dismantle the BLMIt’s time to dismantle the BLM, an agency that follows no barrier of law.

This agency has been one of the more corrupt Federal agencies ever since it’s founding by President Harry Truman in 1946. In their tenure over public lands, they have done more to destroy watershed than protect it, their incompetence as an agency of government has been unprecedented, and they have allowed cattle and sheep to overgraze the land to the extent that much of our range lands are today closer to wastelands. They have pitted cattle and sheep ranchers against the American wild horses and burros for grazing rights while making secret deals to sell wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses in the U.S. (before they were shut down) and later to slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico or illegal slaughterhouses that still are operating in the U.S. This agency has been involved in knowingly fraudulent adoption schemes and fictitious “sanctuary” herds to facilitate the needless removal of horses off the range.

dismantle the BLMThis has left us, we the people, no option but to dismantle the BLM. It’s time to shut down this criminal enterprise and perhaps transfer these lands to the states with agreements that the wild horses and burros are to remain free protected and unmolested.

BLM employees and contractors have been the driving force behind the horse-to-slaughter program, which has been ongoing since the 1980s and possibly even prior. This has been demonstrated by the criminal prosecutions of horse theft and sales to slaughterhouses by such cases as have been filed in Texas, Wyoming, Oregan, and Utah. But none have been filed in Colorado, which has been the hotbed of agency corruption. See U.S. v. Hughes and U.S. v. Tomlinson.

BLM director Jim Baca, had a short-lived tenure of only nine months as head of the agency. Baca’s concern for the wild horses and their plight under the corrupt BLM led to his being fired by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in 1994. His termination was cheered by the Cattle Association and in particular by Mike Fusco, field coordinator of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Fusco said, “One down and 99 to go,” as Babbitt, whose family was in cattle ranching and tied to slaughterhouses, would request and accept Jim Baca’s resignation and put to rest the investigations into BLM degradation of the American wild horse.

Jim Baca was intent to clean up the BLM, but the cattle barons would have none of it. They have always been in control of this agency. They have since the beginning wanted all wild horses sent to slaughter. That war continues today between the horse and the cattle interests.

Baca found evidence of a number of dubious activities that warrant the call to dismantle the BLM:

dismantle the BLM—Wild horse theft during roundups.

—“Black Booking,” or phony double-branding in order that horses rounded up could vanish from all paper trails and end up at the slaughterhouses.

—Manipulation of wild horse adoptions where one holds proxies for a group of kill buyers and the horses all end up at slaughter.

—Use of satellite ranches where horses are held for days or weeks as stopping points on the way to slaughter.

—Fraudulent horse sanctuaries subsidized by the government to care for unadoptable wild horses deemed excess and removed from the range as fronts for commercial sales to slaughter while ripping the government off at a price of $1.10 a day for phantom horses that have already been sold and slaughtered.

One of Jim Baca’s investigations accepted for prosecution centered on BLM employees’ direct participation, with the approval of BLM managers, to sell wild horses to slaughterhouses by using the satellite ranches as holding facilities.

BLM drivers would deliver the horses to kill buyers or these satellite ranches and share in the money the horses brought in from the slaughter facilities. The money was then divided among the BLM employees who were participants in the horse-for-slaughter scheme.

dismantle the BLMBLM managers getting wind of the investigation obstructed justice and the investigation. The Department of Interior went so far as to attempt to quash the investigation: they were able to limit the prosecution to low-level employees but protected the higher-ups at the BLM. Then they interfered with the Department of Justice to such an extent that the DOJ finally just gave up, and no one was even prosecuted.

Lawyers from the Department of Justice urged that no prosecution be carried out because of the extent of tolerance for the program within the BLM for this horse-to-slaughter program, which was widespread within the agency, including those in management.

The philosophy of the BLM is “Nobody gives a damn about these horses.”

Note to BLM: We do!

dismantle the BLMBy the beginning of the 20th century, there were an estimated 2 million wild horses roaming the American range. Many were shot to make room for cattle and sheep grazing. Waterholes were poisoned, and horses were hunted, trapped, run over cliffs, and killed. By 1970, estimates were that less then 10,000 wild horses still remained free.

Congress was persuaded to pass the Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, brought about by a groundswell of humane organizations and individuals that cared for the plight of these animals and their torrent of mail to Congress.

This legislation was intended to end the sale of wild horses to slaughter, but it did not.

The mixed land use authorized by Congress in the 1978 amendment has left much of the range unsuitable for grazing and has resulted in overgrazing by cattle and sheep ranchers, to the detriment of that wild horse and burros that do not impact the land.

dismantle the BLMIn 1987 and 1988 alone, thousands of wild horses are believed to have been captured and sold to slaughterhouses through BLM employees. And the tragedy continues.

Here’s how one leg of the scam works: They capture 65 horses and only report 50. The remaining 15 horses go directly to satellite ranches where they are held temporarily before being shipped to slaughter as demonstrated in the Peer.org White Paper — a 1997 horse-to-slaughter report. BLM employees can get as much as $300 to $500 a horse or more. The sale of 15 horses brings in $1,875 to the employees, but the number of horses was probably in the hundreds for each roundup. One hundred horses at $300 a horse is $30,000; at $500 a horse, it’s $50,000.

Further investigations linked BLM employees working together with these satellite holding facilities to collect $1.10 per horse per day for horses that had already been sold and slaughtered. The Department of the Interior flatly refused to honor a subpoena for their records during the investigation.

dismantle the BLMAll BLM programs have been a complete failure, like most government-controlled programs have been. Yet they continue in their nocuous plan to destroy America’s wild horses under the guise of protecting public lands. The BLM, while charged with protecting the wild horse and its heritage, have in fact been complicit in the felicitation and trafficking of America’s wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses. It didn’t end in the 1990s. It is still ongoing. Lucrative and financially rewarding programs never die; they are passed on to each successive generation of BLM employee. It you believe this horse-to-slaughter program has stopped, you’re very naive.

Why won’t Colorado prosecute Tom Davis?

Colorado has been at the forefront of corruption and has been protected by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Could that be the reason why the Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh sits with his feet up on his desk, sipping coffee and chewing donuts while refusing to prosecute slaughter buyers like Tom Davis? Davis sells horses to slaughter and laughs in the face of those of us who really care.

In addition, Colorado cattle ranchers are fully behind re-opening horse slaughter facilities.

Sex, drugs, and the Department of the Interior

In 2008, the New York Times reported a level of corruption at the Department of the Interior, located in Colorado, that goes hand-in-hand with the spoils of the horse-to-slaughter programs of the BLM, including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use, and sexual misconduct. The Department of Inspector General, Earl E Devaney, delivered a report to Congress outlining how the Minerals Management Service, which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the government’s largest sources of revenue other than taxes, was effectively stealing money from taxpayers, in one way allowing some 119 oil bids to reduce their payment after the bid had been accepted in exchange for lavish gifts from the bidder.

dismantle the BLMAs Mr. Devaney stated in a cover letter to Congress, “A culture of ethical failure” pervades the agency.

The investigation also concluded that several of the officials “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.” In short, the agency was pandering its female employees to oil and gas company executives for their business.

The Devaney report also identified in lurid detail how the program’s manager had mixed official and personal business. The report accuses him of having intimate relations with two subordinates, one of whom regularly sold him cocaine.

No one was actually fired or prosecuted. Many were transferred to other positions, and others retired with their government pensions intact.

The Justice Department, as usual, has declined to prosecute any of them on the charges suggested by the inspector general — just as they have regarding Davis.

The report also detailed 19 officials in the royalty-in-kind program and their cozy relationships with energy companies. A third of the staff took gifts from oil and gas executives, some with “prodigious frequency,” it said.

So the Department of the Interior, the agency under which the BLM operates, is a hotbed of corruption and self-dealing, not only in drugs but in money for horses to slaughter.

The BLM self-administers its laws; its recourse for lawbreakers is a criminal referral for prosecution, but that action has no teeth when the U.S. attorney refuses to prosecute or when the BLM itself it the criminal constituent.

Just thinking out loud, I wonder what would happen if the thousands of readers of this article placed a call to the U.S. Attorney in Colorado and demanded he prosecute Davis or resign and allow an attorney with backbone to prosecute these lawbreakers. His voice mail and fax numbers have been provided:

U.S. Attorney John Walsh
1225 17th Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 454-0100 (phone)
(303) 454-0400 (fax)

Here’s another thought: in lieu of the call to dismantle the BLM, perhaps it’s time that we separately demand real changes, like a civilian oversight committee that rides along with the BLM and inspects on a regular basis the holding pens and makes sure all horses are accounted for. This committee can not be of rancher, oil, or cattle interest but rather comprising people from societies that have a concern and passion for these animals.

dismantle the BLMWild horses live in family bands with a stallion who is the leader and protector of his mares and the youngsters. Some mares and stallions have been together for over a decade.

The young fillies leave the family and find a new one around two years old. The young colts are kicked out by the stallion at about 2 or 3 years old. The young bachelor stallions often form loose affiliations, called bachelor bands, and they roam about the mountains, playing and looking for an opportunity to steal a mare to form his own band.

The BLM is killing the equivalent of a father and mother to some colt. As the BLM destroys friendships and renders this magnificent animal extinct, the time to act is becoming short. There are now fewer then 25,000 of these animals still free, and that number will be reduced by each successive drive.

In May 2015, the largest known U.S. illegal slaughterhouse was raided and closed. As a final insult to our wild horses, their carcasses were fed to crocodiles. The investigation and raid was spearheaded by Richard “Kudo” Couto of the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM). Nearly 10,000 animals were recovered.The horses were not rescued but rather butchered in the back pasture.

dismantle the BLMSince 2008, Couto and animal rights personnel have exposed and shut down more than 140 illegal slaughterhouses in Florida alone, and he estimates there are still more than 500 operating in Florida. Four men face charges in connection with this illegal slaughterhouse: Gregorio Santa Ana (owner), Henry Gustavo Parra Oporta, Ruben Rodriguez, and Jose Armando Soilis.

And they all slaughter horses!

Another raid in Florida rescued more than 1,000 animals.

Horses were purchased from auctions and brought to the grounds for slaughter; some were sold for black magic sacrificial ceremonies. Animals were skinned alive!

Another group, G.A. Paso Fina, was also raided and shut down. It was using the property for breeding and training horses and selling them for slaughter.

As said on the HorseFund.org website, “Horse slaughter is a cruel betrayal of an animal that has made it possible for America to develop the richness it enjoys.”

Laura Hillenbrand, author of “Seabiscuit,” says it best:

“Here are these exquisite, immensely powerful creatures, who willingly give us their labor in return for our stewardship. They have attended us throughout history, bearing us across frontiers and into battle, pulling our plows, thrilling us in sport, warming us with their beauty. We owe them more than we can ever repay. To send these trusting creatures to slaughter is beneath their dignity and ours.”

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Multiple use of our public lands must go, not the BLM. We need strict oversight and a Congress without a Republican Right in control.

    • All the federally owned land should be returned to the states and privatized if buyers can be found. Property taxes can be set to ensure good stewardship. Owners do not abuse the land. That privilege inures to the federal government. Time for the BLM to be dismantled and employee worth salt offered jobs in the states. Seems obvious even to a blind two-year-old that federal agencies have been weaponized and now are oppressive.

  2. I think BLM should be dismantled and turned completely to a reputable organization that’s against horse slaughter. This article suggests people ride along side BLM and could not be affiliated with ranchers cattle ranchers ect..it’s obvious the BLM are sneaky and are exempt from prosecution they will find a way to get around the fact the riders can’t be affiliated with anyone that promotes horse slaughter for that reason alone BLM needs to be destroyed

    • I suggested that in Utah several years ago at the Delta hearing. It was turned down. I suggested that a “moderate” advocate and BLM go out to where the wild horses are originally picked up by the helicopter. Rather than get right into the mix of things we keep our distance observing. All these reasons why it wasn’t feasible. I was told that the horses for the most part walk or trot till that last 1/2 mile where it becomes a mad run. That BLM films the ENTIRE capture, but that it’s so boring just watching horses walk that we could only stand 2 minutes of it. I told them to post the video.

      As to the ride along we have to supposedly clear that through Washington. This was all before Tom Davis.

  3. After five long, sad, physical and mental duress due to depression because of this issue, you Sir, see the entire picture! Thank you so much for writing this important information! I am so grateful that you have taken the time to expose this agency for what it is, corrupt and criminal! As a former employee of the Ohio Attorney General, Federal Public Defender, I can clearly see this corruption, why can’t others? More importantly, why are we, the American Taxpayer still subjected to this fraud? It is clearly Misappropriation of Government Funds! The sad reality is that my tax dollars fund this corruption and it cannot stand! I will not stop advocating on their behalf, not until my last breath. Even the Office of the Inspector General has done absolutely nothing to stop this, just too incredible for words! Again, thank you so much.

  4. I’ll agree the BLM needs to go, though we have a different perspective on why, exactly. I have to suggest you pay more attention to the photos you choose to use, though. The one with the two horses grazing and the three white doves is so obviously a fake that I’m half-surprised the horses aren’t unicorns. All the images show signs of being photoshopped, but that one was obvious. It doesn’t credit your point much if you need clearly fake pictures to support it. I don’t dispute your claim that wild horse range lands are overgrazed, but the lush greenery stretching to the horizon does little to bolster the claim.

  5. Independent oversight is deemed necessary with non-profit /greed driven minds who re-establish the program without duping tax payers, twisting facts to the oblivious masses, or dominating the public lands under “multiple use” mantra while scapegoating those who are in the way of self-serving interests or the new green energy frontier that kills anything in their grind. Blm’s reputation of being criminal is earned due to their decade long violations of laws. Furthermore, the brutality in which they operate reflects a total lack of 21st century standards. Those who dismiss this must not have experienced the round ups, misery in holding or any BLM “handling”. It is far from benign. BLM is rogue to the core and it is we, the people, who must take our West back before its lost to irreparable circumstances and people will wonder then… How did this happen? The distraction of the political circus and lack of research by opinionated yet naive individuals whose taxes are misused is the ruin of it all.
    http://www.thedesertinde.com/Articles-2013/To-the-American-Public-and-the-Bureau-of-Land-Management–1111.html

  6. Another fine example of the human race, lowest form of life on this earth. In reality, a Virus, a Plague…….

  7. http://www.thedesertinde.com/Articles-2015/Letter-Wild-Horses-Sold-into-Slaughter–1115.html
    Letter to Congressman Vern Buchanan FLA, who demands answers from the BLM.

    Tom Davis… Is the face of BLM corruption. The agency enabled middlemen to lucrative side industries and when caught, plays stupid. The good ol’ boys run the show. Why would Cattoor still be in business stampeding herd after herd – after all the illegal things he’s done??? Because they are corrupt to the core and Jewells / DOI has no clue. I hope Vern Buchanan holds their feet to the fire.

  8. In holding, captive horses are subjected to unbearable heat up to 114 F. – or more without ability to escape. Foals cannot regulate body temperatures as adult horses can and literally bake to death. With no extreme weather protocol in place, BLM lacks any welfare standards to which others having equines are subjected to. Go visit the misery, you will never forget it. Horses disappear out of holding, are shipped to prisons with insufficient space provisions or off to mid west “off-pasture ranges”, speak feedlots- to enrich cattle gurus pretending to give former wild horses a “new green home on pastures”. Recent public outcry caused BLM to scramble and change their terminology- to further deceive you, the tax payer and to mollify us. They do as they please and dismiss any help, solution oriented input and expertise as we still have NO sufficient shelter protocol in holding. ttp://www.digitaljournal.com/article/355910

  9. How many more roundups have there been since this video was made?
    How many more Wild Horses and Burros have disappeared from Public Land?
    How much LAND has disappeared from Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas?
    WHO benefits from these removals? Certainly not the American taxpaying Public:

    America’s Mustangs & Burros
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o66cMgLi6pI

  10. The treatment our wild horses and burros have received is abominable! This must stop and if it means utterly cleaning house at BLM and US Forest Service, then so be it. These officials have acted criminally and must be brought to account! See my book The Wild Horse Conspiracy on amazon and my website thewildhorseconspiracy

  11. Passing this article around won’t do diddlysquat for the wild horses. We’ve been doing that for years to no avail. Why hasn’t Jim Baca, who has first hand knowledge of all the corruption, found an attorney that will take this info to the federal courts? He needs to get a few powerful people in congress behind him and attorney with the guts to go after the BLM in a very serious way in our court system.

    I don’t agree with him on the subject of turning the lands over to the states. That would be going from the frying pan into the fire! We need the BLM disbanded and reformed with ethical people and at least as many animal supporters as ranchers. The current system stinks!

    • I have been asking for over a year now, with the clearly crimminal acts by the BLM, why haven’t some kind of law enforcement and lawyers been brought in and crimminal charges filed against this bunch for inhumane, and cruelty treatment towards the animals?? Their helicopter roundups, running the horses into the ground, and the babies made to run until they fall and break their legs, the watching a mare giving birth and then taking her and the new foal off to slaughter, my god, how far were they allowed to go before they could be charged with animal cruelty and arrested?? This BLM is a leader in the murder industry, and it needs to not only dismantled, but charged and put in prison. Put our wild horses back on THEIR HOME RANGES, and give them back their freedom!!!!

  12. In Feb. 2016…It will be a felony to harm animals. ie cruel and unusual treatment. It looks to me that the way the BLM has been doing surely comes under this heading. They chase OUR wild mustangs with helicopters…. Some are run to death or break their legs in terrible falls. They run them over cliffs to their deaths. Many don’t die immediately but languish in pain. They run them into corrals with no water or food. Starving them. They do not provide shelter from the scalding heat or driving rain , sleet and snow. Is this not Cruel and Unusual treatment?

  13. Thank you Mr. Ferm
    I had a feeling I could count on you to really start something with the BLM when I left the comment a few weeks ago about what I had found out about the BLM and suspecting that all the ranches that the BLM claims are boarding the wild horses after getting a copy of the PEER WHITE PAPER didn’t actually exist, that all but a few holding pens were nothing but fronts to fool the public into thinking that the wild horses were being taken care of when most if not all have been sent to slaughter for the past 20 or more years. Like I said in my comment where is the millions of taxpayer dollars going that is supposed to be used for care of the horses that have been supposedly rounded up? I think i know and so do you where its went in the pockets of the corrupt politicians, the BLM management along with anyone else that helps them to destroy our horses. From what I understand the BLM is asking for more taxpayer dollars to pay for more ranches to board Ghost HORSES because these ranches are holding pens for horses that are already dead.

  14. The reason that horse slaughter is still legal to haul US horses across both borders to be killed in Mexico/Canada is because none of the bills introduced over the years has ever been brought to the floor for a vote . The reason is the US Senate that refuses to cosponsor the bills the only ones that cosponsor any of the Senate bills have been the senators that introduced the bill in the first place. If it had been left up to the House of Representatives the very first bill introduced would have passed and right now there would be a law blocking all US horses from being hauled to slaughter. The newest bills sitting gathering dust in committee is the SAFE ACT- S.1214 and the House bill H.R. 1942. The senate bill has about 25 or 30 cosponsors while the House bill has at least 160 cosponsors. So you can see the difference at a glance and just who is responsible for not passing it. Anytime a bill is introduced the racing industry, horse breeders and many, many other stake holders jump in with lobbyist and lots of donations to keep the Senators from wanting to stop the slaughter.
    I don’t know if we can ever break down the stone wall of lobbyists money that is blocking the passage of these bills.

  15. RADIO SHOW…IMPORTANT
    WH&BR: Carol Walker & the BLM plans to field sterilize wild mares
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2016/01/21/whbr-carol-walker-the-blm-plans-to-field-sterilize-wild-mares

    Our guest is Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.
    Carol will be detailing Bureau of Land Management (BLM) heinous plans to STERILIZE wild horses, including “studies” (experimentation trials) using several methods on 225 wild mares: ovariectomy via colpotomy, tubal ligation, and hysteroscopically-guided laser ablation of the oviduct papilla. The BLM is going to do this experimentation at BLM’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon, but will eventually do sterilizations out in the FIELD.
    The BLM has not, as of this time, posted the Environmental Assessment (for public comment) for this sterilization plan on the Oregon BLM websites. The only people who have received it are people who are on the “interested party list” in Oregon. The deadline for public comment is 2/2/16. A link to the Environmental Assessment is HERE

    • Mr. Ferm, Spell check automatically changed the spelling of your last name and I realized it only after I posted my comment. Since the link would not allow me to edit, I reposted below.
      Again, thank you for your thorough and informative expose. And thank you for your support of those who have no voice!
      Nandia Black

  16. Investigate and get rid of the BLM also the welfare ranchers………….this is ALL about GREED< GREED< GREED.
    It is so sad what is happening to the horse.

  17. Domestic cattle raised for the meat and dairy markets and to enrich their owners financially is not an allowable multi use of our public lands. What President Truman founded in the 1940’s, the BLM, is not up to date with the wants of the American citizen, subtracting the cattlemen’s association, the rancher’s association and the raping of our public lands by mineral, mining and other commercial interests. Our government has sold our the citizens time and again. A significant number of the government officials, state wide, where the wild horse and burro HMA’s live, I’m sure are not adverse to corruption. Considering the track record of appointed Secretaries of the Interior, to the present Secretary, Jewell, they are not responsive to the wild horse and burro plight. They had, have and are continuing to do business as usual. Rounding them up using helicopters that often lead to panic, injury and death and then stockpiling them in open stockades in the states with the hot summers and the roughest winters with no protection from the sun or snow. In the wild, the horses would form a circle with their hind ends to the elements, have the benefit of blocking cold, chilling winds by buffeting themselves against mountains or shrubs/trees. Its a shame that the human, who God entrusted for the “good care and management” of his fellow creatures, is so abusive in that trust and uses animals for exploitation and profit. Shame on a lot of humanity. It has to change. We share the planet, we don’t own the planet.

  18. BLM needs to be shut down, but doing a article on them you need to show Horses & Burros at a facility, and show people what it looks like. BLM is full of lies, I photograph Palomino Valley photos are on https://www.facebook.com/BLM-HELL-for-Horses-Burros-304934532973547/ one of my photos last year a mare that died at a gate giving birth, yes it can happen, but the lies they told about her, that channel 2 the story on it. Oh and yes I was threaten never to show up there again or it wouldn’t be pretty, they didn’t stop me just put me on alert when I’m out there.
    Seeing horses dying in the heat of 112, well they sit in a Ac office and don’t do a thing.
    I agree BLM and Forestry, needs to both be closed down.

  19. Dismantle the BLM…
    First of all I will clarify my position, I am a wild horse advocate/activist. I am not pro-BLM in any sense of the word. The idea of dismantling the BLM will play directly into the hands of the anti-federal, pro-state’s rights extremists and livestock ranchers, the oil and gas indiustry and anyone else who has their eyes on exploiting our public lands!

  20. Well said, Mr. Fern!!!! The level of corruptness within the BLM is staggering. We cannot allow this pervasive criminal conduct to continue. The BLM is a culture so rooted in dishonesty, illegal dealings and avarice that it must be dismantled. We will not condone an entity that operates with impunity and a complete disregard for the welfare of the horses that they are entrusted to protect.

  21. Well said, Mr. Ferm!!!! The level of corruptness within the BLM is staggering. We cannot allow this pervasive criminal conduct to continue. The BLM is a culture so rooted in dishonesty, illegal dealings and avarice that it must be dismantled. We will not condone an entity that operates with impunity and a complete disregard for the welfare of the horses that they are entrusted to protect. Thank you for your excellent article!!

  22. If this international trade agreement goes through, there won’t be ANY Public Lands left for anyone.
    The Public interest has been kept diverted while those with no interest in the Public have been hard at work.,
    Has this even been brought up in the presidential debates?
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), An Oppressive
    US-Led Free Trade Agreement, A Corporate Power-Tool of the 1%
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/t
    The Terrible Truth about The Trans Pacific Partners Agreement would surrender
    control of 544 million acres of public land – a quarter of the entire U.S. land area to international authorities
    http://www.rosieontheright.com
    Trans-Pacific Partnership to be signed in February 2016 in New Zealand
    http://latino.foxnews.com/lati

  23. The TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) would give control of 544 MILLION ACRES- a quarter of the entire U.S. land area to international authorities
    If this international trade agreement goes through, there won’t be ANY Public Lands left for anyone.
    The Public interest has been kept diverted while those with no interest in the Public have been hard at work.,

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), An Oppressive
    US-Led Free Trade Agreement, A Corporate Power-Tool of the 1%
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/t
    The Terrible Truth about The Trans Pacific Partners Agreement would surrender
    control of 544 million acres of public land – a quarter of the entire U.S. land area to international authorities
    http://www.rosieontheright.com
    Trans-Pacific Partnership to be signed in February 2016 in New Zealand
    http://latino.foxnews.com/lati

  24. While I agree with the conclusions of this well written article I think it would be a HUGE MISTAKE to transfer control of the land and the fate of the horses to the states. The states, where ranchers exert an even greater control than at the BLM would finish the lousy job done by the BLM in short order. No way would I suggest this is the solution. There was once a person heading this agency, Mr Baca, who took his job of looking out for the interest of the horses and the first step has to be to stop putting people in charge who are ignorant and even bear ill will towards the horses. This is not an insurmountable problem if the objective were simply to do the right thing by the horses. If you want to see the horses disappear give them to the states and they will do it faster than you can say ” grazing permits”

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