PRESS RELEASE-for Immediate distribution

BLM Capture of Iconic Wild Horse Herd Sparks Controversy

 

Senator Landrieu, Congressman Grijalva Join Public in Calling for an Immediate End to the 

Mismanagement of the West’s Living Legends 

 

For Immediate Release 

 

LOVELL, WY– September 17, 2009 — Once wild and free, living in spectacular sub-alpine 

meadows designated by Congress as their home, 57 wild Mustangs now wait in dusty pens in the 

90 degree heat.  The BLM pens sit at the base of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range of 

Wyoming and Montana. The corrals offer no shade for the wild horses, now branded, with ropes 

and numbers around their necks. 19 year-old Conquistador is no longer a proud band stallion. He 

is number 5336. 21 year-old Grumpy Grulla is no longer a lead mare. She is number 5321…

 

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PRESS RELEASE- BLM Capture of Iconic Wild Horse Herd Sparks Controversy, Advocates head for DC_9.17.2009

 

Conquistador - first day in the corrals

Conquistador - first day in the corrals

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74 Responses to “PRESS RELEASE-for Immediate distribution”

  1. Angela Sellitto Says:

    Bravo!

  2. Angela Sellitto Says:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v436/n7053/pdf/436913a.pdf

    An article on the re-introduction of large animals lost during the Pleistocene. Horses are one of these. Horses originated on this continent, we lost them, the Spanish brought them back, and now we’re endanger in losing them again. They must be protected as a wildlife species as they truly are.

    • Nora Morbeck Says:

      Very good point.

      I often see wild horses referred to as “feral,” as if they were somehow released into the wild a few years ago by negligent horse owners instead of having survived and adapted since the Spanish brought them back centuries ago.

      The feral argument is usually brought up by people who don’t know their history but have listened to the talking points of ranchers and so on who don’t want wild herds running free … and messing with their profit margins… 🙂

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Yes, this is one of the points of science that will one day be addressed properly. The wild horse is successful because it belongs here. Mar

  4. betty Says:

    In addition there is some evidence that horses never truly left the NOrth American continent. Including a frozen horse found in the artic that dates to around 12000? I think? look up Klondike horse and see what it says. I think it is the Cheyenne Indians who claim there were always horses here and have some pictographs to back up their claims. Things aren’t as cut and dried as “they” would have you believe
    Betty

  5. betty Says:

    oops make that Yukon horse. Not klondike horse at all!

  6. HeatherinNS Says:

    Excellent article! I really hope this will help make a difference.
    I don’t understand the “feral” argument, either. You would think that after a few hundred years of living in one region, an animal would be considered indigenous to that area!

  7. Suzanne Moore Says:

    I find it somewhat surprising that so few know that the horse originated in North America. I guess I shouldn’t be though. :o(

  8. Morgan Williams Says:

    I thank Senator Landrieu & Congressman Grijalva for being champions in official capacities for the voiceless Mustangs and burros.

    This is what I think of everynight now before going to sleep. How is Grumpy and Conquistador, the foals, the mares and stallions imprisoned by the BLM? Are they fed? Are they sick? Have they completely shut down mentally & physically? Are they being harrassed or further stressed by ignorant & cold hearted humans? What about the other 33,000 Mustangs and burros? Are they even still in pens? What about those arriving across the border for slaughter. How do these men and women live with themselves? How do they divorce themselves from the human consciousness of right and wrong? Do they really believe they will never answer for the crimes they committ hideously against creation? Do they have stones where their hearts once were and mush where the brain should be? Do they offer the same treatment towards other humans being too as they treat the animal kingdom?

    I think about the hard working advocates. I wonder if they sleep and if they are taking care of themselves.

    • CStone Says:

      “How do they live with themselves?”–indeed,
      They are common SAVAGES!
      Evil at heart, and Egotistical in mind–truly, they’re
      SOCIAL DEVIANTS that I believe are a DANGER to People around them, as well as to Animals! These are the type of people that I would be truly Frightened to learn that they Live in my neighborhood!
      & the “picture” keeps coming to my mind– (when I’m able NOT to picture the poor horse-souls)–
      OF the Man and Woman, who “captured” and kept an 11yo girl in a “locked-pen or cellar” in their backyard… for 18 years!..used her, and bred her, like ‘an animal’ & much worse…
      There have been “others” like them– & I believe THESE come from types like the Cattoors, the horrible insensitive BLM managers, & their cattle-rancher ‘buddies’, & their ‘bought-and-paid-for politicians’!
      [No, I DON’T feel I am being over-dramatic or cruel! I am Scared of these people]….the ‘boy’ who mutilated a cat– leads to the Group that shot & dragged & wrap-smothered dogs-(on today’s news)– BECOME the type that also commit abominations on little children/women/grandparents…
      you ask, “Do they really believe they will never answer for the crimes they committ hideously against creation?”–
      –I can ONLY HOPE that ‘the Great Creator’ of ALL is Actually a HORSE, or a WOLF!! and he/she will ‘smile’ at their weak-legged Fear, as they approach to Answer for their Actions!!!
      Because I do believe they WILL have to Answer; (hopefully) sooner And later!

      & I hope their grandchildren/children/distant descendants are ASHAMED when Asking them, “what happened to the pretty HORSES? Did YOU do everything you could to Save them?”
      [NOT a legacy I would hope to leave, for those who come after!]

  9. Angie Sellitto Says:

    http://www.livescience.com/animals/080724-nhm-wild-horses.html

    Here is another good article. I’m sorry that my other link is not opening the article.

  10. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    “Mustangs on the Hill ” information has been given to the DC media.
    Not to management but to the “Cronkites”. Right now I will not be in washington or arlington. My comments will be in the record for the advisory meeting.
    Asked for some help from friends with Louisiana Senator Landrieu who is moving to take the wild mustangs and burros from BLM.
    I went today into the “belly of the beast” BLM “extreme mustang makeover”in Fort Worth.
    Joined up with a stallion “9020” as he was in twenty foot circle pen with ten others from Nevada. All I could think of was when the Ponca Chief Standing Bear declared in the courtroom”I am man”. We must stand up and say”I am horse”.

  11. Nini Says:

    I hope to send another $100 for the “Grump Grulla Fund” this coming week. I wish Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Raul Grijalva could help pull some strings to halt next Saturday’s adoption — so that NONE of the Pryor herd members are put on the auction block and separated from each other or their home. Is there anything that can be done legally to prevent next week’s adoption? And of course, why didn’t the BLM simply move them to another part of the Pryor Mountain mustang range — instead of ripping them apart from their bands and their homeland?

  12. Heike Borker Says:

    “I also enamored with the mustang, one of the last symbols of freedom and the disappearing spirit of the American West!!!”
    The BML must stop these cruel Round Up!Set the older older horses free and keep them together in their family bands where they belongs!!!

  13. jo bunny Says:

    What a regal, magnificent & wonderful stallion you are, Conquistador! This life behind bars is cruel & inhumane. Being held captive is not what Nature meant for you, for the lovely Cavelitta, or for any of the others currently trapped in holding pens. You deserve to live your life in freedom, handsome boy. Know that many people are working to get you ALL free.

    Writer Steven Long has an article on HorseBack Magazine today….

    The Conquest, Conquistador
    Aging PBS Star Still Held And At Risk Of Death

    http://www.horsebackmagazine.com/index.html

  14. jan eaker Says:

    if you go to the pryor mountain wild horse center website, there are pictures of ALL the horses being held there, it’s in their blog, plus some other information about the horses released back into the mountains; COnquistador and Grumpy, in particular, look lost and defeated, their spirit gone, seeing those number tags around their necks is truly heartbreaking.

  15. Nora Morbeck Says:

    I won’t be able to make it to DC, but will keep all of you and the horses in my heart. I’ll be there is spirit!!

    Something came to mind this morning … the BLM is complaining that it spends 3/4 of its budget on the wild horses. So, my question is, how much does it make from domestic livestock grazing on public lands? How much $ per head of cattle and sheep? How much does it make in contract $ from mining and logging?

    This should really be a matter of public record, or at least as easy couple of questions to answer. If I were a cattle rancher, how much would I pay per cow to graze my livestock on public land?

    Maybe instead of griping about how much money they lose on “managing” the wild horses, they could increase the amount of $ per head of livestock they charge to offset the expense of caring for so many horses that were pulled off the land so ranchers can graze their animals.

    • jo bunny Says:

      somewhere i read that the BLM gets $1.35 per head of cattle allowed to graze on public lands….haven’t read how much per head for sheep…..do you think that cattle barons are going to pay any more for their cows to graze on land? do you think that American consumers are willing to pay more for their burgers & steaks to offset that cost???? hmmmmmmmm. i don’t see that happening. personally, i’d rather see MORE people eating LESS beef….at the same time giving a message to the cattle companies that we don’t want them taking over public lands…..not sure that would be enough but it would be a start….

      • Nora Morbeck Says:

        I wonder if that’s $1.35 per month or per season…

        Let’s say it’s per month … I heard that there are roughly a million livestock animals being grazed on public land at any given time. So, if say an even $1 per head per month, that’s a million dollars a month going into the budget of the BLM I wonder where that money goes. And I wonder if all the animals being grazed are accounted for, or if ranchers slip in a few dozen here and there without paying for them.

        I say, charge ranchers more. Will our meat prices go up? Probably. Will Americans pay for it? Probably not. But that takes care of Americans eating less beef 🙂 — and it reduces the number of livestock on public lands. In my opinion, the land is not there so ranchers can make more money by paying less to graze their livestock.

        It’s truly not the American public’s problem if ranchers can’t afford to run their own businesses.

        I guess I brought this subject up because horses are being given as the reason why the land is over-grazed, but very little has been said about how much domestic livestock contributes to over-grazing. It would interesting to have some answers about that.

  16. Karen Says:

    Who decides to round up foals in herds only weeks old!? Its absolute disregard to nature and logic.
    The horses descend to lower elevations from Spring through Fall.
    The party responsible for conducting this round up has proven:
    They are uneducated. Are working against rather than with the courses of nature. Disrespectful of animals well being. Piss poor planning. Oblivious to cause and effect. Throwing their weight around.

    NEW BLM STAFFING IMMEDIATELY!! This calls for a COMPLETE breakdown and RESTRUCTURING of the BLM;as well as, NEW STAFF UNAFFILIATED WITH THE CATTLE INDUSTRY!!!! (duh)
    For adoption BLM claims? suuuuuurrrrrreeeee..
    Who wants to adopt a horse mentally shattered and physically taxed?
    Anyone?
    Absolute Tyranny. Thankfully these swine are on the food chain they so absentmindedly are killing off!!

  17. Barbara Steele Says:

    I have been trying to “educate” myself before going to D.C. Found this bit of information from an Oregon State.Edc. website.

    HOW IMPORTANT ARE THESE WESTERN PUBLIC RANGELANDS IN TERMS OF OVERALL US BEEF PRODUCTION?

    What percentage of US beef production relies, at least in part on these western public rangelends? Well, this question is very difficult to answer, in part because many western livestock owners use not only public but also private grazing lands, and because cattle spend various proportions of their feeding lives on the public lands. Suffice it to say, however, that the percentage is probably quite small (significantly less than 10%; probably between 2% and 4%). Consider the following:

    It takes about 10 times more land to produce a given weight of cow in the western US than in East.
    Nevada produces the same amount of meat from its public lands as tiny Vermont does overall.
    Missouri produces more beef than Montana despite Montana’s huge acreage devoted to livestock.
    Basically, much degradation of western public rangelands has taken place for a small percentage of our beef production. (Recall that less than 7% of all western livestock producers actually use these western public lands, with their use dominated by a few big ranchers, who control about 74-78% of the forage.)
    Over the West as a whole, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) finds that grazing fees cover about 1/6 of the cost of administering the leases and managing the lands (2005; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution). Basically this is a Federal subsidy to ranchers.

    So most of your “hamburger” comes from the mid-west and the east where land is not subsidized by the US government.

  18. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    When I lived in New Mexico in the 1980s, there were more cattle there than any other state. Even Texas. It took over 30 acres of grazing land, which is very mixed vegetation, to feed one cow over a year. Most cattle do not winter on the range like they used to. The Western Cattlemen’s Association is still a very strong and influential organization. Many of our Western senators and congressmen have been members. I would not be surprised if Salazar was a member. He should not be now. There is no reason why the balance cannot shift as many other economic realities have. With the support the horses have garnered, once again, they ought to find that niche and it will be a better one than before because this mismanagement cannot happen to them again. Mar

  19. Barbara Steele Says:

    Here is a link to the National Cattlemens Association. http://www.beefusa.org
    Click on the side link Government Affairs to find out about how they feel about “grazing rights”. They are a Big lobby in Washington D.C.

  20. jo bunny Says:

    rt & elyse have put some new photos of conquistador (sadly behind bars) on rt’s wordpress site….followed by a link to pam nickoles blogsite (on which she has more photos of the roundup)….
    i hope everyone is still calling, writing, faxing to get them released & back into the wild!!!

  21. Morgan Williams Says:

    Mar:

    There is one beautiful children’s book on the American Mustang written by Marguerite Henry. Ms. Henry wrote a huge collection of children’s books telling true stories of horses. She was my favorite author as a child. I still have a library of many of her books. The American Wild Mustang, Justin Morgan Had A Horse and Brighty of Grand Canyon are my favorites.

    Morgan

    • jo bunny Says:

      didn’t she also do the misty of chincoteague books? about the “wild” chincoteague ponies??????

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Morgan, Yes, I brought her up and Misty because Barbara was telling us how the Int. Dept/ F&WS work with people to manage the ponies on the islands. There is adoption without removal and real adoption etc. MH also wrote Brighty of Grand Canyon, there is a beautiful statue at the North Rim dedicated to Brighty. MH may be gone but her legacy lives on in so many of us who have read her books. She is a strong influence. But we need to keep telling the story in as many ways it can be. Sierra Club and Audubon have really let me down. I feel like they have let us all down. Maybe our horses need to be declared a returned indigenous species now. We may have to get FWS to take them under their wing. ROAM first, I tho’.

    • Barbara Steele Says:

      Yes, she did the “Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West” and the “Misty of Chincoteague, etc. I am re-reading the Mustang book right now. It is the story of Velma Johnston, “Wild Horse Annie” and how she went to Congress to stop the professional horse killers and canneries from turning mustangs into dog food. The rest is history that Burns Act has overturned.
      There is a Misty of Chincoteague Foundation that promotes the writings of Marguerite Henry in the classroom. They would be a good contact. I will send them an email.

  22. jo bunny Says:

    go onto the audubon society & search for horse or even feral horse. they are TOTALLY against wild horses.

    still looking for the nature conservancy policies on wild horses…am pretty sure they are consider mustangs & burros to be “feral,” “invasive,” & “non-natural” as well…….

    • jo bunny Says:

      what’s even worse, after reading a few articles written in the audubon magazines, i started reading what readers had to say about the articles. the audbon author had categorized the anti-wild horse comments under “horse sense” & all those opposed to the eradication of wild horses as “senseless” (worth reading, as there are a few references to pryor mountain horses, how “degraded” the land is there, & the cloud foundation nature series).
      he then proceeds to add his comments to each of the letters in the last category, pretty much just trashing each person’s comments. WOW! so much for my support of audubon society!

  23. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Wow, Jo B. I am really mad at them. This means that they need to be put in their place. They have no right to say horses are feral after all this time. Thank you for this. I did support Audubon, now I have to tell them why. What is the man’s name who said this? This is a minefield. Very explosive and devisive, but we need to know. Thanks Jo B. you are digging where the real dirt is. Mar

    • jo bunny Says:

      here’s the link to ted williams’ article
      http://audubonmagazine.org/incite/incite0609.html

      from there you can click on any of the following:
      Readers’ reaction to “Horse Sense.”
      Ted Williams responds.
      Read more letters on the current issue.

      & this is just ONE article i found regarding “wild” horses while doing a search on their website….there are a few more, & sadly, i haven’t found anything in FAVOR of wild horses….am still trolling for more……..

      • jo bunny Says:

        but for some reason they seem to be a little more accepting of assateague/chincoteague ponies…you can help “herd” the ponies for their roundup (swim across the channel between the 2 islands) or just go to assateague to view the ponies in the wild…..seems that it’s okay for THEM to be considered “wild”….
        doesn’t make sense, does it?!?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jo B. That is very hypocritical of them. The ponies were ship wrecked. The horses brought to the Americas have survived and thrived. Ponies and horses. That is a point to take up with them. But if there is someone at Audubon putting the Proven by DNA Spanish Mustang down he is talking through his hat. BLM paid for the testing. They know. It is all so ironic and crazy. How to sort it all out and keep the horses save. I have to go back to an old blog of mine but the National Park Service killed 71 burros, a terrible first, to make way for desert big horn. The man who leaked this revealed a cover up and was transferred then fired. It was last year, I believe. I was astounded. Mar

      • Barbara Steele Says:

        jo bunny,

        The National Park Service takes care of the Assateague Island (Maryland ponies) and the Chincoteague Fire Company owns and takes care of the 2 herds that are on the Virginia side of the island. There is a fence at the Md/VA border.
        The N.P.S. states that the ponies are “a desirable feral species”. I believe the word “desirable” is in their definition because the ponies running free are a big part of the economy of the area and the Park Service. The Virginia ponies are fenced out of the park roads by the Fire Co but there are areas where the public can view them grazing on the marshes. The firemen have a grazing permit from the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service who is in charge of the Virginia refuge. The Virginia herd numbers 150 ponies and they are controlled by the auction every July. Some foals are returned to the island to make up for the animals that have passed on. Most of these animals in the Virginia herd die in their 20’s. The mares(PZP) in the Maryland herd that have only 1 foal in their lifetime are living a lot longer. There are several mares that are 30 years old!
        There was government study since 2006 and it seemed the first choice was going to be to remove some ponies on the Maryland side because of over-grazing damage to the dunes, etc. but because of public imput the final report was to not remove any ponies—keep up the PZP darting and with the natural death of older animals the desired herd total would be reduced from 120 down to 90-100 animals in 7 to 8 years time. There would be no stress on the herd in roundups and animals were not removed from the island. I really think that Mary Landieau has it right that the N.P.S. does a much better job with the animals. I know that some people here do not like the idea of the birth control PZP but it seems to be a way to co-exist with the “bird watchers”(I am one too) and a way to stop these round-ups and warehousing of horses.The Humane Society of the United States has an article “Assuring a Wild Future for Assateague Island Horses” on the web.

      • jo bunny Says:

        barbara, this much more humane treatment of the chincoteague/assateague ponies has taken a LONG time to get there. we used to go to the islands when i was a kid…..the stories that the locals told about the roundups & the adoptions were not so pretty….kinda like the treatment of the mustangs out west but not QUITE so hideous……. they seem to have it down a LOT better nowadays….much better support of the horses, much more humane treatment during the roundups, leaving the older ones on the island…what i wonder is, how can we get this kiind of support for the western mustangs???

      • Barbara Steele Says:

        The reason that the Assateague/Chincoteague ponies are being treated with great care is that there are “watchdogs”(people that live in the area that keep an eye on the activity of the herds and the firemen, Park Service. It used to be in the 1950-60’s that people would buy ponies and take them home in their station wagon! Foals were sold way too young, etc. Not any more. The Chincoteague herd has a vet, the Humane Society keeps a close eye on them. Western herds need these watchdogs–citizen groups that keep the “light turned on” and make sure the public knows whats going on! The Pyror Mountain horses are doing better in this aspect that other western herds because of Cloud.

      • jo bunny Says:

        barbara, what will it take to get the humane society to do the same for the wild mustangs & burros of the west? & to get that kind of care?? why hasn’t the HSUS stepped in (or, been allowed to step in) on behalf of them before?

      • Nora Morbeck Says:

        I put off reading this article, knowing the viewpoint before I read it. Sigh … I knew I’d find it disturbing.

        But I’m glad you posted the link. Thank you. It’s good to know what the “other side” is saying.

        Again, there’s the mention of “feral” horses. Written by some one at the Audobon Society, this seems ill-informed.

      • Barbara Steele Says:

        I finally read the Williams article and can’t say that I am surprised. There are some real crazies that want to get rid of what they perceive is “non-native”. Heck, most of our food crops are non-native; animals and plants. Anyway, I couldn’t reply to the article but sent an email to the editor. Couldn’t help myself—so I asked if Mr. Williams had been thrown by a pony when he was little”. lol Obviously he has little regard for equines. Quite a rant and very obviously one-sided when he used a BLM retiree as his reference.

    • Nora Morbeck Says:

      I live in Georgia and have a good friend who worked on Cumberland Island where their are wild horses roaming on National Park land. It’s very cool to hike around the island and see these horses and how they’ve adapted to their environment. Of course, you can’t touch them or go too close, which is good. But they aren’t really afraid of people, so you can observe them fairly close up. They’re just amazing.

      Anytime anyone mentions contraceptives or rounding up these animals or culling the herds, the public goes berserk and yells “Leave them alone!” And for some reason, the public has been heard in regard to these horses.

      I wonder what the secret to success is with this herd that hasn’t worked with the BLM.

  24. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Excuse me, I have to tell Audubon and the others I will not back their work any more as long as their views on horses are out of date and stand to harm wild horses and burros. Mar

    • CStone Says:

      I also supported Audubon Society, for a while– I will NOT be re-joining them! & I will NO longer be supporting their local ‘arguments’ with the city council & zoning board… BUT I will definately be telling them WHY.

  25. jo bunny Says:

    just got this from another site….forwarded message from “planeta animal”
    Wednesday, September 09, 2009

    A New American Genocide: Horses for Uranium

    Take note of last paragraph. WE DID IT BEFORE & WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!!!!
    http://earthchamber11.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-american-genocide-horses-for.html

  26. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Jo B. you are one researcher. Mar

  27. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    The Audubon/ Ted Williams piece is rabid. There have to be ways to balance herds and stay as natural as possible. The Pryor horses have been in an isoloated place and have not overpopulated and destroyed their range. They have been there long enough to be sited by Crow and Lakota as having been there before whites came West. There can be wild horses and not be roundups and PZP. That ‘as many mountain lions are killed by horses as horses by mountain lions’ is not true. Lion kill foals. A strong lion may kill a weak or old horse, an inexperienced horse, etc. Mar

  28. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Now I read that NPS has been shooting burros before.. this was when they were protected. In the 90s. The WH&B Act was never enforced. Mar

    • jo bunny Says:

      i’ve seen reference to that, too, but haven’t been able to find substantial proof or anything more than just “reference.”

      wow.

    • Barbara Steele Says:

      Not happy to hear that the N.P.S. shot burros———-
      Went to http://www.pryormountains.org website(this is an environmental group, not the Pryor horse website) and viewed their photos of damage to the area by ATV’s! They complained about the Forest horses “trespassing” but the photos were the tracks of ATVs’.
      On the subject of feral and native–I sell plants. The big “rage” right now is native plants. Lots of natives are invasive—lots of non- native plants existed here before the ice age. When the space station sends back photos of the earth it is obvious that we are on one small inter-connected planet where plants, animals, and homo sapiens have been moving around due to climate since the beginning of time. Feral and non-native terms are being used in discriminating ways for selfish interests. JMHO

  29. Angie Sellitto Says:

    Yes Mar, this is a very important point that should be stressed. These horse belong here. I wrote a comment about this and submitted it for the meeting in VA. Made sure I included references too. When we meet with our Senators it should be pointed out as well.

  30. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Jo B. The Ted Williams article says they were shooting burros in the 90s. They did shoot Burros at Big Bend this past year or 2007. They killed 71. Williams said they shot 4 or 500 in the 90s. So, when I thought it was something new, it wasn’t. It is so maddening. The press does not keep up. To know the truth is so hard. It may be why the press is shy of this, despite the abuse and cruelty. Mar

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Can yoy imagine? Taking a rifle to gun down those little desert burros that weren’t harming a soul and are so defenseless? Can you just imagine? Any of the killers that have a smidge of conscious, soul or heart will not be able to bear the guilt at some point of their lives.

  31. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    The Ted williams piece says that the National Park Service began shooting burros after the failed?? Fund for animals transfer of wild burros and horses from the Grand Canyon. I thought it had succeeded. The Park Service shot burros, accounting for 500 by the early 90s. Later in the article Elaine Leslie says; “Do people really look at what happens to these animals a year after they’re adopted? They are in a can of dog food.” That is infammatory and crazy. Yes, people can sell the horses and burros to killer buyers and we know it happens. But look at the horses people have and love from adoption. After all, they even have Extreme Mustang Makeover to prove it can be done. There is such hypocrisy. Mar

  32. jo bunny Says:

    mmm. i dunno, mw!!! did you go to the bighornsheep.org website??? there are just oodles of photos of proud & happy hunters with their kill….beautiful big horn rams…..as well as information on how to get a license for hunting big horn sheep.

  33. Barbara Steele Says:

    Humane Societies–just did a little investigating of humane organizations. Both the ASPCA and HSUS have information about Wild Horse/Mustangs on their websites.
    Seems The Humane Society of the United States is more pro-active animal rights including farm animals while the SPCA is more animal welfare concerned. They both are opposed to horse slaughter Both should be contacted and encouraged to take a more active role in the plight of the wild horse.
    This is the ASPCA statement concerning wild horses–
    The ASPCA recognizes that wild horses and burros occupy a special place in our country’s history, and deserve to be protected. As such, we work with several horse advocacy and protection groups, as well as with legislators nationwide, to produce viable and long-term solutions that will not only preserve one of our most beloved species, but ensure they are treated with kindness and compassion. (Seems a little vague to me)

    Statement from The Humane Society of the United States
    America’s wild horses were protected from slaughter for 33 years, until a 2004 midnight rider to the omnibus budget bill. Hundreds have already been sold to slaughter and turned into European entrées. Foreign-owned horse slaughterhouses in the United States have been shut down by court order, but thousands of American horses are still being trucked over the border for slaughter in Mexico and Canada.

    The HSUS is now working hard to help pass H.R. 1018—Restoring Our American Mustangs Act, introduced by Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)—which would prevent the wholesale killing of healthy wild horses and promote on-the-range management like immunocontraception.
    H.R. 1018 has passed the House and now awaits action in the Senate.
    (This group is promoting the use of PZP which I personally think will be a large bargaining agent with the BLM and save horses lives) JMHO

  34. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    ASPCA phone in NYC = 212-876-7700
    HSUS 2100 L Street Washington DC phone=202-452-1100

  35. Barbara Steele Says:

    thanks for the tel.#. I will call them up tomorrow. Let’s all call them up and encourage them to come to Sept. 28 meeting and Sept 29 On the Hill

  36. jean civis Says:

    The American Mustang is part of our heritage and MUST be
    preserved. It saddens me to see this happening. Our wild
    horses deserve to be protected and left in their natural habitat.
    Please call your Congressmen and request they support S1579,
    The Restore Our American Mustaang (Roam) Act.
    Thanks to everyone for showing compassion and respect for
    these magnificent animals, who have done so much by adding
    to our Western American Heritage.

  37. Barbara Steele Says:

    I called the HSUS concerning the Sept. 28 meeting BLM Advisory and was assured that they will have a person representing them at the meeting.

  38. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Barbara, great, Roger said nothing to me about our doubled phone bill, I have had to restrain myself as we only have cell phones. Finally was able to send some $ to TCF and FRER. But mostly want to go to a round up (promise I will not horsewhip anyone, can’t raise a hand against anyone in reality), and be a witness. I have cameras with a 400mm lens. Tho’ that may not be much under some circumstances. Also have a digital video camera. I may no longer be fast on my feet but I am very patient. Will add an audio recorder. Would be will ing to go up to Wyoming to Red Desert roundup in early November, have pickup truck and can sleep out. Has anyone been to a roundup at this location before? Mar

  39. CStone Says:

    Did you all see THIS link?????—- “The Real Mustangs of Ford”
    Ford lends hand to wild mustangs
    Ford Motor Company, that makes the famous Mustang car, is giving its support to a program to help older wild horses being held in captivity.

    Ford is offering up to $200,000 in a program to help increase the number of older wild horses being adopted into new homes.

    The company will pay approved horse rescue groups $100 for each older horse bought through the US Bureau of Land Management.

    The BLM oversees the wild horses that still roam the West.

    It has an adoption scheme for horses aged under 10, having found that few people are interested in taking on horses over that age.

    The BLM has more than 8000 older wild horses for sale, each costing about $500 a year to care for.

    Ford is want the money to persuade some sanctuaries already considering buying some of the wild horses, but they acknowledge the money will go only a small way towards the cost of caring for a horse.

  40. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    CStone, Wow, again, do you have an e-address? Amazing of Ford. This is news, indeed. Mar

    • CStone Says:

      Marilyn, Gee—it was a link off of a link, but I’m pretty sure that it was from THIS blog!
      You know, how “possibly related” posts come up at the end of current blog [before Comment sections]? It was there. Now, when I go back to look for it….
      pretty sure it was ‘linked’ to an original message posted within 4-5 days of this [original] one.
      I should have written it down; oh well; probably could “google-search” Ford–mustang–rescue–BLM–etc

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Thanks, Barbara Steele says it began in 2005… They used a Steen Mtn. Mustang I found on a Mustang car site, for advertising, a Kriger mustang?? They had a name for him, a stallion. Mar

  41. Barbara Steele Says:

    this Ford program started in 2005 to save wild horses going to slaughter. I don’t think it is new “news” but good anyway since the Mustang is the logo of one of their cars.

  42. Suzanne Moore Says:

    Check this link: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=14932

    It’s news that Rutgers is adding Mustangs to their young horse program to promote their adoption by showing how easily the young ones can be gentled and trained.

    Cool!

  43. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    When I was in my Equine Science program years ago we donated a filly from the farm I worked at. It might help to encourage schools, like Rutgers, who have horse programs ti adopt. The horses get great care and training by the students. Texas A&M and Kansas have famous horse programs, I wonder if they would use mustangs? There are so many horses out there that need adopting now. Mar

  44. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Suzanne, Thanks for the Rutgers article i put it on my blog. Mar

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