A news release issued yesterday by Protect the Harvest blamed an unnamed ‘extremist’ group for persuading the folks at Colorado State University to withdraw from sterilization research on wild mares, calling the decision ‘disappointing.’
And rightfully so, because cutting ovaries out of wild horses is as mainstream as cutting unborn kids out of pregnant women. Everybody does it.
Although many wild horse advocates filled out the computer-generated letter and sent it in, the driving force in the university changing its mind may have been just a few right-minded and highly influential people.
Can you spell e-n-d-o-w-m-e-n-t?
The folks at PTH, like the Clinton supporters on election night, can’t understand why some people—most people—don’t agree with the idea of ovariectomy via colpotomy.
Could it be the flow of mutilated ponies to the demonic futurity might be reduced?
Or is much more at stake?
Look at the list of the organizations in favor of sterilization. Many are aligned with the livestock industry, cheerleaders for ranchers who fatten their cattle on public lands at fire-sale prices.
Gotta keep the gravy train rolling, reward the donors and political supporters, let more cattlemen suck on the sugar teat. That means WHB populations must be reduced to AML, immediately, by sterilization or euthanasia. Slaughter is another option.
A better approach would be to raise the grazing fee on public lands to $25 per AUM and require labels on beef that show where it was produced. Educate the public on threats to our wild ones by public-lands ranchers and their allies at the BLM. Admit the carrying capacity of the land is higher than publicly acknowledged and allow the horses to return to Herd Areas and beyond.
Put more land in private hands, waive property taxes on acreage purchased for sanctuaries and rescues, omit sales taxes on equipment and supplies procured therefor.