Wild horses are being slaughtered under BLM management. The BLM sold 1795 wild horses to a known kill buyer by the name of Tom Davis, who BTW has ties to ex Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Remember him, he and Obama delisted wolves in Montana and Idaho in 2009.
Davis admitted that most of the wild horses he purchased from the BLM were sent to Mexican slaughterhouses, which are incredibly brutal.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Horse Slaughter In Mexico
This is the agency we’ve entrusted the care of our “supposedly protected” wild horses to. Many wild horses have blood lines dating back to Cortez, now lost forever.
For anyone who has ever owned horses you know they have a prey animal mentality. Their natural instinct is to flee danger. Can you imagine the fear and suffering these animals experienced as they were led to their deaths, having their throats slit in a savage way. It makes me physically ill to even think about it.
This kill buyer should be prosecuted. Why is he still walking around with no charges brought against him? Why is the BLM getting away with their egregious negligence? They should NOT be managing the nation’s wild horses, it’s obvious they could care less about them.
Action needs to be taken! Wild horse numbers are dwindling fast. They are continually rounded up and sent to BLM holding facilities, where many languish. But in this case their home was a Mexican slaughterhouse.
Wild horses should be running free, that was the purpose of the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act.
“The act provides specific protections to “all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands of the United States,” and makes it a crime for anyone to harass or kill these animals on federal land. It requires the departments of the Interior and Agriculture to protect the animals.”
There are almost a 100 million cattle in this country, trampling all over our public and private lands. Yet there is no room for a few thousand wild horses?
Please contact the BLM and let them know what you think about their negligence. These horses belong to all Americans. We are their only voice. Please take action.
BLM Washington Office
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240
Director: Neil Kornze
Deputy Director (Operations): Steven A. Ellis
Deputy Director (Policy): Linda Lance
Chief of Staff: Jon Raby (Acting)
Washington, DC contact
Front Range District Office
3028 East Main Street
Cañon City, Colorado 81212
District Manager: Tom Heinlein
BLM illegally sold thousands of wild horses for slaughter: report
– The Washington Times – Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management, the agency tasked with protecting wild horses and cattle and their grazing lands, sold 1,794 federally-protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who sent them to slaughter, a new report confirmed.
Between 2009 and 2012, rancher Tom Davis purchased the horses through the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Program (WH&B) and wrongfully sent them to slaughter, according to the report from the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General. According to the allegations and news reports, Mr. Davis also had farming and trucking connections with former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
“We determined that BLM did not follow current law while managing WH&B. BLM also failed to follow its own policy of limiting horse sales and ensuring that the horses sold went to good homes and were not slaughtered,” investigators wrote in the report.
Mr. Davis admitted that most of the horses that he purchased through the BLM went to slaughter.
He told investigators that “in selling so many loads of horses, BLM had to know that the horses would end up at the slaughterhouse.”
The wrongful sale also cost taxpayers $140,000 to deliver truckloads of horses to Mr. Davis. He paid $10 a piece for the horses, or less than $18,000 total, and made as much as $154,000 in profits by selling them for slaughter, according to the report.
BLM employees never attempted to verify the information that Mr. Davis provided regarding his intentions for the horses he bought, despite the unusually large number of horses being sold to him, investigators wrote. The agency also did not stop selling horses to Mr. Davis after receiving reports that he was sending the horses to slaughter.
The OIG declined to investigate Mr. Davis‘ ties to Mr. Salazar.
The investigation was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado as well as the State of Colorado Conejos County District Attorney’s Office, which declined civil and criminal prosecution, according to the report.
“It took more than three years for the OIG to confirm what we’ve always known – that the BLM sold 1,795 federally-protected wild horses to a known kill buyer who sold them to slaughter,” said Suzanne Roy, Director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). “Unfortunately, there will be no justice for these mustangs, who suffered a brutal death in Mexican slaughter plants. No one at the BLM is being held accountable for this betrayal, and Tom Davis is not being prosecuted for violating his contractual obligation to not sell the horses for slaughter.”
In their response to the report, BLM officials said they are taking the matter very seriously and have taken preventative measures to ensure horses sold by the agency do not end up at slaughterhouses in the future.
BLM officials also said that the agency no longer has any business relationship with Mr. Davis and will not in the future.
After Wild Horse Report, Jewell Faces First Moment of Truth at Interior
A new federal report blasts the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse policies– putting the new Interior Secretary squarely between science and politics.
June 7, 2013
“Wild horses are rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management in the West Desert of Utah in 2012. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)“
At the heart of the current debate over the nation’s wild horses is the BLM policy (encouraged and enhanced by Jewell’s predecessor Ken Salazar) of removing horses from their native rangelands out West and warehousing them in enclosures in the Midwest. Tens of thousands of wild horses now are so kept, at great taxpayer expense, while federal officials figure out what to do with them. For years, the BLM has justified these removals, many of which are dangerous to the horses, by claiming they are necessary to protect grazing lands for “multiple uses,” which really means livestock grazing and energy exploration.
The NAS Report took a dim view of the science behind this policy. The BLM’s “current practice of removing free-ranging horses from public lands promotes a high population growth rate,” the report concluded, “and maintaining them in long-term holding facilities is both economically unsustainable and incongruent with public expectations.” In other words, the scientists found that by removing so many wild horses from our lands the Interior Department was doing the opposite of what it was trying to do — decreasing population rates among the herds — and doing it without adequate scientific reason.
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