An opinion piece in The Daily Sentinel, published 06/10/18, addresses the problem of wild horses in long-term holding, which costs the American taxpayer $50 million annually.
Sell them for ‘humane processing,’ as we do with millions of other companion animals such as cattle, hogs and chickens.
Fantastic idea. Gathers would be renamed ‘harvests,’ and poor people around the world would be able to buy meat at reasonable prices.
And speaking of slaughter, don’t forget the $500 million spent each year by the federal government to aid in the murder of pre-born kids. This, of course, saves billions in entitlement spending.
In 1939, Archie D. Ryan of the US Grazing Service (forerunner of the BLM) said “The wild horse consumes forage needed by domestic livestock. They bring in no return and serve no useful purpose.”
Nothing has changed. Today, that statement provides the axiomatic basis of the wild horse narrative. The same way ‘The speed of light is constant’ gets the ball rolling in Special Relativity.
Polls indicate that roughly 80% of Americans want these animals protected and preserved.
But the number of HMAs has been on a decline for years, along with the size thereof.
- Give back the land that has been taken from wild horses and burros
- Expand HMAs to include HAs
- Remove livestock from these rangelands
- Admit the carrying capacity of the land is greater than publicly acknowledged
- Adjust AMLs accordingly
- Make more land available for private ownership
- Waive property taxes on barns, fences and corrals built for WHB adoption
- Omit sales taxes on feed and supplies
- Prohibit the use of PZP on HMAs
My friends, the only problem these animals have is you. Same for the poor folks.
They don’t need to be served, they need to be able to labor and produce, and provide for themselves. But that’s not going to happen because it’s bad for business. As the author states, government bureaucrats want more power, more money, more staff. Closing departments, selling buildings and laying people off—because problems have been solved—are the last things on their minds.