Branded. Liars and killers — the BLM and its political allies

For more than a decade I have been listening to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lies concerning America’s wild horses and burros. For more than a decade I have watched the BLM destroy herds of wild horses and murder burros. For more than a decade I have watched politicians, bureaucrats and Judges aid and abet the BLM and their allies at every turn. You have too.

This horde of liars and killers of wild horses and burros are so confident that they can do and say whatever they want they make statements like the ones contained in yet another loathsome one-sided article peddled by the Associated Press.

Anyone who has followed the hard fought battle by wild horse and burro advocates for the safety and preservation of our American herds will instantly recognize the lies told in the article, “BLM to sterilize wild horses for first time to slow growth.”

So I won’t sport with your intelligence by pointing out every one. You can see them for yourselves.

The article opens with these two gems from BLM’s Deputy Director, Steven Ellis:

A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups.


You see Ellis uses the word sterilization not birth control measures to “stablize” herd numbers (an idea which the BLM have been able to sell to a number of wild horse advocates). Mark my words, the BLM are bent on total destruction.

Slaughter? Oh, how kind of you to say you don’t really want to send wild horses to slaughter.

Liars. Killers.

You send wild horses to slaughter. You have been all along. It has been documented but of course it remains unpunished.

A Government Accountability Office report said that the Bureau of Land Management mismanaged bonds for solar and wind plants. Steven Ellis, deputy BLM director operations, testifies that all bonds were accounted for, and to the best of his knowledge, the bonds were not shredded. SHFWire photo by Jonathan Capriel/
A Government Accountability Office report said that the Bureau of Land Management mismanaged bonds for solar and wind plants. Steven Ellis, deputy BLM director operations, testifies that all bonds were accounted for, and to the best of his knowledge, the bonds were not shredded. SHFWire photo by Jonathan Capriel.

Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis delivered those messages at an emotional congressional hearing this week. He offered a glimpse of the challenges facing the agency that has been struggling for decades with what it describes as a $1 billion problem.

I have some emotions for you but they are not shall I say — sympathetic.

By the way, did you read the caption to Ellis’ photo?


The arrogance is unbelievable. $1 billion problem? Yes, you most certainly do have a $1 billion problem. Hello. You created it!

Yet you carry on the way you always have, manipulating numbers, clearing the ranges with uncalled for removals so your “friends” can use it, making up water shortages to remove wild horses (although the cattle don’t seem to need removal), fencing them out and so on.


It is a $1 billion problem you created. Not the horses. Not the burros. YOU. You have created it by lying, manipulating and mismanaging the wild horse and burro program. You are a $1 billion failure.

How about this?

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. (Olivier Douliery/MCT/Newscom).
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. (Olivier Douliery/MCT/Newscom).

Rep. Tom McClintock, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands, took aim at those who object to euthanizing mustangs “and yet seem perfectly willing to watch them succumb to excruciating death by starvation, dehydration and disease.”

Liars. There is no need to sterilize wild horses. America’s wild horses are at near unsustainable numbers already. The sterilization plan they announced is calculated to finish the job.

If this goes forward it will most likely mean the end of wild horses on public lands which is the goal of their $1 billion project. As mentioned above the BLM has fenced wild horses out so they have no grazing or water. Liars!

And this concerning the stockpiling of horses costing the taxpayer millions from totally unnecessary roundups.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. (Photo By Bill Clark).
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. (Photo By Bill Clark).

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming, emphasized the 1971 law protecting mustangs allows for their destruction if they go unadopted.

” . . allows for their destruction”. Destruction? What a polite word.


Ellis said the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on federal land in 10 states is 2.5 times more than the range can support. However, there’s no more room in government corals and leased pastures, where 47,000 horses cost taxpayers about $50,000 per head over the course of their lifetime.


67,000 appears to be the latest new number. It fluctuates depending on what lies the BLM are trying to sell. Wild horse overpopulation is a myth created by the BLM.

Interesting isn’t it that the BLM have plenty of money for destroying herds. Yet they continually complain they don’t have the money to feed the horses they should have left on the range to start with.

Ginger Kathrens, when she was allowed to speak, stated:

” . . . most Americans want to see mustangs “roam freely on their native home ranges as intended.”

“Castration, sterilization and long-term confinement of horses in holding facilities … is unnecessary, cruel, unhealthy and fiscally irresponsible,” she said.

Following Kathrens some remarks were made that the word stupid doesn’t begin to cover. If you voted for Westerman hide in shame. Go Edita.

 Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, noted, however, that “thousands of domesticated animals are spayed and neutered every day.”

“I’ve got a new puppy and he’s got his day coming soon,” he said.

That prompted an outburst from Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for Friends of Animals.

“They are wild animals. They are not cats and dogs,” she shouted as McClintock banged the gavel and called for Capitol Police. “The solution is getting welfare ranchers off of our public lands, which have been turned into feedlots.”

Called for Capitol Police? Really?

We know who should go to jail.

Killers. Liars.

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3 thoughts on “Branded. Liars and killers — the BLM and its political allies”

  1. Some points to ponder:

    While wild and free roaming, these horses and burros cost the taxpayer this many dollars: $0

    The Wild Horse and Burro Act requires the BLM to PROTECT and manage these animals. The “Protect” part seems to go largely ignored.

    Past budgets for the Program have earmarked less than 3% of these massive costs to segments of the Program that might actually curb it – those of monitoring the herds from the ground. Apparently, it’s too hot and dirty to study these herds, so they fly over them and use some kind of mathematical formula based on the Gordian Knot Theorem, which is taught exclusively at the BLM Academy and is not for Public use.

    Wild horses and burros actually DO die. And while it is an unpleasantness most advocates try to accept – like starvation and dehydration – these are the inherent realities of being a wild animal. Clamoring for their removal to prevent such natural occurrences denies these animals that ‘wildness’. But it also ensures these twits don’t have to acknowledge that yes, Virginia, wild horses and burros DO indeed die. Each and every day. Simply because no one sees an animal die doesn’t mean they don’t. Mortality is Reality, with the youngest generation being the most vulnerable, and most likely to perish.

    Finally, Captives: there seems to be no more vested interest in accuracy of the number of animals in holding than there is for on-the-range. Based on data published by BLM (Public Land Statistics) those numbers currently in holding are the culmination of what has been removed and unadopted for the past decade.

    Does anyone really believe that there are animals in holding that have been there for a decade.

    Here again, we must give a nod to mortality. And those unseen forces that seem to shuffle these animals around like chess pieces from facility to facility where they disappear for reasons perhaps also based on the Gordian Knot Theorem. Or just plain hustling.

    But, no one ‘in charge’ seems to want to look past anything that might muddle their cognitive skills. Better to quote and spew because the louder the declaration, the truer it is, right?

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    1. Of course they die on the range. They were born there too. It is a natural progression of the life death cycle. It will be the same for everyone of us too.

      Robbing them of their freedom and turning them into captives that now rely on man for everything is diabolical and stupid. Plus this land was lawfully given them for their use. They are wild and free-roaming. You have to know the lands to have the good fortune to even see them so they are crowding and bothering no one. I have been out there in Nevada and seen it for myself.

      Removing them is not for their protection from being preyed upon and killed or because of lack of food or water. That is all BLM bullsh*t.

      Adding the horrors of slaughter? All at the taxpayer’s expense and without our consent, because of damned cattle ranchers et al. Millionaire cattle ranchers to boot.

      Obama has sorely let this country down in this area no doubt about it. So what sort of payback is going on and why? What the heck does he know about wild horses or public lands? Or is it all about his pet projects?

      There is plenty of room for the horses and other wildlife plus everybody’s pet projects. These bullies simply do not want them there. Sick.

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  2. The country is a mess. The republicans seem to be solely responsible for the move to rid our land of our horses. The democrats seem to be the ones who are trying to save our houses, however the democratic sitting President appoints the Sec. of Interior to direct the BLM to carry out the destruction of the American Wild Horse. For me, as I continue to fight for our American Wild Horses, our American rights and our American Constitution can only see the solution to the mess the Politicians’ have made of our Country is to revolt and through them all out. We need law and order but we desperately need real people, not politicians.

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