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On 3/30/2011, Lon Ball of Trout Lake, Washington sent the BLM an application to buy wild horses. Ball said he was affiliated with the Hasan Ranch division of Bio Rice 000, and listed their address as Ussurisk, Primorye, Russia. He requested that the sea travel for these 2,000 wild horses to a Vladivostok, Russia area port be paid for by the BLM (with your tax dollars).
That same day, Sally Spencer, BLM’s Supervisory Marketing Specialist, emailed Ball to inform him that she sent his application for further processing. Lon Ball then sent her an email stating:
“Thank you for your quick reply, I am gratified. Does this mean the BLM would consider transferring wild horses outside the US? I realize that the BLM is on the defensive from all the animal rights activists. I have polled many groups and some individuals with my idea of a sanctuary where there are predators and gotten nothing but positive response so far. This is habitat for both the critically endangered Amur leopard and the endangered Siberian tiger. Poachers keep the ungulate numbers critically low and the habitat is nearly sterile for lack of prey. We could take up to 2,000 head as a pilot program, seriously. I would appeal to non-profit groups who promoted the anti-slaughter bills to pay for transport. How could they conscientiously refuse? lol”
Sally Spencer forwarded Ball’s application to Karla Bird, the Acting Division Chief of the BLM”s Wild Horse & Burro Program at that time, and BLM’s Dean Bolstad (who is currently the Division Chief of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program), and asked “Is this something we should consider?”
Most of us would consider selling 2,000 wild horses to be used as prey for Siberian tigers in Russia, as selling the horses for slaughter. However, as you can see from the emails below, the BLM actually considered this idea, instead of issuing an outright “no.” In these emails, there was no mention of how horrendous of an ordeal it would be for the horses to be transported over the ocean on a ship. And it seems like Dean Bolstad was trying to find a way to justify this sale, by bringing up 2008 National Advisory Board recommendations related to “selling animals and relocating them overseas.”
Karla Byrd, after consultation with the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, stated “Looks like we won’t go overseas at this time.” Note the words “at this time.” The fact that there were emails between BLM personnel regarding this issue tells us there was consideration of this idea. Will the BLM sell wild horses & burros overseas in the future? It’s important for advocates to keep an eye on the BLM’s partnerships, to make sure these “partners” won’t be acting as “middlemen,” and selling our wild horses & burros to the slaughter pipeline, both here and overseas.
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