To the American Public and the Bureau of Land Management

blm abuse

Stop the in transparent PR acts and apply true engagement with the public, not just pretentious replies in the face of public outcry or national criticism.

From: The Desert Independent
By Monika Courtney, Date: September 15th, 2013

Republished from a letter sent to the BLM after Monica was only allotted 3 minutes to make her presentation in a public relations farce of a meeting to supposedly gather public input. The only modifications are formatting for internet publication and one or two spelling corrections, plus the addition of the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel’s phone numbers should this letter encourage you to call. R. Winkler, Publisher

My 3 minute input for the Board is to move forth by giving the public more roles to partake in shaping reform within the program.

Stop the in transparent PR acts and apply true engagement with the public, not just pretentious replies in the face of public outcry or national criticism.

The double standards are what is hampering progress, when people work hard to give input, come prepared but in truth are not welcomed to really leave ideas or make a difference. What a waste of resources that could be put to make real progress – if instead of manipulation (as ever), common sense would be applied!

I am personally dismayed at the constant schemes to pacify the public. This is affecting all fronts in your program:

horsesRound ups, census, inhumane treatment of corralled horses, true disclosure of fatalities/reasons thereof, care-taking or lack thereof, public relations, prioritizing of horses’ welfare on range or in holding or lack thereof, adoption efforts on national level or lack thereof, effective advertising or lack thereof, spending disclosure of holding costs or lack thereof, continuous carry out of biased, special interests agendas and accommodation thereof, and most of all:

The obvious neglect in performing what was assigned to perform: protecting wild horses and burros, which is expected by the tax payers and thus to be done in a humane, sensible way, which is for the horses’ best interest. To continue round ups while pretending to care and work “with the public” is the same broken way, which is not left behind, as Ms. Guilfoyle so vehemently announced in Reno, but it is continued with the same shameful schemes to deceive and pacify the American public.

While your meetings of predisposed talk continue, so does the deterioration and mistreatment of our herds. Not due to drought and nature’s cull. But due to your lack of clearly reforming a program that has caused this mess and much grieve to Americans who have lost all trust and respect as none of the promises are delivered while you procrastinate the real issues at hand to improve professionally and ethically just.

There are many qualified folks available, from the advocacy to professional sources such as independent vets, with whom you could build a truly impressive new direction to shape reform for wild horses and burros. The constant rapports with the cattle industry and money muscle of special interests who get special VIP to our public lands is the disease of BLM having led to the current disgraceful situation.

The public is tired of the clever PR speeches, staged acts and betrayal to the horses. They suffer under current management – start involving the public by taking volunteerism that partakes in bringing improvement by really engaging and seeking input and help – since this source offers experts on all fronts, whilst current operations carried out by your staff are so very questionable and concerning. Instead of training more PR skills to pacify the increasingly concerned and outraged public, allocate these funds to reform as promised.

Causing the wild equines to suffer is not an acceptable standard, but it is what is going on, due to your horrific round ups which must stop, and the horrific neglect in holding. To make holding a less haunting place by improving internal standards to the basic care-taking with an external and independent source to ensure quality control is a must. With so many animals penned in prison like confinement, there are many people who would assist; who care for these horses and would like to be part of their lives. It is up to you to allow this, and to remember these are America’s horses. Stop the excuses of “safety” and other notions to keep the public out and at bay, while your staff neglects horses’ needs – allow team work and cooperative efforts to bring improvement without applying dumb reasons to hinder progressive effect.

BLM holding penHolding as it is now is a reflection of unacceptable standards in all aspects. Lack of care, space, provision of basic needs such as plentiful cold water, electrolytes in all pens, shade/shelter from elements, neglect of hooves and health issues of horses are not 21st values that are to be expected from this country. Holding must be improved asap, staff re-trained to deliver top quality care, possess compassion and respect, and make holding a better place to work, whilst improving adoptions. This can be done with a better marketing approach, a national ad campaign and foremost by BLM TRULY engaging with the public on all fronts to bring reform.

These horses are not your agency’s horses to dispose of and abuse. Yet that is what this agency has done and is doing as I type. The long harbored plans of euthanasia (speak slaughter) and the secretive, lucrative side dealings with other agencies and Indian Tribes by selling horses without analyzing, identifying and safeguarding the very animals so shamelessly taken to carry out such auctions and trading, must stop once and for all. (Recent Fallon scandal).

It is your responsibility to oversee the welfare and protection of all wild horses and burros, and put an end to illegal side activities and cruel conduct, whether it involves your contractors, notorious kill buyers (Fallon) or internal affairs.

Stop the procrastination and get to work to reflect innovation by applying humane management for our wild equines on the range that is not of final and die out philosophy but to of ensuring a future for our grand-kids that involves wild horses and burros in the wild, not just terminal destruction and a history book of shame. Quit marginalizing the public and our input. Create Federal guidelines to oversee and ensure welfare to horses as currently there are none. Deliver your Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program as it is overdue since yesteryear.

Move forth by demonstrating a “can-do” attitude applying real science in accurate census and sensible solutions on the range benefiting wild horses and burros, develop initiatives and strategies now to reach these goals. We are waiting, still.

Need a reason to call Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell?
These are the numbers to Secretary Jewell’s three offices:

Main line: 1-202-208-3100
The Office of Communications: 1-202-208-6416
Appointments office: 1-202-208-7551
Branch office: 1-202-208-3181

Read Original Article at The Desert Independent

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robyn

    Way to Go Monika!!
    Excellent said……

    September 17, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    THIS is a wonderful, says all article, I think MORE folks need to write articles for our papers we can do that right a BLOG, not familiar with this but would they not have to post it??? I certainly be willing…. Guess I will look into this… Since there is written crap about Pro Slaughter agenda why can’t WE join in more??? But I have been calling also will call again tomorrow…. THANKS MONICA, GOOD JOB INDEED

    September 17, 2013
  • Nancy

    Monika you are awesome!!!! very well said

    September 17, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Thank You well said!!!! Read the Friends Of Nevada Wilderness or go to http://WWW.NEVADAWILDERNESS.ORG the statements from a volunteer from Boston regarding the landscaping & 188 acres of barb wire fencing by cattle ranchers, water tanks, so much brush they have been removing from Sheldon everything that BLM said why the horses had to be removed the volunteers told that magazine what is reality of the land & never once did they mention seeing a Wild Horse anywhere in Nevada!!

    September 17, 2013
  • sherriey

    very intellectual, very well written!!!
    what a wonderful article!
    great job, Monica….keep up this great work!

    September 17, 2013
  • Geri

    Well said and to the point-I timed myself while I read it-looks like we need to get you folks speed reading/talking lessons-wouldn’t that freak the BLM out–Good job indeed-Monica.

    September 17, 2013
  • nk4g2

    Excellent! Thank you Monica. For being there & for your continual effort to fight for our wild horses & burros.

    September 18, 2013
  • Arlene

    Bravo Monicka!!!!! thats the first time i have ever heard someone tell them the way it is !!!!!! Ill bet they were speechless, No way Out for the BLM !!!! WELL ONE BYE BYE Blm !!!!!

    September 18, 2013
  • Jade

    Monika – YOU ROCK!!! Thanks for standing up for all HORSE ADVOCATES and speaking for us. Blessed Be!

    September 18, 2013
  • Monika Courtney

    Thank you anyone for the kind words. The BLM has heard it all – we are not to be deceived continously and the pressure must stay on. They know what the public wants, the waste of years of empty promises is not acceptable. I urge you to write to them, to let this be known and apply pressure – please feel free to use my letter. The twisting and PR strategies have caused an unacceptable state of affairs in internal operations of BLM and it must be stopped. Thank you for your support.

    September 18, 2013
  • LNorman

    I don’t believe blm is capable of reform, truth, or redemption. They need to be dismantled, investigated, prosecuted & sentenced (salazar too) and a new group formed to oversee “on the range management” of our disappearing wild equines. Wild ones in holding need to be returned to their legal domain of 51 million acres on OUR Public Lands (from which they were stolen)unless they are infected with strangles, warts, or otherwise unhealthy. Extractionists plundering our Public Lands for private profits must be held accountable for their destruction, clean up their mess, and get off our land. We the people are under Kleptocratic rule.

    September 19, 2013
    • Arlene

      Dear lNorman, what in the heck do we have to do , to make this Horror Stop !!!!!!! We have tried everything ??????? Nothing Stops, just gets worse !!!!! They defy us constantly !!!!

      September 22, 2013
  • Pat Vitatoe

    While comments before me say this is well written, I find it rambling and unclear. I want the herds to remain wild. I want a sensible management program. I want humane treatment. But I need specifics, clearly listed, of what the Bureau of Land Management is doing Incorrectly, and what needs to be changed.
    Are they selling these horses to the slaughter houses? Are they starving them? I get glimmers of what is going on, but nothing specific.

    September 19, 2013
    • jfinch

      Pat – this is an ongoing battle. To get the entire background takes reading books and months of actual study. This is not the forum for that type of education. To answer the two questions you ask – do a google search on “Tom Davis” and yes, far too many one wild then captured horses simple disappear.

      September 21, 2013