Because it’s an enterprise of the Left, a darling of the Democrat Party. They love their little collective farms, with all the government control. Cow farts and climate change be damned.
Private sector ranching is another story.
Be sure to read the commentary by Eleanor Schwartz, beginning on page 59 of the 25th anniversary edition of FLPMA, including the footnotes, to see who drafted the statute, which codified ‘multiple use’ and gave us helicopter roundups of wild horses.
What about the Burns Amendment? Conrad Burns, senator from Montana, had little to gain from a change to the WHB Act that accelerated the disposal of wild horses removed from public lands in the western U.S. But Harry Reid, senator from Nevada, sure did.
Of the states with federally managed herds of wild horses and burros, Montana is at the bottom of the list, while Nevada, with half of the nation’s wild horses, is at the top.
Reid convinced Burns to fall on his sword for the benefit of the public-lands ranchers.