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Saturday, August 20, 2011

YOU Bought the Bullet

From the Bureau of Land Mangement, here's the short story of a very short life:

Wednesday/Aug. 17
Summary: The BLM gathered 25 horses today. The BLM shipped 34 horses to Gunnison.
Animals gathered: 25 (5 studs, 13 mares, 7 foals)
Gather related animal deaths: 1
Cause: A stud and four-month old foal/filly broke away from a group going into the gather trap. The stud jumped an adjacent barrier fence and ran away. The foal tried repeatedly to jump the fence but could not, and received multiple severe lacerations and had to be euthanized. The foal's mother was captured with the group.

Do you live in the U.S.?
YOU paid the helicopter pilot who terrorized this May-born filly into the trap.
YOU paid for the the fence she couldn't jump, following her sire to freedom.
And, when BLM decreed she was too badly hurt to live,
YOU bought the bullet that ended her 16th week of life.

Deer Run photo by Karen Hopple

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Comments: I bought the bullet against my will and I have been screaming to the Heavens about it ever since. No one in power gives a damn. What good are laws if they are repeatedly broken by those who are supposed to enforce them?
  My family would never buy a bullet to kill an innocent foal. As the other kind one who commented, "the bullet was bought against our wills" We love these horses like they're our own, every stud, mare, filly, colt, and foal. I am ashamed to be a member of the USA if this is where the middle class's hard earned money goes. I want to save these horses, every single one. They are a symbol of the American West, and they're what Wild Horse Annie fought her entire life for! Why is the government so pathetic?!
  My taxes did that. I don't know, these days I feel so disenfranchised. Won't anyone in Wash step up to the plate and help the wild ones?

All I know is that I have been paying taxes from age 12 and what do I have to show for it? A Federal Agency that refuses to listen, abuses innocent animals and has the unmitigated gall to call me names.

It is so unbelievably sad. I thought BLM was mandated to check form situations like this prior to there stupid roundups. I guess someone totally bozed on this one.
  Luke 12 6-7
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.


I read in the vet report that the damage to the foal was caused by barbed wire. Have you ever been to a gather where barbed wire was used?
  Arkansas -- the chopper pilots run the mustangs over acres and acres, and it's likely some ranchers have used barbed wire - even though these are public lands. I have seen mustangs dead with a leg in a cattle guard, too. While I've never seen BLM use barbed wire, it's certainly a sin of omission on their part not to clear it from areas where the horses will be stampeded through.
  This got me thinking and I re-watched the video of "Freedom" as he crashes through the barbed wire fence at the Calico roundup. Maybe its something this contractor uses as you can see the barbed wire fence just outside the holding pens in this video.
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