Month: September 2014
Perspective: 1975, First BLM Wild Horse Capture
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
Stone Cabin youngsters at trapsite adoption event, 2012
One of our “passions” at Wild Horse Education is understanding historic practices to fully comprehend the situations we are in today. Only then can we understand the areas where progress is made, areas where progress is neglected and why. This gives a greater understanding as we try to move the management of wild horses and burros into “sanity” on the range and in placement strategies. That history involves the law, the people and the wild horses and burros themselves. We hope the following is educational as well as entertaining.
In 1971 the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed into law.
In 1975 the first wild horses were removed from public land by Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The removal took place at Stone Cabin in the state of Nevada. This removal was done with a water trap and with…
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An American Tragedy
Just so tragic. Please consider adopting one of these “War” horses. Their bloodlines are truly, Red White and Blue.
Sheldon Horses, Vanishing American Treasure
The first phase of the last removal of Sheldon Mustangs and burros has ended. There are a few remnants, less than 100, wild horses left on the range. Not even the older, non reproductive, mares and stallions were left. On our main webpage we have written articles and posted reports from the removal. Http://WildHorseEducation.org
This website will be going through a revision process to reflect the end of the beloved herds of Sheldon. Horses shipped this week to “contractors” for placement. If you want to adopt a Sheldon you can get contact info here: http://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/08/22/slideshow-sheldon-mustangs-observation-day/
Fast edit of the roundup video:
Some of the older horses went to “sanctuary” in California. We were there at Mustang Project when they arrived. Many of these horses we know from the wild…. it is with a very heavy heart that present this to you. We will…
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Spencer Lennard: Subsidies turn Emigrant Wilderness into grazing nightmare
Straight from the Horse's Heart
By Spencer LennardSpecial to The Bee
“Instead of the pristine trout creek we expected, the otherwise spectacular Kennedy Creek was lined with thousands of steaming piles of cow dung, swarms of black flies, cow-trampled banks and waterways and green algae-filled water.”
Spencer Lennard is an avid hiker, mountaineer and public lands advocate who lives in Oregon.
Several friends and I recently embarked on what we hoped would be a wilderness adventure in California’s high country. What we found was nothing like that.
When we picked up the wilderness permit for our hike in the Emigrant Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest, we envisioned the Sierra high country to be wonderful fish and wildlife habitat lined with huge, picturesque ponderosa pines and white granite cliffs. The otherwise helpful rangers made no mention of the ecosystem wreckage we were about to encounter.
Instead of the pristine trout creek we expected…
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Horse Meat “Snake Oil” Salesmen Fool Cattle Ranchers
Straight from the Horse's Heart
by Debbie Coffey from the pages of the PPJ Gazette
Let’s just grab this BULL by the horns, literally!
Cattlemen who fought against the USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and thought they squelched it until the USDA revived it as Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) , are donating money to the United Horsemen and the International Equine Business Association (IEBA), which, ironically, seem to be bringing in NAIS/ADT through the back door.
These two new organizations, promoting the sale of horse meat, primarily to foreign countries, and the reinstatement of (probably foreign owned) horse slaughter plants in the United States, are muddying the waters by trying to tie this to property rights.
Let’s just grab this bull by the horns.
If you haven’t heard about NAIS, it required that ranchers sign a PREMISES ID contract. In international law books, premises is NOT property, so ranchers were basically
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Guest Commentary: Realities of the Range
Wild horse and burro advocate Cathy Ceci
A guest commentary by independent wild horse and burro advocate Cathy Ceci. Cathy came to Nevada and travelled with Wild Horse Education (WHE) President Laura Leigh. She got a glimpse into our hectic world at WHE on a day in and day out basis. Cathy has been working on pieces to relay her experience. Cathy has prepped a first piece and we present it here.
Our experience with Cathy is that she is going to be a strong voice in this fight and we were honored she travelled with us. Expect more from Cathy as she hones her voice for our voiceless mustangs and burros.
REALITIES OF THE RANGE
Cathy Ceci, September 2014
Traveling with Laura Leigh over the last several weeks brought a lot of eye-openers about our wild horses and burros, our vast expanses of public lands…
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Wild West Welfare
Straight from the Horse's Heart
Privately owned welfare cattle being herded onto public land and wild horse habitat ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Wild West Welfare
“The western cattle industry has been riding the backs of taxpayers for nearly seventy years”
–T.H. Watkins, 2002
Few have profited more or longer off of American taxpayers than livestock operators who graze the public lands of the American West. Tens of thousands of square miles there have, for more than three quarters of a century, been managed essentially as grazing estates for a small minority of “permittees” – individuals or corporations holding federal grazing permits.
The scheme dates back to the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM, known at the time as the Grazing Service) placed millions of acres into “grazing allotments”. Over ensuing generations politics…
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Fossil Fuel Front Groups’ Flawed Poll Ignores Century of Fossil Fuel Welfare
The Checks and Balances Project
This week the American Energy Alliance and its President Thomas J. Pyle released a slanted poll meant to deliberately deceive the public by forgetting about 150 years of subsidies paid to the oil, gas, and coal industries. Its questions were carefully written to manufacture public opposition to tax credits that would spur the growth of the wind energy industry, as well as the EPA’s proposal to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
“The federal government has been giving special treatment to green energy for decades either directly through handouts like the wind [Production Tax Credit] or indirectly through red tape like EPA’s proposed power plant rule,” Pyle wrote in an email to The Hill.
As a former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and for Koch Industries, Pyle should be intimately aware of the lavish subsides given to the fossil fuel industry. A
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Eleven horses die during Saratoga Meeting
This is NOT entertainment, it is a cruel and heartless exploitation of a noble animal. DO NOT support it!
Silhouette of Racehorse and Rider. Mark Lennihan / AP Image.
by CHRIS CHURCHILL
Times Sun Union »
RACEHORSES COULD USE A PROTECTIVE VOICE
Eleven horses died during the now-finished Saratoga Race Course meet, and I don’t think you have to be an animal-rights activist to think that’s too many.
Nor do you need to be a card-carrying member of PETA to be troubled that 81 horses have died at New York tracks so far this year, according to the state Gaming Commission, and that 123 did so last year.
Horse racing, after all, is entertainment. If the equine toll is going to be that high, many of us would rather watch something else.
There’s a lot of competition for the entertainment dollar, and few sports force viewers to regularly endure such grim scenes.
The problem, from a public-relations standpoint, is that some of this year’s Saratoga fatalities happened at especially…
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Cowards on Horses
Frightening to think that we have these kind of human beings walking this earth, riding our beloveds.