Information acquired as a result of a public records request Pegasus Equine Guardian Association submitted to Texas State University has uncovered that federal grant money is being paid to Jacob Thompson Cattle LLC, also known as Thompson Horse Lot & Co. by Texas State University.
Based on the info we received from TSU the $80k+ grant money is to cover costs for roundups of 70-210 horses over the course of as many as 7 roundup “events”, with in the date range 9/30/17-9/29/18. This might mean they will request more grant money after Oct 2018.
Texas State University who was awarded 1.75 mil by Army Corps of Engineers.
“The Corps has awarded Texas State’s Integrated Natural and Cultural Resources Team (INCRT) with several task orders totaling $1.75 million. The INCRT is an interdisciplinary team of specialists from departments and programs across the university led by Dr. Todd Ahlman, the director of our Center for Archaeological Studies. The Texas State team will conduct archaeological surveys and support the management of cultural resources at U.S. Air Force bases and training facilities in eight states.” See more here https://mailchi.mp/4d5d103101aa/news-from-the-hill?e=0d5b7510e3
Read more about TSUs involvement: US Army, Civilian led Environmental Division / Range Control at Fort Polk, and Texas State University fund Thompson Kill Buyers
The Thompson Kill pen located in Pitkin, LA is approximately 15 minutes diving distance from the south / east gates of Fort Polk. This organization and its agents are known for their questionable business practices and cruel treatment of horses.
See more about this organization and its agents legal troubles by clicking on the links below:
Currently what we are witnessing is literally the annihilation of a herd that has ranged on these lands for over a century. While there have been dumped horses, the vast majority are wild horses that have thrived in this area for a very long time.
Words cannot describe the disgust I feel with the way the Army and TSU has chosen to handle this.
The course of action currently in motion, the frequency, and the way the USARMY and TSU are carrying it out, could set a dangerous catastrophic precedent for wild and domestic horses for years and decades to come.
The horses should be protected and their long-term welfare considered regardless if they have been abandoned, if they are generationally wild or otherwise wild, their welfare is at stake.
As we have seen the requirements for an organization allowed to handle these animals are of the lowest standard. Considering the collaboration with Jacob Thompson and agents of the Thompson Kill Pen in Pitkin, LA who are known for their questionable business practices and cruel treatment of horses.
To make matters worse, there is a significant amount of controversy surrounding the current 501c3 selected by the Army, Meridian Falls Ranch, who have denied collaborative help from local individuals whose only goal is to to see these horses find a safe place to land, which is absurd knowing the struggle to place well trained horses in our society much less wild horses. This lack of collaboration to ensure the best possible outcome for horses evicted encouraged people to look a little deeper into Meridian Falls track record, and what has been found is extremely worrisome. A little research has shown that there have been some serious allegations to one of board members/president not to mention a conviction on “cruelty to livestock animals” in 2016 and an arrest for “Abandon Endanger Child Criminal Negligence” on 10/22/2017. The concern is Meridian Falls Ranch will resort to inhumane disposal of the horses.
So what we have covered is that federal grant money is being used to fund criminals with Livestock associated convictions to handle these precious horses and a complete disregard for their long term welfare.
This is a travesty and as an American citizen and a lifelong resident of Louisiana I am appalled.
To see the all records received from Texas State University, including emails, text messages and contract info. click this link: 05-22-18 Texas State University Responds to Public Records Request