Horse Cruelty: American Wild Horses Travesty


Tucson Citizen,Karyn Zoldan, September 4, 2013

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)

palmerThis 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!

Feds Gear Up Again to Send Wild Horses to Slaughter Pipeline

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.

You only have a few days to make your voices heard – PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION and share it with your email list and Facebook friends.

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.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Ingrid Mattsson

    The Mustangs belong to the American Culture not being round up and sent to slaughter which happens in most cases!!! This is just so wrong. Leave them in the wild. They don’t destroy nature as cattle do!!!

    September 6, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    This roundup has been publicized for a while. American Wild Horse Preservation is slow on the upptake.

    The roundup is 9/9 and the horses will be transported to TN.

    September 6, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Yea & I just received an email from congressman Amodei regarding horse slaughter both wild & domestic “It is a shame that the mismanagement of wild herds has led to overpopulation, starvation, and the destruction of critical habitat of other endangered animals. yada yada Large herds of wild horses cause millions of dollarsin damage to valuable rangeland & destroy fragile ecosystems for cohabiting species. furthermore competiton over scarce food supplies cause starvation & deformities amongst many of the weaker horses in the herd. yada yada Obama admin. & the USDA recently reauthorized the slaughter of horses for meat in the United States. It goes on & on.. what a cheap shot they took our findings of blm’s failure of managment & decided to clean it up by clearing out all wild horses. I feel like we set the horses up! This letter made me so upset if i could sell my house i would & go back to the beach but i am not a quiter oh im so … i can’t say i replied to this Amodei guy with a no sugar coating my feelings in 2 sentences so … I am Mad!!! they are laughing at us & slaughtering our beautiful horses i know its not about me I can’t help but think no matter what it’s done. yes i will sign the petition & get it around. “To Willie Nelson”~~ “Thank You I m waking up listening to The Essential Waylon Jennings” I Love You Waylon & Willie”

    September 6, 2013
  • Karen

    What is his name ? I sure would like to get it right when I come to TWIST his tail.!!!!! What to hell is wrong with some people.? A million people could sign a petition saving feral horses from slaughter, but the frickin’ Feds do as they damn please regardless of how we feel.

    Their day is coming. I’d like to be part of it.

    September 6, 2013
  • Amen Karen… are so right..the government does what it damn well please and I’m sick of it. Hey Sally take off the rose color glasses and see what really is going on…or our your hands tied by the cattlemen

    September 9, 2013