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BLM, Horse Slaughter, Theft and America’s Money

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a bastard agency of the Department of the Interior, spends a lot of our tax money. As a matter of fact billions of dollars every year is spent on illegal, and certainly unethical activity as well.  As Journalists we remain responsive to the public in general, and this situation with the BLM is of concern, the irresponsible behavior of a large amount of BLM employees is disturbing, and on a continuous basis; at least a couple of decades now; it is alarming.

We live in a time when the Veterans Administration is strapped for funds.  Our Veterans coming back from wars and previous warriors are essentially left without limbs, appropriate wheel chairs, or other items for their health, both physical and mental.  Our government tells us they are low on funds, and unable to support Veterans in many different instances.  Many more serious examples abound.  But when we consider the expenditure the BLM hands out, most often within a questionable or illegal context, and they continue to do so unhampered by our legal community, it is outright disgusting and on many different levels.

What is it they spend so much of our tax dollars for?  A better question is, “How does the BLM get-away with using our tax money for their often illegal schemes?  The term “friends in high places” more than explains this situation.  It is time to cut those apron strings, and start to compel those in charge that are responsible for safeguarding our tax dollars to do their job, to stop, arrest, and prosecute those involved.

Here is a short-list of things the BLM spends our tax money on:

  1. Theft of Wild Horses during BLM sponsored, and unneeded, “gathers” or “captures” with Pay-offs to BLM employees and paying for transportation to holding pins and slaughter, then paying the bill for temporary holding facilities, then paperwork to export to slaughter facilities;
  2. “Black Booking” or phony duplicate branding of horses so duplicate branded horses can disappear without a paper trail, again cannot be done unless BLM employees paid-off;
  3. Manipulation of Wild Horse Adoptions where one person holds the proxies for a group of supposedly separate adopters and the horses all end up at slaughter (millions of taxpayer dollars lost, BLM employees paid off, shippers paid with BLM vouchers or cash, and adopters make money with taxpayers dollars covering their expenses);
  4. Use of “Satellite ranches” to hold horses for days or weeks as stopping points on the way to slaughter (i.e. millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on BLM employees payoffs, shippers paid, ranchers paid);
  5. Fraudulent use of Wild Horse sanctuaries – ranches subsidized by taxpayer dollars and by the federal government to care for unadoptable Wild Horses deemed excess and removed from the range, as fronts for commercial exploitation (there is no definable criteria within “deemed excess” or being unadoptable or even a legitimate term within this context to use as policy).

Essentially when the BLM culls horses from the Wild Horse Herds, by i.e. certainly questionable roundups, and state they are bringing them in for adoption – but lie.  In reality, the agency often disposes of a huge part of a herd, often as high as 80 percent.  One of their notices to the public of horse-culling declared that the agency would dispose of about 1,000 horses out of a herd of 1,200.  Another notice declared the agency would bring in 280 animals from a herd of 330, (i.e. read any BLM publication notice of Horse Herd Roundup Statistics, but awkwardly have not been checked or confirmed by reliable sources, so who really knows the true or actual horse counts).

An interview with an informant that took part in hundreds of horse thefts and erroneous count situations stated what they do in one night: “…about 60, 70 head…Sometimes we do it during working hours…after the counts have been jimmied around, those horses are moved…drive to a certain location, open a gate and dump those horses out in with a bunch of other horses…at the satellite ranch.”

These satellite ranches cost the taxpayers millions of dollars each year, often used for stolen horses, especially stolen horses from the Wild Horse Herd Roundups, as the informant continues to describe here: “…a satellite ranch is a number of ranches throughout the different areas that we catch horses that we distribute horses too…They are paid so much money to just hold these horses . . . until we come back and pick them up again. . .”

Vouchers are often used to pay the ranchers, truckers, and dealers, and often cash as well.  Just the same they are paid very well to keep quiet as well as not do appropriate head counts.  The vouchers are altered, out of necessity, by a diverse amount of BLM employees.  As one Assistant Attorney General commented: “. . . the fundamental problem is that BLM’s approach to enforcement has been a “see no evil” escapist principle.”

And this “approach” has proven detrimental to taxpayers through out the United States, and our economy.  Billions of dollars of theft in government funds cannot continue without some type of negative aspect happening, as we standby and watch our government heading toward bankruptcy.  At the same time BLM employees, ranchers, and their lobby groups basically giving us, the American public, (as I have stated before) the finger.  Yes, they are getting very rich off of our money!

Brand Inspectors are one of many of the “checks-and-balance systems” in place that essentially do not work any longer. As an informant explains to us: “. . . Most Brand Inspectors are well known to the guys that are selling horses.  With a phone call, you can sell a damn horse sight unseen. You don’t have any problem; I mean there’s nobody there to contest it. Who’s going to say it ain’t a legitimate horse?”

Their scheme and use of the satellite ranches and horse sanctuaries to hide the “Horses for Profit” operation is profitable to all except the taxpayers, who are being ripped off by this scheme.  Make no doubt this “operation” over the years has become expansive, costing the taxpayers billions of dollars due to the years in operation, and is fully functional to this day.

Ironically, the BLM budget, currently a yearly expense of well over a billion dollars, includes this illegal activity into their budget as something of a reality — but those in the know acknowledge something quite different.  No one bothers to look, with no checks-and-balance system to keep track of the BLM’s expenditure. Again, this is the result of “Friends in High Places” situation combined with the archaic “see no evil” attitudes of many who work in the BLM.

Again we can go to another informant, who describes those involved, as: “. . . it’s very well setup, you know. There’s nobody that participates in it that isn’t well known and don’t know what’s going on.”

As mentioned in an earlier article, former Director of the BLM, Jim Baca, started an investigation into these improprieties and illegal activities.  The illegal activities, to include those mentioned above, had already been accepted for Prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

But when Jim Baca left his office as Director of the BLM things changed quickly.  The new Temp-Director reassigned BLM Investigators; suddenly the information once available was no longer available (perhaps why over the years there has been no permanent BLM Director after Jim Baca).  Although, to cover themselves, the previous Investigators kept their stock-pile of tapes, logs, interviews, videos, and other evidence.

The BLM’s illegal activities and investigation did continue a few years later, or the attempt. But it was only a ruse brought about to cool the public’s attention toward questions of illegalities, in another words taxpayer money spent illegally.  The investigations decayed quickly.  It was so bad that an Office of Inspector General analyst counseled one BLM Special Law Enforcement Agent against sending documents to the watchdog agency, and saying, “Don’t send the evidence here.  They will loose it.  This is not what they want to hear.”

A BLM Lead Special Agent had found, as he wrote in his report, “In trying to trace mortality problems at the sanctuary, his agents discovered that the books could be padded to show dead horses as still on the books with the operator collecting federal payments for the upkeep of phantom horses.”  Yet another circumstance that has the potential, when enough documents assimilated to appear the dead horses still alive, to amount in the millions of dollars spent for daily horse care.  And nobody checked!

As far back as Department of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, who stated to Jim Baca for even bringing the subject of the horses up at a Board Meeting, “The orders were: Don’t make waves, we’ve got enough problems.”  Indeed Babbitt did not want controversy, so the Wild Horse program festered and grew exponentially, government money reaped by BLM employees, contractors, and ranchers illegally for many years to follow.   Ultimately, Babbitt and other Department of the Interior Director’s wanted Jim Baca to leave, as in “why the hell are you raising problems about horses?”

Now we can take directly from a letter dated June 18, 1993 (when all of this first come to light, and still on-going to this day) with a United States Department of the Interior letterhead, Subhead Bureau of Land Management, To: Deputy Assistant Inspector General-Investigations, From: Chief, Law Enforcement and Resource Protection:

The letter basically sites what this Journalist had already written in a previous article.  But what this letter does is actually outline the specific laws broken, Criminal Felonies each, with an abundant explanation, as follows and predicated with . . . it appears that criminal violations of the following laws have occurred:

  1. 18 USC 641; Public money, property or records; whoever receives, cancels, or retains the same with intent to convert to use or gain . . .
  2. 18 USC 1512 (b); tampering with a witness, victim, or informant (Obstruction)
  3. 18 USC 371; Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraudUnited States; conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation . . .
  4. 16 USC 1338 (a) (1); wild horses and burros: protection, management, and control; any person who sells, directly or indirectly, a wild free-roaming horse, or burro maintained on private or leased land. . .

“The violations . . . committed by employees of the BLM, violations . . .  committed by citizens, but the violations appear to have occurred as a result of information provided to the public by an employee(s) of the BLM,” as the letter states.

The Administrative laws were also listed in the same letter, as outlined in this Journalist’s previous article.  The point to all of this is that the BLM continues to do this awkward at best, shuffling around of horses and illegal schemes for a tremendous profit to everyone involved, except the actual people footing the expenses, the general American Public, who receive $0.

It is obvious that not only the taxpayers loose in this negative-fiscal circumstance and outright theft of government money, but Veterans, families, and small businesses loose as well.  This Journalist wonders how these people involved in this can call themselves Americans!  Blatant is the fact they are not Americans at all, but an enemy to the people that would outright disrespect us all, take our tax money and run, and then attempt to hide the situations by condemning those who are sick and tired of the abuse toward horses and theft and want it fixed.

There exists victims here, because the BLM was not stopped, and then corrected legally back in the 1990’s — and why not?  Do we have such a corrupt system, and these types of things go on in every government department, that to not make waves while the nation is going broke, has been a priority for those we have been elected in office to actually protect our interests, but indeed could care less?  One begins to wonder.

There have been too many harsh circumstances in the United States to allow this to go on any further.  This must be stopped immediately.  The Wild Horse Herds remains the property of ALL AMERICANS and it is not the BLM’s right to destroy them what so ever.  If elected officials and our government legislators are involved, then may God have Mercy on Their Souls, because no one else will!

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

BLM and Mismanagement and Questionable Past/Today

“It’s pretty much a joke how the entire horse program is handled,” says Dale Tunnell, Special Agent in charge of the BLM’s division of Law Enforcement in Santa Fe. “They’ll run one herd into another management area and say it’s overpopulated. Then they’ll take a certain number of horses off the land. The cattle ranchers have a significant say on how those ranges are managed. The managers will do anything to keep those ranchers off their hind ends. The whole purpose is to remove wild horses from the public lands. If they could decimate the herds to where they could die out and become extinct, it would make the politicians and the bureaucrats extremely happy.” This still goes on today, as you read this article.

There are times when we come across something that appears extremely suspicious.  Often we simply let it pass, as our time is a valuable commodity.  Then there are times when a subject is so blatantly wrong that it is understood within our minds-of-minds that actually “Taking a Stand” becomes of importance.  So it is with the Wild Horse Herd Roundups conducted by the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM from here onward.

An Informant

BLM Agent interviews an Informant on the subject of stealing horses from the BLM Wild Horse Herd Roundups:

“. . . Agent:  Is this a pretty good organization?  This sounds like something that’s pretty well planned out, it’s a big organization.

Informant:  Well, its very well set up, you know.  There’s nobody that participates in it that isn’t well known and don’t know what’s going on.

Agent:  Do you feel like there’s people inside the BLM that know about this practice, that are a part of this practice?

Informant:  Sure.  We can’t operate unless they’re standing there. . .”1

The Burns Amendment

In an “An Interview with Former Sen. Conrad Burns,” he admits collusion with Senator Reid, Nevada.  It has been shown their motivation toward doing this Amendment to be simply an excuse, essentially based on well known but false information, which provided them an open-door situation to create a protection circumstance, to friends and other coordinators.  It did and many people who “. . . know what’s going on. . .” (from the Interview above) carried on illegal operations, horse stealing, and profiteering from Federal Lands, all America’s lands and American Government Property, and at a heavy expense.

“In the world of equine welfare there may be no person subject to derision than former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns. An ardent supporter of horses as a commodity to be sold for whatever reason their owner deems profitable, the former auctioneer lost his seat in the U.S. Senate to a farmer, Jon Tester, after passage of the Burns Amendment. The law was passed in the dead of night after it was attached to an appropriations bill nobody had read. For the first time, in an exclusive interview with Horseback Magazine, Burns tells how the revocation of the law came about.”

Burns: “Well, [Sen.] Harry Reid came to me and said, I’ve got a problem in Nevada.’ And I said “˜What kind of a problem do you have?’ Because we don’t have a problem up in Montana.”

Horseback: So what happened then?”

Burns: So he and I, up in his office, got together and we crafted that amendment because they’ve really got that problem of over grazing down there. That’s how that came about.”

Horseback: It was actually Reid’s idea, huh?

Burns: Yeah, well it was his problem, I just helped him solve it, that’s all.”

Horseback: “Well, you did a pretty good job of it.”2

It was called the Burns Amendment. Senator Burns, Montana, and Senator Reid, Nevada, wrote the Amendment the night before a (approximate 2004/2005) Budget Amendment.  The “Budget Amendment was to be signed the following morning by President Bush.  Without scrutiny or votes or discussion by Congress or the Senate, these two legislators attached this “Amendment to the 1971 Horse and Burro Act” onto this other piece of legislation.  This blatantly usurped the Democratic process; as well it is a SLAP IN THE FACE to all Americans and Veterans who sacrifice so much, as the BLM basically use the system for personal gains.  It remains in place to this day.  How can this BE?

One of the reasons Burns stated doing this, and usurping the Democratic process, was his perceptions of grazing and grasslands available to cattle.  The fact is, and always has been for years and well known to ALL, BLM, contractors, and activists alike, that the reports and research were erroneous and invalid.

“Grazing has been asserted to influence such key ecological characteristics as water quality, net primary productivity, nutrient cycling, plant and animal diversity, wildlife habitat availability, and oak regeneration (Belsky and others 1999, Kauffmann and Krueger 1984).”  Valid Grasslands Management biologists and specialists also attest, “Many reports on grazing affects either fail to establish adequate experimental controls or are inadequately documented as to the details of grazing. (Allen-Diaz and others 1999, Tate and others1999).  They are directly referencing BLM Grassland studies and terrestrial reports.  You will learn why later within this article.

Within this particular discussion we can also look at the laws, “If you file a document that you know contains false, erroneous, or fictitious information or statements, you may be subject to criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 43 U.S.C. 1212. The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.” BLM Legal Handbook.

The BLM and Cover-Up Incidents

“I had agents,” says Tunnell, “that I’d sent to Oklahoma on some wild-horse cases who had determined that there was a lot of cover-up and falsification of reports–some pretty dirty dealings. I got my first taste of how BLM handles their internal problems. They went so far as to try to smear the reputation of the agent who worked the case. They did everything they could to stop him from completing his investigation.”

Special Agent Sederwall, Tunnell, and the others got a U.S.attorney over in West Texas to call a grand jury. Jurors were sworn in. Subpoenas were issued, some to BLM officials. The officials never showed. The Justice Department just “. . . stopped pushing the case.” The grand jury expired. Says Tunnell, “In an investigation that lasted 14 months, with 15 agents involved, with 3,000 pieces of documents identifying the corruption and fraud, at no level did we ever get to a grand jury and provide evidence.”

Here it is once again, reflections of how the Burns Amendment went through Congress, with no perusal by anyone else but Burns and Senator Reid.  One can assume from all of this as well, the millions of dollars spent on investigation, by BLM Agents and the Justice Department, and only a very high ranking source could “null and void” the situation.  We can only speculate, but certainly obtain the knowledge something was crooked, and money paid to Government officials – and many of us in the media, as well as other horse people and advocates, do not think that is such a far fetched thought in regard toward any this situation what so ever.

Tunnell goes on to state, “. . . The idea that government employees who have daily interactions with cattlemen will protect the interests of the wild-horse herds is absolutely absurd. When it comes to rustling government mustangs, the greed would have made a drug lord blush, say the agents, who claim to have solid evidence, including tapes of informants saying that BLM employees were taking money.

Illegal Activities of the BLM and Private Contractors

This list has been taken from a Public Document, i.e. Summary, New Mexico Wild Horse and Burro Investigation, Case Number: RP-05-93-021-01; This Summary was an Informative Summary put together by the former Director of the BLM, Jim Baca, and meant for the eyes-only of the incoming Director of the BLM, in regard to this “Ongoing” investigation.  It is of illegal activity by BLM personnel, Private Contractors, and others unspecified, dealing with or is a BLM employee or private contractor.

Of Note: There were four Investigations ongoing at this time; Case #RP-05-93-021-01; Case #NM-960-03-93-021-023SA; Case #NM-960-03-021-020; and Case #NM-960-08-92-021-805 respectively.

The highlights of the Investigations follow;

  1. BLM Management personnel have authorized the transportation of wild horses to group adopters at the expense of the government;
  2. BLM management personnel have authorized the fee waiver and/or fee reduction of wild horses without delegated authority;
  3. BLM management failed to inspect and prepare written reports for group adopter facilities and property prior to receiving adopted wild horses;
  4. BLM personnel publicly and openly promoted the commercial us of wild horses, i.e., bucking stock and slaughter house;
  5. BLM personnel in concurrence with BLM management, entered false information regarding the wild horse documents into BLM DPS-8000 data base;
  6. BLM personnel through their government positions, arranged for special privileges and allowances pertaining to wild horse adoptions;
  7. BLM personnel and management knowingly converted to the use of another, wild horses belonging to theUnited   States;
  8. BLM personnel and management did knowingly attempt to interfere with an ongoing investigation by discussing privileged information regarding the Investigation with other BLM personnel, some of whom were subjects of the Investigation;
  9. Many, many more “lack of document” charges, especially in regard to the Wild Horse Herd Counts and the financial income and expenditures mandatory at each BLM facility, were not completed, lost, or unavailable for confirmation – in order to appropriate funding for each facility;
  10. Several more listings expressed concern toward illegal activity, and lack of following directorial and mandated training and compliance of Inspectors, Wranglers, and Field Level Administrators of the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

So how did this become a situation where the Grand Jury was virtually taken out of the entire equation here, despite the fact there were approximately 872 Felony Counts; and 1,279 combined Felony and Misdemeanor Counts, to include fraudulent paperwork, fraudulent data input into the BLM computer systems, erroneous paperwork, Employee Misconduct, money laundering, misplaced funds and much more.

Well, it gets even more interesting here, as the list will show, given by one Deputy Field Solicitor, Department of Justice:

  1. Attempts by BLM managers to learn about sealed Grand Jury information;
  2. Participation  by BLM managers in destruction of evidence;
  3. Alerting suspects concerning impending search warrants;
  4. Release of confidential informant and undercover investigator identities, actions he noted, threatened the lives of both the informant and the investigating agents;
  5. Threats of abuse and sexual innuendos, reduction-in-work-force, and other discriminatory situations happened as well, but too numerous to list here.

After all of that an Attorney, Charles Brooks in the Department of Justice, chimed in and recommended against undertaking any prosecution, because, he concluded, “the Wild Horse and Burro Program was so tainted that it would be unfair to single anyone out for prosecution.”

The fact is — this is all public information.  This is part of the checks and balance system of our Government system, without which theft and other illegal activities, ripping off taxpayer dollars at will, can simply run-amok and cost taxpayers in the billions of dollars each year, as it does now because this system is not working.  The BLM continues to remain totally out of control, with no checks-and-balance system in place.  This government agency is a mess, and no one is doing anything about it, at the expense of our Wild Horse Herds, with the Slaughter propaganda simply being a rouse, or something to take our attention away from the real problem, the BLM itself.  Frankly, these Wild Horse Herds do not, and never did need to be rounded up and taken off of BLM (America’s) Lands – the information to do so remains false even to this day.

The problem toward resolution is actually getting our justice portion of our Government to act accordingly.  Taxpayers have already paid for a thorough investigation, the BLM’s own information shows both negligence and illegal activity, and the Internet is beyond flooded with Wild Horse Herd Abuses at just about every horse herd roundup that has taken place. Nothing was done, the taxpayer once again gets $0 from the BLM, in the mean time, BLM administrators, they stand their giving the taxpayers the finger.

It is also obvious to those of us that handle horses almost daily, that unqualified people are being hired to do the roundups, and being paid large amounts of taxpayer money to do little to nothing except steal the horses for profit.  Our Government needs to act, rid our financial system of this untrustworthy, dishonest, and certainly spend-freely Government agency.  It no longer has a useful purpose, other than illegal activities and mismanaged lands for personal profits, and that is about all.

For the entire informative packet and interview see Horses Led To Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover Up in the Wild Horse and Burro Program, PEER White Paper, Number 14, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Washington D.C. 20009-1125, http://www.peer.org/pubs/whitepapers/1997_horses_to_slaughter.pdf , 1997.

An Interview with Former Sen. Conrad Burns, http://www.animallawcoalition.com/wild-horses-and-burros/article/1052, Posted Sep 17, 2009.

Former BLM Employee Pleads Guilty to Public Corruption Charges Sophisticated Contract Manipulation Scheme Defrauds BLM of Over $400,000, http://www.fbi.gov/portland/press-releases/2010/pd041610.htm

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Wild Horse Herds, Money, BLM, and Coverup Costing Taxpayers Billions

“The attempt by activists to discredit the new appointees to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is a typical tactic employed by anti-BLM partisans to push their anti-management agenda by any means possible. Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range. The BLM is not ‘managing for extinction.’ There is no conspiracy to put down healthy horses that are in off-the-range holding facilities. Members on our board are qualified based on their knowledge of the law, current program actions, and their commitment to ensuring that healthy horses thrive in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.” Tom Gory – Public Relations BLM (Feb. 2012) in response to complaints from the general public about mismanagement of Wild Horse Herds on BLM Land.

There comes a time when our government agencies are simply “out-of-hand” and irresponsive as well as irresponsible, especially toward the common folks, essentially the American Public.  These agencies are simply Stewarts’ of our lands and animals (i.e. Constitution of the United States of America).  This can be observed by how any particular government agency, in this article the BLM, responds to an “Open-Debate” circumstance, or to the general public — as a BLM Administrator responded above.

Do Legitimate Concerns Exist?

This article will answer, in fact, some of the outrageous statements made by Tom Gory, who is in a position to “know better” than state outlandish comments toward the public, whose lands he is nothing more than managing for us all.  As a Veteran myself, I take his comments as an insult, and his attitude as disgraceful and disrespectful to every Veteran and to common folks and their families in America.  To claim myself and others as dishonest, when we simply question their dishonesty is quite appalling, distasteful, and arrogant!  Yet another government employee that should not be working for the government!

Because we, as Americans, attempt to generate an “Open Debate” situation, and through our Freedom of Speech capacity, does not make any of us less of a citizen here in America what so ever.  As a matter of fact, I as well as other Veterans, would question directly any person within the government, in another words a government employee, their tenacity as well as their attitude, to question a taxpayers concerns; especially when a taxpayer is questioning obvious abuse, illegal activities, or ongoing ethics violations, all within this government agency.

What do the Taxpayers receive for their Money?

Frankly, there must be an end-result, a situation of benefit to the general American population, as prescribed by policy and in regard to benefits posed per taxpayer dollar spent.  This is ignored most often, especially in this circumstance.  Many times a small percentage, in this case .00001% is generating a profit from millions of dollars per taxpayer money spent, with no benefits to the taxpayer.

James Sebastian, accountant/CPA, generated the following from a perusal of BLM expenditure, precisely the Wild Horse Roundups, holding corrals, and shipping:

  1. $2.6 Billion Dollars BLM Horse Herd Management of Taxpayer Money Spent;
  2. Benefits to Taxpayers while spending taxpayer money = $0;
  3. Benefits to Local Area Ranchers/politicians/oil industry accumulative, pay-offs and continuing profit = $12.4 billion dollars and rising.

“This is significant,” Mr. Sebastian states, “. . . as this becomes, and has been, a slice of our public debt, and unfortunately hidden from the public at large.  Taxpayers should know where their money is going, it should not be hidden.  Right now it is hidden in the BLM, with no credibility or attempt to show the tax paying public the real figures and costs of the roundups.  This compared to simply leaving the Wild Herds alone, at an approximate cost-field-management amount of perhaps $852,000.00 per year, for grassland management, horse management, and cattle grazing management.” (i.e. Grassland Management Principles) et al.

Our government agencies, whether they accept the fact or not, can either shine as a glowing example of taking care of the publics interest, or become a government agency that virtually remains at war with the American public at large; most often this is to cover up their questionable, and often unethical and illegal management methods.  This is not a conspiracy principle, rather, an observation of how the BLM manages America’s Wild Horse Herds, and the BLM is mismanaging our horse herds, then lying about it to us all.

BLM and Questionable Payments to Contractors

Often money illegalities such as money skimming, laundering of money, and contractors lying in regard to daily hours worked, or in this case actual horse counts, often come into play.  Padded accounts in government agencies, and the 10% contingency realm is not overlooked either, and many government employees derive a profitable margin while obtaining “under the table” wages.

As Mr. Gory, Public Relations of the Horse and Burro Program states in a matter of fact style when discussing the general publics’ complaint against horse slaughter and BLM’s management, he states “Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range.. . .” is a, well, dishonest statement, a flagrant lie by him and the BLM.

But allow me to further this debate, by giving you the actual BLM figures, the cost of one portion of the Roundups, the Private Contractors payment for the actual roundup work.

Examples of Payments to one Private Contractor

Here I will use the Sun J Livestock contractor.  This Private Contractor uses Helicopter Roundup methods (abundant videos and information is available on the Internet showing extreme abuse, so no further reference given here due to space) which virtually “Kills” a large percentage of wild horses during the roundups.

This “Kill” percentage is extremely high for roundups in general, near the value of anywhere from 4% to 16% and left under a covered-up shroud of questionable conduct, with no excuse from the Private Contractor or BLM Supervisory staff, other than a “Go to Hell” attitude when questioned about the over-kill rates.  To clarify the situation further as to why they hurry, it is to get the job done, at the horses’ expense or death, as they are paid per horse, and as shown further, incorrect horse counts in their favor.  The faster they get done, the more profit they make.

February 23, 2011 – Sun J Livestock received $82,648.20 for not even an entire weeks worth of roundup;

September 13, 2010 — Sun J Livestock received $82,966.00 for a little short of a weeks worth of roundup;

December 6, 2010 — Sun J Livestock received $649,850.20 for a little over a weeks worth of roundup;

January 10, 2011 — Sun J Livestock received $1,221,767.90 for about two weeks, if that, of roundup; etc. . . .

I think you get the picture here, and keep in mind between the dates of September 13, 2010, and January 12, 2012 there were 24 Roundups and similar payments made to this Private Contractor in Nevada.

Many people attempted to obtain a proper horse count, but could not do so.  This is because the BLM Management will not allow people into the holding corrals to obtain a proper count of horses.  In this case it is the Private Contractor, Sun J Livestock, who on several occasions threatened and coerced people away from the holding sites during the roundups.

A proper evaluation could not be assimilated, in regard to Actual-Cost breakdowns, due to these reasons of questionable conduct.  It is noted as well that often the BLM Supervisory Staff was nowhere to be found when problems arose between taxpayers attempting to stop abuse, or do legitimate head counts at the roundups.

The pay-outs to this Private Contractor listed here were minimums.  Keep in mind also; this particular Contractor, as well as most others, has been linked to several Senators and Congressmen.  Why the Congressional Ethics Committee has not looked into this situation is not known for sure.

What does the Rancher pay for using Public Lands, our lands, to graze?  “The Federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM). . .”  An animal unit is 2 cows and governed on the amount being a per year basis.  Keep in mind this price for grazing on public lands has not been raised since 1978, even though BLM’s “rhetoric” labels this years grazing prices as $1.35, presenting it as the price for the past two years.  When checked it was $1.35 from 1978 onward.

Using the same unit, the ranchers in Nevada has a maximum overhead, to include transportation to slaughtering facilities of their cattle of an estimated .08 cents per cow.  Often this can generate a 284% profit margin, due to fluctuating sales prices in their market.  This is a tremendous profit margin, and is not passed on to the taxpaying public what so ever.

At the taxpayer’s expense we not only pay a high price for beef at the market, but due to the useless current eradication of wild horse herds, rather than simple management techniques implimented, we also pay a high price for cattle to graze as well.  Ironically, much of the grazing lands available is simply left unused, not overgrazed as we are led to believe by BLM staff.  Often it is a rare occasion when small bands of horses are seen what so ever, even when the numbers were supposedly much larger.  Again, looking at the BLM’s horse-count numbers, it becomes obvious, and they have lied about how many wild horses are on Federal lands.

So the question, “Is BLM being truthful about their grazing and public land use prices?”  Here is what they say: “The annually determined grazing fee is computed by using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors – current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production. In effect, the fee rises, falls, or stays the same based on market conditions, with livestock operators paying more when conditions are better and less when conditions have declined.”

If the $1.35 never changes, then how do they assume it is assimilated on a yearly basis?  Their statements and the yearly figures of cattle sales, for example, simply do not add up correctly.  Indeed, the market has changed since 1978, prices everywhere else have met the market standard, and businesses remain profitable.  Ranchers in other areas, away from BLM lands remain profitable as well.  There are many questions to be answered from this situation alone.

We must also look at how the horses are a danger to our Public Lands, and according to BLM staff are overgrazing these lands.  The fact is they do not, and it is quite obvious. When perusing the BLM numbers, in support of overgrazing, the numbers appear bogus and certainly do not appear as legitimate figures to base an “overgrazing” decision upon what so ever.

Again, for the available lands we can peruse the BLM’s documents.  “The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land — over 245 million surface acres — than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages approximately 193 million acres of Federal lands in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.”  Both agencies have Wild Horse Herds within the boundaries of their land, our land.

If we add these together, horses basically have access to 438 million acres, of which in excess of 245 million acres that a horse can roam in the western states.  The amount of cattle grazing these same acres is slight, estimated at an inconsistent figure of perhaps 32,000 cattle at any given time (i.e. per sales fluctuation) with “. . . 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service.”  When investigated these permit numbers also become bogus, with no fluctuation in numbers from one year to the next.  At best, accountablity toward a real “permits issued” situation would certainly fluctuate from year to year.  This may be due to never updating their data to the public.

There exists no reason for the Wild Horse Roundups.  So it becomes easy to conclude, without assuming a “. . . sky-is-falling. . .” attitude that there is simply no reason at all to thin out the Wild Horse Herds.  We can use the BLM’s own figures and their rhetoric which is easily seen-through, to conclude this.  Overgrazing as excuses to thin-out these horse herds, very profitable for a very few with no return to the taxpaying public, are simply unacceptable and non-extent, whether it be provided academically or ideologically, or by policy (no policy such as this exists) there is simply no reason to do so at this time.

Holding Corrals

Conclusively what is found within BLM documents is not any “Real” reason to gather Wild Horses through a roundup and management methodology, and then take them to holding corrals.  The unneccessary cost, within a cavalier and frivolous spending frenzy of taxpayer money, becomes more obvious.  Not included within this document are the theft/stealing of horses for slaughter and private use without adoption; although, it has been stated by several informants that every 6 out of 10, or 12 out of every twenty horses in holding corrals are stolen.  This will be approached later and within another context.

For holding corrals there exist huge expenditures of taxpayer money, not so ironic is the fact many of these holding corrals are located in Nevada.  To say these are questionable situations remains an understatement.  Again, many of these holding corrals are directly or indirectly held by government entities and their friends, and even BLM employee’s families and friends.

One facility, for example, was paid $16, 683,991.00 for holding horses within their corrals, for only a short time period. A horse auction company was paid $15,069,135.00 for holding Wild Horses for auction, and for just a few days until sold. The pay-offs, or what are termed Contract Payments (i.e. a somewhat list of payments at this Internet site) are questionable. These are simply two examples of several hundred more holding-corrals, some legal, many not and holding horses for illegal or questionable activity. Yet the taxpayers still pay the facilities owners for the use of their corrals, whether legal or illegal.

This brings about yet another question, “Where does the money go for the sales of the horses?”  There exist no records of payment to taxpayers of money made from these auctions. Even though wild horse herds are considered Federal Property, with laws and well established procedures available in selling Federal Property, it is ignored. It goes without saying here that illegal sales of horses, stolen horses, etc., are just as plentiful, and the same holding corrals for both legitimate horses and stolen horses are used togwther and at taxpayers expense.

Conclusion

This Journalist sees no extreme or overboard or superfluous activity within any of the Wild Horse Activist’s attitudes.  There exist no “. . . sky is falling. . .” attitudes.  On the contrary, there does exist beyond a doubt, legitimate concerns.  The frivolous attitude toward spending a lot of taxpayer money is obvious, and for what?  At this time it is unclear as to what or why, other than fictitious and erroneous information that is given to the public and by the BLM employees in general.  The questionable roundups and extreme costs do exist, and despite name calling and cheap-shot condescending remarks said by BLM Administrators toward those who have done their research and found the entire situation questionable, is distasteful and arrogant.

Currently, we must keep in mind this is not a mere non-personal entity such as the generic function of the term BLM, rather these are government employees taking advantage of a particular situation, while making a profit for themselves, their friends, and other family members, and with those involved within our government at many different levels.  It becomes apparent that the Wild Horse Herds, our Wild Horse Herds and the American Icon, is defenseless.

The common American is speaking, right now being ignored, but that will not last for long as Americans, together, become strong, and their strength is growing in voting numbers until politicians and the courts will no longer be able to ignore us all.  Sustaining our Wild Horse Herds is an American promise to such an Icon, as to say thank you for helping us build America, and we indeed love and respect you all.

References:

United   StatesConstitution – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution

BLM and Forest Service Announce 2012 Grazing Fee, Release Date: 01/31/12 http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2012/january/NR_01_31_2012.html

Example list of Private Contractors Income/Payout for Roundups:  https://www.fpds.gov/dbsight/fpdsportal?indexName=awardfull&templateName=1.4.2&s=FPDSNG.COM&q=support+activities+for+animal+production%2C+wild+horse+CONTRACTING_AGENCY_NAME%3A%22BUREAU+OF+LAND+MANAGEMENT%22+VENDOR_FULL_NAME%3A%22SUN+J+LIVESTOCK%22

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Is the BLM Responsible for Slaughtering Wild Horses?

“Is the BLM responsible within their conduct of Stewardship of our “AmericanLands” achieving sound and efficient Multiple Land Use Policies while using their current management methods?”  Here the use of Wild Horse Herds on BLM Land can be used as a metering device in regard to appropriate BLM management issues, and discusses whether they are being displaced for profit, or allowed to be stolen.

Either way, no confusion exists here, it is either a seriously flawed government agency, or simply incompetent to actually manage America’s Wild Horse Herd and America’s Lands’ for that matter.  Items as news are linked within this discussion, but there exists far more information in regard to BLM horse abuse, videos showing abuse, info about stolen horses from the BLM program, as well as ongoing investigations into BLM employee pay-offs and illegal activities.  If interested all you have to do is Google “BLM Wild Horse Herd” and you will get pages upon pages of this certainly controversial subject.

Rumors Conjecture and a Little Truth

First a little questionable background is in order here, and something to consider, and not so much off-subject as you think.  The BP oil spill affected a major food source in the United States.  Basically the Gulf contributed an estimated of 28% to 30% of our food supply in the United States.

That does not exist any longer, despite the BP’s commercials and rhetoric, as the food supply availability has indeed declined from the Gulf.  The oil spill lies on the bottom topography now, and the clean-up technique of that would do irreparable harm to the entire Gulf, due to the chemicals needed to clean up a foreign oil spill here in America.  Anyway, many Journalists, including myself, wondered how long it would take the President to react, and react he did.  One of many decisions was to allow funding for horse meat inspectors.

(Journalist comment) I think it goes without saying that we are being treated as ignorant step-children.  The fact is, in this circumstance, BP is a foreign company, and could care less about our countries needs.  This is only one gigantic example of how we treat foreigners when they indeed wrecked an entire biosphere here in the United States.  They make large profits off of us right now, rather than profits the money should go directly into what they damaged out of pure greed and ignorance.  But to take our American Icon, the Wild Horse Herds, and use them to fulfill a temporary and not so withstanding need within an unnecessary occasion, is to certainly add insult to injury, and outright disrespects all Americans, tremendously.  Politicians should, either party, now be asked what are they going to do about the abolishing of our Wild Horse Herds! Just a comment, take it or leave it.)

Was it an over-reaction and having to do with the BP oil spill?  Has BP been allowed to not pay for what happened, in total?  Is this yet another foreign owned company that is taking advantage of America’s political hidden agendas?  Your guess is as good as any of ours.  But the fact is the food supply chain is moving to items Americans’ would not eat before the spill, for example Mullet, which is a sucker fish or bottom feeder of who knows what.

Curious also and something overlooked due to the fear we may have to pay a few cents more at the gas pumps, or from the ongoing delirium to sacrifice everything for a self sustaining quart of gas, more questionable activities continue.  Thoughts toward America’s food supply is somewhere in the background of all the menagerie of problems we face daily, and now the distraction of an election, which by the way this subject is avoided in total.

Beyond doubt there are questions that do exist in this conundrum of the BP oil spill that has far reaching tentacles; for example, an odd amount of people dieing under questionable circumstances.  These people have something in common, in regard to information about our nations food supply, our current food chain problems, and thorough knowledge of the BP oil spill, as well as the true consequences of the spill.  Something to think about, especially when there does appear to be a push toward horse slaughter as well, despite the cover up methodology of approach, and the outright unacceptability of the slaughter itself by an overwhelming amount of Americans.

Environmentally, we have as a society, literally stuffed ourselves into questionable situations.  We’ve allowed our government to become a society upon itself, and distribute false research and information developed to succumb to political agendas.  Constantly serious environmental decisions are based upon these types of erroneous information, the results are obvious daily.  Now it is possible to move on toward a more isolated circumstance, developed from previous information.

America’s Wild Horse Herds and Abuse

Abuse toward Wild Horse Herds is undeniably prevalent today.  This can be easily deducted due to the amount of organizations started, for example within the past five years, that are consistently appealing toward, and point out on a continuous basis, abuse in many shapes, styles, and forms.  Often this is ignored by the BLM and just as often ignored by our legislators as well.

This abuse is done currently and with no end in sight.  This is because there has been no disciplinary action in regard to either BLM employees abusing the horses, or BLM employees seeing the horses abused by private contractors.  Private contractors abusing horses should have their contracts discontinued immediately and not be allowed to work for the government again.

But as harsh as it sounds, this chain of events is prevalent within the history of the food industry, another reason our horses should not be labeled livestock, and certainly every attempt made at discontinuing the wrongful path as being a food source.

This abuse can be witnessed, profoundly, in BLM videos where abuse is ongoing within the background of their performance videos released on the Internet; while the BLM employee is ironically speaking about how safe and kind they treat the wild horses, a helicopter in the background is bumping a horse and tumbling it down a hill, or horses in the background are licking at their broken legs because of roundup techniques.

While speaking with a well-known Cowboy, left unnamed here, “Those boys aren’t cowboys in that roundup, they’re bullshit.  A cowboy wouldn’t do all that.  A horse is worth somethin’, an animal to be respected.  Without them there wouldn’t be cowboys, it’s the same, ya’know, cowboys and horses are intertwined, connected.  Without one there ain’t the other.  That’s what a cowboy knows for sure; these people I see here are just mean, incompetent.  Probably shouldn’t be dealing with animals at all.”

BLM Employees, Private Contractors, and Stolen Horses

Ultimately, once the guilty parties are released from the BLM work force, if ever, to include private contractors, the abuse issue will be resolved, at least for awhile, and as long as BLM Administrators do so. If not, then the issue becomes, “Is the BLM responsible enough to continue Wild Horse Management and their supposed dynamic-principles approach with the Wild Horse Herds, these Horses and America’s icons that essentially belong to ALL Americans?

But we also must learn about any hidden-agendas.  We know about political maneuvers, and politicians taking care of their neighbors and friends, as well as BLM employees’ relatives and fiends obtaining cheaper Lease agreements, and simply getting the wild horses out of the way.  But we need to acquire the reality, the reason why these situations are so flamboyant, and yet ignored.  Perhaps there is no reason at all, rather just arrogance, but we as taxpayers and Americans must be told the truth.

To begin a legitimate answer to these questions we go back to 1997 again, and an interview done by a BLM Agent, and questions answered by an Informant from a Private Contractor at that time.  The question and answer phase gives details on stolen horses, methodology, and illegal pay-offs with compliance by BLM employees.

Stolen BLM Wild Horse Herd Horses

This situation goes further, for both stolen horses as well as adopted horses.  Recall the Informant stating truck drivers also serve as Brokers, selling to the highest bidder to take the BLM horses to slaughter.  Also according to the Informant, BLM employees take part in this situation.

Many informants have also made the point that no one seems to care about a truck full of BLM horses, and often waived through the scales by DOT Agents, and ironically in every state.  This does not at this time mean the DOT Agents are involved, rather, simply lazy and assume the drivers have the appropriate BLM paperwork in order.  Most often a driver will not have the appropriate paperwork and a simple check will show the illegal nature of the transport.  DOT Agents are paid, as a priority, to check these types of situations, they should do so.

Stolen Horse Event

“HELPER — Federal agents impounded 47 Bureau of Land Management horses Friday at the Port of Entry here, preventing the likelihood of the animals being hauled by truck for slaughter inMexico, officials said.”

“Unlike the bureau’s adoption program, these animals are supposedly sold to buyers under an agreement that includes an intent clause that prohibits subsequent sale for slaughter, Warr said. The horses are 11 years or older and may be bought for use as brood mares, for private equestrian pleasure or simply put out to pasture by the purchaser.” . . . But Warr said the paper trail of where the animals were headed did not match up to the reality of where they were impounded — leading his agency to believe they were intended for slaughter.”

This goes with what is being told to the authorities, on a constant basis, by Wild Horse Herd advocates.  The counts are fraudulent, the theft is on going, especially of horses from the BLM Wild Horse Herds, and the paperwork is never checked, although is fraudulent.

These horses are going to slaughter, and yet the BLM Administrators continuously state their horses never go to slaughter.  If Administrators insist they speak the truth, and all of the abuse, to include stolen horses and other illegal activity is prevalent, than that certainly becomes a good argument for them not to over see this situation, as being unaware and totally incompetent.

BLM Horses being taken to Slaughter

“Utah Indictments Come Down in BLM Mustang Killer Buyer Case — HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Two men from rural Utah were indicted by a federal grand jury following a rare investigation of a wild horse scam by the Bureau of Land Management. . . The men, Robert Wilford Capson, 59, and Dennis Kay Kunz, 56, face charges of wire fraud and making false statements after bureau agents impounded 64 slaughter bound horses on a one way trip to a Mexican abattoir.”

Answer to the Question of BLM Responsibility

So the question still exists, “Is the BLM responsible within their conduct of Stewardship of our “American Lands”, achieving sound and efficient Multiple Land Use Policies while using their current management methods?”

While using the Wild Horse Herds as a proficiency test, it becomes clear that the BLM should not be managing such an important and significant American icon as the Wild Horse.  The reality is they are taking part in the total devastation and slaughter of America’s Wild Horse Herds, and so apparently arrogant about the situation that they indeed ignore abuse and illegal acts being done constantly.

If administration people debate this fact, then incompetence must be the cause, because it is obvious their irresponsibility is governed by their behavior and incompetent management methods.  Then the question becomes, “how can so much abuse and illegal activity happen around them, constantly, and yet they remain unaware and often aloof?”

The fact is until employees and private contractors are taken to task for their activities, nothing will happen in the near future.  Horses will continue to be taken to slaughter, under the guise of misinformation and misdirection, all the while conducted by the BLM.  Perhaps it is the entire BLM that is taking part in this travesty, and tasteless and unethical massacre of our wild horse herds.  If so, then this is simply yet another reason they should withdraw themselves from the responsibility of managing America’s lands and Wild Horse herds.

To have to obtain a Court Order for something management should have taken care of in the first place is ridiculous, and unnecessarily costly to taxpayers.  But this also seems to be the case with the BLM.

If so, the future will tell it all, and it will tell as well of blind obedience from government employees and private contractors by profiteers.  It is ironic these supposed cowboys, or what is termed private contractors, see themselves as images of freedom, and part of the American iconic image, while taking part in such abusive and unacceptable activity.  And yet the remainder of us sees them as weak individuals, and just thieves stealing what is all of ours here in America.

History will also see how the common folks in our society attempted to stop this situation, and see our politicians and administrators within our government agencies continuously being so arrogant as to think, that because they tell us no slaughter is going on — of BLM horses, that we actually believe them.  The situation must be stopped, unconditionally.  Take it or leave it, but horses are being slaughtered while you read this.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One Inner-View to the Wild Horse and Burro BLM Program

To say the Wild Horse and Burro Program, a controversial Bureau of Land Management Program, fulfills any needs toward ecological enhancement, or makes anything at all “Better” within range management is simply false.  Overwhelming evidence has come forth showing taxpayer money not only stolen, but wasted on this program.  Roundups have become abusive and on many different levels, due to mismanagement and payoffs.  Theft of public property, the wild horses, is prominent and continuous, and profitable to many.

Follow the Money

The term “Follow the Money” exists here and without a doubt is a well “honed and oiled” organized criminal situation.  Truthfully, it has gone on so long, without legal or political intrusion, it’s become a matter of routine, but still illegal.  Situations similar to this are termed criminal, then defined under “The RICO Act” in order to outright attack an organized criminal situation.  When used appropriately, this enhances the ability for law enforcement to put a stop to even Government crimes.

This program involves Government employees, private Government contractors, ranchers, and yes politicians, “All” make a tremendous amount of money.  Ranchers, energy and oil interests make up the other portion of profiteers, obtaining or leasing America’s land far cheaper than the going prices.  All the while the BLM centers their priority toward land management, and clears barriers, within the scope of a few private interests, for more larger profits.  Taxpayer’s money is used to not only invest in this profiteering situation, but as a guaranteed profit base for the continuing illegal activities.

This situation provides a landscape of questionable data, horse-counts, and especially illegal activity, which bears repeating, and lack of ethics that many wild horse’s “life and death decisions” are based upon.

A previous investigation, a few years ago, led to indictments and then to Grand Jury involvement, with trial dates not far off.  Overnight this all was canceled.  The entire action ceased.  Why?  No one in Government answers this obvious question; and more obvious is the fact only the few involved know.  The paperwork and indictments covered up.

Certainly, and quite obvious to all involved, someone within a high Government office stopped the entire situation.  This must be investigated by our Government, as their credibility lacks because of this type of manipulation and coverup.

Wild Horse Herd Theft – Interview with a government private contractor

The illegal activity continues to this day.  Below is one of many questions answered by an informant, questioned by one of very few honest BLM Agents.  This particular discussion outlines how the BLM’s Private Contractors steal horses, in this portion the Agent asks the informant who is involved in the illegal activity:

Agent:  Is this a pretty good organization?  This sounds like something that’s pretty well planned out, it’s a big organization.

Informant:  Well, its very well set up, you know.  There’s nobody that participates in it that isn’t well known and don’t know what’s going on.

Agent:  Do you feel like there’s people inside the BLM that know about this practice, that are a part of this practice?

Informant:  Sure.  We can’t operate unless they’re standing there.”

(For the entire informative packet and interview see Horses Led To Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover Up in the Wild Horse and Burro Program, PEER White Paper, Number 14, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Washington D.C. 20009-1125, http://www.peer.org/pubs/whitepapers/1997_horses_to_slaughter.pdf , 1997.

We now jump to a piece of legislation that indeed compromised the Wild Horse and Burro program.  The WHBP indeed provided a safety-net for America’s Wild Horse Herds, and established them as a priority to coexist in wilderness areas with ranchers and other domestic land interests.  The piece of legislation questioned here, took the priority away, leaving the Wild Horse open for slaughter, among other negative attributes.

It was called the Burns Amendment. Senator Burns, Montana, and Senator Reid, Nevada, wrote the Amendment the night before approval (approximate 2004/2005) of a Congressional Budget Amendment.  The “Budget Amendment was signed the following morning by President Bush.  Without scrutiny or votes or discussion by Congress or the Senate, these two legislators attached this “Amendment to the 1971 Horse and Burro Act” onto this other piece of legislation.

The Burns Amendment

In an “An Interview with Former Sen. Conrad Burns,” he admits collusion with Senator Reid, Nevada, and yet no investigation or criminal charges in regard to irresponswible conduct filed by Congress, or the Ethics Committee.

It has been shown their “stated” motivation toward doing this Amendment to be simply untrue, an excuse, the real reason being more profit and covering up illegal aqctivity.  The Burns Amendment provided them an open-door situation to provide a semblance of protection, to friends and other coordinators, to carry-on illegal operations, horse stealing, and profiteering from Federal Lands, all of America’s lands, Our Lands not theirs.  Ethical and conflict of interest abounds here, to include misuse of their positions as well.  They had access, then usurped their positions within the Senate for self-profit.

This Interview was conducted by Horseback Magazine:

“Burns: Well, [Senator] Harry Reid came to me and said, ‘I’ve got a problem in Nevada.’  And I said ‘What kind of problem? Because we don’t have a problem up in Montana.’

Horseback: So what happened then?

Burns: So he and I, up in his office, got together and we crafted that amendment because they’ve . . .’

Horseback: It was actually Reid’s idea, huh?

Burns: Yeah, well it was his problem.  I just helped him solve it, that’s all.”

(An Interview with Former Sen. Conrad Burns, http://www.animallawcoalition.com/wild-horses-and-burros/article/1052, Posted Sep 17, 2009.)

Senator Burns lost the following election, primarily due to Montana’s voter’s perception of the very callus and sneaky way Burns and Reid generated such an abusive and dishonest piece of legislation, and then attached this Amendment to another piece of legislation.  And then got away with it!  The Senate Ethics Committee evidently overlooked this irresponsible as well as reprehensible conduct.

American’s Speak

“The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today announced in a newly released poll conducted by Lake Research Partners that 80 percent of American voters are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption. The nation wide survey reveals that Americans oppose horse slaughter overwhelmingly regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. (ASPCA Releases Landmark Study on Voter Attitudes Across All Demographic Segments – 80 Percent Opposed to Horse Processing, ASPCA urges public support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, Horseback Online, http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13886, Feb. 2012.)”

The BLM continues to lead the American public down the track of deception, or profiteering for a small group of ranchers and narrow-interest land-use groups, while ruining our Public Lands, land owned by us, the American Public, and Wild Horse Herds owned by us, the American Public.  It is time for us all to step forward and “Take-Back what is Ours,” and put a stop to the spending of tax dollars, simply going to small groups of people, to include the cover up of illegal activity and fraud, with nothing in return but the slaughter of our wild horses.

Contact your Legislator and tell them enough is enough – Laws are designed for us “ALL” in America, and not to exclude Government employees or politicians”.  Also tell them we want this situation abolished, and our lands managed by either an honest organization, or another organization that can resolve the issues honestly and without profiteering and catering to a select few of private interests.  Transparency in this situation is also required.

This Journalist, just as many other Americans and the actual owners of Wild Horse Herds, would like this situation investigated in a thorough and uncompromising manner, as our Government needs to be honest, uphold integrity and ethics, while representing our interests in a responsible manner.

For addresses, FAX numbers, and listings go to:

Senators of the 112th Congress:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Contacting the Congress:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized