Category Archives: Call to Action

Extinction – Wild Horses

U.S. Govt. Managing Wild Horses to Extinction. 

Year after torturous year it continues. Even though the LAW is supposed to PROTECT them, BLM’s malicious targeting of the American Wild and Free-roaming Horses and Burros is one of the most horrific assaults on innocent living beings carried out by U.S. government SINCE the attempted annihilation of the Native Indigenous Tribes of North America! The similarities are chilling!

The government ‘s determination to drive to extinction the wild horses and burros just never stops. It cuts to the core of American values by decimating the icon that so strongly symbolizes the spirit of America – that of strength, survival, freedom, excellence, and persistent determination.

Despite millions of phone calls, messages, emails, petition signatures, letters, demonstrations, protests, and personal attendance to meetings – by concerned people the world over, imploring BLM to STOP their deliberate, systematic crimes against the wild horses and burros, yet BLM forges ahead, without the slightest twinge of conscience, and lacking even the smallest hint of compassion or decency. They continue to purposely use heartless and brutal methods, and they do this over and over, round up after torturous roundup, year after year… and they are NEVER held accountable for their crimes!!

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READ Full Version Rant by Sue Charles at  https://heart2care.wordpress.com/extinction/
It’s long, as I am very fired up about this!!

Original article comment was made to: Tribute to the Lost Wild Horses of Wyoming

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Re OAS – Olympic Animal Sanctuary, Forks WA.

** UPDATE: Just before Christmas 2013, some 120 of the dogs were loaded into a transport truck and driven around for several days  by Steve Markwell (operator of the Olympic Animal “Sanctuary”) before connecting with a reputable rescue organization, Guardians of Rescue, down in the Arizona desert. The dogs finally got out of travel crates as staff and volunteers hurried to make kennels for them, supply Vet care, and give them food and water on a regular basis. Most, if not all of them hadn’t received decent nourishing food, clean water, a clean place to move around and lay down, since going to OAS. For several, it was the first time of freedom for something like 7 years of being crammed in travel crates. About 40 or more dogs are still unaccounted for. A flurry of fear for them and speculation surrounds the topic.

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Olympic Animal Sanctuary – “Endless Hell” to 150 or so dogs. Most  are in cages and travel crates, cold, hungry in darkness for YEARS!
Inside Olympic Animal HELL photo 64130923_dogs14

 

.. Apparently when KOMO 4 News team of Seattle did a story recently on Olympic Animal Sanctuary, Steve Markwell, the owner/operator of that Endless Hell for Dogs, decided to “upgrade” the facility and ordered some new cages. Of the roughly 160 dogs held prisoner there, probably as many as 80 to 100 or more are held captive in travel crates they arrived in, 24/7 for up to SEVEN YEARS.

.. Trying to show himself as a good guy, Markwell proudly announced that with the new cages, he was able to “get rid of” six of the travel crates. SIX? REALLY? While the others remain in travel crates? Unfortunately, one of the dogs was so hungry (they all are) that he showed food aggression. TO punish him, Markwell removed him from a “kennel” and forced him to into a travel crate!! That man has absolutely no common sense. Now, that dog is confined to a travel crate forced to live in his own waste and probably (knowing Markwell’s mentality of punishing dogs) won’t be fed for even a longer time than the usual 2 or 3 times a WEEK. He is telling people the place is cleaned up and improved!!  And he expects the public outrage to go away. I don’t think so, Mr. Markwell!!

Inside Olympic Animal HELL photo 71.. Even if he actually did let a few of the dogs out of the extreme confinement of the travel crates they existed in for years on end, that doesn’t change the fact he has held them captive in extreme confinement for years.
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if he gets ALL the travel crate dogs into the small cages he seems to be installing… That certainly does NOT vindicate him for the years of hell on earth he has caused the dogs to suffer!! It does not undo the fact that he has kept them hungry, and literally dying of thirst… and feeds them only 2 or 3 times a week – “food” consisting only of a raw turkey neck or handful of cow innards.

130923_dogs9 .. I don’t care if he puts them all up in the Disneyland Hotel for a week. The fact STILL remains that he has deliberately and knowingly held them captive in horrific conditions for YEARS – up to 7 years!!  Some of the dogs were BORN THERE!! And he holds them captive, in the dark, cold, hungry and thirsty,  just like the others who he calls “dangerous”, in small cages (he calls kennels) they can move around in, but certainly not space to play, or get exercise – unless you call spinning in circles all day long, exercise.

Olympic Dogs on Sleuth Truth Project pix 9

Animal Advocacy organizations have offered to help in various ways. Unless they are offering cash, he refuses. Legitimate rescues and pet foster homes, offered to take some of the “non-dangerous” dogs for adoption. He says he is down-sizing, yet Markwell refused,  saying he sleeps with them. (WHAT??) Is there more going on here than meets the eye?

The dogs ALL need RESCUED, and the place CLOSED forever!!

ENTIRE Editorial and INFO-LINKS at https://heart2care.wordpress.com/olympic-dogs/
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LIST of PETITIONS re OLYMPIC Animal Sanctuary 10-2013
Care2 Petition site
Olympic Animal Sanctuary Forks, Washington.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/517/244/472/olympic-animal-sanctuary-forks-washington/

Save the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Animals
https://www.causes.com/actions/1753539-save-the-olympic-animal-sanctuary-animals

Expose the Olympic Animal Sanctuary
Take the Pledge
https://www.causes.com/v2actions/1760059-expose-the-olympic-animal-sanctuary-in-forks-wa?recruiter_id=137837457

Change.org
Shut Down Olympic Animal Sanctuary
http://www.change.org/petitions/shut-down-olympic-animal-sanctuary

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Animal Shelters with “kill lists”

Discussion pertaining to animal shelters who have Death Row lists and regularly kill animals shortly after they arrive. WHY do they kill so many healthy and adoptable animals??? Please also see related links below the discussion.

Dedicated to our Silvi boy. RIP

Advocacy for animals who have been captured, found, or owner surrendered to animal shelters  can be such a heartbreaking effort. Being geographically far removed from the “kill shelters” listed online, where scores of needy animals are scheduled to be killed within a few hours of posting their need, I’ve been un-successful in adoption of the ones I tried so desperately to save. It is heartbreaking because I wish that we could save vast numbers (okay, all of them) and help them find good, safe, loving forever homes.

It is crushing to see the Death Row lists posted each evening, then spend hours (sometimes all night) posting and sharing, with hopes and prayers to save as many as possible – only to find that up to 90% have been killed anyway. It makes no sense, and I have been searching for answers to the dilemma.

Several recent articles state that law violations and bogus kill orders are commonplace on animals who are clearly healthy, fit and very adoptable. In my opinion, to expect “transparency” of these rogue outfits falls short of ACCOUNTABILITY in the business of “Animal Shelters”, “Animal Care and Control”, and what-ever name they may be doing business as.

Let’s be clear.. they ARE businesses who do in fact make a profit – even though their business license and description states they do business as “non-profit” or 501C3.

Many seem to operate their business in a way that will take the least amount of effort – meaning they kill large numbers of animals who come in, some within a few hours of their arrival, simply because they don’t want to bother with them.

ACCOUNTABILITY is what we want, and MUST have, from animal shelters, animal care services, and animal control entities. This is crucial when they accept federal funds, grants from privately or publically funded foundations, or they do fundraising to collect public monies and support. This is of particular concern when it turns out their main management process is to kill large numbers of the animals they are supposedly there to help and protect.  

When business is conducted in secret with a thinly veiled pretense of “transparency” yet they are clearly operating with LACK of morality or ethics, and in violation of the law, they must be held accountable for their actions, and their use of funds.

Ethics and accountability seem to be in short supply on so many levels of business and government. However, as Citizens, we would be irresponsible if we did not expect, and demand the practice of ethics and accountability on all levels. The lives of the innocent and defenseless are depending on people like us to demand the changes that will give them an equitable chance to live and be properly cared for.  

There is a strong parallel in the “Kill Shelters” and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) who uses millions of tax dollars to violently round up, trap, and remove Wild Horses and Burros from the public lands the law designated for them to live wild and free, and be protected. Far too many horses and burros are violently and purposely killed every year, mares forced to abort their foals, and young foals run so hard and far that their hooves are diminished to shreds, and they die from the wounds, and countless numbers are secretly trucked across the borders into Mexico and Canada to be brutally slaughtered – all to the financial benefit of the BLM administrators and their circle of friends. These tactics are criminal and should be treated as such. Yet they get by with it year after year.

Isn’t it high time we as Citizens demand accountability on all levels, and lawbreakers be brought to justice – regardless of their position in community or government! Nothing justifies the slaughter of the innocent!! Nothing!!

By Sue Charles
© 6-27-2012
(Learn about the author, below the links)

RELATED LINKS:
The Itty Bitty Kitty Rescue 
http://petsalive.com/blog/2012/05/16/the-itty-bitty-kitty-rescue/

MADDIE’S FUND – “Why Transparency Editorial” http://www.maddiesfund.org/Resource_Library/Why_Transparency_Editorial.html

NYCACC: “A Cat Killing Machine”  http://johnsibley.com/2012/06/25/nycacc-a-cat-killing-machine/

In Dog We Trust – NYCACC: “Lies and Statistics”  http://johnsibley.com/2012/01/23/nycacc-lies-and-statistics/

Animal Care and Control of NYC   http://www.nycacc.org/PublicAtRisk.htm

TO BE DESTROYED on Thursday 6-28-2012  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.273643025980870.80487.155925874419253&type=3

Shelter Reform Action Committee – HELP STOP ACC’s EUTHANASIA “MISTAKES”  http://www.shelterreform.org/EuthMistakes.html

Dollars and Sense – The Economic Benefits of No Kill Animal Control  http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/econbenefits.pdf

Our sweet Silvi.. who rescued us.

About the Author: 
Sue Charles is a life-long animal advocate and activist. Her first public demonstration was at age five while attending a Rodeo. Screaming for them to “stop hurting the animals”, she was finally carried out… still screaming for justice.. and has continued in advocacy efforts ever since.

Most of her numerous kitties and pups through the past 50+ years have been rescues/adoptions.  She is currently active in several types of animal rescue and advocacy – in the “real world” and online – as much as her family’s special care needs will allow.

Besides cat and dog advocacy, the author is active in Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy, and Wolf, Bear and Fox Advocacy. She is also a mother, grandmother, and award winning documentary filmmaker. Most of all, she’s a person who passionately cares about others.

To Contact her or to comment, use the comment feature of the site.

ACTION ALERT

COMMENTS NEEDED for Wyoming Wild Horses!

Excerpt from The Cloud Foundation:

With roundup season starting up again, it is imperative, now more than ever, that we all raise our voices in support of our wild horses and burros. BLM is still soliciting comments for their planned roundup in Divide Basin, a larger herd in southern Wyoming near Rock Springs.  We ask that you submit your own comments regarding the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA). There are gross inadequacies and faulty data utilized in the scope of this EA which will come as no surprise. What is a bit more surprising is the rush to create a non-reproducing herd as an alternative, which is what they want to do to in White Mountain and Little Colorado! If a roundup is conducted this summer, the herd will be reduced to only 415 horses on over 700,000 acres with many of these horses being non-reproducers! The Cloud Foundation’s comments for this EA are available online here. Read on for a sample format! 

COMMENTS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED by JUNE 20th before 4:30 PM Mountain Time.  Send by Email to DivideBasin_HMA_WY@blm.gov – With “Divide Basin EA Comments” in the subject line.

See Sample letter (but craft into your own words) CLICK HERE.

 

Petition

The slaughter of horses HAS to STOP – whether domestic or free, whether for human consumption or not.  BLM is resorting to great lengths in their efforts to completely do away with the Wild Horse and Burro Herds – which they are supposed to PROTECT!

Please review the info on the links provided here, and others you may find … then if you would PLEASE SIGN the PETITION using the online form, and send it. For best results it is better to send email AND make a copy to MAIL directly to the representative. A strongly worded personal note may be added to the end of the petition.

The Congressional Appeal video with Ginger Katherines.

On Respect 4 Horses.com you will see several text and video info pieces that are good info-resources.

Tell your Senators : Support Burton Amendment to Reduce Funding for BLM’s Wild Horse Roundups. See the page on American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

Action plan to help END horse slaughter for human consumption. Click Here for info: “2 Minutes to Help End Horse Slaughter”.

Heart for Horses

Anyone who has a heart for horses…. or any living being, for that matter… This page is for you: “STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S HEART”. http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/ 

It has a wealth of information, news, and documentation of real life happenings. Please… read articles, view photos & videos, and work with us to HELP SAVE the few remaining Wild Horses from certain extinction. We MUST work to SAVE the Wild Horses and Burros FROM BRUTAL ROUNDUPS & CAPTIVITY that 40,000 have already endured, & more will soon if we don’t act to make it STOP.  

Watch this moving video: CONGRESSIONAL APPEAL TO HALT THE ROUNDUPS  given by Ginger Kathrens, and SHARE it with everyone you know, and all your friends on Facebook and other social networks. EVERYONE needs to see this video, if nothing else is read or viewed, to understand what is happening. (You’ll need to turn the volume way UP, as the audio on the clip is rather low.  Also… Keep a box of tissues close by.)

Many people are interested, and yes, even highly concerned. But interest and concern is little help without “putting feet” to the concerns and acting on the information. There are many things that can be done.

First, become informed, to know what has occurred thus far, and to generally be knowledgeable on the subject.

Another good info resource on the topic is  Respect 4 Horses – Wild Horses” page. http://www.respect4horses.com/wildhorses.html

There are action plans and contact info within the articles on both recommended websites, and the comments below each article.

I have gathered some of the action plans and contact info from the various Wild Horse resource pages and compiled them on this site. You can find them on the HOW TO HELP” page. More will be added there as we find them, with new and updated info floating to the top of the page.

It is going to take all of us to make a difference in saving the Wild Horses and Burros. It will take us all to force accountability and responsibility by the government agencies whose job it is to PROTECT the wild horses and burros. Instead of protecting, they have become corrupted with greed and use such unmerciful brutality in their methods it makes one sick to witness it. Any normal person will be sickend by it.  

And then there are the BLM contractors who are so callous they stand idly by, without any interest or concern, as horses are terrorized, tortured, paniced, trampleing each other, and trying so hard to reunite with their family members that they ultimately suffer broken necks and are left to die the most painful, agonizing death… as their family members watch in horror, unable to get to their side for what little comfort they could offer.

The contractors have the cold-as-steel hearts of serial killers. They have no concern for the pain, terror and long term trauma they deliberately put the horses and burros through. They actually make sport of terrorizing them with helicopters, running them to sheer exhaustion – and some actually to death, then, if still alive, ramming them with the helicopter skids, over and over again. They get up next to a downed horse or burro, and apply kicks and punches to the head and body. They rope and drag them by the neck or by a leg over rocky terrain, never minding the pain and trauma the animals are suffering. The mares are run so hard they miscarry the foals. The foals are run so hard over rough terrain their soft hooves are worn completely off and many die agonizing deaths. Others are left to suffer for days, then are shot.

When 125 horses DIE in one round up operation… shouldn’t THAT be an indication of brutality?? One would think so. Yet, the BLM and their court buddies have ruled “no abuse”.

We know that, for every brutality that is video and photo documented, showing the criminal abuses and killings of the horses and burros, there are hundreds of other incidents of brutality and killings that were not documented because the public was banned from the area, and the cold-hearted contractors consider all that as normal events of day. 

Please, can some one tell me… exactly WHAT malicious thing did the horses and burros do to deserve such criminal abuse??

They did NOTHING – That’s what! Absolutely nothing at all did they do, to harm anyone or anything. They did nothing to merit the violence and deliberate cruelty they are suffering daily. In fact NO living being deserves such horrendous and deliberated acts of violence. NO ONE!  

I could scream when I think of this… and then to think of the 9-11 terrorists and others who have, and still do, plot to harm, and put such dreadful harm on Americans and others, killing people in the most horrible ways…  and yet the law prevents them from being ill-treated in the very slightest way. Hmmm… they are killing our people, and THEY are PROTECTED. 

And here we have the innocent horses and burros, WHO HAVE DONE NO HARM TO ANY PERSON OR THING… and they are brutalized over and over again…. while the PERPETRATORS are PROTECTED… they see nothing wrong. Even the courts say there has been no undue abuse.

It curdles my brain! It is all backward when the violent abusers and killers are protected, and the innocent ones continue to be brutalized and killed… under the protection of the law!!!  

WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE IT STOP! PLEASE HELP US BRING HELP AND JUSTICE FOR ALL THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS, WHO CAN NOT FEND FOR THEMSELVES.

(Okay… End of rant… for now.)

Call to STOP Roundups

Wild Horse Advocates will be a presence at the March 10-11 Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, March 10-11, where they will ask for a moratorium on BLM’s stampede style roundups of Wild Horses and Burros.

The efforts to stop the “bloody horse harvesting” before it’s too late and no wild herds remain will be made in person and by e-messages and postal letters.

Sound representation of the Wild Horse Advocacy will include Habitat for Horses Advisory Council and Cloud Foundation. There needs to be as much support as possible… the more in person representation the better.  

Mail comments to:

National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260
Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV 89502

 

Event information (per the Bureau of Land Management):
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel on 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Reservations for this hotel can be found by calling 1-800-325-3535

More information can be found on the BLM website here.