I’m like you. I thought, what? Does this mean what I think this means? It does. In polite horse circles it is referred to as gelding. In BLM circles it means bloody castration. In particular, the bloody castration of young males.
Las Vegans rally in sympathy with the young stallions under 4 years of age that were painfully castrated last week by the BLM at the Fallon Nevada holding pens. If the BLM wins the federal lawsuit, they will castrate all the remaining mature stallions from the Calico roundup.
We will hang bloody balls from lariats and pass petitions asking President Obama to rein in the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), an outdated agency and friend of welfare cattle on taxpayers’ public land. Poster by Melissa Ohlson.
|WHERE:||RED ROCK CANYON SCENIC OVERLOOK ON HIGHWAY 159, from Las Vegas Strip, go west on Charleston, past the 215 Beltway and Red Rock Canyon Entrance Gates|
|WHEN:||SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2010 from NOON to 2pm|
|WHY:||Castration wipes out the gene pool of Mustangs that have unique bloodlines adapted to their specific area.|
See pictures below of some of the castrated horses, taken by Craig C. Downer last week.
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BACKGROUND: In January 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a deadly roundup of 1922 wild horses from the CALICO MOUNTAINS COMPLEX in northwestern Nevada, despite a federal lawsuit underway to stop the roundups and the recommendation of the federal judge that BLM should NOT conduct a roundup in the dead of winter. The Calico horses were not starving and had not damaged the public range, meanwhile the BLM sharply increased the number of private cattle allowed to graze at subsidized cost on the horses’ range. Stress and trauma lie behind the majority of the 86 wild horse deaths (to date) and 40 spontaneous abortions, a report issued by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) concludes. AWHPC notes the expense of the Calico roundup which will cost taxpayers at least $1.3 million through April, and $1 million a year to warehouse the non-adoptable horses over their 20+ year lifespans. This costly policy, which relies on expensive roundups every four years, is pursued while cost-effective, on-the-range management strategies are ignored.
Phone: (702) 277-1313
FOLLOW UP RALLIES:
For those of you planning to do a follow up rally in your city, Arlene will be happy to send you RALLY IN A BOX instructions next week.
Alarm at BLM’s surprise start to castrate Calico Mustangs as death toll rises
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
The Cloud Foundation press releases:
News Story on Calico, rising death toll & skewed numbers from George Knapp (KLAS- Las Vegas):
BLM Daily Reports from Calico Roundup/Fallon Holding:
Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History:
Roundup Schedule (Updated February 2010):