Craig Downer endorses Anne Novak and Protect Mustangs

PM Craig Downer by Rona Aguilar

Testifying to integrity of Anne Novak and Protect Mustangs’ program for wild horses including rescued Wyoming 14

February 23, 2016

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known and worked with Anne Novak since 2009
and can testify to her integrity concerning the wild horses,
and to the integrity of her non-profit organization: Protect Mustangs.

She appreciates the great importance of maintaining the
natural vigor of wild horses in the wild. This includes keeping their lineages
reproductively intact. She has valiantly exposed the
hypocrisy of those who go along with partially or fully
sterilizing unique remnant populations of wild horses,
such as the group known as the Wyoming 14, which
she rescued from kill buyers. I have visited these horses
and consider them to be like the Indian ponies whose
numbers were extremely decimated in order to undermine
the original Native American culture and more nature-oriented
and nature-respecting way of life.

Ms. Novak’s organization Protect Mustangs
has courageously exposed the serious detriments of PZP administrations
on wild horse individuals and herds by citing and explaining scientific
investigations and publications that factually call these into question.
Also, she has currently exposed BLM’s plans to fund population control
experiments on pregnant mares and other wild horses, such as GonaCon™
and various methods of surgical sterilization. These are very much contrary
to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.
I have been involved with the Wyoming 14 project since it’s
inception and have earlier observed and photographed these wild
horses and advised Protect Mustangs on their condition and care.
I recommend that they be genetically tested in order to document their
unique heritage and to support their future protection.
I hope that they and their descendants can be reintroduced
into the wild in or near the area from which they were so thoughtlessly
removed. This would help restore the great
herds in this ecosystem where they possess generations
of natural adaptation. As an ecologist, generations of natural adaptation
is something I very much value and defend.

Finally, I would like to add that I have worked positively
with Anne Novak and her organization Protect Mustangs
and continue to do so at present. Contrary to rumors, there
is no “falling out” between us and I look forward to working
with Protect Mustangs to restore true integrity to our great
nation’s wild horse and burro program. This signifies restoring
the legal herds in their legal herd areas (BLM) and territories
(US Forest Service) as reproductively intact populations
at truly long-term viable levels and with minimal interference,
as accords with the basic mandate of the law. To this end and
as a professional wildlife ecologist, I am proposing a Reserve
Design approach that will also result in naturally self-stabilizing
population in the wild, free from gruesome chemical or surgical tampering.
This will truly obey the core mandate of the Wild Free-
Roaming Horses and Burros Act (contact me for more information).
I know that Anne Novak and her organization Protect Mustangs share
this wonderful and caring vision for the wild horses and burros with me.

Sincerely,

Craig C. Downer

Wildlife Ecologist
President: Andean Tapir Fund/Wild Horse and Burro Fund
P.O. Box 456
Minden, NV 89423

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WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

 

Help create the eco-sanctuary for American wild horses

Contact Anne Novak at 415-531-8454 or by email via Contact@ProtectMustangs.org if you would like to help create the Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary for education and outreach close to San Francisco. This will be the permanent home for the WY14, Blondie, Tibet, Lennox, Amore, Sol & Val

Below are some photos of the group of wild horses known as the WY14–wild horses rescued back from the slaughterhouse in 2014 by Mark Boone Junior and Anne Novak.

 

 

 

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

 

 

 

 

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Ghost Dancer arrives in California

Ghost Dancer arrives in California

 

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Below are the Wild Horse Ambassadors who will have close contact with people at the Eco-Sanctuary

 

Amore was recently rescued front he Oklahoma kill pen. She was a riding horse.

AMORE Kill Pen with Braids

 

 

 

Lennox was rescued from the Fort Mc Dermitt roundup and slaughter auction in Fallon, Nevada in 2013

 

 

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Tibet and Blondie were both yearlings facing their 3rd Strike and were saved

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Blondie & Tibet Jan 5 2013

 

 

Blondie Tibet Oct 27 2013

 

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Blondie & Brownie at BLM Litchfield corral with Inez Sept. 2012

Blondie & Brownie at BLM Litchfield corral with Sept. 2012

 

 

Val and Sol are from the Twin Peaks HMA and were saved as weanlings when BLM was selling truckloads of wild horses to kill buyers. Some scoundrels were collecting young ones to live ship for foal sashimi in Asia.

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Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.




Urgent Hay drive for WILD HORSES (WY14) rescued from the slaughterhouse

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Help bring hay to wild horses 

URGENT: They have forecasted MORE SNOW Sunday! We can’t buy a big load of hay until the WY14’s goal is met here: https://www.gofundme.com/WY14WinterHay It’s getting close to the halfway mark. Please help with a donation to FEED the Dry Creek WY14 this Winter. Your donations are tax-deductible and will make a direct impact on the lives of the youngsters rescued back from the slaughterhouse.

Thank you for being part of the WY14 Rescue Mission.! Protect Mustangs is 100% volunteer so every dollar counts and they all add up to help the youngsters eat and stay warm in the snow.

If you would like to make a donation by www.PayPal.com please send it to Contact@ProtectMustangs.org

Or send a check by mail to:
Protect Mustangs
PO Box 5661
Berkeley, CA. 94705

Thank you for your hay donation to feed them so they can stay warm in the freezing winter nights.

The WY14 love you and know you are helping them. They send their heartfelt gratitude and blessings.

Remember sharing is caring.

With love,
Anne

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org

HELP the WY14 raise their September pasture board

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The WY14 are 14 young wild horses from Wyoming who were rescued from Bouvry’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE yard. They need HELP to stay in their new pasture! $2,500 is due for the September board. Please DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/wh2r5mr8 They need to raise the money so it can be dispersed before the 1st. This is the first time since the CRUEL BLM Roundup that the WY14 have had any sense of freedom to choose where they go. They are healing front he trauma of the roundup and loss of their families. Thank you for helping to set things right for these survivors.

 

BRAVE is a member of the WY14 rescued front he slaughterhouse

BRAVE is a member of the WY14 rescued front he slaughterhouse

 

WY14 grazing for the first time in the new pasture since the slaughter-bound roundup

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

Seeking a place to gentle 14 wild horses rescued from slaughter

 

In the next phase of the WY14 Rescue Mission, Protect Mustangs needs to gentle, feed and care for 14 Wyoming wild horses who were rescued back from the slaughterhouse last year and who will live at the Eco-Sanctuary in about 12 months once it is completed. Please contact Anne Novak, Executive Director via email at Contact@ProtectMustangs.org or by phone at 415-531-8454 if you have any leads for places in the Bay Area. Thank you!

Reprint: National Treasures Saved From Slaughterhouse

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

Roundup results in death of 23 American wild horses

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (Protect Mustangs)—Against all odds, Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins & Sons of Anarchy) with 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 duo managed to prevent the last 14 orphaned wild youngsters from going to slaughter. The survivors are called the WY14. These wild horses range 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.”

“We are grateful we saved the WY14.” says Novak. “Now we need financial help to bring them to California and start their new lives.”

Go to www.ProtectMustangs.org to help the WY14 with your donation.

Reprinted from Horseback Magazine

SHARE it’s URGENT: Help Move & Feed the WY14, Rescued from the Slaughterhouse

Ghost Dancer arrives in California

Ghost Dancer arrives in California

Their parents were all slaughtered after the roundup…

Now the WY14’s new destination has fallen through!

We rescued these 14 wild youngsters back from the slaughterhouse after the brutal BLM roundup in 2014. Horseback Magazine reported on National treasures saved from the slaughterhouse http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/28702

Today they are 2-3 years old plus 2 miracle foals who were born despite the papas being slaughtered. The small herd has finished wintering at the layover and they need to be moved from Susanville by the end of the June–but their new location just fell through! The WY14 urgently need your tax-deductible donations for hauling, paddock rental, vet and hay. Please donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/xt3bf72j

Please make a donation today and share this information to help get the word out!

We need some pasture/paddock space in Calfornia to house these young wild horses. This is a temporary situation until Protect Mustangs can secure land for the sanctuary to keep them together after all they have suffered.

All their parents and everyone over the age of 2 was slaughtered in Canada for human consumption abroad. Anne Novak and Mark Boone Junior saved the WY14 before they were live shipped to a place like Asia to end up as sashimi.

Protect Mustangs also needs a donated truck and stock trailer, fence panels, halters & lead ropes to care for them as needed at the new location. Please contact us via Contact@ProtectMustangs.org if you have a truck, trailer or equipment to donate.

Protect Mustangs is an all volunteer 501c3 sponsored organization. Our sponsor is the Andean Tapir Fund noted on this Go Fund Me. All donations are tax deductible.

The WY14 thank you so much for helping them stay together after all they have suffered at the hands of people rounding them up and slaughtering their herd.

In gratitude,
Anne

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org

Contact@ProtectMustangs.org
415-531-8454

URGENT: Help the WY14 get their hay!

Here is the first video clip released of some members of the WY14. Please help them raise the money before 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) March 31st to get their semi-load of hay. Donations are tax-deductible and sharing helps too. Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/HayDriveWY14Spitfire

The survivors need hay to grow strong and heal from the trauma of the roundup that sent all their herd members over the age of 2 to slaughter. The clock is ticking.. . Please help the WY14 and Baby Spitfire! It takes a village.

They send their love and are so grateful you care.

Many blessings,
Anne
Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org

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: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=6775 .

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 http://www.gofundme.com/HayDriveWY14Spitfire so the rescued wild horses can meet their goal quickly. The WY14 and Spitfire thank you for helping them survive and grow strong!

 

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Holiday Hay Drive for Wild Horses Rescued from the Slaughterhouse

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HELP THE RESCUED WILD HORSES GET HAY ~ DONATE BEFORE THE END OF 2014

Christmas is this week and 2014 is about to end. The 14 young wild horses, known as the WY14, who were rescued from the slaughterhouse yard last spring, will need another semi-load of hay in the barn to ensure they will have hay during the big winter storms. They have already gone through 1/3 of the Thanksgiving semi-load. Now they will be eating more than before because they need extra hay when it’s freezing and snowy outside to stay warm, especially since their mamas are gone. All the WILD horses in their herd over the age of 2 were slaughtered after BLM’s stealth Wyoming roundup in March 2014. They went straight to auction–were purchased by the infamous Canadian slaughterhouse–quickly butchered and sold in plastic packaged pieces to be eaten in foreign countries.

This is the WY14’s first winter alone. . .

Please help the orphans get their Holiday semi-load of hay before the end of 2014. Tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated to HELP the wild horses get 25 tons of hay (a semi-load) plus delivery and fees. California hay prices are outrageous and only go up as winter pounds on.

The 14 traumatized wild youngsters need tax-deductible donations totaling $6499. for their End of the Year Hay Drive. Here is the link to the fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/j28d24 The Andean Tapir Fund is our fiscal sponsor while our 501c3 is in the works. We are 100% volunteer. All donations will help the WY14 stay warm and heal from the trauma of losing their families.

Thank you for helping the WILD orphans and caring about them. They are forever grateful for your aid and prayers through this hard time.

Many blessings,
Anne

Anne Novak
Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org