For Their Own Good

This is just a quick post.

I’m working on funding options for observation and a”pull” fund and will post details by tomorrow. For now my web gallery at Barn Door Studio is offering 50% of all sales to go to Observation and the “pull” fund. The Rescue Friends is offering 10% of the cover price of “Annabelle and The Pink Slippers.” These funds will be channeled through The Cloud Foundation.

But my brain has been playing with phrases and definitions of words.

Phrase of the day: “For Their Own Good.”

George Knapp does a real good job with poking that button here.

And then in a follow-up report Knapp hits it again here.

And this post on RT’s blog here.

Everywhere you look you hear that these actions are being taken “for their own good.” We hear that phrase from parents when they refer to their children. But within the realm of human psychology it is a “watch phrase” used to spot abusive relationships.

Just a “thought for the day.”

Just noticed Sue Cattoor has written about me on her website. My response will be posted soon.


7 thoughts on “For Their Own Good

  1. Anna says:


    July xx, 2010
    The Honorable Ken Salazar
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    1849 C Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20240
    Dear Secretary Salazar:
    Recent media accounts have documented still more deaths of wild horses during Bureau of
    Land Management (BLM) roundups. Just this month, 12 horses, including three foals, died
    during the Tuscarora Complex roundup in northeastern Nevada as a result of deeply flawed
    methods. This tragedy was only the most recent in a string of reports of wild horses dying
    during BLM roundups this year.
    We are concerned by the inability of your agency to acknowledge these disturbing outcomes,
    change what seems to be deeply flawed policy, and better manage the gathers so as to
    prevent the unnecessary suffering and death of these federally protected animals.
    Specifically, on Saturday, July 10, with temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, the BLM, in
    a time-span of two and half hours, captured and corralled more than 228 wild horses after
    running them more than 8 miles. During this time, public observation of BLM activities was
    prohibited. This ill-advised plan resulted in the deaths of 12 protected American Mustangs,
    most due to water intoxication; three of the dead were foals less than six months old. By the
    time the roundup was halted, 17 horses had died.
    While we applaud the speed with which you temporarily halted the Tuscarora roundup after
    these deaths, the roundup has now resumed. Apparently, BLM continues to bar public
    observers, despite a court order affirming the right to “reasonable access.” So far, 410 more
    horses have been gathered and, according to BLM’s own account, the death toll has risen to
    The BLM is repeating the mistakes made during the deadly round up in the Calico Mountain
    Complex last winter. That roundup resulted in the deaths of over 105 horses, along with the
    stress-induced late term abortions of at least 40 mares.
    Given this pattern, and the continued threat of death and suffering to these animals, we
    request that the Tuscarora Complex roundup be suspended, along with any pending gathers,
    until the agency demonstrates that it has addressed the failings of the current program and
    can ensure the safety and well-being of the animals you are charged with protecting.
    Specifically, the BLM must account for temperature extremes and the impacts of stampeding
    young, elderly or injured animals across long distances when planning roundups. The BLM
    needs to ensure transparency by allowing members of the public to observe agency
    Further, we remain concerned that roundups are conducted at great expense to the taxpayer.
    As we have pointed out in the past, BLM’s aggressive use of roundups has resulted in
    unsustainable increases in the number of horses in holding facilities (now at 38,000) and
    continues to undermine the BLM’s overall budget. Unfortunately, the frequency of roundups
    has only increased under this administration.
    To address these and other flaws, we recommend an independent analysis of the National
    Wild Horse and Burro program, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences. This
    analysis will provide a clear determination of the most accurate, science-based methodologies
    to estimate wild horse and burro populations, provide an assessment of Appropriate
    Management Levels based on the goal of maintaining sustainable herds and provide an
    assessment of practical, effective, non-lethal and publicly acceptable management
    alternatives to current BLM policies.
    We strongly urge you to refrain from any further action until a clear plan is in place to
    sustainably manage and protect our wild herds. Only then can we move forward with a
    more informed, open and deliberate process, based on input from all who are concerned
    with the health, well being, and conservation of this animal which embodies the spirit of our
    American West.
    Mr. Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

  2. Anna says:

    “Fund for Horses”

    This is the e-mail address for info on the Rahall Letter 2010

    this is “the international fund for horses; aka The Int’l Fund for Horses; also called: “Tuesday’s Horse;
    pls.mail this letter to your Senators; Representative and to any pro ROAM Congress

    be sure to include a brief statement of why you oppose the roundups; such as I plan to write: I oppose the Roundups because the wild mustangs suffer “injury and sickness during and after the roundups; many Foals perish; this is the exact opposite of “protecting the wild equine! (geeze!)

  3. Anna says:

    “Fund for Horses”

    Fund for Horses remove spaces…

    contact Ms. Poole or Vivian; the founder; an excellent letter !

  4. Anna says:

    amazing how an e-mail address will not show; try this:

    “Fund for Horses

    info @ horsefund . org remove spaces

    if that doesn’t work go to “Int’l Fund for Horses website! thnx!

  5. Anna says:

    3) 1/7/10 30YO, red roan, mare, BC=2, incisors severely worn and broken, feed packing under lip. Post-mortem exam revealed severe wave mouth, broken and loose molars, chronic erosion under upper lip. Very little chance of improvement Euthanasia reason #4. Non-gather related. (Black Rock West, mare captured 1/5/10)
    4) 1/29/10 30+, brown, mare, BC=2, incisors severely worn and broken, spread. Weak and had impaired vision. Very little chance for improvement. Euthanasia reason #4. Non-gather related. (Granite, mare captured 1/29/10)
    5) 1/29/10 7YO, buckskin stud, BC=3.5. Severely deformed left front foot, clubbed with a severe flare on the inside. Limb was deviated medially below the ankle. The horse was Grade 3.5 lame (0-5). (euthanasia reason #2, non-gather related)
    The BLM is “waging war against the Elders of the Herds ! ! !

  6. Anna says:

    ps the blm should be particulary hesitant to “destroy young foals due to minor afflictions of hooves; etc.

    this is because many rescues like to adopt “Foals who have minor deformities; this way the rescue uses The Foal’s disabilities to attract new members and donations by “fixing the foal up and finding the foal a good home or rescue;

    so the BLM should not “destroy foals for afflictions; imo AW

  7. Anna says:

    my comment is:

    I notice not as many Mustangs are “perishing at Litchfield as at Calico and Tuscarora; which is very good news; my observation is this: as a public citizen viewing webs/videos

    “At Litchfield Corral the Manager scatters and places Hay in the Corral + pens…

    At Calico; the Manager places Hay outside the Corrals…so at Litchfield; if a Mustang falls down; atleast at Litchfield; the Equine can find bits of Hay scattered here and there…A.

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