The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council and Society for Range Management expressed their support today for a proposal to reduce wild horse and burro populations on public lands in the western U.S, according to a news release from the American Farm Bureau Federation.
A report by YubaNet of Nevada City, CA said the management plan was drafted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, with input from other rangeland management stakeholders.
It employs four management techniques, all currently in use:
A link to the plan document was not provided.
As usual, the proposal puts the crosshairs on horses and burros, while privately owned livestock are omitted from the analysis.
It is capitulation to the ranching agenda, assent to the overpopulation narrative and a failure in wild horse preservation.
The problem is not free-roaming horses and burros, it is public-lands ranching.