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THE TRUTH #12 – The BLM has opened Pandora’s Box to sell wild horses & burros overseas: The BLM sold 21 wild horses to American Mustang Germany in March, 2017.
There has been a BLM policy to not sell wild horses or burros overseas, so WHAT CHANGED to allow this sale to Germany? What loopholes is the BLM using?
Wild Horse Freedom Federation has received Freedom of Information Act records of a BLM sale log that indicate that the BLM’s SE States District Office sold 21 wild horses to an organization/company called American Mustang Germany. The website for American Mustang Germany is HERE.
And now, American Mustang Germany is selling our wild horses. See it HERE.
We do not want our wild horses & burros to be sold overseas. In 2011, when Lon Ball contacted the BLM to request that the BLM sell him wild horses to be used as prey on a Siberian Tiger refuge (see THE TRUTH #7), there were a series of emails between BLM employees and they were all very aware they could not protect wild horses sold overseas.
Remember, wild horses & burros are STILL wild and under the BLM’s “protection” while the BLM is making decisions to sell them where they cannot be protected. So, while under the BLM’s “protection,” the BLM is making a decision NOT to protect the wild horses & burros.
A few examples of what was stated in the 2011 emails between BLM employees are:
“The idea is if we sell horses to over seas recipients knowing we have no authority as to how they are treated or dealt with it is the same as selling without limitation and we are not allowed to do that under the omnibus.
I think we all know they are no longer wild horses once they are purchased.” – Zach Reichold
“Zach is exactly right. We’ve looked at this issue before, because of the excess horse challenge. We’ve advised that the BLM would have limited ability to protect horses’ welfare once they’re out of the country.” – Greg Russell
“One of the problems I read about with this was was the inability of to enforce private care and maintenance agreement terms outside of the US or the wild horse and burro act. The Advisory board has requested this before and that is the last comment for the solicitors office.” – Zach Reichold
“…our requirements for not selling to slaughter or proper treatment could not be enforced. Even if it is private property we could not enforce anything the individual signed. A person could buy a horse and march it right over to a slaughter house or rodeo and we would have no recourse. That is the point.” – Zach Reichold
Karla Bird, who was the Acting Division Chief of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, then wrote “Looks like we won’t be going overseas at this time. this same answer then would affect MHF idea of going to Calgary Stampede.”
So what changed from 2011 to 2017 to allow the sale of wild horses to Germany? And, more importantly, did this sale of wild horses to Germany open the door for wild horses to now be sold to Lon Ball to be used as prey for the Siberian tiger refuge in Russia? And where else will wild horses & burros be sold in the future?
While we’re all trying to stop the BLM from killing over 46,000 healthy wild horses & burros in BLM holding facilities, and tens of thousands more on public lands, we also need to make sure the wild horses & burros aren’t sold overseas where they could end up being mistreated or going to slaughter. Keep our wild horses & burros in the U.S.A.
Portions of FOIA documents of the BLM Sale Log showing the sale of 21 wild horses to American Mustang Germany:
Here are some emails (from FOIA documents) between BLM employees in 2011 while discussing selling wild horses overseas and to Lon Ball to be used as prey on a Siberian Tiger refuge in Russia:
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