Somebody knows who killed the Heber wild horses. Hopefully they will contact law enforcement with the information they have on the killing spree incidents.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1331, et seq. (the “Act”) defines “wild free-roaming horses and burros” as “all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands in the United States.”
Just how does the above comment made by a Facebook member go against their standards? The comment that Facebook censored is a quote from Joseph Goebbels. It is a reminder of what should never be tolerated in a free country. In regards to America's wild horses and burros, federal agencies such as the Forest Service and BLM should not be allowed to spread lies as truth in order to decimate America's wild horse and burro herds. Joseph Goebbels was a propaganda machine for Hitler. He was an evil human being who by his quote believed truth was bad for the State because he knew that if the citizenry of the State knew the truth they would fight for their freedom and lives. Why does bringing historical evils to light violate Facebook standards?
Joseph GoebbelsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Goebbels, who aspired to be an author, obtained a Doctor of Philology degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1921. He joined the Nazi Party in 1924, and worked with Gregor Strasser in their northern branch. He was appointed Gauleiter (district leader) for Berlin in 1926, where he began to take an interest in the use of propaganda to promote the party and its programme. After the Nazis' seizure of power in 1933, Goebbels's Propaganda Ministry quickly gained and exerted control over the news media, arts, and information in Germany. He was particularly adept at using the relatively new media of radio and film for propaganda purposes. Topics for party propaganda included antisemitism, attacks on the Christian churches, and (after the start of the Second World War) attempting to shape morale.
The importance of NEPA and why government agencies want to weaken or do away with it. NEPA gives "we the people" a voice in what happens to our public lands. Apparently "we the people" get in the way of business between our federal agencies and special interest groups.
The Forest Service had intended to remove the Heber herd in 2005. A Temporary Restraining Order prevented them from doing so. A Federal Court Case followed with the following four counts against the Forest Service:
(VIOLATION OF WILD HORSES AND BURROS ACT OF 1971)
(VIOLATION OF NEPA)
(VIOLATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT)
Devil's Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory
Wild horse gather planning update Sept. 25, 2018
As conditions permit, the Modoc National Forest plans to begin the gather and removal of approximately 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on Oct. 9, 2018.
There will be a 30 day adoption and sale with limitations period for 10+ year old horses when the settling, treatment and test sampling is complete. Sale with limitations will be $25 per horse and adoption fee will be $125.00 which is the same as the BLM. Upon completion of that 30 day period, horses will also be available for sale WITHOUT limitations at $1 per horse.
Kill buyers are probably already salivating at the thought of buying horses for $1.00 each.
The Heber Wild Horse Territory is also under the National Forest Service. We can expect that a cull of the Heber Wild Horse Herd will also result in the same or similar sale and adoption guidelines. It is our understanding that since Mary Hauser was terminated from the Collaboration Working Group, all of the remaining participants have agreed on a population reduction of the Heber Wild Horse Herd. If a cull takes place and any of the Heber wild horses go to slaughter, everyone who agreed to a cull will have the blood of these American icons on their hands.
The Heber Wild Horse Territory Freedom Preservation Alliance is 100% AGAINST a cull of the Heber Herd. The Heber Wild Horse Herd population has remained stable since a 2005 Federal Court injunction prevented the Forest Service from capturing and removing free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest. Although there has been no cull and no birth control used on the Heber Herd there is NO overpopulation of free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest.
The goal of the Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Plan, by law, should be to preserve the herd for future generations.
The recommendation at this time from the Collaboration Working Group is to cull the herd down to a nonviable 60 horses. We believe Genetic viability levels as originally stated by Dr Gus Cothran, to be 250 horses. We recognize that recent numbers stated have been lower than that, however studies in other parts of the world suggest the number is 10 times this. Therefore, we recommend keeping the low end of any AML at 250 and the high at 330.
Per a News Release by the U.S. Forest Service in 2005, there were approximately 300 horses currently grazing a portion of the Rodeo/Chediski burned area near Heber. At that time injunction was filed preventing the capture and removal of any of the free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves. A Federal Court order in 2007 extended the prohibition of removing any free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves until a U.S. Forest Service management plan was in place.
With no official, legal removal of any of the free-roaming horses having taken place from 2005 to the present, the official herd count numbers have remained fairly constant with little fluctuation. We believe a new official, unbiased count should be conducted due to the recent severe drought conditions which occurred in the Sitgreaves National Forest. It is very likely that horses were lost in spite of this group’s efforts to save as many horses as we could with the restrictions we were working under.
Achieving justice for our wild horses and burros depends on BLM officials exercising their authority to legally reduce private, usually corporate, domestic livestock grazing in the wild horse and burros’ legal areas, whether on BLM or USFS lands. Such exercise would be legally covered under 43 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) 4710.3-2 and 43 C.F.R 4710.5(a). In particular, 43 C.F.R. 4710.5 clearly states that the Bureau of Land Management can legally reduce livestock grazing in order “to provide habitat for wild horses or burros.”
§ 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.
(a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.
Multiple use does come into play AFTER the horses have principle consideration, principle use of forage and water, as well as acreage resources. This would divide remaining resources between multiple uses. (Federal Land Policy and Management Act ‘FLPMA’ does not supersede the authority of any pre-existing federal land use plan) (Courts have ruled that the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 is indeed a federal land use plan).
THE WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT OF 1971
(PUBLIC LAW 92-195)
To require the protection, management, and control of wild free- roaming horses and burros on public lands. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.
Those who have no concern about future generations but are only concerned with the horses being in the forest while they are alive to see them are not true preservation advocates but merely self-serving individuals.
Scaring The Hell Out of You: The Fear-Then-Relief Procedure
What it is: Arguably the most evil manipulative technique is what psychologists call the "fear-then-relief technique." The technique preys on a person's emotions. Here, the manipulator causes someone a great deal of stress or anxiety and then abruptly relieves that stress. After this sudden mood swing, the person is disarmed, less likely to make mindful or rational decisions, and more likely to respond positively to various requests. https://lifehacker.com/5953183/three-of-the-most-evil-ways-to-manipulate-people-into-doing-what-you-want
The Fear: Wild horse herd populations double every four years, therefore they will destroy the ecosystem leaving nothing for other wildlife, or public lands cattle and sheep grazing. In the end the horses will also starve to death.
The Relief: The Forest Service or BLM will call for massive wild horse "gathers" and removals to protect the land, wildlife, public lands cattle and sheep, and the horses themselves.
The people working for these government agencies often feign caring about the welfare of the horses. Yet behind closed doors they talk of permanent sterilization, euthanasia of healthy horses, sale without limitation, and slaughter. All of this while having no proof that wild horse herds double in size every four years and that they are causing damage to our public lands.
In August of 2005 the USDA Forest Service posted a NEWS RELEASE which stated: “The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in the next month will be removing some of the approximately 300 horses that are currently grazing a portion of the Rodeo/Chediski burned area near Heber.”
In September of 2005 several animal advocacy organizations and citizens commenced Civil Action against the Forest Service alleging violations of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Their action prevented all captures and removals of horses. The Plaintiffs won their case and in March of 2007 a Federal Court order issued the following ruling:
“The Forest Service agrees to refrain from any gathering or removing of horses within the Heber Wild Horse Territory as well as, on the Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts (which are considered the Sitgreaves National Forest) until the Forest Service completes, with public involvement, an analysis and appropriate environmental document pursuant to NEPA and develops a written Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Strategy. The Forest Service will involve the public, including the Plaintiffs, in scoping for this analysis.”
At this time the Forest Service is in the process of completing a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory. There have been no authorized captures or removals of any horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest since before 2005 when the Forest Service stated in their news release that there were approximately 300 horses in a portion of the Rodeo/Chediski burned area near Heber.
The Forest Service contracted for a horse-specific survey in February of 2015. At that time, 20 horses were estimated to be in the Heber Wild Horse Territory. Outside the Heber Wild Horse Territory (across the Sitgreaves National Forest) 201 horses were observed. The estimated population outside the Heber Wild Horse Territory based on Simultaneous Double-Count methodology was 236. That is a total of 256 horses.
There were no authorized captures and removals for that ten year span. If wild horse herd populations doubled in size every four years you would expect that by the end of that ten year period there would be approximately 1,800 horses at the time of the 2015 survey. But there were only 256 horses.
The Heber Wild Horse Herd is a protected herd under the THE WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT OF 1971 (PUBLIC LAW 92-195). Forest Service was not only illegally authorizing the removals of wild horses, they were paying the ranchers to do so. We realize it's not current but it does show the disrespect FS has for the Wild Horses and Burros Act and their willingness to break federal law in order to appease the welfare ranchers.
§1331. Congressional findings and declaration of policy Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.
This graph was created based on statistics from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
"Between 1912 and 1967 more than 13,500 elk were transplanted from the Park(Yellowstone Park). In February 1913, 83 elk were released in Cabin Draw near Chevelon Creek. From these transplants, the Arizona elk population has grown to nearly 35,000 animals." Quoted from the AZGFD
The Heber Herd is predominately in hunting unit 3C of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Overview: Elk can be found throughout Unit 3C in both the pine forest and pinyon/juniper woodlands. Elevations range from 5,600 feet in Taylor to over 7,200 feet on the Mogollon Rim. Elk densities are higher south of Highway 260 than north of the highway. Generally, the highest elk density in the unit is south of Highway 260 and west of Decker Wash, but this can change, depending on precipitation patterns.
This unit has a moderate number of antlered permits available each year, and, since the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, has had high numbers of antlerless permits. The early season antlered tags in Unit 3C are highly coveted by hunters. ~AZGFD 2017
Elk are big eaters. During summers, the elk eats continuously, consuming anywhere between 8.8 to 15.43 pounds a day! That’s compared to wild horses that can stay a healthy weight on very little food. When food is readily available, adult mustangs eat around 5 to 6 pounds of food each day.
The bull elk must consume huge amounts of nutrients to gather the energy and minerals needed to grow antlers and for the energy to carry them around. The antlers of an elk can reach the size of 4 feet in length and weigh 40 pounds! The females are attracted to the bulls with the largest antlers because those are the ones that are usually the strongest...survival of the fittest.
Time to stop scapegoating the wild horses.