Velma Johnston, An Apology

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Tour Velma, in hat and glasses, at the first removal of wild horses under federal jurisdiction

Today is International Women’s Day. Velma Johnston’s birthday was the 5th. We have been busy on the road and addressing multiple concerns and will update you “on the range” soon. This article addresses issues faced in advocacy for wild horses and burros, then and now. It also addresses a sad reality.

EDIT: Since the writing of this piece the author of the book and Leigh have had contact. The book Leigh notes in this article has the unfortunate reputation of being the “least-read book,” in spite of great revues. Leigh said she chose this book to read because she had not seen it used as a gimmick by orgs looking to profit from it. She also notes that what Alan Kania has written to her, will be cherished. Link to the book on Amazon…

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President’s Budget Approves Selling Wild Horses To Slaughter

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fallon04 McDermitt horse at Fallon Auction.

It’s here. The Appropriations debate is on in full. We need to you call your reps and tell them to reject the proposed budget provision to sell or kill wild horses.

Find your Reps here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

We will update soon.

We knew this was coming. Over the weekend Leigh penned an editorial for CounterPunch, flexing the writing muscles to get ready. You can check it out to get a few facts before you call: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/23/this-land-is-your-land-except-if-youre-a-wild-horse-advocate/

Over the last few weeks we have been getting information to Congress.

You must tell your reps that the Wild Horse program is not suffering because of wild horses. It is a symptom of the fact that the federal grazing program is not based on science. The government must get the federal grazing program under control and then, and only then, can wild horses be integrated. Some info here: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/04/06/handouts-and-pamphlet-wild-horses/

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Zinke to Head Interior, Here’s Your Sign

All this work is By: Laura Leigh

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Commentary: We have been asked several times why are we seeing this year as the one where “the end of wild horses as we know them” is not simply another same old same old. Over the last 3 years we have been writing about the building blocks of a resource grab, that includes wild horses. It has been very difficult to break through the media’s need for “clicks” as they use the fictional headlines and ignore the depth (ie: accelerated removals when they were at the lowest rates since the late 70’s). If you need a sign that we have at least a clue of what we are talking about, this is it.

For those of you that want more depth of understanding we are offering a webinar this weekend. Information at the bottom of the page in this link:https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/02/26/the-threats-have-new-meaning/

If this quote does not give you chills, you…

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Volunteer Story, A First Roundup

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Video above seen at full zoom, 300 mm. Further enlarged in video editing program.

One of the requirements for any volunteer that signs up with WHE is that they journal. WHE requires a code of conduct, presentation of materials and ongoing engagement protocol as well. These other agreements focus on how to engage (WHE has a long investment in creation of advocating for the horses interests in a myriad of political traps). The journal process helps a new advocate sort through a myriad of personal feelings that can conflict or enhance commitment on the road to developing integrity as an advocate for the wild horse.

At Reveille WHE had two newcomers in tow; one a volunteer and one an independent film maker.

note from Leigh: “Sometimes I feel like the doctor that has told ten thousand people they have an illness and require surgery. We can all become a…

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Facts on PZP and why

Good read.

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Introduction by Laura Leigh. I tell our volunteers to analyze issues, law and tools available. I tell them to look for facts, not farts (I know, brash and inappropriate). A lot of the gas passed has a foul smell like a lot of our riparian areas on public land and is filled with the fictions to justify exploitation. But there are also unicorn farts, the vapid vapors of those disconnected from reality and looking for a utopia of rainbows and jellybeans.

Our volunteers are concerned, justifiably, with the way all of this actualizes on the ground and impacts our wild ones. The following is a piece compiled by one of our volunteers and our board has chosen to share it.

Beth Quigley Lauxen, WHE Volunteer; Laura Leigh and Wild Horse Education have fought hard for our wild horses and burros, and have won amazing court battles. The legal strategy…

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In the News, the Hub Bub that Hurts

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SS_04302016_104 - 1Many of our readers are upset by the “status quo political pandering of propaganda” storm that arises every spring as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) creates the list of areas to be targeted on the next “gather schedule.” (Yes. this article was edited to add a lot more).

It should be noted that it is the fourth year of a deceleration in removal numbers that was forced by BLM running a broken program into the ground by relying on removals (that increase reproductive rates) and stockpiling wild horses into holding facilities. That statement is CONFIRMED by the 1.5 million dollar BLM commissioned study (where BLM controlled all the data reviewed) done by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). It should also be noted that since the findings of the study were released no mandate, memo, mention, effort has been made to correct the massive deficits outlined in…

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BLM Ends Nevada Wild Horse Fertility Project

I have been on the side of animal rights for years and know very well what is going on with wild horses. PZP is a fertility control drug that could be one of the keys that help KEEP wild horses in the wild! Friends Of Animals are a horrible organization! They did not even bother to collaborate or even talk with other advocates that have worked HARD to try and find a solution with the BLM! Fertility control program can help keep these horses wild and free. Friends of Animals is setting the course for these horses to be rounded up, separated, gelded and housed in government pens and possible slaughter for the older ones that are sold!!!

I have been blocked from commenting on their facebook page. Their legal action to stop the fertility control program puts these horses in DANGER! This group FOA is reckless.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Scott Sonner – AP Reporter

“Administration of PZP to these wild horses is hereby suspended, pending further review,”

Under the threat of another legal battle, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has pulled the plug on a public-private partnership in northern Nevada aimed at shrinking the size of a wild horse herd through the use of contraceptives, according to documents The Associated Press obtained on Tuesday.

BLM officials confirmed they have suspended the pilot fertility-control project southeast of Carson City pending completion of additional environmental analysis.

Unlike most conflicts over mustangs that pit protection groups against ranchers, the dispute in Nevada’s Pine Nut Mountains has divided horse advocates themselves over the appropriate use of fertility-control drugs on the range.

The federal agency approved the pilot project in 2014 working with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and the Gardnerville-based Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates to treat…

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