- Joan GuilfoyleDivision Chief, Wild Horse and Burro Program
Count the Foals
Hi, I am Robin Warren, also known as "Wild Mustang Robin" because of my work for wild horses. Recently I and YEA member Gabby Beck traveled a long distance to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility to observe conditions. What we found was shocking. We cannot say for sure what type of animal remains were found in the dumpster outside of the gate but our first thought was “What if it is a foal?”
The BLM has responded to the graphic video above with a statement saying that what we found was remains from an elk. But the if it had been an aborted foal or one that had died, there would be no way for us to know because records on foal deaths do not exist.
My friend, photographer Cat Kindsfather, insisted that “count the foals” be taken note of by the BLM at the meeting they held in response to all the outcries for shelter this summer. They wrote it down but did they listen?
While the BLM pretended that they wanted to hear from the public, they refused to accept a stack of over 17,000 signatures from our supporters into their hands. They snubbed the signatures at the meeting my friend attended, motioning for presenter Jetara Sehart to place them on a table instead. They did the same thing to me at the last BLM Advisory Board meeting, where they refused to allow a stack of a quarter million signatures within 20 feet of them but said I could leave them on the back table. I traveled 2500 miles and they turned me away in the final 20 feet.
I didn't collect your signatures for them to be ignored! We came together to be heard. Since the meeting, the BLM has not made any policy changes addressing the public’s desire for lives of foals to be counted either!
Join us in asking the BLM to count foals injured or killed in roundups and foals held in captivity.
We will not stop until they listen and we hope you won't either!
"Wild Mustang Robin"
Student Robin Warren
PS I wrote more than a week in advance to let them know we were coming on that day. They told me they couldn't give me a tour. The dumpster was outside the locked gate.
- Division Chief, Wild Horse and Burro Program
We are joining students Robin Warren, Gabby Beck and their friends in asking you to start counting foals injured, killed, or captured in roundups and foals held in captivity and all foals born (live births and still births) under your care. Wild foals are living breathing creatures – living symbols of our history who deserve to be equally protected by the law and their lives deserve to be recorded. Please keep records of foal births and deaths.
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