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. 

 

8 totally cool and tasty recipes for homemade vegan popsicles

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.

Our campaign was certainly timely.

When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.

Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.

Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.

1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles

A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?

Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

2. Avocado Lime Popsicles

Homemade Avocado Lime Popsicles
Click image for the recipe. Healthier Steps.

3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles

Beaming Baker
Click image for recipe. Beaming Baker.

4. Patriotic Popsicles

These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles

Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles. Elephantastic Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Elephantastic Vegan.

6. Lava Flow Popsicles

Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.

Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life. Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life.

7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles

Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Well Vegan.

We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!

8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles

Creamy Chocolate Mint Popsicles. Vegan. Bojon Gourmet.
Click image for Recipe. Bojon Gourmet.

Take the Pledge!

One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.

Resources

Great tips for Meat Out Mondays »

7 Days of Recipes for Meat Out Mondays »

Meat Free Monday (Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney) »

Meat Out for Mustangs will continue beyond May

Pryor Mountain wild horses. Google search result. Unattributed image.
Pryor Mountain wild horses. Google search result. Unattributed image.

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — Meat Out for Mustangs will continue beyond May. Due to the incredibly high level of participation and feedback from you, we will Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday for the rest of the year.

Meat Out for Mustangs is a campaign on behalf of Mustangs in the U.S.  This has been a very timely campaign. One of the benefits of a campaign like this is that it keeps the plight of U.S. Mustangs in the forefront of our thought and active on their behalf.

It is not just citizens in the U.S. who are participating in this campaign to raise awareness about the plight of its Mustangs and the startling destructive practices against them. This campaign has taken on an international flavor.

People are participating in Meat Out for Mustangs — for America’s wild horses — in the following countries:

Canada
England
Ireland
France
Mexico
Spain
Poland
Australia

This is a very moving tribute to how widely cherished wild horses and in particular the American Mustang is outside this U.S.

Here are the general percentages on participants’ “meat out” choice.

Vegan 50%
No Beef 30%
No Meat 20%

How many have taken the pledge?

Well, we don’t know exactly because we can barely keep up with the pledges which have been pouring in steadily since May 1. However, as of this writing we are just over 90,000 in the U.S. and over 100,000 overall. This of course does not take into account those who are taking part and not signed a pledge.

In the meantime, there is plenty of work to do. U.S residents, please take action on the BLM’s budget proposal for 2o18 »

Thank you everyone!

BLM’s proposed 2018 budget includes provision for unlimited sale of wild horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), tasked with the management of America’s wild horses and burros on public lands, released its proposed budget for 2018 which includes a $10 million reduction for its Wild Horse and Burro Management Program and the ability to conduct sales without limitation. View Budget Justification Document (pdf, 11 pp).

In the overview section of its justification document they state:

The BLM also proposes to address the explosive cost growth in the Wild Horse and Burro Management program.

The BLM then calls for a $10 million reduction in spending on its Wild Horse and Burro Management Program stating:

The consistent growth in annual costs for the program is unsustainable and constrains the Bureau’s ability to effectively address competing uses of public lands, as the number of animals on the range and BLM holding facilities grows.

To accomplish its proposed $10 million budget reduction, the BLM suggests:

As such, the budget proposes to give BLM the tools it needs to manage this program in a more cost-effective manner, including the ability to conduct sales without limitations.

In a BLM press release they make it even clearer stating its 2018 budget plan would allow for the humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of “excess animals.”

The unrestricted sales of excess animals of course opens the door to slaughter.

In its budget justification the BLM discusses further funding decrease methods:

The remainder of the funding decrease will be achieved by reducing gathers, reducing birth control treatments, and other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program.

The proviso “other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program” could meaning anything and is dangerous language.

The BLM have demonstrated throughout its history that their idea of wild horse and burro management is to get rid of them any way they can.

The motivation is of course this recurring theme — “competing uses of public lands”.

This is a problem the Department of Interior and its Bureau of Land Management have created for the wild horses and burros. Not the other way around.

There are so few remaining wild horses and burros.  In the vastness of America’s public lands, how can they possibly be troubling anybody? They cannot.

No one who has witnessed their destruction over the decades would think there is a federal law protecting them.

“Competing uses” is chiefly — if not entirely — about the ranchers grazing their livestock on public lands, particularly the corporate billion dollar “welfare” ranchers who are leasing these lands for a song and now using their clout on the Hill to destroy what is left of America’s free-roaming wild horses and burros. They are the ones making the loudest and possibly the only noise on “competing uses”.

There’s more. These factions who favor the “unrestricted sale” of wild horses are doing so in anticipation of the return of horse slaughter to U.S. soil in 2018.

Take Action

Contact your federal lawmakers — including your Representatives and both U.S. Senators — and tell them you oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 budget proposal that would allow them to sell America’s wild horses and burros without limitation and ask that this language is removed.

This is an instance where your lawmakers must hear from you directly. Call them or use their online contact form. However, calls are really most urgently required.

Calling and Contact Forms

If you know your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators, call them via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Or use the Senate Phone List or House Phone List to find their phone numbers. These lists also provide a link to their website which hosts their contact forms.

If you do not know who represents you in Washington, use the links below.

U.S. House

Find Your U.S. RepresentativeYou will need your zip code +4.

U.S. Senate

Find Your U.S. Senators.

Summary

Your call should sound something like this:

• I am opposed to language in the BLM’s proposed budget for 2018 that allows the unlimited sale of our wild horses and burros which exposes them to slaughter.

• I am opposed to language that the remainder of the BLM’s funding decrease will be achieved “by other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program”.

• Please see that this language is removed from the BLM’s 2018 Budget.

Note: If you have signed a Petition, that is not enough. Please contact your lawmakers directly. Thank you.

Wild Horse War Chest

Please donate to help us fight hard in Washington D.C. for our wild horse and burros. Every dollar you give is enormously helpful in these critical times. Thank you!

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Captured Mustangs. Google search result. Unattributed photo.