We know that cattle and sheep are intelligent, hard working and dedicated to the improvement of western rangelands, so they should be recognized for their efforts.
Unlike wild horses and burros, who are destroying their habitat.
What’s the difference? Human involvement.
Are local advocacy groups allowed to participate?
No! You only need to look at the Sinbad roundup to see what happens when volunteers try to help wild horses and burros.
Every year, 50% of grazing receipts or $10 million, whichever is greater, goes back into the program for rangeland improvements. Wells, tanks and water lines, road, fence and gate repairs, etc. Other funds go to predator management and vegetation control.
In exchange, the ranchers pay the government almost nothing.
What’s invested in the WHB program?
The news release sounds like a mutual admiration society. The president of the Public Lands Council, a cheerleader group for the public-lands ranchers, said “Grazing on federal lands is a critical part of our country’s food supply…,” which it isn’t.
You could end the program tomorrow and nobody would notice.