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☛ Nominations for BLM horse-slaughter committee; new para-mutuel rules; gelding clinic 12-31-16

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: dboothe@blm.gov.

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 uhc@horsecouncil.org, or visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.

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