Sally Jewell, Interior Secretary, actually talked about this at Weber State last
month, and her agency's solution is to offer a prize for the drug companies
to develop a long-lasting birth control for horses. Her plan is that when
horses are gathered, they'd be treated and then eventually released to thin
the overall herd. Sadly, Congress has cut her budget so the problem
can't get solved.
There are multiple issues in the controversy: states rights vs. the federal
government, grazing on BLM land without a permit and feral horses with their
admirers. Separating them will help in their resolution. Feral horses and burros
are an unsolved problem in the West. A more realistic approach, not influenced
by romantic and unrealistic ideations of the Old West, is necessary.
Seems obvious to me. Many places in the world eat horse meat. If we allowed
hunting and the processing of horse meat for consumption, the whole problem
would be solved.We could use the meat for federally funded school
lunches, it would definitely be better than that fake meat product our kids are
being fed right now
Horses and burros are feral animals, not native to the western range, they do
not belong there. It is a misplaced romantic notion to support letting feral
animals live on the range to compete with native species.Rounding
these animals up to maintain them in holding pens for adoption that will not
happen is foolish. I makes some people feel good to waste money on a dream that
will not happen.Thin the herd? remove the herd. Cattlemen will pay
to graze. The situation is akin to having a pack of wild dogs live
in a large public park and chase/eat the wildlife unfettered because some people
in another state like the idea of "free dogs".
Wild horses need to be "managed" just like any wild life on the range.
PETA and other associattions need to get over the shipping of the excess animals
to the meat market. This should be done until the federal governement can
supply adequate "birth control" for these horses to be managed.As for the ranchers, are their range rights actually property rights? Is the
price set by the government or market driven? I expect it is government set.
If the range is over grazed the number of cattle allowed on them should be cut
back. If their are violaters, they would lose any right to graze cattle on the
Does anyone else see a problem with BLM management. A fifteen year court order
that hasn't been inforced. Even more years of not manageing the horse
herd. Now they have resources to remove unwanted cattle but don't have
resources to remove unwanted horses.
My solution to the energy crisis is to develop a bacteria that will convert
atmospheric CO2 into heptane (one of the primary constituents of gasoline).
This would be burned to power automobiles and will produce a net zero increase
in global warming as the cycle is repeated. This makes as much
sense as offering a prize to develp long-lasting birth control for horses. When
your "solution" consists of producing something that doesn't exist,
it isn't a "solution," it is a dream. That's not to say it
can't be done, just that it is not a viable solution to a pressing problem.
So you butcher horses and eat them (as I have done throughout Europe and Asia -
you'd never know it wasn't beef)as a proven, workable,
ready-to-implement solution, until you are ready to implement a different
solution.Oh, and my anti-gravity boot design is all done. I'm
just missing one ingredient.
It may seem unfair that the federal government has claimed this land, but were
it me, I would abide by their rules. To go against them is just too much of a