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copyrightWHE Feb 136/11/2013 BREAKING NEWS! BLM Releasing Wild Hoses from Diamond Complex Back to the Wild!

(WHE-Reno, NV)  Thirty wild horses, rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this January from the Diamond Complex, will be released back into the wild sometime after mid-July in an innovative project of the Battle Mountain BLM District, which spans land in both the Ely and Elko Nevada. The horses were part of a larger group, most of whom went to long term BLM holding facilities. This experimental group was held out to improve their condition prior to release back into the wild in a project to preserve the genetic health of the herd. The horses will be returned to the range along with the foals they had in captivity.

Youngsters from the Battle Mountain portion of the Diamond Complex arriving at PVC, a real need for change in practices seen in the backbones through thick winter coats Youngsters from the Battle Mountain portion of the Diamond Complex arriving at PVC, a real need for change  seen in the backbones through thick…

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Wild Horse Education

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Citizen’s Pledge To Protect Wild Horses From Abuse 

(RENO)  Citizens from around the world are signing a pledge to take action to create a humane care policy for wild horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Over the last few years the BLM wild horse and burro program has been under intense public scrutiny. The program has been deemed a fiscal failure and unsustainable. Range management practices that favor private profiteers on public land have reached a “boiling point” as drought conditions begin to force issues to a breaking point. More wild horses are held in captivity than exist on the wild.

All of the issues apparent in this program have created an intense public debate, except one. One issue most people appear to agree on is that our wild horses and burros must be treated humanely.

Young wild horse that collapsed after being driven during roundup in area used by large cattle operation Young wild horse that collapsed…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Agency denies need for same protection it requires of all mustang adopters

BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.

“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “A week after our meeting with Mr. Storzer, we were excited…

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Tuesday's Horse

Oatman burros, Arizona. In Oatman, Arizona, burros are likely to nuzzle with tourists and are notoriously difficult to move out of harm’s way. 18 burros have been shot and killed in the last five years. Photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

by PETER O’DOWD
From KJZZ

In the desert outside of Phoenix, there have been 18 shootings in the last five years, a series of mysteries that has stumped federal investigators.

Let’s be clear, we’re talking about donkeys: specifically, wild burros, the federally protected asses of the Old West. In late January, out among the desert scrub and beavertail cactus, two from the Lake Pleasant herd were found dead.

“We consider that a murder scene,” says Steve Bird, a burro specialist with the .

Thirty-five miles northwest of Phoenix, the dirt road stops at a gate. This is where someone took aim, with skill.

“One bullet hole per animal, right set in the lungs,”…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

SOURCE:  MAILonline

A herd of majestic wild horses appear to race against each other as they gallop freely through the shallow waters of the Crystal Coast.

Captured by 39-year-old photographer Brad Styron, the horses are part of an isolated herd which roams across the Shackleford Banks in North Carolina.

They have free run of the small uninhabited nine-mile long by one-mile wide island, which lies at the southern end of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Majestic: A pack of wild horses kick up spray as they gallop through the shallow waters at Shackleford Banks in North Carolina

Majestic: A pack of wild horses kick up spray as they gallop through the shallow waters at Shackleford Banks in North Carolina

Wild and free: They have free run of the small uninhabited nine-mile long by one-mile wide island, which lies at the southern end of Cape Lookout National Seashore

Wild and free: They have free run of the small  uninhabited nine-mile long by one-mile wide island, which lies at the  southern end of Cape Lookout National Seashore

Isolated: The scenes were captured by photographer Brad Styron, who first flew over the area in a helicopter then approached the herd on foot to less than 50ft away

Isolated: The scenes were captured by photographer Brad Styron, who first flew over the area in a helicopter  then approached the herd on foot to less…

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: By Josh Long as published at Food Product Design

“…individuals in the vicinity of previous horse slaughter plants were forced to endure a noxious stench, dealt with blood in streams, and sometimes even found blood and horse tissue running through their water faucets…”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) lacks discretion to deny requests to inspect horse slaughter facilities if they meet requirements under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, rendering an environmental review essentially meaningless, government lawyers argue.

Citing the failure of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to follow the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), animal welfare groups—including Front Range Equine Rescue, Horses for Life Foundation and Humane Society of the United States among others—have sued the agency in federal court.

The lawsuit has at least temporarily thwarted the plans of three facilities in Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico to…

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