Media placement spins wild horses as scary pests to push PZP at upcoming BLM meeting?

Pine Nut Wild Horses ©Anne Novak for Protect Mustangs

Pine Nut Wild Horses ©Anne Novak for Protect Mustangs

Are the PZP PUSHERS buying CNN media placement ahead of the BLM’s Wild Horse Advisory Board Meeting April 22-23rd in Ohio to PUSH PZP, take over and control America’s wild horses that they see as “pests” deserving of a pesticide for “birth control”? Follow the money and you find millions of donor dollars that would pour in (think of who is on the top of the PZP pyramid) if they were able to claim they solved the wild horse “problem” with PZP.  (EPA Pesticide Fact Sheet:

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Wild horses and the world’s forgotten animals
by Motez Bishara, for CNN April 21, 2015

(CNN)The Rolling Stones sang about them, and Ford named its most iconic sports car after them.

Their numbers are increasing, yet mustangs are among the ever-growing list of animals being eclipsed by the modern world.

That’s the view of Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas, who holds a particular fascination with the wild horses that populate the western U.S., together with the overall roles that animals play in society.

“Their physical presence may be growing, but what they stand for is deteriorating,” Dumas explains. “The whole idea of the wild and free horse is not sustainable anymore.”

From her observations, much of the world’s attention when it comes to animals either fixates on pets, which she says are “put on a pedestal, almost to excess,” or those consumed as part of the giant produce industry. “And then there is a big midsection that completely disappeared,” she says.

Dumas, 37, uses her medium of undirected portrait photography to humanize a largely anonymous subset of the animal population. She avoids zooms, taking photos only with portrait lenses that force her to get up close and personal with the animals — even when those subjects are wolves, wild dogs and tigers (she was safely behind a fence for the tigers).

Her two most recent bodies of work were recently on display at The Photographer’s Gallery in London. For “The Widest Prairies,” Dumas shadowed the mustangs from a trailer in Dayton, Nevada, while “Anima” is a video montage of military horses falling asleep in the stables of Arlington National Cemetery.

“Those horses make for a more appealing subject simply because they are more realistic of how most horses live, rather than in a very artificial habitat (catered to) horses that we might see in the Olympics,” says Dr. Thomas Witte, lecturer in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Both projects required multiple trips from New York, where Dumas was living at the time, and countless hours behind the lens. Dumas believes taking her time is essential in order to catch the subjects in a relaxed and natural state.

The 12-minute film “Anima” was compiled from footage shot over the course of 15 nights, usually from midnight until 4 a.m.

“I encounter a lot of people in my work, and what they all find the strangest is that I stay around that long,” she explains. “(They ask), don’t you already have it by now?”

A press officer from the cemetery was assigned to accompany her during the overnights, shuffling back and forth between the stables and alerting Dumas when a horse was nodding off.

“I felt really guilty in the beginning because he had to be there for all these insane hours, but he didn’t mind at all,” she says.

The time spent allowed her to present a behind-the-scenes look at the working life of a regal animal. Known as caisson burial horses, the likes of Major and Ringo lead the procession for honored deceased servicemen up to eight times a day.

“(A working horse) is one of the few places where there is still this interaction where man and animal depend on each other,” says Dumas. “They are not as visible anymore, whereas they used to be very much part of everyday life.”

Tens of thousands of tourists go on African safari every year. Many will see the continent most beautiful beasts from the safety of a four-wheel drive vehicle, but some brave the bush on the four legs of a horse.

Witte points to an old adage in the veterinary world: that 10% of the world’s equine population receives 90% of the veterinary care.

“All those equids that are doing the grunt work and supporting their human families in developing parts of the world — the mules and donkeys — they get very little in the way of veterinary care and very little in the way of attention,” he says.

After such an intimate project, Dumas decided to profile the exact opposite type of horse for her followup — one with almost no human interaction or discipline.

“The wild horses have such a romantic connotation; I wanted to challenge myself, and see if it was possible to take a portrait of one,” she says. “I thought it was always a daring topic to go near, so it took me a while before I was ready to take that on. Practically they are very different from each other.”

Dumas spent nights in a trailer loaned by a wild horse preservationist in Nevada. The topic is controversial, since the free-roaming horses (numbering 40,815 throughout 10 states) can overpopulate and encroach on residential areas.

“They keep coming closer and closer to civilization because there is no food on the hills anymore. So (there is a question of) who’s infringing on who,” she explains.

Witte notes that overpopulation can lead to a spread of diseases between species. “Wherever you have that interface between human population and animal population, you’ve got to do something to control the situation; that is for animal welfare as much as it is for human convenience,” he says.

There are a further 16,203 horses up for adoption in holding shelters, and another 31,250 in long-term pastures. All the horses fall under the care of the Bureau of Land Management and are protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

On a gamble, Dumas took to the mountains of Nevada and befriended a local watcher who put her up in her trailer. After studying the horses up close, Dumas decided to return months later — and noticed how their personalities had changed. Oddly, the more time she spent in the mustangs’ proximity, the less comfortable she became.

“I went in early spring which, was like mating season, and then they got really wild. You really had to be careful that you didn’t get caught up between two stallions fighting for mares,” she recalls. “The more I spent time with them, in a sense I got more and more afraid of them.”

Dumas’ other projects have profiled the retired search and rescue dogs of 9/11 (only one was reportedly still alive in 2014, 13 years after the World Trade Center attacks) and stray dogs in Palermo, Italy, along with tigers and wolves living in animal sanctuaries.

“They have so much power,” she says, recalling her nervousness around the tigers, “and when you see them up close they are so much bigger.” The tigers were shot at an eccentric private animal park in Texas that housed over 250 wild cats, while the wolves were photographed at a preserve in Colorado and in upstate New York.

Now back in Amsterdam, Dumas is focusing on her next projects: the logging horses of Lapland, Sweden, along with the eight native horse breeds of Japan, which she says are in danger of extinction.

Each series is part of a collective calling, to preserve a lasting image of a place in time for an unheralded group of animals that may not be around forever.

“What is the value of something that has no real direct use anymore to society?” she asks. “If there is no economic purpose, then they are just going to go extinct. That’s just how it is.”

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Is this CNN article another subliminal push for the registrant of PZP (The Humane Society of the United States) to take over wild horse and burro management based on using PZP?  Besides lobbying, are they buying media placements through PR firms too?

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12 thoughts on “Media placement spins wild horses as scary pests to push PZP at upcoming BLM meeting?

  1. If this wasn’t such a sad thing that is happening to wild horses, this article would be laughable. Just lies on top of lies. If you get in between to fighting stallions, then you could get hurt. Here’s your sign. 40, 000+ on the range? Well its nice that she took it upon herself to go out and count them since no one else seems to be able to hit on a number. Sounds like she was coached by some pro pzp faction or the BLM itself. Wonder how much they paid her.

  2. Posting for Karen Downs as she is driving us to Columbus.

    “She should try getting in between 2 domestic stallions fighting over a mare and see how that works out for her!”

  3. Overpopulation is a myth. PZP is a tool blm is using to divide and concur. Those not willing to research it on their own are following blindly. STOP THE ROUND UPS. STOP CONTRIBUTING TO EXTERMINATION of protected horses. STOP THE LIES. The horses ARE NOT overpopulated. Birth control is extinction to already low to zero viability herds.

  4. People there is no overpopulation of wild horses and absolutely no excuse to be using PZP on them. The reasons the powers that be are pushing areand nothing more than excuses to eliminate our wild horses period. The herds they leave can not sustain themselves and you add PZP to the mix they have no chance of survival.I know for a fact they are eliminating Wyoming’s wild horses they gathered over a thousand head because of overpopulation and returned my estimate 125 head. I was told by a reliable source who flies a small plane in the area and says there are no where near the amount of horses the BLM is saying is there and there hasn’t been for years. I will trust a resident who lives in Wyoming and watches the horses and has a pretty good idea of what we have here. No excuse for PZP and no excuse to mess with the wild horses. Turn them loose and let them run free like they were meant to they can handle the rest!! Leave them alone before they are all gone.

  5. I ran across an old friend recently, and we started talking about, of course, horses smile emoticon. I was talking about Nevada, and flying out of Ely, and only seeing a half dozen horses at best through an entire couple of days. But what he had to say was of interest to us all. . . Here is a part of his interview between he and I, and documented, for an upcoming White Paper . . .

    … John: Hi Jim. I guess first let’s go over what you do for a living.

    Jim Corbett: Private Pilot. I fly over Nevada, Wyoming, and Eastern Oregon a few times a week. Sometimes I will spend the week over Nevada, with corporate executives, by plane or helicopter.

    John: Are you familiar with the Wild Horse problems?

    Jim Corbett: Just what you told me before you started recording. But I read the newspapers, certainly, and fairly disgusted at what the Bureau of Land Management and the Humane Society are doing – That’s my taxes, and spending it on controlling or getting rid of wild horses is ridiculous. Who is it they suppose they are fooling?

    John: Are you familiar with AML? Or how the BLM conducts horse counts in the states you fly-over?

    Jim Corbett: No. (laughs) If it has to do with BLM its probably not true anyway. The BLM people are not respected what so ever, and truthfully seem to be nothing more than a joke . . .

    John: Do you see Wild Horses on your fly-overs?

    Jim Corbett: Well, that’s one of my problems I have with it. The newspapers state there are 45,000 to 50,000 wild horses somewhere. In Nevada about 30,000 or 40,000. If that was the case then I would be seeing that on fly-overs, getting from point A to our destination at Point B. I have never seen many horses at all, and most often none at all.

    John: Are your flights mostly limited?

    Jim Corbett: No. Reasonably often we can cover a lot of ground during the day, especially with realty, oil, and mining executives. Occasionally I will see a small herd of, say, 6 or 8 horses out in the middle of nowhere – then a mile or two later maybe see a herd of 12 – actually, I see a hell of a lot of cattle and quite a few sheep. Do you cover that to, because I think that’s the problem – there just seems to be too many out there, and vast. There are times I fly over a 5 mile cut of land in a basin, and it’s covered with cattle. That’s a lot of cattle, my friend . . . If anything, they are not being truthful about the cattle count . . .

  6. simple fed judge said blm is breaking the law. now enforce it and stop vilifying our wild ones they arent pests we rode in on them. blm lies. horses die. almost at genocide now hsus profits for the UNPROVRN pzp which never stopped roundups

  7. Another disappointing take on wild horses from a cold hearted person that profits from their suffering.
    Dumas mentioned extinction, which is a given, with the forced experimental hormonal substances being shot into their poor bodies, then rounded up for auction and/or worse. Even a foreign artist can discern the horrible obvious fate. Why can’t Amercans?

  8. PZP Pushers want you to believe every tale they tell. How many have been influenced by factors, such as the “cult” like following of their leaders? I am shocked and saddened by their support of PZP, and their surrender to the survival of our wild horses and burros cause. It is a betrayal I will never understand. If their leader said the sky was yellow, the followers would support it without question.

    The wild horse groups that support PZP have lost my trust, and never will get it back. They have been bought and paid for by the BLM and HSUS, and are now finding out the BLM has duped them with the Pryors! Shocking! Did they really expect anything less?

    Learn the facts about PZP and the BLM’s plan to manage the wild horses to extinction! Wild horses and burros depend on us to be their voice. They deserve freedom, not extinction.

  9. The wild horses must not be made to conform to the world of commodies as though all revolved around the mere worldly wants or silly whims of modern people. It is up to people to learn how to share the land and freedom with the horses living freely and naturally. This will do all of us here on Earth such enormous good, including us people. We are at a time when we must decide how to live better and not demand of the world that it always be bend out of shape for our creature conforts, pampered lifestyles, and vanities. Happy Earth Day and especially for the horses!

  10. Dumas shows her lack of equine knowledge , compassion and empathy as she tries to vilify wild horses. Her only concern is monetary.

  11. I’m a true horse lover and also feel that through out time the horse has been their for us so why can’t we be there for them? As far as being called a “pest”, bugs are pests, mice are pests they destroy not help anything they touch. The horse is a grazer, they keep moving while they eat, that’s like saying the deer are pests. Should we destroy them to? It seems to me when something doesn’t agree with people, they destroy it. The horse deserves much more than to be darted or slaughtered then sold to other countries for their pleasure. What is the real reason this is happening? Are they in the way of something the people want? Leave things alone , find something else to destroy,don’t you think you’ve done enough damage?

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