Monthly Archives: October 2010

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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USA: Oct 22, 2010 – The Cloud Foundation: Protests Nationwide & Two Colorado Events

Cloud the Stallion:

Protests Nationwide for wild horses & two Colorado events with Ginger Kathrens

Ginger Kathrens, Director of the Cloud Foundation and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, will give two presentations in Colorado this November- please spread the word and for those who can come, look forward to seeing you soon.
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USA: Oct 19, 2010 – Distemper outbreak kills wild horses at Herriman center

By brandon loomis

Federal wild-horse managers are suspending adoptions from their Herriman center and placing a quarantine on about 500 animals because of an equine-distemper outbreak.

Eleven horses have died – some on their own and some from euthanasia after being badly stricken – and two- or three-dozen more show signs of the upper-respiratory infection, said Gus Warr, head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Utah wild-horse and burro program.
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USA: Oct 19, 2010 – Three wild horses killed by cars; Advocates say action is needed to protect horses and residents

Nevada is home to most of the nation’s wild horses. And it is that time of year again, when the horses are coming down from the hills to find green grass to graze On one night last week, Thursday, three were hit and killed by cars… Two in the Moundhouse area outside Carson City, and this horse in Damonte Ranch.
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USA: Sept 9, 2010 – Photos Capture Brutality of BLM Roundups

With simultaneous roundups underway in Twin Peaks, California and Utah’s Confusion and Conger Mountains, the BLM’s aggressive assault on wild horses across the West continues in force.
The BLM has attempted to tightly control access to the roundup sites, largely keeping public observers at a distance that makes up-close and compelling photographs difficult. The agency’s interest in controlling images of the roundup was made clear when the New York Times caught helicopter contractor Dave Cattoor on video instructing his wrangler on what to do to make sure that the observers did not get photographs of injured horses:
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USA: An American Mustang at Devon 2010

The Dressage at Devon Web site invites us to be part of the magic. Well,  this year at Devon we were part of history too.

“Shocker at Devon”
Padre, a ten year old American Mustang stallion, cleaned up. He won the 4 year old and up stallion class and he was Reserve Champion stallion overall. He competed against Holsteiners. Hanoverians. Oldenburgs.  And he kicked equine butt. Padre is not only the first American Mustang to compete at Devon, he went home with a neck ribbon 🙂 Congrats to his owner/handler, Patti Gruber at Wayfarer Farms in Illinois.
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Australia: Oct 19, 2010 – NPWS Investigates Horse Shooting In Kosciuszko

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is investigating the illegal shooting of four wild horses whose bodies were found on the Barry Way south of Jindabyne within Kosciuszko National Park.

NPWS Southern Ranges Regional Manager, Dave Darlington, said today that he’s very concerned about this latest incident.
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USA: Oct 18, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: There Was No Warmth, There Was No Love

by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

He was young, so young that life had no fear or pain.  His life revolved around the warmth that he felt from his mother, her milk and the sun.  All the warmth made him feel happy, it made him glow, it made him feel loved.

His family was not large but they made him feel safe, they did not play often as he was the only baby but they made him feel loved.  There was his father, bold and strong; his young mother, his older sister and two aunts that kept an eye on him if he should stray far from his mother.
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USA: Oct 16, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: BLM Kills 2 More Wild Horses in Colorado

(The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch

The Bloody Facts Speak Volumes

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to move forward with its legally challenged wild horse roundup of Colorado’s North Piceance wild horse herd and killed yet an additional 2 horses during alleged illegal activates, yesterday.
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USA: Oct 15, 2010 The Cloud Foundation: Mare roped, drug into trailer and later shot in contested BLM Colorado roundup

Restraining order filed in NY court to stop already deadly mustang roundup 10/15/10

New York Federal Court to Hear Wild Horse Case

Mare roped, drug into trailer and later shot in contested BLM Colorado roundup

New York, NY (October 15, 2010)—A New York Federal District Court Judge will consider a request on October 20 to stop the federal government’s roundup and removal of Colorado’s North Piceance wild horse herd. Second-string contractors, hired by the BLM, already have killed one mare who attempted to escape with her baby. They roped her, choked her down, kicked her and then dragged her into the trailer. Yesterday the mare was shot. An application for a Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction was filed yesterday by the plaintiffs, Habitat for Horses, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Cloud Foundation, Toni and Don Moore, DVM in order to stop the roundup. This legal action is co-funded by Habitat for Horses Advisory Council and the ASPCA.
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USA: Oct 15, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Aerial Survey Reveals Twin Peaks Wild Horse Population Decimated

by Maureen Harmonay ~ Equine Advocacy Examiner ~ LIVE LINK

Equine Advocates Use Science Against BLM’s Bad Math

A September 24th flyover survey of the California-Nevada Twin Peaks Herd Management Area by respected wildlife ecologist Craig Downer reveals that only about 265 wild horses remain in this 798,000-acre range in the wake of the recent BLM roundup, which captured 1638 horses.  Fourteen of those horses died in BLM custody or as a direct result of physical injuries or trauma sustained during their capture.
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USA: Oct 14, 2010 – Straight from the Horse’s Heart: Wild Horse Advocates Continue Legal Assault Against Obama’s Rogue BLM

Press Release from Grass Roots Horse

The First Amendment Means Nothing to the BLM

A Response was filed in Nevada court on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 to the BLM’s

Father and son's last moments at Twin Peaks ~ photo by Laura Leigh

Father and son's last moments at Twin Peaks ~ photo by Laura Leigh

responses in the Motion for Temporary and Injunctive Relief in the Silver King, NV wild horse roundup, originally filed by the Plaintiff, Laura Leigh against the Bureau of Land Management, Interior

Dept. and the Nevada State Director of the BLM. This lawsuit is based 100% on violations to First Amendment rights.
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