Callie Hendrickson: "Pro-slaughter" appointee to wild horse board draws protests

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The appointment of Callie Hendrickson to a board that helps shape the federal government's wild horse management plan has touched off a frenzy of petitions and protests by horse advocacy groups. They say the Grand Junction woman is a defender of ranching interests who's endorsed commercial slaughter of "excess horses" on public lands.

The Department of the Interior was barraged with phone calls and e-mails after it was announced that Hendrickson would be appointed as one of two "general public" representatives on the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Hendrickson is executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts and a horse owner herself. But she's better known to wild horse activists as a champion of grazing rights. The districts she represents intervened in a contentious lawsuit over wild horse roundups in Colorado, supporting the BLM's efforts to "zero out" the West Douglas herd, a small but hardy group of mustangs located south of Rangely.

The board, which is supposed to provide a wide range of citizen and stakeholder input, has specific seats designated for veterinarians, livestock management, natural resources and so on. That Hendrickson was appointed to represent the public at large alarms groups such as the Colorado Springs-based Cloud Foundation, which has criticized the move as stacking the board in favor of ranchers, who view wild horses as competition for public grazing land.

Hendrickson has maintained that the horse herds are far more overpopulated than official BLM counts suggest. At the same time, she's denounced the "waste" involved in the agency's roundups and failed adoption program, which has left 45,000 horses and burros in short-term holding facilities and privately contracted pastures, operated at taxpayer expense. "We've got a wreck," she said in a recent radio interview. "We've got too many horses on the range and 45,000 in holding areas, costing taxpayers over $35 million a year. That's unsustainable."

On the Wild Horse Range Coalition blog, Hendrickson has expressed frustration that the prior board has refused "to consider the elephant in the room and discuss lethal control of the horses." She has also called for "welfare horses" to be made available for sale "without limitation" to the highest bidder. Since the adoption program can only handle a small fraction of the horses BLM is removing from the range every year, that presumably means turning them into horsemeat and glue.

Critics of BLM's program insist that the horses are not overpopulated and starving and that the roundups have decimated viable herds. When the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed, 339 herds were identified as under its protection; only 179 of those herds remain today, and their total permitted range has dwindled from 53 million acres to 31.6 million acres.

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PrettyPlaces
PrettyPlaces

@TerryW  You can write Robin C. Lohnes at 731 Arbor Ct., Warrenton, VA 20186 or call her at (540) 347-2975 and let her know how you feel about her and her actions.  She is now The Secretary for the Arabian Horse Association.

Judith Pobjecky
Judith Pobjecky

What can you expect....Ms. Hendrickson is just one of a long line of people siding with the Obama administration.....The Secretary of the Interior, appointed by Obama is a large land holder out west and is spear-heading the operation.  I'm sure he has lots of cattle on his land...and doesn't want those wild horses and burros to come within one hundred miles of his ranch.  

I agree with Jiriksride below.  Why so many horses in holding?  Why are they stacking the board with pro-slaughter board members?  Why hasn't someone who values our American horses, wild or domesticated sitting on that board?  And, a good one from below; show us how many cattle are out on the public range...Return to the original amount of acres that wild horses were given in 1971.  All activities of the Department of the Interior, the BLM and the Department of Agriculture need to be open, as they say in Florida, out in the sunshine for everyone to see what they're doing.

Gary Allen
Gary Allen

People like you Callie will kill eveything beautiful and wild and what for? Don't you even care about these horses at all? Where is your heart your caring or your compassion for other living animals. I would hate to see how you would act in postion of power. People who don't care for animals have problems.

SincerelyGary Allen

Garyedwardallen
Garyedwardallen

CallieI think you should be ashamed of yourself,taking such beautiful animals from the wild to slaughter. Who says these horses belong to you in any way? My feelings are that they are wild so they belong to nature and the planet and not to you. When people do things like this I always have to ask what kind of person are they? You have such reckless contempt.

Gary Allen

Clroberts2
Clroberts2

After reading the other comments found here, I will offer a different perspective. Please understand that my comments are based on a lifetime of horse care and a 30 yr. successful carrer as a farrier. I helped get the Rocky Mountain Farriers Association up and running in the early 80's. That group is dedicated to the welfare of horse professionals and the wellbeing of horses.       I would like to know why and when it became "unamerican" to utilize horses as a food source. To waste a 1,200 lb. animal that  has reached the end of a useful lifespan seems to me  to be disrespectful of the animal. The level of care given so many of these horses in question is inadequate at best. To require these animals to die a "natural death" is inhumane to say the least. Utilization of horses as both by products and a protien source completes the circle of life of these beloved creatures.      We can all agree that more humane handleing during transportation and slaughter needs to be at the forefront of the debate. The closing of horse handeling plants has caused more suffering of horses than most folks can believe. Just look at the increasing numbers of abuse cases and rescue facilities. The current hay shortage and droughts in parts of the west have really multiplied the problems of caring for unwanted or unusable animals. Turning them out to federal or state grounds is not a solution to the problem. Leaving unsustainable numbers of wild horses on federal grounds is certainly a way to insure additional suffering of these animals that we claim to love. Their numbers also impact  indigenous species that deserve our protection as well.Not to mention the long term damage done to ecosystems in very fragile areas.       Do the 80% of those surveyed understand that most of these horses we call mustangs are not. I would wager that if genetic testing were done, at least 80% of the wild horses would be discovered to be peoples throw aways or turn outs. Do all unwanted livestock deserve protection if they are turned on to public grounds? Once again, what about the native species?       I can only hope that some of you real horse lovers can rethink positions that don't help to find solutions to the problems that are facing us all.                                                                                    Carl Roberts CJF                                                                            Hotchkiss, Colo.

Valerie Traina
Valerie Traina

Callie Hendrickson is the worst choice to represent the general public. She is definitely in favor of slaughtering our wild horses and burros. The vast majority of Americans (80% by a recent survey) wish that the wild equines be left to roam the public lands unmolested. This is further proof that the Bureau of Land Mismanagement is a corrupt, rogue agency. Secretary Salazar is obviously in the pocket of his rancher constituency. This is no surprise since Salazar himself is a rancher. Ranchers make up a small minority of the taxpayers and are given subsidies for their grazing leases on public lands that belong to all of us. The people need to wake up before all of our wild equines are killed. ~ Valerie Traina, Centennial, CO

Lisa and Chance
Lisa and Chance

I understand that Ms. Hendrickson is scheduled to appear at the SOTH in April. If so, is she appearing as a representative of the BLM Advisory Board or on her own?

And why is the BLM saying that advocates are opposing any wild horse management when all Ms. Hendrickson brings to the board is, as she says, talking about the elephant in the room (slaughter as an option). And the BLM has the audacity to wonder why advocates are up in arms over this appointment? How tone deaf can one agency be?

We have information that mustangs can be sold out of Long Term Holding pastures and we are almost never allowed in to see the horses, count them, or assess their condition, yet we must take it on "faith" that they actually still exist. 

TerryW
TerryW

The BLM fabricates their "facts" and has refused to put a true wild horse/burro advocate on the advisory board for well over a decade.  We'll have to see how well June C. Sewing holds up and if she's a true advocate or if they will corrupt her as they did Robin Lohnes. Sewing will be the lone sheep in a room full of wolves.  This Callie Hendrickson anti-wild horse/pro-slaughter choice for their representative of the "general public" shows just exactly how the BLM works.  Does everyone who already didn't know get it now?  The BLM couldn't have made it any more obvious. How can someone who's served on the Mesa County Farm Bureau, and the Mesa County Cattlewomen be taking a position of the "general public"?   How many "cattlemen" do they need on their "advisory board"?  And why are they hiding the list of the current 9-member board?  They are no longer listed on their website, the link to the board member page now says this:

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program Web site has moved. Please click here to go to the new location, or cut and paste this link into your browser: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/pr...   Web masters should also update their links using the URLs on the new site.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go to the link and it's just a press release about the 3 new members and mentions a couple of out-going members, but where's the page with the list and info of all current 9-member board?  Gone. The BLM continues to hide facts from the public, which now also includes the full list and bios of all 9 members of the advisory board. 

Here's the link to their advisory board member page -

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/pr...

Ccdowner
Ccdowner

The appointment of Hendrickson is disgusting! She does not represent the General Public but rather the traditional enemies of the wild horses in the wild! Her appointment must be cancelled now!

Monika Courtney
Monika Courtney

Info on how the pro slaughter minds have infiltrated the "management" of our last wild horses and burros is here: http://www.ens-newswire.com/en...

Craig Downer, who ought to be on the Board, released his new book, which should be read by every Congressman, Senator and the American public. Cover ups, embellished reports and incorrect information have simply ruled over the mustangs and burros too long. Americans do not know what is taken from them. It is high times everyone gets involved, and to no surprise, most who do find out the shocking truth, do !

Proudly announcing the publication of a pivotal book for America’s wild horses & burros that has been over 4 years in preparation:  THE WILD HORSE CONSPIRACY by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist & Author  (Date of Publication: 1/18/2012) This stirring & amply illustrated, 300-page book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses & burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history & evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals & people. Though true restorers of this continent’s ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination. Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens & helped us along life’s way—which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work now so desperately needed to restore our shared home. Many of the author’s personal experiences with these animals, their diverse herd areas, & the multicolored people involved with them are herein vividly shared. Urgently required now at the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is a strategy to reverse the negative schemes that are causing their demise in the wild. As described, Reserve Design provides a way for establishing self-stabilizing populations through intelligent & caring programs executed with enthusiasm. Their lesson for humanity concerns how to share freedom & the land with such paragons of nature. Soaring beyond mundane pettiness & with an inspired vision for the future of all life, the elevated perspective & compassionate spirit of this book will prove key to accomplishing its critical goal. In the wild the vigor of any kind is preserved. And the entire horse family—as the Earth itself—needs America’s wild horses & burros to continue at vital levels into the future here in their evolutionary cradle & worldwide.The author has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years & observed many of the West’s colorful herds. He has also studied the endangered mountain tapir & is president of the Andean Tapir Fund, also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros (www.andeantapirfund.com). He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, board member of The Cloud Foundation & has written popular & scientific articles & books, including action plans for endangered species. He enjoys nature photography & musical composition, lives in Nevada, and is proud companion of mustangs Lightning, a palomino stallion, and Princess Diane, his curly mare.  He first knew them in the wilds of NW Nevada before they were captured by BLM in 2010. To order Craig’s groundbreaking book, send $25 (incl. taxes, shipping & handling) either to Andean Tapir Fund (tax-deductible) or to Craig C. Downer, both at P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423-0456 USA. Alternatively, you may use PayPal to purchase the book by calling up www.andeantapirfund.com & clicking on PayPal.  To order more than one book, please pay $20 per book for up to 5 books, $18 for over 5 books (which includes taxes, shipping & handling). This book is also available at www.amazon.com.  For any questions or to arrange for a speaking, picture showing & book signing event, write the author at the above address, or call (775) 267-3484 or (775) 901-2094 or email ccdowner@aol.com. An enhanced offering of the book along with a CD with 45 minutes of original melodies by the author describing the daily life of the mustangs in 13 medleys & performed by gifted pianist Joanne Grauer is available for $35 (including taxes, shipping & handling).

Monika Courtney
Monika Courtney

Back when.... I kept thinking BLM would ever behave like anyone that was educated, I sent the below letter out. I suggested what would be the base of reform.... out with the rotten and rogue, in with new and capable do to a job...yet sadly... BLM and DOI do not act as if they understand plain english - management reform applied in any other corporation that dictates the outcome, quality and success of any outfit... is not a known horizon within our government, where true change only comes by force, scandalous events or budget cuts. When solutions have been presented by some very knowledgeable and expert advocates, of which we have quite a few who devote their time and lives to this cause... I just keep wondering, WHY the elaborate and sabotaging BLM doesn't take the help and assistance and in fact appoints a pro slaughter mogul again ?Debbie_Collins@blm.gov, Robert_Abbey@blm.gov, Ramona_DeLorme@blm.gov, david_overcast@blm.gov, don_glenn@blm.gov, kent_walter@blm.gov, mike_courtney@blm.gov, john_ruhs@blm.gov, mike_mottice@blm.govSent: 11/11/2010 12:07:52 A.M. Mountain Standard TimeSubj: Fwd: Policy on Humane Standards  To whom it may concern: I attended the National BLM Advisory Board meeting here in Denver this past June. The subject of animal welfare standards was discussed by Lili Thomas, and she openly admitted that there is room for improvement. While she says the BLM is doing a good job, it is questionable when horses keep dying and maybe the mandatory education for BLM staff on Animal Welfare as discussed at the meeting is necessary. The high fatality rate, deaths, miscarriages, foals run to deaths calls for drastic improvements. One vet for 2000 horses is not enough, you need more vets to support independent assessments. The BLM needs to show more respect for social order within bands. It is of concern when stallions keep on dying such as below. I ask that BLM steps up in their Animal Welfare Standard, as it was discussed here in Denver. The high fatality rates do not reflect the statement of Lili Thomas that BLM is doing a good job, thus BLM needs to focus on how to prevent more suffering. The need to do so is imminent. Each horse deserves to be treated with respect and most humane care possible, since you rob them already of their homes and families. The BLM is behind in it's internal animal welfare assessment program and according to Dr. Boyd Spratling welfare starts on the range, by the ability of the personnel, the facilities etc. It was said to support / expand partnerships, public access, accurate census and population models and to tell the story better for transparency. Don Glenn asked "How do we be more transparent?" (with an allocated budget for transparency efforts of $ 579'164)  I suggested to include humane observers because they possess the knowledge of equine behavior in the public interest to promote pro-active partnerships in the horses' best interest.  Janet Jankura suggested better Marketing by hiring an independent company.... or adding a public interest position with knowledge of equine behavior and range management. With such cruel deaths occurring, BLM ought to consider doing performance appraisals of their contractors and employees just as other companies do, and implementing a strategy change now because its animal welfare standards are inadequate. I would hope for another workshop to continue to focus on these points as the need is imminent.  Sincerely,   

Monika Courtney
Monika Courtney

Past and current events have lead many to recognize that BLM tends to always fall back to their ways, declining our herds, continuing their same old cruel stampedes (it doesn't take an Einstein during round ups to apply humane standards) and to boldly allow cattle moving into the ranges of mustangs, who lose their homes. To continue to employ a contractor who clearly fails humane standards, violates FAA regulations and behaves like a sadistic pilot on crack is beyond acceptance. Allowing such cruelty to take place whilst denying any interference and consequences within contradicts the reform they preach... I think one positive thing is that the public has caught on to be hip to their two-faced ways, their true colors are revealed. If people lie or exaggerate casually before we do business with them, they will lie while we do business with them. May the latest ingratiating comments issued by Abbey not be yet another attempt to butter up his already frail image. Abbey promised "reform". Is this it ? The reality of their actions and non-genuine "management" policies just do not reflect any of it.... and while things do not change overnight, BLM continues to deliver more blows to our mission and to truly preserve our herds, than not.  Bottom line is, people do not trust them, the change is not coming from within their hearts, but only by force of budget cuts, bureaucratic measures or litigation. They have made it clear what their intentions are. The most recent atrocities of their awful application of "humane standards" is an insult to anyone's intelligence, whilst they boldly issue press releases and PR gigs as usual.... clearly demonstrating their disconnection to the very despicable reality they cause. BLM's only reform is replacing the current head honchos, whose minds are ill set and corrupt, no matter what pretty embellished intentions they publish. I will praise the BLM when I see true and genuine change, reflecting the niveau and values of the 21st century, such as Raul Grijalva expressed in his letter to Abbey / Salazar in August of 2009 (Pryor Mt. round up). The barefaced ignorance by BLM to that very plea and inquiry to improve their "science" and failed program was an eye opener and learning curve as to how BLM's true talents lie not in manifesting any truthful components ever in their PR gigs, but to pacify and manipulate.  The fancy application of "science"  on their part is a joke anyway. It doesn't take a genius to see that the horses are disrupted, removed and wrongfully persecuted... most horses evicted from their range are in perfect body condition, not reflecting any of the "concerns" of BLM.... I am deeply troubled that any agency in this time of age in a supposedly modern, educated country could mislead the public for decades and boldly continues to tell us one story and perform another - and we rely on our observers to find out the appalling truth, horrific brutality that is found only by the persistent eyes of devoted folks on the frontline - whilst BLM maintains their well planned PR gigs and covert tactics... and if they truly want to apply "science", then one can only wonder, why wouldn't they create a board that consist of true ecologists and range scientists such as Craig Downer, nationally renowned wildlife biologist ? Well we all know why. The first step to balanced, improved management: END the biased hierarchy regime of the BLM Board and create a new Board that consists of both sides.... A simple step, yet not implemented.... The present Board is a waste of time... too many years have been wasted with clever PR gigs and Board meetings that only brought to light how corrupt they operate even at a meeting... the horses and burros have no more time to waste !!! Cleaning out house is what is needed - and with the present hierarchy may God help our horses. We all know how public pressure is received by office holders... their first attempt is saving their own rear before anyone else's.  And every time we have faith or are told one thing, another blow or surprise shock is delivered. PZP'ing our herds into extinction in my eyes is not a positive thing. When Abbey and Salazar leave office, and Craig Downer gets on the National Advisory Board, then I praise.  Also, to convince Congress of the truth and lack of BLM's integrity and deliverance, some of those people in Congress who have a final say ought to take an unannounced field trip to witness a stampede live....that may be the ultimate and only convincing they need, because we all have written personal emails, snail mail letters and sent faxes and comments and made calls  by the hundred thousands.... which were and are so blatantly ignored by BLM, one can wonder why they even have a comment line. (Oh, it looks good, doesn't it ?)  P.S. No matter what your stance and what side anyone is on, what a world to be born into, a picture says a thousand words... doesn't it ?  http://artandhorseslauraleigh.... 

Monika Courtney
Monika Courtney

In light of recent events during gather operations, new concerns of the discussed animal welfare within this agency arose. I met most during the Nat'l BLM Advisory Board meeting in Denver in June 2009. The discussions on welfare and transparency seemed to be a new reached milestone of a proposed pro-active partnership, yet results remain to be seen. Whilst implementing a balance and progress on both fronts in a true manner is a goal that could be achieved - the lack of representation of wild horse groups within this Board impedes such said goal. BLM is a big outfit and improvements can't happen overnight. Yet, this Board requires the incorporation of at least one representative to wild horse groups, as we have plenty of experts available. If BLM's pledges and public reports carry any weight, then incidents such as below  can and must be prevented, see link of helicopter incident  The danger and unprofessionalism did occur and do not reflect the findings in your recent wild horse report, nor did it initiate filing a complaint with FAA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... As the national pressure on your program has increased, a campaign to get a reprehension on the make up of your Board seems long overdue. As of now, it is representing special interests only, and your promises in Denver do not reflect the current situationm, again. The devise for a safe future for America's wild horses calls for a fair representation thereof. Improvement on animal welfare, prevention of incidents such as below and reform within your Board for the wild equid program are vital to bear fruit in reaching the goal discussed in Denver. The below thread contains links to cruel incidents, which must stop. These took place in other than the staged round ups you released within your wild horse report. They must not be dismissed or ignored as a routine of your program. The addition of a wild horse group Board member will ensure the pro-active partnership or the transparency the meeting in June discussed. With an allocated budget of $ 579,164 (according to Don Glenn) it seems very possible and giving the American public and advocates a voice to ensure and improve your program.  

Gary R. Chandler
Gary R. Chandler

In my opinion:

 

It's time for the livestock industry (especially thecorporate cowboys) to admit that they have greater threats to theirprofitability than wild horses. If the "ranchers" and the BLM are trulyconcerned about the health and quality of range land, watersheds, and foodsupplies, here is a new suggestion: manage public lands and entire watershedsagainst the spread of the deadly prion. One key strategy is to keep alllivestock off of our cherished public lands -- where prion disease is a growingthreat.

 

As more people are learning every day, prions are a form ofdeadly protein that builds up in the cells and bodily fluids of people andanimals afflicted with various forms of prion disease, including mad cowdisease, chronic wasting disease, scrapie, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.Prions now are such a formidable threat that the United States governmentenacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 to halt researchon infectious prions in the United States in all but two laboratories. Now,infectious prions are classified as select agents that require special securityclearance for lab research. The intent is to keep prions and other dangerousbiological materials away from terrorists who might use them to contaminate,food, water, blood, equipment, and entire facilities. 

 

Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 foridentifying and studying deadly prions. President Obama awarded Prusiner theNational Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the growing significance of hisdiscovery. 

 

Thanks to Prusiner and other researchers, we now know thatvarious forms of prion disease already are spreading around the world. Priondisease has been found in livestock and a variety of wildlife species acrossthe Rocky Mountain region, the northwest U.S., and southwest.

 

As Prusiner and other scientists have discovered, the prionpathogen spreads through urine, feces, saliva, blood, milk, soil, and thetissue of infected animals (not to mention soil and water). With thoseattributes, prions obviously can migrate through surface water runoff andsettle in groundwater, lakes, oceans, and water reservoirs. If prions must beregulated in a laboratory environment today, the outdoor environment should bemanaged accordingly.

 

It’s time to develop a comprehensive prion managementstrategy that maximizes safeguards for human health, food, water, and wildlifearound the globe. The stakes are too high for fragmented and misguided prionpolicies.  Just ask the Canadiancattlemen what a few prions did to their industry. Ask the U.S. cattle anddairy industries if they want to increase prion pathways in the watersheds thatfeed our public and private lands. If not, then we need to keep all livestock offof public lands to minimize the risks of cross-contamination. We don't need toincrease the opportunity for sick wildlife to infect livestock or for sicklivestock to infect wildlife. Tell the cattle industry to take a stand for foodsafety and stop grazing on public lands. Then so-called conflicts with wildhorses become a non-issue and then public lands become multi-use again.

 

We have very few mom-and-pop ranchers left in America.Mom-and-pop ranchers also have been wiped out by the "corporate cowboys."The groups fighting to extinguish the wild horses and the wolves are fightingfor every last penny of profit. Remember, this is the industry that decidedthat feeding dead animals to cattle was a good idea (meat and bone meal ischeap feed). They also decided that injecting cows with the pituitary gland ofa dead cow was a good idea (that's where growth hormones originated).

 

Therefore, the battle for the wild horse in the AmericanWest also is one of greed. If the livestock industry continues its assault forour wild horses, alter your diet accordingly. Tell everyone that you know to dothe same. If they harass horses by helicopter, is that a license for all toharass cattle from the sky? What happens when they break their legs running infear (as happens with our magnificent wild horses). And meanwhile has thelivestock industry completely quit using growth hormones derived from thebrains of dead cattle? As a specified risk material (SRM) this should have beenstopped long ago. How about the feed mills? How many remain un-inspected tosafeguard us from mad cow disease?

 

Take a REAL stand for food safety. Take a stand for a REALsymbol of the American spirit. You have your work cut out for you, so quitterrorizing and killing our wild horses.

 

Do your own research. Read the "PathologicalProtein" or "Mad Cowboy." Search the internet. The prion threat is real and irreversible. Help ussave the remaining wild horses and salvage some respect for the livestockindustry.  

Jiriksride
Jiriksride

The BLM continues to say they do not send our American wild horses and burros to slaughter. But they got caught several months ago with a truck load of horses going to slaughter. Stacking the board with pro-slaughter board members shows what they intend to do with the wild horses in long term holding. The BLM will continue to remove them from the range and continue to zero them out and take the range to do with it what they like. This must stop. Ms. Hendrickson does not represent the general public as 80% are against horse slaughter and she supports it 100%. She is not the person we need on this board, it is already filled with wild horse haters. Replace Ms. Hendrickson now with someone who will defend the wild horses and fight to keep them a part of the wild west history.

OK, so if the BLM says their are so many wild horses then they need to stop the round ups and take a count. Show the wild horse advocates the TRUE numbers of horses that are out on the public ranges and in long term holding. Show the wild horse advocates the true numbers of cattle out on the public ranges too. Then show the wild horse advocates the original amount of acres that the wild horses were given in the 1971 act and what they really roam on now. Then we can see the truth. But I doubt they will. The wild horses and burros have lost most of their land as the BLM has done a land grab every year. More and more they have lost their land and that is why it seems their are so many. Give the wild horses and burros their land back and remove the cattle. There should only be as many cattle as there is wild horses and burros.

PrettyPlaces
PrettyPlaces

@TerryW  You can write Robin C. Lohnes at 731 Arbor Ct., Warrenton, VA 20186 or call her at (540) 347-2975 and let her know how you feel about her and her actions.  She is now The Secretary for the Arabian Horse Association.

Christie Finn
Christie Finn

Just this past week, there was a speech made on the floor of the House that acknowledged that recent research has confirmed what a number of scientists and lay people feared:  one of the reasons that antibiotics are ineffective against superbugs is the fact that they are given to cattle, and we eat the meat we ingest the antibiotic residue.  This is one of the reasons the antibiotics no longer effectively treat Staph such as MRSA.

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