Investigate and stop the Bureau of Land management from selling America's Wild Horses to Contractors that slaughter

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We the undersigned demand a Congressional investigation and request the Congress prevent the Bureau of Land management from selling America's Wild Horse populations to Contractors that are directly involved in slaughtering them based on this information:Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson own Spur Livestock, and have a contract with the Bureau of Land Management for a long term holding pasture for wild horses on private lands within the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, as well as on Indian Trust Lands administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This facility is the Whitehorse Wild Horse Long Term Holding Facility.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation received records from the South Dakota Brand Board that reveal on 11/8/2008, while under contract with the BLM, owner Spur Livestock sold 34 horses with BLM tattoos to JS Farms, owned by kill buyer Joe Simon.

Animals Angels has written about kill buyer Joe Simon (scroll down to the 2nd article What is the Price Tag for Suffering) here It is important to note that state brand boards do not recognize BLM freezemarks

(which BLM puts on the left side of wild horses necks after they are captured) as official BRANDS, so the state brand board inspectors may completely ignore the BLM freezemarks and instead, note that wild horses have NO BRAND.

It is also important to note that if someone BUYS a wild horse from the BLM, they can then put their own brand on the horse, and state brand board inspectors may then note only the new brand in their records (since it is recognized) and NOT the BLM freezemark (which they dont recognize) which would identify a horse was a wild horse on public records. State brand inspectors can omit any traces of wild horses on their official records.

On the Spur Livestock 11/8/2008 sale (besides the fact that 34 horses with BLM tattoos were sold), the words Freeze brand are written under the brand symbol for the other 36 horses in this sale (a total of 70 horses). The words Freeze Brand arent written under this brand symbol on any other Local Ownership Inspection Certificates, or under any other brand symbols.

Another important detail stands out. In looking at over 3 years of Local Ownership Inspection Certificates of horses by Spur Livestock, Jim Reeves and Spur Livestock, this sale of 70 horses seems to be the largest sale of horses.

Looking at the fact that Spur Livestock claimed itself to be the Owner of the wild horses on this South Dakota State Brand Board Local Ownership Inspection Certificate, did Spur Livestock claim to own the wild horses that the BLM warehouses on this property? Or were these horses the wild horses that Jim Reeves BOUGHT from the BLM?

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Stop the mismanagement of agencies that are supposed to protect and serve as stewards for our wild horses and burros. Time for change before they are exterminated to extinction.
These round ups are cruel @ keeping the wild horses & burros in pens without proper feed, fresh water & no place to run is very expensive. If they are left on their land & the cattle & sheep removed the National Park Lands would remain beautiful. The horses would take care of themselves & the expense to the taxpayer would be much less. Please let the wild horses & burros run free to add to the beauty of the parks.
It is a HORRIFYING ATROCITY that a tax payer funded agency (BLM) is being giving the freedom to brutalize America's wild horses for the benefit of the ranching industry! America's public lands belong to ALL Americans, not just special interest groups! STOP TERRORIZING AMERICA'S WILD HORSES!
There are millions of acres of public lands, yet there is more cattle---belonging to rich "welfare ranchers" such as the Koch brothers, Ted Turner and the Hilton family- - -than wild horses on this land. These "welfare ranchers" are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. BLM gives in to their demands to remove our wild horses and other wildlife so they can raise more cattle and get rich off of our tax dollars. To add insult to injury, they us our tax dollars to remove the wild horses!