FEDS TO DELIVER WILD HORSES TO SLAUGHTER AUCTION IN SECRET

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BREAKING ALERT (5:00 MDT): 

We just got word from NM Congressman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office that her Chief of Staff Gabello met with the U.S. Forest Service & was informed that the controversial Humbolt-Toiyabe roundup is postponed. It was made clear to the USFS that they need to give the public an opportunity to discuss this action.

August 8, 2013, The Cloud Foundation

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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (August 8, 2013) – Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, informed the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, that it was reneging on its previous commitment to provide public observation of the taxpayer-funded helicopter roundup of wild horses on public lands in the Humboldt Toiyable National Forest. The capture operation is set to begin tomorrow, Friday, August 9, 2013, at 5 a.m., and the wild horses that are rounded up are scheduled to go to slaughter auction the following week.

Today, attorneys for AWHPC, Return to Freedom, The Cloud Foundation and the Western Watersheds Project sent a letter to the USFS outlining its legal obligations to ensure that federally-protected wild horses are not captured and sent to slaughter. The letter also addressed the USFS’ obligation, under the First Amendment, to provide the public with the opportunity to observe this taxpayer-funded, federal operation.

The USFS plans to use helicopters to roundup as many as 700 wild horses from federal and tribal Lands in northern Nevada and turn them over to the tribes to sell for slaughter. This USFS plan will proceed despite the stated opposition of the Obama Administration and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the practice of horse slaughter.

The roundup will take place on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation and public lands within the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, which is in close proximity to public lands where federally-protected wild horses live. Captured horses will be put up for auction on August 17, 2013 at the Fallon Livestock Exchange, which is frequented by kill buyers who buy horses and ship them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. Taxpayers will foot the bill not only for the helicopter roundup but also for the transport of horses to the slaughter auction.

The USFS is required to protect wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

“The Forest Service is shirking its obligations under federal law to protect wild horses and uphold the public’s First Amendment rights,” said Neda DeMayo, President of Return to Freedom, AWHPC’s founding organization. “This backroom deal between the Forest Service and the Paiute-Shoshone tribe to use our tax dollars to roundup wild horses and send them to a slaughter auction is outrageous and unacceptable. This is a betrayal of the American public and it raises the question of whether the federal government is using the tribes to launder protected wild horses to slaughter.”

“Unless the captured horses are branded, there is no way to verify their origin, and they are likely protected wild horses who have strayed from their nearby Herd Management Area,” said Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “We demand that the Forest Service release any captured, unbranded horses because they may, in fact, be wild horses that are federally protected from slaughter. The Forest Service must definitively verify that no federally protected mustangs are caught up in the dragnet of this helicopter assault and slaughter operation.” CONTINUED.. Read the rest of the story HERE




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
38 Comments
  • Suzanne Dunham

    This is total BS! These horses are part of our culture….They belong to the American people and we are not even given a chance to say whether they should live or die!

    August 8, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      The comment has been deleted. This is NOT a political forum. and post favoring either party will not be allowed. – Jerry

      August 8, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    Really? These poor excuses for mankind will do this? I just read the report on Nature Valley (Betrayal of Black Beauty). How in God’s name could anyone subject anyone to this: “The majority of the horses were so frightened in the kill pen that they trembled to the point of losing
    their footing and fell. Almost all flinched away from the captive bolt pistol and required a cane be
    placed under their chins in an attempt to steady their heads. The bloody floor of the kill pen did not
    provide any traction and the majority of the horses were shod, resulting in a very slippery surface for
    them to stand on. Many shook and trembled so violently it almost appeared as though the footage
    was on fast forward. Some of the horses pawed to get out of the kill pen. Many frantically searched
    for an escape, the terror clear in their eyes and bodies. The fear these horses experience cannot be
    overstated.” (http://defendhorsescanada.org/investigations/investigation-at-natural-valley-farms)

    Please call the Pauite Nation Natural REsource manager and the Shoshone Tribal Nation and let them have it. How could they?

    August 8, 2013
    • LNorman

      glad to hear you have come around to the anti-slaughter side….

      August 12, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    Native peoples who work in collusion with the federal government against wild horses have forgotten who they are. Once upon a time they lived in harmony with the Great Spirit (God) in reverence of all the Earth’s creatures, but actions like this are a defilement of all that is sacred. The new God, like that of the white man, is apparently also money. Sad to see a once proud culture go down this path.

    August 8, 2013
    • Sue

      TRUE, absolutely true. The white man forced them into slavery and now many Native Americans have adopted white man’s ways.

      August 9, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    This is so wrong, but how in the world are we supposed to stop this? I’m praying hard tonight.

    August 8, 2013
  • Shirley Mix

    How could you, how dare you? You do not care what the public wants of thinks. Wild horses are just about the last heritage that we have here in the USA, and you want to kill them.
    You are monsters. First you terrify them with helicopters, then put them in pens, then load them in trucks to be murdered. If I lived within driving distance I would be there doing every thing in my power that a 70 year old great grandmother could do to stop you.

    August 8, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    We might not stop the round up since we just found out, but I am going to post this site that in the comments they have people and numbers to call, the horses will not be going till the 17th so we need to call, call, call, as if anyone gives a shit, but we will try and stop this, UNBELEIVABLE, OMG and using tax payers dollars, WOW!!!! SICK http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/usdaforest-service-shuts-down-public-observation-at-controversial-wild-horse-roundup/

    August 8, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Judy Wendt this is very sad The Native Indians are gonna regret this as well as everybody else )o(

    August 8, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Yes, Nancy. The Natives from the very large confederated tribe near where I live – and where David Duquette wants to slaughter horses – have publically stated that they are against horse slaughter. They still appear to honor horses. A couple of the tribes were accomplished horse people (Cayuse, Nez Perce).

      There are wild horse round-ups on the reservation each September with tribal members given first opportunity to adopt, then non-Natives, followed by giving the Mustangs who were not adopted to a local farm animal sanctuary. I have heard of some of the horses being returned to the wild, but never going to public auction or slaughter! There has to be an immediate injunction filed to prevent this.

      August 8, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Breaking alert (5:00 MDT):
    When I clicked on the link to continue reading, I found this BREAKING NEWS at the top of The Cloud Foundation’s announcement:

    “We just got word from NM Congressman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office that her Chief of Staff Gabello met with the U.S. Forest Service & was informed that the controversial Humbolt-Toiyabe roundup is postponed. It was made clear to the USFS that they need to give the public an opportunity to discuss this action.”

    August 8, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Jerry, did you have that breaking alert at the top of your blog the whole time? If so, pardon me for skipping right over it. Maybe if it were in hot pink letters…. :-)

      August 8, 2013
  • This is a disgrace. More and more I’m hating the human race! Horses are NOT food!!!!

    August 8, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    OK check this out the Sky is Black it is 6 pm loud loud Thunder I think the Indian Tribe better ask themselves how bad they want this money that they are choke on!!! I live here not far from all of this that is about to take place but it was blue sky all day today until i read this & started praying …. well my chants! )O(

    August 8, 2013
  • Reisa Stone

    Disgusting and nothing new. Exposed in this 1997 AP article. We’ve been watching BLM branded hides roll out of slaughter plants for decades, here in Canada. Our own mustangs have been decimated to less than 1000. The government pays Native people to either shoot them for wolf bait (our Canadian two for one special), or deliver them to slaughter. http://articles.latimes.com/1997-03-23/news/mn-41176_1_wild-horses

    August 8, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Bless us all thank u but it’s not true i live here and I hear helicopters all day starting dark am on… they are just lieing to the public but it would be nice don’t let your guard down with these people “LIARS”

    August 8, 2013
  • Please call the Tribal Council leaders who were instrumental in making the decision to send these horses to the Fallon, Nevada kill sale yard (Fallon Livestock Exchange) on August 17th.
    This is public information and not confidential, although it was a bit difficult to find:

    Arlo Crutcher and Dwayne Masters at 775-532-8259.
    If people would please call them and ask them WHY they are doing this, perhaps they will re-think their bad decision because of the bad publicity toward the Tribe.

    We also need as much media exposure out there as possible because even though many/most of these horses will probably be shipped to slaughter in Canada and/or Mexico unless a big rescue organization can get the funding to buy them and maintain them until homes and/or sanctuary can be found, these horses will not have died in vain if the media will PLEASE report on the FREE disposal system that is horse slaughter, and how some of the Tribes, and many of the ranchers out here in Northern Nevada run horses they don’t want anymore through the kill sales and/or sell them directly to feedlots by the hundreds every month.
    If we can expose the SUPPLIERS, maybe that will shame them into controlling themselves and not be lacking in compassion and empathy and will expose them as cheaters in the unregulated industry that is horse slaughter.

    Since I only live 1/2 hour from the sale yard, I am ready to get photos and videos from outside the sale yard (because cameras are NOT allowed on the sale yard grounds) as soon as the horses begin arriving between August 13th (right after the weekly Tuesday kill sale) and August 16th and will post them on Facebook so that maybe we can get some of the mare/baby pairs and young stock rescued if they don’t go through in “lots” where the high bidder must buy all the horses in the lot.
    I am also available to meet with the media outside the sale yard in the days preceding the sale, and also the day of the sale in order to prime them for most of the rationalizations they will hear from the pro-horse slaughterists.

    I can be contacted at thestarlightsanctuary@gmail.com

    August 8, 2013
    • Sue

      Thank you! Is there such an electronic item as a secret camera in a hat? Cops have one on their shoulders now, part of their uniform….

      August 9, 2013
  • Lisa Jezierski

    So sad, why don’t the American people get a say in what happens to OUR horses???

    August 8, 2013
  • Geri

    This gov. is out of control and it is not just horses-saw this the other day and it brought to mind how we are losing our voice in this country. Law, morals, and the American citizen be damned. http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/agents-raid-animal-shelter-kill-deer-named-giggles.html

    August 8, 2013
  • All I can say is these poor horses have no idea of the terror and suffering they are about to endure! SHAME on these horrible people – God will punish them when they meet their maker!

    August 8, 2013
  • Deb Schroer

    First off, just shocked to my core that they would try to pull this off with what, a day or two notice? Secondly, who do they think they are, a private, non-governmental agency does not have to vet this properly and go through the many required channels in order to pull of such a heist? Blatant disregard of the public outcry is the status quo of the majority of these agencies, and really just isn’t that surprising. What is disturbing is that our Native Americans feel that they need to work in collusion with this agency to destroy this animal at all costs for profit. Walking the “Red Path” is certainly a very noble and endearing quality that is admired by many, but clearly, the path to profit is more important.

    90 days is not a lot of time, but at least gives us time to let the “powers that be” understand that they are a government agency, not a corporation and just cannot decide to do as they please, in a last minute ditch to kill off American horses. You want to help, then donate to the AWHPC, Return to Freedom, The Cloud Foundation and the Western Watersheds Project in order to pay for those attorneys that are willing to go to Court and fight this.

    August 9, 2013
  • The government has the uncanny ability to kill or remove any andiginus human or anmal from this country. If they could kill so many Native Americans, why are we not surprised they want to kill the wild horses??

    August 9, 2013
  • Donna Lampman

    GLAD IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED HOWEVER THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN PERIOD!!!! THIS IS WRONG! THERE SHOULD BE OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO THIS THAN SLAUGHTER! WOULD YOU WANT TO BE ROUNDED UP AND SLAUGHTERED LIKE THIS???? STOP NOW AND FIND ANOTHER WAY THAN TO KILL THESE HORSES! THIS MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2013
  • Cynthia Solomon

    This is beyond the pale! What on earth do these people think? That we’re just going to let this happen? How dare they assume that, the powers that be, can make this kind of decision? Hell hath no furry as horse/animal lovers scorned!!!

    August 9, 2013
  • This is sad, what harm are these horses doing to anyone?killing them is crazy leave them be. You kill these poor horses and your gonna have a bigger problem on ur hands all the problems we have in the world and your way to make things better is to kill horses that are FREE!!! And wild so that means they belong to noone

    August 9, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    go to washington times …!!1 Wild horse roundup in Nevada is canceled amid outrage fears over ‘stealth’ slaughter… now I do not believe a word from them & there kind but when i came home today there was mommies & there babies “Wild Horses” at my house … I am snoopy dancing all over horses think im crazy but so what they know i won’t hurt them!!!! Thank you all my horse lovers I love you !! Now What next???? we can’t stop now

    August 9, 2013
  • Kelley

    What is wrong with you people. You (FEDS) are people right? Maybe you need to read Psalms 150:6

    August 9, 2013
  • karol

    Wtf!!! These horses roam free and wild. You are going to capture and slaughter them. Shame on you stupid stupid. People!!!

    August 9, 2013
  • Wendy

    Well they aren’t OUR horses, they exist for themselves, and that’s the real tragedy of this kind of thing. Just because non-human animals don’t speak in voices that humans can understand does not mean humans have the right to kill them.

    August 10, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Well said, Wendy! We could learn a lot by humbly listening to THEIR voices, wouldn’t we!

      And Kelley (above), bless you for citing Ps 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

      The wild horses praise their Creator by living FREE. We humans praise the Lord by not interfering with their freedom. “Letting them be” makes us FREE, too!

      August 10, 2013
  • Dee

    The wild horses & burros should be left alone to run free…only assholes kill them.

    August 10, 2013
  • kortney eastham

    this is awful why would anyone want to do that anyhow an its not their damn decision

    August 12, 2013
  • LNorman

    this democracy called America, has become a sewer of corruption. when will people wake up to that fact? ….they are scheming and plotting with our tax dollars to further their agenda…

    August 12, 2013