Movie

A new movie, soon to be released, reveals footage of BLM’s thugs busy, doing their abusive and murderous work of evil against the innocent Wild Horses and Burros of the American West.

The film entitled “Wild Horses and Renegades” exposes  corruption of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) under the watch of Bob Abby.

In fact, the BLM has been MIS-managing things for years, and the ring of deceipt and corruption has grown to epic proportions.

In Wild Horses and Renegades,

 former BLM Director, Jim Baca reveals, “Our public lands are run by the oil, mining and livestock industries and it’s their way or the highway.”

Clearly they don’t want to PROTECT the Wild Horse and Burro populations on the millions of acres of Public Lands, as is their lawful duty. The only way they can get money out of it is to spend millions of tax dollars rounding them up, and then claiming there is not enough money to feed and care for them, so they are SOLD for slaughter, or a few “lucky” ones are SOLD in Adoption programs or auctioned off.  Ever wonder where all that money from the sales goes?? It is lining pockets somewhere.

Further, the article describes the movie’s star value,

“Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortense, Raoul Trujillo, Daryl Hannah and Dances with Wolves author Michael Blake join with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to highlight how the great symbol of the American West is being purposefully driven to extinction by a corrupt Bureau of Land Management.”

Watch Wild Horses and Renegades trailer, Click Here.

Leave a comment. Let us know your thoughts.

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Government Wisdom

The wisdom of Government agency, BLM (Bureau of Land Managemt) proves they are dumber than a rock. 

Get a load of this Horseback Magazinearticle about  “The Summit of the Horse” Meeting  where .. 

“BLM Director, Bob Abby  was a keynote speaker at the summit which stated its primary purpose was to make horse slaughter for human consumption legal in the United States.”    

The article continues.. “Last year the BLM squandered its entire $63 million Wild Horse and Burro Program budget on massive roundups of horses the agency holds in captivity enriching private landowners for their upkeep. Last year Congress increased that budget by $12 million. Prior to captivity, the horses cost the government nothing living in freedom on the 245 million mostly vacant BLM lands.”  …  In 2008, a plan to kill thousands of horses to relieve the agency of their expense was leaked to the media causing outrage among horse lovers and the general public alike. 

Leave it to a government agency to spend millions of dollars to capture horses which then they say are a burden to feed and care for and therefore must be killed. If left in the wild… they were no cost and no trouble to anyone.

SMARTEN UP BLM! You are daily proving yourselves to be DUMBER THAN A ROCK.

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”.

Cloud’s Herd

Ginger posted her Update on Cloud’s Herd – March 2011  in text and photos. It’s so nice to read down through the narrative, hearing about their trip and discoveries. Click Here.

View beautiful photos from previous visits, on Cloud the Stallion’s FB page, Click Here.  

There are many other new developments. Among them is, it seems clear that – whatever BLM may say at times, it is doubtful they have given up their evil plans to do everything in their out-of-control power to eliminate every single trace of the beautiful wild horses and burros.

So, the fight is far from over.

We who care about keeping the wild horses safe and free must continue, and even re-double our efforts if we are to make a difference for good – for the wild horses and burros of the Americas, and for the American Spirit of Freedom that is alive in the wild horses and burros. 

Information resources:   

Congressional Appeal to Halt the Roundups

The Cloud Foundation

Crow Elder / Historian Speaks Against Round up of Cloud’s Herd

Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Habitat for Horses Advisory Council

American Wild Horse Preservation

Saving the American Wild Horse

Film: Wild Horses and Renegades Trailer

Respect 4 Horses

Simone Netherlands – Anti-slaughter TV interview

Tuesday’s Horse

Wild Hoofbeats

Wild Horse Education

American Indian people for Wild Horses – FB page

Sign the PETITION to Stop slaughter of horses for human consumption

 

Advocates talk back to BLM

Wild horse advocates took on the seemingly invincable BLM – Bureau of Land Management, who have made it their goal to get rid of all wild horses and burros in the most brutal and violent ways.  

An opportunity was given for advocates to voice concerns, during BLM meetings in Phoenix, March 9, 10, 11 of 2011. Key people in the growing pool of advocates attended AND  spoke to Make A Difference! Meeting was at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.

Advocates / activists appeared and expressed the concerns of thousands of like minded people who are fighting – in our own various ways – to SAVE the Wild Horses and Burros from the most dreadful plight – falling prey to BLM and their hired-thug, horse and burro abusers and killers.  We all have done everything we knew possible to stand in the gap for the wild spirits and prayed for a “break” so more could be done to STOP the rampage of brutality and death. In fact, the wild horses and buros are protected by law – supposed to be. But the fox was put in charge of the hen house, so to speak.

SPECIAL THANKS to all who attended the Advisory Board Public Meeting, and especially those who spoke, and challenged the erronous data and the brutal methods used by BLM, an offered some potential ways to better “manage” the remaining wild horses and burros. 

Among the highly qualified, respected and  knowledgable advocates to speak were: R.T. Fitch of Habitat for Horses, Simone Netherands of Respect 4 Horses, Deniz Bolbol of American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Jill Buckley of ASPCA, Elyse Gardner – Humane Observer , and Laura Leigh of Grass Roots Horse

Read more on the following links on the following sites:

Straight from the Horse’s Heart , Examier.com , Grassroots Horse – Herd Watch Amerian Wild Horse Preservation Campaign ,  

Evac

Sorry to be so brief on the previous post. I relied completely on excerpts. We are on Tsunami Evacuation Watch, and need to get things ready for the possibility of leaving our sea level home. I will add more news and updates with elaborations on the previous news posts.   Be safe, everyone.

Meetings / Updates

 

We watched the streaming of the meeting until they went to break.  The streaming feed seemed to be discontinued at that point.

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Below are EXCERPTS from STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S HEART articles and posts with info on the meeting in Phoenix. Be sure to read the conments below the posts.

Breaking News: BLM Annouces that Lack of Funds Translates into No More Wild Horse Roundups for Fiscal Year 2011

Today during opening remarks at the BLM Advisory Board Meeting high ranking agency officials revealed that due to current budget restraints the BLM has canceled all of the summer roundups for fiscal year 2011

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Audio Post 

https://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/audio-post-8/ 

Update:Wild Horse Rally and Press Conference was NOT Streamed Live from Phoenixt

It appears that the Grass Roots Horse Live Stream did NOT occur

We will be livestreaming from Phoenix, AZ March 10 & 11, 2011 beginning with the Press Conference 11:30 am – 12:30 from the Sheraton’s South Room, followed by the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting from 1pm – 5pm.

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BLM to Hold Possibly Illegal Meeting in Phoenix With Bogus Trustees

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will sit in judgment of the nation’s wild horse policy in Phoenix for the next two days. But the meeting will be questionable, and possibly illegal, since three board members whose terms expired last July continue to serve at taxpayer expense and an additional board member’s term is clouded by allegations she is head of a sham wildlife advocacy group.

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Wild Horse Advocates’ Press Conference Scheduled for Thursday, March 10 in Phoenix 

Phoenix, AZ (March 9, 2011)- Dances with Wolves Author, Michael Blakefilmmaker Ginger Kathrens, artist Laura Leigh, author R.T. Fitch and equine advocate Simone Netherlands will be joined by advocate Madeleine Pickens at the wild horse advocates’ press conference tomorrow. The conference will be followed by the controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board Meeting beginning Thursday afternoon. All events will take place at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel (340 N. 3rd street) in Phoenix.

https://rtfitch.wordpress.com/

Issues

It has been a little while since my last post. Have been dealing with local issues and concerns. But I have been staying current with Straight from the Horses Heart, which is an excellent resource for the most current happenings.

Please “stay tuned” to the blogs and websites recommended in LINKS, and in previous posts. Lots is happening. I will try to catch up with additional links in the next couple days. So buckle up, we will be covering a lot of ground.

One point I want to mention: we need to keep in mind what constitutes animal cruelty, abuse and neglect, whether it’s in regard to wild or domestic horses or other animals.

Having grown up on a farm, and my Dad and Grand Dad both being life-long ranchers, it was probably natural for me to just know to treat animals with kindness and respect, and that the animals are attended to first. Once they have food, water and shelter, THEN we get to go about other things. My brain can NOT grasp how anyone can neglect, abuse, or withold food and water from an animal. That is as foriegn to me as a 12 legged elephant.

Sadly, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and their hired “contractors” (thugs) have no heart or conscience, or, as my Dad would call it “common horse sense”.  They continue senseless brutality and violence against horses, and pregnant mares during the roundup of 1,400 wild horses in Northern Nevada’s Antelope complex. Voices rang out around the world to “STOP hurting the horses?”  Read the article, Click Here.

The continued blatent cruelty to the horses and burros in nothing less than criminal. They KNOW they are harming and traumatizing the horses and have no remorse or concern over it.

Read and view this information documented by Humane Observer, Elyse Gardner at the Indian Lakes Holding Facility – when they knew they were being observed, photographed and filmed. One can be SURE that, after observance was denied, matters could only have gotten worse – if that is even possible.

If these accounts of abuse don’t make you ill with concern for the horses, then you either didn’t read and view the material, or there is a serious lack of heart going on.

An echo of “WHY?” resounds from thousands of activists and advocates who are trying to stop the madness.

The article “The BLM’s Big ‘Fire Sale’ of Our Public Lands” on  the Straight from the Horse’s Heart blog gives insight on the WHY’s, and discusses the detrimental affects. In the following excerpt the question we advocates/activists are all asking:

Why is the BLM perpetuating this disaster?  When will there be a Congressional investigation into the BLM’s mismanagement of our public lands and their cruel eradication of our wild horses, which the BLM is supposed to protect?

 More info

 

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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.