According to American Wild Horse Preservation, the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) intends to roundup 400 horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border beginning this coming Monday, September 9.
The horses will then be turned over to “adoption agents,” including Stan Palmer and J&S Associates. Click here to meet Stan Palmer. He’s the owner of J&S Associates. (on this page he is pulling a twisted downer horse by the tail)
This is the man who the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which is part of the Department of Interior, contracted with to “adopt out” wild horses rounded up from the Sheldon Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border between 2010 and 2012. This is so wrong!
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According to a FWS’ own investigation, Palmer and J&S cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under a previous contract with FWS to “adopt out” Sheldon horses. In fact, one Alabama man who Palmer “adopted” horses to admitted to selling “a bunch” at a livestock auction.
The FWS investigation also raised questions about J&S’ care for horses in its possession. Yet FWS officials intend to pay Palmer to take at least 90 more Sheldon horses, knowing that many of these cherished animals will enter the slaughter pipeline, despite the Obama Administration’s public position against horse slaughter.
The petition is directed toward Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees FWS, to shut this roundup down while issues of transparency, humane treatment and adoption security are addressed. That seems like a fair request.
On Sept. 4, the American Wild Horse Preservation and the organization Return to Freedom joined U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and actress Wendie Malick at a press conference at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Palomino Valley Adoption Center outside Reno.
The Palomino Valley Adoption Center’s holding pens, in which 1,700 formerly wild horses are stockpiled, provided a powerful backdrop to expose, once again, what is wrong with the federal wild horse program.
According to the website, Rep. Grijalva is a leader in the fight to protect and preserve America’s wild horses and burros on our public lands, and is calling attention to the urgent need to reform the BLM wild horse program in accordance with recommendations put forth by the National Academy of Sciences this past June.
Please sign the petition and share it with your friends. These beautiful animals are running out of time.