Monday, December 27, 2010

The Iron Curtain

Hey Bob, I thought about titling this post to you. I thought you might want to know. At first, I toyed with Dear Bob or Dear Director Abbey or something that would speak directly from one interested stakeholder to your ears, but as you can see decided against such a simple framing for the massive subject I wanted to tackle.

See Bob, I’ve been a little busy examining your Program statistics again, combing through BLMs FY2011 Budget Justification report to Congress and making a few graphs of my own.

I spent a month working with some great gals, Carla Bowers and Leslie Peeples, in trying to figure out ways to summarize one, giant oozing festering mess – something BLM and their support team are markedly proficient in coating with Teflon©.

It’s an alternative perspective on the Wild Horse & Burro Program that uses almost exclusively the BLMs own publications and numbers to make its case to Congress about why you need to be cut off from any more money until some real answers are coughed up or you are allowed to peddle your sugar coated solutions based on a foundation of non-credible data and lies. If you haven’t already seen it, you can check the "Report to Congress: Refuting FY2011 Budget Justifications and Request to Defund Roundups and Removals Through Appropriations For FY2011 and FY2012" here.

So as you might imagine Bob, I was a little busy when Sue Wallis & Co.’s Slaughter Summit agenda came out announcing you and other key BLM personnel and associates were invited guest speakers.

I also wasn’t able to pay too much attention to your national public response now posted on the front page of BLMs website explaining why you have tentatively accepted the invitation because you are so “fair and balanced” as to meet with such diverse stakeholders – that now include a high dollar conference comprised of the Who's Who of the horse slaughter industry.

After all, while BLM will post every letter of support, agreement and enthusiastic applause for BLMs actions by any group or agency who often has glaringly apparent conflicts-of-interest with wild horses and burros on public lands, “our” public website stays curiously silent, some would say almost censored, of any voice, argument or document that challenges or refutes what the BLM does.

Which reminds me, will the BLM be posting our report on the Wild Horse & Burro website too so everyone can see what some of the "other" issues are because you are so “fair and balanced” towards all diverse stakeholders?

So now I've finally made a little time to see what you’ve been up to and I’ve have a few questions for you Director Abbey.

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to you and a whole list of key BLM employees expressing my concerns about a BLM Press Release for the Callaghan/New Pass/Ravenswood roundup.

Here is the portion of the Press Release I take issue with,

"NDOA brand inspectors must verify the animals are wild horses and burros as defined by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Once verified, the brand inspector will provide the BLM a certificate to transport the animals".

See, this is kind of a problem because it’s deceptive and reminiscent of one of the oldest tricks in BLMs sending-wild-horses-to-slaughter books. You remember, how BLM had been conspiring with state agriculture agency's or turning their heads so brand inspectors could send tens of thousands of wild horses to meat packing plants by citing state jurisdiction over federal law during the first years after the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act?

You do remember that, don’t you? It’s in your own statistics. How almost 70,000 horses counted as roaming free on the range were “privately claimed” between 1971 and 1980. You know, those “non-wild” horses who were carted off to slaughter due to new found private status, thanks to state brand inspectors working in “close coordination” with BLM personnel.

So, I’m sure you remember this as well, how a big legal battle developed and the courts had to decide who was actually responsible for making the determination of what qualified as a wild horse/burro. And the courts said it was you Bob, the authorized agent of the Secretary, who had jurisdiction and ultimate responsibility to make that determination. If the state brand inspectors couldn’t verify the animals were privately owned, they fit the definition of a wild free-roaming horse and burro and were entitled to protection under federal law.

Remember, I sent you those links to the federal court cases, American Horse Protection Institute v. US DOI (1977) and Sheridan v. Andrus (1979) that clearly outlined how state agriculture agencies jurisdiction only extended to verifying animals did not have brands, bills of sale or sufficient evidence to establish private ownership.

See, it appears that BLM and Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDoA) recently pulled this jurisdictional shell game last June with respect to the Toana “wild” a.k.a. the Pilot Valley “feral/estray” horses as each agency batted the ball back and forth until a “compromise” was reached. Finally, NDoA “verified” for BLM how those horses were not “wild” in the most suspicious manner possible in order to sell them at state livestock auction - but I’ll explain how that happened a little later in this post.

Well anyway Bob, you didn’t bother to reply, much less address my concerns. In fact, neither did BLM Wild Horse and Burro Chief Don Glenn, BLM Nevada State Director Ron Wenker, Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Lead Alan Shepherd or Tony Lesperance of Nevada Department of Agriculture.

However, I did get a phone call from the local field office promising to get back with me about my concerns but we ended up playing phone tag for so long that BLM re-issued the same statement again in the Clan Alpine round up press release; I guess I should consider that BLMs response.

After all, BLM needs NDoA to issue a certificate of transport, right? Except I can find no such authority in the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) requiring BLM to verify the status of a wild horse/burro with NDoA or needing NDoA to issue BLM a certificate to transport them.

Given the historical abuses that have occured with state brand inspectors and how Congressional testimony during the passage of the Act clearly expressed grave concern about the lax and sometimes conflicted interest states had with respect to the livestock industry, I find it curious that neither you nor your authorized agents charged with protecting wild horses and burros nor NDoA itself didn’t feel this was important enough to respond to, couldn't be bothered to provide the NRS provisions supporting your newest press release statements about NDoA's power, or didn't feel the need to share any cooperative agreements granting NDoA this sort of jurisdiction over federally protected animals.

Which leads me to the Slaughter Summit you will be speaking at - but I have to confess, I’m kind of confused. See, I thought the BLM was charged with protecting wild horses and burros from that kind of crowd, commercial exploitation and all. It’s all the BLM ever says, “We don’t sell horses for slaughter”, so I’m a little confused why there’s a veritable cornucopia of BLM’ers listed on the Horse Slaughter Industry’s Summit agenda.

By the way Bob, you do know that American horsemeat is tainted and dangerous for human consumption but these people promote their own pocketbook at the expense of those who eat it anyway, don’t you? Could it be that is why you think the BLM and the horse slaughter industry is a perfect match? Do you think Sue & Co might be interested in acquiring mustang meat free of the drugs given to domestic equine?

Tell me something, Bob. Before you decided to tentatively accept an invitation to Ms. Wallis’s shindig, did you ask her why she came out of nowhere and has made the commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses one of her number one goals in all she publishes, says and does?

So this leads me to my next question. When BLM conducted the free and public forum in Denver last summer to discuss “management solutions”, Sue was there and never missed an opportunity to bring up wild horse slaughter as a humane and fiscally responsible alternative to BLMs primary management tool of roundups and removals. Except in the public forum, BLM’s MC poo-pooed Ms. Wallis and told her this kind of solution was neither appropriate nor on the table for discussion (pardon my pun).

Yet here we sit just six months later and while you couldn't bother to make a guest appearance at the "free" public dog and pony show packed with "diverse stakeholders" interested in the Wild Horse & Burro Program, now Bob, you are going to personally speak at Sue’s Slaughter Summit. What’s that about? So what makes her and her cohorts so special and above the public arena? The privacy from prying public eyes? The fact that what you say will be "off the record"? Are you getting a fee for your attendance on top of your taxpayer funded salary that legitimizes your "expertise"? Or is this highly controversial and clear conflict of interest sales pitch going to allow you to meet "key" contacts over salsa in order to coordinate better with Secretary Salazar's "new direction"?

So just to try and summarize how this works (and please feel free to set me straight if I have something wrong):

If I attend a public forum on discussing wild horse and burro management, BLM will tell those trying to bring horse slaughter to the table that it's not appropriate and will not be allowed. But if I want to be part of the Slaughter Summit to hear what you have to say, to hear what other BLM and BLM affiliates recommend, I’m going to have to cough up $300-400.00 dollars to hear a discussion that BLM refused to allow in the “public arena” nor did you feel was worthy enough to attend.

And after I write my check to United Horseman in order to attend your presentation, it will be deposited in an account that will be used for the lobbying and promotion of commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses and burros.

So tell me Bob, how is the presence of BLM employees and affiliates as public representatives not considered indirectly contributing money for the promotion of commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses and burros or a serious breach of the public trust?

Which leads me to my next line of questioning. I have heard BLM say that if advocates have evidence of BLM selling horses for slaughter, come forward with the proof.

With no access to long term holding facilities, limited access to short term facilities, armed guard access to roundups, humane observers limited to a handful at a time on hand picked days, closely guarded or set back at a half a mile or more away, (by the way Bob, what are we spending to protect you from us and our camera’s these last few years – I couldn’t find that in the budget info), blanket closure of public lands, refusal to disclose gather locations in advance, and discussions in the 2008 Team Conference Calls about how to block access by the media, the citizenry and Congress through secret locations and sealing the deal by justifying such secrecy from those attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of horses and burros by labeling them potential eco-terrorists, with all that going for you Bob, when exactly do you think the public will be able to “get proof” from behind the BLM’s Iron Curtain?

One a side note, this also leads me to ponder; Bob, are you and other BLM personnel and affiliates worried about your safety at the Slaughter Summit? After all, there will definitely be people in attendance who do not support the BLM’s “humane treatment “ of wild horses and burros via non-slaughter, do not believe wild horses and burros have any place as integral components of the public lands and who feel the BLM is failing to be fiscally responsible. Will you and other BLM affiliates be shadowed by armed escorts to protect you from them like the BLM does to the general citizenry who advocate for lawful, transparent and humane treatment of wild horses and burros?

But back to that “proof” thing of the BLM selling wild horses for slaughter. Let me start by saying, as soon as the BLM starts letting advocates follow the wild horses and burros from the roundup pens through transport and from short term to long term holding, maybe we will have a chance. But then again, the BLM seems pretty adamant about not letting the public in to anything but the most carefully controlled slices of “management” they have yet to privatize and even much of that, advocates are having to fight tooth and nail to get.

Since you called advocates out on the issue of proving the BLMs selling wild horses to slaughter, I have to confess - you are right. I don’t have photos from start to finish showing BLM gathering horses, transporting or selling them to killer buyers with follow up shots of killer buyers transporting them and making the trek to Mexico or Canada with their carcasses finally hanging from a meat hook. Is that the kind of proof you mean, Bob?

But here are some interesting tidbits I have been pondering for a while that may have relevance and maybe you can provide some answers to.

First, check out these photos. These were taken last spring on Highway 395 through Carson City to Reno. They are official BLM horse haulers and the advocate that spotted them was surprised to see BLM suddenly in the horse hauling business with such brand new, shiny trucks.

So we submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to try and find out when they were purchased, how much BLM spent, and where they were headed too. And guess what Bob? The FOIA came back with “no records found”. Yep, that’s right, they couldn’t find any records of BLM purchasing these shiny new trucks. Actually, that’s not totally correct as the FOIA did add they were able to confirm the purchase of trailers (not the trucks) were made through the Eagle Lake office in Susanville, CA and if we wanted the info, we’d have to resubmit the FOIA to them. Go ahead and check out the FOIA response HERE.

While the FOIA response wouldn’t provide any significant info on the BLMs purchases, if you look closely, you’ll find they were able to provide a little info on the Model# of the horse trailer, which just happened to be brand spanking new in 2008.

Hey, Bob, wasn’t that the year the BLM announced they had such a money crisis that they were now considering euthanizing all our stockpiled wild horses? But ya got enough money to buy brand new shiny horse trailers and semi-trucks? Wow, who knew….

I also wanted to bring your attention to something else that provoked a great deal of curiousity for me about that FOIA response saying the trailers were purchased by the BLM in Susanville, CA. See, if you look at this website's advertisement for Featherlite trailers, it says in bold letters that there are no Featherlite dealers in California. So, wouldn't that mean BLM had to purchase them outside of CA? So why did the FOIA response say the purchase records are being kept in CA even though they had to have been purchased out of state?

What the FOIA also wasn’t able to provide is info on where that truck was headed. It informed us that the BLM isn’t required to keep logs of the drivers and destinations because the license numbers were registered to stock trailers only.

It seems BLM is exempt from reporting requirements because “driving logs are not established or maintained for trailers”. Wow, how amazingly convenient. Except those stock trailers were connected to semi-trucks with a big fat BLM logo on their side driving down a public highway that BLM couldn't/wouldn't provide any information on. I wonder what the Department of Transportation has to say about no logs required when BLM hauls horses on public highways...

So this led me to wonder, when BLM hired the Cattoors to remove the Pilot Valley horses last June from the “old” Toano Herd Area and then transferred them to NDoA, who in turn dumped them at an auction house where Jill Starr of Lifesavers Rescue spent a fortune saving them from killer buyers, whose trucks were used to transport the “non-wild” horses from the pens to the auction; BLMs or Cattoors?

I guess it doesn’t really matter though because either way, the BLM has freely admitted they were responsible for their removals while admittedly working in “close coordination” with NDoA during the whole operation.

So this in turn raised a few questions for me as well and here’s why.

Turns out, there was this girl who lived in Pilot Valley back in 2007/2008 named Crystal. She fell in love with all those “non-wild” horses there and discovered yet another big, festering mess that ultimately revealed BLM was planning on removing them in 2010. This upset her so much, she started a campaign and a blog to try and stop BLM from wiping out the bands. You can check out her blog HERE that chronicles her story.

Well Bob, I wanted to make sure I drew your attention to the last blog post Crystal made. It's titled, "Whose Jurisdication Are The Horses Under"?

According to Crystal, it appears that BLM first denied they were under their jurisdication while NDoA insisted they were BLM horses after all. After some "close coordination" due to Crystal's questioning, it seems a solution was found; BLM claimed them as "feral or estray" and NDoA backed BLM up by verifying they weren't really wild horses -despite no proof of private ownership or claims - and this would allow them to be sold at a commercial livestock auction.

Just to refresh your memory Bob, you might want to re-read that first court case I sent you the link for as you will find an amazingly similar description of the Toana/Pilot Valley jurisdictional issues playing out over thirty years ago. See, "private claims" were made about horses that were released so long ago, no owner could be identified back then - just like BLMs recent claims about the status of the Toana Herd Area horses they allowed to be sold at private auction....

And guess what Bob? You know what else Crystal did when she was trying to get to the bottom of that Toana/Pilot Valley mess? She actually went out and took lots of photos of the Pilot horses too. She even went so far as to make a video filled with a whole bunch of photos she labeled as the Pilot Valley bands.

Apparently, she was a little upset because the BLM was telling her that they were going to remove them because they were starving and so she posted all these great photos of fat, shiny horses on the range to prove this just wasn’t true!

So, I’ve taken the liberty of embedding Crystal’s video here so that you can get a really good look at the “non-wild horses” she included in her video back in 2008. Pay particular attention to all the wonderful colors some of these “non-wild horses” have as she asks if they look they are starving.

Now, here’s a video of the Pilot Valley horses that showed up at the Fallon Livestock Auction last June. These are the same horses that BLM/Cattoor were responsible for removing from the Pilot Valley area that Crystal had been photographing two years before. Notice anything different about these horses?

Not only is anything with color gone but anything that might have resembled a distinctive wild horse on the range disappeared by the time they hit the feedlot. Now I’ve pondered this quite a bit Bob, as I’m sure you can imagine, trying to figure out; why did so many of the horses in Crystal's video fail to show up at the Fallen livestock auction?

Could it be that BLM missed them during the round up and they are still out on the range? Except, the BLM’s Herd Area statistics for 2009 reported 168 horses in the Toano Herd Area and 172 showed up at the Fallen Livestock Auction; the numbers are so damn close, it can’t really account for how the horses of color or resembling “wild” horses disappeared.

I have to admit, I haven’t been able to figure this one out yet so maybe you could help me Bob. How would you explain the difference that Crystal attributes to Pilot Valley back in 2008 and those that showed up at the livestock auction a little less than two years later?

And this in turn brings me to another subject I have been pondering that perhaps you could answer. It’s about some of the questions raised when a FOIA by the Conquistador Program produced a document now called the 2008 Team Conference Calls, which revealed candid discussions between BLM personnel while they were discussing ways to kill wild horses.

Here are some of my most immediate questions in relation to the BLM and slaughtering wild horses that maybe you would graciously address.

***What was the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Chief’s response to this email exposed in the 2008 Team Conference Call Report, which stated: “Sally had an e-mail from a person in Canada who wants 10,000 horses that he would slaughter the horses and send them to a third world country. Don is going to send the e-mail”.

***Why did the BLM guy from Oregon, Jim Johnson say, “Jim said he has a demand for horses going to Denmark, but they are having a problem getting titled horses”? Why would a BLM employee have knowledge of and personally reference that HE has a demand for horses to ship to Denmark for slaughter?

***What did the Team mean when they said, “Having horses rendered would need to be done instead of selling horses to slaughter”?

But maybe you’ll address my concerns at Sue’s Slaughter Summit, eh? And then all I’ll have to do is cough up hundreds of dollars to hear your answer that will then be used to promote slaughtering the very animals you were put in charge of protecting against this sort of thing.

Then there’s this other thing that has really been bothering me too. Now granted, I really haven’t had much time to go through every HMA available because the BLM is so busy issuing new proposals to remove/zero out wild horses and burros that I can barely catch my breath, but me and a friend were able to go over of some of them and this is what we found so far.

I made this graph below by cross-referencing the BLMs National Gather Schedules for 2006/2007, which reports how many wild horses/burros the BLM publicly reported they removed in each Herd Management Area (HMA) during the roundups, with those same horses/burros found in the Capture Status Report that was crowbarred out of the BLM by a FOIA submitted by American Horse Defense Fund. (Note: While AHDF had requested info on ALL captured wild horses and burros, the BLM would only release this information for a nine-month period.)

Notice how the numbers don’t match? In fact, most of them look like they would just about fill a load for a horse trailer. You know, the one’s the BLM doesn’t have to keep logs of.

But Bob, I’m sure you are not too worried because after all, all you have to say is, “The BLM doesn’t sell wild horses to slaughter” and that seems to be all the “proof” that is required by the BLM, unlike the general public who are held to a completely different standard of credibility.

Since you will be busy getting ready to make your pitch at the Slaughter Summit and I won’t get to hear it because I refuse to contribute money to an organization that is aggressively pursuing the legalization of slaughtering horses, wild and domestic alike, maybe after you get a break in your busy schedule you could take some time to publicly explain to interested stakeholders such as myself –

***Why wild horses the BLM reported as being removed from the range failed to make their way into the Capture Status Records.

***Or better yet, why animals BLM failed to report they had removed ended up in holding facilities after all.

But of course, that will just lead to more questions, wouldn’t it? Questions whose answers BLM will continue to try and deflect with public affairs specialists while hiding behind an iron curtain of a Program now run more like a classified military operation than a natural resource issue.

And one last question Bob, since I have you on the line. Will you and Ms. Wallis be pleased when Salazar's "new direction" privatizes the Program and partners with organizations such as hers and neither of you will have to answer to the public anymore?


KY Barbara said...

Super sleuth does it again !! Some very intersting questions but don't hold your breath waiting for any answers, Cindy. So much for transparency and any ethics at all.

Terri Farley said...

This is what journalism can and should be. I hope a hard copy's been sent to the Director's office.
Thanks for being a relentless watchdog for our horses and our tax dollars.

Kathleen said...

The Queen of facts and logical deduction strikes again.... wow, just wow. This needs to be shared far and wide so mainstream media will GET A CLUE and assist in cracking this tough nut called BLM and calling out the head nuts, Abbey and Salazar. Thank you for your WONDERFUL work!

Linda Horn said...

Cindi, as usual, you blow me away!
Calling out Abbey, the BLM, or any other government agency/official, can only be done by using their own published "facts and figures" against them.
Thanks for everything you do to expose the WH&BP's covert actions.

EasternWesternWHOA said...

Thanks for this excellent work, and all you do. I hope you ARE going to the Summit.

President Obama's war on wild life will go down in history. He has forgotten that the man who stopped the slave trade in England, also started the first Animal Humane Society.

No such thing as half humane.

Anonymous said...

Yep, there's skimming off the roundups and BLM was caught at it this year.... It is an unholy mess and the wild ones have not lost their support. BLM continues to sell to questionable buyers entire semi loads of sale authority horses. We are looking more closely and we are seeing plenty. mar

Craig said...

The officials are getting away with murder! This must be stopped. The wild horses must be left to repopulate all the zeroed out areas where they belong and have legal and moral right!

Puller said...

Well, of course, BLM can say they are not 'selling wild horses for slaughter'. They aren't. They are 'adopting' horses to 'concerned' citizens. It's those darned concerned citizens who are selling horses for slaughter.

Puller said...

Has anyone looked into how many wild horses Sue Wallis has 'adopted'?? Family members?? Supporters? FEC would have a record of everyone who donates to her campaign.

Jodi said...

absolutely great article!!! Keep it up!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent work Cindy! Thank You!

CiscoKidd said...

I have left Mr. Abbey and his cohort Ken Salazar dozens upon dozens of voice mails and messages directly accusing them of collusion.

The entire DOI (Department of the Interior)should be investigated.

Ken Salazar and Bob Abbey should be charged,convicted and sentenced to prison for the misappropriation of American Tax dollars(funds).

In addition to those charges,they should be charged with falsifying PUBLIC federal records and the destruction of PUBLIC property.

And it shouldn't stop there.Let's throw in, conspiracy to commit fraud with federal funds,conspiracy to destroy a federally protected species,and conspiracy to make a profit on the sale of a federally protected species.

I can think of a few more but I believe that should be enough to start the disassembling of a FACTION known as the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Program.

Nancy Babcock said...

Cindy, this is excellent beyond words! I hope it's on its way to major exposure in a national publication---have you sent it to 60 Minutes? I can't believe they haven't picked up the wild horse/BLM scandal story (yet?)...maybe, just maybe, this article would be the thing that makes them see what they so need to be investigating, reporting, and broadcasting. Fantastic work--really!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent article! Many good questions raised that the BLM won't answer. The one that is troubling me at the moment is What did happen with the Pilot Valley Horses? Is there some horse trading going on with BLM officials and contractors? Just what exactly is going on out there?

BettyKelly said...

12-29-2010 Cindy and all, Thanks you so much for your hard work in the without a doubt documentation of "what the heck BLM in cahoots with NvDOA" and with their contract favorite sons from Utah and others, have been doing to America’s wild horse-burros, etc. Your excellent documentation opens the way for an undeniable compulsory investigation by the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Justice into the activities of these public agencies and their gangsters who are laughing all the way to the bank on the bloody backs of Our National Treasurers! I, along with many others, have known and suspected these sneaky and illegal activities all along but you, Cindy, have hit the nail on the head. From a Nevada position, I hope that the new Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval will be a believer in the facts and have the moral pledge to help stop this madness against America’s wild horse-burros.

Betty Kelly
Carson City NV 89704

Louie Cocroft said...

INCREDIBLE work, Cindy. This is an absolute MASTERPIECE!

Lin said...

Wonderful Cindy, thank you.

Linda Horn said...

Cindi, I know this is a lot to ask on top of your monumental effort, but could you provide a version with all the same info, facts, and links that ISN'T personally directed at Bob Abbey?

You've written a defining document, but I don't believe it will set well with my Congressmen. If anyone feels I'm out of line on this, please tell me why.

Monika said...

GREAT work Cindy. This must lead to a deeper investigation - how much longer can the Obama administration ignore this !? I do hope you get this to major outlets for exposure, I certainly will try. Thank you for your work.

MorganLvr said...

One word: Perfect! I'm spreading it as far and wide as possible.

Jodi said...

the BLM claim that no one has any proof that wild horses they are suppose to protect are being sold off to slaughter...well then what about the 235 horses Madeleine Pickens saved on Christmas eve?? How do the BLM explain that??? Some loop holes they use. I hate the BLM I REALLY DO!!!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from rain soaked Southern California.

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May God bless you and your family in 2011 ~Ron

And always remember: Smiles don't have to be saved for a rainy day. It's good to waste them :-)

Anonymous said...

For Linda...
Just put a B in front and start your letter with "Dear Babby".
As the saying goes "that's close enough for government work".

Louie Cocroft said...

I didn't mean for the last comment to be annoymous

Soso said...

you should remove the statement about Temple Grandin being involved in this... she made it very clear to Ms. Walrus to stop using her name or she was gonna pound her... or something like that....

Anonymous said...

Linda, I agree that the continually "snarky" references to Abbey just serve to undermine the focus and the validity of the article for many readers - especially US Senators and Reps who are the ones who hold the keys to proper oversight of BLM and even more, the American public, most of whom will discount articles like this as radical animal rights nonsense, when it does seems to be well researched and thought out.

I almost quit reading it for that reason, I just wrote it off as another hit piece on BLM similar to Fitch's blogs.

Rhea said...

As always you are on top of things, Keep up the GREAT work , We are all behind you and I think we are ALL getting stronger each month, Our Wonderful Wild Horses and Burro's need all the help they can get. Salazar and Abby need to stand up, AND AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, and remember they work for WE the People Of The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Robert said...

Interesting that when reviewing the gather update reports for the Calico Mt. HMA's issued back in Jan. and Feb. of 2010 I noticed a 44 horse difference in the number of horses gathered and those shipped to holding, a number which seemed to carry through in all of the daily updates. In other words, it seems that 44 horses just disappeared, and in going along with the stats towards the end of this article, that would be just enough to fill a semi tractor trailer horse transport to be shipped to some place where slaughter for human consumption would be allowed, and in addition a load of horses free of any vaccinations normally required by domestic equine that would make them unfit to be eaten by humans

Louie Cocroft said...

There is a bit of comic relief on the blogs--people are working hard and need a release--R AND R for Warriors. The REAL work that is being done is mostly off blog and would hold up to any journalistic standards.

darcy said...

Cindy, as usual, straight to the point & alot of good ones at that! Thank you for all you do & thank you for those that helped with this. I really hope 2011 will bring eye opening to Congress, Senate & American people with regards to our Wild Horses & Burros.