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Where are all the Wild Horses?

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The Wild Horse’s of America, are shut away in Bureau of Management (BLM) holding pens across the West and Midwest of the United States. They are certainly not where they are meant to be. No longer Wild and Free, the advocates for the Wild ponies of America continue to fight for their very existence. How could this have happened……….what happened to Wild Horse Annie’s federal law of 1971 that protected them? The Burns amendment overruled many protections in the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. This manipulation  of the bill offered the means to legally remove the wild ones from their homes, it also flung the doors wide open for their slaughter. Today I focus on petitions to change things, education for those that don’t follow the news; with the hopes of changing things for them. You see if something isn’t done soon America will lose their Wild Horses. The Blm now has shifted into high gear with  not only horse removals from the HMA’s (Herd Management Area’s) but now to a more sophisticated means of what might as well be reffered to as slaughter. Their use now of contraceptives (PZP) porcine zona pellucida, and surgeries for sterilization; will become the extinction of America’s beloved Wild Horses. This is the final part of the BLM’s project to destroy the Wild Horses from ever becoming a problem for them and the ranchers that they continually cater to. There is a way to stop this I keep telling myself, there has to be a way to beat the “system”. And there is………American’s must stand together and let their voices be heard as One! Advocates of all organizations, the public voices, and for the children that must have the Wild Horses of America today and for tomorrow must unite. To join in http://www.noequineslaughter.org/safe-food-safe-horses-march-dc/ , this is a united effort to stop the slaughter of our Wild and Domestic Horses and close our borders for good. Date, Time, Place: September 29, 2015 at 10:00am. The meeting point will be in front of the USDA building at South Building 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9911. The march will be a planned route to the Capitol Building. Please join in this effort to convey to Congress in Washington the importance of America’s horses. This is a good beginning in the effort to protect the horses, the use of immunocontraceptives (pzp) and sterilizations is a current issue that is ongoing. I will continue to keep educating and posting information on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and of course WordPress. I know I haven’t written here for a long time but there is so much to do in keeping the Wild Horses Wild and Free. Until next time, do all you can for the Wild Ones.

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Wild Mustang Removals

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html

Its been awhile since I felt this compelled to write on my blog again, but with what the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is doing it was time to tell on them once again. In the link above the posting from the BLM lists all of the recent gathers they have completed. As you can see they are removing way too many of them. They have removed so many that now they are asking for the public to provide short-term holding facilities on private land. Of course, this in my and others opinion is to appease the cattle ranchers who recently threatened the government entity with removing the horses themselves and ultimately leading them to slaughter. That is exactly what was done……..please read http://protectmustangs.org/?p=6775. If it wasn’t for this organization they would have all been slaughtered! The ranchers needs and wants are coming before the Wild Mustangs benefit. This is wrong for many reasons but the most important reason is that the Wild Mustang belongs there by heritage, by law….the cattle do not. If there is a drought in the west and there is competition for resources from all wild animal inhabitants; the answer is to remove the cattle that are outsourcing the land, leasing the right to graze on public land, and taking precedence over the rightful inhabitants. Protection for the Mustangs, remove the cattle. A simple solution that needs to be carried out. No renewed leases for ranchers, remove the problem; not the Mustangs.

So you think they are safe?

Its already Febuary 4, 2014. The wild mustangs are reportedly a mere 25,000 left on 41 million acres of Federal land according to the HSUS. The last update concerning their slaughter; slaughter has been halted by the Farm Bill that recently passed in the Senate. And so you think they are safe? Did you know that now instead of being slaughtered here in the United States they continue to be shipped out of the country to Mexico and Canada? Its a fact that cannot be ignored. This is why it is so important to keep helping our contacts in other countries that are trying to stop slaughter in their countries. It justifiably is the most compelling reason to not stop bringing this into the light and exposing what is happening to Equines and the beloved Mustangs everywhere in the world.
The horrific practice of slaughtering horses for export to Europe is a shameful state of affairs…….so shameful that those that are kill buyers need to be put out of business. It is wonderful that slaughter houses have been stopped from opening in the U.S.,…….when does the slaughter stop in other countries? When do the Mustangs and Burros really find protection? So many open-ended questions, and so many of them still being removed from their homes in Bureau of Land Management roundups. Thousands of wild mustangs crowded into holding pens, with no shelter and only a death sentence. They are torn apart from their families, mares separated from their colts, only the cold harsh winter wind greets them each day. Long gone are their days of rolling in the grass, swimming in the lakes, and grazing on the Federal land that was given to them….only to be taken away from them. Never give up the fight for freedom, their freedom.

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Celebration

My happiness over the recent horse slaughter openings being shut down for good is uncontrollable! Now the main focus needs to be on making sure that it stays that way for their protection now and in the future. My main focus will now be on supporting new ways and new resources on controlling the wild populations of mustangs without BLM’s culling practices, more resources for individuals that need help with re-homing their animals, and helping other organizations across the globe to help them stop horse slaughter that still continues as I speak. Senator Mary Landrieu proposed the Food Safety Act which in short would stop horse slaughter in the United States to never happen again as well as stopping the transport of any horses to slaughter into Canada and Mexico. This bill is desperately needed to be passed. Below you will find links to keep updated on this important bill.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541#

Back to Business

So the Christmas holiday is over and I hope everyone had a wonderful day with family and friends. Although through the busyness of the celebrations I never once forgot about my page;  I found myself stressing over the news of the slaughter plant opening in New Mexico.  It didn’t matter if it was the holidays….I carried on with making phone calls to the New Mexico governor who has the power to stop the opening of the slaughter house. The United States cannot allow this to happen, we cannot allow the inhumane treatment of our wild ones and companions. They are not only the horses that are old, sick, or already dying; they are healthy, beautiful animals that are being slaughtered for money. There are now lawsuits that have been filed to stop horse slaughter in New Mexico (see links below), and time is running out for thousands of wild horses. I for one cannot even look at any videos let alone even reading about what the horses go through on their way to slaughter, from my understanding they are awake when they are being slaughtered due to the ineffective means that are used to knock them out unconscious. Like I said, I cannot look at the videos but have read enough to know that there is NO HUMANE WAY TO SLAUGHTER HORSES. So I continue to fight along with the other intelligent, compassionate humans that know that every little bit helps when it comes to stopping this inhumane practice. The fight is long and not easy, but without our help the wild ones will be gone……forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJquuyK4s2E

I feel a little background information is always a good place to start, so here in this video you can learn how many bands of Spanish Mustangs are left in the United States. The herds are small now and there is no concern by the government of the heritage of these horses. Paying attention to how many they are removing from the herds also tells a story of the disregard for lines of the Spanish Mustang to be destroyed….forever. It is in our hands to protect them, mother nature can take care of the herds but man’s constant interference has created a no win situation for the Mustangs. They take the mares away from the foals and sell them to slaughter; the foals will not survive alone. The stallions that carry the Spanish DNA are being removed and destroyed. This didn’t just start today……this has been happening for years now. Your help is needed to get the word out to as many people as possible to improve the chances for changes that are needed in our legislation. More on the legality of what is happening in our government… who is caring for the Mustangs; namely the BLM (Bureau of Land Management)  in my next post, at one time they were protected but sadly not anymore.

Welcome

Welcome to my blog! here you will find some of my most compassionate words, feelings, and everything factual about the Wild Mustangs in the United States. I will attempt to keep this on the more personal side but politics and political views will come into play as it is in the real world today. In tackling this project of mine, you will begin to see that not only is there a tremendous amount of politics in the Mustangs current situation, but also compassionate concern for their welfare from millions of people all over the world and myself of course. There is so much to talk about…..from their history in the west, to survival, to possible extinction? Hopefully not! My inspiration for doing this blog is the Wild Mustangs current plight of too much human interference, which today includes animal abuse, slaughter houses, and other emotionally charged issues. So enjoy your stay, it is my hope to keep educated on these and many more issues on the Mustangs of America and from around the world. I will be sharing links and new information as it is available; simply a one-stop place for all the information we need to be actively fighting for their Freedom. As we fight for their rights and their freedoms we are in actuality fighting for our own as well. Lets stay informed and involved doing whatever we can to help save them; you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone is a saying that I don’t want to associate with our Wild Mustangs.