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    Stop BLM plans for mustangs

    If there was ever any question about BLM plans for mustangs please read and send on to everyone you know!

    PRESS RELEASE
    June 11, 2009- for immediate release


    Documents Reveal BLM Secret Plan to Destroy Wild Horses

    Documents obtained from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) via the Freedom of Information Act by a Phoenix-based non-profit, The Conquistador Program, reveal shocking and detailed plans to destroy healthy wild horses in government holding facilities as well as those still remaining in the wild on public lands.

    BLM employees as well as a USDA veterinarian held weekly “Implementation Team” meetings beginning in July of 2008 in which they discussed and developed strategies aimed at ridding BLM of thousands of mustangs. In October they completed a 68 page document entitled “Alternative Management Options”. Tactics included in this document are reminiscent of those used to wipe out Native American tribes in the 1800s.

    The BLM team created scenarios for killing mustangs using barbiturates, gun shots, or captive bolts. Bodies would be disposed of through rendering, burial or incineration. They discussed killing 1200-2000 wild horses per year. The document states that “the general public would be prohibited from viewing euthanasia.” Additionally, the Team felt that “increased support from public relations and management staff would also be needed to insulate those doing the actual work from the public, media and Congressional scrutiny/criticism.”

    “Minutes from these meetings as well as the Draft Plan reveal what amounts to ‘the final solution’ for the American mustang,” states Ginger Kathrens, filmmaker and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “Despite a huge outcry from the American public last year regarding BLM plans to kill wild horses in holding, the agency is still pressing forward with a plan to destroy our American mustangs both on and off the range.”

    Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program Don Glenn told The Cloud Foundation that “no decision has been made to move forward on a large scale with this plan, yet.”

    BLM meeting minutes speak for themselves. “Security at facilities and at gathers would need to be increased to combat eco-terrorism. Having the people that are willing to put down healthy horses at gather sites could be a problem. Having vets putting down healthy horses at preparation facility[ies] could also be a problem.” Meeting minutes reveal the psychological toll that employees would pay—“have counseling for employees and contractors that have to euthanize the healthy horses because it is very stressful.”

    The report created an option in which wild horses of all ages could be sold “without limitation”. In other words, horses could be sold directly to killer buyers in unchecked numbers. The Team admitted that “some wild horses will go to slaughter”.

    “Once they are gone, they’re gone” says Karen Sussman, President of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros. “To lose this incomparable species would be a travesty.”

    Team Members formulated ways in which they could circumvent the National Environmental Policy Act, asking “How many (wild horses) could be euthanized during a gather (roundup) without having NEPA?” BLM discussed ways to circumvent the federal carcass disposal law (43 CFR 4730.2). Conversations included how many wild horses could be rendered at the Reno Rendering plant or “disposed of in pits”. The Team concluded that “there will not be large numbers of horses euthanized during gathers or in the field. This is due to state environmental laws.”

    Recommendations include the creation of gelding herds, and sterilization of mares to create non-reproductive herds in the wild in place of natural herds. The team recommended changing the sex ratio from the normal 50% males and 50% females to 70% males and 30% females. Then the experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22, would be given to all mares that are returned to the wild. Plans call for rounding up the wild horses every two years to re-administer the drug.

    “Mares on the drug will cycle monthly and, with the altered sex ratio, the social chaos will be dangerous and on-going,” Kathrens explains. “Any semblance of normal wild horse society will be completely destroyed.”

    Kathrens has spent 15 years in the wild documenting mustang behavior for her PBS television documentaries which chronicle the life story of Cloud, the now famous pale palomino stallion she has filmed since birth. “Even Cloud and his little herd in Montana are in serious danger if BLM implements these options,” she continues. “The BLM plans a massive round up in Cloud’s herd beginning August 30, 2009.”

    The BLM will not guarantee that Cloud and his family will remain free.



    The BLM documents referred to above and photos of wild horses are available from The Cloud Foundation.

    The Cloud Foundation, Inc.
    107 South 7th St.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80905
    719-633-3842
    719-633-3896 (fax)
    info@thecloudfoundation.org
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    The BLM removes close to 30,000 horses a year off of federal land. Of those 30,000 approximately 8,000 are successfully adopted through the adoption program, the remaining horses go into holding facilities, where they can be sold to any Tom, Richard or Harry with $25 and a horse trailer. One has but to look at the 3Strikes Ranch debacle, to see that sometimes a quick bullet to the head is preferable to a slow agonizing death of starvation and neglect.

    The amount of horses stated in the press release you provided, that will be euthanized is a drop in the bucket, in solving their "what do we do with all these wild horses" problem.

    Out of the 22,000 horses who are gathered but deemed unadoptable for what ever reason, I doubt the BLM would go through the herd and pick out 2000 perfectly healthy and sound animals to destroy.

    That being said, if left to their own devices in the wild, these majestic animals would very soon starve, so it seems death is eminent either way.

    The percentages don't make sense to me. It would seem, if the BLM was going to undertake such a "cloak and dagger" approach to fixing their over crowded and under funded, problem, they would be looking to destroy more than just 2,000. A mere 2,000 is hardly worth raising the public eyebrow over.

    Personally, since the BLM seems to have money problems, it would make more sense, if they are intent on destroying fat healthy animals, that they send them across the boarder and at least make some money off their deaths, to replenish their tired bank accounts.

    But that would make us Americans look kinda silly wouldn't it. We have to send our surplus government bred wild horses across the border for slaughter, because we have made it illegal to do so commercially, here in our own country.

    Yet, if I can believe the facts as stated in the press release, it is ok to destroy them and let their carcasses go to waste.
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    As stated this is a press release. You have more faith than I. Since the BLM has a new chief perhaps they will improve as caretakers.Wanna place any bets?? The mustangs have been going to slaughter for sometime in a very silent unobserved manner so maybe we should just let it go and be what it will be .........

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    This is really old news. The whole mass euthansia thing was debated last fall and dropped completely after all the out cry was raised.

    Yes herd gathers, like with Cloud's herd, will still go on. The horses are dying out on the range and it's the BLM's responsibility to stop that from happening.

    There is still no plan in place on how to deal with feeding and housing 33,000+ (and growing each year) horses that are in holding facilities right now on an ever shrinking budget.

    Euthanizing just the older ones in the holding facilities would help immensly with this problem. There is just no clear cut solution that will please everyone. And like it or not, horses are going to die... Either cleanly by a bullet or whatever means the BLM deems necessary, or by a long slow horrid death of starvation. I'd prefer a bullet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pest 357 View Post
    As stated this is a press release. You have more faith than I. Since the BLM has a new chief perhaps they will improve as caretakers.Wanna place any bets?? The mustangs have been going to slaughter for sometime in a very silent unobserved manner so maybe we should just let it go and be what it will be .........
    Faith in who? The BLM??

    Faith in the press release? Nope, not too much faith in that either.

    Alarmists would like us to think that the mean old guvment is rounding up all the happy pretty ponies who otherwise would live fairytale lives amid amber waves of grain, just so they can clobber em with clubs.

    The most humane answer is in the sterilization of mares and the gelding of colts. ALL colts. Then as the population dwindles, the holding pens can release horses to replenish the herds, and then when the holding pens are out of horses, and the herds have a manageable number, have someone other than a "suit", somebody with equine intelligence, choose a few select individuals to replenish the herds. This would require rounding them all up every year, but once they no longer have to waste money on holding facility horses, they will be able to afford the man power it will take to get the job done.

    It's either that, or slaughter them for profit, but I don't see that ever happening as the ones who cry the loudest over doing so, are usually the ones who do not fully understand the magnitude of the problem.
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    If the sterilization takes place that is the viable end to a species.At least the if your plan holds the last few will be fat and happy?? Am 65 have been around and working with horses including mustangs for much of those years.My husbands grandfather was a horse trainer wayback when ,so we are not part of those who just sit and yell from the sidelines.There are 30,000 horses in holding pens 27,000 left on the range 8 million cattle and oh yes 250,000 bison sharing that same land how can the few mustangs be the focus of such recriminations?
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    I thought this was an old propaganda thing. I think this is the latest news.

    http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/...=576&Itemid=27
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    Thanks for the link Harp. In the OP, the press release date is June 11, 2009. I took it at face value.
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    Very well done video.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYUmcgXAt8Q&feature=related"]YouTube - Why the Wild Horses are Vanishing[/ame]

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    Harp918, thank you that is what we hope someday gets out of all the red tape and saves the mustangs right .... now not there yet!

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