Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trump's budget will allow euthanizing and sending for slaughter wild horses ON PUBLIC LANDS.

May 25, 2017
By Scott Sonner

Advocates for wild horses (click here) say President Donald Trump is giving in to ranchers and rural communities who don't want the animals competing for space on land in the U.S. West....

The wild horse population in the USA exists on public lands. Americans don't eat horse meat.

Wild horses on public lands have long been valued for their iconic importance to the heritage of the USA, to the settlers moving west, it's military, the cultural cowboy and it's native people. These are not lies. They are facts based in history of the USA.

Palomino Valley, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.

Wild-horse advocates say the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for an icon of the American West and could send thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign slaughterhouses for processing as food.

They say the Trump administration is kowtowing to livestock interests who don't want the region's estimated 59,000 mustangs competing for precious forage across more than 40,000 square miles (103,600 square kilometers) of rangeland in 10 states managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California....

Whether crony ranchers and profiteers like it or not public lands are owned by all the American people and not just the leaser of such lands. As a leaser there are inherent problems with such public lands. That is because the lands are not modified for a single purpose, their value comes from their heritage and preservation of the land itself.

President Trump is on thin ice with this mess he is creating.

August 5, 2017

Mesa, AZ - Governor Doug Ducey believes (click here) the federal government should leave the Salt River horses alone.

"Feds should leave our free roaming & (pound) wild horses alone. But if they don't, (pound) Arizona will do everything we can to protect them & provide sanctuary," Ducey said in a tweet sent out Wednesday.

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake both sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service and to the Arizona Department of Agriculture asking that the roundup of the horses be postponed until questions can be answered and the public has time to comment.

“A growing number of our constituents have expressed deep reservations about the Forest Service’s intent to gather these horses and transfer them to the Arizona Department of Agriculture,” the letter said. “We request that you postpone action until there has been sufficient public engagement in the process and that you respond to our questions below.”

Congressmen Matt Salmon and David Schweikert and Congresswoman Krysten Sinema also sent a letter to Tom Vilsack, secretary for the Arizona Department of Agriculture, asking that the roundup be halted....
These horses have actually been therapeutic to the public. No lie. There is a USA military veteran who stated the wild horses he watched improved his functioning and a return from PTSD. 

That is not unusual. Horses are known to be therapeutic for children and the disabled as well. 

These horses belong to the people of the USA and are very important for many reasons. The people adopt them. They sometimes train them for pleasure as well as show. They can be very affectionate pets as well as utility animals to the American people.

These are the culprits that consume about five pounds of food a day.

March 7, 2014
By Dylan Darling

Nearly five months (click here) after a half-dozen wild horses were found shot along a road in the Ochoco National Forest, who killed the controversial animals and why remains unknown.
No one has stepped forward with a tip solid enough to lead to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters, despite a reward of nearly $10,000.
“We are still desperate for information,” Patrol Capt. Dan Smith of the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. Smith is the top law enforcement officer for the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests.
The horses were all members of a group of wild horses known as the Big Summit Wild Horse Herd. Three were found shot — two dead and one severely wounded — on Oct. 12 along Forest Road 22 near the junction with Forest Road 500, east of Prineville. The injured horse was euthanized. On Oct. 18, three more horses shot dead were found nearby by a Forest Service law enforcement officer investigating the first case. Smith has said the six horses probably were all shot at the same time....

This one example of overreach could hurt Americans. One has to value 'the single human life' in order to serve the interests of the country. That, of course, was a change that occurred in the USA with the "Burger Court." That is what is lost when the USA caters to greed and Wall Street. The Burger Court stated the individual was as important as the majority. There is a lot of economics that came out of that court and it was all based in allowing individuals to flourish while the majority discovered them.

I would not expect a high rise developer and builder to appreciate such concepts as public lands. EXCEPT. The views their customers enjoy may very well be that of public lands, wild horses and beautiful landscapes of clean water and waterways. Conservation provides that beauty. Conservation by a country full of volunteers, too.