HORSE SLAUGHTER PART 7: THE PLIGHT OF OUR WILD HORSES
June 12, 2016
The iconic American mustang, symbol of beauty, grace and freedom on our public lands, has been targeted for extermination by the multi-billion dollar cattle, oil and mining industries out West. These groups are using a taxpayer-funded federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to surreptitiously carry out this secret mission, using brutal and deadly helicopter roundups, hellish wild horse holding pens, sweetheart deals with private contractors who allow the horses to die from abuse or slaughter in their care, and more recently, experimental surgical "sterilization" programs destined to maim and kill as many wild horses as they can get away with. Much of this campaign has been hidden from the public, but in recent years an egregious violation of Federal law by the BLM came to light when the Department of the Interior (DOI) investigated the illegal sale of 1790 wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis who sent the horses immediately to slaughter in Mexico via Dennis Chavez' kill pen in New Mexico. Although the DOI found an abundance of wrongdoing on the part of the BLM and the APHIS inspectors in New Mexico, no one has, or will be punished for this offense. Nor will the taxpayers be compensated in any way for the the fact that their precious wild horse heritage was sold off as cheap toxic meat to poison the food supply. Most concerning of all is that wild horses are equivalent to wild game and not safe for consumption. They can carry toxoplasmosis, brucellosis, anthrax, rabies, erhliciosis and other deadly diseases transmissible to humans. Some of them are living in toxic environments and drink water from radioactive pools. Those that have been held captive have no traceable medical histories nor is there any control over whether FDA-banned medications are administered to them. They do not meet any food safety requirements and are a public health hazard if they enter the food supply.
As of this writing, the BLM has begun a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to convince the public that it is costing taxpayers billions of dollars to "manage" the wild horses whose welfare they are responsible for under Federal law (The 1971 Wild Horse and Burros Act). Flying in the face of science and facts, the special interest groups claim the wild horses are overpopulated ( in fact: there is one wild horse to every 100 head of privately- owned cattle on taxpayers's lands) and are starving to death (in fact: the wild horses are well fed except in instances where they are cut off from food and water by human intervention). This misinformation is being used to convince lawmakers (many of whom are easily convinced because they are funded by the cattle, oil and mining industries) and the public to strip the wild horses of all federal protection by handing them over to states and other agencies. Once the federal responsibility to protect the horses is removed, the states and agencies which acquire our wild horses will almost certainly sell thousands of them to slaughter at hundreds of dollars per horse, (pennies on the dollar when compared to their worth as our national heritage) thereby virtually exterminating every last vestige of the beloved wild horses the taxpayers expected them to protect for future generations. The truth is, it would cost the taxpayers absolutely nothing if the wild horses were returned to the lands from which they were stolen and left to live free as they have done for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. So why can't we simply do this?
We could! But the powerful for-profit cattle, oil and mining industries that uses taxpayer subsidies to pursue their profitable activities (for example grazing privately-owned cattle on the taxpayers' public lands) and the strategically placed congressmen and federal officials who work for them want all of the public lands for grazing their cattle, mining, drilling and fracking. Therefore, they want all wildlife on the public's lands eliminated. And that includes the wild horses. But of course it is a bit more complicated than that: The long term goal of the cattle industry and others who profit from mining and drilling on public lands (who are billionaires and millionaires) is to completely take over the public lands (a strategy commonly known as a "public land grab") in order to use them solely for their personal gain. And this group has spent millions purchasing the sympathies and support of many members of congress. Their plan is to eliminate the wildlife, have the public lands turned over to the states where they will be sold to the highest bidder (which will be the private industries) and use what used to be our heritage for their personal profits. So that is why the wild horses can no longer run free and the taxpayers have to pay billions in taxes to watch them be tortured to death and ultimately exterminated. We are being robbed in so many ways.