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June 11, 2009- for immediate release
Documents Reveal BLM Secret Plan to Destroy Wild Horses
Franklin, Texas. 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.” Executive Director Ray Field attended the Emergency meeting in Las Vegas last October, 2008 where BLM Assistant Director Henry Bisson “state the wild horses would be okay” then Bisson retired in February 2009.
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 pay—“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.”
The Wild Horse Foundation’s President Susan Calhoun, Executive Director Ray Field have spent the past 12 years becoming the largest wild horse adoption group in the United States second only to the BLM. Placing wild horses in homes is how we protect our heritage and honor our country states Ray Field. The BLM has spent years ignoring congress and its demands to “Manage itself, BLM, more financial responsibly”, leading to the plans of murdering animals. Mr. Field has ran across plans for the government to put in 2- 7,500 pound cremation units in southern Clark County, south of Las Vegas. This location is accessible for the BLM out of California as well to ship horses over to Nevada.
We must stop this as our government is trying to run every aspect of civilian life now they have reduced themselves to killing of thousands of animals. By turning out only mares and gelding the BLM has essentially “genocide” the wild horse populations in the United States.
My only guess next is that senior living facilities that cost our Medicare programs hundreds of millions will be next, states Mr. Field. You start killing innocent animals people are next.
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BLM’s Don Glenn set the stage for murdering healthy, wild horses that are a part of America’s History.
BLM Acting Wild Horse Manager, phone number is 202-452-5082, Fax-202-653-9084,
Sally Spencer, Public Outreach Coordinator 202-452-5196,
Tom Gorey BLM Spokes Person 202-452-5137