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LETTER: BLM ‘opted for’ horse slaughter

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Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 3:37 pm

To the editor:

Whoa. The article last month “Park County supports BLM on horse roundup” gave the impression that all wild horse advocates fail to understand federal land policy and law, and operate strictly on sentiment and outside the sphere of either reason or current statute.

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5 comments:

  • morgansinkc posted at 7:23 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    morgansinkc Posts: 5

    Thank you, Patricia Fazio, for writing this letter, and thank you Shane for making such a great comment. You have both said it all and I have nothing left to say, which is a rare occurrence.

     
  • Mole Soul posted at 3:18 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Mole Soul Posts: 8

    "reason"... You have it all wrong... Horse protectionists knew nothing about the impending gather of these Bighorn County estrays from BLM land until a tipster notified The Cloud Foundation in Colorado Springs. By then, the horses had been sold by the Worland Livestock Auction to Bouvry Exports and were in holding in Shelby, Montana, prior to being exported over the Canadian border. The Cloud Foundation did offer to buy all 37 horses (and had already arranged for the rescue of four foals). Bouvry refused a generous offer for purchase of all of these slaughter-bound horses... until 14 horses had been rejected for slaughter in Calgary. It was then that the slaughterhouse folks asked a rescue to pay $800 per horse, when they had only paid $43 at the Worland Livestock Auction. Nice profit, huh? These people don't play fair. Had the Cody BLM Field Office properly notified any one of us in the horse community, we would have offered to buy them on the spot. Their "public notice" titled NOTICE OF INTENT TO IMPOUND was legal, but it was also extremely obscure. The word "horse" was not even mentioned in this written notice that appeared at several post offices and in a few area newspapers' Public Notice sections. That policy has to change. We have made progress in communicating with both the Cody BLM, the Wyoming BLM state office, and the Wyoming Livestock Board and intend to receive direct notification from these agencies in the future, so that nothing like this ever happens again. Your ire is misplaced and based on poor information. Please get your facts straight before attacking others.

     
  • reason posted at 9:35 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    reason Posts: 1

    Wyoming Wild Horse Coalition - please make a standing offer that you will take all estrays, no strings attached, and I bet you would never have to write another article like this. If there is no problem in finding these horses homes I don't even see why this is an issue. Obviously you knew where the horses where sold, why wasn't your behind there with a number in your hand? If you didn't know until later why didn't you find the buyer and offer him a small profit to take them out of the slaughter pipeline? There are many things you could have done at minimal investment to acquire the horses. How about some action instead of the editorial.

     
  • FranMo posted at 9:57 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    FranMo Posts: 1

    North America was built on the backs of horses.

    They should be left alone; not slaughtered. Anyone who advocates slaughtering horses has no conscience or heart.

     
  • Shane posted at 8:00 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Shane Posts: 2

    Thank you Patricia Fazio for pointing out that neither the BLM nor the Wyoming Livestock Board acted within the spirit of the laws to protect horses, whether they are classified as "wild' or 'estray' according to their own directives. By failing to notify the public of the chance to adopt these horses, sending them to slaughter immediately, both entities knowing violated the spirit of the law and possibly the letter of the law as well. The 1971 federal law protecting free roaming and wild horses and burros was precisely so worded so that there would not be these situations where horses could be driven from federal protection onto state or private lands and thereby an entity like the Wyoming Livestock Board could claim they had the authority to round them up and slaughter them up as they pleased. The reason this keeps occurring is that the amendments to the 1971 law contradict the clear intention of the law that horses, whether they are called wild or free roaming or estray should not be harassed or rounded up by any agency, including the BLM, as they have become part of a natural herd existing on public land. The notion that they are part of the public land itself, not to be removed, and remain part of it even if they leave federal land, is the meaning which is being lost here. This has led to the absurdity, because of the Burns Amendment, which was never authorized by a vote in Congress, that a wild horse may be sent to slaughter once it is captured because by definition it is no longer "wild" or "free roaming" and therefore has lost its federal protection by law ! No ! The 1971 law's original intention was that their right to exist on public land was inalienable like the natural right of the citizens themselves who own the federal lands. The original intention which has been contradicted by the amendments was that it should be impossible for them to be sold into slaughter. This the BLM has betrayed, Judas like, by claiming to follow the letter of the 1971 law while in fact violating the spirit or original intent of the law.