Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wild Horse Herds, Money, BLM, and Coverup Costing Taxpayers Billions

“The attempt by activists to discredit the new appointees to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is a typical tactic employed by anti-BLM partisans to push their anti-management agenda by any means possible. Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range. The BLM is not ‘managing for extinction.’ There is no conspiracy to put down healthy horses that are in off-the-range holding facilities. Members on our board are qualified based on their knowledge of the law, current program actions, and their commitment to ensuring that healthy horses thrive in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.” Tom Gory – Public Relations BLM (Feb. 2012) in response to complaints from the general public about mismanagement of Wild Horse Herds on BLM Land.

There comes a time when our government agencies are simply “out-of-hand” and irresponsive as well as irresponsible, especially toward the common folks, essentially the American Public.  These agencies are simply Stewarts’ of our lands and animals (i.e. Constitution of the United States of America).  This can be observed by how any particular government agency, in this article the BLM, responds to an “Open-Debate” circumstance, or to the general public — as a BLM Administrator responded above.

Do Legitimate Concerns Exist?

This article will answer, in fact, some of the outrageous statements made by Tom Gory, who is in a position to “know better” than state outlandish comments toward the public, whose lands he is nothing more than managing for us all.  As a Veteran myself, I take his comments as an insult, and his attitude as disgraceful and disrespectful to every Veteran and to common folks and their families in America.  To claim myself and others as dishonest, when we simply question their dishonesty is quite appalling, distasteful, and arrogant!  Yet another government employee that should not be working for the government!

Because we, as Americans, attempt to generate an “Open Debate” situation, and through our Freedom of Speech capacity, does not make any of us less of a citizen here in America what so ever.  As a matter of fact, I as well as other Veterans, would question directly any person within the government, in another words a government employee, their tenacity as well as their attitude, to question a taxpayers concerns; especially when a taxpayer is questioning obvious abuse, illegal activities, or ongoing ethics violations, all within this government agency.

What do the Taxpayers receive for their Money?

Frankly, there must be an end-result, a situation of benefit to the general American population, as prescribed by policy and in regard to benefits posed per taxpayer dollar spent.  This is ignored most often, especially in this circumstance.  Many times a small percentage, in this case .00001% is generating a profit from millions of dollars per taxpayer money spent, with no benefits to the taxpayer.

James Sebastian, accountant/CPA, generated the following from a perusal of BLM expenditure, precisely the Wild Horse Roundups, holding corrals, and shipping:

  1. $2.6 Billion Dollars BLM Horse Herd Management of Taxpayer Money Spent;
  2. Benefits to Taxpayers while spending taxpayer money = $0;
  3. Benefits to Local Area Ranchers/politicians/oil industry accumulative, pay-offs and continuing profit = $12.4 billion dollars and rising.

“This is significant,” Mr. Sebastian states, “. . . as this becomes, and has been, a slice of our public debt, and unfortunately hidden from the public at large.  Taxpayers should know where their money is going, it should not be hidden.  Right now it is hidden in the BLM, with no credibility or attempt to show the tax paying public the real figures and costs of the roundups.  This compared to simply leaving the Wild Herds alone, at an approximate cost-field-management amount of perhaps $852,000.00 per year, for grassland management, horse management, and cattle grazing management.” (i.e. Grassland Management Principles) et al.

Our government agencies, whether they accept the fact or not, can either shine as a glowing example of taking care of the publics interest, or become a government agency that virtually remains at war with the American public at large; most often this is to cover up their questionable, and often unethical and illegal management methods.  This is not a conspiracy principle, rather, an observation of how the BLM manages America’s Wild Horse Herds, and the BLM is mismanaging our horse herds, then lying about it to us all.

BLM and Questionable Payments to Contractors

Often money illegalities such as money skimming, laundering of money, and contractors lying in regard to daily hours worked, or in this case actual horse counts, often come into play.  Padded accounts in government agencies, and the 10% contingency realm is not overlooked either, and many government employees derive a profitable margin while obtaining “under the table” wages.

As Mr. Gory, Public Relations of the Horse and Burro Program states in a matter of fact style when discussing the general publics’ complaint against horse slaughter and BLM’s management, he states “Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range.. . .” is a, well, dishonest statement, a flagrant lie by him and the BLM.

But allow me to further this debate, by giving you the actual BLM figures, the cost of one portion of the Roundups, the Private Contractors payment for the actual roundup work.

Examples of Payments to one Private Contractor

Here I will use the Sun J Livestock contractor.  This Private Contractor uses Helicopter Roundup methods (abundant videos and information is available on the Internet showing extreme abuse, so no further reference given here due to space) which virtually “Kills” a large percentage of wild horses during the roundups.

This “Kill” percentage is extremely high for roundups in general, near the value of anywhere from 4% to 16% and left under a covered-up shroud of questionable conduct, with no excuse from the Private Contractor or BLM Supervisory staff, other than a “Go to Hell” attitude when questioned about the over-kill rates.  To clarify the situation further as to why they hurry, it is to get the job done, at the horses’ expense or death, as they are paid per horse, and as shown further, incorrect horse counts in their favor.  The faster they get done, the more profit they make.

February 23, 2011 – Sun J Livestock received $82,648.20 for not even an entire weeks worth of roundup;

September 13, 2010 — Sun J Livestock received $82,966.00 for a little short of a weeks worth of roundup;

December 6, 2010 — Sun J Livestock received $649,850.20 for a little over a weeks worth of roundup;

January 10, 2011 — Sun J Livestock received $1,221,767.90 for about two weeks, if that, of roundup; etc. . . .

I think you get the picture here, and keep in mind between the dates of September 13, 2010, and January 12, 2012 there were 24 Roundups and similar payments made to this Private Contractor in Nevada.

Many people attempted to obtain a proper horse count, but could not do so.  This is because the BLM Management will not allow people into the holding corrals to obtain a proper count of horses.  In this case it is the Private Contractor, Sun J Livestock, who on several occasions threatened and coerced people away from the holding sites during the roundups.

A proper evaluation could not be assimilated, in regard to Actual-Cost breakdowns, due to these reasons of questionable conduct.  It is noted as well that often the BLM Supervisory Staff was nowhere to be found when problems arose between taxpayers attempting to stop abuse, or do legitimate head counts at the roundups.

The pay-outs to this Private Contractor listed here were minimums.  Keep in mind also; this particular Contractor, as well as most others, has been linked to several Senators and Congressmen.  Why the Congressional Ethics Committee has not looked into this situation is not known for sure.

What does the Rancher pay for using Public Lands, our lands, to graze?  “The Federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM). . .”  An animal unit is 2 cows and governed on the amount being a per year basis.  Keep in mind this price for grazing on public lands has not been raised since 1978, even though BLM’s “rhetoric” labels this years grazing prices as $1.35, presenting it as the price for the past two years.  When checked it was $1.35 from 1978 onward.

Using the same unit, the ranchers in Nevada has a maximum overhead, to include transportation to slaughtering facilities of their cattle of an estimated .08 cents per cow.  Often this can generate a 284% profit margin, due to fluctuating sales prices in their market.  This is a tremendous profit margin, and is not passed on to the taxpaying public what so ever.

At the taxpayer’s expense we not only pay a high price for beef at the market, but due to the useless current eradication of wild horse herds, rather than simple management techniques implimented, we also pay a high price for cattle to graze as well.  Ironically, much of the grazing lands available is simply left unused, not overgrazed as we are led to believe by BLM staff.  Often it is a rare occasion when small bands of horses are seen what so ever, even when the numbers were supposedly much larger.  Again, looking at the BLM’s horse-count numbers, it becomes obvious, and they have lied about how many wild horses are on Federal lands.

So the question, “Is BLM being truthful about their grazing and public land use prices?”  Here is what they say: “The annually determined grazing fee is computed by using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors – current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production. In effect, the fee rises, falls, or stays the same based on market conditions, with livestock operators paying more when conditions are better and less when conditions have declined.”

If the $1.35 never changes, then how do they assume it is assimilated on a yearly basis?  Their statements and the yearly figures of cattle sales, for example, simply do not add up correctly.  Indeed, the market has changed since 1978, prices everywhere else have met the market standard, and businesses remain profitable.  Ranchers in other areas, away from BLM lands remain profitable as well.  There are many questions to be answered from this situation alone.

We must also look at how the horses are a danger to our Public Lands, and according to BLM staff are overgrazing these lands.  The fact is they do not, and it is quite obvious. When perusing the BLM numbers, in support of overgrazing, the numbers appear bogus and certainly do not appear as legitimate figures to base an “overgrazing” decision upon what so ever.

Again, for the available lands we can peruse the BLM’s documents.  “The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land — over 245 million surface acres — than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages approximately 193 million acres of Federal lands in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.”  Both agencies have Wild Horse Herds within the boundaries of their land, our land.

If we add these together, horses basically have access to 438 million acres, of which in excess of 245 million acres that a horse can roam in the western states.  The amount of cattle grazing these same acres is slight, estimated at an inconsistent figure of perhaps 32,000 cattle at any given time (i.e. per sales fluctuation) with “. . . 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service.”  When investigated these permit numbers also become bogus, with no fluctuation in numbers from one year to the next.  At best, accountablity toward a real “permits issued” situation would certainly fluctuate from year to year.  This may be due to never updating their data to the public.

There exists no reason for the Wild Horse Roundups.  So it becomes easy to conclude, without assuming a “. . . sky-is-falling. . .” attitude that there is simply no reason at all to thin out the Wild Horse Herds.  We can use the BLM’s own figures and their rhetoric which is easily seen-through, to conclude this.  Overgrazing as excuses to thin-out these horse herds, very profitable for a very few with no return to the taxpaying public, are simply unacceptable and non-extent, whether it be provided academically or ideologically, or by policy (no policy such as this exists) there is simply no reason to do so at this time.

Holding Corrals

Conclusively what is found within BLM documents is not any “Real” reason to gather Wild Horses through a roundup and management methodology, and then take them to holding corrals.  The unneccessary cost, within a cavalier and frivolous spending frenzy of taxpayer money, becomes more obvious.  Not included within this document are the theft/stealing of horses for slaughter and private use without adoption; although, it has been stated by several informants that every 6 out of 10, or 12 out of every twenty horses in holding corrals are stolen.  This will be approached later and within another context.

For holding corrals there exist huge expenditures of taxpayer money, not so ironic is the fact many of these holding corrals are located in Nevada.  To say these are questionable situations remains an understatement.  Again, many of these holding corrals are directly or indirectly held by government entities and their friends, and even BLM employee’s families and friends.

One facility, for example, was paid $16, 683,991.00 for holding horses within their corrals, for only a short time period. A horse auction company was paid $15,069,135.00 for holding Wild Horses for auction, and for just a few days until sold. The pay-offs, or what are termed Contract Payments (i.e. a somewhat list of payments at this Internet site) are questionable. These are simply two examples of several hundred more holding-corrals, some legal, many not and holding horses for illegal or questionable activity. Yet the taxpayers still pay the facilities owners for the use of their corrals, whether legal or illegal.

This brings about yet another question, “Where does the money go for the sales of the horses?”  There exist no records of payment to taxpayers of money made from these auctions. Even though wild horse herds are considered Federal Property, with laws and well established procedures available in selling Federal Property, it is ignored. It goes without saying here that illegal sales of horses, stolen horses, etc., are just as plentiful, and the same holding corrals for both legitimate horses and stolen horses are used togwther and at taxpayers expense.


This Journalist sees no extreme or overboard or superfluous activity within any of the Wild Horse Activist’s attitudes.  There exist no “. . . sky is falling. . .” attitudes.  On the contrary, there does exist beyond a doubt, legitimate concerns.  The frivolous attitude toward spending a lot of taxpayer money is obvious, and for what?  At this time it is unclear as to what or why, other than fictitious and erroneous information that is given to the public and by the BLM employees in general.  The questionable roundups and extreme costs do exist, and despite name calling and cheap-shot condescending remarks said by BLM Administrators toward those who have done their research and found the entire situation questionable, is distasteful and arrogant.

Currently, we must keep in mind this is not a mere non-personal entity such as the generic function of the term BLM, rather these are government employees taking advantage of a particular situation, while making a profit for themselves, their friends, and other family members, and with those involved within our government at many different levels.  It becomes apparent that the Wild Horse Herds, our Wild Horse Herds and the American Icon, is defenseless.

The common American is speaking, right now being ignored, but that will not last for long as Americans, together, become strong, and their strength is growing in voting numbers until politicians and the courts will no longer be able to ignore us all.  Sustaining our Wild Horse Herds is an American promise to such an Icon, as to say thank you for helping us build America, and we indeed love and respect you all.


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BLM and Forest Service Announce 2012 Grazing Fee, Release Date: 01/31/12

Example list of Private Contractors Income/Payout for Roundups:


Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


Is the BLM Responsible for Slaughtering Wild Horses?

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.


Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Uncategorized