BLM ‘opted for’ horse slaughter

Blood on their hands - secret BLM round up - horses sent to Canadian slaughtehouse.

The 41 horses quickly shuffled off to a kill-buyer this spring have NOT been forgotten. The Bureau of Land Management used horse slaughter as method of “taking care of” horses they were to protect. Beyond “for shame” – there should be more of a public outcry. ~ HFH

From: Cody Enterprise
By: Patricia Fazio

Letter to the Editor

Blood on their hands - secret BLM round up - horses sent to Canadian slaughtehouse.

Blood on their hands – secret BLM round up – horses sent to Canadian slaughtehouse.

Whoa. The article last month “Park County supports BLM on horse roundup” gave the impression that all wild horse advocates fail to understand federal land policy and law, and operate strictly on sentiment and outside the sphere of either reason or current statute.

While some groups felt this small herd of 41 free-roaming horses should be left alone, those of us who understand the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (1971, as amended) and the accompanying Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR Part 4700 – Protection, Management, and Control of Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros) realize the Cody BLM Field Office acted legally in gathering these horses.

While this herd had gone wild, i.e. had gradually organized into natural family bands, they were not located on a legal BLM Herd Area or Herd Management Area. While some horses could have come from the Foster Gulch/Dry Creek HA, zeroed out in 1987, we neither have DNA evidence nor solid proof.

Conversely, it appears the report of their origins from rodeo stock may be hearsay. In any event, these horses were in trespass (estray), and the BLM had the perfect right to round them up.
But the core reason the Cody BLM Field Office is being beaten up is these horses were sold to a killer buyer at Worland Livestock Auction, with or without the assent of local BLM officials.

Once the Wyoming Livestock Board took possession of these animals, that state agency had a choice. Under W.S. 11-24-102, “Taking up estrays; generally,” disposal of these horses could have been through sale, slaughter or destruction. Sale, to me, implies sale to horse advocates or caring individuals, who would have paid far more than the $43 the killer buyer (Bouvry Exports Calgary LTD) paid per head.

In fact, the ultimate slaughter rejects – 14 horses that were saved – were sold to horse advocates for an alleged $800 per head, a hefty profit that took unfair advantage of detested “horse lovers.”

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has requested, under the Freedom of Information Act and Wyoming Sunshine Laws, all public documents relating to this case. Both the Cody BLM Field Office and the Wyoming Livestock Board knew (or should have known) horse groups would be ready, willing and able to purchase and re-home these horses. The fact that they opted for slaughter is what has caused all the commotion.

What’s wrong here is that both the Cody BLM and the Wyoming Livestock Board know many of us who work to protect both wild and domesticated horses. One phone call (rather than an obscure “Notice of Intent to Impound”) could have saved all 41 horses and showed that public agencies actually do have a heart.

We hope to correct this with an MOU that gives Wyoming’s estray horses a good life, not a gruesome death, through an agency/horse advocate agreement.

(s) Patricia Fazio,
Statewide Coordinator
Wyoming Wild Horse Coalition

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Once again my tax dollars not spent as I chose them to be spent I want someones job… they can’t do what their paid to do. BLM is a waste.

    June 3, 2014
  • mustang man

    Devil’s advocate here;
    Why were these horses not under the same kind of supervision that the Pryor horses are since advocates care so much? Why was it an outside informant that had to let advocates know about the horses? Why were there not ongoing conversations with WY and local BLM director about these horses and the other wild horses to have in place agreements of purchase or even gathering by advocates under BLM supervision in place prior to this event? Why is it that advocates are always reactive rather than active in preventing these things from happening out of their control?
    Devil’s advocates remember we should look at ourselves for these answers before we start to blame them for what they have always done. They have their rules and the law on their side, what are we doing actively now to prevent this from happening again? These horses are mostly dead, time to put this to rest and figure out where the next round up will be and start working on what to do with those horses before this happens again. Crying doesn’t save horses from slaughter, excuses for not obtaining agreements don’t save them either.

    June 3, 2014
  • Debra Heverly, MD FACEP

    I think Thomas Edison says it best:

    “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas Edison

    June 3, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    I want to know why BLM did not test the horses before releasing them. Seeing the babies rescued by Cloud and Protect Mustangs, it is obvious these are true rugged horses possibly with blood of the Conquistadore horses. BLM carried out this operation based on reports of the horses being rodeo stock? Well, here is a report for them: they were descendents of herds trailed to Canada from the Spanish breeding operations.

    I am sick of BLM’s shrugging off the absOlute intrinsic value of the wild horses as descendent of our heritage brothers. It just proves once again that the many millions of taxpayer dollars paid to BLM to run the WWHB program is money down the rat hole.

    June 3, 2014
  • Denise

    I know it was a different time period but Thomas Edison also killed cats, dogs and an elephant in his efforts to discredit AC current as more dangerous than his DC current.

    The sentiments of the quote are still true however.

    June 3, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Im so sick of blm/gov/rancghers BS that i think it is time !!! they want a war they are gonna get one from me … i know a hole in the desert so deep you cant hear a car hit the bottom & i don’t care who reads this. I m done.

    June 3, 2014
  • Nancy Albin


    June 3, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    They’re calling us small groups with loud vocals… hahahah!!! Thats what they think… shows how much they know. 😛

    June 3, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Mustang Man this is to your comment: do you know what “Wild & Free” mean? Supervised.

    June 3, 2014
  • Daryl

    BLM needs to go, and the government behind them, what is to be protected should be, and the range they own belongs tot he wild horses to roam and not al the cattle and sheep with the well fair ranchers who do not pay the price they are too per cattle on the range. Stand up America it’s your tax dollars that they are spending on the wrong things. Wake up .

    June 3, 2014