Feds Gear Up Again to Send Wild Horses to Slaughter Pipeline
The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) intends to roundup 400 horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border beginning this coming Monday, September 9. The horses will then be turned over to "adoption agents," including Stan Palmer and J&S Associates.
According to a FWS' own investigation, Palmer and J&S cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under a previous contract with FWS to "adopt out" Sheldon horses. In fact, one Alabama man who Palmer "adopted" horses to admitted to selling “a bunch” at a livestock auction. The FWS investigation also raised questions about J&S' care for horses in its possession. Yet FWS officials intend to pay Palmer to take at least 90 more Sheldon horses, knowing that many of these cherished animals will enter the slaughter pipeline, despite the Obama Administration's public position against horse slaughter.
We have just a few days to make our voices heard! Take action today to ask Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees FWS, to cancel this roundup now.
AWHPC Joins Rep. Grijalva & Wendie Malick at Press Conference
Today, AWHPC and our founding organization Return to Freedom joined U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and actress Wendie Malick at a press conference at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Palomino Valley Adoption Center (PVC) outside Reno.
The PVC holding pens, in which 1,700 formerly wild horses are stockpiled, provided a powerful backdrop to expose, once again, what is wrong with the federal wild horse program.
The event was highly successful and well attended by local and national media and at least 30 wild horse advocates. So far, the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Reno Gazette Journal have run stories so far.
Thanks to Rep. Grijalva, a leader in the fight to protect wild horses and burros, and to the awesome Wendie Malick for helping to spread the word!
For more about the press conference, click here.