While much of the news cycle has been devoted to the Bundy debacle, the fact that 41 wild horses were sent to slaughter has been dimmed in the news. Yes, the BLM did publish that they would be doing a round up – but they did so in small newspapers. The problem with the round up was there was no notice of sale after the horses were impounded. Non-profit groups attempting to keep wild horses out of the hands of kill buyers were not given the opportunity to save these horses. You can find out more here.
Now Big Horn County, Wyoming Commissioners want the BLM to round up more horses to have more feed for the cattle permitted to graze there. Mind you, these permits allow the cattle to graze there for less than $2 per month per cattle. We, the taxpayers, are picking up the bill – around $100 million annually to feed these animals. The cattleman always fall back to saying that their beef is a necessity to the American food supply. However, the cattle on these BLM grazing permits only make up 3% of our beef food supply. They are not necessary to our existence. These permits do save these millionaire cattle ranchers a great deal of money.
The AUM information given in the article below is also misleading. For one thing most of the horses on the BLM managed lands are of a smaller variety. Wild mustang’s AUM is closer to 1 – not 1.25 or 1.5 as some reports like to say. Their math for 35 regular horses is 504 AUM is per year not per month – the article could be misconstrued if not carefully read. The Animal Unit per Month on the land discussed is 648 animal units per month, not per year. This actually leaves 606 AUM – animal units per month if the horses had been left alive.
From: The Greybull Standard
By: Karla Pomeroy
The Big Horn County commissioners last Tuesday approved a letter to BLM Field Manager Michael P. Stewart supporting the BLM’s recent roundup of estray horses in the county.
The letter states, “Based on the background and process as outlined in the attached document (a document established by the BLM office on the roundup), the Big Horn County commissioners support the BLM’s recent decision and action to remove the estray horses from public land located near Greybull. The actions taken were important in protecting public land and the rights and resources of permittee holders in the area, we encourage you to continue to do likewise in the future.”
The Cloud Foundation has been vocal in its protest of the roundup that occurred in March, in which 41 estray horses were rounded up. National news organizations have picked up the story and the public the outcry about the roundup, which were sold by the state of Wyoming to a known slaughterhouse, Cattoor Livestock Roundup Inc.
According to the BLM fact sheet, the state does not round up horses, but, under the state estray laws, after the BLM captures the horses, the state has the responsibility to take possession of them.
One criticism of the BLM has been that there was no public notification. However, BLM fact sheet states that the public was notified that the horses would be removed by the Notice of Intent to Impound, which was published in the Greybull, Lovell, Cody and Powell newspapers. In addition, the commissioners state, all other appropriate contacts were made prior to the gather “including Big Horn County, livestock operators and adjacent landowners.”
In an interview last week, Commissioner Keith Grant said as the liaison for the county with federal agencies, he was notified of the roundup via email from Stewart. He said he did neglect to forward the email on to the other two commissioners — Jerry Ewen and John Hyde.