THE TRUTH #28 – Many wild horse foals died at the BLM’s Bruneau off-range facility in Idaho, and the BLM tried to cover it up – Wild Horse Freedom Federation

THE TRUTH #28 – Many wild horse foals died at the BLM’s Bruneau off-range facility in Idaho, and the BLM tried to cover it up – Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.

THE TRUTH #28 – Many wild horse foals died at the BLM’s Bruneau off-range facility in Idaho, and the BLM tried to cover it up.

The Bureau of Land Management’s off-range facility in Bruneau, Idaho, is a feedlot.  The contractor for this facility is the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest public lands welfare ranching operations in the U.S.

593 wild mares from the Wyoming “Checkerboard” roundup were sent to the BLM’s Bruneau off-range facility.

FOIA records indicate that 101 stillborn fetuses + 34 foal deaths = 135 wild horse foals died at this facility in Bruneau. (If these were all foals from the 593 Wyoming mares, this would mean that over 22% of the foals were lost.) On top of this, 48 mares died in the Bruneau from 9/26/17 – 9/26/18. Many of these were noted as “found dead in pen” from “Undiagnosed/Unknown” reasons.
Based on these FOIA records:
Besides the reported deaths of 34 foals, there are reports for the STILLBORN FETUSES:
there were 42 stillborn fetuses 10/19/17 – 11/8/17 (21 days)
there were 26 stillborn fetuses 11/9/17 – 11/29/17 (21 days)
there were 19 stillborn fetuses 11/30/17 – 1/9/18 (41 days)
2 stillborn fetuses – one n 1/11/18 and one on 2/5/18
1 stillborn fetus 3/8/18
5 stillborn fetuses 3/25/18 – 4/8/18 (15 days)
6 stillborn fetuses 4/11/18 – 5/9/18 (29 days)
Emails also revealed that instead of reporting these numbers to the public, even when asked directly, BLM employees told the public that they’d need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out the information.
1)   The BLM’s FOIAs are “backlogged” so it takes a very long time to get the requested records.
2)   The BLM was deliberately making it difficult for the public to find out the facts,
3)   A BLM employee can just pick up the phone and call (or email) another BLM employee to the get information.
4)   BLM employees can likely access much information themselves from the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro System (WHBPS) database (referred to as PS in one of the emails).  All of the records/data from the Wild Horse & Burro Program are in the WHBPS database.
5)  Why should the public have to file a FOIA to get a question answered?
6)  It is burdensome for most members of the public to file a FOIA request, so this is a way that the BLM discourages them from obtaining information.

See FOIA documents below (Click on each page to enlarge):

A list of the deaths at the Bruneau, Idaho facility 9/26/17 – 9/26/18, and Tracking Logs for Stillborn Fetuses and Foals that are Dead at Birth:

(please see source page to view the documentation pages)

Source: THE TRUTH #28 – Many wild horse foals died at the BLM\’s Bruneau off-range facility in Idaho, and the BLM tried to cover it up – Wild Horse Freedom Federation

 

 

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Tell Congress: No Money for Trump\’s Destructive Border Wall

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Tell Congress: No Money for Trump’s Destructive Border Wall

BREAKING: President Trump wants to wall off Texas and is demanding that Congress fork over $5 billion for his border wall this December, or he’ll force a government shutdown.

Tell Congress not to approve any budget that funds the border wall!

This week Congress must pass a budget bill or face another government shutdown. That means we’re on high alert for several backroom deals that could have devastating consequences for wildlife and the environment.

For one, President Trump continues to demand that Congress give him $5 billion for his border wall. With a Democratic House arriving in January, Republicans know this may be their last chance to turn Trump’s divisive campaign promise into reality.

And that’s not all. House Republicans are trying to sneak anti-environment policy riders into the budget bill. One rider would end federal protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48. Others would undermine the Endangered Species Act itself.

Tell your congress members not to approve any budget that funds Trump’s border wall, guts protections for wolves or other endangered species, or harms the environment.

The budget process has become the place where certain politicians try to sneak through their worst ideas. Unless we make our voices heard, these bad deals could come to pass.

Send a letter today demanding that your elected officials pass a clean budget and hold the line against these environmental attacks.

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In the Face of Extinction, We Have a Moral Obligation

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Compassion Index | Animal Welfare Institute

Compassion Index | Animal Welfare Institute

The Senate is acting quickly to pass this legislation during the “lame duck” session — TELL YOUR REPS VOTE “NO” on the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (S. 3119) = the “Killing Sea Lions Act”

Senate Poised to Vote on Killing More Sea Lions

What You Can Do:
The Senate is acting quickly to pass this legislation during the “lame duck” session (before the new Congressional session begins in January). Please urge your senators to protect sea lions by voting no on S. 3119, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, when it comes to the floor! It is important to send your letter today, even if you have already contacted your senator about this bill.

Source: Compassion Index | Animal Welfare Institute

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Tribal hunters in northeast India target endangered pangolins

Tribal hunters in northeast India target endangered pangolins

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Pangolin poaching: the brutal reality | UK World Animal Protection

Pangolin poaching: the brutal reality | UK World Animal Protection

A poached pangolin in Northern India

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Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill – a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.

Farm bill conservation programs provide about US$5.8 billion yearly for activities such as restoring wildlife habitat and using sustainable farming practices. These programs affect about 50 million acres of land nationwide. They conserve millions of acres of wildlife habitat and provide ecological services such as improved water quality, erosion control and enhanced soil health that are worth billions of dollars.

Sixty percent of U.S. land is privately owned, and it contains a disproportionately high share of habitat for threatened and endangered species. This means that to conserve land and wildlife, it is critical to work with private landowners, particularly farmers and ranchers. Farm bill conservation programs provide cost shares, financial incentives and technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners who voluntarily undertake conservation efforts on their land.

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request would slash funding for farm bill conservation programs by about $13 billion over 10 years, on top of cuts already sustained in the 2014 farm bill. In a recent study, we found that it is highly uncertain whether the benefits these programs have produced will be maintained if they are cut further.

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