Stop Feds from Shipping More Wild Horses to Slaughter Middleman in Mississippi
Remember Stan Palmer? He's the shady Mississippi middleman the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has used in the past to "adopt out" wild horses rounded up from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. Despite finding that Palmer could not account for many of the 262 Sheldon horses received previously, the FWS is again contracting with him to dispose of horses. Worse, they are paying him nearly $1 million (since 2010) to do so!
So far, 150 Sheldon horses captured in September have been sent to Palmer, and 100 remain waiting at Sheldon to shipped. Already, horses are leaving Palmer’s property in truckloads going to unknown destinations, and his employee is soliciting people on Facebook to “show up with your trailer and load em up….need gone asap!!!!” In another post, he advised, "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works has the power to hold the FWS accountable for this travesty and to prevent more horses from being shipped to Palmer. Despite Wild Horse Education's pending motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, Sheldon has informed a federal court that it will begin shipping the rest of the horses to Palmer today. There is not a moment to dealy -- please take action below.
Former NM Governor Vows to Fight Court Ruling that Paves the Way for U.S. Horse Slaughter
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is vowing to fight Friday’s federal court ruling that could allow horse slaughterhouses to operate in the U.S. for the first time since 2007. The ruling dismissed a legal case by the Humane Society, Return to Freedom (RTF), AWHPC's parent organization, and others charging that the federal government had failed to consider the environmental impacts of horse slaughterhouses when issuing permits allowing them to operate.
Return to Freedom CEO and AWHPC founder Neda DeMayo, who has been working closely with Governor Richardson and actor Robert Redford to fight the re-establishment of horse slaughter in the U.S., stated, “America is not a horse eating culture and 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Ultimately, it’s up to Congress to prohibit this cruel practice so that humane solutions can be implemented. I urge everyone to take action today to support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act to protect America’s horses, both domestic and wild, from slaughter.” Ask your federal legislators to support the SAFE Act by clicking here.
Secretary Jewell Dodges Question about NAS Report and Wild Horses
When Sally Jewell spoke last week to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, AWHPC was there to pose a simple question: What are the Interior Department’s plans to address the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with regard to necessary reforms of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program? Instead of answering the question, Secretary Jewell just repeated the BLM’s party line and distortion of the NAS’ findings. Although the NAS warned against continuing “business as usual” practices, it appears that is exactly what Secretary Jewell intends to do. Writing in The Atlantic online, legal analyst Andrew Cohen nails it when he writes of the situation: "It suggests that the Interior Department, under Secretary Jewell, is more concerned with papering over faulty BLM practices than it is with fixing those practices to bring them into line with accepted scientific methods... All of this might be considered inside-Washington-baseball were it not for the fact that tens of thousands of the nation's wild horses are in dire peril today as a direct result of these shoddy BLM practices—and that thousands more will soon be taken from their native range lands and mortally imperiled if those practices and policies are not reformed." Read Andrew Cohen's insightful analysis here and view Jewel's response to AWHPC's question here.