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BLM’s and University of Wyoming’s Adobe Town Wild Horse Study to Collar wild mares abusive

Stunning Lack of Tranparancy in BLM’s and University of Wyoming’s Adobe Town Wild Horse Study

Stunning Lack of Tranparancy in BLM’s and University of Wyoming’s Adobe Town Wild Horse Study

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Mr. Trump now to save our wild horses and burros

ACTION ALERT: Contact Mr. Trump now before it is too late to save our wild horses and burros.

Dear Mr. Trump, I am a wild horse advocate in NH. I am praying that you have a big heart for animals and that you will use your new power to protect America’s iconic wild mustangs and burros from the slaughterhouse pipeline so they will always be allowed to live free with their families in viable herds on public lands forever, as the law Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act provides, so that future generations can see them in the wild and not just on TV or at the movies. Please act swiftly to voice your belief that my American mustangs are protected before it is too late. So many animals and animal species around the world are being hunted and exterminated. Please save the wild horses that I love with all my heart and make the BLM always protect them and manage our public lands with the safety of the wild horses and burros in mind. Save them from the onslaught of the hungry oil, gas, mining and cattle ranchers from gobbling up our public lands. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. They must not be sterilized, sent to the slaughterhouse pipeline or killbuyers or inhumanely treated. Please stop the cruel and deadly helicopter roundups. Stop money from ruling the use of public lands. Please protect the wild mustangs and burros so they can successfully survive in numbers that are healthy and viable herds. Do not let the welfare cattle people take over all of the grazing land and water supplies. Do not push the pipeline and gas fracking throughout America’s pristine public lands just for greed and MONEY. Save the mustangs and the planet for your grandchildren to know your legacy will be a great one and not all about money. Please learn from the Native Americans that the land is indeed a sacred place and that it is so worth protecting. Leave this earth with a great footprint that future generations will be proud to say that President Trump was like Ted Roosevelt and saved the public lands and the wild horses and burros for future generations. Thank you for your time and great efforts to protect America. Prove that the TRUMP Story does not need to be all about Money. Sincerely, Denise Brown, thank you Learn more about America’s wild mustangs today at

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BLM Mouthpiece Rides Again: Protected Wild Horses and Burros be Damned, RT Fitch

BLM Mouthpiece Rides Again: Protected Wild Horses and Burros be Damned

“In MY most outraged opinion” ~ R.T. Fitch

“Poison bleeds from the pen of the uninformed…”

david_philippsLike the distant scent of something rotting in the sun the stench of an alleged journalist, under the manipulation of the federal government, has returned to ensure that cruelty and misinformation about wild horses and burros will be spread in the biased, mainstream media, again: enter David Philipps, stage left. (YeeHaa, the little nerd has returned)

You remember Philipps, the cocky, wet-behind-the-ears, reporter wanna-be who blew out of the water an intensive underground investigation into the BLM selling wild horses and burros to slaughter back in 2012, cause he wanted a “scoop”? ( Yup, dat’s the creep…and he is back.)

In 2012 Philipps wrote an article on Tom Davis, neighbor and personal buddy of then Secretary of the Department of Interior Ken Salazar, selling over 1,700 federally protected wild horses off to slaughter…the problem with the expose’ was that it was too little too early as equine advocates had Davis and Salazar dead to rights and before they could adequately pull the documentation together to legally nail the wild equine killers Philipps blew the whistle and the paper trail to legal prosecution evaporated. Advocates had pled with Phillips to hold the info in check but it is a lesson learned that “loose lips sink ships” is a valid phrase that works as well in this war of words as it did back in the World War. Philipps is in it for Philipps. (Look at ME, Look at ME!)

"I'm going to kick your ass, boy!" ~ Salazar

“I’m going to kick your ass, boy!” ~ Salazar

The only good thing that came from Philipps vomiting up crucial evidence against kill buyers was that it pissed off the Chief Horse Killer himself, Ken Salazar, enough that he made the, oh my gosh, mistake of threatening to kick the little creep’s ass in public and not long afterwards he was no longer the Secretary of one of our government’s most corrupt agencies. (So sorry ya ain’t missed…oppps, he works for Hillary now as her transition team lead, yikes.)

Now the little sellout has ridden back onto the scene astride his keyboard of misinformation to paint for the public a story of fabricated frustration for the downtrodden leadership of the BLM and the “woe is me” poor cattle ranchers who house wild horses on their land, instead of cows, while making 5 figures a day for doing so. (Guess who is paying THAT bill, yup, tis you my friend.)

Last week Philipps latest installment in attempting to destroy the last of our wild horses and burro’s freedom was entitled, “Success Spoils a U.S. Program to Round Up Wild Horses” and appeared in the New York Times. (Wow, the Times, why can’t I get anything in the Times. Oh, yeah, we write the truth, that was a no brainer.)

The title along drips with “suck-upidness” (new word I just invented) and immediately alerts a self-actualized reader that the facts and content will be slanted; as in downhill and south to the feds. (Doink, no need to read further.)

"I is a Pickle!" ~ Bolstad

“I is a Pickle!” ~ Bolstad

The article begins with BLM wild horse program’s lead, Dean Bolstad, pushing back his ole cowboy head and saying “ I love seeing this,” (horses in holding) while lamenting on how the horses are sinking his program. (This is the federal employee who laid the groundwork, and whispered in the ears of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, to KILL and MURDER all of the horses that are in holding…pure, unadulterated bull crap!)

And this good ole boy, who refers the 6th grade as his “senior” year, goes on to say that he and his crones have successfully removed 46,000 wild equines from their rightful range only to plunk then down on 60 private cattle ranches to the tune of $49 million dollars a year…duh.

“We’re in a real pickle,” he continues. Hey, you are not in a real pickle, you ARE the real pickle because it is obvious that your mind is either infused with large amounts of vinegar or embalming fluid as this is a trumped up artificial fiscal emergency of YOUR OWN MAKING you twit. (I know that I am shouting insults but this article is so riddled with stupid that it is difficult to get from one sentence to the next.)

Case in point, Philipps gets a private tour of a secret long term holding contractor, Robert Hughes, in Oklahoma. When was the last time an advocate got a private tour and poor old Bobby says he has, allegedly, 4,000 horses on his land and only making 2 bucks a day for his lack of effort. WHAT, 8 thousand a day for horses grazing…10 days that is 80 thousand and for a month your looking at almost a quarter of million!  (I feel sooo sorry for Bobby. Life is a bitch and then you profit from the feds, I know it is rough but someone has to do it.)

Next ole Philipps interviews two of the newest members of the BLM’s special interest advisory board who voted to KILL all of the horses. “Oh, the devastation to the range is so severe that something has to be done,” they read from their scripts but even the idiot article dummy downs the numbers to confess to the fact that wild equines are out numbered by federally subsidized welfare cattle at the conservative ratio of 10 to 1.

Did you get that? Private, government subsidized cattle out number protected wild equines to the tune of 10 to 1 (they let that slip, must have been a mind fart)…and the range is being overgrazed by horses and burros? And, to add injury to insult, the government pays millions of dollars to take the small number of horses off from their rightful range to put them where, on CATTLE RANCHES.

Is it just me or is there an easy fix, here? Shouldn’t we let the small herds of horses stay on the range, at zero cost, and put cattle on the cattle ranches, again at no cost, and everyone comes out a winner? Oh, stupid me, it is all about double dipping and the welfare ranchers making money on both ends of the stick. Graze on public land for next to nothing and making big money putting former wild horses on your cattle ranch.  (it’s a win/win, honey.)

But Philipps does not see it, he rambles on with poison quotes and incorrect numbers with only a few conciliatory comments from advocates. More mainstream misinformation to the public and the scariest point of all this is that the public believes it. “Well it was in the Times and on the Internet wasn’t it? It’s gotta be true!”

So the war against wild horses and burros rages on as the government, cattle ranchers and their journalistic stooges collude to rid, kill and destroy the few remaining viable herds that still exist on our public lands. (Philipps is a war correspondent by trade, and it shows, here.)

How do we fight back, you ask? Stay informed, stay vigilante and tell everyone that you know about the Fed’s mission to destroy the horses and burros on behalf of their special interest bedfellows. And above all, be certain to inform them not to believe everything that they read as much of it is delivered by henchmen like Philipps who wouldn’t know what an original idea was if it hit him alongside the head.

Ride on, Davey, and take your BLM buddies with you as nothing would make the equine advocates of the world happier than to see the whole lot of you ride off into the sunset, for good.

See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!!!!

R.T. Fitch is a author, blogger and out spoken equine advocate who is noted for having no opinion on anything of consequence; as is evident, here

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Europe requires Canada: 6 months no medical care for horses bound for slaughter

CHDC Executive Director Published in Canada’s Political Newsweekly – The Hill Times
by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

In preparation for CHDC’s visit to Otttawa,  our Executive Director,  Sinikka Crosland, wrote the following article for The Hill Times:

Horsemeat trade raises human health and animal welfare concerns (Subscription required,  reproduced here for our readers)

In recent weeks, the European Commission announced it will adopt stricter regulations on the import of horsemeat from non-EU countries, including Canada. These rules are unfortunately well justified. In fact, the measures taken may still not be stringent enough.

As MPs this week debate the animal welfare bill, C-246, they should also direct their attention to Canada’s role in the dangerous and inhumane horsemeat industry.

Canada is a major supplier of horsemeat to the EU, in part because the horsemeat trade has been effectively banned in the United States, so U.S. suppliers now route their horses through Canada. Since the U.S. ended its horsemeat trade, 70% of Canadian horsemeat now originates south of the border. In 2015, 67,946 horses were slaughtered on Canadian soil, their meat subsequently shipped to international destinations, and 5,782 horses were exported by air cargo for slaughter in Japan.

As of March 31, 2017, the EU will no longer accept horsemeat from non-EU nations unless the animals have satisfied a six-month residency requirement in that country, allowing for the progressive withdrawal of drugs that may have been ingested prior to slaughter. In 2014, the EU completely suspended importation of horsemeat from Mexico because of traceability and food safety issues.

Most horses in North America have been treated with drugs such as phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory medication that can be found in the first aid kits of most committed horse owners. Although Canada occasionally tests horsemeat for such drugs, testing can only detect recent treatments with the drug. Yet there is no safe determined withdrawal period for these drugs and no certain method to monitor which slaughter-bound horses have received it over their lifetimes. Canada and many other countries prohibits phenylbutazone from the food chain; it is never to be administered to an animal destined for human consumption. Yet it has no way to effectively test if the drug was administered more than a few months before slaughter.

Exacerbating the issue is the fact that horses are generally raised as pets or companion animals. Because most horse owners are not raising them as food, they routinely administer drugs that are prohibited in the food chain. It is usually only later in the horse’s life – often after the horse has been sold to another owner – that it is directed for slaughter.

Small wonder that the EU has taken measures to confront the problem of drug residues contaminating meat imported into their countries. But is a six-month residency requirement enough to guarantee safe horsemeat? Documents covering feedlot horses are easy to falsify. In addition, because of serious toxicity implications, phenylbutazone carries with it a lifetime prohibition – not 180 days. A greater measure of safety would be achieved by requiring mandatory lifetime veterinary records on all slaughter-bound horses.

Animal welfare is another serious issue. Much has been documented about the inhumane treatment of horses as they move down the slaughter pipeline. Another layer of concern will be added to this picture when horses are routinely warehoused in feedlots for six months. Sick and injured horses will not receive the medications that they require. They will be denied basic treatments and comforts that are considered mandatory according to humane standards in Canada and other civilized countries.

Examining the many problems inherent in the horse slaughter industry, one has to wonder why it exists at all. Canada’s economy receives an infusion of billions of dollars every year as a result of the live horse industry – from large animal veterinary clinics and farrier services to prestigious Spruce Meadows, from country-wide tack store chains to massive hay farms, horses continue to enrich our country coast to coast. Yet the horse slaughter industry plays an insignificant role in this economy, and according to polling, it is a role most Canadians oppose.

The EU ruling should serve as a warning to Canadian officials. We should follow the U.S. lead in ending a horsemeat trade that provides meager benefits while adding significant health and reputational risks to Canada’s food exports.

– Sinikka Crosland is Executive Director of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition.

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US Forest Service rounds up wild horses and euthanizes or sells them

Devils Garden Wild Horses

Here is what they are NOT telling the public in the below news article…

The USFS discontinued all funding for long term holding for wild horses and burros a few years ago. During the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Management Advisory Board meeting in 2015 and again on April 14, 2016, Barry Imler, Forest Service Rangeland Management Specialist provided the USFS “new” flow chart for wild horses captured on USFS lands. The chart shows that all captured wild horses not returned to public lands or young ones not adopted after 3 attempts and all wild horses over the age of ten will be euthanized or sold without limitation (KB). They will not be going to any long term holding. I quote, USFS Modoc Forest Supervisor, Kimberly H Anderson, “Disposition of older animals will be as stated above, consistent with law regulations and policy. This may include, but would not be limited to, turning them back out to the range, adoption, placement in long-term facilities, or euthanization.” “Should animals be euthanized, the manner of euthanasia would be in the most humane manner possible. In a field setting, they may be euthanized through the use of firearms or drugs…”

*As I previously stated, USFS Imler said there is no longer funding for long-term holding.

More information:

USFS Wild Horse “Flow Chart”


Devil’s Garden wild horse gather continues”

  • Sep 29, 2016

ALTURAS – Gathering of Devil’s Garden Wild Horses so far this week has been successful. Approximately 45 horses were gathered Monday from Pit River Tribal lands near the southwest end of Goose Lake, and 48 Tuesday from private land where owners requested their removal. The horses were transported safely to the Willow Creek Ranch temporary holding facility, according to a Modoc National Forest report.

Nine members of the public viewed Monday’s helicopter gather operations by Cattoor Livestock Roundups from the Goose Lake Causeway and more joined them for a tour of the temporary holding facility.

On Tuesday, after the horses were counted and sorted by age and sex, members of the public were invited by contractor Sue Cattoor to view the horses from a closer vantage point. The group saw light and dark grays, red roans, bay roans, sorrels and blacks. Most horses were calm. If someone walked a little too close to the corral fence the wary stallions would turn to get away.

The gather from private and tribal lands where the forest has received requests to remove wild horses will continue through the rest of the week.

The Modoc National Forest is seeking commitments for adoption of wild horses older than 5 years of age. Gathered horses ages 6 and older will be held at the temporary holding facility at Willow Creek Ranch for public viewing and commitment for adoption. Public viewing of gathered horses is available from 3 to 5 p.m. at Willow Creek Ranch approximately 20 miles north from Hwy 299 on Crowder Flat Road (Forest Road 73).

Older horses with adoption commitments and all horses ages 5 and younger will be transported to the BLM’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro facility and adopted through their normal process.

Visit or call 530-233-5811 for more information.

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Congress did not say that wild horses above the AML should be removed! Read Court Case 9/2016

Eyewitness Report: Defending Wild Horses at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

From left – AWHPC Executive Director Suzanne Roy; Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks attorneys Bill Eubanks, Kathy Meyer and Nick Lawton; Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.

On September 19, 2016, William Eubanks, of Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks, did an outstanding job of defending Wyoming’s wild horses before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Representing the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl, Eubanks argued back-to-back cases before a three-judge panel. Decisions in both cases are not expected for several weeks, or more.

Case #1: Wyoming Checkerboard (AWHPC, et. al. vs. BLM)

This is the appeal of a lawsuit filed by AWHPC, et. al. in 2014 over the BLM’s roundup of 1,260 wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The action brought the wild horse populations in two of the three HMAs below the “Appropriate” Management Levels (AMLs) established under the governing Resource Management Plans for the area.

The Wyoming Checkerboard is a more than 2-million-acre area of land, alternating between public and private parcels in southern Wyoming. More than half the land in the checkerboard is public land managed by the BLM. The private land parcels are owned by the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) are leased by the RSGA from Anadarko Petroleum for livestock grazing.

At issue in this case is whether the BLM can use the RSGA’s request to remove wild horses from private land parcels as an excuse, or justification, to also remove (and essentially eliminate) wild horses from nearby or adjacent public lands as well.

The law on this point is clear. Section 4 of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act requires the BLM to remove stray wild horses from private lands upon request of a landowner. Section 3 of the Act, however, guides the removal of wild horses from the public lands.Section 3 defines a two step process for removing wild horses from public lands: First the BLM must determine that an overpopulation of horses exists on the public land in question, and then it must determine that the horses must be removed in order to restore the Thriving Natural Ecological Balance of the area. Despite the fact that the BLM failed to comply with Section 3, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal allowed the BLM’s actions to stand.

During oral arguments this morning, Eubanks argued to overturn the lower court decision. He stressed the precedent-setting nature of the BLM’s actions in the Wyoming Checkerboard. He noted that there are 179 BLM wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas, and every one either includes or abuts private land. Therefore, the BLM’s actions that allow private landowners to dictate the removal of wild horses from public lands have far-reaching implications for wild horses across the entire West. Citing a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case, Eubanks stated that BLM “does not have the ability to remove wild horses from the public lands to prevent them from straying onto the private lands as well.”

Judge Mary Beth Briscoe asked Eubanks about the viability of the BLM’s argument that it was not feasible to remove wild horses from the private lands in the Checkerboard without also removing them from the public lands. Eubanks answered, “Treating millions of acres of public land as private under a statute that is intended to protect wild horses on public land is never a proper construction of the statutes.”

Later, in questioning an attorney for the BLM, Judge Scott Matheson folowed up on  Eubanks’ arguments, asking “How can BLM ignore Section 3 [of the Wild Horse Act] on over 2 million acres of land, over half of which is public?” “They are treating the public lands like private lands,” he later observed.

The government attorney acknowledged that this was a change in BLM policy.

Eric Peterson of the Department of Justice closed the government’s arguments with what he called a “practical consideration” about protecting private landowner rights. Eubanks provided a succinct rebuttal, stating that: 1) federally protected animals cannot to be removed from the public lands unless agency follows the law for making excess determinations, and 2) the Resource Management Plans that establish population levels for HMAs are binding, and unless or until they are revised, apply.

Case 2. State of Wyoming vs. BLM

The State of Wyoming sued the BLM seeking more wild horse roundups. The State is claiming that the “Appropriate” Management Levels (AMLs) established by BLM are legally binding and that whenever wild horse populations exceed these AMLs, the BLM is legally mandated to remove “excess” horses. The lower court tossed out the State of Wyoming’s lawsuit, and the State appealed.

It was refreshing, and rather ironic, to hear attorneys for the Department of Justice (DOJ) making the arguments that we always make with regard to removals and “excess” horses. The DOJ attorney stated correctly that in order to remove wild horses from the public lands, the BLM must make a two-step finding, as noted above. First the agency must determine that an overpopulation of wild horses exists, and then it must find that wild horses need to be removed to restore the Thriving Natural Ecological Balance in the area. Just because a wild horse population exceeds the AML does not mean that “excess” horses are present, the DOJ attorney argued. He further stated that even if BLM determines that an overpopulation of wild horses exists, it is not mandated to remove horses. Rather it has wide discretion to deal with overpopulation in a variety of ways, including fertility control, sex ratio adjustment, sterilization and natural controls (predation). Although the DOJ did not mention it, the BLM also has discretion to deal with horse overpopulation by reducing livestock grazing, pursuant to 43 CFR 4710.5

The judges did not seem to accept the State of Wyoming’s arguments that 20-year old AMLs were set in stone and legally binding.  Judge Briscoe noted that significant ecological changes can occur over 20 years, asking, “The BLM has no discretion?”

In response the State of Wyoming’s attorney wrongly claimed that BLM re-evaluates AMLs every time the agency does an Environmental Assessment for a wild horse roundup. In reality, the BLM regularly states that the re-evaluation of AMLs is “outside the scope” of roundup EAs.

Judge Briscoe replied that “relying on AML is not sufficient. Just because AML was set long ago…the Act explicitly requires the BLM to justify its removal actions on ALL CURRENT INFORMATION, including overpopulation. Even where the agency makes an overpopulation determination, it must also determine that removal is necessary to achieve the Thriving Natural Ecological Balance.”

Eubanks followed the DOJ attorney and reaffirmed that removal decisions are not tied to the AML, they are tied to the Thriving Natural Ecological Balance. “Congress did not say that horses above the AML should be removed”, he said.

The State of Wyoming rebuttal was weak and did not adequately counter the salient legal arguments made by Eubanks and the DOJ attorney.

Decisions on both cases are expected in several weeks.


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BLM Director Announces No Killing of Wild Horses in Holding, Ginger Kathrens

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BLM Director Announces No Killing of Wild Horses in Holding

-Points to TCF/AWHPC Lawsuit as Reason for Halting Wild Mare Sterilization.


Dear Friends;

Today the BLM announced that it was not accepting the recommendation from their National Advisory board to destroy the horses in holding and offering the horses that had not been adopted after three adoption events for sale with out limitation.  This recommendation met a firestorm of outrage across the country and caused our phones to ring off the hook.  I voted “no” on this recommendation.

Most of you know that in March of this year I was chosen by the Secretary of the Interior to serve as the Humane Advocate on this nine-member board. Just last week I flew to Elko Nevada for my second BLM National Advisory Board meeting.  It was eventful to say the least.

Before the meeting began, I learned that BLM decided to drop all three sterilization research projects that were to be conducted on wild mares (and fillies as young as 8 months).  In announcing that the horses in holding would not be killed, BLM Director, Neil Kornze referenced our lawsuit (TCF and AWHPC,), requesting to be present to view and record the sterilization procedures, as the reason the experiements in Oregon were cancelled. Others lawsuits and the thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from concerned Americans certainly played a part as well. Great job advocates!!!

But, this celebration was short lived. On the second day of the meeting, my colleagues on the Resources Working Group (we have five working groups) recommended to the entire Board that the horses in holding be destroyed and those offered for adoption three-times unsuccessfully, should be sold without limitation (i.e. buy as many as you want).  The Board then voted on this recommendation. I was the only dissenting vote. In fact I said “Absolutely not, no.” It was an easy decision.

Today we learned that BLM voted “no” as well. This does not mean the horses in holding and on the range are out of trouble. I remember the documents that came to my office in late 2008 revealing secret BLM meetings in which the agency discussed how many horses could be killed each year and how many psychologists would be needed to counsel BLM employees asked to kill healthy wild horses.

In June, I was asked to speak before the House Sub-Committee on Federal Lands. It was clear that the Western congressional representatives had no interest in hearing what I had to say. They wanted the horses gone, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming purred that euthanasia of thousands of captive wild horses would be such “a lovely way to die.” See our press release.

So where do we go from here. It is imperative that we continue to speak up, encouraging BLM to use humane tools to limit births in our wild horse herds.
TCF board member, Sandra Sell-Lee, in collaboration with BLM, has developed an On the Range Management Guide, in which volunteers get out on the range and apply infertility vaccines to wild mares as recommended by the National Academies of Science in their 2013 report to BLM. The ultimate goal is limiting reproduction to natural mortality. And to reduce the number of wild horses held in short term corrals, we should return these non-reproducing geldings and mares to available BLM lands designated for wild horse use, but where no wild horses currently live.

I hope you will join us and support this effort. It will be hard. It will take time. It
will take a lot of energy and tremendous persistence. But it is ultimately a way to keep our wild horses where they belong. . .in their homes, with their families, living in precious freedom!

Happy Trails!

PS. Lawsuits like the one to stop the sterilization of wild mares are not cheap.
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In the Race for the Presidency, America’s Horses Could be the Biggest Losers

In the Race for the Presidency, America’s Horses Could be the Biggest Losers

September 13, 2016

by Susan Wagner, President & Founder, Equine Advocates

All of the progress that has been made since the last horse slaughterhouse operating in the U.S. closed in 2007 is in danger of being reversed. This is why we are now urgently calling on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to end horse slaughter before they leave office with an Executive Order and/or Federal Policy change to remove equines from the food chain entirely.

Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar was one of the worst Interior Secretaries of all time and a disaster for horses. If he heads Hillary Clinton’s Transition Team, our hopes to finally see an end to horse slaughter could be quashed.

Both major Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have announced some disturbing appointments. If Hillary Clinton becomes President, Ken Salazar, the former Interior Secretary, ranked by many as one of the worst in American History (along with Albert Fall, James Watt and Gail Norton), has been named to head her Transition Team. Salazar was a huge proponent of horse slaughter long before he became Interior Secretary. In 2013, he resigned his position as Interior Secretary under questionable circumstances. It was revealed that under Salazar’s watch, Tom Davis, a known horse dealer and rancher, bought 1,794 Wild BLM Mustangs for just $10 apiece and sold them for slaughter in Mexico. We believe having Ken Salazar in any position of power would be a continued threat to the safety and protection of America’s wild and domestic equines. Please read this article that appeared in the Washington Times:

Salazar’s agenda to “industrialize” the West and America’s Public Lands amplifies the threat to America’s remaining wild horse and burro herds. We believe the damage he did while he was in office continues to have detrimental and dangerous effects on the wildlife and the land. We implore Secretary Clinton to reconsider her appointment of Ken Salazar to her administration if she wins the election.

Equally horrendous is the list of horse slaughter proponents that Donald Trump has selected as part of his “Agricultural Advisory Committee.”  They include:

Forrest Lucas

Forrest Lucas, head of the anti-animal/ pro-horse slaughter PAC, Protect the Harvest, is on a mission to bring horse slaughter back to the U.S. He is just one of numerous horse slaughter proponents named to Donald Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee.

  • Forrest Lucas, oilman (Lucas Oil) and rancher – His political action committee (PAC), Protect the Harvest is, in our opinion, the most dangerous anti-horse/anti-animal PAC in the nation. He said of his PAC, “…we’re out here organized…” and “…we need to get horse slaughter back.”
  • Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma, who had signed a bill to legalize horse slaughter in her state
  • Bob Goodlatte, Congressman from Virginia and former chair of the House Agriculture Committee, a major force in blocking legislation to ban horse slaughter for years.

For a complete list of Trump’s proposed Agricultural Advisory Committee members, click here:

In addition, Trump has former Georgia Congressman, Jack Kingston as one of his advisers and also as a media spokesperson. Kingston was a member of the infamous 2011 Congressional Conference Committee that voted 3-1 (along with Senator Ray Blunt and former Senator Herb Kohl) to bring horse slaughter back to the U.S. They based their votes on the special interest-driven Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report #11-228 on Horse Slaughter. John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance successfully proved that the GAO Report was, in fact, fraudulent:

These appointments by both candidates show that special interests have already won — And the election has not even taken place yet!

Clearly, most Americans want to see an end to horse slaughter, but both of these candidates have already selected individuals who we believe would move to slaughter horses with no regard or consideration for the will of the vast majority of Americans on this issue.

The dangerous agendas of some lawmakers to quickly rebuild horse slaughterhouses in this country to satisfy special interests in the horse and ranching industries is a real threat. This goes hand-in-hand with how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now operating. At the most recent BLM Advisory Board Meeting, the the majority of its members voted to exterminate the 44,000 captured Wild Horses and Burros being held in long-term holding facilities.

John Holland

John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance

John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance said, “We believed right from the beginning that the use of all that stimulus money to gather so many horses was the BLM intentionally creating a crisis so they could force this decision later!”

Unless we move forward and truly bring an end to horse slaughter, it is likely to return to our soil. The vast majority of Americans want it banned just as they also want our wild horse and burro herds preserved, protected and humanely managed.

Many horse advocates are supporting the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, better known as The S.A.F.E. Act (S1214/H.R. 1942). This bill needs to be amended before we can support it. There are no effective enforcement provisions in it.

The S.A.F.E. Act, if it becomes law, could easily be circumvented based on some of the language in it including the phrase, “…the knowing sale or transport of equines…” Killer buyers and those sending equines to slaughter are unlikely to admit their true intentions. Why give them an out if they get caught to say that they did not know? We would like to know who wrote this bill and why they chose to write it this way. Decide for yourself. Here is the language for The S.A.F.E. Act:

We actually have all the ammunition we need to win the horse slaughter war.  A ground-breaking study published in Elsevier in 2010 clearly documented the dangerous health risks for people who eat the meat of horses that have been treated with the common drug, Phenylbutazone (or “Bute,” for short). This is proof that all of us can present to our lawmakers and the media as strong arguments to stop the return of horse slaughter to the U.S. Bute was important to use in this study because unlike some other drugs, it never leaves the body of the animal. Bute puts those consuming it at risk for a variety of cancers and blood diseases.

It is important to note that Bute is just one among numerous injectable, oral and topical drugs given to equines that has the disclaimer on the packaging, “Not intended for horses bred for human consumption.”

NO EQUINE is bred for human consumption in this country!

Here is a link to that important landmark study:

Further evidence is documented in the hundreds of articles and lawsuits that resulted from the shocking Horse Meat Food Fraud Scandal that gripped Europe in 2013 and now appears to be a threat once again. In addition, there is the 2015 Chapman University Study (also published by Elsevier) proving the unsavory discovery of horse meat and additional meats other than beef present in some chopped meat products in the American food supply. Given the lack of DNA species testing in this country, the presence of horse meat in our food supply may be more prevalent than believed.

Here is a link to the 2015 Chapman University Study:

In December of 2014, the European Union (EU) banned the import of horse meat products from Mexico because most of the equines slaughtered there came from the U.S. and therefore are not safe for human consumption (NOTE: The same U.S.-bred equines make up the majority of equines slaughtered in Canada for export to Europe and Japan, but inexplicably no such ban was placed on horse meat from Canada by the EU.) However, investigations indicate that there has been little to no decrease in the number of U.S.-bred equines being slaughtered in Mexico since the European ban took effect in January of 2015.

Where is all of this horse meat ending up if it’s not going to Europe or other identified markets? Investigators believe that some horse meat from Mexico is making its way into the American food supply. Food fraud is rampant all over the world. This country is not exempt.

Why is the slaughter of America’s equines tolerated? Ultimately, we are talking about morals and ethics. Horse slaughter is primarily used by special interests as a garbage disposal for those too greedy, callous and indifferent to take responsibility for the equines under their care.  How can we justify sending tens of thousands of equines across our borders into Mexico and Canada every year for people in other countries to eat knowing their meat is unfit for human consumption? The answer is simple:  There is no justification!

One reason I haven’t mentioned the extreme cruelty involved in horse slaughter is because of some sage comments made by philanthropist and horsewoman, Victoria McCullough, whom we honored in 2014:

“I believe that science is what will win for horses on the Hill – not cruelty. We’re inundated and desensitized to it. Cruelty is running over America – in our children, in our animals, in our education system – We are not accountable! But I learned that in order to win with the government it has to be intellectual and scientific.  I have to leave my emotions behind completely. I can’t take them with me. But they live with me every day.”

Thanks to Victoria’s efforts, Vice President Joe Biden attached language to the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 which President Obama signed into law to continue the defunding of horse meat inspectors in the U.S.

“We cannot win the border closure without defund because it’s a pyramid,” she said. “You have to defund horse slaughter in the U.S. first in order to have legality. There’s an issue. What are we really slaughtering and for whom? The arrogance and the lack of accountability are outrageous. And the liability does not disappear.”

Here is more information about the importance of what Vice President Biden accomplished for America’s horses in 2014:

We believe a remedy exists which would not involve a bill that needs to be passed or Congressional approval. Human Health and Food Safety, as outlined in this piece, are key to a federal ban.

Since both President Obama and Vice President Biden are acutely aware of all the dangers and risks associated with slaughtering horses for food, not to mention the liability factor, it could be a really wonderful and important part of the Obama/Biden legacy to end this unspeakable and un-American practice through an Executive Order and/or Federal Policy change to remove equines from the food chain.

Consequently, we need to start respectfully and earnestly imploring President Obama and Vice President Biden to take action before they leave office. Let them know how dire this situation truly is and how years of progress will evaporate if something is not done immediately. We look to them to save our horses.

As they say, there is strength in numbers, so please start by taking the time to sign our petition which is an appeal to be sent to both President Obama and Vice President Biden asking them to take action to ban horse slaughter before they leave office. To sign the petition, please see the list of What You Can Do below this article. (Note: Please also take the time to send a hand-written letter to each of them. Their mailing addresses are also provided below.)

If Obama and Biden do not act before the end of their administration, the fate of our horses will be placed in the hands of the next president. Now is the time for all of us to act. It is urgent that we act.


  • Please sign our petition appealing to both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to take action in banning horse slaughter entirely – both in the U.S., as well as stopping the transport of live equines from the U.S. across our borders into Mexico and Canada for slaughter or to any other country for that purpose. Please be sure to forward the petition and share it far and wide. We need a big and enthusiastic response in order for it to make a difference. Ideally, we will need 100,000 signatures over a 30-day period. That would ensure that both the President and V.P. would see it.
  • Please write a handwritten letter to both President Obama and Vice President Biden asking them to take steps to ban horse slaughter before they leave office. You have plenty of ammunition to use in the way of scientific studies, documentation and good arguments as provided in this article. Please use them, in addition to more abundant data now readily available online to back up any other points you wish to make. Please address separate letters to the President and V.P. Mail your letters to them in care of:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

This is a shot that is well worth taking. We owe it to our horses to try.

Together we can make a difference!

Thank you!

Susan Wagner, President
Equine Advocates

Hayden & Nelson, American Wild Mustangs

Hayden & Nelson, Wild American Mustangs at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, rescued from the BLM.


“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the world recognize it. Until we expand our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

                                                                               Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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BLM’s plan to wipe out wild horses and burros internal PDF document MUST READ!

this internal BLM file is unbelievable. it is a road map plan to euthanize, sterilize, geld, zero out, spay, made 100% permanent infertile mares, big stallion to mare ratio and sale of all horses in holding pens without limitation. A MUST READ FOR ALL ADVOCATES TO UNDERSTAND the SERIOUSNESS and MASTER PLAN of the BLM now, not tomorrow, NOW!!!!!

BLM Alternative Management Options

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ACTION ALERT: Don’t let BLM kill 45,000 wild horses!

ACTION ALERT:  Don’t let BLM kill 45,000 wild horses! Now is the time to use your voice to save the wild horses. WRITE TO CONGRESS, SENATE, PRESIDENT O’BAMA, SALLY JEWEL, BLM. Now is the time to act to stop the Cattleman’s association and their bullying to kill all of the wild horses in the West. The wild mustangs and burros must live free with their families in viable herds til the end of time for future generations to see and not just in the movies. The wild mustangs are the American public’s horses. We as taxpayers own these horses, not the BLM or the Cattlemen’s Association. We must stop these bullies and decrease the number of cattle on public lands.


Wild Horse Education


ba_0011Advisory Board Recommends KILLING wild horses in holding!

WHE warned that stopping efforts to get temporary fertility control that is safe and sane was going to lead to a push for surgery and slaughter. WHE told you that the push to stop surgical spaying was going to lead to a push to KILL wild horses (BLM withdrew from the surgical spaying “research” in Oregon).

Yesterday during Laura Leigh’s presentation to the Advisory Board working group she asked them if they could tell her how many horses in the state of Nevada are receiving ongoing fertility control? The board members either shrugged or said 50? 400? Leigh answered “Zero.”

The Board does not even understand what it does not understand. We might write an extensive article perhaps entitled “Lies and Dirty Little Secrets” and expose the inept manner in which any issue is addressed by all sides? But that is for another day.

TODAY that ineptness, stupidity and an environment of fear on the ground has lead to the Advisory Board making a recommendation to euthanize our wild horses that are in holding facilities. It does not make them sound reasonable, it points out how flawed their understanding is.

Tell them what you think! This is your chance. UNLOAD.

WHE will amend this article later tonight and include some additional comments and notations. The notations about the lack of basic fundamental knowledge by those that sit on the board, might eventually be needed if these recommendations end up as a justification to actually kill our horses.


Most often a flood of comments is not appropriate, it is now. LET THEM HEAR YOU ROAR!!!!

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