FOIA document obtained by WHFF shows wild horses betrayed by RTF, ASPCA & HSUS

Desatoya Wild Horses in short term holding after being rounded up by the BLM.

The Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has obtained an alarming report through the Freedom of Information Act clearly showing that “Neda DeMayo of Return to Freedom, Nancy Perry of ASPCA, Gillian Lyons of HSUS and Drew Lesofski of the American Mustang Foundation participated in a closed door, round table meeting with pro-slaughter groups.”

Jason Lutterman, a BLM public relations employee, stated in an attached email that the aforementioned advocacy groups agreed to “the need to reduce overpopulation and achieve appropriate management level quickly through gathers,” and “the advocates also expressed desire for BLM to follow gathers with intensive fertility control…”

You probably recognize the names except for Jason Lutterman. Lutterman states on his LinkdIn page that he is a Public Affairs Specialists for the Bureau of Land Management since July 2014. He has been one of the BLM’s most active campaigners for spaying and neutering Mustangs.

Here is an image of the cited email.

There is much more to this story. Read it all at the Wild Horse Freedom Federation website »


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Featured image: Desatoya Wild Horses in short term holding after being rounded up by the BLM. Photographer Unknown.

BLM meeting July 28 in Battle Mountain on use of helicopters in wild horse round up

Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.

Cross-posted from KOLO Channel 8 News

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nevada (KOLO)– The Bureau of Land Management holds a hearing July 28 in Battle Mountain to take in input on using motorized vehicles, including helicopters and airplanes, to monitor and round up wild horses and burros.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the BLM office at 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV.

The areas where gathers and population surveys will take place depend on several factors, including money available.

For more information, contact Kyle Hendrix at 775-635-4054 or Shawna Richardson at 775-635-4181.

Those who cannot attend the hearing can mail written comments to the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, Attention: Shawna Richardson, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. To be considered, they must be received by Aug. 8.

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Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.

Wild horse destruction and the question of PZP

Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.

In an article by the Associated Press (via OregonLive.com) they report:

RENO, Nevada — (AP) United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups working to protect the mustangs are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign — made up of more than 60 groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Welfare Institute and In Defense of Animals — has been willing to accept treating mares with the anti-fertility drug PZP as a more humane alternative to gathering and shipping mustangs to costly holding facilities.

“The use of birth control, in the form of the PZP vaccine, was recommended by the National Academy of Sciences and is in line with public opinion and taxpayer interests,” campaign spokeswoman Deniz Bolbol said.

Leaders of two dissenting groups who recently won a court order blocking a roundup in Nevada are harshly critical of the national coalition, accusing some members of abandoning the mustangs’ best interests.

The New York-based Friends of Animals and San Francisco-based Protect Mustangs say recent studies show use of the contraceptive, which keeps the horses from reproducing for two years, is having an unnatural impact on the herds’ social structure.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno agreed in February when he blocked a roundup based partly on BLM’s reliance on a 5-year-old study suggesting contraception prompts some mares unable to become pregnant to leave in search of stallions in other bands. Newer data disputes that finding.

“We champion the herd’s freedom and will prevent special interest groups from using them as pharmaceutical lab rats for drug research,” Protect Mustangs executive director Anne Novak said.

We are members of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign group and support their work.

On the PZP issue, we concur with the statement “. . . has been willing to accept treating mares with the anti-fertility drug PZP as a more humane alternative to gathering and shipping mustangs to costly holding facilities”.

In saying that, we do not favor the drug itself. We simply agree that it is a more humane alternative to gathering and shipping Mustangs to costly holding facilities. It is not mentioned, but we know historically some Mustangs are sent to slaughter. PZP is definitely preferable to that. But is it really a viable overall solution?

From the same article:

Holly Hazard, senior vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, said internal dissent is nothing new but acknowledged the “tone and tenor is ramping up.” She said the claim her group pushes PZP to raise money is “ludicrous.”

“We have been working with PZP for 20 years,” she said. “We believe it’s the best hope for getting the wild horse management challenges under control.”

Yes, 20 years of working with PZP. And look at all the destruction and empty herd areas.

The important questions are:

Has PZP actually spared any wild horses or saved a herd? Some wild horse advocates say that it has.

Are the groups espousing PZP selling out America’s wild horses and subjecting them to a harmful drug that no one truly knows the consequences of? Someone with more expertise than we have will have to answer that. We are currently canvassing experts for some answers.

We agree 100% with this remark by Hazard:

Hazard said the groups share the same “pure vision of what we’d like to see — which would be horses remaining on the range, untouched by man.”

However we disagree with this:

“But if the only argument you can make is they should be left free on the range, I say that they are not now and will not ever be — at least in the reasonable future,” she said. “We want a solution. We don’t want to rattle our saber toward a victory that will never come.”

A victory that will never come? That is totally unacceptable. And a typical welfarist response.

In the meantime, the “raging debate” about PZP among wild horse groups may be moot. The only opinion concerning PZP that matters at the moment belongs to the BLM.

Guess what?

The BLM doesn’t give a flip about what the National Academy of Sciences says about PZP.

The BLM claims that contraceptive efforts have failed.

In light of this “fact” the BLM states it will continue to round up America’s wild horses and dispose of them in the same fashion. And we know what that means. And the reasons for it.

It is about livestock, mining, and energy interests. It is also about keeping millions of dollars in Congressional funding coming into the Wild Horse and Burro Program making BLM contractors (and reportedly some BLM employees) very, very rich indeed.

So at the moment and for the purposes of this article the Friends of Animals and Protect Mustangs have the upper hand in the PZP debate. Only one solution. The one we always have and will prefer. Total. Freedom.

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Both Presidential candidates could mean elimination of wild horses

Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.

Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.
Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.

The million dollar question being pondered right now by wild horse and burro lovers is this: What does the Presidential race mean for wild horses? Voters want to make the right choice for the country, but horse lovers also want to make the right choice for America’s wild horses and burros too if we can. Our view is that either candidate could spell elimination.

OBAMA

A pensive President Obama. Photo from The Blaze.
A pensive President Obama. Photo from The Blaze.

Obama is the current President in his first term of office, and the Democratic candidate running for election to a second term. We know what his Administration has meant for our wild horses and burros.

During the Obama Administration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the direction of U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar has conducted cruel, deadly and unnecessary roundups of our wild horses and burros at a an accelerated pace that takes your breath away. The BLM with Salazar’s approval has used every trick in the book from subterfuge to clearly illegal mismanagement of these national icons.

How long have we heard these words: There are more wild horses in BLM holding than on public lands. Well, it remains true, but the numbers are now more shocking than ever. Because of total lack of transparency by the federal government, it is challenging to arrive at exact numbers but reports are there are 75,000 in stockpiled in holding pens and on private ranches and only 15,000 left in the wild. Millions of wild horses and burros used to roam freely with no interference from man — because they need no interference — in ten western states.

Additionally, during the Obama/Salazar regime wild horses have been sold for slaughter by the thousands. A recent report revealed one particular horse trader dealing in wild horses is a Colorado man who sought funding from Salazar’s brother to open a horse slaughter plant.

Not long after, it was suggested through the Obama camp rumor mill that the President intends to fire Salazar and to hold our horses and wait for the announcement. We are still waiting while Obama shows public support for Salazar.

ROMNEY

Mitt Romney.  Photo by Jim Young / Reuters.
Mitt Romney. Photo by Jim Young / Reuters.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is more difficult to gauge on how he would handle the wild horses and burro issue though some insight can be gained.

Insofar as we can find, the Romney camp has given no indication who he might appoint as Secretary of the Interior or whether or not he would order a shake-up at the Bureau of Land Management.

Attempts to get Romney’s views on the America’s wild horse and burro issue have been unsuccessful. The only related public statement by Romney is he would leave it up to the States to make their own decision about horse slaughter. Moving the decision from whether or not to slaughter horses for human consumption from the Federal level to the State level looks to be a very important indicator.

The following statements taken from a ThinkProgress report is alarming on many levels, by particularly for America’s wild equines.

DENVER, Colorado — A key western congressman declared late last week that Mitt Romney supports his push to “reverse this trend of public ownership of lands.”

In a speech to the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference, Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) criticized Teddy Roosevelt’s “big ideas of big forests and big national parks,” which primarily exist in the West. Pearce told the audience that, if elected, Mitt Romney will help turn back public lands to the states or private entities.

and

Though Romney’s campaign has asserted that they’re not targeting national parks for further drilling, Pearce disputed the notion that they should be off-limits. “Constitutionally,” Pearce told ThinkProgress after the speech, decisions about drilling in national parks and other public-owned lands “should be left with the states.” Indeed, drilling is already underway in a number of parks, with dozens more threatened.

What does this mean for our wild horses and burros? No home for them on the range.

Though it may release America’s wild horses and burros from the brutal bureaucratic stranglehold of the BLM, from what we have already seen from the States’ behavior towards them where they live now — especially Nevada — how many of America’s wild equines will survive under their jurisdiction? We have seen from Nevada’s Virginia Range wild horses they have no problem sending them to slaughter.

And although federal protection has proven to be anything but protective during recent Administrations, handing them over to States to manage will mean little to zero protection. Is this the aim? Look at that quote carefully. It is not just about turning over public lands to States to manage. “Private entities” is also mentioned.

CONCLUSION

Regardless of approach, it looks as if the policies of both Presidential candidates regarding America’s treasured icons — the wild horses and burros — could mean this: total elimination.