Just Stuff

I am working best I can at the moment yet sometimes I don’t even have time to tell people what I’m doing.

Link to radio broadcast in Vegas: http://stevewark.podbean.com/2010/08/05/steve-wark-in-the-morning-equine-welfare-alliance/

I’m working on the reports on Owyhee and compiling some of Katie Fite’s information for court.

Getting the next “road trip” organized, not saying where I’m going…

Praying for Twin Peaks that will start Monday. If you are in CA get on the observation list.

More to come….

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13 thoughts on “Just Stuff

  1. cat Kindsfather says:

    Hey Laura,

    Thanks for updates. Sorry the 54 lawmakers could not get the moratorium!!!!
    Good luck getting a four wheel drive.

    Would appreciate a call soon, as I cannot call you as you suggested, because I cant find your number! I did find my email request dated the 15th, with Angel 1069, Precious I think is #0988, and also 1099 on it. Was hoping they all could make it to the sanctuary. It pretty much sucks that Angel at least, did not make it. That day at court you said you would be sure she got on the list you and Elyse had, but I had no idea she was not even in the adoptions gallery!!!

    OOOOPs, I promised not to nag about it.

    Be safe and get to the doc shop. Might see you soon…..

    • Laura Leigh says:

      I’ll just say one more time (because you said you wouldn’t “nag”)
      I wish I had known sooner.
      Elyse is dealing with the mares. I was focusing on the stallion portion. I handed that to someone very competent as my plate filled up.

      You need to forward the letter with the date on it to Elyse (she is doing the mares right now) and John. I thought I remember you writing that you had requested, by deadline, from John they be pulled. Make sure the girls are still at Broken Arrow. Don’t wait on that.

      Since this started the Court case has literally taken over my life. I have another deadline today.

  2. Anna says:

    This is the response I, Anne; received from the BLM Aug.2010
    QUOTE FROM BLM:
    Over the years, the BLM has considered conducting some trial projects where
    we geld stallions to release back to their herd area, but there are many
    potential problems associated with such an endeavor. We continue to be
    open to consider how such a trial could be conducted.
    ANNE’S COMMENT;

    THE ONLY POSSIBLE POTENTIAL PROBLEM I COULD FORSEE IN RETURNING GELDINGS TO THE HERD AND NOT STALLIONS

    IS: BY THE BLM RETURNING GELDINGS AND NOT STALLIONS

    THE BLM WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONDUCT THE “BLM’S PUPPY MILLS FOR MUSTANGS…

    WHICH ARE US PUBLIC LAND HERD MANAGEMENT AREA’S (HMA’S) BY PUTTING STALLIONS INTO THE HERD TO BREED…

    SURE MY IDEA OF PUTTING GELDINGS BACK INTO THE HERD INSTEAD OF THE BLM’S CURRENT POLICY WHICH IS TO PUT

    STALLIONS BACK INTO THE HERD OF MARES AND OTHER STALLIONS AFTER THE ROUNDUP INSTEAD OF GELDING THEM

    WILL REDUCE THE CURRENT MUSTANG POPULATIONS; BUT YOU SEE UNLESS THE POPLULATIONS ARE REDUCED…?

    THE GATHERS WILL CONTINUE ! which “kills many mustangs

    geeze 130 mustangs perished @ Palomino in 2007 disease
    111 + 7 = 118 Mustangs perished @ Calcio complex 2010
    34 (atleast) perished during the Tuscaora; Jesus Christ ! is almost 300 living mustangs perished during/afterRoundups !

    and the figure is much higher than that; STOP THE MADNESS
    STOP THE BLM START PUTTING GELDINGS INTO THE HERD
    TO BUILD UP A MANAGEABLE MUSTANGS PRESERVATIONs…

    and when the pop. gets too low; THEN add your stallions…a

    ps the reason the BLM has 12,000 “excess mustangs imo is

    about 5 years ago; the blm put stallions into those HMA”s (purposely so they could conduct this roundup in 2010;

    BLM: THE WILD MUSTANGS BREEDERS OF THE OLD WEST !

    STOP BREEDING MUSTANGS…the usa has enough already !

    LET THEM LIVE IN NATURAL MUSTANG PRESERVES; NOT SOME MAN MADE HMA’S ! STOP THE OVER BREEDING

    SAVE THE GENES; MAKE RESERVATIONS; SAVE THE ‘STANGS!
    AND GOD FORBID WE SHOULD EVER FORGET THE BURROS

    the poor floppy eared sturdy healthy desert dwelling burros

    SAVE EM” ps to barb ever see the pix of the Burro at PVC
    stuck in the gate; that is a loser of a photograph; will post !

  3. Anna says:

    BLM WROTE:

    Over the years, the BLM has considered conducting some trial projects where
    we geld stallions to release back to their herd area, but there are many
    potential problems associated with such an endeavor. We continue to be
    open to consider how such a trial could be conducted.

    See? the blm does not put Gelding back to herd…STOOPID !

    • Linda says:

      I included a “trial project” in my submission to the BLM. Double-blind so the results can be compared under proper scientific protocols.

      My proposal begins with a moritorium on “gathers” until the following components have been addressed and/or completed and reports have been published by the BLM and others:

      Balanced round-table meetings with input from any and all stakeholders to develop a Revised Wild Horse & Burro Program and a new set of Standards and Practices;

      BLM purchase, trading, and/or re-purposing public lands to minimize private lands within HMAs and buying and/or trading for water rights;

      A plan for returning all animals in holding to Western lands;

      A proposal for revising the Adoption and Sales component, including increased accountability and monitoring;

      Mitigations for roadways, extraction sites, vehicle travel, light and noise pollution, etc.;

      A proposal for alternative management (the “trial project”), including a job creation component for continual, minimally-intrusive management;

      A a cost/benefit analysis of the Midwestern and Eastern preserves vs. management on the range; a cost/benefit analysis of my trial project vs. BLM Calico costs;

      And a whole lot more.

      I’ve done my best to submit constructive ideas, not criticisms of past actions. I figure they’ll get plenty of those and I’m not as well-informed as others on those subjects.

      My primary focus is boots-on-the ground MANAGEMENT of our American Mustangs and Burros on Western lands going forward, so this tragic and destructive cycle of reproduction over a period of years and the resulting mass removals can be drastically reduced and finally come to a stop, and the BLM will no longer be perpetuating it’s own crisis.

    • Laura Houston says:

      I think it would be better to use vasectomy rather than gelding to stop breedings. As a gelding acts a lot differently than a stallion. No more male hormones means a gelding may not even be a part of the natural herd behaviour.

      A combo of darting *some* mares and vas on some stallions could really make a big difference without upsetting as much as tons of lazy geldings.

  4. Debbie Richmond says:

    The only sane way that I foresee the future of the wild horses is to humanely remove them from public land usage and subjection to this barbaric treatment. We have enough evidence to convict the perpetrators for hundreds of counts of felony animal cruelty, and common sense action mandates removal of the victims from the abusive environment.

    Multi-usage and abuse of the lands by those who are mismanaging them will continue to plague these herds without mercy. We must see to the safety of the horses first, and put pride and their birthrights to the land on the back-burner for the time being if we wish to protect them now and in the future.

    If at some future point there is a change of venue and public lands become a safe haven for the horses, they can be released. But that is doubtful given what we have seen over decades.

    Yes, sadly this is the only logical and sane approach, in my opinion. Their birthright indeed is to live free, and yet as reasonable and as right as it is – it is costing these wild herds their lives and their futures.

    Can we as compassionate and forward-thinking humans see this on their behalf?

    Private sanctuaries and private stewardship by those who cherish these horses will preserve and protect them. Nothing else will.

    Time is running out.

    • sandra longley says:

      The problem that I see is that the horses have the only “legal legitimate claim to the lands..you remove those wild horses, you remove what is left of the public lands system and the pyramid comes tumbling down..there is a method to their true “madness” as those of us that have been looking at the land usage and future plans have discovered.

  5. Rob Pliskin says:

    check the GrassRootsHorse donating link in this blog independently. Even tho it is written down right in the blog, it comes up with a forward slash after the dot before the “com” when it flips into the url address window on my machine. might just be my machine. or…? at any rate, all i had to do was remove the forward slash that shouldn’t have popped up when i hit the link.

    see ya

  6. sandra longley says:

    I know it is getting close to election time and politicians are trying to stay clear of “issues” but see if you can get one to slip out there unannounced so they do not sanitize it for them, bring their own media and get some press for being the good guy or gal and stopping the wasteful spending of taxpers dollars..

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