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BLM secret plan to Destroy Wild Horses

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The sneakiness of this is disapponting. Surely there are better ways to deal with this issue. is one option.

Documents Reveal BLM Secret Plan to Destroy Wild Horses
Posted by: "Linda S" [email protected] ladygentleheart1025
Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:25 pm (PDT)

Please share this press release with local and national media, friends and colleagues, and voice your concerns wtih our government's management of our wild horses directly to President Obama at We need change in the Wild Horse and Burro Program to protect our wild horses. Thank you.


June 11, 2009- for immediate release

Documents Reveal BLM Secret Plan to Destroy Wild Horses

Documents obtained from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) via the Freedom of Information Act by a Phoenix-based non-profit, The Conquistador Program, reveal shocking and detailed plans to destroy healthy wild horses in government holding facilities as well as those still remaining in the wild on public lands.

BLM employees as well as a USDA veterinarian held weekly "Implementation Team" meetings beginning in July of 2008 in which they discussed and developed strategies aimed at ridding BLM of thousands of mustangs. In October they completed a 68 page document entitled "Alternative Management Options". Tactics included in this document are reminiscent of those used to wipe out Native American tribes in the 1800s.

The BLM team created scenarios for killing mustangs using barbiturates, gun shots, or captive bolts. Bodies would be disposed of through rendering, burial or incineration. They discussed killing 1200-2000 wild horses per year. The document states that "the general public would be prohibited from viewing euthanasia." Additionally, the Team felt that "increased support from public relations and management staff would also be needed to insulate those doing the actual work from the public, media and Congressional scrutiny/criticism."

"Minutes from these meetings as well as the Draft Plan reveal what amounts to `the final solution' for the American mustang," states Ginger Kathrens, filmmaker and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. "Despite a huge outcry from the American public last year regarding BLM plans to kill wild horses in holding, the agency is still pressing forward with a plan to destroy our American mustangs both on and off the range."

Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program Don Glenn told The Cloud Foundation that "no decision has been made to move forward on a large scale with this plan, yet."

BLM meeting minutes speak for themselves. "Security at facilities and at gathers would need to be increased to combat eco-terrorism. Having the people that are willing to put down healthy horses at gather sites could be a problem. Having vets putting down healthy horses at preparation facility[ies] could also be a problem." Meeting minutes reveal the psychological toll that employees would payŚ"have counseling for employees and contractors that have to euthanize the healthy horses because it is very stressful."

The report created an option in which wild horses of all ages could be sold "without limitation". In other words, horses could be sold directly to killer buyers in unchecked numbers. The Team admitted that "some wild horses will go to slaughter".

"Once they are gone, they're gone" says Karen Sussman, President of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros. "To lose this incomparable species would be a travesty."

Team Members formulated ways in which they could circumvent the National Environmental Policy Act, asking "How many (wild horses) could be euthanized during a gather (roundup) without having NEPA?" BLM discussed ways to circumvent the federal carcass disposal law (43 CFR 4730.2). Conversations included how many wild horses could be rendered at the Reno Rendering plant or "disposed of in pits". The Team concluded that "there will not be large numbers of horses euthanized during gathers or in the field. This is due to state environmental laws."

Recommendations include the creation of gelding herds, and sterilization of mares to create non-reproductive herds in the wild in place of natural herds. The team recommended changing the sex ratio from the normal 50% males and 50% females to 70% males and 30% females. Then the experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22, would be given to all mares that are returned to the wild. Plans call for rounding up the wild horses every two years to re-administer the drug.

"Mares on the drug will cycle monthly and, with the altered sex ratio, the social chaos will be dangerous and on-going," Kathrens explains. "Any semblance of normal wild horse society will be completely destroyed."

Kathrens has spent 15 years in the wild documenting mustang behavior for her PBS television documentaries which chronicle the life story of Cloud, the now famous pale palomino stallion she has filmed since birth. "Even Cloud and his little herd in Montana are in serious danger if BLM implements these options," she continues. "The BLM plans a massive round up in Cloud's herd beginning August 30, 2009."

The BLM will not guarantee that Cloud and his family will remain free.

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post #2 of 55 Old 06-15-2009, 10:34 AM
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This really kills me. We can't leave anything alone.
I first heard of these guys in the Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies documentary. Makes me cry every time I watch it. and I'm not one for tears.
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post #3 of 55 Old 06-15-2009, 11:20 AM
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NOT a secret people. Geez.

And since when is putting a horse down a spectator sport??
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Originally Posted by RegalCharm View Post
Additionally, the Team felt that "increased support from public relations and management staff would also be needed to insulate those doing the actual work from the public, media and Congressional scrutiny/criticism."
This is an atrocity. The entire idea seems fishy to me, but the quote above is what frightens me even more than the needless extermination of thousands of wild horses. The BLM is a government agency (think Government by and for the people!!!), whose employees salaries are paid for by tax dollars. If they are so certain that the public (including the taxpayers who indirectly pay their salaries) will be outraged enough (as I am sure many will be) that their workers will need to be "insulated", then this is certainly not government by the people! The people by this agency's own admission will be against this!!

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I don't really see what the big deal is...
Unless I missed something, it seems like the whole thing they were talking about euthanizing all the unwanted Mustangs a year or so ago...
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post #6 of 55 Old 06-15-2009, 11:50 PM
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It makes me sad because I do love mustangs but in reality, what other option is there. There are so many mustangs running free that the limited grazing land is being grazed to death. There are so many in the holding pens that it is hard to get enough funding to provide proper feed and care for all of them. There are not enough successful adoptions to keep the numbers down so the only options are euthanize, spay the mares and geld the studs, or allow all of them to slowly starve. They are trying very hard to find homes for them but it is just not working. Near where I live, there is an adoption day scheduled and they are offering a $500 "incentive" to adopt a horse 4 years or older to help pay for feed and care during the initial ownership. With so many "good" horses out there, nobody wants a crappy mustang and too many people see them as that, just a crappy mustang. I would go take several if I didn't already have too many horses to use.
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post #7 of 55 Old 06-16-2009, 12:57 AM
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People need to seriously wake up. Either go out there and adopt one of these horses or shut up. What is the BLM supposed to do? There are too many. We adopted from the Oregon herd for years until my Grandpa couldn't work the horses any more.

And by the way, they are mostly feral horses not true mustangs. People sure like to play up BLM as the bad guys. They work on an extremely limited budget every single year. Quite frankly, it's not going to matter what they do, people are going to peg them as evil.

I know a lot of people that work for BLM through this program and they are at their wits end trying not to have to destroy any of the horses, but they are running out of options.

So what should they do?
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This reminds me of a few years ago...The Australian government cull thousands of feral animals each year. This includes feral pigs, goats, camels, rabbits etc. but the second they touched the wild brumbies up in Mt. Koziosko (can't spell!)...EVERYONE went nuts!!!!

They screamed that they were destroying our natural heritage, that the brumbies should run wild and free...when really, all these things are...are PESTS! Theres hundreds of thousands of them out there! They're so inbred, that they've got issues such as severe cow hocks, mellon heads and swaybacks. They've gone from being 14.3-15 hh to being 13-14hh. They're destroying all the native vegetation and making habitat infertile for all the other native wildlife.

Sure, I was upset that they actually went into the Kosiosko National Park to actually DO this, but IMO culling a 100 or so every few years wont hurt a bit. It might even promote a stronger genetic varience, if proper due be given to retaining strong bloodlines.

But here's another angle...
Some guy actually released 100 thoroughbreds into the National Park about 10 years ago, to replenish the bloodlines. Good idea, but he's BLOODY stupid! Spending that much money and throwing it away on horses that have NO idea how to live in the wild? The reason these horses are thriving is because of these, I'm not sure what the right answer is.

I'm also not sure about where the heck I was going with this, but just trying to get across that there's more than one side to every story.

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post #9 of 55 Old 06-16-2009, 01:51 AM
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I think you've got the right way of thinking DarkEquine. Very well said.
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we have adopted three mustangs from the BLM. They are not stupid, inbred or worthless. We will never get another "domestic" horse. The mustangs are so much smarter and better prepared to give it all to their owner. While I am appreciative of having the mustangs, I don't think that the blm should have captured them. If you look at the herd management stats throughout the years that they have been "managing" you will find that they have shut down more hma's then they have left open. You will find that they have taken an HMA that once had hundreds of horses and now they only have 20. The real reason why they are downsizing is because of large ranches buying off our government so that they can keep their cattle on government land for ridiculously cheap rates.

So they take the herd keep making it smaller and smaller until the herd is too small to have a safe genetic make up and then they close the hma and capture all of the horses.

We are spending billions of dollars keeping this program going. If it was the real purpose to manage a herd, why didn't they invest in the pregnancy control programs and leave the horses alone. It would have been a whole lot cheaper.

anyway...i will get off my soap box now. But I would encourage anyone who wants to have a horse that will be totally dedicated to them, after spending a lot of time working on them, then please adopt a mustang.
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