Let’s Kill Them All: RAC recommends BLM sell excess horses

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I have about 5 millions words to say about this, but none that horse advocates world-wide are not already saying. An action brought about by welfare cattle barons screaming in the halls of Congress because the horses are drinking water that they think belongs to their cattle and a BLM completely out of control. This is the most disgusting…. well, you finish the sentence. ~ Jerry

From: Elko Daily
By: Dylan Woolf Harris

Bureau of Land ManagementELKO — A federal agency’s advisory board agreed last week to encourage the Bureau of Land Management to gather and sell excess wild horses, as an emergency response to drought.

The recommendation was passed by BLM Nevada’s three resource advisory councils, which meet as a large board once a year to vote on recommendations and management advice. This year, the meeting was held in Elko.

Debbie Lassiter, chair of the Sierra Front Great Basin Northeast RAC, read the proposed resolution, according to a meeting transcript, which asked that “due to drought and the increasing number of wild horses, lack of long term holding, and for the preservation of the range and humanitarian treatment of the horses, the BLM explore all options, including supporting gathers and the unconditional sale of wild horses to promote the goal of the sustainable wild horse population.”

On public land overpopulated by wild horses, BLM practice has been to take a number of those horses and auction them off to the public. Horses repeatedly passed over at auction have been sent to ranches for long-term holding. As the long-term facilities reach capacity, however, the BLM has slowed down horse-gathering operations.

“It’s time to think outside of the box,” Lassiter said at the meeting. “… Gathers do need to happen and this is not the end all solution, but (it’s) an immediate solution, an immediate action.”

Horse advocates believe the BLM’s wild horse roundups, in which horses are herded by a helicopter into a pen, are harmful to the animals, and have characterized long-term holding as warehousing.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign said “unconditional sale” is a euphemistic way of asking the BLM sell horses for slaughter.

“Instead of focusing on slaughter, why don’t we work together on a fertility control program, to humanely manage horses on the range and stop the mass roundup and removal of these iconic animals from our public lands?” Deniz Bolbol, AWHPC spokeswomen, asked in a statement.

Erica Szlosek, BLM’s state communications chief, said the RAC’s vote does not change BLM policy and emphasized that agency policy bars the sale of horses to buyers who intend to slaughter them.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
14 Comments
  • Maggie Frazier

    This is such stupidity. These boards aren’t even looking at anything-but their own welfare. Apparently they owe their “all ” to the cattle, sheep, mining interests. How impartial is that?

    February 17, 2014
  • Margo Nielsen

    They’ve already set the stage for this with the Burns Amendment of 2005, opening the door to further privatization of public lands. The irony of this suggestion is that even as advocates are slowly shutting down any prospects of slaughter of American horses, there are forces which want to go against public opinion and revive it by slaughtering these American treasures!

    February 17, 2014
  • Arlene Aquino

    Over populated land by the HORSES!! this is beyond outrageous. Our government does nothing to save the horses and burros from this inhumane treatment. We the people mean nothing. The only thing that gets results is big money.

    February 17, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    I want to say hat our wild horse representtive voiced her opposition t this action. Her name is Jeanne Nations and needs our support. Pease write to the national aDvisory Board and protest this action. This vote is against the intent of the wild horse and burrro act and against the rule of Congress whO have denied an funding for slaughter of healthy wild horses. The members who voted in favor of slaughter are continuing the influence of livestock into the essence of our democratic process. They have overstepped their authority, as far as I would want their decisions to go. And are joining in with the litigated prayers of the Nevada Council f Coounties or whatever made up entity it says it is. The attorney for them is in Idaho. Please help Jeanne fight.

    February 17, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    You Know Me.. & I’m finishing your words with some extremely harsh words in tears.. I can’t believe this that man kind “BLM/gov” are so inhumane. I am going to my neighbors house today he has horses a beautiful home for them & see if he will help me get a horse from f—n blm. My problem is and has been I moved here with a city boy that has never even had a pet of his own, oh he frustrates me, I just graduated from college “Animal Behavior College (ABC)” & it will be my present to me for all the hard work I have accomplished into the Veterinary world & I am not stopping until I am a DVM (at the age of 52. I just can’t stomach the thought of any of this, I will let you know what is up with this. One thing I don’t understand, Why aren’t the people my fellow “Americans” listened to this is “OUR” Country half of these guys aren’t even native American’s our words mean nothing we spend more money just trying to get these idiots to listen us~!@!! We pay the $$ to live in what used to be a beautiful Country of paradise (if you will) I mean nothing is perfect but it is the Best Country on Mother Earth & our leaders are destroying something with a beating heart & we can’t stop them!?? This Country belongs to us damn it!! They are & have killed “America The Beautiful” & what are they riding on?… “HORSES” !!! They rode “Horses” to build this Country & now they are riding “Horses” to destroy it!! Hey I’m no Einstein, but if they want the horses gone “Dayton O Hyde” has 11,000 acres strictly for “Wild Horses” why can’t they just drop them there! The funny thing is, is it is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen & you know why? Because MAN is not on the land! The horses are not destroying land Man kind is! & What about the “Wolves,Eagles,.. Wildlife.! When was the last time anybody has seen any of those? I lived in Redding California a few years ago & my long street along the California River (that was my yard)there were Eagles all over the place well there were about 18 alot of babies at the time, but my point is “This Government has taken the root of what America is away, “Cut America’s skin right off of the Bones of America” Don’t they know that I have heard from many different Countries that they are going to Vacation somewhere else because the beauty is gone, they are taking the “MONEY” we make off of Tourism away by the millions! “I shit you not” I have people in other countries that would frequently visit the states just because of the “Old West” & now they are making other plans! I have never seen educated people be so damn Ignorant well all know is I feel so helpless but I will make sure my children never forget the “Government” that destroyed America’s Roots from Native American Indians, to the old frontier,wildlfe that finished it off! I know it has been going on since the beginning of time but in my eyes these leaders are just finishing it off! Their I’m done.

    February 17, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Here in Nevada blm is stating that the public is welcome to become a RAC member of the board so lets go!!!

    February 17, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    I just realized I have shed alot of tears because of this governments b~sh*t. Now that is sad

    February 17, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Did you read what “hiking” wrote to rtfitch regarding his web site? I can’t comment for some reason login won’t except me. But what a idiot hiking is.

    February 17, 2014
  • If Congress were to exempt the Wild Horse Ranges and the Herd Management Areas from the multiple use policy set forth in the FLPMA of 76 and rescind all grazing permits (which produce a minute amount of the meat in our markets) then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The horses will only reproduce what the land and available forage will sustain. Equids have always done this since the beginning of time. The monkey wrench is man’s micro-managing for his own greed. Remove the alien cattle.

    February 17, 2014
  • Sandy Thomas

    In my opinion, the decision’s for Public Open Ranges and National Parks long term management are set and are already carved into stone.The government has known about Fracking gas/oil and the billions of $’s it generates. I would bet there are politicians who own stock in the corporations that are being awarded the land leases. It is irresponsible, unethical, sneaky, devious and willful deceit to the American People! Who has seen these “Starving, Emancipated, Abused

    February 17, 2014
  • Sandy Thomas

    Equine??? Is the BLM documenting these baron, drought ridden, dried up waterbed areas where these starving Wild Mustang Horses and Wild Burros are suffering and writhing away? From all the videos and pics that have been taken at roundups in 2013 every equine looked healthy except the babies who fall down, are trampled to death, their tiny soft hooves, bloody,in horrific pain that no human would endure,collapse,screaming for their mothers who dutifully turn back only to be targeted by the helicopters and ATV’s to continue running 10 + miles to be trapped in pens where they are scared, hungry, thirsty only to be poked, jabbed and electric shock with cattle prods to load into a dark confining trailor…WHO GAVE THESE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THE RIGHT TO TREAT ANY WILDLIFE IN SUCH A BARBARIC MANNER??? MY TAXES ARE PAYING FOR THIS. I WAS NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO VOTE ON A BALLET TO CONDONE THIS INSANELY, ABUSIVE PRACTICE AUTHORIZED BY HIRED OFFICE WORKERS IN THE BLM,DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, FISH AND GAME,ECT. I WANT TO SEE THEIR RESUMES AND CREDENTIALS THAT QUALIFIED THEM TO SPEND MY TAX $’S??? WHO HIRES THESE PEOPLE??? ARE THEY SCIENTISTS???GEOLOGISTS??VETERINARIANS??? I bet not one of them has any clue how to Manage Our Public Open Ranges and National Parks, Wild Equine,Wildlife,Birds waterways and Fish in a humane and ecological manner.Being appointed says “Money” being “Elected” means Americans considered their credentials and backgrounds…1 WE STAND ALONE 2 WE CAN BE HEARD BY VOTES AT ELECTIONS!!!

    February 17, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    I agree with all of the above comments. Couldn’t say it any better. I live in the East, but Hey, I pay taxes & apparently MY taxes are used to allow these good old boys – so to speak – to have the say about our public (owned by US) lands and the animals that live there. Oddly enough, I haven’t seen any pictures of skinny, debilitated wild horses – how can that be – if that’s their reason for the roundups?

    February 18, 2014
  • Margaret

    WHE is reporting that the cattle rapists added ANOTHER 10,000 dollars to their lawsuit. That’s mean the rapists have 20,000 dollars to try to get their way.

    I took the pledge last year! No red meat till rapists start sharing resources! That includes BISON for the rapists out there who think I’ll eat bison because it ain’t cattle.

    Sorry once you see bison free roaming it changes you. I just couldn’t do it. And I’ve tried.

    I thought I’d miss beef–I mean really badly. Like I’d eventually break my boycott. Last time I was off beef for several months–this time it’s been close to a year. AND I’M NOT MISSING IT!

    February 18, 2014
  • bambi

    Want to know how the BLM comes up with crazy, fabricated numbers and statistics? It’s simple math…

    A Biologist’s Response to the BLM’s Wild Horse “Problem”

    Biologist, Robert C. Bauer’s response to the recent Washington Post article on the BLM’s request for solutions for management of the wild horses & burros:

    http://www.thedesertinde.com/Articles-2014/A-Biologists-Response-to-the-BLMs-Wild-Horse-Problem–0216.html

    February 19, 2014