It takes a village! Here is the link for the fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/WildHorseTrailer
Dear Friends of Wild Horses,
We urgently need a used 3 horse gooseneck trailer for the 5 wild horses in our Outreach Program, to help other wild horses go to their forever homes and in case of emergency. Visit our fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/WildHorseTrailer to help.
In September, it took 30 hours to get Sol, a California wild horse, to the vet hospital after our field vet said, “Take him to the hospital. I can’t fix this in the field.” If Sol had a life threatening condition he probably would have died in 30 hours.
We called everyone to get transportation. Our friends and volunteers with trailers were away at shows or working. The local pro haulers were at horse shows and the big shippers did not have the right set up to access the location nor did they have the holding capacity for a wild horse who could not tie safely.
A used 3 horse trailer for wild horses will save us money because hauling is expensive. We need a 3 horse trailer so they can turn around and unload safely. A trailer for Protect Mustangs will ensure the wild horses are never abused and can get emergency medical care at the hospital if needed.
In September a volunteer was paid $550 (mileage, bridge toll, food) to come from the Foothills to the Bay Area to take Sol for emergency care up to UC Davis and then bring him to a barn in the Bay Area and then return to the Foothils. Professional haulers are very expensive too. If we had our own trailer it would have cost us less than $80 (gas & toll) to take Sol to UC Davis and back and we could have taken him in immediately–not after 30 hours.
Now 3-year-old Val (Twin Peaks wild horse) needs to go up to the hospital and come back (2 RTs for the hauler) because he needs medical help for the ringbone–probably from the roundup. We need to haul him but we don’t have a trailer. . .
When we get the used 3 horse trailer with removable dividers we will join the Fleet of Angels to help transport wild horses. Please share widely so we can make this happen!
We want to help others bring down their adopted wild horses from Litchfield, PVC and the Reno area. We know how hard it is to find haulers for wild horses. They are either, very expensive, won’t haul “wild horses”, have the wrong type of trailer for a wild horse, or use “harsh methods” to move the horses like twitches and stud chains.
Some haulers use twitches and stud chains. We don’t. We take our time to load and unload.
After all the cruel roundups and abuse wild horses have suffered, they deserve to be treated with compassion and kindness.
As you see in the photo with Blondie & Tibet, we go on “horse time” when loading wild horses. We know every time we work with them it’s a training opportunity. Hauling can be easy on the horses if they aren’t scared or stressed.
We need your help.
Please donate what you can http://www.gofundme.com/WildHorseTrailer and share this call for support. Thank you so much!
Volunteer Executive Director for Protect Mustangs
The Petition to be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
Classify America’s wild horses, E. caballus, as a native species. Horses originated in America and were either returned to their native land or never left. More information can be found here: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=562
Taxpayers are paying for cruel native wild horse roundups in the West–where Big Oil wants to Frack for oil and natural gas–and needs water to do so. A lot of natural gas will be sold to Asia, to make electricity. During and after roundups many wild horses are injured: foals are often killed and many mares miscarry their babies. Currently 50,000 native wild horses are stockpiled in holding, at-risk of going to slaughter, and should be returned to live on public land. Less than 18,000 indigenous wild horses are estimated to be living in freedom now. The National Academy of Sciences reported there is “No Evidence” of overpopulation. www.ProtectMustangs.org has called for population studies with a moratorium on roundups yet Congress is turning a deaf ear. Is the Oil and Gas Lobby influencing our democracy? Indigenous horses fill their ecological niche on public land. They help to reverse desertification, reduce risk of wildfires and create biodiversity for many species to thrive. Please help protect our native wild horses before the herds are destroyed.
LInk to the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-our-native-wild.fb40?source=c.fb&r_by=9584729
Today the Adobe Town – Salt Wells Roundup (Wyoming) has captured 668 native free roaming wild horses and 3 have died so far. A foal was trampled to death in a trap and killed . . .
After the roundup, the cruelty continues. Wild horses are torn from their family units and forced to endure government holding facilities with no shelter in the harsh winter and no shade in the summer.
They suffer and are at risk of being sold to slaughter through middlemen “buyers” by the truckloads if they are over 10 years old or not adopted during 3 live or internet adoption events.
The government would like you to think they are overpopulated. Even the National Academy of Sciences reported there is “No Evidence” of overpopulation. It’s all spin to strip them of their rights on the land.
We are working hard for their freedom and to return them to public land. In the meantime they need shelter from the harsh elements while they are held captive. The government isn’t doing anything to help them. They don’t care.
Please share the petition far and wide to help America’s wild horses!
Executive Director of Protect Mustangs
May 16th, 2013 by James Amaro
The Following Article is Reposted from the New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday issued a new set of proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands, moving further to address industry concerns about the costs and reporting burdens of federal regulation.
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds (May 2, 2013)
The new Interior Department proposal, which is subject to 30 days of public comment and further revision, disappointed environmental advocates, who had pushed for full disclosure of the chemicals used in the drilling process and tougher standards for groundwater protection and well integrity.
The new rule allows oil companies to keep some components of their drilling fluids secret and will allow them to run well integrity tests on one representative well rather than all wells in a field where the geology and well construction techniques are similar.
The proposed regulation, which revises one proposed a year ago, also allows drillers to comply with state regulations in places where federal officials deem them as tough or tougher than the applicable federal rules.
Environmental advocacy groups and industry officials were critical of the proposed rules.
“Comparing today’s rule governing fracking on public lands with the one proposed a year earlier, it is clear what happened: the Bureau of Land Management caved to the wealthy and powerful oil and gas industry and left the public to fend for itself,” said Jessica Ennis, legislative representative for Earthjustice.
Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government affairs for Western Energy Alliance, an association of oil companies, said: “While the current rule is better than the first impractical rule, D.O.I. still has not justified the rule from an economic or scientific point of view. It continues to second-guess states and tribes, and will hurt job creation and economic growth in Western communities.”
Production of domestic oil and natural gas has surged in recent years through the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling.
Among the concerns of property owners and environmentalists is that operators will be able to keep the composition of the drilling fluids secret. The rule requires that most fluids be logged on the industry-operated Web site FracFocus, although certain proprietary compounds can be kept confidential.
Interior officials said that they would consider using a different reporting scheme if one can be found.
The 171-page proposal is the first significant regulation issued under the new interior secretary, Sally Jewell. Ms. Jewell worked in the oil industry in the late 1970s and proudly said that she fracked a few wells in Oklahoma.
Ms. Jewell said in a conference call for reporters that the administration would continue to lease large tracts of public and Indian lands for oil and gas development and that it was critical that rules keep pace with technology.
Anticipating criticism from environmental advocates, she said: “I know there are those who say fracking is dangerous and should be curtailed, full stop. That ignores the reality that it has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come.”
The draft rule affects drilling operations on the 700 million acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, as well as 56 million acres of Indian lands. The Interior Department estimates that 90 percent of the 3,400 wells drilled each year on public land use hydraulic fracturing.
Ms. Jewell said the proposal ensures that best practices would govern drilling and protect human health and the environment. The full article is available here.
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Thank you for helping Wyoming’s wild horses!
by Blake de Pastino, Nov 19,2013
The frozen remains of a horse more than half a million years old have reluctantly given up their genetic secrets, providing scientists with the oldest DNA ever sequenced.
The horse was discovered in 2003 in the ancient permafrost of Canada’s west-central Yukon Territory, not far from the Alaskan border.
The Przewalski’s Horse, which lives on the steppes of central Asia, likely deviated from the lineage leading to modern domesticated horses some 50,000 years ago. (Photo: Joe Ravi)
And although the animal was dated to between 560,000 and 780,000 years old, an international team of researchers was able to use a new combination of techniques to decipher its genetic code.
Among the team’s findings is that the genus Equus — which includes all horses, donkeys, and zebras — dates back more than 4 million years, twice as long ago as scientists had previously believed.
“When we started the project, everyone — including us, to be honest — thought it was impossible,” said Dr. Ludovic Orlando of the University of Copenhagen, who coordinated the research, in a statement to Western Digs.
Read the complete article here:
Cross-posted from Western Digs: http://westerndigs.org/700000-year-old-horse-found-in-yukon-permafrost-yields-oldest-dna-ever-decoded/