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Blogger’s Note:  the fight to Save America’s Wild Horses is an unending battle

Published at her request:

Email conversation:

Monika’s emails  to BLM June 5th and 6th 2012: Subj: Comments on Helicopter Roundups of Wild Horses and Burros and Winnemucca 

From: TCourt

To: ccfoweb@blm.gov
Sent: 6/5/2012 1:13:47 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time
Subj: Comments on Helicopter Roundups of Wild Horses and Burros

 

June 5, 2012

Carson City District Office
Bureau of Land Management
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

 

To whom it may concern:

 

The aggressive round ups by motorized aircraft and vehicles are traumatizing the wild animals and need to stop. Gathers are extremely stressful on the horses, the constant potential of injuries arising from these cruel methods keep occurring despite BLM claiming standardized, safe operating procedures; nearly 2 percent of the animals die during these stampedes. This is outrageous and unnecessary.

Evidence and footage have proven the horses are exhausted, injured, trampled, suffer broken legs and necks or are killed during these processes.

It is not in the horses’ best interest to continue these costly, benign operations, a consequence of western ranching interests to scape goat horses, a gross injustice. Wild horses (their correct legal designation) enhance the eco-system, contribute to the range, cause less damage than claimed by the wild horse enemies and it is high times BLM applies and understands modern science and stops labeling the reintroduced native wildlife species as feral or exotic to eliminate them by pressure of special interests and cattle ranchers.

Investigate the history of these magnificent beings and establish true protection. Americans care about their wild horses, their role in our country and the inhumane, unnecessary round ups must be stopped once and for all.

To understand the whole perspective with a long term solution such as the Reserve Design in below book – to truly ensure the wild horses’ and burros’ place in their rightful home on the Western Range, please read Craig Downer’s new book: “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”. This stirring and carefully researched work portrays the history, evolution and current plight of mustangs and commands everyone’s attention. This book ought to be on every bookshelf, as it teaches not only about important history in North America, but who we are because of it.

 

You need to spare these “living symbols of the pioneer spirit of the West” for all future generations, and listen to the public who cares to preserve them in their habitat as it is meant to be. Find a course of action that best serves the welfare of horses, the health of our public lands and reform you program.

 

Monika Courtney, Evergreen, Colorado

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Letter to BLM re: Winnemucca 

 

From: TCourt

Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 8:01 AM
To: BLM_NV_NVSO_Web_Mail
Subject: Winnemucca

Please don’t go traumatize these mares and foals during foaling season ! There are other humane ways of water trapping etc, why is the BLM not even considering this ?

The foals are too young to run miles – they will suffer with their soft hooves and it is extremely stressful for these wild animals – please stop this round up – 90 % of Americans oppose round ups with motorized aircrafts/vehicles – we have expressed it over and over – yet BLM ignores this again. If there is a drought, you can help these horses in other ways than evicting them from their homes – if you had the welfare to them as your first priority, leaving them in their range with providing them Ginger Kathrens’ ideas for help is the welfare that is honest.

It is just mind blowing how cruel the BLM is and SunJ is neither capable nor humane, he’s proven it in the past – your emergency labeling for this round up is just a ploy to continue BLM havoc. We are tired of this repeat injustice against our wild horses and your ignorance. These horses need help but not by ripping them off their range.

Monika Courtney

BLM RESPONSE

From: BLM_NV_NVSO_Web_Mail@blm.gov
To: tcourt

Sent: 6/8/2012 10:09:02 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Winnemucca

Monika,

The BLM carefully considered the use of water/bait trapping two months ago when we started hauling water to the southern end of the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area.

We found that just being in the area causes horses to move away, even though that was the only water available.  Water or bait trapping has limited application and in most attempts it doesn’t work very well.  I know that it seems like putting water or hay out for horses would be effective, but during the past 50 years of managing wild horses in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, we have learned a lot. Our contractors have gathered many foals safely and under all kinds of conditions. Yes, we know their hooves are soft and our efforts will be to bring foals in at a pace they are able to maintain. If a foal slows up, the pilot will radio the foals locations and we will send out wranglers and a trailer to bring the foal in.  Your estimate of 90 percent of Americans being opposed to using helicopters to gather wild horses doesn’t match up with what we hear from the American public.

Where you get the idea that the BLM is able to do whatever we want and create havoc is beyond me.  There is nothing that bears out the truth of that.  We comply with laws passed by the U.S. Congress, we withstand lawsuit after lawsuit, and we keep trying to improve our efforts and listen to the public.

Have you attended a wild horse gather? If not, I invite you to see it for yourself.Members of the public are welcome to attend the gather every day.

JoLynn Worley

Deputy Chief, Office of Communications

BLM Nevada State Office

775.861.6515 | jworley@blm.gov

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Monika:  “Yes I did see a stampede. It was so traumatizing, it changed my life forever.”

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Courtesy of Saving America’s Wild Horses

 

Bloggers Note:  Many across North America continue to fight to “Save America’s Wild Horses”, Monika Courtney is one such person, and I am very proud to have come to know her.  Please take the time to read her passionate letter below and to view the links which she provided.

Thank you Monika for your dedication, commitment and courage.

Below is the unedited email and contents which I received from Monika (published with her permission).

Play video

Wild Horse Roundup at Warm Springs Oregon. November 6th, 2010.

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Added on 17/11/2010

http://protectmustangs.org/?p=1588       and Press Release below

 

MONIKA’S LETTER TO BLM

 

Mr. Seidlitz,

As you are well aware of the public and many experts continue to plea for a halt of helicopter use. We are given the opportunity for input, yet our input seems to be part of some protocol without bases for consideration by all BLM superiors ?

When more humane alternatives are available and round ups in general are unnecessary while cattle receive priority on same ranges – I ask that you now make a responsible and humane decision for this herd. To gather during foaling season is cruel and untimely – isn’t that obvious after all these years ? Why is this still the course when so many are deeply concerned on the welfare of our horses ?

Please halt the round up and consider Ginger Kathren’s input as well as ours.  The BLM owes us and the horses delivery of reform as so highly acclaimed by Director Abbey recently.

You have the ability to protect the horses from suffering by motorized trauma so please do it. And suffer they do – see below. Stop the repeat mistreatment against these defenseless animals – they are not to blame for the political power trips and you owe them utmost respect and humane treatment.

Sincerely,

Monika Courtney, Colorado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM_V4TIGrrA               Helicopter Round up

    One viewer’s words:
      “GOOD GOD !!”

This video footage ought to make the news and be shown to the
American public !! Touchdown of a helicopter on a mustang    

Helicopter gathers are not humane, no matter what speed the horses are forced under, or how high the aircraft flies. It is time the failings in regards to BLM’s systematic removals of entire herds, inaccurately determined HMA’s/AML’s numbers, more horses in holding than in the wild, no long-range plan that is ethically, morally and fiscally appropriate, and the irresponsible use of taxpayer’s dollars to finance the current claims to gather, which are in violation with the 1971 WFRHB Act, are fixed.

The public is calling the BLM to stop round ups now. Despite thousands of calls and letters, BLM ignores the public and Congress.

Videos are of BLM contracted helicopter animal abuse ….

*Antelope Roundup Video – Elder Mare Collapses After Helicopter Stampede: …. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5_F6lnAoOU&feature=player_embedded

*Video of blatant animal abuse, a Burro being chased then knocked down by a BLM contracted helicopter: …..

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2011/01/03/zarrella.wild.mustangs.cnn.html

*Video of a BLM contracted helicopter skid pushing/touching the back of a Wild Mustang yearling: ….. Sept. 16, 2010,

Contractor: Cattoor livestock round up…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiGg1cSbghc

RESPONSE FROM BLM with Monika’s Comments to the right.

Dear Ms. Courtney:

Thanks for your continued interest in the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
An enhanced animal welfare program will definitely be part of our final       STOP THIS ROUNDUP
strategy; in fact, the BLM is already piloting one element of our new
Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program — the use of outside observers to
monitor and report on gather activities.

The BLM takes many precautions during gathers to ensure humane treatment
of the horses and the safety of all involved in the gather operation.
During the gather, horses are driven to temporary corrals that serve as
a trap.  The BLM recognizes the stress and potential danger to the               DOES IT ???
horses inherent in a gather operation.  Helicopter operators are
experienced professionals who take reasonable measures to move the
   horses at an easy pace, maintaining pressure on the horses only as         SEE LINKS ABOVE
needed to keep them moving towards the trap.

The mortality rate resulting from helicopter-driven gathers is less than
one percent. In 2009, the number of gather-related fatalities out of
more 7,500 horses gathered was only .51 percent.  While we regret the
loss of even one horse during our gather operations, this is a
remarkable accomplishment, a tribute to the experienced, trained BLM
staff and contractors who conduct the gather operations.

Regards,
Tom Gorey
Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Bureau of Land Management
Washington, D.C.

For immediate release

BLM Plans Helicopter Roundup of Pregnant Mares and Tiny Foals

Wild horse groups unite to protest proposed action in the Jackson Mountains

RENO, Nev. (June 6, 2012)—

Wild horse advocates are united in protesting the planned helicopter roundup of the entire Jackson Mountain wild horse herd at the height of foaling season. The Bureau of Land Management’s Winnemucca District Office is scheduled to issue their Decision Record regarding the mustangs in this drought stricken area of northern Nevada at any time.

Representatives of Sun J Livestock, a helicopter roundup contractor for BLM, are already in Winnemucca, awaiting the decision from District Manager, Gene Seidlitz. During the few short years the now infamous roundup company has been in business hundreds of mustangs have lost their lives. Despite significant input from wild horse advocates and even those from within BLM, Gene Seidlitz, seems willing to take a chance, opting for the harshest possible measures in dealing with the herd which, according to him, includes “mares heavy with foal and tiny foals.”

“When I spoke with Mr. Seidlitz yesterday, we emphasized the risks involved in running these animals for miles during peak foaling season,” stated Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation. “He has been given contacts for water and bait trapping experts who have successfully captured hundreds of wild horses and burros using these far less dangerous methods.” Kathrens fears her pleas may have fallen on deaf ears.

Ironically, privately-owned cattle still graze in the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) and advocates have been asking Manager Seidlitz to use his statutory authority to remove the livestock first, then continue hauling water to wild horses and set up roundpen panels around the water sources for water trapping.

“Why are they still leaving livestock on the range if it is so bad?” asks Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs. “This is peak foaling season—the most dangerous time of year to be chasing mustangs.”

Spontaneous abortion of late term mares is likely as well as lethal injuries to foals too young to keep up with their mothers. In the past the hooves of these young horses have literally fallen off during and after helicopter stampedes.

“I can’t think of anything more irresponsible or cruel,” says Kathrens. “If BLM would only opt for water trapping rather than a helicopter stampede it would allow us to support the agency rather than continually battling their harsh tactics.”

The Cloud Foundation in conjunction with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Animal Law Coalition, Colorado Wild Horse & Burro Coalition, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, International Fund for Horses, Protect Mustangs, Respect4Horses, Wild Horse Education, and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation encourages the public to urge BLM Winnemucca District Manager, Gene Seidlitz, (gseidlit@blm.gov or 775-623-1501) to opt for humane wild horse management methods.

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/saving-americas-horses-disgusting-stats-on-horses-slaughtered-news-equine-welfare-alliance-canadian-horse-defense-coalition/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/unending-saga-of-brutality-and-horrific-death/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/ndp-calls-on-government-to-shut-down-horse-slaughter-industry/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/news-updates-on-blm-round-ups-american-wild-horses-canadian-wild-horses/

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Bloggers Note:

Mr. Craig C. Downer is a well respected Wildlife Ecologist and Author with whom I am privileged to maintain contact with.  Craig’s battle to protect the wild horses and burros throughout the US is well known, his expertise, knowledge along with his determination, commitment and pro-active undertakings need be commended.   Craig’s most recent publication “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” presents more than enough evidence of the evolution of and the survival of the first wild equids throughout North America.  A fact that is highly contested and denied by the BLM and the US pro-slaughter advocates in Office.  In reading Craig’s book, it is clear to me personally and to others who have read it, that there is indeed a conspiracy to exterminate wild equids across the US, and while oumay draw your own conclusions as to why, I for one believe it is to serve the cattle industry and big business.

Craig has defended wild horses and burros for over 40 years and continues to do so.  He presents “new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America”.  Craig is also a “member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, President of the Andean Tapir Fund “which is also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros”    www.andeantapirfund.com and Board Member of The Cloud Foundation: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/ The Cloud Foundation,107 South 7th St,Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Canada is just as guilty, by way of importing these captured mustangs into Canada, destined for Canadian horse slaughter plants where these magnificent animals are brutally and inhumanely slaughter, their meat products being shipped out to foreign countries.  Note that undercover videos of what takes place in these slaughter houses in Canada have been made public….it is disgusting, sickening and beyond comprehension. Furthermore our own wild horses are being rounded up and slaughtered as well.

Craig has given me permission to copy and paste word for word his most recent letter:

June 5, 2012

Carson City District Office
Bureau of Land Management
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Dear Sir/Mame:

The brutal helicopter roundups that your agency engages in have many adverse effects upon the wild horses and burros that are their victims.  They cause physical injuries and even deaths in a significant number of the wild
equids so pursued (5% or more).  They break up the family (band) social structures and actually result in more uncontrolled breeding among those left in the wild. This is because the equid societies when in tact keep breeding suppressed especially in subdominant and younger members.  This has been well documented (ref. Karen Sussman of ISPMB).
Additionally, the brutal roundups cause great anguish among the wild equids.  Those wild horses and burros who lose their freedom in this insensitive manner suffer an equid form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their lives, as attests how violently they react when a helicopter approaches overhead.
Other brutalities suffered during the penning and sorting process and standing around in crowded feedlots often for years on end also leave an indelible mark on theirpsyche.  I consider your massive roundups by helicopter then chucking the horses and burros off to the holding pens to be a very insensitive and unintelligent way of dealing with them. It shows that whoever is running this program is from a livestock background and has little appreciation of the horse or burro in the wild — in fact its truer nature given its ancient, multi-million year development as a wild and free species.

These animals quickly revert to the wild when given the chance, and North America is their evolutionary cradle and place of long-standing development, though they also fit in well in the Old World. The equid is not an ruminant, but a post-gastric digester and as such contributes by building soils and dispersing intact seeds to a much greater degree than is the case with ruminant grazers – practically all the others in North America.

I urge you to study my book The Wild Horse Conspiracy, especially the part concerning Reserve Design for naturally self-stabilizing populations and how to achieve this. This would comply with the true intention of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, not the mayhem and suffering, social and ecological disruption that your draconian helicopter roundups and grossly unjust Appropriate Management Levels for the herds are presently causing. Please contact me for a copy of my book or portions concerning Reserve Design.

Best Wishes in fulfilling your important duty under this noble law that represents the will of the General Public,

Sincerely,

Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist

Bloggers Note:  Craig’s newest book “Wild Horse Conspiracy” may be ordered via Amazon.com

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/forever-wild-and-free/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/forever-wild-and-free-mr-craig-downers-full-unedited-speech-revealing-the-truth-about-the-blm-roundups-and-plight-of-u-s-wildhorses/

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A new and important FaceBook page where you are able to record your own personal messages by video and upload to this page.

WE the People of Canada: Messages to Stephen Harper From the 99%

https://www.facebook.com/pages/WE-the-People-of-Canada-Messages-to-Stephen-Harper-From-the-99/403811742995835

Please LIKE this page and start working on your video!
INSTRUCTIONS: Using your webcam or other video equipment, record your “live” message to Stephen Harper, upload to YouTube and post the link on this page. RULES: 1. No profanity or personal attacks (which would only serve to undermine the credibility of the messages).

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Letter from CFAWR Copied and pasted (unedited and with permission)

(links and pictures provided from prior Blog posts)

Subject: TO STEVEN HARPER YOUR LIST OF POLITICAL BLOWS TO THIS COUNTRY GETTING LONGER

STEVEN HARPER STOP DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY PIECE BY PIECE?

 

       YOU ALLOW THE SEAL HUNT TO CONTINUE in flagrant denial and disregard of 80% of Canadian citizens… that’s 27 million people… and the world.. WHO WANT IT STOPPED

      YOU ARE MESSING UP THE LIVES OF CANADIAN SENIORS!!!!

      YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND SELL OUT CANADA

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/stop-harpers-war-on-canadas-environment-stop-government-sell-out-protect-our-nation/

       YOU ALLOW FARM ANIMALS TO BE TRANSPORTED AND SLAUGHTERED IN THE MOST INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND DON’T  MONITOR THE TRANSPORT DRIVERS OR FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY OFFICERS

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/horrific-stats-on-factory-farm-animals-burned-alive-in-just-four-days-in-canada/


YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING TO SUPPORT YOUR GOVERNMENT’S
COMMITMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO THE UDAW UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON ANIMAL WELFARE

      YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AN “ ANIMAL LOVER” BUT ALLOW PRODUCTS INTO THIS COUNTRY MADE FROM CATS AND DOGS FUR.. ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN SKINNED ALIVE.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/i-am-the-owner-of-this-coat/

       YOU ARE ALLOWING HORSES TO BE SLAUGHTERED  AND ALLOWING  THE PRACTICE OF HAVING TO SHOOT A HORSE 11 TIMES ON OCCASIONS BEFORE IT IS DEAD

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chambers-of-carnage.html

Billboard placed just outside of Ottawa, Ontario…the Nation’s Capital

      

Mare sniffing foal murdered at birth

DID YOU KNOW UNDER CANADIAN LAW YOU CAN BEAT YOUR DOG TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER... AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT “ SUFFER” TOO MUCH YOU WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED “    Actual case? Yes.

       YOU ARE DOING NOTHING TO UPDATE OUR USELESS INEFFECTIVE 120 YEAR OLD ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION

Dogs starving in NWT, no charges ever laid      

BLOGGERS NOTE:  YOU FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL CRUELTY AND HUMAN VIOLENCE

Maher: Animal rights activists started chasing Magnotta years before mutilation murder

http://www.canada.com/life/Maher+Animal+rights+activists+started+chasing+Magnotta+years+before+mutilation/6710225/story.html

YOU HAVE DECIDED FOR US THAT WE ARE NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL ( you never asked us how we felt)

      YOU PAY YOUR FAVORITE SUPPORTERS …YES we have noticed that so many of your supporters are now in high paying government positions?????????

A quarter of defeated Tory candidates landed in public jobs after 2011 election: Analysis

www.theprovince.com

        YOU ARE INVADING OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY…. and that’s not even half of what you are doing to this country  !!!

 

CFAWR is one of the few groups that are connecting all the dots with regard to your ineffectiveness  as a leader we can trust and rely on ! Our list of your “ political blows” to Canada is getting longer by the minute. You are seriously eroding this country’s integrity and our international and global reputation inch by inch .

 

WE SERIOUSLY WANT YOU GONE and we will do all in our power to educate  the public and the media via …legal ,appropriate and professional means … in looking at all the destructive and politically “ unsound” decisions you are making. We the people got you voted in and we the people want you out and we will get you out!.

 

CFAWR Invites the media contacts we have sent this to ….. to  take some time and create a big picture of exactly what you doing to this country, week by week… month by month… hour by hour!

 

You are most welcome to respond and yes we have used caps because we are shouting at you ! The tide is turning against you and If you have any sense left you will pay attention to Canada and her citizens. You do not have our permission to destroy our country or our lives Steven Harper

 

Yours Truly

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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BLOGGERS NOTE:  Until such time that WE as Canadians stand up to protect our country, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our Privacy, our Environment, Animals and Wildlife, our fresh water resources AND our mineral rights Canada will continue to be SOLD OUT to highly profitable foreign investors.  The continued EXPLOITATION of our country must be STOPPED.  The VIOLATION of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms MUST be STOPPED.

Dictatorship destroys Democracy!!

Canada belongs to all Canadians, not JUST one Canadian in power with a seemingly personal agenda.

ADDED TO THE GROWING LIST: 

INADEQUATE WATER MONITORING OF POLLUTANTS ENTERING ATHABASCA RIVER FROM ALBERTA’S OIL SANDS RESULTING IN THE POISONING OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES, THE LAND, FISH, WILDLIFE AND HABITAT!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fort Chipewyan community alarmed: Two deformed and lesion covered fish caught

Feds to gain power with NWT Act amendments

srj.ca

http://www.blackoutspeakout.ca/about.php

Franke James » What is Harper Afraid Of?

www.frankejames.com

Defend Canada’s Democracy and Environment from Bill C-38

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/286/802/967/?z00m=20308889

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Raging-Boomers/470689556279856

 

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All across this country Canadians are SHOUTING!!  Canadians are PROTESTING!!!

Quoted from the AAEV:( Environmental Voters Party of Canada) : “Harper intends to make toothless most of the legal and regulatory framework that protects Canada’s environment and animals. The Species at Risk Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the National Energy Board, all these and more are being gutted, hamstrung, neutered to give Harper-friendly industries unfettered license to degrade, to destroy, to kill the environment and animals. All to fuel their reckless drive for profit – and damn the cost!”

We must speak out against this budget and his plans to sell out and destroy Canada. This is OUR magnificent land, NOT his!! We must support all those int he fight to STOP HARPER…people like Francois Paulette who has worked so hard bringing the truth to the world about the Oilsands, the ACFN who fight against Shell..it is up to all of us to STAND TOGETHER UNITED in ONE VOICE. Letters and emails must be sent out to Opposition Party Environment Critics, to your Members of Parliament. All our lives and that of future generations depends on STOPPING this.

OPPOSITION PARTY ENVIRONMENT CRITICS:

Megan Leslie, NDP: Ottawa (613-995-7614) N.S. (902-426.8691) megan.leslie@parl.gc.ca

Kirsty Duncan, Liberal: Ottawa (613-995-4702) Etobicoke (416-747-6003)  kirsty.duncan@parl.gc.ca

Elizabeth May, Green Party: Ottawa (613-996-1119) B.C. (800-667-9188) Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca

MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT: The Hon. Peter Kent : Ottawa (613-992-0253)  Thornhill (905-886-9911) peter.kent@parl.gc.ca

BLACK OUT EVENTS ARE PLANNED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR HERITAGE, OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR CANADA!!!

IN THE NEWS:

NORTHERN JOURNAL www.srj.ca

“Norway church backs Dene Oilsands fight”…”Bishop, Sami Parliament ask Statoil to pull out of Alberta”
by Meagan Wohlberg
Excerpt:  ” A prominent bishop in Norway is the latest luminary to throw some weight behind Francois Paulette’s campaign against the oil sands, which took the Dene elder from Smith’s Landing First Nation on a tour of the Scandinavian country this month”……”all 12 bishops of the Church of Norway have joined opposition to Canada’s oil sands in solidarity with Canada’s indigenous peoples.”
“ACFN heads to Shell AGM in Netherlands
by Meagan Wohlberg
Excerpt:  ” Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is sending a representative to the Hague in the Netherlands this week to confront shareholders of oil sands company Royal Dutch Shell at their annual general meeting May 22.”…”The First Nation is adamantly rejecting Shell’s two future oilsands project proposals, the Jackpine mine expansion and Pierre River mine.”
“Majority of oilsands companies foreign-owned – Report hits back at attack on ‘foreign funded environmentalists’
By Meagan Wohlberg
Excerpt:  “A report by environmental group ForestEthics Advocacy shows that 71 percent of all oil sands production is owned by foreign companies.”
Bloggers Note:  Co-founder of ForestEthics, Tzeporah Berman, is quoted in this article as saying “With the majority of profits from the tar sands operations flowing to foreign companies, we need to ask in whose interest is the Government of Canada under Prime Minister Harper serving?”
15 oil companies were looked at in the review, nine have headquarters in Canada and ForestEthics found that over 50% of all nine of these headquartered in Canada are actually owned by foreign interests.
Excerpt:  ” The study also found that over (51.1 percent) of all oil and gas operating revenue in Canada went to foreign entities, such as China.  According to Skuce, Canada is quickly becoming China’s “resource colony.””
BLOGGERS NOTE:
The new 2012 Federal Budget is targeting environmentalists/Groups by stipulating that “charitable organizations WILL NOT be able to register as donors and receive income tax credits unless they are pursuing activities “in the national interest of Canada.”  Those opposing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline have been accused by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver of being “foreign funded radicals.”
Question:  IS IT NOT IN THE ” national interest of Canada” TO protect OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR LAND, OUR WATER, OUR WILDLIFE????? IS IT NOT IN THE ” national interest of Canada” TO PROTECT OUR HERITAGE, TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL ACTUALLY HAVE A PRISTINE CANADA TO RAISE THEIR OWN FAMILIES??
Apparently to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, apparently to the current Prime Minister of Canada and to the Conservative Party now in power, none of this matters whatsoever as long as our countries continued exploitation and sell out moves forward as planned.
Harper’s plan “to block foreign funding of environmental organizations” has far reaching implications.  ForestEthics Advocacy was formed by “breaking off” as a “new arm of the registered charity,ForestEthics in order to engage in political activity following the budget announcement.”
ANIMAL ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENT VOTERS PARTY OF CANADA (AAEV)
IS THE ONLY REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTY IN CANADA
FOCUSED ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANIMAL PROTECTION ISSUES
As a Registered Political Party the AAEV is in the position whereby they are able to engage activity opposing the Conservative plans to Sell Out Canada, to gut Environmental protection and “to degrade, to destroy, to kill the environment and animals” .   As a Registered Political Party donations in support of the AAEV are Contributions to a Canadian Political Party and are therefore issued Tax Receipts which may be claimed on individual Tax Returns.
Having myself, represented the AAEV during the 2011 Federal Election, I am very proud to say that I did receive votes here in the NWT.  I am extremely proud to be part of an amazing organization that continues to fight to protect Canada and my support will continue.
I urge everyone to visit :  www.environmentvoters.org
In a message from Director, Liz White:
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Fort McMurray – May 31, 2012 – Wednesday afternoon members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), including Chief Allan Adam, found two grotesquely deformed, lesion covered Fish in…

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Please share this with everyone and we want not only Americans but everyone in the world that cares about these horses to send an email, please! We are talking about our Salt River Wild Horses!

Press Release: For immediate release

Contact…: Patricia Haight, Ph.D. (480) 593-4491
Becky Standridge: (480) 620-4490

AMERICANS CALLED TO ACTION TO PREVENT THE REMOVAL & POSSIBLE SALE TO SLAUGHTER OF ARIZONA WILD HORSES WHOSE HISTORY TRACES TO 17TH CENTURY MISSIONARY

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) indicate that the US Forest Service may remove horses from the Tonto national Forest without period for public comment or environmental impact study

(Phoenix, AZ May 31, 2012). The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program (CERAP), a 501c3 equine rescue and advocacy charity, has received material under the Freedom of Information Act indicating that the United States Forest Service (USFS) may be considering the imminent removal of unbranded, free-roaming wild horses living along the Salt River on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) near metropolitan Phoenix in Arizona.

Documents received under FOIA indicate that the USFS does not acknowledge that the horses are wild and thus protected under the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. Asserting the horses are not unclaimed, unbranded free-roaming horses as defined under the Act, the TNF considers them “trespassing” on USFS land and may remove all of them. It is possible that the horses would be taken to the Pacific Livestock Auction near Phoenix where they are at great risk of being purchased by killer buyers to sell for slaughter. FOIA material demonstrates that officials of the TNF have had horses removed before without any public comment period or study under the National Environmental Protection Act, a requirement for removal of wild horses on USFS land. In one case, forest officials admitted in emails that five horses gathered from the Cave Creek ranger district probably were not “trespass” or “feral.” The horses were sent to the Pacific Livestock Auction. CERAP was able to rescue the one foal with the herd of a stallion and his mares.

Historical documents indicate that the Spanish Missionary, Father Eusebio Kino brought horses and other animals to the area in the 17th century. Oral histories by witnesses indicate that they have seen and photographed the horses for decades on the TNF and a picture shows three of these magnificent animals in a 1957 Arizona Highways Magazine. While the Tonto NF claims the horses are “trespass horses” from the bordering Salt River Pima Maricopa Nation and the Ft. McDowell Reservation, to the best of CERAP’s knowledge the tribes have NOT claimed the horses.

CERAP working together with community members is asking that people across the country immediately telephone their United States Representative, two United States Senators and the Forest Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest telling them they do not want the unbranded, free-roaming unclaimed wild horses living on the Tonto National Forest removed and that the horses, living symbols of the West, are a very important part of United States and Arizona history and a very important natural resource.

Fact sheet on who to contact:

To find contact information for US Congressmen and US Senators by State, by name, or by zip code, go to the link below:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

The Tonto National Forest Supervisor Reta Laford may be contacted at:
Telephone: 602-225-5200
Fax: 602-225-5200
2324 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Email: tonto_webmail@fs.fed.us

Calls should be made immediately followed by a letter faxed to the 2324 East McDowell office or emailed to that office.

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Dr. Pat Haight
(480) 593-4491
Patricia Haight, Ph.D.
The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program
A 501c3 Equine Welfare Organization
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