For What It’s Worth


By Jerry Finch


There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware


bundy1So it comes down to this – armed BLM Officers with guns drawn and tasers fired, facing down cattle ranchers on a public highway. These aren’t the usual “wild horse advocates” that the BLM have long harassed and pinned down to sites where we are unable to witness the results of their helicopter roundups. These are the same folks that scream at the BLM to “get rid of those damn horses.” These are the good old boys that watch the BLM roundup remove hundreds of horses off a range because of drought conditions, then move their cattle on the same range the next day.


There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind


bundy2Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” might as well have been on the top 10 list today, as it was in 1966. The anger is boiling over, people are being hurt, both sides claim to be right and no one is listening to anyone else. This time is isn’t about Vietnam. It’s about cattle and horses and you know who loses when it comes down to that equation. The BLM wants money for cattle to be on public land, the cattlemen want all the horses off the land and the result is drawing national attention – not because one side has the support of the majority of Americans, but because of the insanity of it all.


bundy3Do the Bundy folks have a point to make? Probably. Does the BLM have a point to make? Probably. Do either one of them give a hoot about the horses? Absolutely not. Both of them have already made statements about horses “disappearing.” Horses, to these folks, are like cockroaches. Neither one gives a damn. They want money – Bundy for his cattle when he hauls them off to slaughter, the BLM for leasing fees, fracking, mineral exploration and anything else anyone finds.


Bundy claims the BLM took his land because some turtles needed protection. The conservative survivalist claim it’s all Obama’s fault, even though Obama was still in school when this happened.


But off in the distance, if you ignore the screaming and yelling, if you step away from the sirens and bullhorns, you might see a stallion looking down from a hilltop. If you are really quiet, you might hear hear him signal to his mares to move off.


We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?


America watches with mild interest. No one pays attention to the horses that disappear, not to a safe place far from human action, but into trucks headed into Canada and Mexico.


Who really loses? You already know the answer. Meanwhile, the SAFE Act sits on a desk in Washington, DC, waiting for someone to notice that horses are dying by the hundreds every day.






AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Louise Martin

    The safe act is being held in the agriculture committe by Rep. Frank Lucas R Okl, chairman of that committee. He will not let it out of committee to go to vote in the House in spite of the fact that there are over 170 congress members co – sponsors of the Safe Act. Is there anyone on that committee who cares and have enough power to push him? I doubt it.

    April 13, 2014
    • V Fisher

      Louise Martin: Why can’t someone push Lucas so that the Safe Act can go to vote? I’m Canadian, so don’t know how your politics work, nor even understand completely how my own work..HA, but there must be something. With so many congress members ready to support it, it needs to get out there. How about a round the clock protest outside Frank Lucas’ office. Lots of media coverage, Like/Share on Facebook, Tweets galore! I recently took part in a protest for the culling of our Alberta wild horses. We got loud, held several protests with media coverage, set up a camp at the capture site, baited the wild horses away from the capture pens with hay, had dozens of people out in the cold, snowy wilderness 24 hrs. each day for the month the capture was allowed. We were successful, but it took all of us to pull together. Hope you can find a way!

      April 13, 2014
    • cindy

      louise,the governor of that state wants to make it so that it would be legal in ok. for a state spondsered law to slaughter horses in that state and from the looks of it he’s trying to gain some brownie points . has any one ever hear of capital currency ,if so by around the 1st part of july ,sounds bad . i don’t know if it might be an excutive order or that it might be known about.
      but rt,you hit the nail on the head.wonderful

      April 13, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Thank You Jerry Finch I am gonna make a copy of this (i hope it’s ok) If Sally Jewell can quote Joni Mitchell then I think we can quote Buffalo Springfield & you are right this song goes along way why aren’t they President or Congress that would be to much paradise right? I like you Jerry Finch have you ever thought about running for office? “Paradise”

    April 13, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Oh yea… When I saw blm’s helicopters rounding up cattle i thought “Now that is weak” what is wrong with those blm people??? my god they are ruthless!!!!
    I am still hearing those helicopters everynight !!! I wish i had a gigantic dark gun!

    April 13, 2014
  • Dear JF this is one of the best posts i have read on whats happening here and it aint exactly clear until your post !!! and the thing is the horses are the Extremely present and important issue , they are the ones suffering and being sent to slaughter for absolutely NO viable Reason, and that is exactly clear…. and has been!!!!! truth be knownst i could care less what either of those murdering imbeciles do to each other…….(BLM< CATTLE RANCHERS).Hopely they kill each other and the horses problem will end !!!! and we will step in and pick up the pieces and release our beloved wild mustangs to the land thar has been rightfully thiers, what a wonderful win for our horses !!!!

    April 13, 2014
  • Pj Bremier


    April 13, 2014
  • Louie C


    The Horse Transportation Safety Act (HR 4440)
    To prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another.
    Weigh in with your Representative:

    See all horse bills in Congress:

    April 13, 2014
  • cindy

    so this will not stop them from being transported over the border just 1 level in the trailer how wonderful ,they just got to spend more for transportation man.

    April 13, 2014
  • Nancy B

    Excellent post, thank you!

    For some time now I’ve been thinking the PAST Act will definately pass … After all of the Mustangs are removed from public lands, as well as from BLM holding facilities.

    And by the way, how can any of us still be eating beef?!

    April 13, 2014
    • Margaret

      HELL NO! I took the pledge a year ago! And I’m proud to say I don’t eat cow!

      little tiny but here
      My around the corner neighbor has cows. I went for a walk the other day and the cows and I had a little chat. I said hello and they came as close to the fence as they could to say hi back! (There was an electric fence separating us!)Oh and he OWNS all the land he runs his cows on! I count that as nothing more than visiting. Cause we all were just shooting time under the sun!

      April 13, 2014
  • Linda

    Oh, this whole thing is just bad. In my hopeful mind, I think maybe something good will come of all of this. Will there be, possibly, someone to lead the defense, other than the saints who have already been knocking themselves out, trying to stop the madness and destruction of the nation’s wild horses? Someone who will fund the legal work needed to stop the slaughtering, gathering, warehousing, mistreating, dishonoring, etc., of the beloved horses. I talk a lot to people, trying to raise awareness of this atrocity. And I think a lot of people are upset about the capture of wild horses. But, scared of our government, to protest, to make a voice to be heard for them. We need leadership and organization, like was said earlier done in Canada. Someone please come forth and organize the work to stop this. Thank you Jerry Finch for all you do. You are not alone and we have to unite in a loud voice to win this war!!! And, I have stopped eating beef!!

    April 13, 2014
  • Margaret

    There is word brewing that Senator Reid’s son as well as Harry himself is involved in this right up to his chin.

    My understanding is Reid’s kid is lawyer to some group in China wanting the Public Land that comprises Bundy’s grazing. They want it for solar panels.

    I don’t know the truth but there it is. I don’t even know how to double accuracy.

    Reid backed down when this thing blew up. They apparently expected Bundy to roll over.


    The precedent BLM has set here is unbelievable.

    We advocates will be screwed at roundups, and the horses have already been been made a mockery of with the WY37. Lord, there are NO WORDS for this chicken scratch agency.

    April 13, 2014
  • Callie83

    Beyond this being tragic for the Wild Horses and Burros, the fact that the S.A.F.E. Act is being held hostage in the House is not news. Goodlatte did that every time when he was the Chairman of the Ag Committee in the House. A DISCHARGE PETITION needs to be signed by a certain number of Representatives to get the bill out of the Committee.

    Regarding Transport, due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the Borders can never be closed. This means we would need to find funding for Inspectors at the Borders to check each and every vehicle that carries horses and their cousins.

    NONE of the legislation bans Slaughter for Carnivore Consumption (Zoos, Safari Parks, Roadside Attractions, etc.) therefore there will always be a legal way to slaughter horses.

    None of the huge welfare groups want the Zoo Option to be banned. I have heard idiotic comments that are meant to justify this completely ludicrous omission: “Well, we have to give them something…”

    Slaughter is slaughter and statutes should apply equally to all horses. To not do so is an instance of an incredible lack of intelligence as the entire anti slaughter argument can be reduced to an absurdity.

    What are we left with?

    Wild Horses and Burros will continue to be rounded up.

    If the legislation EVER passes not all horses are protected.

    We can never close our Borders and funding would have to be found for Department of Transportation Inspectors.

    I am not overly encouraged that any of this will happen in the next 18 months.

    April 13, 2014
  • Louie C

    We need another phone blitz.
    H.R. 1094: Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
    Summary: To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.

    April 14, 2014
  • Callie83

    Louie C,

    We need a Discharge Petition. Call the Sponsor of the Bill and all the Co-Sponsors as well. Best to write a letter as well, a phone blitz is not enough. I don’t recall how many Representatives need to sign the Discharge Petition but I will look that up. Even if it is Discharged it still has to be passed in the House and with all eyes on Public Lands and how horses are destroying the pasture (what a bunch of crap) we may have a hard time getting passed in the House.

    I will find out how many Representatives in the House are needed for a Discharge Petition. We need a Sponsor to write the Petition and that is the first step before any phone call can be made.

    April 15, 2014