A lot of people can no longer care for their horses, so they send them to auctions and animal shelters. But, most of the horses sent to animal shelters are euthanized. Many animal shelters in California take in horses. It is so heart breaking to see the pictures of the horses, with little or no food and water. The horses have very small e cramped in stalls and hardly have any shade. The Devore Animal Shelter and Kern County Animal Shelter are only a few of the California Animal Shelters who take in horses. We can't let these precious horses be put-down, just because there are too many of them. We need to save these horses, and let people know that they can send their horse to a horse rescue, and that they don't need to send them to an auction or an animal shelter. Horses deserve to be loved!!! WHO AGREES!?!
Because of the government shut-down (and re-opening), the BLM has extended it's online adoption. It ends October 29th. Hurry, we need to rescue and protect these mustangs! If any mustangs don't have a bid by 10/29, then it is sent to its states local auction. Please, we CAN NOT let these mustangs be disposed of!
Here is what it says:
POSTED ON OCTOBER 11, 2013 AT 1:11 PM
Feds Paying Mississippi Man $250,000 to Take Captured Nevada Wild Horses
108 Mustangs Shipped to Pelahatchie So Far Despite Gov't Shutdown & Amidst Slaughter Allegations
Reno, NV…. The government shutdown may be preventing many operations, including full staffing of federal wild horse and burro holding facilities, but it has not stopped officials at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada from shipping 108 wild horses to a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. The horses are among the 400 captured off refuge lands in a September helicopter roundup. They are being held and processed in corrals at the refuge, which the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has declared off-limits to public observation.
At a federal court hearing in Reno yesterday, Sheldon officials acknowledged that, although the government shutdown “forced” them to cancel a public observation of the captured horses, they were able to recall furloughed workers from five different refuges to process horses and send them to Stan Palmer of J &S Associates in Mississippi. Palmer is one of three of Sheldon’s approved “adoption contractors” and the only one with no website, no plan to adopt out the horses and an inability to account for the whereabouts of most of the 262 horses shipped to him from the Sheldon Refuge between 2010 and 2012. At least 82 of those horses were sold at a slaughter auction.
The FWS will pay Palmer over $1000 per horse – or a total of more than $250,000 in taxpayer funds – to take approximately 240 of the 400 captured horses, despite the agency’s own own internal investigation that showed wild horses previously sent to Palmer had ended up in the slaughter pipeline. The plan has sparked public outrage -- to date, over 15,000 citizens have called, emailed and faxed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to prevent her FWS service from turning horses over to Stan Palmer.
“The government’s use of our tax dollars to launder wild horses captured from federal lands into the slaughter pipeline is outrageous,” said Neda DeMayo, President of Return to Freedom and founder of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). “Equally outrageous is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of the government shutdown as an opportunity to dispose of these cherished wild horses out of public view."
Laura Leigh, founder of Wild Horse Education, filed the lawsuit against the Sheldon Refuge over First Amendment and other issues that was the subject of yesterday’s court hearing. She stated: "Under the current plan all the horses from Sheldon will be removed by next fall. It is a real America tragedy that we are throwing away a piece of American history as if it were trash without offering these horses any real protections. As a nation we should be ashamed."
“While the government shutdown has not stopped the Fish and Wildlife Service from shipping horses to a slaughter middleman, it is preventing the protests of over 15,000 citizens from being heard,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “It is a travesty that this is being allowed to continue, while the offices of Congress and the Department of Interior are closed and therefore deaf to the public outcry. The Obama Administration is opposed to the cruel practice of horse slaughter and must ensure a safe future for the historic Sheldon mustangs.”
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, founded in 2004 by Return to Freedom, is a coalition of more than 50 horse advocacy, public interest, and conservation organizations dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come.
Wild Horse Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting America’s wild herds from roundup, slaughter and extinction.
Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world. Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to 400 wild horses and burros at its sanctuary in Santa Barbara, California. "
So, who agrees that these mustangs and ALL mustangs need to be protected? Hope for the Equine is starting to purchase the fencing for the horse pasture, will you help? We can't do it without you!
Now that the government has re-opened, the BLM has re-opened. Most of the mustangs have not had a bid and are going to their state's local auction. In Nevada, the mustangs who have had 3 strikes (3 times not getting a bid) are sent to Fallon Livestock Auction where they are sold for $10 a head! These living pieces of history need to be saved! This is to anyone who loves horses, we need to save horses! Even if you don't have the land to rescue a horse, you can still help by giving your support to a horse rescue. Every horse deserves to have a healthy, peaceful life full of love! What horse deserves to be slaughtered in a Mexican slaughterhouse? No horse deserves to be slaughtered!
By December 31st, 2013 I hope to have Hope for the Equine Horse Rescue running and rescuing horses. But, I can't do that without your support. Will you help? Every penny counts! Even if you can buy anything from a bale of hay to a hoof pick, that would greatly help! And to those few people who have already donated, THANK YOU!
The BLM Online Wild Horse and Burro Adoption ends tonight! Any horse from the Fallon, NV holding facility that hasn't had a bid by 10/9 will be sent to the Fallon Livestock Auction to be disposed of. We need to save these horses! These mustangs are living pieces of history! We cannot let them be cruelly slaughtered in a slaughterhouse in Mexico or Canada! They've got a life to live and they deserve to be free!