Wild horses vs cattle: Who will win the waterhole?

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Source:  Heber Wild Horses

Public lands ranchers, in their effort to convince Forest Service and others that the wild horses need to be removed from the Sitgreaves National Forest, often fall back on their old propaganda spiel that the horses guard the waterholes and won’t let the cattle drink.  So we uploaded this little video showing what really takes place at a waterhole on a regular basis when cattle and wild horses wind up at the same waterhole at the same time.  Observe the drama unfold as you watch this action packed video of wild horses picking on poor little cows…see the terrified looks on the faces of the cattle as the horses plot against them!  LOL

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Wild Horse and Burro Hater Zinke continues to add lobbyists and DC insiders to Interior

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Source: Western Values Project.org

Ahead of potential confirmation votes, check out profiles of Interior nominees at https://departmentofinfluence.org/

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote on the nominations of Joseph Balash and Ryan Nelson to the Interior Department. Ahead of the vote, Western Values Project has taken a look at how the revolving door continues to spin between special interests, their lobbyists, and Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department.

Both nominees have been well documented on Western Values Project’s website for their lengthy histories of favoring big donors and special interests.

“Secretary Zinke is continuing to fill his cabinet with special interests and Washington insiders. While Interior continues to stack the deck with staff from the oil and gas industry, they seem set on ignoring the outdoor industry that our communities rely on. That explains why sportsmen, hunters and anglers are turning against the Secretary,”…

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Fighting Wildlife Crime amid Bureaucracy and Solutions

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In 2016, a Minnesota man was found guilty of smuggling objects made from elephant ivory.

SOURCE:  PPJ Gazette

by Sam Jojola

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Background

“This article was originally published for World Animal News in November, 2015 and titled “Wildlife Crimes: Why Is It So Difficult to Enforce Laws”. This is an updated version that includes reference to a 2016 GAO report detailing the shortcomings and successes of combating wildlife trafficking. It often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are some positive changes, but they are slow.”

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Global Anti-Poaching Act of 2015

The passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) through the House on June 25, 2015 was long overdue and very encouraging news for wildlife law enforcement. It will greatly assist in addressing the rapid expansion of wildlife criminal syndicates and terrorist groups globally. Finally, after decades of “paralysis by analysis” there…

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Opinion: Scheme to Kill Nevada’s Wild Horses Built on Greed

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By Charlotte Roe as published on The Reno Gazette-Journal

Zinke claims “humane euthanasia” (e.g. killing) is the only solution to overpopulating “starving” wild equines that allegedly harm the range and wildlife. No evidence substantiates his spin.

Longtime Horse Slaughter Proponent, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, wants America’s Wild Horses and Burros Killed/Murdered.

In Southeast Nevada’s high desert Silver King Herd Management Area, wild horses coexist with elk, deer, antelope and sage grouse. They are vastly outnumbered by cattle and sheep.  Although federally protected, they are in peril. The Bureau of Land Management intends to round up nearly 1,000 to achieve its absurdly low population target of 60 adults and foals, leaving one horse per 10,000 acres. In the huge Antelope Valley and Triple A Complex, the BLM plans to remove over 7,000 mustangs. The Trump Administration wants captured horses sent to slaughter.

In April 2017, Congress directed the BLM to economize by presenting…

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Call to action: Bipartisan House amendment would restore wild horse protections

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CALL TO ACTION

We have some good news today from Return to Freedom, but this is also a CALL TO ACTION for all of you:  Call your Congressional Representatives in the House and ask them to support this House Amendment.  We join Return to Freedom in thanking Reps. Diana Titus, D-Nevada, Peter King, R-New York and Jared Polis, D-Colorado.  Our thanks to Neda DeMayo and Return to Freedom on their work. – Debbie

SOURCE:  Return to Freedom

A BLM contractor’s helicopter pursues wild horses during the fall 2016 Owyhee Complex roundup in Nevada. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.

Bipartisan House amendment would restore wild horse protections

Reps. Diana Titus, D-Nevada, Peter King, R-New York, and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, on Thursday filed an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that would restore protections for wild horses and burros. It comes in response to the July 19 passage…

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The Troubled History of Horse Meat in America

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Thanks to our friends at Equine Advocates, who remain at the forefront of fighting against horse slaughter, for bringing this article to our attention.

SOURCE:  The Atlantic

(photo: Christian Hartmann / Reuters)

by Susanna Forrest

Excerpt:

“In 1997, the Los Angeles Timesbroke the news that 90 percent of the mustangs removed from the range by the Bureau of Land Management had been sold on for meat by their supposed adopters.  An Oregon horse abattoir called Cavel West was named in the report.”

Read this entire article HERE.

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U.S. Court Finds Wild Horse Territory Cut Illegally

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Congratulations to Carla Bowers, Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Campaign, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks on this big win!  –  Debbie

Wild horses in Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (Photo:  U.S.) Forest Service

SOURCE:  Horse Canada

by American Wild Horse Campaign

On August 4th, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to cut the size of the habitat area for California’s largest remaining wild horse herd.

The federal agency had planned to remove 23,000 acres from the middle of the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest. They claim this land was mistakenly added to the wild horse territory in the 1980s and that removing it now would cause “no significant impact.” The Court, however, characterized the move as “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Court found that: “The American…

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Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation: the paper trail of wild horses to slaughter – from authorization for sale by BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad to kill buyer Tom Davis, to kill buyer Dennis Chavez, then to Mexico for likely slaughter

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SOURCE:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog on the home page of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

                                                                                                                                                                  

THE TRUTH #2 – Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation uncovers paper trail:  BLM’s current Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad, authorized the sale of wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, soon after, these horses were owned by kill buyer Dennis Chavez, and Chavez sent these horses over the Mexican border to likely slaughter.

Dean Bolstad authorized sale of 15 wild horses and 15 wild burros from the Litchfield BLM holding facility on 6/7/2011, to kill buyer Tom Davis.  Note freezemark numbers 98608643, 98608656 and 99608705:

    

The geldings with the freezemark numbers of…

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Did Utah Sheriff’s Personnel Harass Wild Horses?

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Source: Salt Lake Tribune story by Brian Maffly

“With our continued coverage and focus on upcoming Appropriation Committee votes that could spell death to wild horses and burros and put American Equines on European dinner plates we have, regrettably, let other news slip through our fingers.  For this we apologize so today we would like to share with you a story that might just be another case of government officials behaving poorly, in a phrase we all know way too well, because “They Can”.  Please continue to endeavor to get the Wild Horse & Burro White Paper in front of your legislators.  For additional information please visit last weekend’s post on this important topic.  Click (HERE) and keep the faith, my friends.” ~ R.T.


Utah Official’s Disdain for federally protected horses may have spilled over into public view

photo courtesy of Laurie Kline

The Bureau of Land Management…

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Arizona Advocate Alleges FOIA Indicates U.S.F.S. Violated Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act

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Guest article compiled by: “Heber Wild Horses

“A very interesting and positive sidebar to the release of Wild Horse Freedom Federation‘s informative and timely White Paper coupled with WHFF’s FOIA based “The Truth” series is the information that has flooded in from other volunteer advocates doing their personal parts in attempting to help/aid America’s wild horses and burros.  Today’s installment showcases the fact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not hold a monopoly on the abuse and mismanagement of our National Icons.  Many thanks to the Heber Wild Horse advocate who  forwarded this article to us for sharing.  If any of our readers have similar stories that they would like to share, please feel free to forward to my attention and we will review for publication.  Keep up the great work and continue to endeavor in getting the White Paper and Exhibits before your legislators. …

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