More Tragic News from Nevada

January 23rd, 2010 by Nicole Meyer


On the heels of a news report indicating that Freedom, the proud stallion who escaped the BLM’s trap pens, may have been recaptured, comes the news that two more horses have died as a result of the Calico roundup. One, a colt, who should have been cavorting in the hills with his mother, someday having a chance at being a proud band stallion, was instead terrorized and stampeded by helicopter so long and hard that his little hooves were bruised to the point of sloughing off. ┬áHe died in the cold, in pain and alone in the BLM holding pens.

Another foal at BLM Fallon feedlot where Calico horses are being held.

Another foal at BLM Fallon feedlot where Calico horses are being held.

According to the BLM, the little colt, stampeded for miles at top speeds from the only home he had ever known, forcefully separated from his mother and other family members, confined in trap pens, crammed onto trailers loaded with other terrorized horses, trucked four to five hours to the BLM holding facility at Fallon — suffered for two weeks before the BLM “euthanized” him (likely by rifle) and sold his body to a rendering plant.

The vet report below confirms that his death is a direct result of the roundup:

January 22, 2010

Black Rock East

History and Report on Sloughed Hoof Foal

This foal was received at the Indian Lakes contract holding facility from the Calico complex gather around 1/6/2010. He was fed and watered for a day and when noticed to be lame was removed from the general population and placed in a hospital pen. On 1/8/2010 this horse was treated with phenylbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and penicillin (an antibiotic) for presumptive sole bruising and abscesses. No abscesses were noted at this time but there was some foot swelling suggesting hoof trauma. During the next 5 days the colt which was nine months old was fed and watered in the hospital pen and observed for body condition and lameness. He was retreated on 1/13/2010 with phenylbutazoneand penicillin. Sole abscesses and potential hoof sloughs were noted. Both hind feet were flushed with betadine (an antiseptic) and bandaged with gauze, antibiotic ointment and tape. The colt was slightly improved after treatment but over the next couple of days spent more and more time lying down. On 1/18/2010 the 2 hind feet were examined again. Multiple hoof sloughs were noted and the foal was euthanized for humane reasons. The cause of these hoof abscesses/sloughs was most likely hoof trauma from the gather operations. (Emphasis added.)

Richard Sanford DVM

NV #565

Also dead is a mare who went down in the trucks transporting frightened horses between their Calico homeland and the Fallon holding facility. No help was given to this mare on the four to five hour journey; she died shortly after arriving at this newest BLM feedlot.

At the same time it announced these latest fatalities, the BLM also revealed that it was treating 20-25 additional horses for injuries and lameness suffered in the roundup, where helicopters are chasing horses for up to ten miles or more over treacherous terrain at full gallop speeds.

If a person were to chase a horse with a truck so long, hard and fast that his hooves were bruised and damaged, that person would be put in jail on animal cruelty charges. If a private citizen were to transport a horse from one barn to another in a trailer where the horse went down, was afforded no assistance, and died, that citizen could be brought up on charges of neglect. But the BLM considers this blatant cruelty an acceptable side result of its capture operations, which it claims are done in the best interest of the horses!

Clearly the vast majority of American citizens find this treatment of our nation’s beloved wild horses unacceptable. Amidst growing public outrage, the BLM’s days of business as usual may be coming to an end.
Please do your part in stopping this cruelty by taking action here and here.

20 Responses to “More Tragic News from Nevada”

  1. January 31, 2010 at 1:16 am, Kathy said:

    Wish I had the money to go down there. I’d park my happy ass right in the way of the BLM and demand o’bama keep his promise to animal activists, the one he made when the democrat party pushed Dennis Kucinich out of the running. If Dennis had been allowed to run and won, this wouldn’t be happening.
    I wonder if there is anything he can do to help.
    He WAS the only one who opposed the unconstitutional AETA bill they brought in through the back door.


  2. January 31, 2010 at 1:00 am, NancyB said:

    I just found this wonderful site tonight. This is truly devasting that our tax $ are used to continue this TORTURE. I wrote to Fing Salazar 4 times last fall with zero response. How do we make Congress investigate?


  3. January 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm, Barbara S. said:

    WHen will this madness and murder of innocent animals be stopped? What will it take to stop it? Will it mean that people will be forced to stop the BLM theirselves? The government has allowed the rancher’s to control what is being done to our wild horses, a symbol of the west. There are people living under primitive conditions to try and protect the buffalo from being killed by government employee’s and it seems that that will be the only thing to protect the horses!


  4. January 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm, Gardenbelle said:

    A lawsuit is exactly what it will take. The judiciary is the only thing that can tell the BLM what to do. Well, Congress could, but they won’t! And like you said, Obama is staying clear of this issue.


  5. January 29, 2010 at 11:54 am, C MacDonald said:

    Ah, Mr. Ahles, your solution is a noble one. But, for every one of us vegetarians, there are at least 10 meat eaters who do not care. The bottom line is this, President Obama (meat eater) promised us that he would respect the determinations of independent scientists when faced with issues having to do with wildlife and the environment. He reneged and crumbled beneath the tremendous pressure and deep pockets of the Cattlemen’s and Sportsmen’s Associations. He listens only to Salazar and his underlings and it is that simple. I used to think that the average person could affect change – sadly, I don’t believe it anymore. Washington doesn’t hear us! Their abject arrogance in the face of our outcries is reminiscent of the outcries of some of our ancestors, as they were packed up and led away from their lands, their homes, so white man could make the land his home and mine the gold that he hoped would make him rich. Folks, look at what’s happening to our wolves! They risk extirpation AGAIN, for the second time in my lifetime and with this Administration’s blessing! And don’t fool yourselves into thinking that the Republicans will be better – they are actually worse.
    What is the solution? I used to think I knew. In the meantime, the BLM gets to make the decisions because this Administration allows it. Anybody out there who think a widespread class action lawsuit would help? I’m afraid that’s what it will take, and a lot of $$$$


  6. January 28, 2010 at 8:11 am, Michael J Ahles said:

    A Solution: Boycott Beef!
    Choosing wisely what you eat will set the mustangs free.



  7. January 28, 2010 at 6:13 am, Carolyn Lombardi said:

    What gives BLM the right to break the law? Why is it o.k. to abuse and torment these harmless animals? I agree, with the person who said that money is behind this barbaric act. Someone is turning their head and holding out their hand to let this happen. It is sickening and heartbreaking…and to think our tax dollars are funding this… Someone please STOP this…I’m sure there is someone out there with a heart and a conscience to put an end to this.


  8. January 26, 2010 at 10:08 am, diandee said:

    I believe that Ken Salzar is a rancher. Mr. Salzar appears to be intent that the land set aside for the mustangs and burros is better utilized by the grazing of cattle. Apparently the inhumane treatment and gradual irradication of the mustangs and burros is of no concern. Gradually these icons of freedom will be eleminated from the west in favor of land leases, cash and cattle.

    Unfortuately, I do not have any influence in government (large amounts of cash or lobbists), however we must continue to try on every level to change this atrocity.


  9. January 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm, Susan Hanley said:

    How cruel and inhumane to treat these animals that should be running free. It looks like cattle are saved/favored at the expense of the horses. There have been so many deaths due to these round ups – the BLM personnel should be in court and made to uphold the 1971 Act. These round ups are unacceptable and hopefully they can be stopped.


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  11. January 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm, Kathy O. said:

    …just like i thought, cruelty to animals. Why isn’t anyone taking legal action against the BLM?? How can the BLM be exempt from animal cruelty? How is the BLM able to simply disregard 1971 Act of Congress alocating land to wild horses & little burros? my personal opinion is …These animal advocacy groups & Mrs. Madeleine Pickens are ‘way too slow’…not being fast enough to stop these round-ups! If the BLM gets lots of legal law suits thrown at them…They’ll listen…like someone said BLM listens to who ‘hollars’ the most. I do hope some sort of legal lawsuits will show soon. The longer they wait…the more damage will be done by the BLM (BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT) I’d think they are entitled to what any other citizen would get, seemingly fines & jail time.


  12. January 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm, jomarie said:

    someone has to get this to stop, alot of money and time is being wasted by rounding up these horses, than where are they going, to feedlots, or??? I do not want to even think where.


  13. January 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm, jean said:

    This inhumane treatment has got to STOP!!! The article is correct, if the average citizen were treating their animals like this, they would be fined and rightly so. Keep writing and calling folks…this has got to come to and end!


  14. January 24, 2010 at 10:25 am, john649 said:

    Why are humans so cruel?????

    someone please show the greed and profit link here because I know that’s whats behind this.


  15. January 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm, Karin Yates said:

    Are they planning to keep these horses in pens forever (at tax payers expense), or “adopt” them out to citizens who are giving up the horses they have because they cannot afford to keep them? Has a law suit been initiated? There is no way the BLM could argue a case!


  16. January 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm, Carryl Edwards said:

    Congress needs to investigate the contractors and the BLM for numerous animal cruelity crimes. THey are committing a crime not only for the cruel treatments but also breaking the law of the ROAM Act of 1971. Separating mares from their foals is traumatizing to our beautiful mustangs. Paleotologists have fossil proof that horses lived in N. America millions of years ago. They are not ferral animals they are reintroduced native animals. Save them!


  17. January 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm, Margaret Ross said:

    A 12 Step Program to Recover from Animal Use, Exploitation, and Destruction


  18. January 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm, Jeff Wendler said:

    Sickening!!! This is the “change” we get for working our asses off to get Obama elected, so he can ignore the petitions and let this go on?


  19. January 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm, Irma said:

    I feel so helpless when i read these horrible things! I find it so hard to believe that in this day and age such cruelty is still allowed to happen. SHAME ON ALL OF THEM!


  20. January 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm, Margaret Ross said:

    I am so angry I have no words. Shame on whoever is responsible for allowing this to continue. These are OUR wild horses, not to be tampered with/harmed/traumatized/killed to make more room for cattle to graze. This is criminal and these cowboys need to get a clue and walk off the “job.” This is outrageous and will not be tolerated.


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