I bet people from Europe and Asian countries would pay a lot of money to have
"Mustang Hunts". It would bring in a really good source of income for
hunting license plus would bring in money to the hunting area. It would be a lot
like African Safari's.
UT Brit - "Surely you don't want to kill animals native to the
Americas? Horses have been around the American continent for thousands of
years."It all sounds good and nostalgic, but that image is not
accurate. The reality is they are in "holding barns", as the article
@environmental idiotSurely you dont want to kill animals native to
the Americas? Horses have been around the American continent for thousands of
Maybe, what needs to happen instead, is that wolves should be introduced into
the wild horse & burro rangelands. This would have the added benefit of
keeping subsidized cattle grazing on BLM lands in check, too.
The most affordable option is to eliminate the absurd prohibition against
consumption of horse meat and allow private individuals the opportunity to
harvest them in the wild. Until a political environment exists which will allow
those changes, the primary goal should be to move as many horses as possible
into private control. The BLM is currently advertising for a wild
horse adoption event in Oklahoma. The advertising campaign is extensive and
expensive. Adoption requires the payment of a small "adoption fee"
(about $125). Land owners are only interested in adopting a small percentage of
the mustangs (the young pretty ones) in federal control. The government has to
pay indefinitely to maintain those that are not adopted in corrals or private
ranches.To spur adoptions, the BLM should pay adopters a first year
"support stipend." Some small land owners would, for a modest stipend,
pick up an undesirable mustang and put it on unused pasture. After word gets out
about a stipend, demand would increase to the point that the advertising budget
could be reduced. And the federal government could finally reduce the herd which
they are committed to support in perpetuity.
rmk the article fails to say how many millions the BLM is spending subsidizing
our Federal Grazing program for the Welfare Ranchers who produce just 2% of the
beef in our country. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported
the federal government spends at least $144 million each year managing
private livestock grazing on federal public lands, but collects only $21
million in grazing fees—for a net loss of at least $123 million per year.
Additionally, without the Welfare Ranchers grazing on our public lands, no
horses would need to be gathered. It costs us nothing to leave the wild horses
and burros out on the range.
There is a good market for horse meat. These surplus horses were going to that
market until the horse "do-gooders" stepped in. If the BLM can leave
these horses on the range to over graze I don't see any reason why cattle
need to be strictly managed, or ATVs restricted, or mineral exploration
curtailed. If range damage is acceptable for a feral animal the the perception
that others are causing problems must be wrong too.
Don't believe or trust the Feds
The article fails to say how many millions, the BLM is spending housing the
horses. They need to be put down instead of housed. But you have the activist
in charge forcing the wrong thing. PETA and environmentalist groups have the
BLM hands tied.
It's time to get things back in balance again. I'm glad to see that
fewer horses and burros will be gathered. It would be nice if none were gathered
and they were sustained out on the range. Lillian, people do want to adopt but
the BLM adoption process is cumbersome. They recently had an internet adoption
and chose to have it over the 4th of July weekend and end the application sign
up Monday morning after the holiday. People didn't get assigned numbers
that were trying to bid, and there was no follow-up to get people approved and
ready for the next adoption event. That said, we have too few on the range as
it is, and I'm glad they will not be gathering as many. Our wild horses
and burros should be left in the wild.
If no one wants to adopt the horses at the holding corrals, maybe they should be
put down like they do dogs and cats at animal shelters. After they have been
there for a certain length of time and no one wants to adopt them and the wild
horse people don't seem to want them, either.
@GaryOWay to stereotype. Nice job! Keep the great comments coming
Heck they should be removing 2400 of em in southern utah alone, not in the
So the BLM is strapped for cash huh?Maybe it's time to collect
the rent from the likes of Cliven Bundy and his fellow "Conservatives,"
who think they deserve a free ride at the expense of America and Americans.