Travel Channel – America Declassified – Sunday 11-10-13 @ 10pm EST
Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Dave Philipps speaks with Sally Summers to find out what is behind the American West’s diminishing population of wild mustangs.
Why is the federal government now spending millions to round up these American treasures and put them into captivity? And are some of them ending up in Mexican slaughterhouses?
Dave witnesses a Bureau of Land Management-sanctioned “gathering” of the free, wild mustangs. Is the government trying to appease local ranchers who want the land for their own use, or are the horses truly unable to survive on their own in the drought-ravaged desert?
Thanks to a comment to this post, I realized I made a dreadful mistake! For some reason I get Sally Spencer mixed up with Sally Summers
Sally Spencer (not Summers) works for the BLM, and how. Spencer (not Summers) does not just drink the BLM Kool-Aid, she may have come up with the original recipe. We have been told by various organizations throughout the years that Spencer (not Summers) barters deals that send wild horses directly to slaughter. No proof of course; just talk.
So the comments I made above are not related at all to this post, but I have left it in so you can see the full correction. Apologies to Sally Summers (not Spencer).
Dave Philipps you will most likely recognize. Philipps is the one who exposed former Interior Department head Salazar’s old ranch hand selling wild horses to slaughter. There are links below that follow that trail should be a new visitor, or just want to catch up before Sunday.
– Wild horse buyer goes uncharged due to state oversight; Apr. 11, 2013
– Lawmakers press for answers on sale of wild horses; Jan. 31, 2013
– DA opens investigation into Davis’ sale of wild horses to slaughter; Nov. 17, 2012
– Salazar threatens to “punch out” reporter”; Nov. 12, 2012
The Philipps article that started it all.
– Are BLM selling wild horses directly to slaughterhouse dealers; Sep. 30, 2012