FWS officials intend to pay Palmer to take at least 90 more Sheldon horses, knowing that many of these cherished animals will enter the slaughter pipeline, despite the Obama Administration's public position against horse slaughter.
Tell Interior Secretary Jewell to STOP this planned roundup!
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
Meet Stan Palmer. He's the owner of J&S Associates.
This is the man who the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) which is part of the Department of Interior, contracted with to "adopt out" wild horses rounded up from the Sheldon Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border between 2010 and 2012.
The agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, prohibits them from “send(ing) any animals to auction or slaughter." It also requires contractors to provide “safe and humane care” to horses prior to adoption, "to secure safe, humane good adoptive placements," and to annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters each year.
Despite this, Palmer and J&S cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under this contract. All horses are microchipped by Sheldon before transport to adoption contractors to facilitate accountability, registration and tracking of horses. After a citizen complaint, the FWS investigated J&S Associates and was able to verify legitimate adoptions for a maximum of 29 of the 262 horses.
We suspect many of the missing horses ended up at slaughterhouses. In fact, one Alabama man who Palmer "adopted" horses to admitted to selling “a bunch” at a livestock auction. And in an email to an FWS official, Palmer wrote that he couldn't secure information about what happened to some of the other horses because the new owner was afraid of "getting himself or someone else in trouble."
I'm writing to urge you to immediately halt the pending Fish & Wildlife Service wild horse roundup at the Sheldon Refuge while issues of transparency, humane treatment and adoption security are addressed, especially with the adoption contractors FWS has chosen.
The Performance Work Statement for Sheldon adoption contractors prohibits the contractor from “send(ing) any animals to auction or slaughter.” It also requires contractors to provide “safe and humane care” to horses prior to adoption and to annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters each year.
This year, the FWS intends to contract with Stan Palmer of J&S Associates for adoption of Sheldon horses. Under no circumstances should this happen. The FWS' own investigation found that Mr. Palmer violated violated multiple provisions of a previous adoption contract with Sheldon.
Specifically, the investigation found that he cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses between 2010 and 2012, despite being required to keep those records.
The investigation also raised questions about the adequacy of care provided by J&S, particularly with regard to foals: “At least 10 foals deteriorated in condition from September to November 2012. The failure of these foals to gain weight was likely the result of J&S not taking the time and steps to provide individual care following weaning.”
In addition, there is tremendous public support for maintaining these historic wild horses and burros on the refuge. If the FWS continues to ignore the public will -- as evidenced by thousands of public comments -- and intends to eradicate these herds, then the only responsible and humane course is to phase them out over time through fertility control and/or permanent sterilization, allowing these animals to live out their lives and die on the range.
Thanks for your consideration....
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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