Sound the alarm before even more wild horses disappear from Stan Palmer's property
You probably remember Stan Palmer. In case you don't, he's the shady middleman the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) trusts to "adopt out" wild horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.
Palmer and his company, J&S Associates, cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under a 2010-2012 contract with FWS. This despite an agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, that prohibits them for shipping any horses to slaughter, and requires that they ensure the horses are adequately cared for and annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters.
Palmer didn't follow the terms of this agreement between 2010 and 2012, yet FWS is turning to him again in 2013 to once again get rid of Sheldon horses. Here's the latest:
- 252 horses have already been shipped to Palmer.
- Horses are leaving Palmer's in truckloads to unknown destinations.
- One of Palmer's employees didn't seem too concerned with terms of the FWS agreement recently when he posted on Facebook about the horses: "you show up with your trailer and load em up" and "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."
- Palmer is being paid almost $300,000 to take approximately 250 horses from Sheldon this year, bringing the total to nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds paid since 2010 to Palmer to dispose of Sheldon horses for the federal government.
Sheldon horses at Stan Palmer's in Mississippi in October 2013...from court documents
While a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the shipment of more horses to Palmer was filed on Friday by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education, we've got to do everything we can to stop Palmer and FWS from funneling these horses, at taxpayer expense, into this backdoor slaughter program.
That's why we need your help to raise this issue with the U.S. Senate. The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (EPW) has oversight over FWS and the power to make this right.