Neda DeMayo’s Nonprofit Leading National Fight to Protect Wild Horses

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Congressman Raul Grijalva, the person that should have replaced Salazar

Congressman Raul Grijalva, the person that should have replaced Salazar

Founder of Return To Freedom joins Actress Wendie Malick, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Wild Horse Advocates at a Press Conference Sept 4th in Reno, NV to Demand that the BLM Change its Costly and Traumatic Wild Horse Roundup Program.

September 3, 2013

Neda DeMayo, Founder of Return to Freedom, a 300 acre wild horse sanctuary in northern Santa Barbara County, and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, will join the actress, congressman and advocates at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Palomino Valley National Adoption Center near Reno, Nevada to spotlight the need for reforms to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program.

The Palomino facility, where over 1,000 captured wild horses are stockpiled, dramatically illustrates the failures of the federal wild horse program. The horses, once living wild and free, were removed from public lands in roundups and are now held in feedlot conditions – sometimes for years – at a cost to taxpayers of $5.75 per horse per day.

 

Neda DeMayo, Founder of Return to Freedom

Neda DeMayo, Founder of Return to Freedom

In all, 50,000 wild horses are held at facilities like these across the country costing taxpayers at least $120,000 a day. Actress Wendie Malick and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) will headline the event after taking a tour of the BLM’s facility. They will be joined by Neda DeMayo, CEO of Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary and founder of AWHPC, and Deniz Bolbol,AWHPC’s Communications Director.

The press conference comes 91 days after the release of a scathing review of the BLM’s program by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). After a nearly two-year investigation that the BLM itself commissioned and funded, the NAS warned that continuing “business as usual” for the program would be “expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves.” The NASrecommended that BLM manage wild horses on the range with fertility control instead of continuing to round up and stockpile them en masse.

 

Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick

Despite these findings, the BLM announced plans in July to remove 1,300 wild horses from rangelands across the West before September. In May, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the Denver Post that she would look to the NAS report to guide her approach to reforming the BLM program. Since then, the only public statement Jewell has made about the NAS report came during Congressional testimony on July 18 in which she said the Interior Department and BLM are “reviewing the report in detail.”

“I’ve been asking for changes for years, and NAS has confirmed that we can save taxpayer money and horses’ lives at the same time by improving this program,” Grijalva said. “We have the information we need. Now it’s time to do something with it.” “TheNAS has provided Secretary Jewell with a clear roadmap for a fiscally responsible and transparent program that will ensure our wild horses and burros remain on their rangelands, ” said DeMayo. “We are grateful to Rep. Grijalva for his leadership on this issue, as only pressure from Congress and the Administration will bring necessary changes to the federal wild horse program. The BLM has proven time and time again that it is not an agency that is capable of reforming itself.”

In June, Malick, Grijalva, AWHPC and RTF joined 30,000 Americans — including 30 members of Congress and celebrities — to call on Jewell to implement the NAS recommendations. Additionally, a recent poll on the issue showed that 72 percent of Americans support protecting wild horses and burros, and that support cuts across party and gender lines.

 

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
11 Comments
  • Debbie Tracy

    Thank You doesn’t seem to be enough to say on how we ALL feel when it comes to folks like you all STANDING UP and using your voice to make change happen, I so wish I could be there, live in Kentucky, but I will be WE ALL who can’t go WILL BE sending nothing but positive karma blowing your way and remember we ALL will be their in spirit for sure… Hoping Sally Jewell will do something, say something, since she really has not SAID ANYTHING, the SILENCE is deafening……… PRAYS for some kind of success…. TK you again….

    September 3, 2013
  • Margaret

    I wish I had the energy to make the drive. But three trips to and from Reno this summer has done me in.

    I so wish I could meet Congresman Grijalva to thank him. For his love and commitment to the horses. Wendy too. Someday (I think it’s a bucket wish dream) I’d also like to meet Neda DeMayo.

    Like so many others I find myself pinching pennies after giving what I can where. There are SO many deserving sanctuaries. There are so many wonderful kind folks whose commitment to horses would astound you.

    I certainly don’t want to turn this into a fight about one rescue over another. The way I choose who to donate to is not by the pretty pages a person puts out. But more about consistency. Is the rescue following what they say they do or do things somehow go awry. We know rescueing horses can many times end up tragically. Seeing a horse that weighs half of what they should for no other reason than someone was too lazy to fees has begun to fuel my fire. And watching that horse slowly recover (proper refeeding program)is surely heartwarming.

    When I tried to speak to Joan Guilfoyle in Reno and she blew me off I was pretty angry. Surprise! I’m glad I did speak up. Others had been blown off to. I wonder what Ms. Guilfoyle will do next week when Mustang Robin tries to hand her petitions IN PERSON to Ms. Guilfoyle. Will she get blown off? I surely hope not. That young lady has worked and worked for those signatures and deserves to be recognized for her outstanding commitment. Mustang Robin is a leader in the making. There will come a day when change comes because young people such as Mustang Robin will figure out a way to change the status quo and they won’t take it anymore.

    September 3, 2013
  • It’s rediculus that such an entity such as BLM (Bowel Loose Movement)should even exist. On what authority do they think they dictate what? But seeing as the Navajo sold out, I guess that gives this branch if the occupying entity called the US Government some form of realisticness, in their sick,twisted,arrogant,profit driven minds that this is their right to decide on things of none of their business.But is not that exactly what this “Great Nation” was founded on????

    September 3, 2013
    • Jade

      John – Jerry made an excellent statement recently that part of the advocates overall problem in this issues the sniping and backbiting of other groups. We all want the same thing – stop rounding up OUR wild horses off OUR public lands, and stopping slaughter. Making a comment about the Navajo people is not necessary – many of the tribes have worked as tirelessly as the rest of us to stop this. And I would remind you that most of the Native American tribes in this country have LITERALLY experienced the exact same treatment that we now see with the wild horses! The only way we can win this fight is to stay focused on the ball (our horses) as a team! Blessed Be!

      September 3, 2013
      • Margaret

        You are right. No matter what our personal feelings are–if they aren’t in line with horse advocacy keep offline. You are entitled to how you feel. But the distraction you cause, and the disruption is just not needed.

        I know its easy to start pointing fingers. But online–let’s stay the course. Okay?

        September 4, 2013
      • BlessUsAll

        I was thinking of you yesterday, Jade — wondering WHERE you’d disappeared to. I hadn’t seen a comment from you in several months. Welcome back to the rescue ranch or the wild-horse range — or both!

        September 4, 2013
      • Arlene

        Welcome Back Jade

        September 4, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    I cannot wait to see this happen. I will not be there but I hope to see a realistic report on Mr. Griljalva’s conclusions. Turn them loose and begin a 10 year moratorium, wile the program is overhauled and horss and burros are accounted for. And I am grateful for Ms.Melick to add her presence and wish we could have gotten her attention last year and thousands of horss sooner. But we take what we can get.

    September 3, 2013
  • Nancy

    I saw the news report on the 5:30 pm news in Reno. Just what I thought. The congressman and actress sang the praises of BLM and told the advocates BLM is not the enemy and they the advocates should work with them…I had to laugh because I knew they would side with the BLM. The advocates did thier job and of course the others let them down. Dont give up keep pushing for the horses….

    September 5, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      I know what you mean, Nancy. I concluded that the congressman, in all his years on The Hill, has learned that to accomplish anything with “enemies,” one must not attack them personally but, rather, make it sound like they WANT to do the right thing, so that they will in fact be more inclined to accept suggestions for improvements. I pray his tactic is a success.

      September 5, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Everybody yesterday was great Im so happy to have met my neighbors who stand with me on the horse issues. I think what was said by all was fantastic! I couldn’t believe right when i got there one of the dedicated soon as i got out of the car said “they just found a mare dead in the pen BLM got it fast out of anyone’s sight so alot of people there i talked to didn’t know anything about it i guess they took mare back where the shoe them I do not know what happened why she was dead except they have no shade at all not even a bush to get out of the sun & i was so hot i can imagine what it would be like stuck in all day. I had never seen so many horses in my life I’d say there were at least 1000. horses at least (4000) but they said the place could only hold 1000 so i’ll go with that remember that is not counting the burro’s there were alot of them too. I am very happy i was able to attend I found a friend a mare kept wanting me to pet her then the other horses came & she started to walk along the fence looked back at me as if she wanted me to walk with her so i did. It was so special i didn’t get her whole # around her neck though i really have to get her out of there. I met the woman that owns the newspaper in virginia city “Comstock News” so I think i will go talk to her about what happens on side of town. All I kept thinking was i had never seen anything so sad in my life. I m thinking of getting a plane ride to VA to BLM’s meetings out there cuz people unless you go see it with your own eyes you won’t really know how much those horses are suffering & why? I live here & there is so many places for them to roam & eat they eat weeds they come weed my yard which i wish they would come more often on a regular baises cuz i hate pulling weeds :). Pleases we need to talk to BLM about this before its to late i hear there won’t be a wild horse in America soon.

    September 5, 2013