On Friday April 12, Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs™, asked a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee a simple facility question. She wanted to know the mortality rate of captured wild horses at the Palomino Valley facility since January 1, 2013.
Rather than provide an easy transparent answer, the employee dismissed her request and told Novak to contact the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office.
Novak copied many advocates and members of the media on her second and third request for mortality rate information. She is concerned about the obvious lack of transparency in the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.
The wild horse and burro advocate community now wants to know how many have died at the facility since the beginning of the year. Several advocates have sent the BLM employee emails as a result of his refusal to share basic facility information.
Esteemed advocates and members of the public have contacted their elected officials to request government transparency and an answer to Novak’s question.
Members of the greater public are wondering why the BLM is hiding the mortality rate. The big questions are spreading on social media: “What is the BLM hiding? How many died at Palomino Valley since January 1, 2013?”
Below is Novak’s third request:
April 17, 2013
Kindly provide a written response to my simple question from April 12th. You will find the whole email stream on our website as well as below:
How many horses died at the facility since Jan 1, 2013?
Thank you for your prompt assistance.
CC list includes Stacy Peters, Palomino Valley employee and others
BC list undisclosed
San Francisco Bay Area
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