The Mustang Conspiracy: A Wild Horse Holocaust

What do the U.S. Government and British Petroleum have in common?  Well, aside from bureaucratic B.S. and a whole lot more money than we could ever dream of… they also seem to have a complete lack of concern for the sanctity of life.  BP and the Bureau of Land Management are the culprits behind the round up and destruction of entire herds of Wild Horses.

When I first heard about this, my first question was, Why?  What would the Government have to gain by eliminating wild mustangs?  The answer is disturbing and predictable.  Money money money money.

It seems that officials regard these majestic creatures to be pests…. invasive species that have no business taking up space on hallowed U.S. ground that could be used for more native species such as cattle.  You know, the mighty Herefords that once roamed free across the American landscape.  Do you sense my sarcasm? Hope so.

Officials from the BLM say that these horses must be rounded up because they are destroying the land where they roam, eating up all of the grass.  They say it is in the best interest of the horse, who would otherwise die for lack of food and water.  So they’re heroes, you see?  And after the horses, who in some cases numbered only about 1,500 to a million square acres of land, are removed, guess what often takes their place?  You got it, animals that do nothing BUT graze and use resources… cattle.

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This is all the more sickening when one realizes that horses are NOT an invasive species.  They are native to North America.  Those in charge of their removal claim that horses came here with Spanish Conquistadors and that they do not belong here.  Not so.  North America is the birthplace of the horse and only after they were transported around the world did they become popular in Spain and other parts of Europe.  And after the majority of our native horses were gone, Europeans brought them back.  But this is their home.  More so than it is a native home to most of us, keep that in mind.

At one time, in the not so distant past, our Government agreed with that notion.  As the population of wild horses began to dwindle a few decades ago, Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  This act states:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

It is tragic to see that a government capable of showing so much compassion, has now turned its back on these creatures without whom life as we know it would be dramatically different.  Horses have transported our goods and ourselves, enabled us to communicate from one end of the Country via the Pony Express,  tilled our fields, and bore our burdens.  Shame, shame, shame on those who would see them destroyed.

So, what becomes of the horses after they are rounded up? Well, let’s take the prime example of the Calico Roundup in Nevada.   In the interest of fairness, here is the website provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management with regard to the Calico Roundup.

The wild horses that were “gathered” during this ordeal, were forced to run miles upon miles to their designated holding facility on sharp volcanic rock in the middle of winter.  BLM claimed that the winter snow would “cushion” hooves, but the reality is that the winter conditions made the trek far more deadly.  Lawyers fighting such roundups claim that the use of helicopters to roundup horses should be ruled as inhumane, because they cause such violent trauma to the terrified beasts.

During the roundup itself, 39 horses died of trauma or injury.  Once they reached the holding facility, the death toll kept rising.  Claims of poor living conditions and cramped quarters have been levied against the “caretakers”.   Investigative Reporter George Knapp says that some horses died after the rough terrain they were forced to gallop across actually caused hoofs to fall off.  As of March of 2010, 77 horses had died inside the Fallon facility where they were being held.

The following video contains footage captured by visitors to the Broken Arrow holding facility in Fallon, NV.


“We are the Bureau of Land Management — not the Bureau of Wildlife, not the Bureau of Horses, not the Bureau of Cows. It’s the land,” said BLM District Manager Gene Seidlitz.

There was also the sad incident of an 8 month old colt who had to be euthanized.  Apparently its hoofs fell off after galloping over the rough terrain.  A vet who examined it said that it was the result of  “hoof trauma”.

Some other reports worth checking out:

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Wild horse roundup gathers nationwide protests

Pace of wild horse deaths accelerates at BLM holding facility

Photo: Participants display placards during a “March for Mustangs” rally in Washington, D.C., on March 25. Credit: Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty

The Bureau of Land Management’s Calico Hills wild horse roundup last winter proved to be among the bloodiest mustang operation in memory.  More than 100 horses died, some at the roundup site, most at the Broken Arrow holding facility. In addition, dozens of pregnant mares spontaneously aborted their young.

With little to no justification for the roundups, it is difficult to figure out why they would continue, especially in the light of all of the negative press the BLM has received, not to mention a request by a Federal Judge to stop.  Could it really be all about grazing room for cattle?  Or is there something more sinister going on?

Enter the Usual Suspects.


The daunting project that is The Ruby Pipeline will transport natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon.  It just so happens that the line runs right through the heart of five separate wild horse herd areas.  The 700 mile pipe will also require a highway to be build parallel to the line.  The horses are in the way.  Turns out… one of the largest users of the pipeline will be BP.  And now you know the real story.

A new roundup that was taking place over the summer was suspended.  According to the New York Times:

The Bureau of Land Management has suspended a wild-horse roundup after seven animals died of dehydration. The agency says two groups were herded by helicopter to holding pens in northern Elko County on Saturday. The agency says extra water was provided and veterinarians treated dehydrated animals. But on Sunday, four horses were found dead in the pens and several others showed signs of colic and brain swelling. Seven horses eventually died.

George Knapp and Mark Allin from Above Top Secret did an expose about this very topic on   I highly recommend checking it out below.

The Mustang Conspiracy:  Sex, Lies, and BP

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