The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. ~Woodrow Wilson
The Facts: 199 Wild Horses Die at the Burns Corral between 2010 and 2013 – 29 More Wild Horses Mysteriously Disappear in 2013 – BLM and Welfare Ranchers Criminal Activity Requires Scrutiny, no doubt.
And on it goes, where it ends no one knows. But the reality is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) continues to, well, simply outright lie. Especially when it comes to the necessity for Wild Horse Herd Roundups, appropriate counts of Wild Horses on America’s Public Lands, Wild Horses going to slaughter, the issuing of Grazing Permits for cattle, appropriate cattle counts on Public Lands, Enforcement of Environmental Assessments, and much more. . .
One of the more disgusting elements of this situation is the fact that legislators, both Senators and Congressmen, directly relies on BLM information, especially in regard to proper management, and as well the Wild Horses on America’s Public Lands. But is it correct – information from BLM employees? We say no and for many documented and well referenced reasons (see References section)!
After all, many financial and costly budget decisions are based on receiving and ultimately deciding a proper management paradigm, or problem resolution from truthful and accurate information. The problem here is the BLM misinforms and lies continuously, thereby creating more and more problems that require resolution. The only truth connected to the BLM is this government agency is out of control, in total. . .
Cover-up and more cover-up
Outrageous that the Oregon-BLM would cover-up 199 Wild Horses killed between 2010 and 2013, and associated with the Bait and Trap methodology of rounding up Wild Horses! And make the statement in a short video, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, that essentially “accidents always happen around horses” – as if this resolves the problem for 199 horse’s killed in their corrals — especially when it is something that there is no need for, and handled obviously by inexperienced contract wranglers, or incompetent BLM employees and wranglers!
See the Video and Interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqA2x0D5OXM
But the most outrageous is when Rob Sharp was asked, by me approximately one month ago, “. . . exactly how many Wild Horses have died in your corrals over there?”
He answered quit assuredly, quite confidently, “There have only been three that have died within the past 3 years.”
Myself: “So the FOIA. material and information on it is wrong?”
Sharp: “I don’t know. I have not seen the spreadsheet you’re talking about.”
The OPB Video, above, was discussed and placed into public review and on television 4 months “before” I spoke with Mr. Smart about the Dead Horses. . . Mr. Sharp attempted to excuse the 199 Wild Horses killed (in the OPB Video) by random accidents . . . Oh, well he told me only three died within the past three years in the Burns corrals, and that he had no idea about any other Wild Horses dead . . . BLM Credibility?
Taylor Grazing Act Legislation and the BLM
Yet another problem with BLM is Welfare Ranching, and the need for it illusive if not totally false – We come across the lack of BLM credibility once again.
The Taylor Grazing Act, among the many other legislative actions way back when (the 1920’s and earlier), were developed as conservation measures. True enough also designed to enhance food product, but “not” while destroying our Public Lands. The legislation back then was meant to preserve our Public Lands, specifically to protect America’s Public Lands from over-grazing of cattle and sheep. It was acknowledged at that time that cattle and sheep can and will destroy ranch land.
Because of subsidies given to Welfare Rancher’s today, due to the legislative actions of decades ago, no longer useful in today’s markets for beef or sheep, Public Lands are being destroyed! The fact is America’s Public Lands are currently being OVERLY GRAZED BY CATTLE!
I say “because of subsidies. . .” as that is the significant item Welfare Ranchers concerned about today, as well as the BLM, and to hell with using taxpayer dollars appropriately and the taxpayers in general. In reality, the BLM manages our Public Lands down a path of destruction. Environmental Assessments mean nothing to them – just as hard-earned taxpayer dollars mean nothing to them. There exist no benefits to taxpayers or toward our Public Lands (i.e. see explanation example below).
Least we not forget — a Welfare Rancher who obtains a government Grazing Permit, also qualifies for loans in the millions of dollars – As absurd as that sounds, it is a very real problem of a different sort, explored within the context of a different article.
Land Conservation and Community
In truth, lost is the ideology of Land Conservation, which is the essential portion of the Taylor Grazing Act, among other legislative conservation measures protecting our Public Lands. Living with and conserving our Public Lands has a reality-based potential to enhance them and produce ten times the Food Product we require to feed this population, but we waste it on Welfare Rancher’s and their cattle – which literally destroys our Public Lands (i.e. well referenced and documented by good science).
Now the opposite is true, where legislators simply create Amendments to previous protective legislation, that enhance the pocket books of Special Interest Lobby Groups only i.e. Welfare Ranchers (AG Lobby, Mining, lumber, et al), and directly violates the entire ideology of why the Legislative Actions were created, and currently do nothing more than enhance a Welfare Rancher’s bank account!
Here is a good example of Average Taxpayer vs Welfare Rancher (just examples on average):
Average Taxpayer Income: $125,000+
Average Ranch Profit: (if average Business People): $425,000+
Average Taxpayer Taxes: app. Paid $6,000
Average Ranch Taxes: Actual Paid Out $0 (due to AG benefits / Programs)
Average Taxpayer Benefits and Government Subsidies Non-Taxed: $0.00
Average Ranch Benefits / Subsidies Non-Taxed: Average $325,000
Benefits to Taxpayers from Subsidized Ranching: $0.00
Benefits in cost reduction of meat products: $0.00
Benefits to Ranchers from Subsidized Ranching: New Homes, New Trucks, New Boats, New Trailers, MORE CATTLE, College for the Kids, More tax breaks, etc. . .
Of note also is the fact of Welfare Ranching and its necessity to America? Once again we have Bureau of Land Management as well as the Department of the Interior lying to American taxpayers, and continuous. There does not exist a need for subsidies going to ranchers who graze their cattle or sheep on Public Lands! This program is outdated and of no use in the markets of today — it simply takes the Competitive situation out of the actual ranching business, or those who acquires Grazing Permits on Public Lands, is all. 2012 / 2013 Sales Receipts, from Welfare Ranchers — or those who hold Grazing Permits on Public Lands, were only $.41% of 1% sales on America’s domestic commercial markets, or less than 1% in total sales. . . (simply worded and for the bankers out there who give loans to Welfare Ranchers because they hold a Grazing Permit — as if a guarantee that Taxpayers will pay if they default! the $.41% – a monetary amount – is .41% of the only 1% – a whole number – of Sales per Receipts assimilated for the years 2012 and 2013 and entire sales domestically of Beef and Sheep from Welfare Rancher’s . . .)
Ironically, Water Rights are given to Welfare Ranchers as well, and as ownership! Consider, if you will, the likelihood or common-sense of ownership of water rights by a private individual on government/Public Lands! Why? Because they are “leasing” Public Land is the only reason – an interesting concept of a Lease-Only arrangement, yet becoming the owner of the water rights and selling the water back to the government!
This situation alone remains extremely questionable, to say the least! But the BLM does not know how to stop this and many other expensive situations the taxpayers pay for, with no returns or benefit to taxpayers what so ever.
“A common citizen in the United States would be thrown in jail if they attempted to commit the type of monetary-fraud this group of Welfare Ranchers and the BLM employees commit daily. Why they are not in jail, who knows? But their accounting, at least the information released to the Public, certainly points out criminal activity, to say the least. But no government agency seems to investigate the obviousness of this activity. I am astounded and yet disgusted at the same time, as it is my taxpayer money they apparently are using for their criminality.” Steven Corr, C.P.A.
In Oregon — Constituents of Legislators: less than 1% is Welfare Ranchers! Yet these Welfare Rancher’s receive more representation than you and I as the general taxpayers in this country! We pay them, as taxpayers, to ranch and graze on Public Lands – the Welfare Rancher’s do not pay the government much at all, only $.0003% of their yearly Subsidy, if that, to actually graze their cattle on Public Lands.
Here we should keep in mind that Commercial ranchers who do not use Public Lands, and they pay anywhere from $12.00 to $75+ per AUM Unit (i.e. 1 cow and 1 calf), actual Lease of Private Land and/or below the line costs to graze their cattle.
Welfare Ranchers, on the other hand, who use Public Lands and are subsidized by taxpayers as well, pay $1.42 per AUM Unit – which is 1 cow and 1 calf. And ironically still require subsidy from the Public Lands Grazing Program in amounts often exceeding $350,000 per year to $1 million dollars per year – and yes, corporate ranching in Oregon is involved as well.
Is BLM or Welfare Ranching Good for America? Many, who acknowledge the reality of it all, say no!
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July 19, 2014 at 12:01 am
Am sharing this and hoping it will help expose the BLM. Many thanks, John.
July 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm
Apparently OPB did not want any discussion on this article, as they only published ONE comment.
I posted several and all have disappeared.
Herald And News: Dry Conditions Force Wild Horses Onto Private Land
LACEY JARRELL H&N Staff Reporter
Ranchers vs Wild Horses: Pure BS (and the REST OF THE STORY)
Roger Porterfield was a courteous, but reluctant host when 90 uninvited guests began showing up at his ranch, grazing his land and depleting his water holes. Even as the guests brazenly took hay from his cattle feeders day after day, Porterfield accommodated them, until one day enough was enough and he asked them to leave.
In late 2013, Porterfield, of Porterfield Ranch in Dorris, Calif., filed an official complaint with the Bureau of Land Management stating wild horses were moving off the nearby Red Rocks Lakes Herd Management Area and onto his property in search of food and water. At the time, Porterfield noted about 30 to 40 horses were bypassing his fences and helping themselves to his livestock stores.
Uchida explained the Red Rocks HMA sits atop a ridge and is surrounded by private land on all sides. He said horses occasionally travel off the HMA in search of food or water, but he’s not surprised many are making regular visits to Porterfield’s property. Porterfield manages 2,000 head of cattle and has the most reliable water sources around, he said.
THE REST OF THE STORY
This little HMA (Red Rock) is north east of Weed and almost on the Oregon/CA border with a VERY small AML of 25 horses.
Just so you know, the guy Porterfield who is quoted in the below article, and who made the official complaints for wild horse removal has 1041 active AUMs on the HMA equal to about forage enough for 87 wild horses full time if just he didn’t run his cattle there
Also, Porterfield received $149,913 in federal farm subsidies (2002-2012) and two of the other ranchers with allotments on the HMA received a combined total of about $300,000 in farm subsidies.
August 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Thank you for writing this very informative article.
August 26, 2014 at 4:16 am
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August 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Very good article – and great research! Now if only the media (the ones who don’t investigate) would stop with the breaking news (!) of Bieber & Kardashians etc and start actually being journalists & covering real important news. What a world it would be!
January 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm
NY Times should publish this !
July 7, 2019 at 9:19 pm
NOW. We need to get Ellen D. Oprah. Seth Myers,DeFazio, and some that might get on ballot for election. We need charges made for defrauding, cruelty, and restoration of our lands for the wild horses, not the cattlemen. People don’t realize the cruelty, nor do they realize they are paying for it This is pure theft by our own government with lots of cruelty thrown in.
Robyn Persichitte Gipp
January 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm
Sharing too on FB
January 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm
So they think it’s ok to bring cattle into the wild horses ‘S habitat & let them over graze it? Totally wrong how this is being ran!!
January 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm
So why is nothing being done?
Photographer and Journalist
January 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm
Rob Sharp, Coral Manager at Burns as well as Supervisor with the BLM, also supervised the loading and unloading of wild horses from Murderer’s Creek, for the Forestry Bait and Trap site, stated he did not know of the 29 inventoried wild horses missing, and did not know why they did not make it to the Burns Corral, even though taxpayers paid $29,000 for them to at least show up at the Burns Corral. Senator Wyden’s Office was informed, and told about Mr. Sharp’s confusion — we then sent the FOIA material, received from the BLM, to Senator Wyden’s office and one of his assistants. Even though myself and others attempted to call about further information or at least an investigation (i.e. $29,000 is considered enough to prosecute for Fraud and Larceny) — we heard nothing more. Senator Wyden’s assistant is from the Redmond – Murderer’s Creek – Burns, Oregon areas. This was last year, still awaiting call back of an obvious criminal activity — both BLM Police, when we spoke to them, as well as Senator Wyden’s office chose to ignore as well, and to this day in time!
January 23, 2015 at 1:15 am
BLM is literally getting away with murder. Period. Despite thousands of protests from individuals and advocate groups nationwide, BLM does what it (expletive deleted) pleases to do. Who will stop them? Nothing BLM does, regarding wild horses, is based on proper, accepted or recommended equine science and management guidelines. Despite findings of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) two-year review of BLM, which was commissioned by BLM and paid for by $2 Million tax dollars, the report was ignored upon delivery to Sec. Sally Jewell almost two years ago. BLM continues on its mission to drive wild horses into extinction.– BLM head, Neil Kornze (former staffer of Sen. Harry Reid (NV) and ‘groomed’ for this job) seems to be directing here and reflecting Reid’s desire to ‘zero out’ every wild horse herd in the country. Reid also was inspiration for the secretly drafted BURNS Amendment to the 1971 LAW of protection and management of wild horses and burros, which then permitted BLM to release captive wild horses to known killer-buyer auctions. Wild horses are going to slaughter, make no mistake about it! In two recent Wyoming roundups, BLM not only scoffed in public at a required environmental impact study, but made no effort to hide at least two truckloads of captured wild horses loaded up and headed to Canada and slaughter. A veterinarian rescued four foals and continues to raise them; and, in another instance, the ‘WY 14’ … 14 young horses … were saved and are being cared for by a rescue group. On its own, the PZP issue (birth control) is uncalled for, instead supports the lie of over-population of wild horse herds, and assists corporate ranchers on the public dole (cheap BLM grazing leases on PUBLIC lands) to ‘blame the wild horses’
and insist that BLM remove the wild horses. Seriously? The wild horses are on PUBLIC lands by LAW, since 1971. We have a problem. Period.
January 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm
Totally agree with you! Elaine thank you.
October 22, 2017 at 10:33 am
Your right , Elaine, They think just because they work for our so called government they can get away with murder . And have ! Karma is going to BITE them in the butt and when it happens I hope they lose all their rights , Rancer will lose their right to use the public lands for their cattle and sheep. And the People in the BLM will lose their jobs and both will go to Jail for a very long time >.. Wouldn’t that be sweet ! Wild Freedom Federation
January 23, 2015 at 8:04 am
January 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm
our wild mustangs need to be saved! But I read that the 1971 act to protect the wild mustangs was stopped by the Burns act? Am I wrong? I’m so worried about the future of our beautiful mustangs..Something needs to happen to stop this atrocity NOW!!!
January 24, 2015 at 3:11 am
The Burns amendment which was secreted as an amendment to another bill allows for the disposal of any BLM penned horse or burro who has been offered for adoption three times without success. It needs to be recalled but it does not stop the 1971 legislation.
May 29, 2019 at 9:55 am
That’s the BLM lieing to everyone eben the government the work for.
July 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm
Day of reckoning is near.
July 6, 2019 at 1:48 pm
They need to pay fir this criminal act!!! Animal cruelty is being punished to the maximum now days,, this is animal cruelty !
July 16, 2019 at 9:44 pm
Liars, liars, hypocrites, all matter of scumbags
August 14, 2019 at 2:23 am
Our Government and the BLM are lying to the public! They are making money off our public lands and Wild Horses!!😡😢