“Nevada’s livestock industry would not exist without ranchers’ ability to graze on public land,” according to the Nevada Rangelands Resources Commission, because most of the land is owned by the federal government.
Nevada is also home to half of America’s wild horses.
Western Horse Watchers is unable to determine if NRRC is a government entity or a trade group masquerading as a government entity. The state seal appears on their home page. An email seeking clarification in November 2019 was never answered.
Federal ownership of land in other western states is considerably less, but we see the same pattern of roundups and biased RMPs.
Do you think the rancher-friendly ‘Path Forward‘ applies only to Nevada?
“Healthy horses on healthy rangelands” is a lie.
Roundups enforce resource allocations of RMPs, which assign eighty percent or more of the forage to privately owned livestock, not because the ranchers are on the verge of bankruptcy but because they have co-opted a federal agency to suit their agenda.
The wild horse and burro program has been turned into a grazing program ancillary.
Cut them off. The west is settled. They are destroying an irreplaceable natural resource.
How many tears were shed when manufacturers of vacuum tubes went out of business with the advent of the transistor?
Who cried for makers of carburetors when fuel injectors hit the market?
Can you imagine the federal government spending hundreds of millions of dollars to marginalize Henry Ford so it can protect the jobs of those who make buggy whips?
It’s time to end public-lands ranching and restore the WHB Act to its original form.