BLM fail to convince in Phoenix

A large contingent of wild horse and burro preservation advocates are attending the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, with high hopes of hearing something, anything, convincing them Director Bob Abbey will implement the reforms he promised in his agency’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.

Braveheart by Elyse Gardner
A BLM wrangler drags a Mustang stallion, named Braveheart by humane observers, who is dying or already dead after breaking his neck trying to protect his mare and foal. Image by Elyse Gardner.

Joined by throngs of online mourners both in America and abroad, advocates held a candlelight vigil outside the hotel where the meetings are taking place to commemorate the lives of the wild horses and burros terrorized and killed by the BLM: the ones we know, and the ones we will never know.

Humane observers — except for the occasional few who are closely monitored — have little or no access to the round ups or holding facilities where wild horses die from gather related injuries and diseases, in some cases put down instead of being treated, or shot because they do not “look right.”

It is a scandal on a grand scale how the Obama Administration is destroying the nation’s wild horses and burros, that if the United States had a truly free press it would be widely reporting it and the individuals responsible exposed, prosecuted and removed.

However, the failure of the media has in no way deterred the people who work to preserve these magnificent and iconic animals.

In spite of the BLM’s lack of transparency, wild horse and burro advocates have still managed to collect documentary evidence of the agency’s cruel and destructive practices.

Wild horse helicopter roundup by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images.
BLM contracted helicopter pilot gets perilously close to a group of already exhausted wild horses during one of their round ups. Image Justin Sullivan / Getty Images.

The Internet is abundant with videos, photographs and eyewitness accounts of the trauma, injury and suffering inflicted on wild horses and burros by the BLM and its contractors during roundups, capture and holding.

Advocates have hammered long and hard at Congress, the Department of Interior, and the White House with this information calling for a moratorium on all wild horse and burro roundups until the government conducts a full investigation. They have been largely ignored. Until recently.

At long last Congress took notice and responded by taking away a portion of the BLM’s funding.

Dean Bolstad of the BLM announced at the Phoenix meeting what many advocates expected to hear, that the agency cannot conduct any further round ups until the start of the next fiscal year on October 1st, but added that the BLM found some money in another federal agency budget that will enable them to conduct a few small gathers, here and there.

Compelled to instill Congressional confidence in the agency following the recent funding cut, officials reporting at the BLM Advisory Board Meeting put forward information full to overflowing with the same type of faulty data and misrepresentations they always use, to the groans and even a few boos from members of the audience.

It seems quite clear from this latest bit of flummery that the BLM have high hopes of their own, that Congress will not see through, or to choose to look past, the ruse and give them the increased funding they are asking for the fiscal new year so they can continue their mission of mass destruction of America’s wild horses and burros.

They may convince Congress. They fail to convince us.

–Int’l Fund for Horses

10 thoughts on “BLM fail to convince in Phoenix”

  1. I would like to know if anyone has seen Our Mustangs at Gunison Prision???????????????????? Do we know if they are there for sure?????>?

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  2. BLM is still lying , lying lying and we must not stop pounding and calling them what they are -CORRUPT CRUEL COWARDLY BRUTAL LYING HORSE KILLERS .
    HERES PART OF BLM’S NEW PLAN TO GET RID OF WILD HORSES & BURROS & STUFF OUR PUBLIC LANDS WITH MILLIONS & MILLIONS & MILLIONS OF PRIVATELY OWNED WELFARE CATTLE .
    ONE OF THE LATEST WAYS BLM WILL JOIN WITH USFWS TO TRY & GET RID OF HORSES & BURROS
    http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2011/march/federal_managers_sign.html

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  3. Someone ought to tell these jerks that they can do explratory drilling for oil under the soil without removing or killing the animals …

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    1. Exactly Emily. I worked at ExxonMobil, and in our building in Texas there are vintage O&G items, gas pumps etc. On the walls there are some wonderful, huge black and white images of a field full of oil derricks with wild horses running through it, manes ablaze. Wild horses have never been an issue I have ever heard about with O&G. So I figure that the BLM are exploiting this situation to give them something else to hide behind and cover up what their true mission is (as if we haven’t already figured that out).

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  4. MAYBE THEY ARE GETTING PART OF THE 1.6B SALAZAR RECEIVED FOR THE OTHER DEPARTMENT OF THE DOI. HOWEVER, SALAZAR IS TRYING TO KILL OFF ALL OF THE WILD ANIMALS INCLUDED IN THAT AMOUNT . IT SEEMS SALAZAR AND ABBEY ARE ON A KILL SPREE.

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    1. You got that right Shirley, about the killing spree. The only reason the don’t care about the cattle is they are going to be killed for steaks and roasts as soon as they get big enough, so they are dead cows walking (or perhaps I should say grazing). They see everything as a food source; someone out there will eat it and make them money.

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  5. Thank You Vivian, Your article was a boost for all advocates who are fighting for the wild horses and burros. From the first words at the outset of the BLM Advisory Board Meeting, it was obvious that it was all tongue-in-cheek. No $$$ = No Gathers! Oh really, BLM?! I felt the Board was taunting the advocates, especially those present. And it is obvious we are ever-growing as a threat. We do not trust. However, we all listen with an open mind, sifting through, analyzing. Checking the BLM “data” with credible research and facts. The advocates commenting at the meeting were ALL top-notch. It was beautiful to hear such well-informed, educated advocates speak with professionalism and dignity. They put the Board to shame. Over the past couple of years we have grown immeasurably. Multiple animal welfare organizations have joined the cause, increased advocates, as well as a greatly informed American public. Now those working to ban horse slaughter, and those advocating for the wild horses and burros, have formed one “camp.” This is power and impressive. Never-the-less, we DO need the media and CONGRESS! After this BLM Advisory Board Meeting, I feel we are in a new phase. They can up the ante and we can match it, and then some. I am encouraged. I thank the BLM for their “flummery,” for the advocates have now been launched into a new era. FOR-THE-HORSES!

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    1. The BLM cancels round ups because they can’t find any wild horses where their reports say there are 100s or 1000s. They fudge their numbers so much they have totally lost track. That’s why horses on the private lands are left to starve & the BLM know nothing about it.

      Then they cancel round ups because they don’t have any more money. So what do they do? The BLM go shopping around other agencies to see who has some budget to give them so they can keep rounding up wild horses.

      The BLM are absolutely obsessed with constantly rounding up. What are they going do when they are all gone? Retire with big fat pensions? Insanity.

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  6. I watched and Listen all day with the exception of a few hours…………………….. The advocates were amazingly great !!! I was so proud of them….. They were concise , what one missed the other picked up on, We were all represented with knowledge and I believe the Board listened to everyone there ……

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