Congress members rebuke BLM wild horse and burro program
Sixty-four members of Congress joined Raul Grijalva ( D-Ariz) in expressing strong criticism for Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) wild horse and burro program in a letter delivered to Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar and Bob Abbey, BLM Director, on thursday.Areas of concern include; the spaying of wild mares and gelding of wild stallions in order to create non-reproducing herds, the accuracy of population census methods, and BLM's commitment to herd conservation and stewardship.
HONEY BANDIT INVITES YOU TO ENJOY THE BIG DAY IN SHINGLETOWN. His birthday party and our 2nd annual Open House.
For horse lovers, people who enjoy the fresh clean mountain air, grandmas and grandpas who want to take their kids out for a special day, and anyone just looking for adventure, this is your day.
Drive up State Highway 44 East from Redding towards Mt. Lassen. Stop at 'RAIN', (Rescued Animals in Need), one of our local spots. Rain is a non-profit with a darling little thrift store and they rescue critters, find them homes and have been monumental in providing funds for spaying and neutering our local pets. Their work ensures that no more critters are added to the mix when there are so many thousands of puppies and kittens (adults too) that are in need of a home to avoid being euthanized. They are a wonderful organization and would welcome your support. They are located at the cross street of Black Butte, and Hwy 44. You can call 474-5885 for the actual address.
Honey Bandit's OPEN HOUSE & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION with CHILLY PEPPER is from 11:00 a.m. to about 7 or 8. This gives you time to drive down and visit the Wild Horse Sanctuary and then come back up the hill and out of the heat to cool off in the fresh mountain air.
You can stop by the WESTON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST on Shingletown Ridge Road. Visit their website at firstname.lastname@example.org for a preview. Enjoy a cold drink while you sit on the back deck overlooking the horse sanctuary and if you bring your binoculars, you may see wild horses munching away. Weston House Bed & Breakfast is a veritable oasis and will surprise you with it's lush beauty. Relax and cool off, while marveling at the view of the Sacramento Valley and surrounding areas. Peace will fill you in this beautiful location. Meet Jackson (who was one of the lucky foals at the sanctuary that survived the mountain lion that attacked him). Listen to the story of how brave and intelligent he was and the fact that within one half hour of his being "sorted" from the rest of the babies he was in a stall, haltered and allowing us to administer medication to his wounds. He needed no chute or restraints. He demonstrates the intelligence of our beloved mustangs. Then meet Penny, the gorgeous filly who also came from the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Spend a few moments with the beautiful Angela and have "hands on" visitation with her mustangs. She will be open from 12:00 - 5:00.
Stop by and say Happy Birthday to HONEY BANDIT, AMERICA'S POSTER BOY TO STOP THE ROUNDUPS, AND THE COLT THAT PUT SHINGLETOWN ON THE MAP, and also to CHILLY PEPPER, our first "MIRACLE MUSTANG" and the inspiration for our rescue. Also meet CARSON, the inspirational colt for WHISPERING WINDS ANIMAL RESCUE, who has been rescuing wild horses (and other critters) for years. I had worked with wild horses for about 8 years, and after meeting Sue for about 3 minutes at a protest to Stop the Roundups, she was the one who helped us get this all started. Without her, their would be no CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG, EQUINE RESCUE & MORE, (ORPHAN FOAL DIVISION OF WWAR) and HONEY BANDIT WOULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED! She is an amazing lady and puts the horses and animals before anything. So come by and meet her, and tell her thank you for making all of this possible!
So there you have it. Three great events for the family and a visit to RAIN. HONEY BANDIT will be greeting his friends from 11 a.m. until about 7 or 8ish, to give everyone time to visit the other attractions and cool off in the fresh mountain air. We will be having birthday cake around 4:00 and hope to see you there. This community is an unexplored treasure by many, and Saturday, August 20th will be a day for all to enjoy. The little ones will enjoy one on one time with DaBubbles, Shingletown's famous survivor of the mountain lion attack. Meet Patches, the other mini who was donated for therapy work. Don't forget little SURI, who survived a week in the snow without her band or momma and is now doing very well. She will be up for adoption, but we need to raise the funds for her upcoming hernia operation. Another Miracle Mustang. Do you sense a theme???
Call 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 with questions. God Bless and see you Saturday!
It's been awhile, almost a year since we actually got HB. Looking back at his pictures, it reminds me how strong his little mustang heart was and how much will he had to survive. It is truly a miracle. He is thriving, and so are the rest of the gang.
Suri had her first "pedicure", and did very well. We enjoyed visitors from Texas on the 4th of July, and truly love the visits from all of the people who want to see the horses. Please do not ever think you are "bothering us", as some people have worried about. It is truly an honor to be part of such a great community and be able to share what we have all accomplished together. These guys belong to all of us, and they are a tribute to your compassion and generosity.
Suri will need her hernia surgery soon, but is doing well in the meantime. She is such a beautiful girl and don't forget she will be up for adoption. We will need to find her a wonderful home so she can be a "best friend"
Honey Bandit and Suri will be attending the "FUN DAY" in Shingletown for the Volunteer Fire Department, Fund Raiser, on the 13th of August, and The next Saturday, August 20th, we will be having a joint birthday party for CHILLY PEPPER AND HONEY BANDIT, along with our second annual OPEN HOUSE. Spend the day, afternoon, evening etc. with us in the cool mountain pines. This year we will be holding it at
34694 SIDE BOTTOM ROAD
SHINGLETOWN, CA 96088
530 474 5197 530 339-1458
Come and meet Suri and decide if she is the perfect horse for you! We will have food and drinks and lots of cool fresh air. There is no charge, but of course donations are always welcome. The temperature is usually about 20-25 degrees cooler than Redding, so come hang out, see the gang and have a wonderful day with us!
Palomino & the gang.
(Side Bottom Road is about 7 miles past Shingletown on Hwy 44). You will see a white sign on the right side of the road and it is the second place in!) Call us and come visit the horses that put Shingletown on the map.:) People as far away as Finland, Nova Scotia, Australia, etc. know where Honey Bandit lives...... Shingletown is a world wide name now. ha ha :)
At least by NOT attending the circus, you are not supporting this cruelty. I know there are so many horrors out there it is overwhelming, but at least you can actually help this one by simply not attending the circus.
July 19, 2011
Federal Appeals Court Denies Emergency Request to Halt Triple B Roundup
BLM Cleared to Begin Massive Mustang Capture Operation in Northeast Nevada Tomorrow
We're sorry to deliver the disappointing news that, earlier this afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency request to halt the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Triple B roundup in Nevada.
The BLM reports that it will begin the roundup tomorrow near the Utah border. The helicopter stampede and capture operation will last six weeks, removing an estimated 1,700 mustangs from their homes on public lands.
Many thanks and praise go to Rachel Fazio, lead attorney, and local counsel Julie Cavanaugh-Bill for their tireless efforts on behalf of plaintiffs The Cloud Foundation
, ecologist Craig Downer and wild horse advocate Lorna Moffat.
For more information on the Ninth Circuit's ruling, please see the Associated Press storyhere
Just got an email from Carrol Abel.
The wild horses lost as the Judge ruled in favor of BLM.
No more details, but will send if I get them.
It’s Tuesday night, and the temperature is dropping fast. It is hard to believe we are near the middle of July. The mountain air is fresh and clean, but I am worried that the dramatic changes in the weather are hard on Suri. She is still fighting her cough. It was getting better, but tonight she is coughing a lot more. Her temperature is pretty much perfect, “101”, and her nose is clear. So we will say a prayer and keep a close eye on her.
We are supposed to be heading to Nevada for the court case on Thursday. (DID THAT) It is so frustrating not finding a perfect solution for our wild horse management. Will they be wiped out? Are the gene pools going to be so damaged by human interference that ultimately they will disappear?
There are so many questions about the wild horses. Looking up I see DaBubbles playing with Patches. It reminds me of the day that we walked out, only to find him on the ground in shock, his neck torn wide open from the claws and teeth of the mountain lion that came into our yard at around 1 or so in the afternoon. We spent three months getting those wounds to heal. It was extremely painful for him, as anyone who has ever gotten an infection from a cat scratch or bite knows. He literally went through unspeakable pain when we had to clean inside of his neck, around the various muscles and interior parts to try and control his infection. I have to say, PTL though, as he bounces around like a ping pong ball as good as new. But what a horribly painful thing to endure.
It makes me think about why we have so many around. Talking to Fish & Game, he explained that there are various reasons why an area would have too many mountain lions. He told us how having “un-natural feeding habitats” will bring more and more to the area. One example he gave was a place nearby where they are still breeding wild horses. He explained it like this. “If you provide more than a normal amount of food”, you will bring in more than a normal amount of predators.
Now I understand that many people deem “birth control by mountain lion” a natural situation for babies in the wild. However, I wonder where we draw the line. Having lived with excruciating chronic pain for the last 33 years, I just don’t believe we should create circumstances where we know it will end up with an animal in horrible pain. We actually interrupted a kill a couple of years ago when we were out riding one evening. The baby had been run into a fence by the mountain lion. She was lucky in the fact that her neck broke, so she died before she was actually torn apart, but the fear and terror she would have felt would have been awful. So creating this scenario is something I have a very hard time with. But of course I am looking at it from a “bleeding heart” stand point.
In the wild, there are normally a few mares that will be impregnated by the stallions. God had a perfect plan, and He made sure that the stallions in the wild instinctively know which mares should be bred. They don’t just run around all crazy and cover every mare. Also, in the wild, the band could easily cover 12 miles or so a day. (Of course they are not running during the heat of the day, but they can cover quite a bit of ground anyway.) The older or sick mares will need all their energy to survive and travel with the band. The stallions do not breed these mares. However, in captivity, (and also after the roundups) things are not “natural” and mares get bred that would not without human interference. So in captivity, you have 40- 50 babies in a tiny area. That is also not what happens in the wild. You will never go out and see wild horses and 40 or 50 babies so close together. But because the horses need to be fed in captivity, they spend lots more time closer together. Thus you have a veritable “buffet”, if you will, for the cats.
While so many horses are going to slaughter, do we want to be sending more, by allowing uncontrolled breeding in captivity? I understand that most of the babies are not surviving, so therefore aren’t needing to be adopted, but is this humane birth control? The ones that do survive are like the cats and dogs that are born nowadays. For every new one, another one ends up in the pound, or goes to slaughter or whatever. We need to find homes for the existing critters before we start bringing more and more into the world just because people like to see babies. I understand that there are certain breeds of all animals that are working and need to be bred, but we don’t need more animals that are pretty much unwanted and with so many of them needing homes. It is sad that while humans try to “rescue” animals, we also create so many problems when we interfere with nature. Honey Bandit was healthy and happy on the range, and then nearly died due to “human interference”. The babies born in captivity are being set up for slaughter by the mountain lions due to human interference. Only in the wild does it seem like the “plan” works. The sick and weak are eaten, thus protecting the health of continuing generations, but it is done naturally, and not due to our interference.
Another side effect of this according to Fish & Game is that locally we are ending up with more and more cats and they are becoming more and more lazy. They grow up eating from the “buffet”, and no longer want to “hunt”. They acquire a taste for “domestic animals”, and start eating our cats, dogs, horses and goats. What if it would have been a toddler in our yard instead of a baby mini?????? The elementary and pre- school, are less than half a mile away. About 3 minutes by cat time. If we are not careful, we are going to lose more than our livestock. Fish and Game also told me that if people would start reporting the attacks on their livestock, we could actually do something about the problem. He said that they are well aware of the fact that there is a big problem, but with no incidents on record, they cannot do anything about it. A fact that I found very interesting is that you cannot kill a mountain lion if it attacks your dog or cat, only livestock. But you are legal to kill one if it is attacking your livestock, so we need to start reporting them and getting a record on paper.
It seems like a natural solution to this issues is simple, quit breeding more babies until we have homes for the thousands that are going to slaughter and left to starve. There is such a horrific problem with wild and domestic alike that people are finding horses left by the side of the road, tied to their trailers when they come back from a ride, and the mustangs are piling up by the thousands in corrals , left to live in pens if they don’t end up at slaughter houses. IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!
It’s Thursday, July 14, 2011, and we are driving away from the courthouse. Although we are hopeful, all we can do now is pray. The Judge seemed to listen very carefully, and seemed concerned about the welfare of the horses. With the gathers planned to begin in two days, emotions are high, and all we can do is once again wait for the court’s decision.
I wish there was a way to know the truth, and I mean the accurate and complete and whole truth about exactly what the facts are. Wouldn’t it be nice to know FOR SURE, THE EXACT NUMBER OF THE HORSES OUT THERE AND THE TRUE CONDITION OF THE LAND??? It would also be cool to know exactly how much rain each area would get too, but I guess that shows how futile a wish this really is.
I also would like to find a way to work TOGETHER. We so need to do that, as we waste so much time and energy fighting both sides when that energy and the finances could be used for the horses.
I know that at the BLM Advisory Board hearing in Phoenix, there was a group that has access to a helicopter (or owns one) and offered to deliver water to horses in Nevada wherever it was needed. Once again the lines of communication have not been utilized. Here we have a major issue where BLM is having to import water, when there are volunteers ready and willing to do that.
Anyone knowing the name of the group volunteering to do that, would you please let me know the information?
Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday. Everyone was very respectful and the Judge stated how impressed he was that so many people care about this and that it was great that with a group this large everyone was on their best behavior.
Back home to Suri and the gang. Take care and God Bless. Thank you for everyone who helps support the efforts of this great endeavor.
I already received email that I should be before Congress instead of in Reno, (and we haven't even left Reno yet) as they are the ones that gave the orders for the roundups. Hmmmmm I would love to go back to DC and fight the fight, but it is a very expensive one. We definitely need to keep working on this though, before there aren’t any more horses out there. So keep sending letters and calling everyone, Senators, Members of the House, and let’s “git er done”.
Hopefully we will have the results of the Judge's decision today. (I am late sending this out as I don't have internet 100% of the time yet - sorry :) )
Wow, looking at the babies, dripping profusely as they play under the sprinklers, I think we should all take note. We whine and complain about the heat, when all we have to do is "play in the sprinklers". When exactly is it, I wonder, that we become too uptight or is it just forgetful???? to simply cool off?
DaBubbles and Suri, follow the cool falling water until they are literally soaked. Patches and Honey Bandit spend almost as much time playing in it, but don't end up looking like a dripping rug. You can't help but smile as HB sticks his head up as high as he can while the water rains down. Then he lowers it and goes on eating until the next time it comes around. Matt picked up the hose yesterday and Suri stood and slowly turned in circles so she could get completely hosed off.
The simplest things in life are often the best. I remember spending hours in the sprinklers when we were kids. Guess I'll have to join the critters.
I can hardly believe that Honey Bandit is a year old. Wow, what a difference in this young man. He is gentle and sweet, (although he can still be spooky sometimes), and is such a love. He has finally outgrown (PTL) for the most part his daily habit of getting cast, or stuck upside down. His brain is coming back
Observers are needed for the upcoming roundups in Oregon, and we will hopefully be able to help with that. Say a prayer that the gas prices keep coming down. Not sure just how far away the roundups actually are. But it is important that we have observers there. Hmmm last time I tried to go "observe", I got Honey Bandit. I really hope that people remember that although HB was lost in the shuffle, if BLM hadn't given HB to our rescue, he would have not survived.
Plan the 3rd Saturday in August for HONEY BANDITS & CHILLY PEPPER'S JOINT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Will be a fabulous day, and you can make it a "two fer", as the horse sanctuary in Shingletown has their open house the same day. Thank you for your continued support which allows us to "git er done". God Bless - Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 30027 State Highway 44 East, Shingletown, CA 96088 www.chillypepper.weebly.com
Call 530 474 5197 if ya'll want to come visit.