BIG NEWS: Baby SPITFIRE Born out of the WY14–saved from the clutches of slaughter!

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Welcome Spitfire!

Baby Spitfire was born out of a miracle rescue. Her papa was brutally slaughtered shortly after 41 wild horses in Wyoming were rounded up in the March 2014 BLM stealth roundup and were quickly sold off by the WY Livestock Board at auction to the most prominent slaughterhouse in North America–who slaughters wild and domestic horses for human consumption abroad.

Mark Boone Junior (Bobby Elvis on Sons of Anarchy) and Anne Novak found the only mustangs left alive at the slaughterhouse yard–14 young and terrified wild horses. Thanks to everyone’s prayers and good vibes they resuced the WY14 back from the slaughterhouse before they were live-shipped and turned into sashimi over in Asia. Read about the rescue here: .

Little did they know that a member of the WY14 was carrying a little treasure through all the turmoil and terror.

Please help with a tax-deductible donation for the hay drive to get a semi-load of hay for the WY14-15. They are all growing and need more hay!

Welcome Spitfire! You will carry on the bloodline that those dumb bureaucrats at the BLM thought should be disposed of. SHAME on them.

Please donate and share the Hay Drive so the rescued wild horses can meet their goal quickly. The WY14 and Spitfire thank you for helping them survive and grow strong!

Press Release: Mark Boone Junior helps save the mustangs

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Protect Mustangs rescues 14 young wild horses from slaughterhouse after BLM roundup

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (May 7, 2014)—Against all odds, actor Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins & Sons of Anarchy) and Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs, saved 14 young free-roaming wild horses from slaughter thanks to donations from Alicia Goetz, the Schnurmacher family and others. This unprecedented rescue seems to be the first time American wild horses have been purchased back from a slaughterhouse following a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup. In March, the herd of 41 wild horses was rounded up by the BLM, using taxpayer funds, handed over to the the Wyoming Livestock Board and sold at auction to a Canadian slaughterhouse for human consumption abroad. The BLM claims everything they did was legal.

“If it’s legal then the law needs to change,” states Novak. “Americans love wild horses. They want to make sure they’re protected. Congress knows that and it’s time they represent the public who elected them into office—not interests who want to dispose of them.”

In 2004, former Montana Senator, Conrad Burns, added the Burns amendment to the Appropriations Act of 2005 without any public or Congressional discussion. The Burns amendment overruled many protections in the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. From that time forward, “unlimited sales” to slaughter has been legal.

Due to public outcry against selling wild horses for slaughter, the BLM uses middle men who sell the mustangs to the slaughterhouse. This time the scapegoat was the Wyoming Livestock Board, other times it’s men like Tom Davis. The 1,700 wild horses he purchased from the feds have never been accounted for. Advocates believe they went to slaughter in Mexico.

Public outcry over Tom Davis prompted BLM to revise their policy to avoid another fiasco in the future. A change in policy is not a change in law. It’s still legal for the BLM to allow slaughter and exportation of horse meat.

Out of the 41 wild horses rounded up on March 18th and 19th near Greybull, Wyoming, 37 were quickly sold to the slaughterhouse. 4 foals were saved by the co-owner of the auction house and later transferred to advocates. Protect Mustangs jumped in later on April 2nd to save the other 37 wild horses from being slaughtered. Chances were slim they would find any alive.

Boone and Novak quickly learned that a group of 23 mares and stallions had already perished. The two managed to prevent the last 14 orphaned wild youngsters from going to slaughter. The survivors are called the WY14. They range in age from 8 months to 2 years old.

“It’s a miracle we were able to get them out,” says Boone. “I can’t believe the EPA, in 2012, designated our wild horses as pests—especially when the horse originated in America.”

“American free-roaming wild horses are a returned-native species who contribute to the thriving natural ecological balance,” explains Novak. “They have value on the range because they reduce the risk of wildfires, reverse desertification and with climate change that’s really important.”

For generations, free-roaming wild horses lived in family bands north of Greybull and close to a former herd area called Dry Creek/Foster Gulch that was zeroed out in 1987 to make room for extractive uses such as bentonite mining.

In 1971 there were 339 wild herds in the West, but now there are only 179 left in all 10 western states combined.

Today the Bighorn Basin is preparing for another extractive boom but this time it’s about fracking for oil and gas with right-of-way corridors to service those fields. Is this why the small herd of 41 wild horses was suddenly ripped off public land?

The feds maintain the 41 wild horses were not wild even though they lived wild and free for generations.

Curiously reports have surfaced that a bucking string made up of wild mustangs was turned out by their original owner more than 40 years ago. If it could be proven these wild horses were on public land in 1971, they would be protected under the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act. The BLM claims the horses have been there for only 40 years not 43.

“It’s horrible for tourism that the State of Wyoming would allow this sort of thing,” states Boone. “The beauty of the Bighorn Basin is like no other place on earth but it won’t be the same now that these wild horses are gone.”

Go to to help the WY14 with your donation. Protect Mustangs is a California nonprofit based in San Francisco.

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Media Contacts:

Anne Novak, 415.531.8454

Tami Hottes, 618.790.4339

Photos, video and interviews available upon request

Links of interest™:

Cody Enterprise: ‘Some’ horses avoid slaughter

AP (Viral): Feds draw criticism for selling Wyoming horses for slaughter

Sons of Anarchy’s Bobby Elvis wants to save 37 American wild horses

The horse and burro as positively contributing returned-natives in North America

Native wild horses: 

Wild horse overpopulation myth debunked:

Washington Post (Viral) U.S. looking for ideas to help manage wild-horse overpopulation

Huffington Post: Advisory board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses

Westword: Callie Hendrickson, allegedly pro-slaughter appointee to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Advisory Board member endorses slaughter

BLM and wild horse slaughter:

Video footage of helicopter roundups:

PEER: BLM doesn’t track cattle on Public land

2012 EPA Pesticide Information for Fertility Control

ProPublica: All the missing horses: What happened to the wild horses Tom Davis bought from the gov’t?

Princeton University: Wildlife and cows can be partners, not enemies, in the search for food

Princeton and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Population Growth Study shows BLM roundups increase population growth

Horseback Magazine: Group takes umbridge at use of the word “feral”

Petition to Defund and Stop the Roundups:

Petition for a Moratorium on roundups for recovery and scientific studies:

Wyoming tourism “Roam Free”:

Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (Bighorn Basin)

KLS News BLM horses seized in suspected slaughter ring (Aug. 5, 2011)

Washington Post: The Story of Conrad Burns and Wild Horses

Christian Science Monitor and cross-posted by The Seattle Times (March 2, 2005) Law allows slaughter of wild horses for meat  by Brad Knickerbocker

Now, a law signed by President Bush will allow the slaughter and export of horse meat form thousands of wild horses. Horse lovers are urging reversal of the measure, which slipped into a recent federal appropriations bill by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.

Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act

Mark Boone Junior:

Anne Novak:  and Protect Mustangs educates, protects and preserves native and wild horses. The nonprofit conservation group strives for a 10 year moratorium on roundups and science-based holistic land management to reduce global warming.


BREAKING NEWS: Sons of Anarchy’s Bobby Elvis wants to save 37 iconic wild horses

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Horse advocates will protest roundups at BLM Advisory Board meeting April 14 in Sacramento

Los Angeles, Ca. (April 2, 2014)–Mark Boone Junior, who plays Bobby Elvis in Sons of Anarchy, is working with Anne Novak at Protect Mustangs, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, to get 37 Wyoming wild horses including 2 colts from a Canadian slaughterhouse before they are slaughtered for human consumption abroad.

“We hope we can get them before they slaughter them,” explains Boone. “Wild horses are a national treasure and we want them back.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not notify wild horse groups about the helicopter roundup. Instead they handed over 41 free-roaming wild horses, including 6 youngsters, to the Wyoming Livestock Board who quickly sold these living icons of freedom at auction. 4 foals were purchased a Montana buyer to save them. 37 wild horses including 2 youngsters were purchased by a Canadian slaughterhouse.

“If we had known what was going on, we would have bought the wild horses directly from the Wyoming livestock board and put them in a safe place,” explains Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “Why didn’t the BLM notify horse protection groups that the free-roaming wild horses were going to be rounded up and sold?”

The Wyoming 41 were a small herd roaming east of US 310 between Lovell and Greybull, Wyoming. They were likely descendants of the Foster Gulch/Dry Creek Herd Area that was zeroed out in 1987 to make room for other uses. In 1971 there were 339 wild herds in the West, but today there are only 179 left in all 10 western states combined.

Despite spin created by the BLM and industrial interests who don’t want to share the land with federally protected wild horses, the truth is that they are gravely underpopulated. The National Academy of Sciences reported there is no evidence of overpopulation in 2013. Therefore, Secretary Jewell’s push to control population is unnecessary.

Independent estimates report only 21,354 wild horses are left in the wild while there are approximately 240,000-480,000 heads of livestock in wild horse and burro areas. As a result of roundups more than 48,000 wild horses are warehoused in captivity at taxpayer expense. Native wild horses should be returned to the original herd management areas established in 1971.

A 13-year study of wild herds done by the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros working with Princeton University shows wild horse herds with functional social structures contribute to low herd growth compared to BLM-managed herds.

In the wild, the majority of herds need to recover from recurring roundups so they can self-regulate. Protect Mustangs is calling for a 10 year moratorium on roundups for recovery and scientific studies. Their petition to Secretary Jewell is here:

Since the EPA categorized native wild horses as pests in 2012, to pass the restricted use pesticide and immunocontraceptive known as PZP, the BLM doesn’t care to notify the public about roundups on public land outside of herd management areas. These horses are sent off to auction and are purchased for probable slaughter.

The public is furious to learn the BLM rounded up free-roaming wild horses–using taxpayer funds–with no public input on the roundup. The Wyoming 41 should have been tested to see if they were descendants of the Foster Gulch/Dry Creek Herd not just handed over to the livestock board and sold off to a slaughter company.

A protest is being planned in reaction to BLM’s slaughter-friendly policies and the clandestine Wyoming 41 roundup at the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Sacramento April 14-15.

“Americans are outraged that their tax dollars are being used to chase iconic wild horses from freedom into the chambers of death–so they can be a eaten abroad,” states Novak.

If anyone has any information about clandestine roundups or removals please contact Protect

Protect Mustangs educates, protects and preserves native and wild horses. The nonprofit conservation group strives for a 10 year moratorium on roundups for recovery and science-based holistic land management to reduce global warming.

“With this latest action, the Bureau of Land Management seems to feel that they can act with impunity and these fabulous animals should never be passed to a middleman for sale to foreign markets who wish to devour a spirit that exists only in these animals, only on our nation’s lands,” says Boone. “Wild horses are now wrongfully designated as “pests” so that they may be pursued and cleared from lands, so that those very same lands may be used solely by corporate interests (fracking, mining, and ranching) supported by tax dollars by the Department of the Interior. We need to stop this momentum now.”

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Media Contacts:

Anne Novak, 415.531.8454

Kerry Becklund, 510.502.1913

Photos, video and interviews available upon request

Links of interest™:

Footage of helicopter roundups:

Celebrities speak out against wild horse roundups:

BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting April 14-15 in Sacramento:

Washington Post (Viral) U.S. looking for ideas to help manage wild-horse overpopulation

The Horse Magazine, BLM Seeks Ideas on Wild Horse Management

San Jose Mercury News, Associated Press, Nevada farm bureau, counties sue over wild horses

Nevada Appeal by Scott Sonner, Associated Press (viral): Horse roundups waste money

Huffington Post: Advisory board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses:

Callie Hendrickson, allegedly pro-slaughter appointee to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board:

Advisory Board member endorses slaughter:

BLM and the slaughtering wild horses:

BLM doesn’t track cattle on Public land:

EPA Pesticide Information for ZonaStat-H

National Academy of Sciences report: Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program

Rallies held in 50 states to drum up opposition to roundups, slaughter–Wild-Horses-Rallies

ProPublica: All the missing horses: What happened to the wild horses Tom Davis bought from the gov’t?

Princeton University: Wildlife and cows can be partners, not enemies, in the search for food

International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Study:

Horseback Magazine: Group takes umbridge at use of the word “feral”

Petition to Defund and Stop the Roundups:

Petition for a Moratorium on roundups for recovery and scientific studies:

Wyoming tourism “Roam Free”:

Anne Novak on Twitter:

Protect Mustangs’ press releases:

Protect Mustangs in the news:

America’s native wild horses:



Sons of Anarchy’s Bobby Elvis will 37 Wildpferde vor der Schlachtung retten!

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Pferdeschützer protestieren gegen die Roundups auf dem BLM Advisory Board Treffen am 14. April in Sacramento.

Los Angeles, Kalifornien. 2. April 2014. – Mark Boone Junior, Dasteller des “Bobby Elvis” in “Sons of Anarchy”, arbeitet zusammen mit “Protect Mustangs”, einer profitfreien Organisation in San Francisco, um 37 Wyominger Wildpferde, inklusive 2 Hengsten eines kanadischen Schlachthauses zu kaufen bevor sie für die Lebensmittelindustrie im Ausland geschlachtet werden.
“Wir hoffen wir können die Pferde kaufen, bevor sie mit der Schlachtung beginnen,” erklärt Boone. “Wildpferde sind ein nationaler Schatz und wir wollen sie zurück haben.”

Das Bureau of Land Management (BLM) benachrichtigte keine Wildpferdeschutzgruppen über den Hubschrauber-Roundup. Stattdessen brachten sie 41 freilebende Wildpferde, inklusive 6 Jungpferden, zum Wyoming Livestock Board, wo sie diese lebenden Symbole der Freiheit auf Auktionen verkaufen wollen. 4 Fohlen wurden von einem Montana Käufer gerettet. 37 Wildpferde, inklusive 2 Jungpferden, wurden vom Schlachthaus Bouvry Export von Fort Mcload in Alberta, Kanada, ersteigert.

“Wenn wir gewusst hätten was vorgeht, hätte wir die Wildpferde direkt vom Wyoming Livestock Board gekauft und sie an einen sicheren Ort gebracht,” erklärt Anne Novak, Leiterin des Protect Mustangs. “Warum hat die BLM keine Pferdeschützer benachrichtigt, das die Wildpferde zusammengetrieben und versteigert werden sollen?”

Die Wyoming 41 waren eine kleine Herde die zwischen Lovell und Greybull, Wyoming lebte. Sie waren wie Nachkommen der Foster Gulch/ Dry Creek Herde, welche 1987 ausgerottet wurde, um Land für andere Zwecke frei zu machen. 1971 gab es 339 Wildpferdeherden im Westen, doch heute bestehen nurnoch 179 Herden in allen 10 Weststaaten zusammen.

Aufgrund der Gegner, bestehend aus der BLM und industriellen Interessen welche ihr Land nicht mit staatlich geschützten Wildpferden teilen wollen, ist die Wahrheit das die Wildpferde verheerend niedrig populiert sind.

Die National Academy of Scienses (nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften) belegte das es keinen Beweis für eine Überpopulation in 2013 gibt. Aufgrunddessen ist Secretary Jewell’s Druck der Populationskontrolle nicht gerechtfertigt oder von Nöten.

Unabhängige Schätzungen befürchten das nur noch 21.354 Pferde in der Wildnis leben, wärend sich etwa 240.000 – 480.000 Stück Vieh in wilden Pferde- und Eselgebieten aufhalten.

Ein Ergebnis der Roundups ist das mehr als 48.000 Wildpferde auf Kosten der Steuerzahler gelagert werden.

Einheimische Wildpferde sollten zurückkehren, in die ursprünglichen Populationsareale, welche 1971 gegründet worden.

Eine 13-jährige Wildpferdestudie welche von der internationalen Gesellschaft für den Schutz der Mustangs und Esel in Zusammenarbeit mit der Princeton University durchgeführt wurde, zeigt das Wildpferdeherden mit funktionellen sozialen Strukturen im Vergleich zu BLM-gesteuerten Herden einen sehr niedrigen Wachstum aufweisen.

Die majestetischen Herden der Wildnis brauchen Schutz vor den wiederkehrenden Roundups, damit sie sich erholen können. Protect Mustangs ruft auf für einen 10-jährigen Aufschub der Roundups im Sinne der Erholung und wissenschaftlicher Studien.

Seit die EPA die einheimischen Pferde 2012 als Plage kategorisiert hat, um die eingeschränkte Verwendung von Pestiziden und Immunokontrazeptiven zu umgehen, kümmert sich die BLM nicht mehr um die Benachrichtigung des Folkes über die Roundups außerhalb der Populationsareale.

Diese Pferde werden zu Auktionen gesendet und zu großer Wahrscheinlichkeit an Schlachter verkauft.

Die Öffentlichkeit ist wütend darüber, zu erfahren das die BLM freilebende Wildpferde – mit Nutzung von Steuergeldern – ohne öffentliche Aufklärung eingefangen hat.

Die Wyoming 41 hätten auf Verwandtschaft mit den Foster Gulch/ Dry Creek Herden getestet werden müssen, und nicht einfach zu Auktionen gebracht und an Schlachter versteigert werden dürfen.

Ein Protest ist in Planung, als Reaktion auf die schlachterunterstützende Politik und die heimlichen Roundups des BLM und soll stattfinden auf den Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Treffen in Sacramento, welches am 14. und 15. April stattfindet.

“Die Amerikaner sind empört das ihre Steuergelder dazu genutzt werden die Wildpferde von der Freiheit in die Kammern des Todes zu treiben – nur damit sie im Ausland verwertet werden können.”, so Novak.

Wenn jemand Informationen irgendeiner Art über die heimlichen Roundups oder Entfernung der Mustangs hat, kontaktieren sie bitte

Protect Mustangs informiert, schützt und bewahrt einheimische und wilde Pferde. Die gemeinnützige und profitfreie Organisation strebt nach einem 10-jährigen Aufschub der Roundups, für die Erholung und wissenschaftsbasierendes ganzheitliches Landmanagement um die globale Erwärmung zu reduzieren.

“Mit dieser letzten Aktion scheint das Bureau of Land Management zu denken das sie ungestraft handeln können. Diese fabelhaften Tiere sollten niemals zu irgendwelchen Zwischenhändlern gebracht und an den ausländischen Markt verkauft werden, wo der Geist der nur in diesen Geschöpfen, nur in unseren heimischen Ländern existiert, verschlungen wird.”, sagt Boone. “Wilde Pferde sind fälschlicherweise als Pest ausstaffiert worden, sodass sie gejagt und vom Land entfernt werden sollen, damit genau diese Länder aus Unternehmungsinteressen (unter anderem Bergbau und Viehzucht), unterstützt von Steuergeldern, verwendet werden können. Wir müssen diesen Impuls jetzt stoppen.”


Thanks to MF for the translation.