Not There Yet: Mustang (Podcast)

Mustang Monument Resort wild horses.
Mustang Monument Resort wild horses.

WILD HORSES — Terence C. Gannon, host of Not There Yet podcast, kindly brought this to our attention to share with you.

MUSTANG

The burden of a name that has come to mean so much.

The word derives from the Spanish mesteño, which is defined as “wild; untamed; ownerless”. By letting the tongue dwell on the roof of the mouth you get to mestengo, a “stray beast”. From there it’s a small step to the word and an idea that has entered into our modern mythology.

Mustangs are wild horses which roam the North American southwest. These were initially descended from horses which escaped, were turned loose or stolen from…

Listen to the rest by going here. The text version of this essay can be found on Medium where it was originally published on August 15th, 2016. 

 

Despite Trump promise, BLM breaks rule of Law making extinction all but inevitable for Wild Horses & Burros

Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.
Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper exposes BLM: Never-seen evidence proves America’s wild horses and burros are disappearing without explanation

PINEHURST, TexasJuly 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. (WHFF), today released its white paper, “Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.”  America’s wild horses and burros – long a national treasure and symbol of freedom – are endangered and being pushed towards extinction, despite the Trump administration’s promise to uphold the rule of law. 

The comprehensive white paper cites taxpayer waste and multitudes of inconsistencies in documentation presented to both the American public and Congress.  These alleged offenses continue to occur under the direction of Trump-appointed Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), Ryan Zinke.

WHFF’s document notes current and historical violations that include evidence of misrepresentation, wasting taxpayer funds, and lack of scientific accounting for the wild horses and burros — in absolute defiance of the Congressional statute that provides for the safety of the iconic wild herds.

The five-year investigation culminating in the document has uncovered a consistent pattern of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing misinformation thought to confuse and mislead the American taxpaying public and legislators.

For years, the BLM has taken healthy wild horses and burros from their legally protected lands in the American West at the expense of taxpayers.  Notably, on those lands, the cost to taxpayers was nothing, yet the BLM roundups have continued, taking tens of thousands of wild horses into captivity.  Despite the reported number of horses in captivity (46,000) to date, large numbers of horses have mysteriously disappeared from the holding pens or during transports where they never arrived.  And it appears that taxpayer money has been wasted by the BLM, at the expense of the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect.

WHFF’s FOIA obtained documentation on this topic, many of which have never been reviewed by Congress or the public, appear to verify that BLM statements are filled with inaccuracies and poor math. The beneficiaries of this systemic misrepresentation have been ranching and corporate energy interests, both of whom, not surprisingly, are major donors to politicians who cover the areas where the most wild horses and burros are found.

Despite a strident outcry from American taxpayers who want, as the law requires, the horses and burros protected and returned to their rightful place on public lands, the BLM has repeatedly asserted to America that the wild horses and burros need to be under its care.  In the last century, the wild horse population has gone from two million to less than 36,000 under BLM management.  Less than two out of 100 wild horses that were present then remain in 2017.

WHFF’s white paper details multiple examples of mishandling of taxpayer funds, but the upshot is simple: alleged false assurances have been offered up to taxpayers while private and special interests have had their way with the use of public lands.  In another words, the BLM is the fox that guards the henhouse, seemingly unwilling to enforce the laws that obligate them to protect wild horses and burros.

“The DOI and the BLM have undertaken a long term ‘Fake News’ campaign to spread misinformation to confuse the issue. They want the wild horses and burros slaughtered, gone, full stop.  Americans are not going to stand for that,” says Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s President R.T. Fitch.  “It appears that President Trump appointed a long time horse slaughter proponent to oversee the DOI and his first major act could be to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros making this White Paper a timely must read for all Americans.” he continued.

This is paramount in importance right now for the wild horses and burros and American taxpayers.  In the coming days the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Interior appropriations bill, which includes the Wild Horse and Burro Program with the threat of killing wild horses and burros touted as a budgetary necessity.  Without intervention, for the rising generations of America, wild horses and burros will be gone forever.


To read the WHFF white paper and for more information go to:
http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/white-paper/.

Download and deliver it to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators (pdf, 44 pp).


Wild Horse Freedom Federation(WHFF) is a Texas non-profit corporation with federal 501c3 status. WHFF is the voice of not only those animals that cannot speak for themselves but also, most effectively, for the majority of the American public which has repeatedly expressed the desire to stop the unnecessary removal of wild horses and burros from public lands where they should remain, and the proper, legal management of the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

Source

Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. News Release

Related Links

http://www.wildhorsefreedom.org

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National Geographic

Remove the BLM from the American West says Michael Blake

Speaking at the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Phoenix, Michael Blake (Dances with Wolves) states that in his 20 plus years working on the wild horses and burro issue the BLM has done nothing but lie. It is time, he continues, that the Bureau of Land Management is removed from the American West.

We agree, starting with the removal of its Director. Join Michael Blake in the citizen impeachment of BLM Bob Abbey for crimes committed against America’s wild horses and burros.

Link to Action Alert >>
Press Release >> “Michael Blake and wild horse advocates petition to impeach BLM Director”, March 1, 2011

Listen to Michael Blake’s speech in its entirety (Courtesy of Humane Observer)