The year saw some of the stupidest ideas yet from the advocates.
In the legislative arena, three bills come to mind:
- H. R. 6635, the helicopter ban. The advocates thought that footage from the Buffalo Hills roundup would convince the American people that removals by wrangler are better than removals by helicopter.
- H. R. 7631, the veterans against mustangs act. Combat veterans would be recruited to help the advocates pummel the mares with their favorite pesticide.
- H. R. 9154, the rancher protection act. This self-serving measure, drafted by advocates for the benefit of advocates, would prohibit surgical sterilization but not chemical sterilization (with the Montana Solution).
All three died in committee, thankfully. But they speak volumes about those who supported them.
Regarding their important work, the advocates came up with these profound ideas:
- If we get rid of them, they can stay
- We’re protecting them from removal by getting rid of them with PZP
- If we don’t get rid of them, the BLM will
- We’re changing the way wild horse herds are managed, not their land
- We have a better way (to get rid of wild horses)
- You have to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses
It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish them from the tools of their trade.
Give them the boot in 2023.
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