Wild horse advocate says BLM round-up facility is failing horses

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Digital Journal, Elizabeth Batt, August 22, 2013

Monika Courtney Courtney: The grand "water" cooling system implemented by BLM.

Monika Courtney
Courtney: The grand “water” cooling system implemented by BLM.

Reno, NV – Advocate Monika Courtney is tackling a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Reno, NV., over its lack of shelter and basic care for rounded-up wild horses. Digital Journal spoke with Courtney and BLM’s Debbie Collins on the convoluted issue.

Courtney, who has been exposing what she says is BLM cruelty for the past five years, told Digital Journal that animals at the federal government’s Palomino Valley Adoption Center (PVC) in Reno, are being exposed to triple digit temperatures on a regular basis this summer, yet have no access to shelter in which to escape the heat.
 

“Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted,” said Courtney, “it’s obvious they need shade.” With, “no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots,” she said.

Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during the August 6th public tour, “Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted,” said Courtney, “it’s obvious they need shade.” With, “no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots,” she said.

 

Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during 

the August 6th public tour, “we pointed out the water troughs that had electrolytes and the salt/mineral blocks available in pens … so, not sure if she didn’t understand what they were, but they were very obvious.”
Increase in temps are areas of concern

Terry Watt In the wild Courtney says, burros and horses seek shade from the heat in brush.

Terry Watt
In the wild Courtney says, burros and horses seek shade from the heat in brush.

 

After speaking with several people from the Regional Western Climate Center, Courtney obtained printed charts that show increased heat patterns for region over the last two years.

 

“This year we have already had 12 days over 100 degrees F,” she said, “with many other days in the upper nineties. It was the same last year,” the advocate explained, “eleven days at over 100 degrees F.”

 
CONTINUED… read more at The Digital Journal. (Monika Courtney is a strong advocate that is doing everything she can to help the wild horses. The remaining parts of this article go into a discussion about what really happened at the BLM meeting and why the BLM’s response is to do nothing, All advocates owe Monika are deep thanks for her efforts, which will continue. Please post comments at the Digital Journal so the media will understand that this is an important subject.)

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
5 Comments
  • BlessUsAll

    Monika Courtney, who receives not a penny for her efforts on behalf of the wild horses and burros, is a credit to the human race.

    Debbie Collins, who hangs out in her air-conditioned office gathering a paycheck funded by our tax dollars and dreaming up new ways to tell the same old lies to the unsuspecting public, is a blight on the human race.

    I wish I could comment directly under the article, but I’m not on FB. Those who did post there made exceedingly good points.

    Hmmmm, a play on the word ABOMINATION just occurred to me: Under Obama’s watch, the way our nation’s wild horses (and human whistleblowers) are being treated is an OBAMA-NATION. 🙁

    Then there’s that BLM acronym, which we’ve made fun of over the years: Bureau of Lousy Management, etc. I think its name should be changed to CYA.

    August 22, 2013
    • sherriey

      you go girl!!!! i’m with you!!!
      you just said a mouthful!!!!!!!!!

      August 22, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    It will not matter the BLM is getting ready to start slipping as many wild horses as they can in the dark of night or though the Native American nation to clean out as many of the horses as they can. It will not be many more years before all the wild Mustangs will be gone thanks to the BLM, ranchers, and Sue Wallis. You can bet that if a horse slaughter plant is open in the USA the Mustangs will be the first on the list for destruction… The Sad part is the American people will end up paying for it to happen like in the round up and auction this past weekend.

    August 22, 2013
  • Sharon

    I knew from the get-go this ridiculous ‘workshop’ was nothing more than a scam by the BLM to get the media off it’s back and to appease the public! I even stated in a comment I seriously doubted the ‘public’ would be allowed any ‘input’ whatsoever and they weren’t! The BLM didn’t even want to read Monika Courtney’s ideas! Typical BLM BS!

    August 23, 2013
  • Nancy Leake

    Monika…what a great article…you are amazing…thank you for what you do for the horses…Nancy

    August 23, 2013