Adoption Incentive Backfiring or Working Exactly as Planned?

Wild horses adopted with the $1,000 payout are ending up at kill pens, according to a story in today’s online edition of The New York Times.

Statements condemning the practice, by farm bureaus, stock grower’s associations and cattlemen’s groups, were not mentioned in the article.

The advocates point to it as justification for fertility control programs.

Nobody’s thinking in terms of cause and effect.  Slaughter, a result of the wild horse management process, cannot fix the problem, it can only prolong it.

You have to look upstream.

Public lands in the western U.S. can support many more horses than the government admits, but those resources have been assigned to privately owned livestock.

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