Faces of PVC October 2010

Editing tons of footage and reviewing still images.

What sticks in my mind this am are the thousands of faces in holding I have seen. These are just a few from one day at Palomino Valley. Horses are from Tuscarora and Twin Peaks…

Second video of Tonopah and videos from Silver King coming soon… heading out to check on some horses first…

Edited to Add stills from today

Stallion PVC

Stallion (Big Pen)

Twin Peaks Stallion (Broken Family)

Twin Peaks Stallion

Mares (PVC)

Mares (PVC)

"Why?"

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43 thoughts on “Faces of PVC October 2010

  1. sandra longley says:

    Lovely sad faces, I guess I could name them all,,”WHY??” why are you sending3,000 WH to Canon when you only adopted 25 last year..Why are you draining the american taxpayer of every one of their hard earned dollars and WHY are you still there making a good awful mess out of everyones lives You are not the BLM you are the dept of WHY??

    • jean says:

      WHY, is the question we should be demanding an answer to! They can take the American taxpayer’s money for this horrible and mismanaged project of eliminating our wild horse herds, and yet, are not held accountable for their actions?! WHY???
      Thank you Laura for providing the pictures, as sad as it is, to look at their beautiful, but sad faces. We sincerely appreciate your hard work and dedication in bringing this to light. We can never give up…justice must prevail!

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    There is something so ominous when one facility is ‘cleared’ of a group of horses and then filled with another group. mar

  3. Robin Bailey says:

    I agree with you, Mar. Very chilling.

  4. Linda says:

    Laura, I’ve watched four times and, like Sandra, I keep coming back to, “WHY?”

    Unparalleled beauty on a backdrop of dirt and muck. A sad contrast.

  5. savewildhorses says:

    Look at these horses look straight at you, Laura, imploring us to help their remaining free brothers and sisters.

  6. LOUIE COCROFT says:

    Former Senator regrets his part in BLM wild horse and burro program
    Posted on Jan 28, 2010 by Vivian

    Clifford Hansen, a former U.S. senator from Wyoming who introduced the bill to create the program, said he now wishes he could remove his name from the legislation. The law was intended to recognize the significance of wild horses and burros,” said Hansen, now 84, “but talk about a waste of public funds!

    http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/former-senator-regrets-his-part-in-blm-wild-horse-and-burro-program/

    • Linda says:

      IMHO, Clifford Hansen should be ashamed of himself. He INTRODUCED the bill to CREATE the program, then stood by and watched his own legislation ripped apart and the program it created deteriorate until it’s original intent had been entirely corrupted.

      Where was HE over all these years? Did he ever contact the BLM and say,”Hey gang, this isn’t what I (we) had in mind. Let’s consider a different approach”?

      One more “Why?” to add to the growing list. Mr. Hanson – “Why now?”

    • Puller Lanigan says:

      Well, nothing is stopping that hick from knocking on his old cronies doors and asking them to revoke it. It’s just a ‘mea culpa’ CYA maneuver. What is he running for next?

  7. Anna says:

    Thanks Louis for the update from Senator Hansen:

    my comment on the video is:

    Do you see the little juvenile Burro lying down; looks like the Burro is “struggling to stand up right ? you can tell this by the “furrows in the sand ‘pit where this baby burro is trapped

    see what happens is this: imo after 30 yrs. of nutrition study

    “The Juvenile Burro has acquired a “Deficiency of the B-Vitamins; specifially Thiamine Vitamin B1

    what a deficiency of Thiamin Vit. B1 does;

    “causes weakness in the hind legs (called hind leg paralysis

    this is caused SOLEY by a deficiency of Vitamin B1; brought about by new feed; new hay; stress; new surrounding roundup

    So what happens to a mustang or burro with a Deficiency of Thiamine B1 is: their back legs do not function correctly

    but their front legs do; so the Mustangs with the Deficicency of Vitamins (B vitamin complex) : struggle to rise using their front legs but their back legs are not working correctly (due to the deficieny of Thiamien Vitamin B1 and other vits/mins

    so LITERALLY THE MUSTANG OR BURROS WITH A DEFICIENCY OF THIAMINE VITAMIN B1 WILL ACTAULLY DIG THEMSELVES INTO A PIT WITH THEIR FRONT LEGS BY TRYING TO DIG THEMSELVES OUT; and many die in these pits !

    AND ONE INTRAMUSCULAR SHOT OF THIAMINE VITAMIN B1 AND OR VITAMIN B COMPLEX

    can actually “shoot energy to the back legs and get the Equine to stand up and begin foraging…

    my opinion is: ONE SHOT OF THIAMINE B1 can save this sick Juveniles Burros life…just one shot (or two or three if needed

    ThiamineB1 is a water soluble vitamin; 99% safe ! so I wrote to the blm dc office; to the individual offices telling them

    Have your Vet begin to adminsiter Vitamin B1 shots to any downed weak or otherwise Mustangs to save their lives !

    I wrote this to many blm officials since 2009; since I have knowns about the Thiamien B1 since 2005 (and since 1998)

    yet they will not treat the downed equine with Nutrition; ps

    some may say the burro is “resting; this is because WHEN AN ANIMAL HAS A DEFICIENCY OF THIAMINE OR B-COMPLEX

    THE ANIMAL LOOKS to be resting; ONE SHOT B1 CURES THIS!

    KNOWN SINCE 1856 AND THEN 1895; THEN 1930;

    about every 50 years Thiamien B1 is “rediscovered; summary

    A chicken who eats white rice with no Thiamine added; will quickly fall down anad not be ablet to stand

    A chickend fed brown rice (has natural thiamine will be well

  8. Anna says:

    Summary: if the Burro does not get A Thiamine Vitamin B1 shot asap; the Burro could “perish…

    AND YET ONE SHOT OF THIAMINE B1 COULD SAVE ITS LIFE !

    I know I have countelss testimonies of animals given B1 shots and they stand right up in about 12 hours esp. Goats;

    If a Goat does not have Thiamien; the goat goes to seizure

    and falls to the ground: one shot of Thiamine gets goat up!

    known since 1856; knownw for over 150 yrs. not used tho’!

    waht a pity the burro has to suffer for the want of a B1 shot

    see Vitamin B1 is depleted by stress which releases Cortisol

    so when the BLM stampedes Mustangs Foals and Burros

    the Cortisol from the stress fo the rounudp depletes Vit. B1

    Hay has Vitamin B1; but the Baby Burro is not given any hay

    LOOK AT THE PIX OF THE BABY BURRO do you see any Hay?
    no…do you see the mother nursing the burro; no; because a mother burro cannot nurse a foal who cannot stand up

    AND ONE THIAMINE B1 IM COULD GET THE BURRO UP…

  9. Anna says:

    I am about saving the lives of the Wild Equine in the corrals; and about stopping the roundups for good by setting up sancturies; now i really must go and continue sending the pix fo the mustanags with the gashes in their faces to the ASPCA

    and otther animal groups and officilas boths gov. and law ! a.

    ps this message is for ANYONE not just Laura ! duh its a blog !

  10. Anna says:

    ps to Laura “you knew the pix of the Baby Burro struggling to rise to nurse but unable to do so due to nutritional deficiency

    you knew that pix “would get my goat..Laura YOU ARE GOOD!

    you go Lady ! I really trust you with the fate of our Mustangs and Burros and Mules to boot ! thank you very much dear ! @

    and to the others: start sending emails to HSUS and ASPCA if you do not feel comfortable contacting your elected officials!

    imho I do feel like there is some light at the end of the tunnel

    • Puller Lanigan says:

      These jackanapes are people just like you and me. SHAME ON YOU if you can’t write a letter to a Congressman or Senator and tell them how you feel.

      By letting HSUS and ASPCA deliver signatures, you are supporting them as a lobby. They collect HUGE salaries and very little goes for animals. ASPCA is an exception, they have a facility in New York with a clinic. HSUS is just a lobbying group. They are instrumental in muscling into an arena. They walk out when they have the attention of legislators. Witness Katrina animals….they shine the spotlight. that is useful, but it will not save the wild horses. OUR legislators need to hear from US.

      • Laura Leigh says:

        Yes, our legislators need to hear that we are aware and care.

        I agree that you need to be very careful about where you throw your weight. Talk is talk… doing is different. Always watch carefully…

  11. Anna says:

    pps speaking of Goats…if a goat gets a Deficiency of Thiamin Vitamin B1 from moldy hay dampness other causes

    The Goat falls downs and goes into what is called Goat Polio

    Goat Polio is not a germ but is a deficency of Vitamin B1 etc.

    One shot of Thiamine completey cures a goat from Goat polio; if the goat doesn’t get thiamine; the goat can “perish

    its so amazing thiamien vitamin b1 is so I continue to chat!

    about thiamine B1 and how this vitamin makes animals well

    • Linda says:

      Anna, as a former Shaklee Distributor I learned allot about vitamins/minerals so I could educate my “human” customers. As I understand it, all B vitamins (also “C”) are water-soluble and not stored in the body. They not only continually move through the liver/kidneys to be passed as urine, but are also secreted through the skin – our body’s largest organ of elimination.

      When people experience a surge of adrenline (fight or flight response – like if you’re driving and someone cuts you off) or other stressful event, the human physical response is a B vitamin “dump”, which is why it’s important to take B-Complex daily.

      Other vitamins/minerals are stored in muscles and other tissues for slow release, which is why taking “megadoses” (especially of vitamin “A”) is dangerous to human health.

      RE: Grazing Animals – Cattle, sheep, goats, deer, horses:
      “Polioencephalomalacia (PE) is a disease caused by vitamin B1 deficiency in ruminants like cattle, sheep and goats, often triggered by a change in feed that leads to a reduction in the amount of thiamine or vitamin B1 in the rumen. The signs include blindness, dullness, aimless wandering. It’s important to get the animal treated as soon as the signs appear, and this means thiamine injections by your vet.”
      Taken directly From this New Zealand website:
      http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/the-basics/article/489-neurological-signs-in-cattle-sheep-deer-and-horses.html

      I searched the Web for “B1Injections Horses”, and found it’s also used to calm horses, especially “performance horses”. In my opinion, if the wild horse/burros/mules were injected at the capture pens (by darting?) prior to hauling or at least before/during “processing”, when they’re already being injected, things might work out much better.

      Less stress and, potentially, fewer injuries to the to animals. As for the wranglers, maybe they should load up on “B” as well. Might calm them down a bit!

      • Anna says:

        Hi Linda: thanks alot for your reply; I appreciate the time you took to post and the research; I like Shaklee and herbalife too ! I did not know the B-Vitamins were excreted through the skin through sweat; thanks for the info; this explains why the Roundups cause the Deficicency of the B-Vitamins; amongst other causes;

        I copied this from web: this chimes with what u wrote;
        following is a series of answers as discussed by GoatWorld Message Forum members.

        “I am writing to let you know of a situation we have found ourselves in. The other day I came home from work and began my chores for the evening when I found my buck named Hanns upside down on a slope with his head bent behind him. At first I thought his neck was broken. I could hear him breathing as I approached him. My oldest son and I gathered him up and took him to our basement. When my husband arrived home, I had prepared our van to transport Hanns to the vet. The vet informed us that Hanns either had a head injury that caused the brain to swell or that he had a virus called “lipthierium virus” that causes the brain to swell. His eye and ear on the same side were twitching. We put Hanns on antibiotics and steroids for the swelling. The vet informed us that the situation looked grim but said that we should see a difference in 2 to 3 days.”

        I believe what your vet was talking about is a *bacterial* disease called listeriosis. It is also called “circling disease”. It usually starts with the animal showing weakness on one side. It will then only be able to walk in circles, and eventually becomes totally paralyzed and dies. Sometimes it can be saved with massive doses of antibiotics.

        I hate to second guess your vet, but while Hanns could have this, it sounds like it could also be polioencephalomalacia. Unlike polio in people, it is caused by a vitamin deficiency, specifically thiamine.
        To recover, a goat MUST get thiamine ASAP.
        When given IV thiamine soon after onset of symptoms, the recovery can be startlingly rapid.
        If pure thiamine is unavailable, a B-complex injectable (available over-the-counter at farm supply stores) is better than nothing.
        If THAT is also not readily available, you can try thiamine tablets or capsules for people, if the goat can swallow. If he does start to recover, be sure to give him probiotics to get the rumen flora back in order.

        Because of the similarity of symptoms and causes between the two diseases, an animal is usually treated with both antibiotics and thiamine.

        Below is a list of related information from various web sites:

        Listeriosis – caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, found in soil, water, plant litter, silage and goat’s digestive tract. Brought on by feeding silage, sudden changes in kind of feed, parasitism, dramatic weather changes and advanced stages of pregnancy.

        Symptoms – Depression, decreased appetite, fever, leaning or stumbling or moving in one direction only, head pulled to flank with rigid neck, facial paralysis on one side, slack jaw, and drooling, abortions.

        Treatment – Administration of Procaine penicillin every six hours for three to five days, then daily for an additional seven days.

        Summary: vitamin deficiencies look like “Diseases…

        • Anna says:

          Polioencephalomalcia (Goat Polio) – a Thiamine (Vitamin B 1) deficiency. From improper feeding, particularly feeding too much grain and too little roughage. Symptoms – Excitability, “stargazing”, uncoordinated staggering and/or weaving, drunkenness, circling, diarrhea, muscle tremor, head against wall, and apparent blindness. As it progresses, convulsions and high fever may occur, and if untreated, the animal generally dies within 24-72 hours.

          Treatment – Thiamine is the only effective therapy, and treatment can result in improvement in as little as two hours, if the disease is caught early enough. Dosage is related to body weight: Daily treatment for 5 days and then weekly as required.
          summary: Equine can get Thiamine deficits also!

  12. Anna says:

    hello ! It’s important to get the animal treated as soon as the signs appear, and this means thiamine injections by your vet.”
    Taken directly From this New Zealand website:
    http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/the-basics/article/489-neurological-signs-in-cattle-sheep-deer-and-horses.html
    linda writes:
    I searched the Web for “B1Injections Horses”, and found it’s also used to calm horses, especially “performance horses”.

    In my opinion, if the wild horse/burros/mules were injected at the capture pens (by darting?) prior to hauling or at least before/during “processing”, when they’re already being injected, things might work out much better.

    Less stress and, potentially, fewer injuries to the to animals. As for the wranglers, maybe they should load up on “B” as well. Might calm them down a bit!

    Hi ! these were my thoughts exactly ! All the BLM has to do is “Give each Mustang; whether that be a Foal; Colt; Filly; Mare; pregnant mare; gelding or stallion ! JUST GIVE EACH MUSTANG “ONE SHOT OF THIAMINE VITAMIN B1 and /or ONE SHOT OF VITAMIN B-COMPLEX AND OR BOTH ! during the “vaccinations ! JUST ONE SHOT OF B VITS. sets the Equine up for
    a better appetite; better mood; better coordination; balance; in fact THIAMINE and VITAMIN B-COMPLEX are
    ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS; our Gov. knows this; so why don’t they give the Mustangs the proper replenishment nutrients?

    why does our gov. give our mustangs Rye Grass; knowing Rye Grass causes “Staggers…which makes a Thiamine Deficiency so much worse? Why is our Wh & B gov ignorant?

    I don’t even get paid to do this B1 research begun in 2005
    (after a “blmfoal named sweetie got a B1 shot and got well!

    yet the Gov. officials get a hefty salary to protect our mustangs and burros; so the question

    why do I know about the Thiamien and a few others do too

    when the Gov. doesn’t even know about this

    even though Thiamine was discovered in 1856 ! over 150 y

  13. Anna says:

    ps I sent the BLM Offices; including their main office 2010

    a. articles and documents on Thiamine B1 and other vits.mins
    b. I send them Vet. pages
    c. I even sent the BLM offices ” a pix of a thiamine b1 inject.

    Nothing…almost as if i didn’t even exist; its quite amazing…
    how deaf the ears of our gov. officials can be at times…

    but some do hear; and for those people we have Hope…
    or atleast I do…to think just one shot of Thiamine could have saved the Life of Lil One day; I can see in the videos I rewatched that the Mother of Lil One Day is lying down too !

    this means both the Mother and the foal have a Deficiency of Thiamine B1 aka Vitamin B (Complex); and every single article I have read about young with Thiamine vitamin B deficiency says;

    If the Mother has a Deficiency of Thiamine B1; the newborn is to be treated too ! THIAMIN is so safe “even a newborn can get the Thiamine Vitamin B1 or the Vitamin B-Complex shot

    Caution; in rare cases allergic reactions have occured to the Vitamin B1 shot; this is the only precaution i know of;

    so I recommend the Thiamine shot be given only by a Vet.

    and teh question is which would be best to give mUstangs?

    a. pure Thiamine Vitamin B1 “shot
    b. pure Vitamin B-Complex “shot
    c. pure MulitVitamin/Mineral shot

    I’d use all three if I were in charge; thanks very much ! A. W.

    ps honeybandit and hope both had dire Thiamine deficits;
    but fortunatley HB got her nutrients at a Vet; Hope did not;

    which bother me to no end…that Hope did not get treated

    with anything ! not even Hay; and that is 100% ILLEGAL TO ROUND UP AN ANIMAL AND NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUSTENANCE

    all they had to do was

    find a bale of hay; fluff the bale of hay up and then put the bale of hay next to Hope as he lay on his dark cold damp sandpile; and maybe Hope would have nibbled the hay

    but the dang blm couldnt even give Hope Hay to eat! sOB
    PS Foals do eat hay lying down when sick; have video of HB

    what is interesting is: Feathers did not have a Deficiency of Thaimine evidenced by him standing up; I think this is because since Feathers never ate any of the BLM hay; featheres did not get sick; because the Hay is most likely “bad ESP. IF STREWN ON TOP OF SAND AND MANURE !
    like the Blm does; they put HAY ON TOP OF MANURE PILES!

    and the wind mixes the sand mud hay; do they do this on purpose to try to “kill off as many weak young as they can

    even in third world nations they use nice Hay Feeders !

    TO BLM GOT HAY MIXED WITH MUD SAND AND CRAP? AW

  14. Anna says:

    Ryegrass staggers is caused by toxins (poisons) produced by an endophyte (a type of fungus) in some types of ryegrass. The disease occurs in late summer/autumn (January to March) in all but the south half of the South Island. The signs are tremors and staggering in cattle, sheep and deer, and alpacas and horses are particularly susceptible. Affected animals are susceptible to paddock accidents like getting caught in electric fences or falling into streams. Treatment involves getting affected stock off the ryegrass pasture they are on and onto some other type of feed or endophyte-safe ryegrass.

    AND YET THIS IS THE EXACT TYPE OF HAY BLM FEED WH&B

  15. Anna says:

    http://chillypepper.weebly.com/

    new pic HoneyBandit a Litchfield Foal

    this foal had to have IV to survive; found w/97 “nicks scratches!

    all that just so the blm can “save them ? pretty strange people !

    this foal is doing well; the foal has gained much weight !

    they call the foal the million dollar foal for two reasons

    a. the millions of dollars spent roundup up and “housing

    b. the millions of $ which could be saved by letting them run free on well maintained sancturaies of millions of acres
    in the same place they are found; you go honeybandit “son!

  16. savewildhorses says:

    Laura,
    I so wanted to go to the Sacramento protest yesterday but could not make it. Found out you were there and it would have been great to meet you? Are you in California for a few days or have you already left? Let me know.

  17. Jetara Tara says:

    Hello Laura~:

    What a talented gift you are here to this world.

    It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday..blessings in great strength and goodness your way, Jetara

  18. Anna says:

    “Save the Great Sage for the Mustangs; Burros; Moutain sheep and Goats; the Antelope; the Deer; the Bison; the ancestral animal

    ANNE’S BLM PUN:

    THE BLM IS THE GREAT BLAME
    THE ROUNDUPS ARE THE GREAT SHAME
    THE CATTOORS ARE THE GREAT SHAM
    THE DOI IS THE GREAT SCHEME
    THE WH & BURRO PROG. IS THE GREAT SPAM
    THE USDA IS THE GREAT SCAM
    THE CORRALS ARE THE GREAT SHUNNED
    THE CITIZENS ARE THE LESS SHUNNED

    THE BLM IS THE GREAT BLAME OF OUR WILD USA WEST !
    I will continue on my own to send pix and videos to the proper officials because

    if no gov. officials see the videos fo Laura what good r they

    I know people don’t answer me purposley but you see that is ok; I am just a sober white female living alone in Conn.

    I have been so sickened by the BLM; so good luck to all ! ~

    I know what HoneyBandit must have felt like in the pen all alone; going from Mare to Mare from foal to foal; hoping for just one drop of milk and instead of finding milk

    HoneyBandit found “nicks and bites and scratches etc.
    In fact; HB owner found “97 nicks from unknwonw soucces
    I know how lonely honeybandit was: i know because you see I have written about 97 emails and out fo those 97 emails; I have gotton only about 5 repleis

    so I know how HoneyBandit felt going from mare to mare
    and never getting any milk; I know I go from forum to forum and almost never get an answer or reply; just a few!

    so in my mind I can actually correlate and superimpose;

    the mustangs in the litchfield corral SHUNNING LITTLE HB
    so the foal did not eat anything and had lotta harm done

    I know what going to forum ot forum and never getting many replies is like

    its just like waht honey bandit went thru in the corrals

    so i think it is amazing the way the people herd and shun me
    the way the mustnags hereded and shunned little honeyb.

    so I know what it feels like to be a foal in a corral being shunned; almost never getting any replies so I QUIT ~ aw!
    and will continue on my won contacting my senators reps

    i have been contacting my senators and reps for decades!
    about animal abuse; so I will leave the forum corrals !

    and find a better way to communicate and express myself!

    because by the time I finish the blm research on their sites
    and then signing petitions; forwarding emails pix and video I AM TOO POOPED TO POST ON FORUMS ANYWAY !

    so good luck ! CONGRESS IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS!

  19. Anna says:

    pps just recall this: as an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 41 years;

    which means I do not beleive animals should be “killed for food; and if you must do that; make it fish and or Poultry;

    so because I do not “meat fish or poultry; the scenes of the Starving foals and downed mares etc has been particualry harsh on my emotions; because its all just so senseless…so basically speaking; this has not been “a happy trip or time!

    so i do not feel I can contribute anything else to the forums
    without exacerbating my emotions to an unwanted degree

    so this has been an unhappy sad and loney time for me!
    but then again who am I? I am no one ! mustangs are the cause and I want us to focus on mustangs; not each other!

    the forums are too personal and too exclusive imo; almost like a private club where some are invited and some are not; so I just wanted everyone to know; you people never answering my replies has been a trying time; so I QUIT bye

  20. Anna says:

    final answer: i do appreicate the info on the Vitamin B-complex…

    and as I say: I have sent over 100 personal emails to officials

    and that has been hours of hours of work; downloading stuff!
    and I will continue to do that on my own; and in conclusion

    when the blm says: broken spine or neck of died on own

    DONT’ BELIVE A WORD THEY SAY; they are full of crapola

    some of those mustangs were not dead at all! stay cool i do

  21. Anna says:

    pps i will be reading the posts of course; just not posting; thx!

  22. Anna says:

    key paragraph from: Congressman Jim Himes: Oct. 2010

    Lastly, I understand there are some concerns with the treatment of these animals, be it through the roundup process or their care in these corrals and pastures.
    BLM has asked the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) to make an independent technical review of the Wild Horse and Burro Program to ensure that the BLM is using the best science available in managing wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.
    I believe these wild horses and burros deserve our respect and we must do more to protect and ensure their safety and health.
    I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the nation’s wild horses and burros can thrive.

    Subject: Reply from Congressman James Himes
    To: wahpoose2003@sbcglobal.net
    Date: Monday, October 25, 2010, 9:25 AM

    October 25, 2010

    Dear Ms. White,

    Thank you for contacting me about the National Wild Horse and Burro Program. I appreciate your comments and am grateful that you took the time to contact me.

    As you know, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure the health of wild horse herds and their rangelands. In the four decades under BLM’s protection, wild horses that were once disappearing from the American landscape are now experiencing rapid growth. BLM estimates that there are now more than 37,000 wild horses and burros roaming on BLM-managed rangelands across 10 Western States.

    However, these wild horses have virtually no natural predator, and the arid rangelands and watersheds cannot support a population of 37,000 without significant damage to the environment. BLM estimates that the appropriate, sustainable population level is around 26,000. The BLM works to achieve an ecological balance on the range by removing thousands of wild horses and burros from the public rangelands each year and then offering them for adoption. Unadopted animals are cared for in short-term corrals and long-term pastures.

    Unfortunately, the current costs of the BLM management program have risen above sustainable levels, and combined with the sharp decline in wild horse adoptions due to the economic downturn, the Bureau now maintains nearly 32,000 wild horses and burros in holding. As such, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has proposed a plan to designate a new set of wild horse preserves. While I do not serve on the committee with jurisdiction over this program, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind should any legislation come before the full House of Representatives for my consideration and vote.

    Lastly, I understand there are some concerns with the treatment of these animals, be it through the roundup process or their care in these corrals and pastures. BLM has asked the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) to make an independent technical review of the Wild Horse and Burro Program to ensure that the BLM is using the best science available in managing wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. I believe these wild horses and burros deserve our respect and we must do more to protect and ensure their safety and health. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the nation’s wild horses and burros can thrive.

    If you have any additional questions regarding this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact my office. You can sign up for my newsletter and find more information on my views and my work in Congress by visiting my official website at himes.house.gov.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Himes
    Member of Congress

  23. Anna says:

    — On Wed, 10/20/10, Congressman Jim Himes CT04JHima@mail.house.gov wrote:

    October 20, 2010

    Dear Ms. White,

    Recalling your interest in animal welfare issues, I wanted to update you on legislative accomplishments during the 111th Congress. In the last two years, I was pleased to support legislation in the Congress to improve animal welfare laws. Below is a list of animal protection bills that I have cosponsored:

    o “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009” that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases.

    o “Captive Primate Safety Act” that would prohibit interstate and foreign commerce in nonhuman primates for the pet trade.

    o “Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009” that would require species labeling on any fur product regardless of value.

    o “Stop Animal Crush Videos Act” that would make it a federal crime to sell or distribute animal “crush” videos, which depict live animals being intentionally tortured or killed.

    o “Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009” that would prohibit the knowing and intentional transport, including export, of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption.

    I am proud of the strong stance Congress has taken to protect animals. As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure all animals are treated with dignity, respect and in as humane a manner as possible. I encourage you to contact my office to get a complete list of all of my key votes and cosponsorships of animal protection bills.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Himes
    Member of Congress

  24. Anna says:

    http://animalprotectioncaucus.moran.house.gov/

    press “Members to see which Congressman in this caucus!

    key paragraph from: Congressman Jim Himes: Oct. 2010

    Lastly, I understand there are some concerns with the treatment of these animals, be it through the roundup process or their care in these corrals and pastures.
    BLM has asked the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) to make an independent technical review of the Wild Horse and Burro Program to ensure that the BLM is using the best science available in managing wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.
    I believe these wild horses and burros deserve our respect and we must do more to protect and ensure their safety and health.
    I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the nation’s wild horses and burros can thrive.

  25. savewildhorses says:

    Really good article on cooperation and finding common ground and solutions. She uses the example of public v. private lands for grazing animals in the article!

    http://www.utne.com/article.aspx?id=2147487864

  26. LOUIE COCROFT says:

    Anna, you are very good at spotting things that the rest of us may miss. No one here ignores anyone on purpose–there is SO MUCH TO DO. Everyone is FOCUSED— writing, researching, calling, organizing. Many are following several different blogs and websites. Many just read these posts and never comment and few comment TO each other. It is good that you write to your Congressmen and keep digging up information and spotting things that the rest of us don’t see.

  27. Puller Lanigan says:

    Does anyone know on what criteria horses are selected to be released?

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