OpEd: Some people really believe this stuff…..


Just my honest opinion: Jerry Finch


“While not perfect, the BLM works hard to maintain humane gather methods.”

The anti-slaughter folks have listened and responded to the propaganda machine of the AQHA and their sister organizations for years. Now those same organizations are sacrificing themselves to present you with more lies and distorted facts so you can change your opinion to their almost God-like opinion of the BLM.

Who might these organizations be? How about the American Farm Bureau Federation, Masters of Foxhounds Association, Mule Deer Foundation, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Rifle Association, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Public Lands Council,  Public Lands Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society. Truth seekers, one and all.

Together they have formed The National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition to bring you the truth about the honor and integrity of the BLM as opposed to the distortion you were subjected to by NBC News. Just to give you a brief sampling:

“Recent stories by NBC News (Today Show: Wild horses: Endangered animals or menace, and Cruel or necessary? and NBCNews.com: The true cost of wild horse roundups) portray only select facts and a narrow part of the reality surrounding wild horses and burros on the western range.

While regarded by many as icons of the American West, free-roaming horses and burros are in fact non-native species that threaten rangelands and native plant and animal species. But managed at appropriate population levels, wild horses and burros are not a “menace,” even to those with whom the range is shared. Nor is it accurate in any way to call wild horses and burros “endangered.” In fact, the problem is an overpopulation of horses and burros in and beyond many herd management areas. It is inaccurate for these reports to depict only healthy horses or rangelands. While this exists, so do unhealthy horses and degraded range. Finally, considering the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Federal agency tasked with managing most of the wild horses and burros in the West, has gathered tens of thousands of horses over the past decades, it is an unfair portrayal of those gathers to focus on a few instances of potentially inappropriate gather methods. While not perfect, the BLM works hard to maintain humane gather methods.”

If you want to read more of their foaming-at-the-mouth blabber, read their press release on the highly popular website, “Fly Rod + Reel.” Seriously. I guess I missed something about this site being a major news outlet for wild horse information. There is a place for comments.

When you are finished with that amazing piece of literature, wander on over to “The National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition” website. Just for entertainment, under the “Myth Busters” part:


The Bureau of Land Management is sending horses to slaughter to decrease their population. 


The Bureau of Land Management does not and has not sold or sent horses or burros to slaughter.

I guess that was written by Tom Davis as a public service. Wonderful of them to share these “facts” with us.

Believe everything you read, my friends. These pages speak with authority! They know the truth and NBC is obviously controlled by imbeciles who are leading the public down a path of ignorance.

Horse slaughter is a peaceful death, right? Cattle ranchers deserve land more than the horses, right? What’s that? You disagree? But the Farm Bureau said….

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • You are right Jerry. This is nothing but regurgitated lies. Much of it from 10+ years ago and is being put out again by new “authoritative–sounding mouth-pieces.” Fact Busters is taken right off BLM’s Website called Myths and Facts. Something Joan G. cooked-up and she thinks it is just M a r v e l o u s. Along with Quick Facts. Their PR spinners are working overtime.

    May 19, 2013
  • Margaret

    Well I wanted to know who said those comments. So now I know! Good grief I almost threw up my dinner. What a bunch of hooey.

    Rangeland degradation IS NOT caused by wild horses. It is caused by the BLM not keeping an eye on overgrazing cattle interests. NV suffered this. No rain and no one watching and BLM did that mini round up IN JUNE before Laura was able to slam the door on it. That kind of nonsense needs to be addressed BY ALL PARTIES. You don’t blame JUST THE HORSES. It’s everyone who wouldn’t remove their own livestock.

    As for the report being narrow. Can you say COW MANURE. I mean the real stinky stuff. Laura gave NBC full access to her archives. Ain’t her fault that BLM looks bad. They look bad cause they are bad. As for the burro video–I believe another advocate filmed that and the folks involved charges were filed.

    I’d invite each one of those organizations to come visit WHE and The Cloud Foundation. There are many many others but those two give anyone who wants to know a good starting place.

    How can they call themselves a national rangeland coalition when advocates are the ones who care about the horses. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS EVER BACKED ANYTHING PROMOTING HORSES.

    The blabber sounds EXACTLY like something out Sue Walrus’s fat hind end.

    May 19, 2013
  • Kathleen A Conely

    OMG … do you really think the American people are that damn stupid to believe all this smoke you are trying to blow up our asses!!! I don’t think so. All I have to see listed in support of this bull is the Cattle Industry and the BLM speaking as one to let me know this is a bunch of lies. These two have been holding hands for a long time trying to get rid of the mustangs by rounding them up and shipping a lot of them to slaughter, which is NOT a humane way for horses or burros to die… and why is it ok for cattle to over graze the land and not a horse? cattle do a lot more damage then horses do. So you can save your bull for the ones you might be able to convince, like the pro-slaughter fools, because you will never be able to convince me that you are in this to better the life of our horses and burros… NEVER

    May 19, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    Ok I posted on the Fly Rod+ Reel and it is on hold to be reviewed so I don’t look for it to show up at all. The facts is cattle are not native to North America either so where do they get off saying one should go and the other should stay. Other then they know that horses can be sent to slaughter and they can make money off them as well.

    May 19, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    I am so tired of bs from blm & all the org. that are speaking lies it sounds like they are all set … i M JUST so tired of peoples lies…. i know what i see i live in virginia city highlands & i am witness to what the “good ol boys” do to the wild horses around me & frankly they are all cowards i hear gun shot all the time & Helicopters the gun shot are from my neighbors around me …. so i called the blm & the nevada state of agriculture & all they did was call me a liar that it doesnt happen so since i cant sleep much now i am tired so i had to be put on sleeping pills by my dr. just so i dont have nightmares so i will fight again & i will fight hard when i wake up tomorrow … so i just want to thank these “good ol boys” for being cowards & proud of it! some day i will do what i promised the mare when they shot her 1-2 year old baby.

    May 19, 2013
    • Sue

      Nancy, “some day” is not a day of the week…to quote Dr. Phil. Do IT NOW

      May 20, 2013
  • Arlene

    The Lies and completely senseless murdering of the innocent horses boils down to Greed in every case !!!!!!!! The AQHA does it everyday, they bred if the foal doesnt measure up they kill it , here is where you start for senseless over-breeding !!!!!!

    May 20, 2013
  • Arlene

    Heres what the Slaughter people sue and doink are sending out

    Horse people working for a better future for the horse industry.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    Some Good News

    United Horsemen, Mindy Patterson and I, spent last week in Washington, D.C. speaking before key Congressional members about pertinent issues relating to the national horse industry. Joining us in DC were representatives from the National Tribal Horse Coalition, Intertribal Agriculture Council, the Yakama, Warm Springs, and Navajo Nations, International Equine Business Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Pork Producers, American Farm Bureau, and Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association.

    Our timing was key since both the Farm Bill and the Agriculture Appropriations (FY14) are coming up for a vote in the near future. It was mission critical to have our collective equine interests present to represent the voice of the horse industry while also reminding our Congressional representatives that we are the ones with the most at stake if the industry doesn’t have the opportunity to revive.

    Also during our week in DC, Mindy attended a two hour hearing where Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee. While nothing regarding equine issues was voiced during the hearing itself, we will be keeping an eagle eye on USDA’s appropriations request and Vilsack’s request for Congress to defund horse processing.

    This past week, on Wednesday, May 15th after a marathon debate late into the night, the House Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill with a vote of 36-10. Key among the provisions is the fact that the HSUS Egg Bill was NOT an amendment, and the King Amendment passed. The vote on the King Amendment passed by voice vote, and it was obvious the support for the King Amendment was overwhelming. This is what Rep. King had to say.

    “The Constitution of the United States reserves the regulation of interstate commerce to the Congress, not the states,” said King. “The Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA) prohibits states from entering into trade protectionism by forcing cost prohibitive production methods on farmers in other states. PICA covers all agriculture products listed in section 206 of the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946. By 2015, California will allow only eggs to be sold from hens housed in cages specified by California. The impact of their large market would compel producers in other states to invest billions to meet the California standard of ‘means of production.’ PICA will also shut down the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), PETA and other radical organizations from creating a network of restrictive state laws that will slowly push agriculture production towards the demise.”

    New Mexico Rep. Grisham introduced her ammendment to the Farm Bill to defund USDA inspectors for horse plants and then withdrew it before a vote. She will more than likely offer it on the House floor next week.

    Meanwhile, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has notified the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) that when the first grant of inspection for horse processing plants is issued, it will sue using the Illinois case and National Enviromental Policy Act (NEPA) as basis for their lawsuit. HSUS has said it will follow with a suit based on Endangered Species Act (ESA), similar to the suit filed against Monsanto on RoundUp Ready alfalfa. We have friends in DC that we believe can defeat HSUS on this issue. If HSUS is allowed to do this it would affect all new plants of whatever type, in essence ruining ALL animal ag.

    The next few weeks will be action packed and we will be calling on all of you for help so please watch for and share our Action Alerts.

    Again I want to say thank you to all the donors who made this trip possible, we could not do it without your support.

    Yours truly,

    Dave Duquette
    United Horsemen

    May 20, 2013
  • Thanks for your OpEd,R.T. It’s right on target. Now we did to give them the facts .

    May 20, 2013
  • SO tired of LIES!

    May 20, 2013
  • Sue

    How many of you folks who commented still eat beef and thus support the cattle industry?

    May 20, 2013
    • Nancy B

      Sue, I understand what you’re saying and I agree! A few times I’ve commented similarly saying that everytime we make a purchase we’re basically saying “Good job! Keep it up”. Personally I stopped eating meat several years back because of the cruelty involved. Sure wasn’t because it stopped tasting good! I used to think (know) that if I knew how my food was really produced I probably wouldn’t be able to eat it anymore. I didn’t want to know so I wouldn’t let myself think about it. Here and there I’d picked up bits of information about the cruelty the animals went through and so finally I decided to check it out for myself. I spent two of the saddest days of my life exploring online how the cattle, poultry and pork industries operate and what the animals go through. I realized nothing tastes good enough to make what they go through worth it! I do realize, however, that it’s a decision each of us makes, or comes to (or not) as we become more aware in our own journey through our life. So…

      Another option for those who are not at a point of being ready, able, or willing to stop eating meat is to only purchase meat from small, private, “organic” farms. There are many regular grocery stores that provide these options as more and more people seek this alternative. It’s more expensive but it’s worth it as it’s a much healthier option for people and at least somewhat less torturous for the animals. Or raise your own food animals. Also consider trying meat-less meals one, two or more days a week. You may be surprised, there are some truly delicious and satisfying alternatives out there!

      May 21, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Yeah, it shows how childish Pro slaughter is when they become threatened in anyway….

    The more they all write to dispute articles or comment to dispute the more they make themselves look so stupid…. the more people can see ALL the LIES so obvious, doing just the opposite of their intent to me anyway……. JOKE!!

    May 20, 2013
  • sherriey

    did anyone see the nice documentary (parts 1 & 2) last nite on the Discovery Channel? titled “North America”?
    i do believe it was Tom Sellick that narriated it. there was a piece in part 1 about America’s Wild Horses…Mustangs. he said….(quote) “They are as American as America is itself.”….
    says a lot, huh?

    May 20, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    Okay, OK…so now what to do to combat the misinformation campaign? Got any ideas? I’d like to DO something other than whine about it.

    May 20, 2013
    • CJ Leonard

      Pictures! We need pics of all the cows and sheep on our public lands degrading the land and water holes! Pictures please! Many wild horse/burro advocates take pics of all he wonderful horses, but we need to see he reality that they are so very outnumbered by livestock otherwise this is just a debate over words!

      May 21, 2013
  • V. Fisher

    I’ve posted twice on Fly, Rod & Reel and neither has shown up. Guess he can’t even come up with a BS response to them. I made the point that a feral horse is a previously domesticated horse, gone wild. All of the horses born wild, are of course, wild and not feral. As the horses have been there for hundreds of years, they are now naturally wild and have every right to be there, while the cattle, sheep and whatever else the ranchers are trying to make money off of, do not have a right to be there.

    May 20, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    Ha ha – Ted is not posting all comments – sort of picking and choosing what will make him look good. Same ol with the people involved in these issues, can sure dish it out but can’t take the heat when it comes back.

    May 20, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Yes, I wrote also early this morning, and mine is not posted either, What else can we do folks??

    Last night I sent emails and facebook many many people to show them the FULL GAO report the omissions of that documentation, sent it to President, Vilsak, majority leader in Agr. and two others, I mean they need to see the whole thing the real one, just in case they didn’t know, but I am sure they do just ignoring it as usual… Got it on Equine something can’t remember BUT had to try and do more…

    May 20, 2013
    • Janet Schultz

      I use the GAO report also Debbie, because even though they hated to do it, they had to recommend the banning of slaughter altogether because violations were out of control and there was no way to get them in control.

      so while others use the GAO report to support, the bottom line is the abuse of horses and lack of enforcement is rampant and always will be. So either we accept lawlessness and animal cruelty or we put a stop to the industry of slaughter – and I choose put a stop to it.

      We just received another report from animals Angels on their visit to Knoxville Livestock Center. The news is not good. it is business as usual with the miscreants who earn their living slaughtering horses. No food, water, crowding, beating and threatening law enforcement who showed up.

      May 21, 2013
  • CJ Leonard

    Wow! I can’t believe they are pulling the wool over folks eyes by saying these untruths. Makes me wonder how they interact with people on a daily basis. They live in their own little bubble and are trying to get others too also! No mention of the cattle and sheep that are the true source of overpopulating and degrading our public lands! Pictures speak louder than a verbal disagreement over a debate. Lets post plenty of pics of cattle and sheep on the public lands so that folks can see the try’s for themselves! Lets go to this battle with pictures, then maybe these liers will use whiteout to hide their thousands of cows and sheep from public eyes!

    May 21, 2013
  • Marcia Mueller

    A lot of people believe what they want to. Some of these government agencies seem to be running amuck, responding to the demands of hunters and ranchers. Shouldn’t more people have a say about what happens to “pubic” lands, etc.?

    May 22, 2013