Feds rein in sales of wild horses

Wild Horses rounded up by federal agency Bureau of Land Management. Google image.nded up by federal government agency, Bureau of Land Management. Google image.
Wild Horses rounded up by federal agency Bureau of Land Management. Google image.


CARSON CITY, Nev. –- Sales of wild horses and burros will be restricted under new rules announced Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after an investigation into the sale of more than 1,700 horses to a Colorado livestock hauler who supports the horse meat industry.

“It is a response to that inquiry, which is being conducted right now by the Office of the Inspector General of the Interior Department,” said Tom Gorey, BLM spokesman for the wild horse program in Washington, D.C.

Wild horse advocates said the rules amount to “window dressing” and won’t keep large numbers of mustangs out of the hands of so-called kill buyers.

The inspector general is investigating what became of 1,777 horses sold since 2009 to Tom Davis. Wild horse advocates fear the animals were taken to Mexico for slaughter.

“He’s the biggest buyer among all of our buyers over the years,” Gorey said of Davis. Since 2005, when the BLM first allowed people to buy horses in bulk as opposed to adopting them, the agency has sold 5,400 animals, Gorey said.

Gorey said the inspector general is “looking into all aspects of the sales to Davis, including the whereabouts of the horses.”

He said it’s unknown when the investigation will be finished.

Under the new rules, sales of wild mustangs and burros will be limited to no more than four within a six-month period unless prior approval is obtained from a BLM assistant director.

Buyers also must describe where they intend to keep the animals.

Requiring BLM approval for large sales won’t protect mustangs, said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

Roy said it is “outrageous” to put the decision of who gets more than four horses “in the hands of the very same BLM managers who were exposed as being responsible” for wild horses ending up with buyers like Davis. She added the new policy allows the BLM “to look the other way after six months.”

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Sue Wallis salutes horse slaughter buyers as heroes and saviours

Sue Wallis
Sue Wallis

I have heard many twisted interpretations of the facts in the horse slaughter debate, but I never thought I would live to read something as outrageous as what you will see below. Of course, it has come from the mind of Sue Wallis, also referred to as “Slaughterhouse Sue” among horse lovers.

In an Op Ed piece entitled “Killer Horse Buyer are Heroes and Saviours”, this is Wallis’ response to the statement that “horse slaughter is a predatory business where killer buyers outbid people who just want to save horses.”

The typical horse buyer on the other hand has “rescued,” “re-homed,” and “re-purposed” thousands of horses, done it all on their own dime without a single handout from anybody, and don’t get any credit. Horse buyers are in the business of finding a purpose for horses that are unwanted, unneeded, or no longer useful.

Of course they profit from it, that is how one makes a living in this country. Last I heard paying someone a fair price for anything (including horses) that they don’t want, don’t need, or can’t keep, and selling it to someone else who has a use for it for a profit is still the time-honored American way.

I was not aware that the typical horse buyer in the U.S. is a killer buyer employed to supply horse slaughter plants. Is that what this country has come to?

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LeFever case: Paulick calls for ideas to prevent it

Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report posted this today:

Kelsey LeFever
Kelsey LeFever. Cropped image from Chronicle of the Horse forum.

Yesterday we broke the news of Kelsey Lefever, a 24-year-old woman who has allegedly been misrepresenting her intentions of finding a new home for retired racehorses in Pennsylvania and taking them to kill-buyers instead.

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Earlier today, we reported Great Scott Farm fired Lefever from a position as a riding instructor and by all accounts was caught unaware of the charges against her until our report. There will certainly be more to come on this story, but we applaud the quick and decisive action taken by the owners of Great Scott Farm.

But all of this does raise the obvious question, what can we do to keep this sort of thing from happening in the future? We asked our audience yesterday both on Facebook and Twitter if they had any suggestions on how to prevent this type of alleged incident from happening.

If you are on Twitter and/or Facebook, please weigh in with your ideas. If you are on neither, you can go here and comment on Mr. Paulick’s original post with proposed solutions, and read what others are saying. He has included feedback from social networks there too.

Thank you Ray Paulick.

I am wondering if letters, such NK for “no kill” could be added to a Thoroughbred’s lip tattoo? Or would buyers for the slaughterhouses just ignore it, like they do everything else that is put into place. Since horse slaughter is such predatory business, what can be done to ensure your horse never ends up in the hands of a killer buyer?

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ReRun Brands Their Horses

If you ever come across a horse with the ReRun brand at an auction or killpen, please contact them.
If you ever come across a horse with the ReRun brand at an auction or killpen, please contact them.

ReRun is serious about protecting their horses even after the Thoroughbreds have left their rehabilitation, retraining and adoption program. That is why they all get freeze-branded with ReRun’s unique and distinctive design (see image above). It is half of a heart with the letters “R R.”

If you ever come across a horse with the ReRun brand at an auction or killpen, please contact them. You can find ReRun’s contact information on the Home Page of their website (on the left) at http://www.rerun.org.

You can also find ReRun on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rerunthoroughbredadoption.