Advocacy in North Carolina

Personnel with the Cajun Navy help flood victims in New Bern.  No, they’re not administering birth control to all the women.

Shouldn’t the government be rescuing those people?

What an individual can do, society should not take over, and what small societies can do, larger societies should not take over.  That is the principle of subsidiarity.

Nowadays too many people have given up control of their lives, instead, receiving their sustenance from government.  Can you think of an example on western rangelands?

When is a Wild Horse ‘Excess?’

Answer: When he competes with privately owned livestock for food and water—on lands set aside for him.  The term is often used to justify roundups.

“The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 300 excess wild horses.”

An article published yesterday by the left-leaning digital news service Circa, offers a lengthy discussion of the issues on western rangelands.  As usual, the debate revolves around the horses for most of the story (overpopulation, mismanagement, excessive costs and what to do about them).

The issue of public-lands ranching is not reached until the end of the report.

“Grazing on public land costs cattle farmers a tiny fraction of what they’d pay on private farms.”

The amount of land available to the horses has been going down.  The number of cattle and sheep has been going up.  What could possibly go wrong?

The ranchers—along with their overlords, cheerleaders and political allies—are not going to let some pesky advocates interfere with this gravy train.

Volunteers Determine Breeding Patterns for Corolla Horses

Refer to the story posted today by the Charlotte Observer.  The contraceptive of choice is PZP and it’s applied to mares aged five or less and fifteen and older.

A few miles to the south, at Shackleford Banks, fertility control was stopped in 2009.

What’s the difference?

There is a rule in the unwritten code of wild horse advocacy that says you don’t participate in anything that results in fewer horses on the range.  Fertility control, however, seems to be an exception.  The code word is ‘humane management.’

National WHB Advisory Board to Meet Next Month

A news release issued today states that the National Advisory Board will meet in Salt Lake City October 9 – 11 to provide recommendations to the BLM on the WHB program.

The subject of the conference will be wild horses and burros.  The stated reason for the meeting is the adverse effects of WHB overpopulation on western rangelands.  The real reason for the meeting is the adverse effects of WHB on public-lands ranching.

The Board will visit a nearby HMA on the first day, presumably one that hasn’t been gathered this year (will be hard to find in Utah).

The last two days will probably be devoted to freeing up more forage for livestock, on lands set aside for horses and burros.

It’s not about saving money.  It’s not about saving an endangered species.  It’s about an unelected bureaucracy catering to a special interest against the wishes of the American people.

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Gather In Devil’s Garden WHT Starts Next Month

The USFS will remove approximately 1000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau WHT, beginning in early October, according to an undated statement at the Modoc National Forest web site.

The roundup will be conducted by Cattoor Livestock Roundup Inc.  The announcement did not indicate if gather operations would be open to public observation.

Presumably, horses removed from the range will be taken to BLM holding facilities where they will be checked by veterinarians and offered for adoption.

The WHT covers 308,000 acres and has an AML of 402, for an aimed-at population density of 1.3 animals per thousand acres.  It’s located in northeast California.

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The announcement did not indicate if livestock were present in the area.  A video was included to document current conditions on the WHT (embedded below).

Livestock do not appear in the video and the term is not mentioned in the narrative.

Therefore, it must be those darn oil companies—or mining companies—demanding that the wild horse population be reduced.  After all, T-post fencing is a sure sign that drilling and digging are going on just out of frame.  Almost certainly there are derricks behind those trees the Forest Service doesn’t want you to see.

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The muddy area at 4:07 was caused by the fence not by the horses.  Who put that fence there?  Not exactly what you’d expect to find in a wilderness area.

Apparently, media coverage of livestock on HMAs and WHTs is taboo, especially during roundup season.

Zinke: Treat Wild Horses Like Cats and Dogs

He’s right.  Those darn horses have been breeding in back alleys, running through neighborhoods, driving down property values.  They should be spayed and neutered, just like cats and dogs.  Government takes thousands of them off the streets every year, why shouldn’t they do that for horses?

See the report posted yesterday by CBS-4 News in Denver.

As always, the debate revolves around the horses, never around the livestock that have been allowed to invade their territory.  The BLM has been an ally of public-lands ranchers and their overlords since Moby Dick was a minnow.  It’s a Good Ol’ Boy network if ever there was one.  And it needs to be broken up.

That would be your responsibility, Mr. Zinke.

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