Red Desert Band of Wild Horses

Outrage over secret documents planning to kill or slaughter 50,000 native wild horses

Preservation group asks for pro-slaughter activist to be replaced on national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Panel

Wild Horses Feeding in Long Term Holding. Image/Elyse Gardner.

UPDATED 8:20 PM

WASHINGTON (February 10, 2012)—Protect Mustangs asks Secretary Salazar, overseeing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to replace the pro-slaughter appointment of Callie Hendrickson, for the ‘General Public’ position on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board with a neutral person.

Hendrickson has a history of lobbying for slaughter and to zero-out wild horses. Protect Mustangs is concerned that the BLM has given the green light to plans to kill and slaughter the more than 50,000 American wild horses taken off the range as revealed in secret documents including one found on Wikileaks.

“We are opposed to BLM’s outrageous decision to choose a pro-slaughter and anti-wild horse activist for the advisory board,” states Anne Novak, executive director for Protect Mustangs. “It is fiscally irresponsible to roundup and warehouse more than 50,000 wild horses but to slaughter and kill them is a heinous act.”

The preservation group and members of the public are gravely concerned the BLM is preparing to kill the 50,000 wild horses in holding according to secret reports discovered by Dr. Pat Haight, President of the Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program’s FOIA research in 2008. The report reveals planning for massive wild horse sales to slaughter and euthanasia on an epic scale that will wipe out the American wild horse.

Protect Mustangs recently learned about a Wikileak doc[ument] titled Federal Lands Managed by the BLM and Forest Service issued to the 110th Congress in February 2009 discussing how to “dispose” of wild horses.

“In destroying the last wild horses, the U.S. government’s BLM is continuing to destroy the planet,” states Michael Blake, author and Academy Award -winner for Dances with Wolves.

Protect Mustangs wants the BLM to honor their promise of ‘a new direction’—not continue to break the public’s trust.

“More than 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter,” explains Kerry Becklund, director of outreach for Protect Mustangs. “Wild horses are a national icon—they are beloved by the public from coast to coast.”

By taking the majority of wild horses off the land at great taxpayer expense, BLM created a fiscal problem. Some ask if it was to ‘help’ big business’ land grab. Now the mustangs are in the care of the BLM and killing them or selling them to slaughter is not supported by the American people.

“BLM is going against the public’s wishes by cruelly rounding up wild horses in secrecy and denying media access,” states Novak. “Are they now moving forward to slaughter and kill all the mustangs they took off the range? If so, this mustang massacre must be stopped.”

Source: Protect Mustangs Press Release

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Anne Novak, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org, 415-531-8454

Kerry Becklund, Kerry@ProtectMustangs.org, 510-502-1913

LINKS OF INTEREST:

– Secret documents (2008) reveal plans to destroy America’s native wild horses:

– Feb 2009 Wikileaks doc[ument] Federal Lands Managed by the BLM and Forest Service issued to the 110th Congress discuss how to “dispose” of wild horses: http://bit.ly/Asouv2

– Science finds American wild horses are native: http://bit.ly/wPExYA
— Cloud Foundation report on secret documents: http://bit.ly/ArZBZe
— Hendrickson, the activist against wild horses: http://bit.ly/x4PpVG
— AWHPC reports on advisory board stacked against mustangs: http://bit.ly/ypkkSL
— ASPCA & Independent poll shows Americans against horse slaughter: http://bit.ly/Acbi6n

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Protect Mustangs is a Bay Area-based preservation group whose mission is to educate the public about the American wild horse, protect and research wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom.

33 thoughts on “Outrage over secret documents planning to kill or slaughter 50,000 native wild horses”

  1. THIS HAS BEEN THEIR F***ING PLAN ALL ALONG (excuse my french) THIS IS A F’IN OUTRAGE AND I WILL NOT STAND BY AND ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN EVEN IF IT MEANS JAIL TIME!!!!!! ENOUGH DAM IT

    Urgent Urgent ASKING ALL TO PLEASE TO CONTACT ALL OF YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS AND DEMAND THEY STOP THE BLM FROM SLAUGHTERING 50,000 MUSTANGS THEY HAVE IN HOLDING PINS, THIS IS URGENT!!!!! PLEASE CALL, E-MAIL THEM, Get on their personal and FB sites and Blogs ASAP OR WE CAN KILL OUR AMERICAN SPIRITS GOODBYE FOREVER!

    OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WILLING AND KNOWINGLY ABOUT TO VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW AND SLAUGHTER 50,000 MUSTANGS< OUR AMERICAN ICONS OUR AMERICA SPIRITS!!!!!!!!!!

    OUR MUSTANGS ARE PROTECTED BY THE ROAM ACT PASSED IN 1971 BY AN 85% MAJORITY VOTE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE!

    1. Dear Todd,
      Have done all the legal contacts you suggest. My congressional reply is always a generic letter. Vote out these current a55hats next fall!!
      Hope we get the same jail cell so we can share our justifiable rants….

  2. They are stacking the deck, so they can Slaughter all our wild Mustangs, I can read them like a book…………….What ever happened to the impeachment of Ken Salazar?????????????????????????This man has got to go along with his buddy Bob Abbey……………………………. I am thinking if we want our Horses we are going to have to go get them ourselves………………………They belong to us and now we want to take what belongs to us and return they to where they belong , what we established as their home on the ranges…………………………………….. Not such a far fetched idea…… They took and hid from us Our Wild Mustangs ……………………….

  3. Isn’t this the same plan that was uncovered before and when the public was outraged, the BLM backed up? I’m thinking we already knew about this.

    1. You are speaking of a time when an insider leaked this information, which was denied. The BLM backed off when Rahal and Grijalva sent them a letter saying this was totally unacceptable. The documentation outlining the plan has been made available via FOIA confirming it. It is believed that the BLM now wish to implement this plan, yet again.

      1. Thanks for clearing that up. I really thought that idea of BLM’s had died. Sorry to hear that it is being revived.

  4. I am totally outraged over this, those horses belong to American citizens,we pay to protect them…… I also agree with Barbara………………………. These bastards have been Slaughtering them all along !!!!! I am not surprised I am Appalled…………

  5. Yes, and when they sell our wild horses to slaughter — who belong to the American taxpaying public — who pockets those almighty dollars?

      1. They will attribute their slaughter income to defray the cost of roundups and holding pens, to be sure.

  6. I am in complete agreement with what has been stated by Barbara Griffith. You go girl!!! In addition, I can only surmise there is “money under the table”, being given to the BLM confederation members, from the ranchers. Nothing speaks louder than the almighty dollar.

  7. I have been saying for a long time that I didn’t believe the Mustangs were on any of the so-called ranches in the Midwest. I have said all along that the reason the BLM does not want anyone visiting the ranches is because the horse have either been killed or shipped out to slaughter. There is no horses on these ranches, they are gone. I believe they were sent to slaughter secretly after the roundups. I also said on this blog that they keep enough horses scattered all over the country in different states in holding pens to fool the public into thinking that the rest of them are living on the ranches. I even had considered filing a lawsuit against the BLM forcing them to give out the ranch addresses, but I couldn’t afford it. i also said on this blog that the cattlemen are gearing up to breed more cattle for shipment to Asia and they hope to the EU eventually. They will need all of the public lands for their expanded herds. This is the reason for the extinction of the Mustangs that has been going on. Open your eyes people!!

  8. Stop this insanity! Those horses belong to me and every American citizen. I will be there–I will stop this outrage by myself. What has happened to our government agents? Have they gone beserk?

  9. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AND I WILL NOT STAND BY AND ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN, I WILL TAKE MATTERS INTO MY OWN HANDS IF THIS IS NOT STOPPED THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM, U.S. GOVERNMENT, I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU, THESE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S MUSTANGS!!!

  10. The wrath of God Himself will come down on the BLM is they slaughter these horses. The public outcry will deafen them.

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