Archive for November, 2012

This photo taken in April 2012, shows that LOKI has a sense of humor.  As he intently watched me continuing to climb and slide down the snow and ice covered embankment, only to land a number of times in the small creek that was beginning to thaw, as I kept trying to reach him to give him his lunch….I was shocked to see this wonderful and alarming smirk on his face.  I swear to God that he was laughing at me, given the sounds he was making at the time.

I did succeed after many failed attempts to get up beside him and to watch as he thoroughly enjoyed his fresh warm lunch.  Truly the absolute highlight of my day..knowing that I provided great amusement and tickled his funny bone.

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While all across the U.S. and Canada, wild unpredictable weather is reeking havoc, Asia, Europe is reaping the rewards of Global Warming.  We are witness to the horrors through our televisions and the Internet and we pray for those who suffer devastating loss of life and property.

Here in the Canadian North, the ‘Land of Snow and Ice’ as this area has been labelled by so many, Ole Man Winter comes very early.  His visit is lengthy and the big melt here is not seen until well into May.

Born and raised in Canada’s capital I now I chose to leave the rhetoric behind, moving North in 2005, I now  live in a wonderful community in the Town of  Hay River, NT.  We are North of 60, and smack in the middle of the largest remaining Boreal Forest in North America.  Situated on the shores of the Great Slave Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in North America.  Hay River is a small community, approximate population of about 3200-3600 residents ,predominantly First Nations, and a mixture Caucasians and various other cultures.  We are a community that cares about each other, that reach out to help and support one another.

Ole Man Winter hit us on October 23rd, our days are now much shorter, our dark nights yet to become longer still.

Rather than dwell upon the disastrous events happening around the world, I would like to share with all of you, this little piece of heaven that I have called home since 2006.  The tree shown in my backyard is where Loki and I normally spent our time during the summer, me laying next to the tree with him stretched out in front of me.  A quiet place to have quality time.

The small wooden bridge I cross in the summer to get across the ravine  is now covered in waist deep snow.


During summer, across the ravine, Loki’s domain is filled with lush greenery, wildflowers, even wild clover and most abundant wild roses.  It is spectacular, to sit with him in this untouched beauty.



Beautiful is it not?

The evening skies are spectacular.  The colours vivid and glorious, making one feel very small and very grateful to bare witness to the beauty that surrounds one.

We have gone now from the lush green of summer to the realities of a cold, long and often very harsh winter. Wind chills dropping the temperatures to -40 and even lower in communities further North.   I continue to be amazed how the land sleeps here blanketed in Snow and Ice.  I marvel at how the smallest of birds survive, so tiny and fragile that they are.






We have gone from this:


To this:  in just 3 days, October 23,24 and 25th.  Given that it is reported that we received 68 c.m. in that short period of time and that our yearly average snowfall is only 124 cm, I must speculate on what is yet to come.

The tree in my backyard that gave comfort during summer to Loki and I, now hangs with the weight of wet snow.  The wonderland of colour in Loki’s summer domain is now buried under a blanket of white.  The land sleeps now, resting until Spring, a very long long way off now.

Ever majestic in beauty, Loki’s world is transformed, the air clean and crisp, the winter chill letting one know that you are alive, the quiet time, even quieter and ever more special to be shared with Loki.

I hope you will enjoy the next pictures of him as much as I enjoy my time with him.  He is definitely a Survivor, a gentle soul, one that without his knowledge opened my eyes to that which I had so long ago stopped appreciating.  We are all too often caught up in the irrelevant demands that we allow placed upon us and which we place upon ourselves.  Please visit Loki’s Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?ref=ts&fref=ts and view his videos on YouTube: TundraVoices:   such as this one:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrqoARVHZNE&feature=share&list=ULMrqoARVHZNE

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Reblogged from CHDC:

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog

Is anyone home at the CFIA?

We have received several reports that the CFIA is not returning phone calls and is sending out a generic auto response email in regards to recent concerns brought forth over horses being live shipped to Japan for slaughter. Questions are not being answered – the CFIA is, yet again, not taking responsibility for their actions. While we are not surprised by this lack of communication and poor judgement, we need to show them that we aren’t going to stop pursuing this until we see and end to it.

Going forward, please direct your email complaints to these CFIA officials in Ottawa.  You can copy and paste the email addresses and compose your own message to all five: nicole.cormier@inspection.gc.ca, george.dapont@inspection.gc.ca, Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca, Ian.Alexander@inspection.gc.ca, Martine.Dubuc@inspection.gc.ca

(Dr. Nicole Cormier is a CFIA Humane Transportation of Animals Program Specialist, George Da Pont is the President of the CFIA, Gerry Ritz is Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Dr. Ian Alexander is Chief Veterinary Officer for the CFIA and Dr. Martine Dubuc is Chief Food Safety Officer for the CFIA.)

Please be respectful BUT:

Demand an answer.

Demand to know why, for the past 20 years, the CFIA have not been enforcing their own regulations.

Demand to know how many horses have died because of their negligence.

Demand to know what changes will be made to ensure that no more horses die, overcrowded in crates so small that they cannot stand in a natural position.

Demand to know why the countries where these horses are shipped to don’t have to report what condition the horses arrive in.

Note:  it has recently been revealed by the CFIA that horses originating from Canada arrived dead in Japan in August 2012.

Here’s the link for the October 18, 2012 CHDC news release, “CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan”

The video report is here

CTV Saskatoon covered this story on October 30th.  Please view it here

Thank you for your work on behalf of the horses!

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog


CTV News in Saskatoon Reports on Japan Shipments

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

CTV in Saskatoon, SK reports on shipments horses in crates from Calgary International Airport to Japan for slaughter:  http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=795033.

For the full CHDC investigative report video, see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji5n8siQGAw&feature=plcp.

CTV London, Ontario story of Standardbred broodmares shipped for meat

CTV London, Ontario, ran a story last week about three older Standardbred broodmares whose owner issued an order to have them shipped to the OLEX auction “for meat”.

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

False Alarm Establishes Need to Provide Safety Net for Slaughter Bound Horses by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

If ever there was a time for real alternatives to horse slaughter in the U.S. and Canada, that time is now!An essay by Allen Warren of
Horse Harbor Foundation  Pease read it here

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | October 21, 2012 at 12:13 |  URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-16m


  News from Colorado contact:

The plight of mustangs and burros is a hidden tragedy – Americans do not  realize what is taken from them and how cruelly. The footage of recent stampedes  is shocking, the hasty gathers and wipe out of whole herds speak volumes of  destruction and despair. Tax payers are funding this atrocity, under the guise  of “management”. Read this article: http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/27-27/9442-tragedy-disguised-the-extinction-of-americas-last-wild-horses-and-burros Wild  horses are safe only on the range, where they enhance the eco-system. Their  evolution is here, and they positively contribute to soils, plants, animals and  people and help prevent wild fires. Government has too long targeted  them for elimination and wrongfully blamed them for damage caused by  cattle. The negative schemes must be exposed. Read Craig Downer’s compelling  book: “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”. It will blow your mind on the true story of  the West and how the Fed’s destroy this heritage in a cleverly deceptive agenda.  He has defended wild horses over 40 years against the merciless attacks of BLM  and special interests. It’s time people find out the truth.
Please sign this petition, with all that failed in years against this  massive eviction, we must maintain our voice for these defenseless icons.
Thank you. Monika Courtney

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Loki's Gift

***URGENT!!!***   PLEASE  read this report on horse slaughter plants in Canada and help put   a FULL STOP on the slaughter of Canada’s precious wild horses in Alberta!    Cull starting Nov. 1st.  Thank you.

“What XL Foods and Horse Slaughter Plants Have in Common and What They’d Prefer to Keep Hidden”


Did you   know…any time after November 1st, the government can issue capture licenses   to horse trappers? AND that 99% of all wild horses captured end up   slaughtered!?

Please write to Diana McQueen and tell her to   stop the cull of the Wild Horses of Alberta!

Information   and Sample Letter provided at the following website:




In addition to writing to   Diana McQueen (see my earlier posts) please also write to: the Premier of  …

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Please read this most important post.  Lives are at stake here!!!!!!  Please support and help save thee magnificent animals.  Thank you
October 29, 2012
Dear Wild Horse and Burro Supporters:
As a professional wildlife ecologist, I have prepared a proposal that would develop a solid alternative to the present mistreatment of
our nation’s wild horses and burros.  This is attached here for your consideration.
Given support for this, I would employ my knowledge and investigative skills in a serious and dedicated manner in order to thoroughly formulate and effectively present a realistic plan for the implementation of Reserve Design for naturally self-stabilizing, genetically viable and ecologically well-adapted populations of wild horses and burros where they belong throughout America.
This professional report and proposal would provide the kind of well-founded approach that is needed to achieve meaningful and long-lasting reform of our nation’s wild horse and burro program. It would identify specific regions where Reserve Design can be most successful and outline
the steps required to make this a reality.  Our government’s wild horse and burro program has and continues to ignore the true intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, among other mutually supportive laws.
I would appreciate your carefully reading of my proposal and letting me know if you would be willing to support this project or know of someone who would.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Best  Wishes, Sincerely,
Craig C. Downer
Author: The Wild Horse Conspiracy
P.O. Box 456
Minden, NV 89423
P.S. If responding by email, please use this aol address rather than my yahoo address.




By Craig C. Downer


Wildlife Ecologist, Author of The Wild Horse Conspiracy © 2011,

Member: IUCN Species Survival Commission, Board member: The Cloud Foundation, President: Andean Tapir Fund (www.andeantapirfund.com)


Contact: P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423. T. 775-901-2094.

Email: ccdowner@aol.com


October 29, 2012


Unless urgent action is taken, wild horses and burros in today’s America face a bleak future.


Though the unanimously passed Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (WFRHBA) originally set aside around 88 million acres for their preservation in the wild, the rights of these animals and of their public supporters have been undermined and denied by the very officials charged with protecting them.


Current policies toward these national heritage species are thinly disguised plans for either bringing them down to cripplingly low, non-viable population levels or for totally eliminating them from their legal areas. Even if some 30,000 wild horses and burros remain on the public lands, this figure is in no way commeasurable with the amount of ecologically appropriate habitat in which they have the legal right to live. The small number of horses and burros our government intends to leave on each of the 200-or-so remaining designated areas will result – indeed, has already begun to result – in an over fragmentation of populations that jeopardizes their long-term survival.


Our government’s current goal of drastically reducing already tiny and genetically vulnerable wild herds includes the partial sterilization of mares, through PZP injection,   and the unnatural skewing of sex ratios to establish excess males in this naturally harem- type horse society. Today, our nation’s last remaining wild horses and burros find themselves in a very critical situation.  They are actually more imperiled than they were in 1971, for their chief enemies reside within the very agencies charged with their protection!


To remedy this intolerable situation, Americans must immediately and audaciously respond with a well-conceived plan for change.  As a wildlife ecologist and fourth-generation Nevadan personally familiar with the wild horses and burros of the West, I have come up with such a plan – a way to restore these animals, known as returned-native species, to viable natural herds throughout the West.  My plan entails ending the cruel, disruptive roundups and reproductive manipulations – practices that make a mockery of the 1971 Act and, of principal concern, cause untold suffering and death to these freedom-loving creatures.


Wildlife, wilderness and conservation professionals call this strategy Reserve Design.  Reserve Design combines ecological, social, and political considerations in order to achieve desired results. Basically, wild horse/burro Reserve Design involves the setting aside of areas of wild-equid-containing, year-round habitat where human intervention is buffered against and strictly controlled, and where natural processes are allowed to reestablish natural checks and balances. In this way, a significant degree of internal harmony is achieved for all diverse yet interrelated species living in the area’s ecosystem.


Critical steps for realizing Reserve Design to be described in the project are:


[1] Properly identify the short-term and long-term survival requirements of the principal species to be accommodated in the reserve.  Our chief focus would be to promote a wild horse/burro-containing ecosystem, where all species are allowed to adapt naturally over the generations.


[2] Conscientiously identify appropriate geographical areas suitable for the implementation of wild horse/burro-containing reserves. This would involve travel to a wide variety of places throughout the West.


[3] Wisely incorporate natural equid predators, such as puma and wolf, that would both limit and tone, or strengthen, wild horse and burro populations.


[4] Wisely incorporate natural barriers that would limit the ingress and/or the egress of certain species, including the wild horses and burros.  This would avoid conflicts and set up conditions for the natural self-regulation of populations.


[5] Identify where buffer zones, artificial barriers, or other means of impeding movements in and out of a reserve should be established in order to keep the species in question from coming into conflict with humans. Buffer zones possibly involving non-injurious means of adverse conditioning could be employed.  Also, “semi-permeable barriers” that do not restrict most species but do prevent equids from passing out of the reserve may be used.


[6] Identify the presence and abundance of necessary food, water, shelter, mineral procurement sites, elevational gradients for seasonal migrations, etc., that will accommodate the long-term needs of viable wild equid populations and allow the natural rest-rotation of grazing and foraging between the natural subdivisions of the reserve.


[7] Identify geographical regions whose human inhabitants are benignly disposed toward the creation and long-term
implementation of extensive, ecologically balanced wild horse/burro-containing reserves.  This would involve travel and town meetings.


[8] Identify ways of and benefits from implementing Reserve Design that would result in win-win relationships centered around the presence of wild horses and burros. Ecotourism is one major possibility here. Restoring native ecosystems, including soils and native species, would be another major benefit. The reduction of flammable vegetation through equid grazing and the restoration of hydrographic basins through enrichment of soils would be other positive contributions. Indeed, the restoration of the “equid element” in North America is crucial to combating life-disrupting global warming itself.


[9] Identify how best to educate the public concerning the many ways that horses/ burros, as ecological “climax” species, have of self-limiting their own populations once their respective ecological niches are filled. This knowledge is key to our realizing a truly humane relationship with wild horses and burros in America.


This list does not exhaust all the considerations for soundly establishing the Reserve Design that I would include in my professionally researched report with proposal. If provided the financial resources (requested at the end of this initial proposal), I would further elaborate upon this important and timely plan.


Basic steps for a professional reserve design, with associated costs and durations:


[1] Review literature on Reserve Design. Consult government, private and non-profit organizations. Research university, government, and public libraries as well as the internet.


[2] Consult authorities on Reserve Design and consult official implementers of nature reserves. Visit government and university offices and conduct interviews, particularly of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS). Universities to be visited: University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, Colorado State University-Ft. Collins, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Nevada-Reno. (Note: I received my A.B. from UC-Berkeley and my M.S. from UN-Reno, and am a lifetime alumni at both.) Visit United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) offices, particularly national wildlife refuges (NWR) containing or involving wild horses, especially Sheldon-Hart NWR in northern Nevada and southern Oregon and Malheur NWR in southeastern Oregon. My visit to the Malheur would be in combination with a visit to the Steen Mountain National Conservation Area. This is home to the famous Kiger mustang herd that spills east into the Alvord Desert. I would visit the Montgomery Pass wild horse herd on the Nevada-California border near Bishop, the Cibola-Trigo and Cerbat wild horse herds in Arizona, and Utah’s Sulphur wild horse herd. The first two herds are believed by many to be naturally self-stabilizing. National Parks offices and the parks themselves that have a history or actual presence of wild horses and burros would also be visited. These would include Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and eastern California portions of the Mojave Desert and the National Conservation Area here. Also included would be Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, for its authentic old Indian pony herd. Various non-profit groups would be consulted, especially the International Society for the Preservation of Mustangs & Burros in Lantry, South Dakota, in combination with my trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, The Cloud Foundation of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana.


[3] Intensive survey of maps and documents concerning BLM and US Forest lands as well as other appropriate – especially adjoining – land where wild horses and burros are presently found or could reasonably be established per Section 6 of the WFHB Act. This phase will identify those regional centers of actual or potential wild horse/burro presence that would be most appropriate for Reserve Design. I would consult with those most familiar with regions being considered as appropriate for Reserve Design.


Duration for Phases 1, 2 & 3: Two months.


[4] Final composition of Reserve Design proposal. This would subsequently be presented to the public and to government as well as private entities. I would give presentations to legislative and executive branches of both state and national governments as well as to the BLM and the USFS, the two agencies charged with carrying out the mandate of the WFRHB Act. I would also address counties and cities.


Duration for Phase 4: One month.


Total Time Required: Three months.


The robust aim of Reserve Design is to restore wild horses and burros where they belong throughout America and to secure their long-term future. This would, in effect, restore the true and original intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.


For more information on how to support this proposal through a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Craig Downer.


Unless otherwise indicated, full acknowledgement of supporter(s) will be in the proposal.

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***URGENT!!!***   PLEASE  read this report on horse slaughter plants in Canada and help put   a FULL STOP on the slaughter of Canada’s precious wild horses in Alberta!    Cull starting Nov. 1st.  Thank you.

“What XL Foods and Horse Slaughter Plants Have in Common and What They’d Prefer to Keep Hidden”


Did you   know…any time after November 1st, the government can issue capture licenses   to horse trappers? AND that 99% of all wild horses captured end up   slaughtered!?

Please write to Diana McQueen and tell her to   stop the cull of the Wild Horses of Alberta!

Information   and Sample Letter provided at the following website:




In addition to writing to   Diana McQueen (see my earlier posts) please also write to: the Premier of   Alberta and ask her to stop the cull of the Wild Horses of Alberta starting   Nov 1st. Thank   you!


Email   Address: premier@gov.ab.ca.

Mailing   Address: The Honourable Alison Redford Premier of Alberta 307 Legislature Bldg   10800 – 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB  …

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