Cross-posted from Equine Advocacy Examiner
Written by MAUREEN HARMONAY
- In an apparent effort to rebut the arguments put forth by advocate Laura Leigh in her motions for Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) against the Owyhee, Rock Creek, and Little Humboldt portions of the Tuscarora “Gather” in north Elko County, Nevada, the BLM has falsely attributed some of the mustang mortalities to dehydration issues when in fact, other factors were at work.
For example, on Tuesday, July 20th, BLM reported that “two animals were euthanized due to pre-existing water starvation/dehydration related complications.” But when the Owyhee Veterinary Reports for these horses were released, they told a very different story. One of the horses who was shot was a 25-year-old sorrel mare, who was put down “for a pre-existing condition that was a severe LF (left front) lameness attributable to a poorly healed old fracture injury,” and the other was an 18-year-old bay stallion who had a “severe enlargement of the RF (right front) fetlock, producing a chronic and incurable lameness.”
Really? How were these “lame” horses able to survive, and thrive, on the range for so many years, and then gallop at a breakneck pace over unforgiving ground to flee the BLM-hired helicopter that chased them into waiting traps? Would it be more accurate to surmise that in fact, both horses were crippled by the chase itself, and that in spite of BLM’s protestations to the contrary, their deaths were very much “gather-related?” In the absence of independent observers, it’s hard to know the truth. Read full report >>
This report is particularly disturbing, as BLM (via Cattoor?) said they would put down horses who did not “respond to the helicopter.” Is that what happened here? They could no longer “respond” because they were injured after being chased for miles over rough terrain in the heat, so shot and killed? One has to wonder how many more have suffered the same fate.