Ecologist sounds alarm–wild horses and burros are disappearing in the West

PM Photo Craig Downer

Concern for Montgomery Pass Wild Horse Territory (Inyo National Forest, CA) and Marietta Wild Burro Range (Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District Office, NV) and for Wild Horses and Burros Everywhere

By Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist

December 31st, 2014

During the 28th and 29th of December of present eventful 2014 (just reported by ABC News to have been the warmest year for planet Earth in human recorded history), I made my way south from where I live near Minden, Nevada, to one of the most spectacular and dramatic spots on Earth. This lies just east of the mighty Sierra Nevada mountains and Mammoth Lakes, just south of the surreal, vast, salty Mono Lake, and just to the west and north of the august White Mountains, home to some of the oldest living trees on Earth: the Bristlecone Pines, whose ancient presence can be palpably felt.

Since I was a boy, I have been coming to this intriguing place … to soak in its profuse and invigorating mineral waters, to thrill in beholding and even climbing its hoary, dramatically rising mountain tops, etc., etc., over and over again throughout the years, that now seem to spin by so rapidly. And it is unnerving to realize that these magnificent landscapes are underlain by a vast and deep pool of molten magma that reaches very near the surface here, causing many tremors and ground swells. Indeed, the Mono Craters I pass by coming south between Lee Vining, CA, and Benton Hot Springs, CA, were recently active, geologically speaking, and could again erupt at any time. California State Route 120 assumes a roller-coaster effect about midway between US Highway 395 on the west and US Highway 6 on the east due to the unpredictable surgings and subsidings of this vast, molten pool close under the Earth, as my nephew Dr. Chris Sanders discovered during his Ph.D. work at Cal Tech University. At 13,141 feet elevation a.s.l., Boundary Peak in the White Mountains is the tallest in Nevada. The ecosystem here is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada to the west, one of whose peaks: Mount Whitney at 14,414 feet is the highest in the lower 48 states. So It is little wonder that the prevailing storms coming off the Pacific Ocean to the west dump most of their rain in California while what remains of the clouds lightly pass over Nevada and the rest of the Great Basin on their way to the Rocky Mountains. This makes for an austere desert with low precipitation of ca. 8 inches on average per year, higher in the mountains and lower in the valleys; and there is a gradation, or ecological transition, from mountain alpine meadow, to forest to semi forest-bush slopes to dry, sparsely bush-and grass-covered valleys in this “ecotonal” transition zone.

It is an exciting place to be for anyone consciously attuned to the vast dramas Nature plays out here and a perfect habitat for the returned North American native horse and burro species, certain individuals of which have reverted to their wild, naturally living way of life on their not-too-distant ancestors’ home stomping grounds of countless generations. Indeed, they are like the very reincarnations of these – and who is to say they may not be in truth be just such returning presences?

These are not ruminant digesters, but post-gastric, or caecal, digesters, and their feces contribute greatly to the ecosystem both by adding more vital humus and more intact, germinable seeds of a greater variety of plant species when compared to that/those contributed by the ruminant grazers here of the bovid (cattle, sheep) and cervid (deer, elk) mammal families.

Horse and burro fossils including petrified tracks in this area are found in great abundance and date from recent times to a few or even many millions of years Before Present. Indeed, I have discovered a petroglyph of a horse without rider that I judge to be between one and three thousand years old, based on the patina of weathering on the hard rock surface and similarly dated petroglyphs of spirals, bighorn sheep, snakes, etc., found nearby. I took care to document it again with my digital camera. It is Figure 1 in the 2014 edition of my book: The Wild Horse Conspiracy (www.amazon.com/dp/1461068983).

In February, 2010, I also trekked in to observe the ancient fossilized horse hoof prints in Death Valley National Park just to the south of here. Dating between 2-million and 3-million years, these occur alongside the tracks of such dramatic characters as the Dire Wolf, Sabre-Toothed Tiger/Cat, Thunder Bird, and Woolly Mammoth.

It is exasperating that neither Death Valley N.P. nor Inyo N.F, nor Carson City BLM give much emphasis to the wonderful significance of the returned native “equids” who are now reestablishing themselves. Indeed, the museum at the Furnace Creek Death Valley park visitors’ center makes no mention of the horse, burro, or zebra ancestors who lived here for millions of years and up until relatively recent times; and the policy of this and other national parks is to eliminate all wild horses and burros who “stray” into their jurisdictional lands. I expose this gross injustice in my book and go so far as to name the names of individual officials who are responsible. The greater truth concerning these wonderful presences who share planet Earth as home cannot continue to be mocked with impunity!

In December 2013, I visited both the Montgomery Pass wild horse herd and the Marietta wild burro herd and observed many more wild horses (ca. 60) in the Montgomery Pass Inyo USFS Territory than I did just recently. I also observed more wild horses here during my recent visit in mid-November 2014 in route to southern California. On December 28, 2014, I searched all along California Route 120 and all along US Highway 6 north of Benton, CA, and then again on the 29th of December I searched into Nevada clear to Montgomery Pass along Nevada State Highway 360. During both days, I encountered only one band of 8 wild horses just to the southwest of Montgomery Pass. They were above the valley floor and at the foot of the Pinyon-Juniper forest that lies below Boundary Peak, huddled together taking shelter from the cold, biting wind from the north. I was able to get a telescopic photo of them from across the valley (see photo). The only other wild horse I saw in this my most recent trip was a muscular, bright chestnut stallion with a broad white blaze on his face (see photo). He was alone and though I searched far and wide with my binoculars, I could not see any other horses near him. A year prior, I saw six times this number of wild horses! I hope these mustangs have relocated to another part of their year-round habitat and that they have not been illegally captured or killed.

The Montgomery Pass wild horse herd is documented to be naturally self-stabilizing and has not been “gathered,” or rounded up, by government-sponsored contractors – one of the few that claim this distinction. One contributory factor operating here is the high density of mountain lions, or puma, a predatory species that preys upon the wild horses and burros, particularly the very young, infirm, or the aged ones nearing the end of their individual life cycles. They act according to the age-old laws of natural selection, and, so, help to make these equid populations actually more fit for survival in the natural world when compared with the unnatural “take-all” ages and conditions of horses/burros that helicopter or water/bait trapping removals by both BLM and USFS perpetrate against these wonderful animals — all the while wasting many millions of dollars of tax-payer money each year. It would be better by far to employ the sane and well-founded principles of Reserve Design that I have described in Ch. IV of my book as well as in my scientific article of January 2014 (see www.thewildhorseconspiracy.org under Resources).

I am concerned that illegal takings of the Montgomery Pass wild horses may be occurring and recommend a closer monitoring of this herd. The public lands permitted livestock ranchers here receive the hog’s share of the grazing resources and this does not accord to the pure intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 where it clearly states that land where the wild horses and burros lived in 1971, meaning year-round occupied habitat, would be “devoted principally” to their welfare and benefit, not that of the ranchers, nor the big game hunters, nor the open-pit miners, energy developers, frackers, Off Road Vehicle racers, nor any other sort of disrupters of ecological harmony! Whether for short- or long-term profits, short- or long-term subsidies, or for maintaining a resource-squandering, consumerist lifestyle that is dis-attuned to the age-old cycles of Nature at any cost, it is simply not right to subvert the unanimously passed Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. This is its 43rd anniversary and it is high time that it be obeyed. To do so is in the wholesome interest of the General Public, and there are intrinsic natural values and ecological services at stake, including the great natural beauty of the wild ones themselves that must not be taken for granted. For what is life worth without such beauty?! These are values, my friend, that do in fact preserve the whole of life as one amazingly inter-communicating and inter-dependent community far into the Future.

As concerns the exquisite desert valley and western bounding, colorful Excelsior Mountains known as the Marietta Wild Burro Range (BLM), my two companions and I were able to observe a fair number of wild burros here and to obtain some fine photos (which see). However, the wild horse band I nearly always saw on the northern boundary north of the main entry road off Nevada Highway 360 was not observed nor were the band’s customary abundance of spoor (tracks and feces). The magnificent paint stallion was a real exemplar of equine aliveness and self-realization, with his handsome mares and offspring and all of their keen alertness, spontaneity, and cohesiveness to meet the challenge to survive, to carry on over the generations in this resource-sparse yet awesome desert environment. It is my New Year’s hope and prayer that these special mustangs, as well as those of the Montgomery Pass territory, are still alive and thriving, keeping out of harm’s way in a world that is being increasingly over-populated and overexploited – but not by them! They are very under-populated in relation to their vacant ecological niche here, yet these wild equids are the true restorers and healers of this life home. Needless to say, the over-population and the over-exploitation is by our own kind: humanity!

During the late afternoon of December 29th, while out by the Teel Marsh in the Marietta burro range, my two companions and I were observing a few of the remaining wild burros, when suddenly we were all – humans and burros alike – jolted by a series of 15 massive explosions. These came from an area just to the west of the Excelsior Mountains and to our west. Each detonation produced a series of deep, rumbling shock waves that penetrated not only our ears but our internal organs as well, causing them to vibrated violently and palpably, even with a little pain. And I seemed to hear the whole Earth groaning here. About every half-minute to minute, another such detonation would occur. As two large passenger jets simultaneously to the blasts passed overhead, we began to wonder whether this was the start of WWIII and the beginning of the end for life as we know it on Earth – the prophesized holocaust of the “latter days”. A large and wind-diffused cloud of dusty and debris rose 1,000’s of feet into the air, but fortunately no mushroom cloud appeared. We thought these violent explosions were caused by open-pit miners. This is an interest to which the BLM and USFS have given pretty much carte-blanche to do what they please on the public lands, except in wilderness areas, where, however, cattle and sheep hordes continue to be “grandfathered in” contrary to the true purpose of The Wilderness Act. And these domestic animals, though no fault of their own, are thus make to damage rare and threatened species and their habitats as well as the vital headwaters for all species concerned, including we people!

PM Photo Criag Downer Burro

I shall never forget the look of shock and worry on the faces of the wise, old burros whom we were observing when the terrible explosions went off; and I thought of all the intricately connected subterranean water flows and sources: seeps, streams, and springs that would be violently disrupted by these explosions, and of all the myriad micro-organisms, fungi, plants, and animals whose lives and interrelations would likewise be dealt a very harmful blow by these shameless violations and trespasses against the living world of Nature. And all in order to maintain an extravagant and wasteful modern life style by people who seem oblivious to all that they are destroying, who seem only bent on materialistic conquering and control of a living world they only superficially appreciate or have any respect for.

So, as the New Year 2015 is about to begin and as the Chinese Year of the Horse is now closing in around a month, my prayer and my resolution is to bring enlightened change to all life on Earth where it is most urgently needed: in the minds and hearts and wills of us people. For, while we are most clearly the cause of most problems in the world today, by the same token we are the solution to these same pressing and life-threatening problems. And we can start by increasing the allowed population of wild burros in the Marietta Range, for the arbitrarily set, so-called Appropriate Management Level of ca. 125 individuals is in no way a genetically viable population level (IUCN SSC Equine Specialist Group recommends 2,500 individuals for an equid population to be viable in nature), nor does such a population level begin to fill the natural niche of the burro in this vast desert area. By the way, the wild burro should be classified as an endangered species restoring itself in the land of its origin (see Ch. I of my book).

And much the same can be said of the Montgomery Pass wild horses on their legal Inyo USFS Territory. The ranchers here have to learn to share more of the resource and to release their stranglehold and monopoly on the public lands! So do the giant open-pit mining corporations. So do the big-game hunters. Both the ranchers and the hunters war against the natural predators and the U.S. as well as state and local governments spend millions of dollars each year, e.g. through U.S. Animal Control Service, to cater to pipe dreams for worldly power, control, and wealth. So many endangered Gray Wolves were killed last year in the U.S. after being delisted from Endangered status due to overweening human arrogance and ignorance, yet these interests will arrogantly proclaim that the wild horses or wild burros have no natural predators. How utterly hypocritical and how utterly false!

But let us not end on this note. To begin the New Year and in fulfillment of the Year of the Horse, let us stress what both can and should happen in the way of change. We humans can – in fact we must – transform our relation to “the Rest of Life”. We can learn to share the land and freedom with such magnificent animals as the horses and burros. They have done so much for us and truly we would not be living so high on the hog today were it not for their cooperation. We have what is called a “mutual symbiosis” (a mutually beneficial living together) with them that dates back thousands – I would daresay even millions – of years; and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. So what better way to repay this debit than by simply allowing them to be themselves, to carry on their age-old trajectory, to fill their niche and role in the world of Nature and life community in which they are true restorers and healers.

By the lofty grace of God, may this enlightened and beneficent transformation on the part of Man become a living reality right here and right now, in this life and in this world where the Fates have decreed we all live and unfold together. This is our shared home. This is our challenge … and this is my prayer.

Craig Downer, Wildlife Ecologist, President: Andean Tapir Fund (also dedicated to helping wild horses and burros), P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423. www.andeantapirfund.com, www.thewildhorseconspiracy.org ccdowner@aol.com, Director of Ecology and Conservation at Protect Mustangs.org

 

Australia: Stop killing wild horses. Clinton Wolf and RSPCA spin piece (graphic images)

Brumbies shot down and killed a few years ago at Frazier Downs. Why does the RSPCA support these cruel massacres? 

Tell the RSPCA to STOP endorsing the Brumby killings. “Aerial Cull” = Aerial Killing. They are shooting them down from helicopters. Recently the Lake Gregory Massacre killed thousands.

Contact the RSPCA here: http://www.rspca.org.au/contact-us

Brumby foal killed in Frazier Downs 2012

Brumby foal killed in Frazier Downs, Austalia 2012. Copyright protected. Courtesy Wild Horses Kimberley.

 

Read what the wild horse killers say and know that Clinton Wolf is a huge player in the extractive industry

“Clinton Wolf is the public face of the Martu people’s corporate campaign. He fronted mining executives in Fremantle this week, with a message that the traditional landowners are open for business.”

The real Clinton Wolf behind the Brumby massacre. Is he working to Frack Western Australia?

The real Clinton Wolf behind the Brumby massacre. Is he working to Frack Western Australia?

Shameful pro-kill spin piece is one-sided

Why didn’t they interview the wild horse advocates?

Cross-posted from The Bush Telegraph:

One of the country’s biggest horse culls has just been completed in the north of Western Australia, where more than 7000 brumbies have been shot from helicopters.

Feral horses are also aerially culled in the Northern Territory

But in Victoria and New South Wales this method is not an option, despite support from environmental groups and the RSPCA.

Author of the book Desert Lake, Kim Mahood, says feral horses are damaging fragile, arid landscapes.

“Lake Gregory is one of the most significant arid-zone wetlands in the southern hemisphere.”

Ms Mahood says, ironically, the cull is also needed to avert an animal welfare issue for the horses.

“The lake is lower than it’s been in ten years. It’s becoming very salty which means the horses are either poisoned by the salts or they move off to the handful of much smaller, fresh-water pools along Sturt Creek, at which point they start getting bogged and perishing in the waterways.”

Clinton Wolf is chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust that carried out the cull, and says this is a very complex and emotional issue.

“They’ve had a connection with these horses for 120 years … but you can’t have six to seven thousand horses running around,” Mr Wolf said.

“When there was no water, the horses were coming into the community where you have two and three year old kids walking around.”

Kim Mahood says the area is an Indigenous Protected Area and a pastoral lease, which complicates the situation.

And she says the cull was an environmental requirement to allow the traditional owners to hold on to their traditional protected areas.

“The 99-year leases are due to come up for renewal in 2015…and the Pastoral Lands Board has threatened to take away the leases if something isn’t done about the feral horses.

“In 2002 the feral horses were identified as one of the biggest environmental issues for the region.

“With that number of horses, it couldn’t possibly be functioning effectively as a cattle station.”

Clinton Wolf agrees.

“We want to have these stations up to scratch so when the Pastoral Lands Board comes around they’ll say ‘no, you’re not in breach anymore, well done’,” he said.

Feral horses are also in large numbers in the Northern Territory where they are regularly aerially culled.

Executive Director of Flora and Fauna at the Department of Land Resource Management in Northern Territory, Alaric Fisher says wild horses are treated the same as any other feral animals.

“The landscape is suffering from a lot of ferals – horses amongst them, as well as camels, donkeys, buffalo and cattle in some places.

“On some properties horses are out of control through lack of any systematic management.

“We’ve had a lot of experience of aerial culls particularly through the management of feral camels…and have taken those techniques and applied them to horses as well.

“It’s an absolute requirement that each animal is shot (at least) twice and then they fly back over the animals to ensure they’re all dead.

“The location of every shot animal is recorded on GPS and they’re inspected subsequently by a vet and the welfare outcomes are audited.

“No animals were wounded and left behind and the average time to death was eight seconds,” Mr Fisher said.

The veterinary report from the recent NT aerial cull stated:

While not aesthetically pleasing, the technique of helicopter shooting for feral horses allows a far shorter duration of suffering when compared to any other method proposed to manage the population.

The Victorian Government is in the process of developing a management plan for the brumbies in the Victorian high country.

A spokesman for the state Minister for Environment and Climate Change sent a statement on feral horses to Bush Telegraph.

The Victorian Government is focussing efforts on other measures available including the live removal and re-homing of horses and the euthanasia of captured horses in a controlled environment. 
Parks Victoria is developing the Victorian Alps Wild Horse Management Plan … The draft plan will soon be open for public comment.

Parks Victoria will provide final recommendations to the state government in 2014.
The RSPCA consistently supports aerially culling of wild horses and, in a submission to the Victorian Management Plan, accuses the Victorian Government of placing more importance on public perceptions than on animal welfare.

Parks Victoria prematurely and publically ruling out shooting will make it all the more difficult to now convince the public of the relative humanness of it. This situation could damage the reputation of Parks Victoria …and have adverse welfare impacts on the horses themselves.

Clinton Wolf, chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust in Western Australia

Kim Mahood, author of Desert Lake, published by CSIRO.

Alaric Fisher, Executive Director of Flora and Fauna at the Department of Land Resource Management, Northern Territory

See more evidence of Frazier Downs cruelty here: http://pindanpost.com/2012/11/27/control-of-unwanted-horses-shot-from-helicopters/#jp-carousel-24919

Indigenous vision for Kimberley irks Greens

FORMER ALP national president Warren Mundine and wealthy Perth dealmaker John Poynton are behind a plan to promote indigenous investment by building a $600 million port near the Kimberley town of Derby to service the massive offshore oil and gas industry.

But the plan could spark a fresh stoush with green groups over the industrialisation of the Kimberley, which boasts vast unexplored deposits of coal, bauxite, uranium and iron ore that could one day be shipped out through a new port.

A supply base at Point Torment, 30km north of Derby, would be aimed initially at servicing Woodside Petroleum’s planned $40 billion Browse liquefied natural gas project near Broome, which has attracted opposition from environmentalists who say the Kimberley should remain undeveloped.

West Australian Greens MP Robin Chapple said any development at Point Torment, which he described as a pristine piece of coastline, would be “another nail in the coffin for the Kimberley”.

Mr Chapple called on West Australian Premier Colin Barnett to reject the plan. “It flies in the face of what the Premier has said — that we wouldn’t have any further industrialisation of the Kimberley,” he said.

Mr Barnett has expressed support for a supply port to service the LNG industry at Point Torment, saying it should not be built at Broome because of the need to preserve the town’s tourism industry.

He told The Weekend Australian the government had held talks with firms with petroleum interests in the Browse Basin, off the Kimberley coast, to determine their interest in using Point Torment, but “in reality it will be a commercial decision which drives future development”.

Leading Perth-based investment bank Azure Capital, which is run by Mr Poynton, is behind the Point Torment plan. It is understood a Malaysian investment consortium has expressed an interest in helping to develop such a project.

The plan is being driven by an Azure director, indigenous leader Clinton Wolf, and forms part of the bank’s efforts to identify investment opportunities that would benefit Aborigines and involve them as shareholders.

A company called Point Torment Supply Base has been set up to examine the viability of building the facility. The directors are listed as Mr Mundine, Mr Poynton, Mr Wolf and fellow Azure Capital director Simon Price.

Mr Wolf said the plan was at a preliminary stage and would only go ahead if it was economically viable and was supported by traditional owners and other stakeholders.

But he said talks would be held soon to outline the proposal and get feedback from key players.

Mr Mundine, who chairs the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, said he believed a new supply base and port facility at Point Torment could help the development of the Kimberley’s huge mineral reserves.

He became a director because he wanted to ensure that any development benefited Aborigines. “This is about closing the gap, it’s about Aboriginal people having skin in the game,” he said. “This type of project needs to go ahead otherwise you will keep people in poverty.”

He said the Kimberley was bigger than most European countries and that Australia’s environmental laws were strong enough to ensure responsible development.

Shire of Derby president Elsia Archer said the town was desperate for a developer to build a port, which could also be used for the region’s live cattle exports.

A WA government report in 2005 identified Point Torment as a suitable site for heavy industry, suggesting it could be home to an alumina refinery, which would be underpinned by bauxite mining on the Mitchell Plateau in the northern Kimberley. It said the West Kimberley had deposits of diamonds, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, silver, nickel, uranium, coal, tin, mineral sands and onshore petroleum.

Oil company Buru Energy recently announced a major discovery in the Canning Basin area of the Kimberley, prompting WA Resources Minister Norman Moore to say last month he expected an exploration surge. But the viability of a supply base at Point Torment will be linked to whether Woodside and other LNG companies, including Shell and Japan’s Inpex, support it.

There is speculation that Shell plans to use ports in Broome and Darwin to support its Prelude LNG project, while Inpex is said to have settled on Darwin.

– See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/indigenous-vision-for-kimberley-irks-greens/story-fn9hm1pm-1226268282835#sthash.YhxLdHT9.dpuf

#BREAKING Photos of dead Brumbies (wild horses) killed by aerial slaughter in #Australia

Brumbies are Australian heritage wild horses. Witnesses found them shot and killed (Copyright protected)

Brumbies are Australian heritage wild horses. Witnesses found them shot and killed (Copyright protected)

 

Aerial slaughter kills thousands of Brumbies (wild horses) in Australia. Copyrighted photo.

Aerial slaughter kills thousands of Brumbies, heritage wild horses of Australia. (Copyrighted photo.)

 

Young Brumby shot from a helicopter in the massacre. Photo p-rotected under copyright.

Young Brumby shot from a helicopter in the massacre. Photo p-rotected under copyright.

 

Please check back as we are updating the page when the photos come in from Australia.

We welcome your comments. Please keep them clean so we can post them. Thanks for understanding.

Politely contact The Prime Minister of Australia, Honorable Tony Abbott and request he stop the killings http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Please help! Join the Thunderclap to Stop the Brumbie Killing: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/6098-stop-killing-brumbies?locale=en

Sign and share the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/258/184/025/stop-killing-the-brumbies/?z00m=20659573

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“The whole world is watching and outraged,” states Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs based in California. “Killing Australia’s heritage wild horses is shameful and needs to stop now!”

 

Special thanks to Libby Lovegrove and Lynette Sutton with boots on the ground across Australia working hard to save the brumbies.

Stop Killing Brumbies

Save the Brumbies

 

 

Australia’s wild horses, the brumbies, are being slaughtered by the thousands in aerial kills to make way for the natural gas industry to Frack and poison Australia’s land, water and air.

7000 brumbies were slaughtered from September to October 2013. Why? To industrialize the areas where the brumbies live in order to sell liquid natural to Asia for their mushrooming demand for electricity. The spin doctors justify the massacre by lying to the public.

 

Brumbies are Australian heritage wild horses. Witnesses found them shot and killed (Copyright protected)

Brumbies are Australian heritage wild horses. Witnesses found them shot and killed (Copyright protected)

 

Aerial slaughter kills thousands of Brumbies (wild horses) in Australia. Copyrighted photo.

Aerial slaughter kills thousands of Brumbies (wild horses) in Australia. Copyrighted photo.

 

 

The United States wants to be the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export leader with Russia and Australia right behind them. Meetings in Washington are happening now.

 

 

Natural gas fracking is putting your community at risk to EXPORT liquid natural gas. The export market will drive up natural gas prices at home. This is not gas for your car. LNG is used to make electricity instead of using clean solar power. The Asian demand for electricity is booming. Big Oil & Gas doesn’t want rooftop solar. They don’t care about the environment. They want to Frack and Sell. When your water is poisoned with Fracking chemicals they won’t care. Don’t be fooled.

See the movie GASLAND 2 to understand the environmental devastation caused by fracking for natural gas.

We request responsible stewardship of the land. Killing off thousands of wild horses in Australia or the United States to fast track energy development for export is heinous. Save the Brumbies now!

Take ACTION and tell your friends:

Politely contact The Prime Minister of Australia, Honorable Tony Abbott and request he stop the killings http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Please help! Join the Thunderclap to Stop the Brumbie Killing: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/6098-stop-killing-brumbies?locale=en

Sign and share the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/258/184/025/stop-killing-the-brumbies/?z00m=20659573

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Photo © Lynette Sutton

Photo © Lynette Sutton

Are they killing thousands of wild horses to frack northwestern Australia?

Photo James Marvin Phelps / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Photo James Marvin Phelps / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

 

“The global public is outraged that  Australia would condone mass killings of wild horses. Are they killing off thousands of horses so they can frack the land for oil and natural gas? We ask that the heinous killings cease immediately.” ~Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs.

 

Killing wild horses for Fracking?

 

An aerial cull of wild horses is taking place in the Kimberley

As seen on ABC Australia

The Aboriginal Lands Trust has begun an aerial cull of thousands of feral horses in the Kimberley.

A survey of Lake Gregory and the Billiluna Pastoral Station two months ago found about 6,000 feral horses.

The Trust says the animals are a risk to the environment and public health, and to comply with the law they have to go.

The Trust says an aerial cull is the most humane way to do that and has employed shooters in helicopters.

A plan to cull feral horses in the same area in 2010 was abandoned after a backlash from animal welfare advocates.

The state Opposition’s Lisa Baker has called for the cull to stop immediately.

“There’s babies, there’s foals whose mothers are shot who starved to death,” she said.

“This is not a civilised way of managing a population of horses.”

Ms Baker says traditional owners want to manage feral horse populations in other ways.

“They’re really cognisant of the fact that some of them will need to be euthanised, put down, whatever, but there is many opportunities for tourism, for breaking the horses in, and for using them more productively,” she said.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust says traditional owners have been consulted.

The area’s former Indigenous Protected Area co-ordinator, Wade Freeman, says other options were considered and ruled out.

“Too costly and not humane at all,” he said.

“We even tried the option of darting and putting horses to sleep but when you’re looking at numbers of up to 10,000 it’s just not viable.”

Links of interest™:

Petition: Stop Killing the Brumbies!    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/258/184/025/stop-killing-the-brumbies/

Original Article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-30/aerial-cull-of-horses-to-take-place-in-the-kimberley/5057208

The Canning Basin in Australia’s isolated Kimberley may be one of the largest unconventional natural gas finds outside the United States. http://grenatec.com/canning-basin-natural-gas-and-australias-kimberley/

Aerial cull in Kimberley region of Australia http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/10/31/aerial-horse-cull-kimberley-region-australia/#axzz2jEuPty9A

Mixed news to Canning Basin decision: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-09/mixed-news-to-canning-basin-decision/4678898 “Shale gas fracking can’t be divorced from the risk of serious water contamination and serious air pollution.”

Western Australia introduces Canning Basin Development Bill: http://www.lngworldnews.com/western-australia-introduces-canning-basin-development-bill/

Canning Basin Bill marks new chapter of gas development: http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/5183/canning-basin-bill-marks-new-chapter-of-gas-develo.aspx

Oilex expands onshore Canning Basin oil and gas acreage: http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/49061/oilex-expands-onshore-canning-basin-oil-and-gas-acreage-49061.html

Oilex gets 2 blocks in Canning Basin: http://www.naturalgasasia.com/oilsex-expands-in-canning-basin-in-western-australia “According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Canning Basin has the largest unconventional hydrocarbon potential in Australia.”

Key Petroleum: Canning Basin focus to unlock shareholder value: http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/30893/key-petroleum-canning-basin-focus-to-unlock-shareholder-value-30893.html

Hydraulic Fracturing in Australia’s Northern Territory Protect Mustangs Hydraulic_Fracturing_in_Australia_draft

Land Rights Controversy: The Case of the Australian Aborigines Protect Mustangs UP149.001.00009.00011.archival

Agreements, treaties, negotiated settlements project http://www.atns.net.au/default.asp

MAC_EP_AppendixKCulturalAndHeritageSubPlan

Petroleum Prospectivity of the Eastern Canning Basin, WA BRUMBY Canning_Prospectivity_Report_Final_Updated_July06

GASLAND 2:  www.Gaslandthemovie.com

GASLAND 2 in Australia:

 

 

 

Why would the Navajo government support the slaughter of the sacred wild horse?

The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song as to why there is such a horse.” — Leland Grass

 

By Leland Grass, Dine’

 

I don’t understand why our own Navajo Nation Gov’t President Ben Shelly, Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize and  Dine’ Horseback TrailRider bosses support the killing of wild horses to slaughter house after they are rounded up. In dine’ culture, The horses are the one help us dine’ through struggles to extreme survival from pulling our wagons, hoe, plow our cornfields and even help us through tough drought to haul waters to sheep camps, even fed us from trading posts. The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song why their is such a horse. Round them up and support the evil way of genocide of our mother earth holy being connect with nature elements- spiritual connection displaced in process of elimination. The BIA is the one blame for drought, not dine people and its animals and wildlife. BIA hurt our prayers and way of life in 1930’s and it continues, omen our lands. Do you see any USDA Agriculture near any of our chapter houses. NO! BIA stole our agriculture way of life from Navajo land and gave us Chapter Houses instead. All you Dine’ horseback Bosses and riders i have seen your horses you rode in, they are same being just like the other in wild but tamed, when you pray you not only praying for your every own horse but others too. Why do you carry Horse Song (or even ask for horse song in your trail ride event) and want to kill numerous horses of your land that is sacred to all living. Today, early Tomorrow morning, go to your beautiful horse and ask why he is sacred the answer gong be come back how you treat him with this you going make your decision if you going kill his ego as you will support the cause. Call Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture for more details 928-871-6605 or other Contacts web-link below. or All you every day people make a request to stop all horse slaughter and make the round up for training schools for youth and even rehab on dine’Tah- give it back to the land. No killing of our sacred animals. Believe me our dine’ elders and medicine people don’t want the killings. This was one of the talks during a traditional meeting at Black mesa near below Peabody.

 

We Dine’ riders have done good for Ben Shelly to get elected for previous presidential Election , we did it with a horse prayer and to ceremony with our horses so he could win. today, he completely took sides on a matter further away from our wants and needs- with that we are backing away our songs and prayer from Indian Gov’t politic rides any longer. we have learned.  Leland Grass

the Lastest on horse slaughter on Dine’ Land.
NEWPAPERS Article Link:
(Copy the weblink below and paste it on your web browser).
http://navajotimes.com/news/2013/0813/080813hor.php

Write or call NN President  Ben Shelly: Address:
Post Office Box 7440
Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-7000 Fax: (928) 871-4025

The Honorable M. Christina Armijo
United States Courthouse
333 Lomas Blvd. N.W., Ste 760
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102
Chambers’ Phone: (505) 348-2310
Chambers’ Fax: (505) 348-2315

“NO wildhorse slaughter from holy being (the sacred land) of Dine’ Tah’ (around/with in Dine’ land)!”

Leland Grass is from Betatkin, Az in the heartland of Navajo Indian Reservation. He grow up around Livestock’s, elder’s, and Medicne men and women of Dine’ People. He is currently a younger pro-tem for next “Ho’ya’ni’ ” (Man subdue disharmony to become vigilant one) for 12 Traditional Headsmen Council of Na’hoo’ka’ Dine’  (Earth Surface People). A ole’ traditional council made out of Medicine men long ago before peace treaty of 1868 with United States Government. His Indigneous Kinship, and Clanship are Deshcheenie Dine’i (Red Streak Clan), Born for Todacheenie Dine’i’ (Bitterwater Clan), and Grandfathers are Lokai Dine’i’ (Reed Clan). He is  traditional circle dance Singer. And following the steps as traditional practitioner. of the Dine’ Elders and Medicine peoples. In his timely effort with the nature, he horseback ride for traditional ceremonies, ceremonial Horseback trail rides and also put a ceremony ride together to protect the sacred area of dine’ tah’ (Among Dine).