Blood on their Hands: BLM secretly rounds up wild horses – WY Livestock Board sends them to slaughter

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






In secrecy on March 18th, 2014 the Bureau of Land Management round up 41 wild horses whose herd lived close to the Pryor Mountains range. With no announcement of an auction, the Wyoming Livestock Board shipped the horses off to the Canadian border to be sold to a Canadian Slaughterhouse . Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation’s account below is heart breaking. Where is the promised government transparency? And this just a few weeks before the 2014 American Equine Summit ~ HfH

From: The Cloud Foundation

FREE ROAMING WYOMING HORSES ROUNDED UP BY BLM AND SOLD TO CANADIAN SLAUGHTERHOUSE BY WYOMING LIVESTOCK BOARD

NO PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD – NO TRANSPARENCY – NO OPPORTUNITY FOR HORSE RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS TO SAVE HORSES FROM A TERRIBLE FATE.

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.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (March 31, 2014) – On March 24, The Cloud Foundation received an anonymous tip that BLM had rounded up and removed 41 free-roaming horses from public lands in northern Wyoming. Further investigation revealed that BLM conducted a helicopter roundup of the horses and turned them over to the Wyoming Livestock Board who sold the horses directly to the Canadian Bouvry Slaughterouse. The taxpayer-funded roundup was conducted with no notice of sale after the horses were impounded, giving no one the opportunity to step in and negotiate a deal to purchase any of the horses. Even Bighorn County Sheriff, Kenneth Blackburn, was surprised that he received no notification of the roundup, which was conducted in his jurisdiction. The horses were driven to Shelby, Montana, to the Bouvry-owned feedlot, the jumping off point to their Canadian slaughterhouse, the largest slaughterhouse in Canada.

“These were colorful wild horses I spotted several years ago while driving to the Pryor Mountains,” stated Ginger Kathrens Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation. “They lived on what we’ve been told was a wild horse Herd Area southeast of the Pryors.” The small, remnant herd roamed a starkly beautiful landscape east of US 310 between Lovell and Greybull, WY. ‘”We stopped to admire them on March 10th on our way back to Colorado.” Kathrens adds. “The sight of these lovely, free-spirited animals, some with their newborn foals, against the backdrop of the snow-covered Bighorn Mountains was glorious. It’s hard to think about the horror they suffered just days later.”

On March 18, only eight days after Kathrens last spotted the horses, the BLM Field Office in Cody, WY supervised their roundup and removal. A BLM spokesperson told a Cloud Foundation representative that the horses would be held at the Worland Livestock Auction for 10 days and then sold. However, later investigation revealed that the 41 horses rounded up by Cattoor Livestock Company on March 18-19 were delivered to the Worland Livestock Auction for brand inspection. Just a few hours later, once the brand inspection was completed, 37 horses were loaded onto a truck paid for by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and hauled to the Canadian border.

“According to Wyoming, Statute, Title 11, Chapter 24 entitled Agriculture, Livestock and Other Animals, ‘Estray horses rounded up must be held for not more than 10 days before going to auction,'” reported Paula Todd King, Communications Director for the Cloud Foundation. “These horses were rounded up and within hours they were on their way to the border. We found no notice announcing the roundup.”

The history of these horses is debatable. The BLM contends they are not wild, stating that they once belonged to an area rancher who died and his horses have only been in the area for 40 years. However, the Wild Horse and Burro Act (WHB Act) defines a wild horses as an “unclaimed, unbranded horse on federal lands in the United States.” Wyoming brand inspector, Frank Barrett, verified there were no brands of any kind on any of the animals.

Less than a mile from where Kathrens had been observing the horses is the boundary of the “zeroed out” Foster Gulch/Dry Creek Herd Area, designated for wild horse use after the passage of the WHB Act in 1971. “As they have done over a hundred times, the BLM decided not to manage wild horses in the area in 1987,” explains Kathrens. “If the horses have lived in the area for 40 years as BLM states, it is entirely possible that these horses were descendants of the herd eliminated from management in 1987.”

It is clear that these horses have survived for many years on their own, living in wild family bands, and thriving without human intervention. Conflicting reasons have been given for the timing of this BLM roundup when the horses had newborn foals. BLM indicated that private landowners in the area have complained about horses trespassing on their land. Sarah Beckwith, BLM spokesperson said that the horses were a threat to public safety – vehicles had killed two horses. However, after further investigation, TCF found that a train struck one horse 6-8 years ago, and a private vehicle struck another around 5 years ago. Jack Mononi, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist for Cody BLM, told Todd-King that if the Agency did not spend the federal dollars by the end of March, the funds would no longer be available.

Kathrens called the Bouvry Exports Shelby facility in an attempt to negotiate purchase of the 37 horses. The woman who answered the phone would not confirm that the horses had arrived in Shelby and told Kathrens that “these horses were rounded up and removed for slaughter and that is where they are going.” Kathrens offered to pay more than the going price and was told that this was not possible. “I was shaking when I got off the phone,” Kathrens said. “To think that this could be happening sickens me.”

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
34 Comments
  • Suzanne Dunham

    When is the democratic party going to stand up, get a backbone and put an end to the slaughter of our horses.

    April 1, 2014
    • morgansinkc

      Suzanne, 80% of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter, which tells me that this is one issue that crosses all party lines.

      April 1, 2014
  • These people are choosing cruelty and death over compassion and life. They know this.
    So I truly believe that their plea … “Forgive me, I didn’t know what I was doing” when they meet their maker … will be ignored.
    There is no excuse, there is only shame.

    April 1, 2014
  • Laureen

    To the woman at the Bouvry facility, you must be desperate for a job if you are lowering yourself to work in such an industry. You must absolutely hate horses to not even make any attempt to help save their lives. You are just as slimy and useless as EVERYONE who works in this industry.

    April 1, 2014
    • Margaret

      I’d say that hit the nail on the head…

      April 1, 2014
  • I am ready !!!!!!! the BLM has just blatantly committed a Huge Crime, Arrest those BASTARDS every damn one of them !!!,,,,,,,, !!!!!!Sheriffs have a huge amount of power, they spit in his face !!!!

    April 1, 2014
  • Donna Orr

    IT IS TIME WE STOPPED THIS SO-CALLED GOVERNMENT OR OURS. WE ARE THE PEOPLE AND WHEN ARE WE GOING TO MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC AND STOP THE BLM. I DONT CARE HOW THEY ARE STOPPED, MAYBE THE SAME FATE THAT THEY PUT ON THE HORSES WOULD BE SUFFICIENT. I WOULD PERSONALLY BE AVAILABLE TO HELP PUT AN END TO THEIR (THE BLM)MISERY. SO WHEN DO THE PEOPLE GO IN MASS AND STOPP THIS OUT OS CONTROL GOVERNMENT?

    April 1, 2014
    • Dear Donna i have been ready for years ,for this…………We need to unite and conquer these ruthless bastards !!!!! Send them back where they came from HELL !!!!!!

      April 1, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    This is worse then any criminal act in history!!! Well it’s right up there with what they did to the Indians, buffalo. How can they be so corrupt publically & yet they aren’t liable for it? What should we do & where the hell is our President, Congress or the damn authorities that support the Laws that Blm/sally jewell etc.(to many to mention)are breaking just like an inmate doing life for the laws they have broken.?! This is an outrage of our gov laws!!! Who the fq are these monsters!!! The 3 blind mice of our government! DO WE ALL HAVE TO PACK INTO BUSES & GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE & DEMAND OUR RIGHTS BE HEARD???? CUZ IM GAME LETS GO! THIS IS AS BAD AS HUMAN RIGHTS GETS! I want my Country back!!! DO WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO “TOMBTON” TO GET IT DONE… IM SURE WHAT I MEAN…

    April 1, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    you know what I mean

    April 1, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    oops Tombstone! sorry im just upset to where it has made me cry & sick going on 2 weeks now … oh yea & these monsters here left a very young horse to fend for itself in this freezing weather its breaking my heart to watch him walking around alone he’s so young. I think that its so cruel of them to do. I wish i could catch him & put him in my coral but i can’t I think they would arrest for grand theft auto because nv state of agri. owns these Wild Horses or I guess they are just ferel nomads? I don’t know but im sure they’d arrest me for something.

    April 1, 2014
  • phill

    I agree with you Arlene, they should all be lock up for a long, long time.
    Suzanne, I really hate to tell you. But NO BODY is gonna stick together any more. The government has every afraid now days!!!
    I wish I would’ve known about the round up before hand!!!! I would’ve raised enough attention they would’ve had to leave the area, or called for back-up!!!!
    I am a trainer and have been for over 30 years, and I think the mustang is the best horse on the planet!!!!

    April 1, 2014
    • Dear Phil, you are ever so right , they are the Best Horses on the Planet !!!!! and also, the problem is you are right people wont stick together on this, and it is the only way to stop this Bull—-……..

      April 1, 2014
  • BLM sucks..from the Director right down to the person who answered the phone……..it should be BLCM…..Bureau of Land and Cattle Management…..this makes me sick….

    April 1, 2014
  • Sherillyn Flick

    Our tax dollars are being abused at every turn. From BILLIONS of dollars given to the Muslim Brotherhood, to killing off America’s treasured wild horses. So sick of government LIES and FRAUD!! Nobody to stop this madness except WE THE PEOPLE! Get on the phone and call your Congressman, email, write, fax!! If they don’t listen, VOTE THEM OUT!!

    April 1, 2014
  • Christine Kuehner

    Why are these horsed not a national treasure and protected by some sort of parks law. Who is a lawyer in the group. Look this up and see what has to be done to bring this to their Governor’s attention or state representative. The person who reported this should also be the one with the first hand knowledge and proof so they should go directly to the media like the New York times and also call up Betty White,Doris Day, and Bob Barker. All three are animal rights people.The people that actually know that it happened have to step up and stop passing the buck. Do It Now!!!

    April 1, 2014
  • Margaret

    I say we euthanize the BLM. Now that the agency is euthanize everyone loses their jobs. And what’s more the courts should find that all employees are not allowed to own any personal animals.

    April 1, 2014
  • Darrell C

    This needs to go viral and get picked up by the news services! Unless/ until the individuals responsible for this heinous and illegal act are charged, arrested and tried in public view this behavior will continue unrequited. The Interior Department, especially the BLM, is out of control and MUST be reined in and cleansed of its corrupt officials and employees. Sadly I believe that this once great nation is destined to continue its slide into corrupt decadence and all to soon its citizens will be the subjects of a fascist police state. As a military veteran I am outraged by this! Who/what was I defending?

    ~”When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis~

    April 2, 2014
    • Nancy Albin

      Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting will meet on Monday April 14,2014 8am-5pm & tuesday at the courtyard by marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, California 95815, 916-929-7900. Written comments pertaining to the april 14-15 advisory board meeting can be mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147 or sent electronically to wildhorse@blm.gov. Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the email. 775-861-6583 or device for the deaf(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service(FIRS)@ 1-800-877-8339 FIRS is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week Ms.DeLorme. Please everybody take Action this is a great opportunity for our American Horses especially after what blm just did you better believe Im crossing all my T’s & dotting all my i’s I will be there i think Im gonna go the night before just to be there before them. :)

      April 2, 2014
  • Michael J Ahles

    BLM is beef.
    If you want to stop the genocide of an innocent species, the symbol of our freedom, the freedoms we must protect, the wild of the west, Boycott Beef!!!
    A nation wide beef boycott will stop this injustice, in freedom we trust. =

    April 2, 2014
    • 100% right !!! Now the hard part getting all people to do it !!!!! if they really want to save our Mustangs they MUST !!!!!!

      April 2, 2014
  • Nona

    I called the Wy. Livestock acting director to ask about this, hahaha he was not available!!! so I left my number. The guy that answered said, No, that is not what happened.” I am sure he will NOT call me back. It is amazing the ” excuses ” they can come up with.

    April 2, 2014
    • They are in denial always have been , they think if they deny it , it didnt happen !!!!! Masters of Lies and Murder……. Just deny everything………………….

      April 2, 2014
  • cindymendoza47

    so how long of being on their own do they have to be before they are concidered wild ,? seems to me 40 years is kinda self explainatory . someone needs to be hung for this R.T. didn’t they use to hang horse theives , well I would say these are our horses and they were stolen from us . boy i am plenty mad about this . cowards all of them . R. T.can’t you do something to get our representatives behind us ? they did in the most low down dirty way they could have done sorry cowards.

    April 3, 2014
    • Dear Cindy, Yes they used to hang Horse thieves I checked and in Texas that law is still on the Books today ………………..

      April 3, 2014
  • i KNOW YOU ARE LIARS, i HOPE SOON EVERYONE WILL KNOW IT! hOW CAN U CLAIM TO PROTECT THE hORSES AND DO THIS. wHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE YOU???

    April 3, 2014
    • May I answer that Brainless Morons ………………

      April 4, 2014
  • Lisa

    Ok, so first 1200 horses come up missing, now 41 horses, but 31 sold? Does that mean they just shot the foals? Someone needs to investigate this. and the 40,000 in lock-up should either be euthanized or released. It is insane to keep them in such substandard care.

    April 4, 2014
  • Gayle Conant

    So, the co-owner of the Worland Livestock Auction purchased and “saved” four foals from this herd. Now, why the hell couldn’t they save the rest of the herd and NOT ship them to slaughter?? The BLM did this underhanded and sneaky so they wouldn’t get any opposition. I am plenty mad about this. Why did it take so long to get this story out? It seems we could have bullied the slaughterhouse to give them back or sell them to us somehow!!

    April 4, 2014
  • mary sok

    I am shocked of this news! I emailed BLM, Dept of Interior, my state senators, & house of rep. Please do the same & let them know how you feel. So similar to the Jewish holocaust- round them up & kill them. THAT IS NOT OK!

    April 4, 2014
  • Joy no longer

    Listen up! The BLM is doing worse than that! April 8, 2014 they are bullying and abusing cattle, out at the Bundy Ranch. Read the info on internet, then do your protesting in person, face to face. The BLM may be slaughtering cows right now, polluting the land and water with helicopters, trucks, bloodshed. Attacking people, too.

    April 10, 2014