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☛ 1000 wild horses to be rounded up in California 10-9-18

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

1000 WILD HORSES TO BE ROUNDED UP IN CALIFORNIA

SOME COULD END UP IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

By Daniella Silva, U.S. News


Federal officials were set to begin rounding up about 1,000 wild horses from land in northern California to be put up for adoption and sale on Wednesday — but some could end up in slaughterhouses, animal advocates warned.

The horses will be taken from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in Northern California starting Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the land.

The Forest Service has said the area should have up to about 400 adult wild horses under its management plan, but currently the area has almost 4,000.

Animal rights advocates said the move to sell the horses put them at risk of being sold to “kill buyers” who would ship them abroad to slaughter plants to produce horse meat.

“There’s a risk whenever you sell these horses that you’re selling it to someone with nefarious intentions,” D.J. Schubert, a wildlife biologist with the advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute, said Tuesday. “That is not an appropriate fate for protected wild horses.”

Schubert also criticized the tactic of rounding up horse, saying the process can be “quite brutal” on the animals and was shown to actually increase the reproductive rate of the horses that remain.

“There’s plenty of evidence of horses being severely injured to the point of having to be euthanized as a result of these roundups,” he said.

He said a more humane way of managing horse populations was through the use of immunocontraception technology that would reduce the reproductive rate in the horses and lead to population decline.

The American Wild Horse Campaign also denounced the plans to sell some of the horses, saying in a statement that the Forest Service was “exploiting a legal loophole to sell an estimated 300 wild horses ‘without restriction,’ allowing kill buyers to purchase a truckload of 36 horses once a week until they are gone.”

“It’s a sad irony that the first federally protected wild horses in decades to be purposefully sold by the government for slaughter will come from California — a state where the cruel practice of horse slaughter has been banned since the 1990’s,” Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said in the statement.

The Forest Service has said reducing the adult horse population will allow certain ecological conditions to recover, “while also supporting herd health by reducing competition for limited food, water and habitat.”

Younger horses under 10 years old are more likely to be adopted, the Forest Service said, while horses older than 10 years of age who are not adopted will be put up for sale in November.

The American Wild Horse Campaign said the Forest Service will round up about 700 younger mustangs for adoption, but roughly 300 older horses will be made available for sale after 30 days.

The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages the majority of America’s wild horses and burros, is prohibited from selling the animals for slaughter, the Forest Service is technically not bound by the same condition.

Still, there is nothing requiring the service to make the horses available for sale either, Schubert said.

“The law allows it but it doesn’t require it, they have the direction to do what’s right, to do what’s humane.” he said.

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☛ Oregon horse sues former owner for neglect 8-23-18

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE LAWSUITS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

OREGON HORSE SUES FORMER OWNER FOR $100,000 CITING NEGLECT

 

IF SUCCESSFUL, THE CASE WILL BE FIRST TO ESTABLISH ANIMALS LEGAL RIGHTS TO SUE THEIR ALLGED ABUSERS IN COURT

 

Reprint from The Oregonian/Oregon Live
By Everton Bailey Jr.
ebailey@oregonian.com
May 4, 2018

 

Justice, an AQHA horse emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund photo)

A horse is suing his former Washington County owner for $100,000 in damages in a rare case in which an animal is listed as a plaintiff in legal action against its guardian.

 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland has filed suit against former owner Gwendlyn Vercher, 51, of Cornelius on behalf of the horse. Justice, an 8-year-old AQHA horse is seeking damages for negligence that left him 300 pounds underweight and afflicted with lice, a skin infection and damaged genitals from severe frostbite, according to the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court. He will require special medical care for the rest of his life, the suit said.

 

Justice, formerly known as Shadow when he lived with Vercher, was removed from the Cornelius property in March 2017 and now lives at a horse rescue in Troutdale.

 

horse lawsuit

 

Sarah Hanneken, one of the attorneys representing the horse in the case, said state case law has shown animals have legally protected rights. She said Justice should be allowed to recover the costs of damages for pain and suffering, just as a human victim would.

 

 

“The Oregon legislature clearly established an anti-cruelty statute for the safety and protection of animals,” she said. “Victims of crimes can sue their abusers and animals are sentient beings that are recognized as victims under Oregon law. So with that premise, we’ve come to the conclusion that animals can sue their abusers and we’re confident of our stance in this case.”

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☛ Protesters object to round up of wild horses in Nevada 7-18 -18

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PROTESTORS OBJECT TO PLANS TO ROUND  UP 50 WILD HORSES OUTIDE GARDNERVILLE, NEV.

 

Reprint of article by Claire Cudahy
ccudahy@swiftcom.com

July 17, 2018

“Hey hey BLM, why not let our horses stay?” and “We love our mustangs” were the rallying cries of around 50 people protesting a scheduled roundup of wild horses outside the Bureau of Land Management State Office in Reno Tuesday.

This month the BLM is slated to remove and prepare for adoption up to 50 horses from the Fish Springs near Gardnerville, Nev. — a move that has received pushback from community members who enjoy the horses’ presence and say they attract tourism to the area.

On Tuesday members of the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates and the American Wild Horse Campaign delivered around 170,000 petition signatures from people “across the world,” according the groups’ press release, to BLM State Director Michael Courtney.

This came less than a week after 300 residents packed into the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the decision to round up the herd. With “no additional information or comment” to add, BLM staff did not attend the meeting, according to an email from the agency to the Advocates.

 

With the petition, the wild horse groups hope to persuade the BLM to reduce the number of horses taken from the herd — at last BLM count around 80 — and instead allow the nonprofits to continue volunteer darting operations with contraceptives.

“We’ve already darted 35 mares and boosted about half of them just in 2018,” said Deb Walker, president of Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates. “It’s done by 100 percent volunteers with 100 percent donations.

 

The groups also want the agency to “leave all family bands intact.”

“People come from all over the world to see our horses. We have 44,000 world followers on Facebook,” added Walker. “They bring tax dollars into our community and this will unfortunately curb that if they are gone.”

But the BLM says they are operating on a federal mandate to manage the number of wild horses in the state — and overpopulation is destroying the habitat and resources for other native wildlife.

“Currently the range in that Pine Nuts area cannot support the number of horses along with the amount of natural wildlife that exists out there. We’ve got to get that balance back,” said Jenny Lesieutre, Nevada wild horse and burro public affairs specialist at BLM.

“As of March 1 there was a wild horse population of about 775 horses [in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area], and the high appropriate management level is 179.”

(Fish Springs is located just outside of the management area, but the horses filter back and forth over the boundary, according to Lesieutre.)

Lesieutre says there is not enough water and food in the Fish Springs habitat to support the current population.

It’s true across Nevada, which at last count has 44,000 wild horses — nearly three and a half times what the agency has determined as the high appropriate management level.

Darting contraception is only between 68-86 percent effective, said Lesieutre, and only “slows the population growth.”

“It is a great tool once you’re at appropriate management levels because what that does is expands the time between when you need to remove horses from the range.”

The BLM last rounded up 67 wild horses living outside the management area in November 2010, including a herd in Fish Springs. The contraceptive pilot program began in 2014, was temporarily stopped in 2016, and reinstated the following year.

Ultimately it’s unclear if the petition will change the BLM’s plans for the round up this month.

“I couldn’t answer that. We are mandated by law to manage horses,” said Lesieutre. “And management means just that — to not let them prolifically keep breeding and destroying all other wildlife in the range. We are following the mandates of Congress for the long-term benefit of the horses.”

Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates’ Walker could not speculate on the outcome either.

“This is Washington telling the local BLM what they have to do,” said Walker. “They have some discretionary power. They could come to the table and they have done some compromising with us, but there is more that needs to be done.”

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Who would want to eat a horse? 5-31-18

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

WHO WOULD WANT TO EAT A HORSE???

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
May 31, 2018

 

‘Inside the Issues’: Eating horses has been taboo for most of America’s history, but recently Congress has considered altering U.S. laws to revive the American horse slaughter industry. On FOX News’ “Tucker Carlson,” Tucker interviews Dave Duquette, representing Protect The Harvest, as well as himself as a promoter of horse slaughter during the interview.

Click for a complete view of the FOX News interview with Duquette>>

 

In an article entitled, “Hermiston doesn’t want a horse slaughter plant on its doorstep” by Richard Cockle in The Oregonian, dated and updated Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm and posted Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm.

 

“ Once wide open to virtually any industry that promised payrolls and jobs, the eastern Oregon town of Hermiston is taking a stand against the latest business poised to land on its doorstep.

 

“I don’t think the first thing you want to see when you get off the freeway is a horse slaughter plant,” said Mayor Robert E. Severson. “That’s a dramatic reversal for a town whose tallest building is the 73-foot Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed-cleaning elevator and where the Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot stockpiled rockets, bombs and land mines armed with nerve gas and mustard agents outside the city limits until this past spring. But livability is an issue for Hermiston’s 16,745 residents, and a slaughter plant might discourage other enterprises from coming here.

 

“We are the fastest-growing community in eastern Oregon. I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Thank God that you took a stand against the horse slaughter plant.’ The nation’s last three horse slaughter plants in Texas and Illinois closed five years ago, ending the annual killing and processing of roughly 100,000 of the nation’s 9.2 million horses. President Barack Obama signed the federal agricultural appropriations bill last spring, lifting a congressional ban on domestic horse-meat inspections, in effect allowing slaughter to resume.”

 

DUQUETTE ALIGNS WITH SUE WALLIS (AKA) SLAUGHTER SUE

 

Dave Duquette’s name is nothing new to the horse slaughter industry. His early appearances as a promoter in the horse slaughter industry can be traced back to 2012 and earlier, as evidenced in an article “Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state representative, cattle rancher and slaughter advocate, said four equine slaughter/processing facilities will open in Missouri, Iowa and New Mexico within two months. All are former beef or bison plants retrofitted for horses, she said.

 

Industry representatives blame the shutdown of domestic slaughter for triggering steep declines in horse values, causing widespread horse abandonment and overwhelming rescue operations.

 

Meanwhile, a related population explosion among wild herds on reservations is damaging roots, berries and other traditional Native American foods, tribal members say.

 

Duquette met with representatives of 11 tribes last month in Pendleton, some from as far as the Dakotas, to discuss the slaughter issue. He said he expects tribes to underwrite 51 to 65 percent of the Hermiston plant.

 

THE TWO FACES OF DAVE DUQUETTE

 

Dave Duquette, a Hermiston horse trainer who is organizing the slaughter effort, said the City Council is missing a bet on a proposal that would employ 100 workers, slaughter up to 25,000 horses a year and inject $35 million into the local economy.

 

He hopes to have the 20,000-square-foot plant in place by late 2013. Investors have bought 252 acres near the junction of Interstate 84/Interstate 82 for the operation, he said. He also plans a nonprofit horse rehabilitation center managed by the 22,000-member United Horsemen’s Association in conjunction with the plant.

 

“It would rescue, train and find homes for horses salvaged from the slaughter stream,” he said.

 

“We are going to try to reproduce this facility in several places in the United States,” said Duquette, who believes the rescue center could be “a role model for the nation. Horses for slaughter would include old, lame and problem domestic horses as well as unwanted wild horses from herds roaming Indian reservations”.

 

On one hand Duquette wants to slaughter horses by building an elaborate slaughtering facility, as well as duplicating its likeness with other horse-slaughter plant constructions while, on the other hand, Duquette is advocating rescuing some from the horse-slaughter pipeline. Still he thinks it’s good to eat horsemeat.  A dichotomy personification at its finest.

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER – “AN ONGOING BATTLE OF IDEOLOGIES”

 

Proponents “sing the same ole tune.  “It’s necessary for the welfare of the poor horse,” a statement that is merely a smoking mirror to elude relevant facts of the actual causes of over-populated horses in this country directly contributing to the poor-horse moniker. Meanwhile “Advocates Against Slaughter” are the ones bringing scientific studies and relevant facts to the table in the quest for dominance in the truth issue. The proponent philosophy is clearly evidenced in the FOX News, Tucker Carlson interview with Duquette.  Duquette thinks everyone would enjoy eating horsemeat, which is a sad commentary for the poor horse, but not for Duquette who wants to open horse slaughter plants for profit throughout the U.S.A.

 

However, Duquette’s meager quest for illogical rationality is overshadowed by Tucker Carlson’s rapier rebuttals of the subject using historical and sound logic to rebuke Duquette’s illogical rambling’s.

 

DIRECT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS ATTRIBUTING TO THE PLIGHT OF AMERICAS HORSE.

 

Research has clearly evidenced each horse population has mitigating factorsdirectly contributing to an overpopulation of horses in America. As such, to clearly identify the overpopulation of horses one must separate the overpopulation into four categories:

 

1) Personally owned, 2) Performance horse industry, 3) Horse racing industry and 4) wild mustangs and burros.

 

Within category (1), (2), and (3), one relevant factor contributes to each respective category, (e.g. an economic decline in American wealth and earnings) that specifically contributes to more unwanted or unaffordable horses in our society.

 

Equally, within category (1), (2), and (3) another relevant factor contributing to the unwanted horse population is the  “over-breeding” of a specific group or type.  Still another relevant factor contributing to the over population of horses in Americas society is the back-yard or (unintentional) breeding of horses.

 

In the performance horse industry, the specific relevant factor contributing to the overpopulation of horses in America is an annual explosion of horses driven by race and/or performance horse breeders trying to ascend to the top of the “Futurity Ladder of Success”.During the process of winning a Futurity, young horses are crippled and are destined for the horse-slaughter pipeline. Therefore, the “Breed More, Kill More” moniker is derived.

 

CASE IN POINT

 

Registrants of specific horse breeds or types make a significant amount of money due to breeding, foal registration, futurity entrance fees and horse transfers.  Therefore, it’s in their best interest for these specific horse breed associations to encourage an annual population of horses, (e.g. American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Thoroughbred Association, etc.).

 

Actually, in the case of some breeders, a rational person can deduce that the breeding philosophy is “Breed 10 and maybe get one champion,” knowing that the slaughter pipeline is a viable outlet for those horses that are either crippled during the process or don’t make it to the Championship ring. Perhaps if the horse-slaughter outlet were closed, even to crossing borders to Mexico and Canada or internationally, perhaps then a breeder would think about reducing the number of horses he or she produces each year.

 

On the other hand, wild mustangs and burros are witnessing a war being waged against them due to:

 

1)         Mismanagement by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and

 

2)         Livestock grazers, grazing cattle and sheep on National Grasslands at a fraction of the cost they would pay for lease use on private land.

 

Livestock grazers on National Grasslands have been dubbed the title of “Welfare ranchers” for a good cause, i.e., when required, they receive government subsidy checks to keep them going. Scientific studies have proven over and over again that certain assertions made by livestock grazers against wild mustangs and burros have often times been proven categorically false. However, what they fail to tell you is that the wild horses, burros, wildlife and predators suffer from the encroachment of privately owned cattle and sheep into their native environment.

 

Another mitigating factor instigated and/or caused by livestock grazers is the reduction and/or killing of predators in these areas that would otherwise contribute to the natural course of nature by killing sick, young and old wild horses and mustangs for survival – The Natural Balance of Nature.

 

Notwithstanding, it’s these same livestock grazers (welfare ranchers), combined with corporations in the cattle and sheep production business, that are the direct contributing factor for the U.S. Government spending millions of dollars annually in the removal and housing of the wild mustangs and burros, as well as for the removal and/or killing of the predators in these areas. This is a very wasteful spending project – all because of livestock producers.

 

In my article “Horse Slaughter – Fact and Fiction”, published on July 23, 2015 on www.allaboutcutting.net, these exact circumstances are delineated and include eye-opening Bureau of Land Management (BLM) statistics.

Click for Horse Slaughter – Fact and Fiction>>

 

 

ECOLOGIST CRAIG DOWNER: An Open Letter to BLM. Re: Cloud Herd

 

Another piece of compelling evidence delineating the mismanagement of the wild mustangs and burros is an open letter to the BLM. Mr. Downer is an ecologist who has extensively studied both the wild horses of the West and the endangered mountain tapirs of the Northern Andes. His authored articles include: Wild Horses, their ecological contribution, their North American evolutionary roots, their great natural and social value and their survival plight.

Click to read the Craig Downer letter>>

 

LETTER FROM” PAULA BACON, MAYOR OF KAUFMAN, TEXAS (2003-2007).

 

According to Dave Duquette, eating horsemeat may be his choice of meat preferences but neither he nor Forrest Lucas’ PROTECT THE HARVEST explains in their dialogue exactly what the ramifications are in opening a horse-slaughter plant in the U.S.A. The following letter explaining the adverse effects of such a plant is reduced to script by Mrs. Paula Bacon, the mayor of Kaufman, Texas, and derived from her first-hand witness, knowledge and experience.

 

“I am 5th generation in Kaufman, TX, a community that spent many difficult years

trying to deal with a horse-slaughter plant. As a resident, business owner (P.G.

Bacon Lumber Co. “Friendly Service Since 1896”), taxpayer and one who has

served four terms on the City Council, with two as mayor, I believe a horse-slaughter plant is among thevery least desirable things a community would want.

 

A horse-slaughter plant ranks with a lead-smelter plant and sexually oriented businesses, the dead opposite of economic development. A horse-slaughter plant created expensive environmental problems for taxpayers, profoundly affected our crime rate and stigmatizes the community as ‘that place where they slaughter horses’ — and good development goes elsewhere.

 

Knowing what such a plant does to a community, people want to do everything

they can to keep a horse-slaughter plant from moving in. A horse-slaughter plant

creates long-term m&o expenses, dominates what people think of your community

and getting rid of them is almost impossible. A horse-slaughter plant is a classic

example of how a bad decision leads to multiple bad outcomes”.

To read the full letter click here>>

 

PROTECT THE HARVEST

 

One of the “so-called” protectors of our way of life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit started by billionaire Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Fame, called “PROTECT THE HARVEST.”  Lucas wants to protect American Society from everything including abolishment from hunting, fishing, rodeo, horse shows, etc.  However, what Mr. Lucas doesn’t tell you is that he is also in the cattle business.  “Therefore, Lucas has some skin in the game” regarding the BLM issue.

 

PROTECT THE HARVEST MISSION STATEMENT:

 

1)         PROTECT THE HARVEST IS WORKING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS TO HUNT, FISH, FARM, EAT MEAT, AND OWN PETS.

 

For the record, one of the narrator’s of a video, “Horses In Crisis”, that is on the front of PROTECT THE HARVEST’S website, clearly admits all predator control has been implemented by the livestock industry. Coincidentally, in my opinion this is a propaganda film at it’s finest. On one hand the narrator provides a dire image of a suffering horse, while at the same time elevating themselves as the protector of the realm, as well as, at the same time, taking “no responsibility whatsoever” for the imbalance of grazing animals on National Grasslands that ultimately affects the plight of the wild horses, burros, wildlife and predators in these areas.

 

In order to advance Lucas’s agenda, he has been infusing the Performance Horse industry with hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions for which he’s using to establish booths at major events to promote his self-serving agenda. In fact, Lucas Oil is the prefix preceding the name of the major events Lucas is sponsoring with nonprofits such as the NRCHA, NCHA, AQHA, etc..

 

However, I would like to inform Mr. Lucas and Duquette that I’m not one inclined to buy into their propaganda machine as others have. I’m sure the cowboys and cowgirls, as well as the associations, like his cash infusion but like anything else, I’d take his rhetoric with a grain of salt.All in all, my opinion of what’s happening in the plight of domestic and wild horses and burros has two dominate contributing factors as the root cause: Greed and Money!  This is evidenced in the Tucker Carlson/Duquette interview where Duquette asserts, “eating horse meat is good, but fails to tell the audience that his ulterior motive is promoting horse slaughter to enrich himself in hopes of opening horse slaughter plants. 

 

As usual, just smoking mirrors!

 

Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle !

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500.

Email: richarde.dennis@yahoo.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

 

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☛ Myth & Management of Wild Horse Population 5-8-18

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

LATEST SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS WILD HORSE OVER-POPULATION

 

MYTH AND MANAGEMENT

 

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
May 8, 2018

 

On July 23, 2015, I authored an article, entitled “Horse Slaughter – Facts and Fiction” which was released on allaboutcutting.net. In the article I explained: An existing dichotomy in the American horse industry requiring scrutiny and analyzation is Horse Slaughter. As I previously stated in Horse Abuse, Part 6: Horse Slaughter – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, “Ever since the introduction of the SAFE Act Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 1214) was introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2015, advocates on both sides of the aisle have been organizing in opposition of the bill, as well as promoting its passage.”

 

The article includes the identification of three TOP-TIER-RANKED HORSE SLAUGHTER ADVOCATES:

 

# American Quarter Horse Association

# Protect The Harvest

# Veterinary Advocacy Groups

 

This article also includes sections on:

 

BALANCE OF NATURE:

The balance of nature is a theory that proposes that ecological systems are usually in a stable equilibrium (homeostasis), which is to say that a small change in some particular parameter (for example, the size of a particular population) will be corrected by some negative feedback that will bring the parameter back to its original “point of balance” with the rest of the system. It may apply where populations depend on each other, for example in predator/prey systems, or relationships between herbivores and their food source. It is also sometimes applied to the relationship between the Earth’s ecosystem – the composition of the atmosphere and the world’s weather.

 

FACTS:

First and foremost, neither ideology addresses a myriad of causes addressing each issue on an “apple-to-apple” or an “apple-and-orange” relationship, nor do they offer a specific alternative to rectify the problem – other than horse slaughter.  However, each organization directly appeals to the plight of the horse from an emotional factor in order to sway public opinion to support their biased position on horse slaughter as a means to control horse populations.

 

ECONOMIC FACTS OF PUBLIC LANDS GRAZING:

#  Public lands grazers (cattle and sheep producers) are a minority of livestock producers in the West and throughout the country.

#  Number of livestock producers with federal grazing permits: 27,000.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in the United States: 3 percent.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in eleven Western states: 22 percent.

#  Number of livestock producers without federal grazing permits: 880,000.

 

The facts and figures included in this article, as well as the plight of the Wild Mustang, were directly received from the Federal Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C.

 

Now a newly released article in“Horsetalk.Co.NZ” entitled Latest Science Highlights Wild Horse Over-Population – Myth And Management,by William E. Simpson brings his reading audience even closer to facts concerning the Wild Mustang as well as contradicting allegations proposed by the BLM, who are proponents to horse slaughter, and the cattle grazers on Federal grasslands.  For the record, it also confirms my 2015 article on the same subject. William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centurions, proceeds from which go toward supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary.

 

In his article Mr. Simpson explains:The critics of the BLM and their Wild Horse and Burro Program, who number in the thousands (at least), have long held that there were more myths being spun about wild horses than truths.

Click for article>>

 

The Curator of Vertebrates at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History, Professor Ross MacPhee, is just one of that indelible multitude and has made his position on the BLM’s canards very clear as we read here.

 

Now we have further confirmation of those suspicions. Noted wildlife ecologist Craig C. Downer has just completed a lengthy and enlightening study on the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horses in Oregon and their management on publicly owned Wild-horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that were established under Act of Congress in the 1971 Wild Burro and Horse Protection Act.

 

This same report is being provided to the administrative heads of BLM, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Department of the Interior (DOI) in the public interest of proper management of the legendary and majestic American wild horses. A few of the many examples of the myths that have long been promulgated by the BLM and wild horse management officials in other government agencies, including the USFS, are cited as follows:

 

     1. Myth:          Wild horses cannot graze on rough or steep terrain.

 

     1. Truth:        This first myth is manifestly untrue. As someone who lives among wild horses in a naturally operating ecosystem, I regularly observed and documented wild horses browsing on steep rocky (volcanic talus) mountainsides.

 

     2. Myth:          Wild horses don’t eat brush or woody plants, only sweet grass and hay.

 

     2. Truth:        Wild horses in fact do browse on a diet that is widely distributed among many plants in the biomes of North America and maintain symbiotic mutualism with the plants eaten by spreading their seeds in many cases. This canard as to diet has been repeated often by BLM wild horse and burro managers who do not have the requisite field experience in wild horse behavioral ecology, so they substitute and impose domestic breed behavioral ecology on wild horses, which is not consistent with fact. Wild horses do in fact eat woody plants as we see in the below short video of a wild mare browsing on some white oak debris that was blown down from a tree top.

                                             

     3. Myth:          Wild horses consume forage needed for rebuilding depleted deer herds

 

     3. Truth:        This myth was spawned into the hunting industry by some individuals who were in and around the BLM and USFS. In the detailed, peer-reviewed study by Hansen, R.M., Clark, R.C., & Lawhorn, W. 1977 entitled ‘Foods of Wild Horses, Deer and Cattle in the Douglas Mountain Area, Colorado‘,we read in the first paragraph that the dietary overlap of deer and wild horses is just 1 percent.

 

     4. Myth:          Livestock should be exclusively used for grazing prodigious ground fuels that are the genesis of catastrophic wildfire.

 

     4. Truth:        The reality is that livestock are useful as wildfire ground-fuel grazers only in and around grazing areas that can be actively managed with mechanical means for soil conditioning and re-seeding. This is because livestock (cattle and sheep) are an invasive species and via their grazing, which does overlap more heavily with deer, will strip native plants and their seeds from any area where they graze.

 

This fact is a function of livestock being ruminants with a very efficient digestive system (complex stomach). The opposite is true for wild horses, which have a monogastric (single stomach) digestive system that passes both humus and undamaged/undigested seed back into the soils, thereby complementing and re-seeding the soils where they graze, which is of particular value in wildfire scars.

     5. Myth: Wild horses damage riparian areas more than livestock.

 

     5. Truth:        Both physics and empirical evidence prove this false. The math/physics proves that the ground-loading in pounds per square inch (PSI) related to cattle is considerably higher in cattle over horses. Furthermore, due to the pointed (pick-like) tips on the bifurcated hooves of cattle, that force is made even more effective, therefore disrupting soils and increasing erosion significantly as compared to the shape of a horse’s virtually round one-piece hoof and lower ground loading in PSI.

 

     6. Myth:          Wild horses have no natural predators.

 

     6. Truth:        Every apex predator (mountain lions, bears, wolves, coyotes) hunts, kills and eats wild horses and I have detailed and documented the depredation of our local wild horses, where the population of adult horses dropped from ca. 67 adults (2014) to ca. 52 adults in 2017. Only 5 percent of foals born alive with mares survive to their first year (1 out of 20 born) due to death by predators alone.

 

     7. Myth:          Wild horses are not native to America.

 

     7. Truth:        As professor Ross MacPhee says: “Wild horses are as American as apple pie” and without doubt originated in North America.

 

To further explain the plight of the wild horse or “Mustang” another article adds credence to the severity of “Over Production Of Stock – Cattle and Sheep”, on our Federal grasslands.  A May 6, 2018 FOX Newsreport entitled “Nearly 200 horses found dead, buried in mud on Navajo land in Arizona,”by Katherine Lam of Fox News.  Nearly 200 horses were found dead in a stock pond on Navajo land in Arizona after widespread drought and famine hit the area, officials said.

 

About 191 wild horses died of natural causes in the pond in Gray Mountain, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said in a news release. Nez and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye went to the scene to assess the incident last Wednesday.

 

“These animals were searching for water to stay alive. In the process, they unfortunately burrowed themselves into the mud and couldn’t escape because they were so weak,” Nez said in the news release. What this article actually depicts is just how fragile our public grasslands are and Mother Nature only provides so much substance for survival to go around. Water is life’s liquid. Livestock definitely play a part in the balance of nature by depleting food and water sources which would ordinarily be consumed by wild horses and wildlife.

 

Click for Navajo Article>>

 

For the record, these three articles clearly provide clear and unequivocal evidence of the fragility of our Federal Grasslands and the importance of a “balance of nature.”  It’s also clear that there’s a rumor factory engulfing the Washington D.C. area which is designed to upend this “balance of nature” by the removal of wild horses and predators, using the overpopulation of wild horses and predators as the “culprits” which must be removed at all cost to insure the reestablishment of the “balance of nature.”  Therefore, who suffers under such a convoluted ideology? The wildlife and the predators!

 

When in “truth and fact,” the BLM never provides the real reason for the removal of these animals, except a myriad of hypothetical propaganda-produced algorithms,  due in-part to: The whining of cattle and sheep producers and the “wanna be ” Ogliarch’s in Washington D.C. who are dictating the plight of the American wild horses and predators simply due to greed (money) that is made from cattle and sheep production on public grasslands. However, what’s not being told is the amount of money being made by corporations and individual ranchers by taxpayer induced government subsidies totaling in the millions of dollars annually.

 

Along with government provided subsidies, it costs the American taxpayer millions of dollars annually for predator removal and the housing, care and maintenance of the wild horses, which are removed and held in holding pens. Are all of these millions of dollars being spent wisely for the preservation of our wild horses, wildlife, and Federal grasslands or is it for the benefit of someone’s pocketbook and bank account? After all, the BLM report states Federal land grazers that actually pay for their grazing permits – minority. You decide !!!

 

“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobile Number: (985) 630-3500

Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ At least 25 horses found dead on Maryland property 3-17-18

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AT LEAST 25 DEAD HORSES FOUND ON MARYLAND PROPERTY

Published by WBOC16, Hebron, Md.
March 17, 2018

Authorities are investigating after at least 25 dead horses were found on on a rural property in West County, Md. Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said that at around 11 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Wicomico County Animal Control, began an investigation into the report of the presence of deceased horses on the property located in the 6000 block of Cherrywalk Road outside of Hebron.

 

Robinson said when they arrived on the scene, investigators located the dead horses. At this time the investigation is ongoing into what caused the deaths of these horses and how long they have been there, according to Robinson.

The observed remains were in various states of decay, Robinson noted.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC on Friday that his deputies had been called to this house on numerous occasions in the past, but never for a call or complaint this extreme.

“Not a few times. Not a dozen times.  But dozens of times over the years.  And these horses have gotten our dozens of times and they have trampled people’s flower beds and trampled their yards.  There have been several near accidents with the horses in the roadway,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Lewis added that he does not recall any calls related to the horses being malnourished or not being properly cared for.  The calls and complaints have always been about the horses getting out, according to the Sheriff.  But now that authorities have seen the condition of the horses, including the more than two dozen dead horses on the property, its possible that this investigation leads to charges.

“Absolutely.  Well certainly animal neglect, but it could be animal cruelty based on what our investigation finds out and what it concludes,” Lewis added.”

Investigators and members from animal control are expected to be at the Hebron property over the weekend.  The next step in the investigation will be removing several of the dead horses so a cause of death can be determined.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891.

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