Gov’t shutdown doesn’t stop Feds from sending wild horses to slaughter middleman.

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Fish & Wildlife Service Spending $250,000 to Launder Nevada Wild Horses into Slaughter Pipeline, Advocates Charge

From: American Wild Horse Preservation

Sheldon Wild Life Refuge horse roundupReno, NV…. The government shutdown may be preventing many operations, including full staffing of federal wild horse and burro holding facilities, but it has not stopped officials at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada from shipping 108 wild horses to a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. The horses are among the 400 captured off refuge lands in a September helicopter roundup. They are being held and processed in corrals at the refuge, which the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has declared off-limits to public observation.

At a federal court hearing in Reno yesterday, Sheldon officials acknowledged that, although the government shutdown “forced” them to cancel a public observation of the captured horses, they were able to recall furloughed workers from five different refuges to process horses and send them to Stan Palmer of J &S Associates in Mississippi. Palmer is one of three of Sheldon’s approved “adoption contractors” and the only one with no website, no plan to adopt out the horses and an inability to account for the whereabouts of most of the 262 horses shipped to him from the Sheldon Refuge between 2010 and 2012. At least 82 of those horses were sold at a slaughter auction.

The FWS will pay Palmer over $1000 per horse – or a total of more than $250,000 in taxpayer funds – to take approximately 240 of the 400 captured horses, despite the agency’s own own internal investigation that showed wild horses previously sent to Palmer had ended up in the slaughter pipeline. The plan has sparked public outrage — to date, over 15,000 citizens have called, emailed and faxed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to prevent her FWS service from turning horses over to Stan Palmer.

“The government’s use of our tax dollars to launder wild horses captured from federal lands into the slaughter pipeline is outrageous,” said Neda DeMayo, President of Return to Freedom and founder of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). “Equally outrageous is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of the government shutdown as an opportunity to dispose of these cherished wild horses out of public view.”

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Tina

    Not only is it wrong to round up these wild horses that are on the HMAs set forth by the goverment, horses are NOT food. We don’t raise them for meat. And in the act to protect these horses, they shall not be transported across the border to be slaughter. It is an horrific and barbaric way too die. All this poppycock about it being a humane form of euthanasia are lies!!!! And, another thing about round-ups – the BLM says the horses are overpopulated and need to be rounded up. Liars! As soon as the horses are taken away, Cattle and sheep are put on that land. Hypocrites!! Sheep and cattle are hard on the environment. More so than horses could ever do.
    In closing, I would like for you to actually listen to what public says, your constituents say. You’ll find that they stand strong against horse slaughter. The are part of the 80% of Americans against horse slaughter. Don’t think that people won’t notice what you’re doing to the horses. Social media spreads this information far and wide. As if brutal slaughter is not enough (look it up on
    YouTube – think horse slaughter is OK. If you answered yes, you’re sick.
    Watch a round-up.
    Watch how many horses die during a round-up, some foals literally lose their hooves.

    Take head – It’s already going viral.

    October 12, 2013
    • Tina

      Oh, and we’re boycotting beef until the horses are safe and do not enter our food. (Think about what Britain went through.) You need to pass the S.A.F.E. Act! Now! Before all the horses are ripped from their homes.
      And, before any plants are given the go-ahead to slaughter horses. And to stop the transportation to slaughter plants across our borders.

      October 12, 2013
  • Sue

    Who does this Stan person know? I’d take a horse if they PAID me to take him!!!!!! And $1,000 at that.

    October 12, 2013
  • Pamela W

    This kind of stuff makes me feel crazed. Stan Palmer, some heartless ignorant Mississippi hick? Or is he just one of those twisted flawed people that was born socio/psychopathic? Let me guess what he does in his spare time — trap and hunt maybe? Or some other equally wholesome activities like attend dog and cock fights?

    Grrrr. I haven’t even been able to find a direct contact number for that bitch Sally Jewel.

    October 12, 2013
  • sherriey

    well…so much for “PROTECTED” Mustangs!
    i see….either we’ll starve them to death, or dehydrate them so they die in that blazing sun….and if that don’t work, then hell…we’ll ship them to a known meat-man for “resale”.
    yeah….the gov can provide “workers” for that but not for food and water!

    this is bull-shi%!

    October 12, 2013
  • Ashley Cloud

    I absolutely DO NOT approve my tax dollars funding this barbaric practice. BLM and politicians beware – the public is becoming very aware of the horrid abuse you bestow on these animals and I hope this shows at the poles!

    October 13, 2013
  • Arlene

    This is totally OUTRAGEOUS and UnACCEPTABLE ……………………

    October 13, 2013
  • sarah

    is this America? its our leadership. it needs to change. this is so very wrong what they are doing. I’m disgusted that they use our tax dollars to do this. again we need new leadership to make positive change.

    October 20, 2013