BLM officials stated that operating contrary to implemented legislation by limiting sales and not destroying horses has contributed to an unmanageable number of horses.
From the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Interior:
Friday, October 23, 2015
The Office of Inspector General completed an investigation into Tom Davis, a Colorado rancher and livestock hauler, after receiving allegations that Davis purchased approximately 1,700 horses from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program (WH&B) between 2008 and 2012 and wrongfully sent the horses to slaughter.
BLM established WH&B to protect, manage, and control the wild horse population. Since establishment of the program, Congress passed several laws that provided for protection and management of these animals, including adoption and sales authority. In 2005, BLM implemented a policy that placed limitations on the amount of horses sold and required buyers to provide good homes and humane care to prevent the horses from being sent to slaughter.
During our investigation, Davis admitted that most of the horses he purchased from BLM went to slaughter, but he denied that he transported the horses directly to slaughter. He explained that prior to purchasing horses from WH&B, he made arrangements with buyers—whose names he would not disclose—who transported the horses to Mexico. Davis said WH&B employees asked him several times if he was selling the horses to slaughter. He reassured WH&B that he was not selling them to slaughter and reported on his applications that the horses were going to good homes. Davis also admitted that he knew he was not supposed to sell the horses to anyone that would take them to a slaughterhouse.
In addition, we found that BLM implemented and followed policy that contradicted legislation, by not destroying horses to maintain an ecological balance, and the 2004 Burns Amendment, by placing limitations on horse sales. BLM officials stated that operating contrary to implemented legislation by limiting sales and not destroying horses has contributed to an unmanageable number of horses.
We referred this investigation to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado as well as the State of Colorado Conejos County District Attorney’s Office, which declined civil and criminal prosecution.
Here is the report released for the public: PM Tom Davis WildHorseBuyer Public
What does the other OIG report contain that they are keeping from the public?
They are taking no responsibility for former Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, rounding up too many wild horses and burros.
Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.
How about we have a nation wide call in/email day/letter writing action to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and State of Colorado Conejos County District Attorney’s Office, and *demand* they initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the BLM *and* Davis? Demand to know why the BLM and Davis are allowed to defy the law with impunity?
Stop this craziness and save these beautiful animals. Can’t something be done? Why do these wonderful horses and burros have to be killed for the greed of some individuals? Show your compassion for God’s sake!!!There must be someone who can help!!b PLEASE!!!!!!!!
You know what is UNMANAGEABLE? You sorry ass bastards who should be totally castrated andbshipped to Iran as sex toys for the fanatics over there! You are no damn good, your agency is corrupt and crooked and i cant wait for an HONEST government to be installed to get rid of your worthless Goddamned sorry ass individuals.
For what it worth, I called my Rep. and the white house and asked them to go after the BLM.
Its a bunch of bs. Send this man to jail and all the BLM employees involved with him at all. Then cancel all the deals with the Welfare Ranchers and the Cattlemen who lease public lands and make money from that land. It wasn’t their land to begin with. The number of Wild Horses and Burros is minimal if any in some of land areas. That land belongs to ALL of us and was left.to the Wild Horses and Burros. And NOT the Welfare Ranchers and Cattlemen! Dismantle and fire all the Employees of BLM and get someone in there with some knowledge and that includes Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior!
A good appountee would be Raul.Grevejous. Spelling is off, but he fights for the hirses and burros rights!! I say give Raul the job !!!
what a low cheap cowardly act, These creatures were deprived of their lives.
The BLM, the mobster gang and wild horse executioner. Hey guys, how about providing a back ground check on each one of you and finger prints. I kinda think that will expose the criminals you are since you can’t get regular employment. Fun day, why don’t you chase a wild stallion to fatigue and exhaustion until another one dies, does that really help you sleep at night and give you gratitude of killing animals. The cattleman might put you in their wallet and you can kill more horses. Gosh the tummies you get about that. Hope you went past the 2nd grade so you can sign your name on an illegal contract or remember 2 witnesses signatures required for a X on the contract. That is basic knowledge for the mentally impaired murderers.