So much for talking…

While we were in Denver listening to BLM’s hired gun Michael Harty act as if his meeting actually meant something … the stallions at Fallon have been castrated. I wonder how many of those smiling faces at that  meeting knew what was happening?

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/calico_mountains_complex/gather_activity_updates.html

Gelding of the five years and older stallions took place this week.  During gelding, one stallion was noted with two cryptorchid testicles and was euthanized, one stallion suffered a spinal injury while in the chute and died on his own and one gelding was found dead in the pen.

The letters I have written (we all have written) go unanswered. Instead Gene Seidlitz of the Winnemucca district replied to Craig Downers letter and cc’d us all.

That is not a reply to MY letter.

He addressed Craig’s fly over… never my questions directly… NOT EVEN CLOSE.

He never responded to my last letter. He has never sent me the schedule for data collection that he invited me to participate in… that started today. He is side stepping and squirming instead of simply answering. Does someone behave that way when they have legs to stand on? Or when they are acting like someone with something to be ashamed of?

A proposal sits unanswered that would have taken in all of these horses at a savings to the tax=payer that would not have required gelding!!!!!!

Does our president care that his BLM… yes Obama’s BLM… behaves in such a manner? A manner that only deserves the label “sociopathic.”

How can anyone go to work in the morning for the BLM and look their children in the eye at night?

Before I left for Denver I said to watch them… best face, big hit.

Watch them now while they close air space and deny me access to observe data collection…. what are they really doing?

I am in the desert and rather beside myself at the moment…. we will NEVER even be permitted to see these older stallions that the BLM has castrated… who died? Does the BLM even care?

I will write more later… I need to walk or something.

How can anyone go to work in the morning for the BLM and look their children in the eye at night?

SaveWildHorses posted this in comments. I think this is a great idea…. start cc ing the White House, Senators on your emails to the BLM.

Yes! And on every correspondence with any BLM official please make sure they see your cc: to the following

Your Senators
Barbara Boxer
all the chain of command in the WH&B and BLM (Don Glenn, Bob Abbey, Ken Salazar)
and the President

Soon, I think we may need to start contacting the Justice Department

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41 thoughts on “So much for talking…

  1. jan eaker says:

    Laura, I know, i knew what this would mean to you when I saw it; what a total bunch of BS, an absolute betrayal of trust, a “new direction” indeed; how can any of us EVER believe ANYTHING BLM says ever again. Even worse for those of you who thought you had achieved a breakthrough w/ them. I am devestated, i cannot fathom people like this, they know they are wrong, and lie to your face, knowing they are going to continue doing what they want to do, the whole manifest destiny, sense of entiltlement; “speaking with forked tongues” the Native Americans knew of what they spoke, didn’t they? Speaking out of the sides of their mouths, as my Grandmother used to say.

  2. jan eaker says:

    No, I don’t think BLM gives a damn, it is business as usual.
    I can only imagine what these older boys look like, what shape they are in, just remembering what the younger horses looked like; and we will never know, we will never know where they have gone,
    this is betond sadness, it is madness,
    I feel for those of you who believed they were listening and offering a new direction.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      It wasn’t “believed” that they were listening… it was that dialogue was out in the open and that even the BLM would know no amount of PR… even from a guy like Harty…. could fix it if they kept going as they always do.
      It was the idea that Congress was asking questions and the forum was created… a report will go to Congress…
      What is the report going to look like after we start writing Congress that the meeting was a sham?

  3. Darcy says:

    Laura I am so sorry to hear that, it breaks my heart. Ok, back on the BLM Bashing trail I go….we were hoping they were listening, but we knew in our hearts they weren’t….we gave em a last chance…now let’s kick some BLM ass!

  4. jan eaker says:

    who do we write to?????

    • savewildhorses says:

      YOUR SENATORS! Every senator on the committee holding up the ROAM Act. The President telling him the BLM’s WH&B program is as out of control as the MMS. And Don Abbey to ask him for the definition of “new direction.”

  5. sandra longley says:

    Yes and calico horses were shipped out to adoption centers, they are being dispersed across the country..I call it the blm obituary page..Do they actually know that that double crypt wasn’t a GELDING..could he be one that was “slipped into the sheldon horses”- a crypt arrived at a texas adoption last month, on the papers it said he was a…gelding..or did they just euthanise a gelding? In their ‘secret” document when they discussed these things like returning gelded stallions to the HMAs they said they would have to brand them so that there was no mistake they had been gelded

  6. Monika Courtney says:

    The “more transparency” public BLM gig in Denver was just a clever move to try to shut us up. We even had the respect not to protest. Pro-Active partnership ? Don Glenn.. said, HOW can we create more transparency ? They are all in bed with one another, a ship full of corrupt sailors trying to get away with murder, as they always have. They just don’t like the public pressure, which we must keep up. We must protest again and expose them. They are liars and betrayers.
    Poor horses.

  7. jan eaker says:

    They knew he wasn’t a gelding, instead of doing the surgery, they killed him

  8. savewildhorses says:

    So, last year during a public meeting there was a clandestine round up they never bothered to mention, and this year they were quickly gelding all the stallions while everyone was occupied with a faint glimmer of hope of a new direction. I am sickened that the genetics of one of the last majestic herds in Nevada has just effectively been wiped off the face of the earth. Sickened. And to do this the week BEFORE they go out and see if any horses are actually left out there is just unbelievably arrogant and a slap in the face of every wild horse lover who has wasted energy trying to communicate with these thugs.

  9. Carryl Edwards says:

    I don’t know how many people I told this would happen and to remember the meeting in Nevada and the Blm was secretly doing a round up in Oregon! How dare they! Protests are back on, this is WAR!

    • Laura Leigh says:

      Many of us said “bast face… big hit.”
      Now we write to Congress.
      Flood the white house and your Congressmen and talk about the mediator and the workshop as BLM continued to ignore ALL public cooperative efforts.
      Call Obama and tell him “HIS” BLM needs an overhaul!

      • savewildhorses says:

        Yes! And on every correspondence with any BLM official please make sure they see your cc: to the following

        Your Senators
        Barbara Boxer
        all the chain of command in the WH&B and BLM (Don Glenn, Bob Abbey, Ken Salazar)
        and the President

        Soon, I think we may need to start contacting the Justice Department

  10. Karen says:

    Heart breaking. I would like to see “Mustang Cams” in place and linked to the internet. That way we could keep an eye on them.

  11. Linda says:

    Facism.

  12. I’m at a loss for words right now.

  13. R.T. Fitch says:

    This is just absolutly tearing my heart out and pissing me off to no end. You can’t trust them, didn’t last week, don’t today.

    I feel an Op-Ed in the works.

    And you, my friend, you know how I feel about you out there in the desert. It violates both my morale code and my professional ethics knowing what you are doing and how you are doing it. You are well aware that I am by no means a chauvinist but I fear for your safety in a world full of crazy men driven by politics and money.

    You never know…I guess the only thing that I am going to be able to do is head out your way once I am back.

    We shall see.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      I know that even if I were a man you would worry about me… my gender is just “good copy.”

      Can’t wait to have that black cowboy hat at my back though… see you… very soon I hope.

  14. Call me when you land. mar

  15. savewildhorses says:

    Can someone please tell me why they are not reporting the tag numbers of the stallions who died and were euthanized?

    • cat Kindsfather says:

      I ask the same question, and I answer it for myself too. Because they think they don’t have to. Since the dismissal of the lawsuit, they seem to feel empowered and quick on their plans to rid our lands of our mustangs. And cary on with the genocide.
      Maybe they don’t think its important, maybe they just don’t care, perhaps desensitized, just another horse, another day in the life on the job. Or maybe they just enjoy strapping us to the torture rack just like the horses!
      I know we are ridiculed as being emotional. Emotion is a natural human trait. Lack of emotion = inhumanity. Get it? These are our horses and we WILL save them from inhumanity, corporate greed and genocide!

      I still say, move over happy cows, wild horses are coming home.
      We are not giving up on you!

      • cat Kindsfather says:

        Laura, sorry, please delete one of these reposts.

        Watch your back…. Sending prayers and angels ❤

      • savewildhorses says:

        Never ever bite on the “emotional” angle. They have been using it for decades. Whenever you hear this word, just ignore and pretend you didn’t hear it. It is irrelevant, just as the “feral” word is irrelevant. These horses are protected by law. Period.

  16. Jennifer Drake says:

    Wow, this is more than enough. We have to stop this now. They are about ready to start rounding up another 10K if my figures are correct July 1st through the fall.
    The GOVT, Obama, Salazar, Abbey, are totally deceitful and basically deciding for all of US who pay our taxes and are EQUALS the fate of our Wild Horses and our wildlife/environment. THEY are DESTROYING it, what they are doing to our wild horses, this Calico situation has been absolutely heinous for these horses since the day the first chopper started chasing them in the DEAD of winter, they’ve only suffered and many died, and the one’s that survived, where are they now, at the slaughter house since many went to auction. Look at the GULF, do they talk about all the dead birds, the turtles, the whales, the dolphins, our food chain, NO they keep everything SECRET and take the 5th and LIE through every pore in their body.

    These idiots-our GOVT, especially those listed above, don’t get to kill off our WILD HERDS or our oceans, birds, everything I’ve mentioned and beyond. We need to STOP THIS, not bitch, but take action and DO EVERYTHING to get them to change or get them out of their role, which quite frankly, they clearly shouldn’t be doing. They don’t see the world as one, we all exist and have a right to be here, where does our President and Ken Salazar get off thinking they can ruin it for our species and the rest of us. Stick them in the castration chute and without a tag, I wonder where they would end up, Mexico or Canada, and you know what happens when horses get shipped there. Or maybe auction, same outcome. TIME FOR CHANGE! WE HAVE TO STOP THIS NOW!

  17. I, too, am at a total loss for words. I’m so utterly shocked and UPSET, my brain can’t even fathom this! Like getting kicked in the gut and getting knocked out. No more “trying to be nice” now when I start my letter-writing campaign again.And I also still call my senators in congress and the white house everyday, but i;m finished being nice about it. We should all send letters to people in the white house who are not really about the wild horse issues…but if we all did, they might say “whats all this wild horse stuff coming to me for.” Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and nag a horse lover. I do know one thing: This entire administration is corrupt! They lie to us, they promise us one thing and then does totally the opposite! Obama isn’t satisfied being our president….he wants to be our RULER! His hand-picked administration is just like him. Ken Salazar and Obama are good ol buddies from back in their senate days…so what does that tell us? Sorry for rambling….I am extremely upset and PISSED TO NO END!!!

  18. Oh, and another thing I’d like to say…..If I didn’t HAVE to go to work every day, I’ve been thinking I’d like to haul my beautiful big boy Willy (my trusty steed) to one of these up-coming roundups, interefere with the herd in question and causing as much trouble as I could for the BLM. Oh yeah, for sure I’d be arrested….but fuck, they…… can’t keep me locked up, and I’m thinking it would for sure get some MUCH NEEDED media coverage. What I’m getting at is…we are all being too nice. I think we need to get more aggressive and headstrong.

  19. cat Kindsfather says:

    Looks like big soldiers showing up for the battle.

    http://us.mc1121.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?.gx=1&.tm=1277200174&.rand=d40giddsov48e#_pg=showMessage&sMid=3&&filterBy=&.rand=1393532518&midIndex=3&mid=1_19278863_AFsWw0MAAXesTCCAQArBe0LS8xY&fromId=anne@thecloudfoundation.org&m=1_19281421_AFwWw0MAAB0gTCCFQwAtJF%2BPtKY,1_19280695_AFsWw0MAAFc%2FTCCDtQYwHR5ZjYQ,1_19279546_AFkXw0MAAB%2FSTCCBRwLbP0EpeZA,1_19278863_AFsWw0MAAXesTCCAQArBe0LS8xY,1_19278356_AGEWw0MAAMtiTCBhXAMLvm6XwqM,1_19277654_AF4Xw0MAAFICTCBZZAZFWSu9XjI,1_19277028_AFwXw0MAAVcBTCBO9AQnxW9lq0A,1_19276142_AF4Ww0MAAPtiTCA6KwAhcA%2Bk2ls,1_19275285_AFgXw0MAAIyQTCA5MAeqK0DmndM,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=44c8713791cf13d69021d98b788d0573&.jsrand=2138222

    • cat Kindsfather says:

      http://us.mc1121.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?.gx=1&.tm=1277200174&.rand=d40giddsov48e#_pg=showMessage&sMid=3&&filterBy=&.rand=1393532518&midIndex=3&mid=1_19278863_AFsWw0MAAXesTCCAQArBe0LS8xY&fromId=anne@thecloudfoundation.org&m=1_19281421_AFwWw0MAAB0gTCCFQwAtJF%2BPtKY,1_19280695_AFsWw0MAAFc%2FTCCDtQYwHR5ZjYQ,1_19279546_AFkXw0MAAB%2FSTCCBRwLbP0EpeZA,1_19278863_AFsWw0MAAXesTCCAQArBe0LS8xY,1_19278356_AGEWw0MAAMtiTCBhXAMLvm6XwqM,1_19277654_AF4Xw0MAAFICTCBZZAZFWSu9XjI,1_19277028_AFwXw0MAAVcBTCBO9AQnxW9lq0A,1_19276142_AF4Ww0MAAPtiTCA6KwAhcA%2Bk2ls,1_19275285_AFgXw0MAAIyQTCA5MAeqK0DmndM,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=44c8713791cf13d69021d98b788d0573&.jsrand=2138222

  20. cat Kindsfather says:

    I ask the same question, and I answer it for myself too. Because they think they don’t have to. Since the dismissal of the lawsuit, they seem to feel empowered and quick on their plans to rid our lands of our mustangs, and carry on with the genocide.
    Maybe they don’t think its important, maybe they just don’t care, perhaps desensitized, just another horse, another day in the life on the job. Or maybe they just enjoy strapping us to the torture rack just like the horses!
    I know we are ridiculed as being emotional. Emotion is a natural human trait. Lack of emotion = inhumanity. Get it? These are our horses and we WILL save them from inhumanity, corporate greed and genocide!

    I still say, move over happy cows, wild horses are coming home.
    We are not giving up on you!

  21. Tara Bruning says:

    This is animal abuse of the worst kind! So helpless were the stallions.

  22. jan eaker says:

    IDA just sent out another of their wonderful automatic letters to congress, it’s on their blog/home page.
    send it, it’s for the horses

  23. Anne Novak says:

    The BLM will exercise their legal rights. It’s all about the law . . . mass euthanasia and unlimited sales of thousands of wild horses to “you know who” are still a legal option for BLM thanks to the Burns Amendment. Now is the time to take legal action to protect the public’s wild horses.

  24. savewildhorses says:

    Read this last night on pg. 208 of Wild Horse Annie. This quote is from 40 years ago, but you’d never know it:

    “It is too bad the Bureau has brought about his unenviable situation for itself by its very bad public relations in the past and its policy of evasiveness, denial, and downright defiance. It is such a waste of time and money, this eternal bickering, and having to stand off the Bureau incident by incident. If only a permanent solution can be worked out that will guide all future decisions.”

    And love this from Annie: “The BLM is confusing the term preserve (wild horses) with permit to exist.” Nothing new under the sun at the BLM. They still think they are the good guys since they permit wild horses to “exist” at all.

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