Saturday, October 24, 2015
BLM Cares Really, Truly, Deeply About Wild Horses
BLM 2008: Killing captive wild horses “magic bullet for budget problems"
BLM 2015: Killing captive wild horses sold to Tom Davis in 2008 was "deceitful"
Three years after the
public demanded an investigation of Bureau of Land Management sales of wild
horses to Mexican slaughter houses via known kill-buyer Tom Davis of Colorado, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office
of Inspector General issued a report confirming the deal.
|BLM helicopter round-up of wild horses, Melissa Farlow photo|
the Associated Press ”Steven Ellis, the BLM’s deputy director of operations, lamented
Davis’ ‘deceitful actions.’”
I mean, BLM had absolutely no idea what Davis had done with 1,794 federally-protected wild horses.
almost 7 years to the day since my op-ed in the Reno Gazette Journal quoted then-BLM Deputy Director Henri Bisson who suggested killing captive wild horses might be a “magic bullet for budget problems".
At the same time, Susie Stokke, then Nevada’s Wild Horse and
Burro Program Manager, told KUNR that though BLM spends millions on many
programs, “aggressive management of wild horses is the magic bullet for BLM budget
2008: Sally Spencer, director of program which sold wild horses to Davis:
“BLM hasn't yet
exerted its full powers” over mustangs.
I mean, it almost sounds like a policy had been born.
Still, after the publication of the Op-Ed and a longer blog on the same topic, I heard from Spencer
who asked why I’d turned on the BLM. I responded that I was tired of lies, and never heard from her again.
The Denver Post
quotes the report : “Between 2008 and 2012, Davis spent $17,940 on horses from
the BLM... “ and “BLM spent more than $140,000 delivering the horses to Davis…”
If this wasn't an attempt to balance the BLM budget on the backs of wild horses, what was it?
Before this report came out, I asked BLM questions about Tom Davis and other wild horse policies. They never answered, so I turned to government websites.
BLM’s Myths and Facts page often lags behind current events and modern science, but it's never sounded
with such hollow irony as it does now.
"Myth #2: It is the BLM's policy to sell or send wild
horses to slaughter.
Fact: This charge is absolutely false. The
Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management care deeply about
the well-being of wild horses"
But they sent them to slaughter, just the same.
Labels: BLM, Department of Interior, Henri Bisson, horse slaughter, kill buyers, mustangs, Office of the Inspector General, Sally Spencer, slaughter, Steven Ellis, Susan Stokke, Tom Davis, wild horses
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Terri Farley @ 1:13 AM
Did all them horses get killed then??
All evidence leads to the conclusion that all of the horses were trucked to slaughter houses nvcowgrrl and the Federal report indicates BLM didn't do very good research in determining he was a kill-buyer
Whens the November Newsletter coming out? And when when will you start 'Sam's blog'? I've been dying for it to come out already, Oh and I've ordered 'Wild At Heart' and its coming sooooooon and I can't wait to read it.......