Article by John Cox, Cascade Mountains
“Is the BLM responsible within their conduct of Stewardship of our “American Lands,” achieving sound and efficient Multiple Land Use Policies while using their current management methods?” Here the use of Wild Horse Herds on BLM Land can be used as a metering device in regard to appropriate BLM management issues, and discusses whether they are being displaced for profit, or allowed to be stolen.
Either way, no confusion exists here, it is either a seriously flawed government agency, or simply incompetent to actually manage America’s Wild Horse Herd and America’s Lands’ for that matter. Items as news are linked within this discussion, but there exists far more information in regard to BLM horse abuse, videos showing abuse, info about stolen horses from the BLM program, as well as ongoing investigations into BLM employee pay-offs and illegal activities. If interested all you have to do is Google “BLM Wild Horse Herd” and you will get pages upon pages of this certainly controversial subject.
Rumors Conjecture and a Little Truth
First a little questionable background is in order here, and something to consider, and not so much off-subject as you think. The BP oil spill affected a major food source in the United States. Basically the Gulf contributed an estimated of 28% to 30% of our food supply in the United States.
That does not exist any longer, despite the BP’s commercials and rhetoric, as the food supply availability has indeed declined from the Gulf. The oil spill lies on the bottom topography now, and the clean-up technique of that would do irreparable harm to the entire Gulf, due to the chemicals needed to clean up a foreign oil spill here in America. Anyway, many Journalists, including myself, wondered how long it would take the President to react, and react he did. One of many decisions was to allow funding for horse meat inspectors.
(Journalist comment) I think it goes without saying that we are being treated as ignorant step-children. The fact is, in this circumstance, BP is a foreign company, and could care less about our countries needs. This is only one gigantic example of how we treat foreigners when they indeed wrecked an entire biosphere here in the United States. They make large profits off of us right now, rather than profits the money should go directly into what they damaged out of pure greed and ignorance. But to take our American Icon, the Wild Horse Herds, and use them to fulfill a temporary and not so withstanding need within an unnecessary occasion, is to certainly add insult to injury, and outright disrespects all Americans, tremendously. Politicians should, either party, now be asked what are they going to do about the abolishing of our Wild Horse Herds! Just a comment, take it or leave it.)
Was it an over-reaction and having to do with the BP oil spill? Has BP been allowed to not pay for what happened, in total? Is this yet another foreign owned company that is taking advantage of America’s political hidden agendas? Your guess is as good as any of ours. But the fact is the food supply chain is moving to items Americans’ would not eat before the spill, for example Mullet, which is a sucker fish or bottom feeder of who knows what.
Curious also and something overlooked due to the fear we may have to pay a few cents more at the gas pumps, or from the ongoing delirium to sacrifice everything for a self sustaining quart of gas, more questionable activities continue. Thoughts toward America’s food supply is somewhere in the background of all the menagerie of problems we face daily, and now the distraction of an election, which by the way this subject is avoided in total.
Beyond doubt there are questions that do exist in this conundrum of the BP oil spill that has far reaching tentacles; for example, an odd amount of people dieing under questionable circumstances. These people have something in common, in regard to information about our nations food supply, our current food chain problems, and thorough knowledge of the BP oil spill, as well as the true consequences of the spill. Something to think about, especially when there does appear to be a push toward horse slaughter as well, despite the cover up methodology of approach, and the outright unacceptability of the slaughter itself by an overwhelming amount of Americans.
Environmentally, we have as a society, literally stuffed ourselves into questionable situations. We’ve allowed our government to become a society upon itself, and distribute false research and information developed to succumb to political agendas. Constantly serious environmental decisions are based upon these types of erroneous information, the results are obvious daily. Now it is possible to move on toward a more isolated circumstance, developed from previous information.
America’s Wild Horse Herds and Abuse
Abuse toward Wild Horse Herds is undeniably prevalent today. This can be easily deducted due to the amount of organizations started, for example within the past five years, that are consistently appealing toward, and point out on a continuous basis, abuse in many shapes, styles, and forms. Often this is ignored by the BLM and just as often ignored by our legislators as well.
This abuse is done currently and with no end in sight. This is because there has been no disciplinary action in regard to either BLM employees abusing the horses, or BLM employees seeing the horses abused by private contractors. Private contractors abusing horses should have their contracts discontinued immediately and not be allowed to work for the government again.
But as harsh as it sounds, this chain of events is prevalent within the history of the food industry, another reason our horses should not be labeled livestock, and certainly every attempt made at discontinuing the wrongful path as being a food source.
This abuse can be witnessed, profoundly, in BLM videos where abuse is ongoing within the background of their performance videos released on the Internet; while the BLM employee is ironically speaking about how safe and kind they treat the wild horses, a helicopter in the background is bumping a horse and tumbling it down a hill, or horses in the background are licking at their broken legs because of roundup techniques.
While speaking with a well-known Cowboy, left unnamed here, “Those boys aren’t cowboys in that roundup, they’re bullshit. A cowboy wouldn’t do all that. A horse is worth somethin’, an animal to be respected. Without them there wouldn’t be cowboys, it’s the same, ya’know, cowboys and horses are intertwined, connected. Without one there ain’t the other. That’s what a cowboy knows for sure; these people I see here are just mean, incompetent. Probably shouldn’t be dealing with animals at all.”
BLM Employees, Private Contractors, and Stolen Horses
Ultimately, once the guilty parties are released from the BLM work force, if ever, to include private contractors, the abuse issue will be resolved, at least for awhile, and as long as BLM Administrators do so. If not, then the issue becomes, “Is the BLM responsible enough to continue Wild Horse Management and their supposed dynamic-principles approach with the Wild Horse Herds, these Horses and America’s icons that essentially belong to ALL Americans?
But we also must learn about any hidden-agendas. We know about political maneuvers, and politicians taking care of their neighbors and friends, as well as BLM employees’ relatives and fiends obtaining cheaper Lease agreements, and simply getting the wild horses out of the way. But we need to acquire the reality, the reason why these situations are so flamboyant, and yet ignored. Perhaps there is no reason at all, rather just arrogance, but we as taxpayers and Americans must be told the truth.
To begin a legitimate answer to these questions we go back to 1997 again, and an interview done by a BLM Agent, and questions answered by an Informant from a Private Contractor at that time. The question and answer phase gives details on stolen horses, methodology, and illegal pay-offs with compliance by BLM employees.
Stolen BLM Wild Horse Herd Horses
This situation goes further, for both stolen horses as well as adopted horses. Recall the Informant stating truck drivers also serve as Brokers, selling to the highest bidder to take the BLM horses to slaughter. Also according to the Informant, BLM employees take part in this situation.
Many informants have also made the point that no one seems to care about a truck full of BLM horses, and often waived through the scales by DOT Agents, and ironically in every state. This does not at this time mean the DOT Agents are involved, rather, simply lazy and assume the drivers have the appropriate BLM paperwork in order. Most often a driver will not have the appropriate paperwork and a simple check will show the illegal nature of the transport. DOT Agents are paid, as a priority, to check these types of situations, they should do so.
Stolen Horse Event
“HELPER — Federal agents impounded 47 Bureau of Land Management horses Friday at the Port of Entry here, preventing the likelihood of the animals being hauled by truck for slaughter inMexico, officials said.”
“Unlike the bureau’s adoption program, these animals are supposedly sold to buyers under an agreement that includes an intent clause that prohibits subsequent sale for slaughter, Warr said. The horses are 11 years or older and may be bought for use as brood mares, for private equestrian pleasure or simply put out to pasture by the purchaser.” . . . But Warr said the paper trail of where the animals were headed did not match up to the reality of where they were impounded — leading his agency to believe they were intended for slaughter.”
This goes with what is being told to the authorities, on a constant basis, by Wild Horse Herd advocates. The counts are fraudulent, the theft is on going, especially of horses from the BLM Wild Horse Herds, and the paperwork is never checked, although is fraudulent.
These horses are going to slaughter, and yet the BLM Administrators continuously state their horses never go to slaughter. If Administrators insist they speak the truth, and all of the abuse, to include stolen horses and other illegal activity is prevalent, than that certainly becomes a good argument for them not to over see this situation, as being unaware and totally incompetent.
BLM Horses being taken to Slaughter
“Utah Indictments Come Down in BLM Mustang Killer Buyer Case — HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Two men from rural Utah were indicted by a federal grand jury following a rare investigation of a wild horse scam by the Bureau of Land Management. . . The men, Robert Wilford Capson, 59, and Dennis Kay Kunz, 56, face charges of wire fraud and making false statements after bureau agents impounded 64 slaughter bound horses on a one way trip to a Mexican abattoir.”
Answer to the Question of BLM Responsibility
So the question still exists, “Is the BLM responsible within their conduct of Stewardship of our “American Lands”, achieving sound and efficient Multiple Land Use Policies while using their current management methods?”
While using the Wild Horse Herds as a proficiency test, it becomes clear that the BLM should not be managing such an important and significant American icon as the Wild Horse. The reality is they are taking part in the total devastation and slaughter of America’s Wild Horse Herds, and so apparently arrogant about the situation that they indeed ignore abuse and illegal acts being done constantly.
If administration people debate this fact, then incompetence must be the cause, because it is obvious their irresponsibility is governed by their behavior and incompetent management methods. Then the question becomes, “how can so much abuse and illegal activity happen around them, constantly, and yet they remain unaware and often aloof?”
The fact is until employees and private contractors are taken to task for their activities, nothing will happen in the near future. Horses will continue to be taken to slaughter, under the guise of misinformation and misdirection, all the while conducted by the BLM. Perhaps it is the entire BLM that is taking part in this travesty, and tasteless and unethical massacre of our wild horse herds. If so, then this is simply yet another reason they should withdraw themselves from the responsibility of managing America’s lands and Wild Horse herds.
To have to obtain a Court Order for something management should have taken care of in the first place is ridiculous, and unnecessarily costly to taxpayers. But this also seems to be the case with the BLM.
If so, the future will tell it all, and it will tell as well of blind obedience from government employees and private contractors by profiteers. It is ironic these supposed cowboys, or what is termed private contractors, see themselves as images of freedom, and part of the American iconic image, while taking part in such abusive and unacceptable activity. And yet the remainder of us sees them as weak individuals, and just thieves stealing what is all of ours here in America.
History will also see how the common folks in our society attempted to stop this situation, and see our politicians and administrators within our government agencies continuously being so arrogant as to think, that because they tell us no slaughter is going on — of BLM horses, that we actually believe them. The situation must be stopped, unconditionally. Take it or leave it, but horses are being slaughtered while you read this.
February 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Thank you John for this article. the issues surrounding the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program are very complex, difficult to understand and the question has always been “what is driving the aggressive eradication of OUR wild horses and burros”?
At this time we do not know how many wild horses and burros are slaughtered or even where they go as that info is not made public by BLM. We do, however, as you state in this article know that it has happened. BLM needs to be upfront with the disposition, whereabouts’s of every horse and burro taken off the range. this would certainly solve a lot of problems.
One Correction Guss Warr is BLM Utah, thanks again for the eye opener!
March 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm
Old but good info.
Photographer and Journalist
March 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm
Yes, it is old information, but interesting enough it still remains and done daily — What we are finding is Black-Booking and falsification of documents quite prevalent in the transport of Wild Horses, stolen or snuck away, does not matter, similar techniques used — we need more people discussing with the DOT, at Federal and State Levels, how these horses are being transported, and the bad paperwork sitting in the truck drivers (i.e. KP) hands. I know it is law that drivers cannot have within their cap, or within their possession blank shipping documents such as the kind KB’s have on their trucks currently — Blank BL’s yes and on a pad, but Blank Inventory Sheets as well as Blank Horse Documentation and Brand paperwork, et. al., lead to criminal activity as we are witnessing currently.
June 19, 2022 at 6:32 pm
From birth to death BLM has violated laws against the Conversion of wild equids. I have read this case many times and always find something of importance in US V Hughes.
“Hughes was convicted of (1) knowingly converting government property to his own use (Count I); (2) maliciously causing the death of the horses (Count III); and (3) permitting the *621 horses and their remains to be processed into commercial products (Count IV).
United States v. Hughes | Animal Legal & Historical Center