The Kaimanawa Wild Horses – The Wild Horse of New Zealand

They are still alive: the Wild Horses in the north of New Zealand. In the Kaimanawa ranges they found a place to live. However, they are not totally free but controlled by the Department of Conversation (DoC). They regulate the size of the herd population and due to a limited habitat every year many horses end up at the slaughter. Continue reading

Wild Horses in Romania – Struggle for Survival

fourpawsWild horses in such a denseley populated area as Europe? Yes! Only a few people know about this and even less try to help this threatened species. 2500 wild horses live in the Donaudelta in Romania – and the local authority decided to shoot down exactely these 2500 wild horses. The SPCA “Four Paws” arranged a program to rescue their lives – and gave them back hope. Continue reading

The Wild Horses of Namibia – Namib Desert Horses

These horses have learned to adapt:

These very adjustable horses have managed to survive for more than 100 years in the heat of the Namib Desert where there is no shade and temperatures reach 45 degrees C (113 degrees F). In the small town of Garub*, 20 km west of Aus these wild horses can be observed even today.

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USA: Jan. 25, 2011 – American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign:

Senior Congressman Blasts BLM for Mismanagement of Wild Horses

Statement on floor of House of Representatives by Indiana Congressman Dan Burton concludes, ‘Let me just end up, Mr. Speaker, by saying it seems to me that we ought to be frugal with the public’s money. We ought to cut the Bureau of Land Management’s budget so that we can save the money and save the mustangs. That’s what this is all about -a humane way of treating the mustangs in this country, which are a part of our heritage.”

Thank Congressman Burton for speaking out against government waste and for the mustangs!
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USA: Jan 5, 2011 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Head Horse Eater Loses Cool at SlaughterFest

Sue Wallis Shows Loser Frustration by Man-handling Reporter

Today, during the afternoon session of the much beleaguered pro-horse slaughter summit in Las Vegas a free-lance reporter and benign horse trainer was strong armed out of the conference room by the Bloodfest’s lead supporter, Wyoming State Representative Sue Wallis, currently under investigation for fraud and ethics charges.
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Los Angeles Times: U.S. official opposes wild-horse slaughter for food

Bureau of Land Management chief Bob Abbey tells a conference that his agency plans to give mares birth control instead.

Reporting from Las Vegas
Slaughtering wild horses for food isn’t a viable option for thinning herds that have strained public lands throughout the West, the federal Bureau of Land Management director told supporters of horse processing plants Tuesday. Continue reading

USA: Oct 26, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: BLM Casts Deadly Shadow over NM Wild Horse Sanctuary Plans

(In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch ~ volunteer Executive Director of the HfH Advisory Council

Wild Horses Know No Sanctuary from the BLM

It didn’t take long; only several weeks ago New Mexico announced plans to purchase 12,000 acres of private land with the intent to turn a portion of the property into a wild horse sanctuary and already the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is attempting to interject itself squarely into the middle of the state’s proposal.

Don Glenn, chief of the BLM’s rouge and dysfunctional Wild Horse and Burro program was quoted in a recent Santa Fe New Mexican article saying:
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USA: Oct 25, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: An EcoTour for the Dead Foal from Colorado

Guest article by Arlene Gawne

Why is the US Government Not Considering Options?

Ah, the BLM, as usual busy destroying horses‘ lives and human jobs. On October 15th 2010, a BLM contractor helicopter drove a frightened young, wild foal so relentlessly that the foal broke a leg, wranglers shot him and hauled his mother away for adoption or a lifetime holding pen. Local people lose another opportunity to prosper with their wild horses. The road not taken. Let’s go down that road…
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USA: Oct 24, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: One Little Foal Step at a Time

(In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart“

Fight to Save our Wild Horses Progresses

It’s been a tough month for Wild Horse Advocates, even tougher for the horses.  Months of legal planning had been mapped out by the HfH Advisory Council in an effort to stop four, specifically targeted BLM roundups from occurring.  Two of those were postponed by a year, one directly due to our efforts. But the other two went forward, one struggle even made it to court.  Did we make any progress?  Were the horses helped in anyway?  To put it mildly; “You bet ya!”
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USA: Oct 23, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: NYC Judge Certified Destruction of Colorado Wild Horse Herd

Analysis by Laura Allen of Animal Law Coalition

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley, III, sitting in the Eastern District of New York, observed in his ruling on October 21, 2010 that “the Court is accustomed to dealing with bulls and bears on Wall Street, [but] this case turns its attention westward to wild horses in Colorado”.
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USA: Oct 22, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Animal Welfare Groups Respond to Federal Ruling that Fails to Protect Colorado Wild Horse Herd

Joint Press Release from ASPCA, Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation and the HfH Advisory Council

BLM Moves Forward to Zero Out Wild Horse Herd

NEW YORK-The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), along with Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, and Dr. Don and Toni Moore, today responded to a federal judge’s ruling that declined to issue an injunction preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing its inhumane and illegal roundup of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. The case, brought against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in New York, charged that the BLM’s ongoing treatment of America’s federally protected wild horse herds violates the National Environmental Protection Act, as well as the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
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USA: Oct 22, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Scientific Integrity – So Ordered by the Court

Guest Column by Lisa LeBlanc ~ HfH Advisory Council Lead Research Specialist

It has become glaringly apparent, particularly to the interested public over the past year, that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the auspices of the Department of Interior (DOI), keeps and considers no one’s council but its own.
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USA: Oct 20, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Wild Horse War Call Heard in NYC Today

by R.T. Fitch ~ volunteer Executive Director of the HfH Advisory Council

Battle to Save Colorado Wild Horse Herd goes to Court Today

As in times a century and a half ago the people defending their land, their families, their way of life planned for months; knew they were outnumbered yet also knew that they were right.  The land that they defended belonged to all people along with the wild animals on it, but a huge and out of control government claimed it for its own and nothing could stand in its way as it swept to the west consuming all and killing many as it’s illogical and inhumane policies destroyed not only the land but the animals and people who lived in harmony upon it.  Our Native Americans never properly recovered and now the very same government that destroyed a nation of people is ensuring that even the last vestige of their wild American horse shall be no more.
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USA: Oct 19, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: THE BLM’s Multiple “R”USE Mandate

By guest columnist Debbie Coffey: PPJ Investigative Journalist
“Honesty” from Obama’s BLM is a Moving Target

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) empowers itself to do pretty much whatever it wants with its interpretation of the “Multiple Use Mandate” from the The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA).  This should really be called the BLM’s Multiple RUSE Mandate.
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USA: Wild Horses Need Homes

A wild horse and burro adoption event, organized by the Bureau of Land Management, took place in Virginia last Saturday. Over thirty wild horses and burros were there for people to adopt.
The Bureau of Land Management has been created to manage the population of wild horses that roam free in ten U.S. states. Since horses are not indigenous to the area and have no natural predators, their numbers have well exceeded carrying capacity for the land. Some of the wild horses and burros gathered from BLM roundups wind up being slaughtered.
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Asia: Przewalski’s Horse – the Mongolian Wild Horse – last real Wild Horse worldwide

The Przewalski’s Horse is the last wild horse, which has not been crossed with any domestic horses. This is why people call it the last original wild horse alive.

Other wild horses like the Mustangs in the USA oder the Brumbies in Australia originate from domestic horses, which had the possibility to escape into wildlife what means into liberty. In opposite to this the Przewalski’s Horse does still have his origins in the wild horses. Continue reading

USA: Return to Freedom: CALICO STALLION RESCUE UPDATE: Video of Bucky and Buddy Back Home in Nevada after 1,600 Mile Journey

Bucky (aka Mr. Buckskin), a 12-year old buckskin stud, was one of the original Calico stallions identified by the sanctuary Return to Freedom for rescue in July. Along with 18 other stallions, Bucky was to be a founding member of the proposed Return to Freedom/Soldier Meadows Ranch Wild Horse Preserve, located in the Calico Mountains Complex where Bucky was captured in a January 2010 BLM roundup.
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USA: American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign: TAKE ACTION BY MONDAY (Oct. 25): Be a Voice for 1000’s of Nevada Mustangs

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of updating the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Winnemucca District in Northwestern Nevada. This document will determine management policies for 8.5 million acres of public land and for 20 Herd Management Areas, affecting thousands of federally-protected mustangs and burros.
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USA: Oct 21, 2010 – Oppose Roundup of 1,659 Nevada Mustangs in Antelope Complex

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to round up and permanently remove 1,659 wild horses from the Antelope Complex in northeast Nevada which emcompasses more than 1.3 million acres and four herd management areas (HMAs): Antelope, Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop. Another 50 horses living outside the borders of the Antelope Complex will also be removed. This helicopter roundup is scheduled for January and February 2011 – in the dead of winter. Of the 427 mustangs allowed to remain, 214 mares would be administered the two-year immuno-contraceptive drug PZP, and the herd’s gender ratio would be artificially skewed to favor males.
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