WHAT DOES TRUMP PRESIDENCY MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF WILD HORSES?
March 19, 2017
The White House is responding to an I-Team investigation into wild horses. They are protected under federal law as “living symbols” of the nation’s pioneer spirit. But now advocates are worried what the Donald Trump presidency could mean for the future of the mustangs. Dan notes has a long history reporting on this issue and he’s back with the latest at ABC News (KGO-TV). Click for link to article:
ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC NUTRITION CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
Feb. 8, 2017
The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the region’s premier animal nutrition conference, will be held April 5-6, 2017 at the Hunt Valley Wyndam Grand in Hunt Valley, MD. Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the Equine Session held on the second day featuring morning seminars devoted to the aged horse, allergies, and how to boost the equine immune system. The afternoon will be devoted to the equine gut microbiome and related supplements. Veterinarians, students, horse trainers, horse breeders, and horse owners should not miss this opportunity to learn about exciting new discoveries related to their equine health and nutrition. All attendees will receive lunch and the opportunity to ask questions of all of the experts. Pre- registrations are encouraged and can be done online at: https://ansc.umd.edu/extension/mid- atlantic-nutrition-conference/registration-information
2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference – Equine Session Schedule Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00am Physiology of Aging in Horses
Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Rutgers University
8:50am Feeding Management of the Endocrine Challenged Horse Dr. Lisa Tadros, Michigan State University
10:20am Exploring Seasonal Allergies in Horses
Dr. Katherine Williamson, Purina Animal Nutrition
11:10am Can Nutrition Be Used to Boost the Immune System? Dr. Lori Warren, University of Florida
1:30pm Gut Microbiome Overview
Dr. Amy Biddle, University of Delaware
Sorting Out Common Ingredients In Equine Supplements
Dr. Melyni Worth, Foxden Equine
2:20pm Probiotics and Prebiotics in Horse Feed: What’s the Difference? Dr. Marty Adams, Southern States
Panel Discussion: Digestive Feed Supplements and the Gut Microbiome
The conference is hosted by the Maryland Feed Industry Council, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Rutgers University, American Feed Industry Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
For more information on the entire conference, please visit our website at https://ansc.umd.edu/extension/mid-atlantic-nutrition-conference.
For information on sponsoring this event, please contact Jennifer Reynolds at 301-405-1547.
TODAYS INCIDENTAL NEWS:
Dec. 31, 2016
BLM SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR WILD HORSE AND BURRO SLAUGHTER ADVISORY BOARD
Currently there is only one member on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) advisory board for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program that is an advocate for the horses. Ginger Kathrens is the only member to vote against butchering tens of thousands of wild horses that the BLM has illegally captured and currently confines at taxpayer expense. According to those in the know, “Ginger is the only advocate; the rest are all special interest, pre-screened appointees that are interested in only horse slaughter, welfare ranching, hunting and personal affirmation.
Recently the Department of the Interior send out a notice with the purpose being to solicit public nominations for three positions on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that will become vacant on April 3, 2017. The Board provides advice concerning the management, protection and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by the Department of the Interior through the BLM.
Board members serve without compensation; however, while away from their home or regular places of business, Board and subcommittee members engaged in Board or subcommittee business, approved by the Designated Federal Official, may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem, in lieu of subsistence in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in government service.
Nominations for a term of three years are needed to represent the following categories of interest: Natural Resource Management, Wild Horse and Burrow Research, Public Interest (Equine behavior).
The Board meets one to four times annually but may call for additional meetings in connection with special needs for advice. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.
Send all mail via the U.S. Postal Service to: Division of Wild Horses and Burros, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street N.W., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea Boothe, WO-260, Washington, DC 20240.
Mail send by Fed Ex or UPs should be addressed to: Wild Horse and Burro Division, U. s. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea Both, Washington, D.C. 20003.
You may also e-mail PDF documents to Ms. Boothe at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations must be postmarked or submitted to the BLM no later than Feb. 10, 2017.
BLM soliciting public nominations
IRS ISSUES NEWLY PROPOSED REGULATIONS RELATING TO PARI-MUTUEL WINNINGS
According to the Paulick Report, in a 31-page rule-making document, the Treasury and the IRS has issued newly proposed regulations relating to withholding and reporting with respect to pari-mutuel winnings. The document, entitled “Withholding on Payments of Certain Gambling Winnings, accomplishes the goals started and spearheaded by the NTRA more than two years ago.
The proposed regulations clarify “the amount of the wager’ to include the entire amount wagered into a specific pari-mutuel pool by an individual – not just the winning base unit as is the case today – as long as all wagers made into a specific pool by an individual are made on a single totalizator ticket if the wager is placed onsite.
The proposed regulations will impact a significant percentage of winning wagers, particularly those involving multi-horse or multi-race exotic wagers and result in tens of millions of dollars in additional pari-mutuel churn.
The proposed regulations will undergo a 90-day comment period and it is conceivable that they could be in place prior to the 2017 Triple Crown. The NTRA will soon establish a convenient and simple method for industry stakeholders to encourage enactment of the proposed regulations.
To follow this, go to http://www.paulickreport.com
OPERATION GELDING CLINIC GELDS 100TH STALLION
According to a press release put out by the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), Operation Gelding clinic organizers Lacey Edge and Kaye Garrison have gelded 100 stallions through the organization’s Operation Gelding Program.
Kaye and her daughter, Lacey, have been organizing clinics since the program began in 2010. Lacey, 13 at the time, earned about the program after conducting research for a school project. This year, she returned from West Texas A&M University to continue the tradition.
A 2-year-old, Crash, named for crashing through several fences when he was only a few weeks old, was the 100th stallion to be gelded.
Since 2010, the UHC’s Operation Gelding program has provided funding to geld 1,562 stallions at 122 clinics in 31 states. This year, 348 stallions were castrated, just 18 fewer than the last two years combined. Numbers are expected to surge again in 2017 when the program will pay $100 per horse, an increase that was approved by the UHC at its annual meeting last June. Vouchers are also available to owners with financial need.
Individuals interested in hosting a clinic should contact the UHC office at 202-737-7325 or email@example.com, or visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.
DUAL PEPPY RECEIVING LASER THERAPY ON STEM CELLS
THE STALLION’S NUTRITION IS BEING MANAGED AS WELL AS MEDICAL ISSUES
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 28, 2016
Dual Peppy at the Blue Rose Ranch in Colorado. Photo was taken in July 2016.
There has been some controversy about the movement of Dual Peppy to the Babcock Ranch in Sanger, Texas. However, after talking with Patricia Woodrick, who lives close to the Babcock Ranch and visits with the stallion daily, I feel Dual Peppy is not only getting help but the latest and best help that a horse can get. Since Woodrick has become involved in the stallion’s recovery, I felt the public needed to know who she is and what she is doing for Dual Peppy – free of charge.. She has headed several studies including the effects of laser therapy on stem cells and is currently working on a study for a new equine therapy device using lixels instead of pixels to increase the delivery of photon magnetic wave therapy.
According to Woodrick, the stallion’s loss of weight and muscle is tragic and his current condition is not indicative of the pictures taken when he left Blue Rose Ranch in July. She said that Jim Babcock reached out to her to provide Dual Peppy every opportunity for recovery that is available.
Woodrick knows about this kind of trauma as she has experienced the same type of trauma in her own health resulting in her own body clinically eating itself, “0” fat content and a huge percentage of muscle loss. She states that because she’s human, she has her own ability to seek help and Dual Peppy now has someone who is taking care of the same critical medial issues that end the lives of people and animals alike.
Woodrick also addresses nutrition, saying “His nutrition has to be managed as much as his medical issues. Adding full body class IV therapy treatment will trigger the natural component of his body to stimulate stem cell production, accelerate tissue and muscle regeneration in addition to providing pain relief.”
Following is the full letter from Patricia Woodrick:
You may remember me from many years ago. Due to some injuries, I no longer show, train or breed pleasure horses.
I have been very involved in equine therapy working first as a salesperson and educator for major therapy manufacturers of equine medical therapy devices, including modalities such as *photon, acoustic wave, sound wave, and magnetic wave therapy. Basically laser, shock wave, ultrasound and magnetic stimulation.
I also have headed several studies that have included the effects of laser therapy on stem cells and I am currently working on a study for a new equine therapy device using lixels instead of pixels to increase the delivery of photon therapy. It’s been really interesting and a growing educational experience.
I have become involved with Dual Peppy’s recovery. I am aware of some of the controversy about his move to the Babcock ranch. I posted on the Blue Rose Ranch Horse Rescue and adoption page about Dual Peppy’s condition and treatment. There are two different posts. I had two thoughts I wanted the public to understand. I wish I would have combined them.
This horse has a very long way to full recovery- if that is possible. His current condition is not indicative of the pictures taken when he left Blue Rose Ranch. They should be commended for his care and I only wish he was in the same health as the pictures represent.
His care after his departure from Blue Rose Ranch and Horse rescue and before he arrived at Jim Babcock’s ranch early this month is what should be questioned by those who are so worried about the care Jim Babcock is providing for this animal!
The regression that has taken place in just his weight and muscle loss is tragic.
Jim Babcock reached out to me to provide this animal EVERY opportunity for recovery available. As I said in my second post on Blue Rose’s Facebook page, I have experienced such trauma in my own health, resulting in my own body clinically eating itself, a “0” fat content, huge percentage of muscle loss and the decrease of my T level to near non existence!
Luckily I am human and have my own ability to seek help. Luckily, Dual Peppy has someone who is taking care of the same critical medical issues that end the lives of people and animals alike!
There are many technical aspects of the treatments Dual Peppy is receiving. The atrophy of his muscles create body pain. It’s a vicious cycle. Doctors tell you “protein, protein, protein.”
For Dual Peppy, too much is as dangerous as not enough. His nutrition has to be managed as much as his medical issues. Adding full body class IV therapy treatment will trigger the natural components of his body to stimulate stem cell production, accelerate tissue and muscle regeneration In addition to providing pain relief.
Everyone should know that this amazing animal survived because he had the will and the heart to live. If he had not been rescued, it would not have been enough.
The intervention of all involved should be commended. Everyone should know that the story has not ended and his fight is not over yet. For those concerned, knowing if this animal will ever breed again is a question that will not and cannot be answered in the near future.
The main concern at the Babcock Ranch is the comfort, care, dignity and recovery of this unique, magnificent animal.
I have been involved in many aspects of the horse industry. I am proud that it has brought me to a place of involvement, which allows me to be a part of his recovery and life.
Thank you for your time and warmest regards.
It’s been a very long time.
Photon therapy: A type of radiation therapy that uses x-rays or gamma rays that come from a special machine called a linear accelerator (linac). The radiation dose is delivered at the surface of the body and goes into the tumor and through the body. Photon beam radiation therapy is different from proton beam therapy.
U.S. TENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULES AGAINST BLM ON WILD HORSE ISSUE
Release by 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals
Oct. 15, 2016
For the second time this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled in our favor on a precedent-setting issue concerning wild horse management on public lands.
In 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) treated more than a million acres of public land in the Wyoming Checkerboard as private land for purposes of wild horse management. The “Checkerboard” is a large area in Wyoming that consists of alternating parcels of public and private lands.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that BLM violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act by removing hundreds of federally protected will horses from public lands under the agency’s limited private land removal authority, and in the process ignoring the legal requirements that BLM must satisfy before permanently removing wild horses from public lands.
Because all herd management areas either contain private lands within their boundaries or are adjacent to private lands, today’s ruling has enormous precedental implications for wild horse management throughout the American West.
For the court ruling, click here.
On Jan. 9, 2016, Rick Dennis posted an article on this site where he notified the Office Of The Inspector General requesting a criminal investigation into the BLM regarding the wild horses and burros, due to their violation of the Wild Free-roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 , which he felt would not only save taxpayers dollars but also for the protection of America’s wild herbivore populations being born and living on public land. He also encouraged punishment of any federal employee found violating this law and encouraged individuals to write or call the Office of the Inspector General. His philosophy regarding this matter was directly in line with this ruling.
Click for Rick Dennis Jan. 9 article>>
IS THE BLM PLANNING TO KILL 45,000 WILD HORSES & BURROS?
AN ADVISORY BOARD TO BLM HAS RECOMMENDED IT
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 14, 2016
Horses jammed into pens awaiting their slaughter.
Recently I received a press release regarding the BLM rounding up and removing some 45,000 wild horses from their natural habitat over the last 20 years in the interest of allowing privately owned cattle to graze on the public land due to an unsustainable financial burden of keeping the horses alive in their facilities (which they are bound by law to protect) – $49 million in 2015 alone. Since then, articles have come out on Fox News, CNN and even in the Arizona Republic newspaper.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement condemning the decision, saying, “The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mismanagement. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years. It was suggested that mass equine euthanasia is necessitated by the overcrowding of holding facilities.
The nine-member advisory board is appointed by the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. It is made up of veterinarians and representatives of the public, the livestock industry, wildlife managers and horse advocates. The Board recommends action to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management but does not make policy. Horse advocate and documentary filmmaker Ginger Kathrens cast the only vote against the recommendation of slaughtering the horses.
A visit to SNOPES shows that the BLM itself did not vote to slaughter horses and has yet made a decision on the recommendation that they should do so. They won’t meet again until the spring of 2017. The intent behind the vote was to send a strong message to Washington, D.C., (and horse lovers all over the United States) so that this might happen. Dean Bolstad, Division Chief had been alluding to killing the captive wild horses earlier in the meeting.
As a result, a petition has been originated with signers quickly getting close to 75,000 signatures at press time. The petition says:
“The mass killing of 45,000 wild horses and burros could become reality if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has its way.
On September 9, 2016 the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended killing of captured wild horses and burros as an “emergency” measure. The agency wants to clear the holding pens so that it can round up 40,000 more wild horses and burros from their homes on the range.
Hours before the recommendation, the BLM cancelled cruel sterilization experiments on wild mares amidst growing public outrage and a barrage of lawsuits. Now the agency is focusing on mass killing of these national icons, but can only do so if Congress and the Administration authorize this lethal and heartless plan.
The American people will not stand for this. Tell the Administration and Congress that we want our wild horses and burros protected and preserved on our public lands, not rounded up and killed or sold for brutal slaughter.
This petition will be delivered to:
United States Department of the Interior
U.S. House of Representatives”
Click for petition>>
WHO’S FOR IT AND WHO’S AGAINST?
In June, a meeting for the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard from California Congressman Tom McClintock, who argued that wild horses are overpopulated.
Kathrens, director of The Cloud Foundation, explained, “Current management practices of round-up, removal and warehousing … cause compensatory reproduction – an increase in populations as a result of decreased competition for forage.” In other words, there would not be a surge in wild horses if the BLM hadn’t removed most of them from their land in the first place. According to Kathrens, cattle outnumber horses and burros 47 to 1, and livestock (cattle) are allocated 82 percent of the forage.
PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT:
On July 23, 2015, I published factual article written by Rick Dennis in www.allaboutcutting.com that included astounding statistics. Horse Slaughter – Fact & Fiction, not only has economic statistics; it makes one wonder what the real reasons are for getting rid of the wild horses.
An article from the Daily Pitchfork said that 21,000 ranchers who graze their livestock (cattle) on Western rangelands are estimated to have cost the taxpayers $500 million in 2014 – and every year for the past decade and that a number of them are millionaires, billionaires and multi-billion-dollar corporations.
The fee they paid per month for an AUM (animal unit month) in 2014 was $1.35, the lowest price that can legally be charged, as the market prize to graze on private land is $21.60. The majority of this money is spent on range rehabilitation, leaving only approximately $7.9 million going into the U. S. Treasury.
It costs the BLM over $480 million a year to kill predators, $380 per rancher and 10 times that much ($3,809) to get rid of wild horses and burros – with most going to slaughter. In the end, special interest welfare (money going to ranchers, EPA, USDA, Dept of Justice and US Army Corp of Engineers) is estimated between $500 million and $1 billion a year.
In 2014 BLM and United States Forest Service (USFS) permit holders paid an estimated $18.5 million in fees to graze 1.14 million livestock units on the 229 million acres of federal land used for grazing. But only a fraction, between 1/3 and ¼, of that actually went into the Treasury. In other words 2/3 to ¾ of the low fees ranchers pay go back into their pockets. Public land ranchers were paid $376 for what cost taxpayers $6,838 in 2014.
Click for article>>
Another article was published on March 20, 2016 in AllAboutCutting.com, also written by Rick Dennis, entitled “Overbreeding, Over Population, Horse Slaughter: How each affects the Horse Industry.”
Dennis asks if the BLM is breaking the law. “The Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971” requires protection, management and control of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on public lands.”
Incidentally, the cattle ranchers only contribute approximately 2 percent of the overall beef production in the U.S.A. And how is BLM sidetracking the law? In his opinion, this is done by restricting the available land to wild and free-roaming horses and burros, while at the same time, introducing more cattle to fill the void that was previously available to the endogenous species. In other words, they are creating a mathematical shell game to justify their actions at the public’s expense.
Also, most public land grazers are receiving some type of government subsidy checks from the American Taxpayer. The adverse effect to the economy of the U.S. is that these checks are not limited to individually owned ranches but also include major corporations and millionaires and some from other countries who have tapped into loopholes in the system with their own public land leases. Some of these ranchers have adopted the theory that this use of public land is their individual right as they see fit. In reality, these federally protected lands were set aside for the public taxpayers of the United States and the BLM is the overseer – nothing more.
Another item is predator control, with the BLM spending millions of dollars each year on predator control to safeguard cattle on public lands. One of the adverse effects of predator removal is the non-controlling of wild mustangs and burro populations occurring naturally if left untouched by human hands. Simply put, the BLM has been a significant contributing factor in the removal of mustangs and burros by tampering with the natural balance of nature by caving to the demands of cattle ranchers, the beef industry, as well as lobbyists and special-interest groups. Sound familiar?
Click for full article>>
Also many unscrupulous horse dealers are buying these horses (many from the BLM) at pennies on the dollar and then shipping them to Mexico or Canada, where horse slaughter is legal – as well as to many slaughter houses in the United States that have not been closed down. Personally, I’ve looked in the yellow pages and found some of these slaughter plants listed. Even though they are illegal, they’re not even hiding!
However, one should keep in mind that slaughtered horses are not fit for human consumption because of the vast amount of drugs they have consumed in their lifetime. In fact, many drugs consumed by horses have a label saying that they “cause cancer and are unfit for human consumption.”
IS THE BLM AND USFS VIOLATING THE LAW?
On Jan. 9, 2016, Rick Dennis wrote a letter to the Office of the Inspector General in Washington, D.C., about the BLM and U.S. Forest Service actions regarding “The Wild Free-Roaming Horses ad Burros Act of 1971. On their website, the Office of the Inspector General claims their motto is to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse!
Dennis requested a criminal investigation into the abusive actions of the BLM and US. Forest Service, pertaining to their being in violation of The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Dennis said a criminal investigation is warranted not only to save taxpayers dollars but also for the protection of America’s wild herbivore populations being born an living on public land and the punishment of ay federal employee found violating this law.
“They are violating their own rules,” said Dennis.
When asked if he got a response from his letter, Dennis said, “Yes, they called and said ‘They’d look into it.’ ” Rick suggests that the Inspector General be bombarded with calls, letters and e-mails regarding this matter at: Office of the Inspector General, 717 14th Street, N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. phone 202-727-2540, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click for copy of letter to Inspector General>>
With the poor economy and current overpopulation of horses driving down prices all over the country, it’s becoming more of a problem to find rescue facilities or individuals to take these mustangs. But to take away the sight of wild horses from the public to me is criminal. Many people go on vacation to the Western states just to get a sight of these magnificent animals; to me it’s a big part of our Western Heritage! And since it is public land that they are on, as American taxpayers, we should have the right to see them.
But the saddest fact of this whole situation is even worse – but typical: “It’s politics in motion and is all about the money!”