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Wild Horse Herds – Wolves – Hatred and Psychosis: Humanity Must Win the War Over Hatred

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Over time mankind’s hunting beliefs were and remain detrimental toward our wildlife.  Now exists a multitude of destructive factors focused on our wildlife and the deadly combination of hunting, trapping, corporate intrusion, politics, and ignorance.  These types of intervention not only destroy our wildlife, but destruction of our country.  Whereby, nature serves as an example, and where it goes our nation goes —

Today the fact that we call ourselves a civilized society simply becomes another oxymoron.  A slight perusal of facts, when it comes to wildlife analysis and the outright destructive and abusive methodology used today.  The situation is definable, the reality obvious.

Oddly, debates both within the decision making process and politics remain based more on myth and hatred — rather than respect, concern, reality, or compassion.  The realities, or facts of the issues, approached complacently at best with no consideration given them, do exist but not included.  Thereby, most often and up to this point, the decision making process to actually save our wildlife becomes non-existent as well as extremely flawed.

The truth is we have a government that has been, for a few decades now and becoming worse, administrators for nothing more than foreign corporations and small lobby groups.  Within this context propaganda directed toward subjective reasoning and ignorance plays a significant roll in the extinction of species — i.e. Wild Horses and Wolves for example, are heading down the path of extinction at a tremendous rate of speed.  People’s callousness and ignorance just as deadly as a bullet to the head.

Modern Society and Wildlife

Today’s extinct species list, as well as the endangered species list, contains proof of excessive or mismanaged hunting and trapping principles.  Ironically, this history more than documents the arrogance of our society in centuries past, not only the Buffalo but other rare species, for one reason or the other, that become formidable targets for trophies or combined with gender egos.

“Let them kill, skin, and sell until the buffalo is exterminated, as it is the only way to bring lasting peace and allow civilization to advance.”  – General Philip Sheridan

General Philip Sheridan said the same thing about the American Indians, and life or living things in general, simply did not make sense to him.  His perceptions carried over into the more ignorant of people, and the rest history, in both the Buffalo hunts and the blatant massacres of Indians in the old west.

Where are we today –  as a people, as a society?  This shows us not only a past circumstance of ignorance, not unique in any way within history, but oddly a current phenomena as well.  Beyond a doubt this behavior is allowed to progress, which history defines as a matter of truth.  The present challenges to our wildlife becomes the daily task of simply staying alive, mostly accomplished by avoiding humans.  Inclusions of less wildlife habitat, exploitation of our water and mineral resources, increased cattle onto Public Lands, and corporate profits which out rightly demands less government regulatory management at a time when there should be more management, is a normal situation now.  The fact is wildlife has no chance of living unless things change rapidly!

The book, “Extinct and Vanishing Animals” (i.e. Ziswiler, 1967), develops a sound conclusion to some of the history of animals destroyed through ignorance in the name of civilization.  This book directs people’s attention, written in 1967, to the “. . . morbid pleasure of killing. . .” throughout the previous couple of centuries by trophy hunters, poachers, and trappers.

Inclusive of one category, this situation sums up a large percentage of those that hunt today.  One can honestly make the statement, from a prolific perusal of historical fact, that nothing has changed over the centuries.  The obvious links in this chain of notable events is disturbing, it becomes quite obvious that “necessity” has been replaced with blind ignorance and contempt toward our wildlife.

The truth, the “necessity” to kill our wildlife no longer exists and is simply a morbid sport or deranged kill-only management paradigm of today.  It’s apparent we learn nothing from history, and there exists no inward look at ourselves, as a civilization, when it comes to the treatment of our animals.

History most often can be viewed as objective, despite the subjective witnessing of many events of the past.  When we study the events of Wounded Knee, or May Li Massacre in Vietnam, for example, we often wonder why it was covered-up for so long.

But another aspect, and more interesting toward this discussion, is we discover the same mentality or psychology and mentality portrayed by human weakness and what actually follows.  History demonstrates this quite well, and over the past centuries.  That of slaying or murdering those defenseless beings, whether people or wildlife, is a psychosis of a low mentality, low self-esteem, for men an attempt to obtain manhood, demonstrate power over another-whether human or animal, and either/or when combined with ignorance remains a dangerous mental state of affairs. (to start your research see: Animal Cruelty and Psychiatric Disorders – Roman Gleyzer, MD, Alan R. Felthous, MD, and Charles E. Holzer III, PhD)

The examples abound by our government’s treatment of the Wild Horse Herds, cattleman’s lobby, or the sportsmen’s lobby efforts which evolve into the murdering of Wolves and Wolf Puppies.  The wild horses being rounded up abusively, even deadly at times, and sent to slaughter.  The wolves are being aggressively shot, skinned alive at times, burned-out or gassed in their family dens, or even shot from airplanes and left to die and suffer for hours before doing so!  To say these situations are perpetrated from a psychosis remains an understatement.

To say this is humane practice or for management of the wildlife is strictly psychotic, and demented as well!  There is so many options that the kill-only option is antiquated, and the kill-only aspect simply subjective and with no legitimate references in doing so.  When compared to objectivity, favorable toward life — resources and data abound and in abundance as to directly involve and provide appropriate alternatives, rather than the killing of wildlife.

Ignorance and Civilization

When we say ignorance, in the form of academic discussion, it is derived from a none the less proven and fact filled history.  To be more precise, the acts of people toward nature become horrendous, and when looking back to particular events we as a people state clearly, “That should not have happened, and how can we avoid it happening again?” (i.e. author’s quote)  Again, we can look past the Buffalo hunts of last century and the ongoing wild horse herd roundups and wolf hunts of today (which history will no doubt record in the same venue as the Buffalo hunts).

History:  American settlers feared wolves of centuries past, considering them vermin of the worst type.  Keep in mind nothing was known of their contribution to an ecological system, or enhancements to our environment until this century.  But laws were made, for example in South Carolina and in 1695, “An Act for Destroying Beasts of Prey”.

This same law, in 1695, Mandated All Indian Braves be required to bring in yearly at least one wolf, panther or bear skin, or two Bobcat skins.  If he failed to do so he would be “severely whipped” but if he brought in at least one skin he would be rewarded.

During the 1800’s wolf hunters were considered hero’s, eliminating the expressed and supposed dangers of the wolves and grizzly bears from the Great Plains states.  The Plains Wolves, their white glowing fir, made for easy targets, and are an extinct species today.

The significant situation that existed here is the fact the Great Plains states in America, that is until the 19th century, rivaled East Africa in wildlife quantity — A resource that, assumed, our forefathers could care less if those of us today could see.  But a few of us can still imagine — with a tear in the eye, the Great Plains and actually see such a devastating sight of beauty,  being the “Sight of all Sights” — and of so much wildlife and variety of animals, running free, healthy, and in abundance.

In reality it is just as ignorant, contrary and disgusting to any civilized people then as now, that similar laws to those of killing wolves or be whipped, remain as disgusting as the recent State Constitutional Amendment in Idaho for making it a “Right” to murder wolves.  Good God, is anyone paying attention to this?

But as a society we are just now acknowledging the benefits of the wolf, and the positive attributes to ecological systems.  The similar aspects of America’s Wild Horse Herds, with their roaming and non-destructive grazing habits are benficial to our Public Lands.

In Idaho and other states, though they want to openly kill wolves on America’s Public Lands, and essentially ignore the safe-guards of these same Public Lands for ecological preservation and having them still around for the future, is blatantly and abusively ignored by these hunters.  So we indeed see nothing more than hatred and blind ignorance of the worst type!

So when the ecological systems collapse from overly-stressed browse from the sports animals, then the sportsmen should pay for this — the same with cattle and the cattleman’s lobby.  Because after all — Public Lands belong to America, not the sportsman’s lobby groups or the cattleman’s lobby groups.  They should remain responsible for their decisions, not the innocent tax payers who take no part in the destruction of wildlife and our environment!

Their science is the subjective and ignorant science of hatred that spawns more hatred.  This, conclusively, must be changed, as hatred is not a necessity or an item to pass onto our future administrators and management people.  Saving Our Wildlife Saves Our Humanity, Our Ethics, and Our Morals for better days to come.

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Ziswiler, Vinzenz. 1967. Extinct and Vanishing Animals. A Biology of extinction and survival. Springer-Verlag, N.Y. Inc.

Nowak, Ronald M. 1972.  The Mysterious Wolf of the South. Natural History, Jan.; and Nowak, R.M. 1979. North American Quaternary Canis. Museum of natural History, University of Kansas, Mongraph #6, 154 pp.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre

http://www.jaapl.org/content/30/2/257.full.pdf

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-buffalohunters.html

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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Subjective Reasoning and our Wild Horse Herds in America: Can America Afford the Bureau of Land Management

valley below onion mtn 4_24_13There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. — Socrates

Subjective Reasoning remains bad for our wildlife and environment, in this case America’s Wild Horse Herds.  This situation is costly to taxpayers.  While perusing a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yearly budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Program, many questions arise as to the reality, or the necessity for this program.

The estimated cost here is above and beyond $650 million, and more when considering the end of the year costs, as BLM always over-budget and unreasonable and not frugal in spending taxpayer money — yes, it goes unchecked and apparently no working checks-n-balance system in place.

When compared to Objective Reasoning, which would leave the Wild Horse Herds on America’s Public Lands, and for good and objective science and sound data specific reasons — costing taxpayers at most $1.2 million dollars for management purposes.

The very basis, or needs that are given to conduct costly horse herd roundups and horse storage, taking the Wild Horse Herds off of America’s Public Lands, remain quite subjective, to the point of being unsound and simply attesting to the BLM’s bad decision making process.  What becomes obvious as well is the fact that this program is not based on any factual science what so ever, and the premise for the actual removal of wild horses inadequate for such taxpayer expenditures.

The WH&B Act of 1971 Changed

What is noticeable to this journalist is the facts formed from objective reality, taken from the original WH&B Act of 1971, and had indeed changed over the years.  Subjective reasoning become the dominant influence, and resulting in a definite negative impact to the wild horse herds.

What started out to be a good program, had become nothing more than a money maker, or what one can concede as criminally oriented.  This was done over years, not over night.

It was accomplished through non-compliance and ignoring of the WH&B Act of 1971.  Once this achieved, since there was no agency overseeing the BLM at that time, criminally manipulated situations were accomplished by BLM employees (a sound history of BLM criminal investigations and political intervention exists and factual — as well as the most litigated agency in American history).  The WH&B program become nothing more than a profit funnel for government consultants, contractors, welfare ranchers, and corporations.

“The manner which the WH&B program is managed today makes no sense and has no basis in actual facts, and management decisions are based on nothing more than subjective reasoning.  In my opinion, what was done to accomplish a protective shroud for these horse herds has become nothing more than a government mafia; whereas, corruption and monetary profits go to a small and select group of consultants, criminal contractors, welfare ranchers, and corporations.  The non-debatable fact is — nothing exists in reality that has to do with proper scientific and proper wildlife management principles; rather, it is now based on money oriented and politically driven decisions.  How can any of this be attributable to benefit our wild horse herds?” Mark S. Hathaway, PhD Research Scientist. . .

Subjective Reasoning / Objective Reasoning

Subjective reasoning is a statement, or a sequence or pattern of a thought process, that has been colored by many of our government agencies today, the BLM being one. It often has a basis in reality, but reflects the perspective through the speaker’s or writer’s views of that reality.  The situation of interest to us is the fact subjective reasoning cannot be verified using concrete facts and figures.

How true has that become over the years, as we have profoundly learned there is such an anonymous situation as “BLM Speak” used quite frequently by BLM staff and within their reports, and certainly their information over the Internet.

Objective reasoning is directly contrary to subjective reasoning.  It is important to be objective when making any kind of a rational decision. In this case decisions that involve managing the WH&B program — which decides the basis of approach to manage wild horses within a reality basis (compared to political agendas, criminal intent, etc.) certainly becomes of paramount significance.

So we can then assume objective reasoning should be conducted while gathering and assimilating data, research, field studies, and other sources in order to conduct sound and correct decision making.  Bad decisions are based on bad science, alternate goals of a criminal nature, political agendas, and greed, which all are bound into subjective reasoning but portrayed as being accomplished as a necessity.  Think about this when perusing or reading BLM material, and see for yourself, especially when the term “necessity” is involved, which most often based on illegitimate facts and profound data of low quality.  Most often this term and others are simply used within a non-reality based sequence of rhetoric (a good example given in Notes below).

Easy Ways to Remember Objective and Subjective

Objective : sounds like the word object. You should be objective whenever you are discussing an object, something concrete that you can hold or touch. The facts that make up your objective statement should also be concrete, solid objects.

Subjective : is just the opposite. You can’t point to subjective subjects. They are all in your head and your past experiences. Subjective opinions are ephemeral and subject to any number of factors that can range from facts to emotions.  Manipulation of BLM budgets, information, and even their Public Relations have been noticeable based on subjective references and material.  Information given to Congress, when reading an abundant amount of testimony from BLM staff, is obviously subjective and has been for quite some time.

Examples of Objective and Subjective

Objective: scientific facts are objective as are mathematical proofs; essentially anything that can be backed up with solid data.

Subjective: opinions, interpretations, and any type of marketing presentation are all subjective.  If one follows BLM this is very noticeable.

Summary

1.Objective and subjective statements are used by speakers to get their points across.

2.Objective statements are facts that can be verified by third parties while subjective statements may or may not be entirely true as they are colored by the opinions of the speaker.

3.Objective statements are most commonly found in the hard sciences, whereas subjective statements are generally used to describe the arts.

In the end we find many questionable “things” to indeed question what it is the BLM is doing with our taxpayer money.  And who are the people making these undignified and outrageous decisions, certainly criminal in nature, obviously “not” of sound process derived from an Objective Reasoning decision making process what so ever!

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”  — Socrates

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BLM 2013 Budget Reasoning: http://www.doi.gov/ocl/hearings/112/HAFY13BudReqBLM_030612.cfm

Note: Items such as this situation, becomes something transitory, originated within subjective reasoning, yet taxpayers are to pay for this situation — Welfare Ranching costs taxpayers $450,000,000 dollars (GAO Report) to just administer this program — many fees simply go uncollected, or so low it makes no difference anyway — as they continue to pay for grazing on public lands far below the commercial costs, welfare ranchers pay only $1.35 per AUM Unit (i.e. 1 cow 1 calf), while commercial rates reach far over $85 per AUM Unit, and those ranchers paying commercial rates remain making high profits on their sales (per GAO).  As you will see in the BLM/DOI justification statement to Congress, the $1 charged to welfare ranchers simply expects the taxpayers to cover their increasing criminal behavior in ripping off taxpayer dollars, with the BLM as an accomplice — BTW the amount taxpayers would pay, roughly estimated for the year, would be an addition $5.2 billion dollars over the estimated budget the BLM requests — BLM does not make a profit (i.e. GAO Report) and never has done so, that is simply a lie generated by BLM over the Internet, beyond subjective reasoning.

:. . . Rangeland Management Program – A $15.8 million decrease in funding is proposed to be partially offset by a 3-year pilot program to recover some of the costs of issuing grazing permits/leases permit and lease renewals through a $1 per animal unit month administrative processing fee levied upon grazing permittees. . .”

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Corruption of The W.H. & B. Act of 1971 Needs to End

john_babe_pond_sideWild Horse and Burro Act of 1971, and the corruption within, is discussed here.  Indeed a noble Congressional situation and passed unanimously at the time.  The spirit was a good-faith gesture, by Law, toward America’s Wild Horse Herds — But something happened, something terrible happened, and it involved corruption from the top down, and terms of “Acceptable Abuse” which changed everything:

Congressional findings and declaration of policy, and states clearly:

“Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”

The Breaking Down of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971

The initial “blast” of ingenuity and a caring spirit exists in the very opening of the W.H. & B. Act of 971.  From then onward reality, the harsh mistress, enters into the realm of managing America’s Wild Horse Herds.  This actual spirit of well written “Congressional Declaration” becomes nothing more than deception.  Oddly, not by Congress, who had an honest concern toward America’s Wild Horse Herds, and correcting the blatant mistreatment of them within a protective context.  No, this comes down to the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and corruption combined with government dishonesty.

We have seen an absolute-reality take place, the disappearance over the years of the care and appropriate managing of America’s Wild Horse Herds.  The Reality:  Proper Management has been replaced with what is termed “Acceptable Abuse” which demonstrates beyond a doubt that the W.H.&B.P. Board of Consultants and the Bureau of Land Management are and always have been unqualified and corrupt; this is an absolute and quantitative reality directly related to their mismanagement or corrupt administration of America’s Wild Horse Herds.  The Federal court cases alone demonstrate beyond a doubt this is reality, and at heavy cost to taxpayers, yet ignored and replaced by misinformation and outright lies to the public, cloaked in some type of odd reasoning with hopes the public will accept it!  The Public has not!

The consultants on the board have a narrow margin of backgrounds.  Their history of demonstrating no knowledgeable context of proper management of horses, other than a livestock mentality, becomes quite obvious within their decisions.  This becomes significant, extremely devastating and on the road toward extinction of our wild horses, in their unqualified behavior to manage America’s Wild Horse Herds.

The absolute destruction of our Wild Horse Herds becomes more applicable, and fit to their purpose — all the while at a much higher cost to taxpayers.  The actual No-Roundup / No Abuse management paradigm, basically leaving the wild horses on America’s Public Lands with a manage-to-enhance and safe-guard them, in reality saves taxpayers $Billions of dollars!  But ignored, because in their minds it is only taxpayer money, and to hell with taxpayers!

This leads to erroneous and contemptible management by BLM; whereas, the W.H.& B. Act of 1971 becomes ignored to the point of being null and void.  This leads to another harsh reality, contentiousness rather than preservation; management driven by animosity rather than a standard set for the protection of a vulnerable specifies; and a total waste of taxpayer money, with no proper or legitimate explanation toward expenditure.  The W.H.&B. Act of 1971 simply becomes a deceptive-cloak to hide and obtain money, because in reality there exists no type of proper management or care of America’s Wild Horse Herds what so ever and in accord with the Act.

Vulnerable Species Leads to Extinction

We have learned many things over the years when it comes to extinction of our wildlife.  Apparently, these same learned attributes remain ignored by those same people, who claim to be our nation’s Stewarts of our Public Lands and America’s Wildlife.  Well documented lessons from the past, although ignored currently, still remain the key toward avoiding extinction of a species.

For example yes, there is a difference between a Wild Horse and a domesticated bred horse;  Yes, there is a difference between the many species of wolves, and the domestic dogs of the world; It is this simple to understand.

1.  Slow moving animals are no competition to man-made devises such as helicopters used in the wild horse herd roundups — i.e. no legitimate reasons are ever given to conform to the W.H. & B. Act of 1971 for legitimate roundups — the W.H. & B. Act is ignored in total;

2.  Large animals are vulnerable to over-hunting as well as to government agencies convoluted lies and misinformation, which it has been shown in history, many times, leading to species extinction of many animals;

3.  Altruism, or specifies that have come close to civilization, bonds established in regard to images or friendships, etc., have become detrimental to many species throughout history — i.e. wild horses, wolves, buffalo, Steller’s Sea Cow, the Passenger Pigeon, etc;

4.  Vulnerability due to restricted habitat has been a major cause of wild life extinction throughout history, and is well documented — a lesson here to be not only learned but placed into management paradigms, especially when managing wild horses or wolves;

5.  A related, and certainly obvious situation within this context, is the “Over-Specialization of Habitat”  — and within this discussion cattle and the lies perpetrated by government agencies such as the BLM to enhance our Public Lands with cattle, oil, energy, mining, and other corporate circumstances, etc. . . and to hell with America’s natural ecological habitats and wildlife.

With this categorical explanation, which is well documented and referenced quite well, yet ignored, remains troublesome to the majority of Americans.  The real-truth is any species that suffers from several of these factors can be quickly eliminated.

Conclusively

The fact is that ecological systems are vulnerable to many environmental situations.  Our civilization intruding upon any of these systems becomes detrimental to the over all balance of many other ecological systems.  Our civilization has a history of taking-over lands that once belonged to wildlife and vegetation, and those same elements of nature are now extinct, sadly!

Public Lands and Range Mangers do have access to wildlife that is beneficial to America’s Ecological systems.  It can be attributable to a “language of protection” toward our environment (which includes Wild Horse Herds), if they are qualified to observe these situations.  Most of them are not qualified, so good management is currently non-existent!

Listening and observing what our natural environment has to tell us is of significance, always.  A point of discussion currently that is picking up momentum within the environmental community is the fact of how we identify the difference between a technical report generated by a political agenda — compared to a technical report that positively approaches resolution toward solving a serious environmental or wildlife issue of concern.

Yes, we can use the wild horse herds to let us know of ecological viability within many ecological systems, simply by their presence and health.  Ironically, to many environmentalists, to include terrestrial and wildlife research biologists, government agencies and their consultants ignore this situation.

This is due to government employees lack of qualifications to manage our Public Lands; due to lack of ingenuity and competence to tell the truth; and, due to our present government employees lack of ethics and responsibility in safe-guarding taxpayer money.

When we have proper information, and the public needs this information to rationally confront our government presently, we have the tools to enhance and better America’s over all environment.  If we ignore any of the historical facts, then combine them with arrogant management decisions, we will lose not only wildlife but significant and life giving habitat that keeps us all alive.  Ultimately, the fact is we need better representation and the reality of more and better qualified people to manage our wildlife and environmental situations of this world.

The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 exemplifies this situation to the thousandth degree, and America’s Wild Horse Herds are paying the price — government agency’s bad behavior and bad decision making — when compared to actually following the very premise of what the Act outlines — and the ever present historical value of managing not only a diverse realm of ecological systems, but our wildlife as well.

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The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 Explained. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_and_Free-Roaming_Horses_and_Burros_Act_of_1971

Burea of Land Management version of the W.H.&B. Act of 1971 http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/92-195.htm

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (without BLM reference and perspective) http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+Wild+FreeRoaming+Horses+and+Burros+Act+of+1971.-a0141802026

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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

A Not So Pleasant Reality: A Perspective of Truth About Global Destruction

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We as a civilization have indeed remained ignorant over the past few decades of understanding the ultimate consequences of not protecting our wildlife and biological reserves.  Our government, who should be taking a leadership roll in this situation, is not!  Now there exists more need than ever before to protect even the inconspicuous life forms, i.e. especially our wildlife, and within ecological systems, biospheres, and our over-all environment.

Sadly, diminished over the years are the rich historical biological resources that support our planet, and the truth is many will soon become non-existent.

We as a civilization are becoming dangerously close to having no where to go, and our future more vague than ever before.  Currently, there exists nothing to replenish our life-giving resources so needed within our daily lives for health, and life in general.

The urgency is here and now.  As Advocates, we not only see the decay daily, but the explicit details of a not so pleasant future.  We need to impress upon the public that extinction is an act of awesome and unparalleled finality.

Despite our government labeling Advocates as terrorists, or those who believe the sky is falling, and many other choice names, we see this because we are involved directly within it!  In reality, it is Advocates attempting to resolve these issues — the killing of our wildlife uselessly — the killing of our environment uselessly — and the killing of our civilization at it’s very heart and soul!

Unfortunately, our government researchers, as well as those responsible for environmental management, are self-initiated.  They are a regulatory device of Stewardship of this earth of ours, and yet — In reality, these self-proclaimed Stewarts have dropped the ball on this exact element of biology and our wildlife within an irresponsible manner.  Bad decision making a normal consequence and combination of outright ignorance and arrogance, and no sight within the near future of changing.

The Lose of Our Planet

To lose a species is one of a few processes that cannot be reversed.  The unpleasant reality is mankind cannot restore a species; rather, we remain capable and cold-bloodedly, and with certainty, destroy an entire species.  Mankind is right now doing this at an astonishing rate.

We need a support system!  What we do not need is the useless and failed kill-to-manage system, which also eliminates species of choice; unfortunately accomplished by an ignorant minority of people.  This is accomplished by decisions based upon misinformation, political agendas and worse, to obtain corporate payoffs.

Today Our Government Ruins Our Environment

No where in our government system today exists room for corruption.  The financial outlay of budgets are tight, and taxpayers always have to adjust to the corruption; rather than honest and less costly resolutions of a problem corrected by our government.  Right now it is obvious our government does not feel their management principles or paradigms need to change.  But the reflective consequences of our environment, and our wildlife when interpreted within a context of “Truth”, it literally screams the message — and quite loud and clear — CHANGE IT!

As living creatures ourselves, the more we understand the overall concept of life and living, the more we will be able to manage ourselves into a clear and superior future.  This cannot be accomplished by the ever present kill-to-manage-paradigm existing throughout our government agencies.

This equates to the ongoing extinction of many single species within human acts of recklessness and irresponsible behavior.  By permitting these high rates of extinction to continue, we are limiting the growth of biological knowledge as well.  By allowing the high rate of wildlife and biological extinction to continue, it can be comparable to book-burning.  But a far worse situation exists, and it is tantamount to books being burned that have as yet not been read, or deciphered for future understanding.  We lose a lot when keeping such a narrow perspective of politics, personal agendas, and continual corporate intervention upon our public lands, food sources, and our daily lives.

We must consider that the men and women of any generation are but “. . . temporary processors and life-rentors. . . who should not think it among their rights to cut off the entail, or commit waste on the inheritance. . .least they leave to those who come after them a ruin instead of a habitation.” — Edmund Burke

Resolution

Within the vast array of knowledge we already have, it is simply time to use it rather than scoff at it as if it is such an undesirable element as to burn the resource; rather than use it as it should be — study, compile, learn, then use it as a practical application toward our survival!  Now is that time — because the truth is — We Have No More Time!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

BLM Kills Wild Horses: Criminal Behavior on America’s Public Lands Nation Wide

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

Currently a government agency, the Bureau of Land Management, is liquidating America’s Wild Horse Herds at an unprecedented rate.  Within Oregon State, for example, we find the Bureau of Land Management improperly and illegally liquidating Wild Horse Herds in total.

The BLM is, in fact, managing America’s horse herds illegally — nation wide.  The BLM Staff is also allowed to generate false information to the public about their approach to wild horse herd management and care.  It does not take much investigation into this matter to reference and see for oneself that their management situation is in direct opposition to the several mandated Federal Laws that governs and regulates their activity.  The BLM ignores these Federal Laws often.

One of the outstanding facts that remains more obvious is the Environmental Assessments distributed by the BLM. The fact is, as present Federal Court rulings show as well, that the Environmental Assessments are not done within a current time-frame, but simply copied most often from other EA’s from years past — so they got-away with a false premise to an Environmental Assessment, so within the BLM’s employees mind-set, they can get away with misinfoprmation again and again. . . and why not, nobody checks, until now that is! FRIENDS OF ANIMALS, and PROTECT MUSTANGS, Plaintiffs, v. THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, an agency of the United States, Defendant. THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF NEVADA — 3:15-CV-0057-LRH-WGC . . .

Rather than have Range Managers or Biologists and Researchers lead the BLM, we have business people and politician’s directly involved in placing the leadership. So why would it be surprising that criminal activity transpires, and then ignored by today’s politicians.

“And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Across the United States there exist much more BLM controversy, with ongoing questionable, abusive, and illegal wild horse management situations.  Within the scope of this particular discussion, we are using a micro area of BLM horse management activity.  None the less, the legal boundaries prescribed by Law remain, and perusing the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 (i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_and_Free-Roaming_Horses_and_Burros_Act_of_1971), among others, will more than show proof of BLM’s constant violations.

Of note: The act was challenged in court for being unconstitutionally vague and unconstitutionally overbroad. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the act in all regards in United States v. Johnson, 685 F.2d 337 (9th Cir. 1982). See: Iraola, p. 1072 . . . The “premise” of which states clearly, in summation here, that the BLM must show either destruction of Public Lands by the Wild Horses, or outright safety violations of the Wild Horses in order to conduct a Wild Horse Herd Roundup — but this simply does not happen, and one can attest to the fact that all Roundups up to this point are and have been illegal, and not in accord with the Wild Horse and Burro Act what so ever; as well, as many sections of FLPMA, NEPA, and the Taylor Grazing Act — But awkwardly ignored by not only upper BLM management, but politician’s as well — and the concern toward Conflict of Interests remain quite burdensome — similar to Rome right before it failing . . .

You can also peruse other regulatory and legal situations that the BLM also is in conflict and abusing: FLPMA (i.e. http://www.blm.gov/flpma/FLPMA.pdf ), The Taylor Grazing Act (i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Grazing_Act_of_1934 ), and prescribed by law the Environmental Impact Statements required, abused, and even accomplished within a fraudulent and illegal manner on many occasions.

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Questionable and Illegal Activity at Best

Keep in mind the BLM (i.e. and the Department of the Interior) receives an outstanding amount of tax payer dollars, or budget, for the care and management of these herds, specifically within what is termed HMA (Horse Management Areas).  The BLM’s budget the past couple of years has developed into well over $1.5 billion dollars, and they lose money every year, despite their stating they make a profit (i.e. G.A.O. findings of notable fact).  These Public Lands are set aside for the care and security of these wild horse herds and by Law.

The “outcropping” of situations on these Public Lands shared with the wild horse herds, such as Welfare Ranching, which exceeds in administrative costs alone, i.e. tax payer money, of $490 million dollars per year, according to current G.A.O. figures, remains contrary at best to the safety of America’s wild horse herds on these HMA’s.

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**Here are current Horse Management Areas in the State of Oregon. Numbers ambiguous at best, and counts unspecific in accord with the Taylor Grazing Act, FLIPMA, Environmental Impact Statements, or any other Legal situation pertaining to the management of these areas — Especially the Wild Horse and Burro Act in regard to sound management principles’ and actions. . . (Enlarge to peruse)

Illegal Activity

In Oregon, for example, these Welfare Ranchers are allowed to collect and sell (by BLM administrators and supervisors) wild horses form the HMA’s abundantly, and when they supposedly need cash.  Their situation is called a “Stakeholder Paradigm” by BLM staff, and these same ranchers allowed to run slip-shod on the Oregon HMA’s by BLM supervisors.  This precise activity is illegal, and mentioned within the WH&BA as undisputable fact being illegal (outlined below).

Within the past few months no assigned HMA roundup was designated within the Pokegama HMA area, although we  have witnesses attesting to a roundup situation.  Was it ranchers grazing their cattle on Public Lands (i.e. our lands) or BLM staff selling horses to kill-buyers for slaughter?

“I seen them loading a livestock trailer with horses.  I was hunting in the area, stopped and asked what was going on.  A fellow in a brown BLM shirt and hat told me to move on, and that they were just thinning the wild horses out in the area so we could have more deer around for hunting,” Steve Connolly stated, while his hunting partner nodding in agreement – Mike Smith, Oregon residents, among others who witnessed the occasion.

While having lunch in a local restaurant, I also spoke with a Keno, Or. resident about the wild horse herds on the HMA.  later I went and seen for myself the freeze-brands from the BLM.  “Oh sure,” he stated, “. . . we just go out and take what the ranchers have left when they do a gather.  Kind of keeps us quiet about their situation, I guess.  I culled three horses over the past couple of years.  I break them for the trail, and they are damn good horses,” remains Anonymous until called upon.

BLM Cannot Provide Accurate Data for Roundup Requirements

The Bureau of Land Management is restricted in regard how they manage America’s Wild Horse Herds, and by strict Laws.  BLM ignores these laws.

The law is covered in the “Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971” (i.e. discussed and defined here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_and_Free-Roaming_Horses_and_Burros_Act_of_1971) with proper citation and Federal Court Rulings.  With this in mind, the HMA’s have horses disappearing or rounded up, and no legitimate reasoning as to why.

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** These areas were zeroed-out, in Oregon, with no excuse as to why and given by BLM Management within these area.  Ambiguity exists, but what is known is the fact BLM within these areas, conjecture at this point via many statements by those who live and work in the surrounding areas, state clearly the ranchers in these areas had free-reign to take wild horses from these areas whenever they wanted to do so (Enlarge to peruse).

The Law is quite clear, yet nothing reported in regard to not only where the horses disappeared to, from the zeroed-out HMA’s, or the false numbers within the current managed HMA’s, but obviously false and improper reasoning and excuses given as well for the discrepancies.  The BLM attitude toward the public is notable over the years as “bad” to “arrogantly abusive” toward tax payers in general.  The truth about roundups and wild horses BLM staff passes to the public, nation wide, are always in error, misinformation, or simply lies, at best.  When questioned they simply hide behind the shroud of government agency compliance.

WH&BA-1971 Specifically, 1338. Criminal provisions (a) Violations; penalties; trial Any person who–

(1) willfully removes or attempts to remove a wild free-roaming horse or burro from the public lands, without authority from the Secretary, or

(2) converts a wild free-roaming horse or burro to private use, without authority from the Secretary, or

(3) maliciously causes the death or harassment of any wild free-roaming horse or burro, or

(4) processes or permits to be processed into commercial products the remains of a wild free-roaming horse or burro, or

(5) sells, directly or indirectly, a wild free-roaming horse or burro maintained on private or leased land pursuant to section 1334 of this title, or the remains thereof.” http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusfd16usc1331_1340.htm#§ 1338 . . .

Questions With No Answers From the BLM

The question remains, are Stakeholders, in this case welfare ranchers, given the right to complete a gather or roundup of wild horses?  Absolutely not, and is illegal, and the BLM staff is obligated to take to task, arrest those who violate this situation — IT IS A LAW!  And yet —

Are BLM staff allowed to gather horses from the HMA, randomly?  Absolutely not, this is covered by the Wild Horse and Burro Act, A LAW, and truthful purpose derived from truthful data must be given in regard as to why the gather or roundup will take place.  Yet another anomaly, and BLM does not give truthful data or reasoning even within the best of circumstances.

“We have a guy from the BLM who drinks here often.  He comes in and let’s us know when the ranchers or the BLM is doing a gather, so we can get a horse or two.  They just take them to slaughter anyway.” Anonymous until required to testify.

Conclusion

Keep in mind the charts above simply outline the counts within HMA’s in the State of Oregon.  Many other states have similar graphs and counts, and not so ironic, the BLM counts are also just as inaccurate, when checked, as those included here.  Consistency in illegal and fraudulent activity (Fraud — is used here to describe obtaining tax payer dollars within an illegal manner and illegal context).

The resolution to such behavior?  The BLM needs to stop doing things illegally, and the only way that will come about is by arresting those involved.  They have taken advantage of taxpayer money often, within a fraudulent manner as prescribed by law, and indeed wasted taxpayer money often.  Their system is corrupt and has been for quite some time.

This particular discussion will end by giving the Congressional reasoning for the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971, as well as the reasoning for establishing HMA’s across the United States.

You decide whether the BLM is conducting legitimate management of America’s Wild Horse Herds, or simply conducting and allowing criminal activity to develop progressively more so on America’s Public Lands!  At the heart of it all, the termination of America’s Wild Horse Herds — this is too much to sacrifice for blatant criminal behavior in a government agency:

“1331. Congressional findings and declaration of policy”

“Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.” http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusfd16usc1331_1340.htm#§ 1331

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized