Do you all understand this? This is it… the end. In two years time there will be no Sheldon horses left on the range.
Even though the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) says that Sheldon has 5 years to remove horses, Sheldon plans to do it in two years. The claim is that through “appropriations” internally in Fish and Wildlife they have received a grant to complete removals in two years. In two years there will be no more “Sheldon horses,” ever.
You can google Sheldon and horses … Sheldon and “massacre”…. Sheldon and “secret removals”… Sheldon and “bone pit”… and find all of the articles written about Sheldon in the last decade. I have authored many, many articles.
Sheldon constantly makes claims to protect horses from inhumane treatment and slaughter, but the stories keep surfacing again and again. Today is no different.
Sheldon has looked the other way, not followed up, “pretended,” whatever you choose to call it for the last three years as their “carefully chosen” contractor has failed to offer even an adoption application and phone call to a reference to those that have pulled up and taken horses “for free.” Those horses were shipped to J&S Associates (shipping paid by USFWS) along with payment of a $1000. a horse of tax payer funds.
Sheldon was alerted last fall that there were issues with the contractor. No adoption applications, reference checks, just bring a trailer and pick up horses.
John Kasbohm and Brian Day of Sheldon did a “review” of contractors before renewing contracts. With this same contractor they found poor record keeping, no adoption applications, no reviews of adopters, some horses admittedly taken to sale by those that picked them up. We are not just talking about horses delivered in 2012… but 2010, 2011 and 2012.
They claim to have cast a net “far and wide” to find options. We have yet to hear from anyone that has received any solicitation from Sheldon in the rescue community. As far as we can tell Sheldon reached out to three sources only in the advocate community. Sheldon only began looking for alternatives during the month of May 2013 and closed options end of August.
In 30 days Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge plans to ship horses (no charge for shipping) and pay $252,000 dollars to the same contractor that failed to afford any pretense of protection from slaughter as they deliver 252 horses.
Options have been presented that have been rejected for alternatives. Only one slim option remains… for the last of the Sheldons.
Needless to say this is an intense time as we review the limited options available. One slim option is left….
Tonight I keep wondering where all of the people are that have made claims to be standing for Sheldon this last decade? All of those that bash the efforts of others? My guess is that they are simply waiting to bash those that try…
My treatments have limited my time in the field to the intense issues that have arisen in the BLM summer schedule… Silver King was cancelled, Delamar was cancelled, Snowstorm was cancelled, Triple B gave observation, Kamma had removals (covered by Travel Channel)… and we can’t forget all of the legal documents filed this summer (at least 12 motions and briefs). And we can’t forget the McDermitt/Fallon auction insanity that has continued with issues…
Every year Sheldon seems to skirt accountability.
But this is the end… this is it. Why is it so hard to create an opportunity for Sheldon to wipe away the some of the tragedy of the past and do what it can for the very last of the Sheldon horses? Why does it have to be a fight? Why are they so obstinate about slowing things down and removing the last of our War Horses with dignity? WHY?
Slideshow below from a WHE volunteer. As I have not been able to go out we have had others go into the field. AGAIN the Sheldons appear in good health (just like the last three years in a row) on the range… and this year? No foals have been seen… remember most of the horses in the Sheldon have been rendered infertile…. this is where we have seen vasectomies (so they look like stallions and hysterectomies…. even hysterectomies through the rectum)
Are we ready to say “good bye” to the Sheldons? Are we ready to again allow them to be betrayed by not taking the best care of them we can…? No… we are not.
Please help us make a stand. We are trying two options and will explain which one is the direction we choose early next week. We have 30 days to stop the horses from, at best, a questionable fate. We need your support. Wild Horse Education http://wildhorseeducation.org
The last of the Sheldons.