Tags: American Heritage, Bureau of Land Management fraud, Environment, Mustangs, Saving our Wildlife, Taxpayers, Wild Horses
“Take sides. Neutrality helps the Oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
–Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor
I had the pleasure of interviewing Deidre Sharp of Horse Play, Rhode Island, and John Holland of The Equine Welfare Alliance.
The show is now available via Podcast from http://www.wgch.com on Conscious Lifestyles Show.
The half-hour show could not possibly touch on the huge issues surrounding this horrendous annihilation of our American Heritage… but we sure tried to bring to light the secretive process that the Bureau of Land Management has shrouded themselves within when it comes to the brutal mismanagement of our wildlife, particularly our Wild Horses.
The Wild Mustang is indigenous to the North American Continent, and their lineage dates back to more than 25,000 years!…. that is long before the human animal ever walked on the face of the earth!
The Wild Mustangs, whose range is primarily Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming are also direct descendants of the Spanish Conquistadors!
+ Horses, both Wild and Domestic, are highly intelligent and form strong family bonds.
+ All horses remember a loved one after many years of not seeing this beloved family member. They have full consciousness of their environments and their family members.
+ All horses are extremely sensitive, and have complex emotional abilities that are highly developed.
+ Horses have been able to successfully work with children who are emotionally and mentally challenged and brought miracles to the families who had no other way of helping their children. Many Autistic children have been successfully assisted with their communication challenges when working with horses.
The American people want our wildlife saved!
For any cattle rancher to dismiss the importance of these beautiful, sentient living beings as anything less than an important part of our American History… well, they are clearly attempting to muddle the issues for their own personal gain so that their millions of head of destructive [and environmentally damaging] cattle to graze on our PUBLIC, National Parks that are paid for by the American Taxpayer!
The Bureau of Land Management literally throws away all letters addressed to them that have been sent to them by the THOUSANDS of taxpayers demanding that the horses be left to roam peacefully on the very land that was given to them by Congress in the “ROAM ACT” of 1971: The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act. This was UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY CONGRESS TO PROTECT OUR HERITAGE OF OUR WILD MUSTANGS.
But now, the BLM has taken it upon themselves to totally ignore the Congressional Act that was passed into Law, and flagrantly ‘shoots the finger’ at the Law that they are breaking….
Why and how are they getting away with this?
Well, under the disappointing Obama Administration, Mr. Ken Salazar, who is unworthy of his post at the Department of Interior– and also a CATTLE RANCHER HIMSELF– the BLM has had a field day with breaking the law and literally prostituting themselves to the Cattle Industry….
How can this happen?
Good question. And the taxpayers want some answers.
Some facts that will knock your socks off:
** Extortion and Bribery: The BLM was given a windfall of $35 MILLION Dollars by the Obama Administration this year under the guise of the mismanaged “stimulus plan.”
** The BLM squandered this money by taking it and cow-towing themselves to the cattle ranchers by vowing to spend millions and millions on more brutal ’round ups’ with more helicopters!
** The BLM had already rounded up more than 37,000 wild horses that are standing in open corrals that are costing us, the taxpayers, $100,000 PER DAY to hold in these holding pens that are far from their natural environment, overcrowded, dusty, open to the elements…
** And the BLM has also taken it upon themselves to brutally shoot and kill any animal that they see fit to murder at that moment… no accounting for their actions to anyone… and Salazar sits, like a big Czar and turns a blind eye to all of this. Unacceptable for an Administration that claimed “transparency?” You bet.
**All horses are castrated and given PZP, and illegal substance in the U.S. that has not been approved for use to sterilize female animals. Unbelievable.This is a sure-fire way of making these Wild Mustangs reach the “Extinction” list. Unacceptable.
** In the last round up, that took place when Congress was out on Christmas/New Years vacation, several horses were killed from these brutal, violent round ups and one Foal was left without a Mother when the BLM goons decided to shoot the Mare in front of the heard and her terrified Foal. The unethical behavior gets worse as any person starts to dig deeper to look at the horrors that the BLM has, alone, brought to our environment.
** How is this even remotely “Environmental?” Where is the proper ‘land management’ in this bureaucracy?
** In 2008, the BLM wanted to slaughter ALL of the horses in holding pens, the whole 37,000 of them… but the public outcry made them back down for the time being.
What is next for our precious wildlife in the West?
These answers will take many radio shows to try to answer, but the answer has to start with EVERYONE, AND I MEAN EVERY ONE OF US TO WRITE LETTERS, EMAIL, AND PHONE CALL our Congressional Representatives and our LOCAL Representatives to have an outpouring of OUTRAGE and ANGER at this injustice.
Also, supporting at least a handful of the many organizations that work tirelessly off of donations alone to fight these twisted, corrupt special interests and unworthy government officials to get them to back down, and to listen to the majority of Americans who demand accountability for their tax dollars.
Please visit the web sites for Horse Play and for The Equine Welfare Alliance:
The Horse Play Sanctuary
This important environmental issue will be discussed in a series of Radio Shows on Conscious Lifestyles! On January 25th, I will be talking with The Cloud Foundation about the work they are doing to bring justice for the Wild Mustangs as well… and there will be more deserving organizations to come throughout this year to open this issue up to the public eye to see clearly.
Truth brings ACTION.