Recently there has been activity in the news on wild horses going to kill buyers or ending up in bad situations after being run through BLM’s “sale authority” program.
Tom Davis, the kill buyer that an investigation last year revealed, purchased over 1,700 wild horses from the BLM. Those sales trigger no alarms, no investigation, no holds place on further sales to Tom Davis within the BLM. The BLM denied wrong doing after the investigation broke in media and issues a “memorandum” that now states only 4 wild horses or burros can be purchased in a six month period of time by private parties. However the fine print actually allows BLM to continue the exact practices that led to the Davis incident.
Investigations at the state level into a lack of documentation by Davis, such as brand inspections, as he resold and shipped those 1,700 animals have been reported as “dropped” because of “confusion” into what state agency was to investigate.
“Colorado law requires a state brand inspection when livestock is sold or shipped more than 75 miles. Brand records show Davis received more than 1,700 horses from the BLM, but shipped only 765. None of the horses are still in his possession, meaning almost 1,000 were shipped or sold without an inspection.”
At this juncture we are waiting for the “confusion” to clear and an investigation to actually occur.
We are also waiting to hear about progress on a National level as BLM was remiss in appropriate practice in dealing with Davis. A serious investigation into all sales, must be completed and appropriate action taken within BLM itself against those that continued to approve these sales.
In other news Jason Meduna, convicted of horrific horse abuse involving sale authority wild horses, was arrested on a parole violation. Meduna was found to have horses in his possession again.
“Goshen County authorities arrested Jason Meduna, 46, for parole violation. The man, convicted in January 2010 on 145 counts of cruel neglect of an animal and ordered not to possess any animals for a period of 30 years, had been found by a probation official to be in possession of animals, including horses, Capt. Bryan Morehouse, of the Goshen County Sheriff’s Department told the Star-Herald.”
A blog for Zumas Ranch has a description of the events that transpired on Meduna’s haven for sale authority horses including this paragraph: “After the BLM’s arrival, it was confirmed that the horses were not poisoned, but had been starved. The majority of the herd was not at the “home base” portion fo the property, but was farther out on the 1900-acre Ranch, and in her trips out on the range to search for Rayu, the “missing” stallion, Amanda discovered a shocking, disturbing collection of deceased horse carcasses. It was apparent that the horses were dumped off the edge of a ravine, and left stacked in a pile that resulted from dumping them in this way. This grim discovery confirmed Amanda’s worst fears: that the toxin story was a carefully-crafted lie told to hide the abuse and neglect of the horses entrusted to Jason’s care.”
The animals that went to Meduna from BLM were “sale authority” or “three strike” horses, hence the name of the ranch. Meduna was funded by several organizations and touted himself, successfully, as a wild horse trainer and humanitarian. He ran his “sanctuary,” took money from the public and starved the wild horses in his care to death.
How is all of this possible? It is possible because of a rider slipped into an Omnibus spending bill byConrad Burns. Passed without presentation or debate the bill effectively stripped protections afforded under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act