Punish Rancher for Allegedly Selling Wild Horses to Slaughter

Target: Governor John Hickenlooper

Goal: Punish a rancher who purchased 1,794 wild horses and allegedly sold them to slaughter houses in Mexico.

Rancher Tom Davis allegedly sent a total of 1,794 wild horses to slaughter for a healthy profit, costing taxpayers a total of $140,000 for transport, according to an article in The Denver Post. These horses were bought for roughly $18,000 then sold by Mr. Davis to Mexican slaughterhouses for roughly $154,000. Mr. Davis is also quoted saying he’s sold “almost all of them” when asked how many of the horses have been sold to slaughter.

Mr. Davis is only one of many pro-slaughter ranchers, and many of them advocate for less oversight when dealing with wild horses purchased from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It is also noted that only 765 horses purchased by Mr. Davis were actually inspected during transport, which leaves an unaccounted for 1,000 horses. It is also convenient that the state of Colorado has decided not to prosecute Mr. Davis for these questionable practices.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is designed to manage herd sizes of wild horses by catching and selling them to interested owners. The intent is for these wild horses to go to good homes. Instead, they are being bought by ranchers for low prices and then sold for profit to slaughterhouses in Mexico. This has been a pervasive problem for the program in the last decade, with more and more people buying and re-selling the horses.

The next big problem is that there seems to be a lack of consistent attention given to what happens to horses sold by the BLM. That the bureau seems to be against any legislation preventing the sale of purchased horses to slaughter is only one of many questionable practices.

This problem is exacerbated by the BLM catching more wild horses than they have facilities to contain and care for. So when men like Mr. Davis show up and offer to take a few thousand of them off their hands, the BLM is more than happy to comply. This produces a situation of zero accountability for the BLM, as they can sell off the horses and by the time anyone outside of their system becomes aware that the animals were sold to slaughter, it’s too late to do anything.

The situation is profitable for the BLM and for the ranchers, but wastes taxpayer money and the lives of wild horses. Of course, this situation is also exacerbated by ever-intensifying demands that all sports and jobs utilizing horses be shut down. So the only people left who can afford or have the means to care for horses are these ranchers who sell them to slaughter.

Regardless of what causes this situation, these men should still be held accountable for their actions. Do not allow men like Tom Davis to walk free of repercussions and work a system designed to benefit everyone but taxpayers and wild horses. Sign and urge authorities to at least demand this man take responsibility for evading customs checks for 1,000 animals, and for questionable business practices.


Dear Governor Hickenlooper,

Colorado rancher Tom Davis recently purchased 1,794 wild horses from the Wild Horse and Burro Program, paying roughly $18,000 and costing about $140,000 in taxpayer money for their transport. He then turned around and sold these horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico for about $154,000.

This is not an uncommon practice between ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management. In fact, Colorado prosecutors decided not to prosecute Mr. Davis despite the fraudulent business transaction and the questionable practices of turning a profit on taxpayer money. This practice is one that will prove a threat to diminishing wild horse populations in America.

It is disappointing that Mr. Davis is not being held accountable for his actions. While legislation doesn’t specifically address re-selling BLM purchased horses to slaughterhouses, that this practice takes place under-desk is enough to encourage an investigation. At the very least, Mr. Davis should face the consequences of only 765 horses being properly inspected when transported to his property in Colorado–that a glaring 1,000 animals weren’t does not speak well of him or those in charge of inspections.

It’s a disappointing mark against Colorado when so many have praised the state for its otherwise generally progressive practices. Please don’t allow men to walk free from these questionable practices. Consider the effects this will have on America’s wild horse population in the future.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management

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  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Can’t tell u how many petitions i’ve signed on Tom Davis, he needs to take his boot off & shove it so far up his ass & take his cowboy hat & shove that right up his ass too.

  2. Henry Geib Henry Geib says:

    Absolutely this man and any others like him need to be punished for these acts. These beautiful intelligent creatures do not deserve to just be another piece of meat sold for greed and profit. I totally agree with Shelli Schmidt, she hit it right on the nose on what Mr. Davis can do. Karma is a bitch and it will come back to bite him right in his backside.

  3. Horrible monster all those horses, an evil man, he needs to be dropped in a vat of acid, no animal should suffer like that.

  4. Teresa DePaula says:

    All of the people WHO work & own Horse Slaughters are Evil Cruel Folks who will Live their eternal life in Hell = living their worse nightmares over & over OR Reincarnated as a Tortured Horse in a slaughter factory; or a Tortured Abused Child!! The Evil Mentally Insane that eat & sell dogs need TO be put in a Mental institute; They are Evil & spreading Evil to others via eating God’s Innocent dogs that were given TO US FOR LOVE, PROTECTION, COMPANIONSHIP AND even as eyes & ears for the blind.
    If These EVIL people want to spend eternal life in Heaven = reliving beautiful dreams over & over; then they MUST Stop TORTURING, SELLING & EATING DOGS & CATS!!
    A cow, chicken or fish = you can humanely kill, then throw directly on a grill & eat = they were made to eat!! Dog Or cat = Eaters Cover in a sauce & put a bunch of season to be eaten & still stay horrible == they were not meant to eat!!

  5. death to tom davis the horse killer now.

  6. What barbarians “humans” are …
    They will do anything they possibly can for money and seem to have absolutely no conscience at all.
    With people such as these, one day there will be no animals left to share their natural beauty and specialness with us. Sadly they may only be seen in picture books.

  7. Kathy Gonzales says:

    Someone needs to stop this man! Please Governer Hickenlooper! The horses are a part of Western Heritage. Plesse don’t let me down Governer Hickenlooper!

  8. Just another government agency that isn’t working for the people but the ranchers! Why do we keep these agencies open and use our tax dollars to fund them when they don’t even do their JOBS! Everyone in government is in the pocket of someone.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  10. “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”


  11. i used to live one county away from that bastard ..he also used to drown his dogs new born pups instead of spaying her

  12. Natasha Glinsky says:

    Wow, mr davis! You’ve just made some more blood $. Anything for a buck right? Don’t worry, you’ll have a nice cushy life. It’s the afterlife that you’ve screwed up for yourself. Wait till those angle horses get their revenge on you there!

  13. I would like 10 minutes alone with this scumbag…

    Also, when is anybody going to hold those worthless pieces of garbage who steal money from taxpayers under the guise of working for the BLM accountable???!!! What a sick joke they are, along with this farce of an agency!!! Fire them all & charge them with stealing horses, animal abuse & gross negligence! I am so sick of people like these getting away with what they do!

  14. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    Nothing new…he just got caught. These horses and the slaughter business is big money that we pay for,horses suffer horribly. Loopholes and laws and NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE DOING!

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