advisory board was even discussing tubal ligation for mares (which seems to have been in trials in 2004).

Below is a presentation seemingly by LEON PIELSTICK, DVM, the veterinarian who has been conducting experiments on the field spaying of mares, and it shows (possibly Leon Pielstick himself) spaying a mare at a wild horse sanctuary. There are also photos of a wild stallion during a vasectomy procedure, presumably at Sheldon.

Your tax dollars are paying for this experimentation.

SOURCE: POPULATION CONTROL IN WILD HORSES, Leon Pielstick, DVM

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National Academy of Science tells BLM to use Delphi (manipulate you)

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While some advocacy groups quickly lauded certain aspects of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report regarding the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro Program,  Anne Novak of Protect Mustangs noticed something and brought it to my attention:

On page 275 of this report, under the Chapter 8 topic of Social Considerations, the NAS Board advised the Bureau of Land Management:

“One possible method to gather the latest information from experts and to focus it on a particular problem is to use a Delphi process.”

What’s troubling about this?   The Delphi process was developed in the 1950s by the Rand Corporation, and has since been used for the purpose of maneuvering segments of the public into accepting predetermined government policies.

In other words, the Delphi process gives the illusion of public input and participation, but the input isn’t really considered and participation doesn’t matter.  It’s basically just a way for the government to pretend there is public participation and accountability.

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Here’s how the Delphi process works:  There is a predetermined outcome.  (Most likely, not the one you’d hoped for.)   And who picks the supposedly unbiased “experts” who will be submitting “the latest information?”  Who chooses what to “focus” on?  (Not you.)

There may be a series of meetings where people are broken into smaller groups and sit at different tables around the room.  The purpose of this is that if knowledgeable people arrive together, they’ll have to sit with strangers and hopefully be more subdued.

Each table will have a facilitator, who will know which way to help “steer” the group.  The people will be instructed to answer some questions among themselves, then arrive at a table “consensus.”

The Delphi process often uses surveys to bring about this “consensus,” but the questions on the survey are loaded and skewed to manipulate the desired outcome.  The survey will use grading like “agree all of the time, agree most of the time, agree some of the time, and don’t agree.  Or, the survey will ask respondents to use ratings like “most important, moderately important and least important.”

After the first survey, people are told most people agreed or somewhat agreed with the predetermined outcome.  Then, people are given another survey and are asked if they can be flexible and try to rethink the “few remaining” areas of disagreement.  Then, the respondents are told that the majority achieved a “consensus” (which is the direction that the group leading this meeting wanted:  the predetermined outcome).

Someone is chosen to speak for the table, most likely a person who has been secretly pre-briefed about the desired Delphi outcome.  The table “spokesperson” is the only one allowed to address the podium and there will be little, if any, opportunity to address the podium or the crowd directly. More

BLM’s trend: manipulation of public

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“If the BLM ever sets up a collaborative/consensus meeting again, advocates should demand that Robert’s Rules of Order be used for the public meeting.  If the BLM refuses, leave and hold a real meeting in another room or outside, and then present your plan to the BLM.  Your tax dollars pay the salaries of these people, so don’t let them manipulate you or intimidate you.  This isn’t North Korea.”

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While Joan Guilfoyle (Bureau of Land Management’s Division Chief of the Wild Horse & Burro Program) continues to struggle to learn what she’s doing and continues to have difficulties being polite to and interacting with wild horse advocates, the BLM brought in a “facilitator” to the August 6 meeting in Reno to discuss shelter for wild horses & burros that are being warehoused in BLM facilities.

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The public’s first clue that smoke and mirrors would be involved in this meeting could be found online in the BLM’s Workshop Handout, which included “WORKING IN GROUPS,” which outlined that people would be working in groups, with a facilitator, and then reporting to the larger group.

In this BLM meeting, instead of just being able to use your own words and speak your own mind, you were led into talking about “trends.”  The BLM workshop handout suggested that “One or more members should ensure that the group stays with the assigned task.”  So much for free speech.

This is the Delphi method, which the Rand Corporation developed in the 1950s.  It has been used to manipulate people.   The goal of the Delphi method is to lead a targeted group of people to a pre-determined outcome while keeping the illusion of being open to public input.

Judith A. Talbot, the meeting facilitator, is an associate with California State University’s Center for Collaborative Policy, which describes collaborative policy making as “a process whereby one or more public agencies craft a solution to a policy issue using consensus driven dialogue with diverse parties…”

Yet, the only two “groups” at this meeting seemed to be BLM employees and wild horse advocates.  So, who were the “diverse parties?”  More

The Push for Cloned Horses As Natural Horses Go to Slaughter

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At a time when so many horses are being sent to slaughter, who are the two men who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association to force it to allow cloned horses to be registered?

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Dr. Gregg Veneklasen and Jason Abraham

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.

Here is a shocking fact:

“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.  In 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition made a complaint after a secretly recorded video was sent to them showing horses at the Fort Macleod slaughterhouse being shot and then hoisted away by their legs while still fully consciousAnimals Angels has also done an investigation of this slaughterhouse.  Many of these slaughtered horses may have included our wild horses. More

BLM Digs Deeper Into Man-Made Drought

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During a proclaimed drought across much of the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Ely District of Nevada is offering up 399,873 acres of public lands for oil & gas lease sales.

This is being done even though “Fracking requires enormous quantities of water. Estimates put water usage at between 3 and 5 million gallons per fracking of a single well, and each well can be fracked several times.” 

The BLM issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) to lease these 399,873 acres June 28, 2013, only a month after issuing an EA to remove wild horses because “there is insufficient vegetation or water to maintain the wild horses’ health and well being.”

If there isn’t enough water for wild horses, how can there possibly be enough water for oil & gas exploration and development?  Where is the water going to come from?

The map below shows the oil & gas lease sale parcel areas in red, and some of the wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs), including Triple B (Buck-Bald & Butte), Antelope, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley (which includes the Dolly Varden Range).

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Now, take a look at these same HMAs below, with the red oil & gas lease sale area, including some of the groundwater basins in blue.

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(Even though the red area may look small, there is a potential for a water drawdown and risk of water contamination over the area of the entire groundwater basin.  And, there is inter-flow between basins.)

The map below shows a Grazing Allotment map, along with an outline of the wild horse HMAs and the oil & gas lease areas in red. 

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Scientific American published an article regarding fracking wastewater wells, stating “Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.”  More

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