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WILD HORSE, BRAVEHEART, BREAKS NECK DEFENDING HIS FAMILY FROM B.L.M.

October 12, 2010

Dedicated to the Horses who spilled their blood, lost their lives,

and gave up their Freedom For BLM.

 

Braveheart standing guard over his mare moments before he broke his neck by charging the fence.

 

From The Persian Horse Blog
By Jude Love

Tragedy at Silver King: Braveheart’s Last Stand, as Reported by Eye Witness,  Suzanne Roy, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/?p=2264

In the early morning of Wednesday, October 6, 2010, amid the vast landscape of the Silver King Herd Management Area in southeastern Nevada, a mustang family lost everything in a BLM helicopter roundup.

I looked down from a hill above the entrance to the capture site to see a striking white mare, running at full speed, with her young foal at her heels. Galloping just ahead of the helicopter was a beautiful sorrel stallion, forehead lined with a wide white blaze. He lagged behind his family, torn between making a run for freedom and protecting his mare and foal, even if that meant following them into the jaws of the trap. The stallion, who we have named Braveheart, chose family over freedom, and it cost him his life.

 

 

Not long after his decision, Braveheart charged the bars of the trap pen, defending his mare and foal against an enemy he recognized: another horse. Though the BLM contractor clearly observed that his saddle horse was causing Braveheart’s agitation, he tied his mount just outside the stallion’s pen. To Braveheart, the saddle horse appeared to be within striking range. Braveheart didn’t know know men and their metal fences wouldn’t give way to his charge. And, slamming himself against the metal fences, he went down.

 

 

BLM often claims that horses with broken necks die instantly. They don’t.

Braveheart fell down after sustaining a mortal injury, but then he struggled to his feet. Head hanging down, he searched for his family. Could he see them nearby? Could he hear or smell them as he lifted his great red-gold head one final time?

As Braveheart lay dying or dead, the BLM wranglers loaded his white mare into a trailer. Dazed by defeat, she no longer struggled. Her stallion was dead, her foal forcibly taken from her.

 

 

Next the wranglers dragged the stallion’s body, covered by a tarp, onto the same trailer, forcing the pale mare to stand over her dead mate.

 

 

An endless 40 minutes later, the truck drove off, leaving the small foal, who looked just like his father, alone in the trap pen, never to see his mother or sire again.

At the holding site, dirt was piled atop the stallion next to mounds containing the bodies of numerous other victims of this roundup. Our requests to film the body were denied; when we filmed the backhoe and the stallion’s body awaiting burial from the distance, the government-contracted wrangler drove the truck and trailer around to block our view.

Ben Noyes, the BLM wild horse and burro specialist, refused our request to speak to him to get information about Braveheart’s death. Throughout the two days that we attended the roundup, Mr. Noyes refused to speak with the public and answer questions. The PR person charged with being the spokesperson often was unable to answer basic questions about the Silver King capture operation

My colleague Deniz Bolbol and I captured the whole scene on video, despite the best efforts of the BLM to prevent us from doing so. We participated in two days of “public observation” at Silver King, during which the BLM’s main objective was to prevent us from capturing and exposing the images that convey the anguish, the trauma and the suffering wild horses endure in the BLM roundups.

BLM observation rules prevented us from observing and videotaping all aspects of the roundup including when the horses enter the trap. That is the moment they realize there is no escape, and the full impact of their capture is visible as they struggle mightily to kick down or climb fences. BLM also prevented us from filming the actual sorting of horses, when foals are wrenched from their mothers, and mares are taken from their stallions.

In previous roundups advocates have been allowed to get close enough to the trap and holding facility so that wounds could be seen – now the BLM keeps the public at such a distance that makes observation nearly impossible. It was only because we stood firm on our rights to travel the public roads in this public lands complex that we captured Braveheart’s final moments.

In Braveheart’s memory, we will continue the fight. Meanwhile, we have told BLM that we would like to adopt Braveheart’s mare and foal. After this ordeal, this pair must be reunited. It’s the least we and the BLM can do for these brave survivors

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/?p=2264

Please Call, Fax and Email the Nevada District Office of B.L.M.  to Protest this Atrocity which was caused by the B.L.M. Contracted Employee to Round Up the Wild Horses belonging to the American People.

Ely District Office
Rosemary Thomas, District Manager
Phone: 775-289-1800
Fax: 775-289-1910
Email: eyfoweb@blm.gov

Office hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F
702 North Industrial Way
HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301

Ask for Total & Complete MORATORIUM on Wild Horse Roundups.  Ask for the Dissolution of B.L.M.  Ask for the Termination of Ken Salazar, Department of Interior  and Bob Abbey, Director of  BLM.  Ask that the Employee of Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc. be Terminated and Prosecuted for Animal Cruelty.

Contact information for the Washington D.C. Office of BLM. Please ask for a Total & Complete MORATORIUM on Wild Horse Roundups; the Dissolution of B.L.M;  the Termination of Ken Salazar, Department of Interior; the Termination of Bob Abbey, Director of BLM; and finally ask that the Employee of Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc. be terminated and prosecuted for animal cruelty.

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/directory.html
Director: Bob Abbey
E-mail: Director@blm.gov
Deputy Director (Operations): Mike Pool
E-mail: Mike_Pool@blm.gov

Deputy Director (Programs and Policy): Marcilynn Burke
E-mail: Marcilynn_Burke@blm.gov
Chief of Staff: Janet Lin
E-mail: janet_lin@blm.gov

For all of the above, please use:

BLM Washington Office
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-3801
Fax: 202-208-5242

BLM’s  CONTRACTED KILLERS ARE CATTOOR LIVESTOCK ROUNDUP, INC. Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc. is responsible for their Employee’s Cruel, Callous, Evil, and Indifferent Actions and Attitude, which resulted in the unnecessary Death of a Beautiful Stallion named BraveHeart, who will never again be seen by his Mare and Foal.

Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc.
Dave and Sue Cattoor, Troy and Sandy Cattoor
PO Box 289
Nephi, Utah 84648
PHONE NUMBER: 801-361-3100
FAX NUMBER: 435-623-2415
Email: clr@wildhorseroundups.com

http://www.wildhorseroundups.com/

PLEASE CONTACT CATTOOR LIVESTOCK ROUNDUP NOW TO PROTEST THEIR CRUEL, INHUMANE, EVIL, CALLOUS INDIFFERENCE TO THE NEEDS OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES, AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN TAX PAYERS.

President Obama must also Take Responsibility for this Cruel Treatment of America’s Horses and Blatant Misuse of  Citizens’ Taxes.

CALL AND EMAIL  THE WHITE HOUSE NOW, ASK FOR A TOTAL, COMPLETE, AND IMMEDIATE MORATORIIUM ON WILD HORSE ROUNDUPS.

202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414,  www.whitehouse.gov

 

PH

 

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Judith permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:14 pm

    God damn them, god damn them to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will continue doing everything!!!!!!

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  2. Sissy Mac Neil permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:39 pm

    OMFG I am so F*cken enraged and so damn heartbroken!I hate them!

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  3. K.C. Rich permalink
    October 12, 2010 11:36 pm

    I am so saddened and enraged at the same time!! Writing my letters, making my calls!!! This is an outrage!

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  4. October 13, 2010 1:45 am

    :-(((((, I don’t understand this world anymore, nor people, “them and us”, why doesn’t the whole world pick up on these crimes. Is money all there is for them.
    So very sad, i just started an hour ago to have a fine day, what for, how can you have a “fine”day when this happens all the time.
    So Sorry for this.

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  5. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:06 am

    BLM again in its ignorance
    for braveheart, his mare and foal
    what would be recompense
    perhaps in their honor
    all the horses should be freed
    so they could once again live wild
    as it is supposed to be
    no more rounds ups, no more pens
    BLM paperwork all ground up
    the misery ends!!!!

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  6. Ricky Setticase permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:31 am

    Thank you for the contact information. Rest assured we will continue to contact and demand freedom for the horses. F…ing BLM and their murderous ways!!!

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  7. COMTESSE permalink
    November 6, 2010 6:48 pm

    TRISTE ET BELLE HISTOIRE DE CE MERVEILLEUX BRAVEHEART QUI A CHOISI DE RESTER AUPRES DE SA FAMILLE AFIN DE LA PROTEGER ET FINALEMENT TOUS SES EFFORTS ET SON SACRIFICE SONT VAINS A CAUSE DES HOMMES QUI ONT LA SUPREMATIE SUR LES ANIMAUX AUCUNES DEFERENCES , UNE INDIFFERENCE TOTALE AU STRESS ET A LA DOULEUR DE CES MUSTANGS. TOUS CES GENOCIDES OU HOLOCAUSTE POUR LA SEULE CAUSE DE BLM : INTERETS PUREMENT FINANCIERS ET PETROLIFERES. L’HOMME DETRUIT LA PLANETE MORCEAUX PAR MORCEAUX ET BIENTOT PEUT-ETRE RESEMBLERA-T-ELLE A LA LUNE ? ALORS QU’IL SERAIT PLUS SAGE DE RECHERCHER DES ENERGIES PLUS PROPRES ET QUI EXISTENT MAIS TOUJOURS AUX NOMS DES GRANDES SOCIETES OU TRUSTS ON CONTINUE DE LES ENRICHIR ! QUAND LE MONDE SE REVEILLERA, IL SERA TROP TARD.

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  8. Ambur permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:44 pm

    This is very sad, but at the same time horses in this area were dying of starvation and lack of water-the solution is to reduce the herd sizes unless all of you are going to start buying and hauling the hay and water to them. Nevada is a desert-even the northern areas-there is very limited, nutritous feed to be had and from what I understand, these herds up there are double or more then what they are suppose to be. Is leaving them alone to eat themselves out of house and home really a good, humane solution!!??

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    • February 11, 2011 11:29 am

      Ambur, are you suggesting that killing them is really a “good, humane solution”? The problem here is defining a solution using death. As I always say, I think assuming there IS a solution is the problem. There should never be a solution that results in such dismissal of life. Never. The solution is to stop thinking that life needs correction.

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  9. July 31, 2013 10:18 pm

    I think the admin of this web site is actually working hard for his web page, as here every information is quality based data.

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  10. Gábor Kővári permalink
    February 14, 2016 11:54 pm

    What happened to Braveheart’s family?
    Succeded to adopt them then?
    Any afterlife to this tragedy?

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