Funds better used on highway than horses

Wild horses are NOT looking for government handouts.

Typically I do not post opinion pieces against the pro-wild horse crowd, as we do not want to give them the web traffic. However, it needs to be pointed out so there is no misunderstanding – wild horse advocates are NOT looking for free government hand outs. We read this kind of misinformation over and over again. Cool, rational pro-wild horse folks need to step up and clarify this gentleman’s obviously mistaken (trying to be polite here) point of view …right now I am too upset to reply. ~ HfH

From: RGJ.com
By: Charles Lawson cel@ableweb.net.

Wild horses are NOT looking for government handouts.

Wild horses are NOT looking for government handouts.

When I read an article about “wild horses,” it seems others finally are picking up on the fact the “wild horse people” are a bunch of wild-eyed, uncompromising radicals. They are worse than any group receiving handouts from the government. They are not willing to pay for their demands, fully expecting you and I as taxpayers to pay for their unrealistic dreams, and dreams they are.

Of course, there are exceptions such as the group in Smith Valley that is actually founded in reality, but it is the screamers that get the most attention. The Bureau of Land Management budget of $70 million dollars is not nearly enough to solve the “wild horse” problem, and more than half of that is spent on keeping horses in corrals.

I am not sure what “wild horse” advocates are thinking of as a goal, but bet your life it depends on you and I paying for it. That money would be better spent on finishing some infrastructure in Lyon County that would benefit at least a half a million people in the surrounding area, and that would be the USA Parkway. Another dream.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
10 Comments
  • Lisa

    WHAT? EXCUSE YOU? Get the ranches , cattle and ranchers off the land meant for horses and burros, and they could take care of themselves, and not cost 70 million. The INSANITY of keeping 40 thousand horses in small dry lots without even giving them pasture, is insane. These horses need to be released, or placed. Many are foals, so why are they ‘unadoptable””? What about the oldre ones? They are existing. NOT LIVING. If I had a choice of wild, or being in a pen, with a modicum of adequate food. The whole BLM mess is wrought with emotion, but personally, it is NO life for horses born free. Just because you can keep them like they are in interment centers, complete with barbed wire, does NOT mean they should be. The easy answer it, either release them, or put them to sleep. My domestic horses would never want to live like that.

    March 12, 2014
  • PUT THE WILD MUSTANGS BACK ON THE RANGE!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2014
  • Mustangman

    I am tired of hearing about this $70 million dollar issue from both sides. Ours as well as the horse killers. $70 million is nothing to any U.S. budget. think of this people. There are of the last census 331 Million people in the US, this dos not count LLCs or INCs. IF only 200 million of us pay any federal tax at all then that means the wild horses are costing each and every one of us $0.38 cents a year. YUP I said a YEAR. I just burned up more electriciy writing this and posting it then that. Tell you what, any of you 30 advocates or 30 of the horse killers send me a bill for your $0.38 cents in taxes you pay to support the WH&B program. I will send you cash back in an envelope (the stamp will cost me more then that alone, much less the envelope to put it in.)

    March 12, 2014
    • Dear Mustangman, Heres the thing forget about the Money for a moment, The Mustangs are our Treasures, deemed by Congress, unanimously they voted to give the Mustangs 25 million acres to Roam FREE on , they did this to PROTECT and Preserve the Mustangs , for their Contributions to America… Since thAT TIME the greed of some people seems to have taken over, they appoint a Land Management Agency(who cant do that right either) to Manage them, what the Hell needs to be managed????? Proven fact is the BLM has NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE as to how many there are!!!! The BLM has become whom they think they are GODS????? They are accountable to NO ONE !!!! What kind of Crap is thaT , WE ARE ALL ACCOUNTABLE TO SOMEONE, They have also become BLATANT Liars, they terrorize the Mustangs , they murder them, THEY SLAUGHTER THEM, HIRE kNOWN ANIMAL ABUSERS TO scare them with there Helicopters. they chase them and hit them with there helicopters, chase them for hours down rough terrain when they damn well know its foaling season!!!! Mares are aborting fetuses all over the Mountain sides, running the hoofs off of foals tearing them from their family Units, this is an outrage, and must stop, put my damn Mustangs back on the land that is theirs and theirs alone …………… NOW !!!the worst thing is What did the Damn Mustangs do ??? Nothing , they only want to live on their Land !!!

      March 14, 2014
      • Lisa

        all I can say is, remember the Native Americans? Remember the treaty that said as long as the grass grows and the river flows? Then they planted corn and wheat and dammed up the rivers. Took the land. Hurst got the timber, Dow got the chemicals, and NOW Monsanto rules our lives,,, we need to fight back on ALL these fronts, and we will still lose because it boils down to BIG business and the lobbiests win. IT IS THE GOLDEN RULE. HE WHO HAS THE GOLD MAKES THE RULES.

        March 15, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    Well,, look – these rancher types do need to wake up to the fact that the game is up. There is nly one group profitting from the so-called $70 million. That would be the ranchers, helicopter crews and wranglers (at rouundup), vets that geld and euthanize, rendering vendors, transporters, hay growers,lumber sellers (for fencing), heavy machinery operators, auction houses (that broker the online auctions), and of course, there is all the civil “servants” who work for the BLM, USFS and the WHB program. Last, but not least, you have the millions suporting the HSUS PZP program that failed miserably because of the bad science used to administer it. So – WHERE in all of that do we, as advocates for the wild horses! See ANY income!!! Looks to me like you should take another look and stop wastig MY money and put the gall darned wild horses and burros back on THEiR land and leave the ones there (and with cajones intact) ALONE. Then you can have your stinking money for your stinky highway.

    March 12, 2014
  • Sue

    People like Charles Larson simply do not appreciate the beauty of a uniquely American treasure, the wild horse. Until more people realize Life is more than dollar bills, thoughts like his will rule.

    March 12, 2014
  • N.Laurel

    There are choices of “Read other comments”, and “Add your views”, but no way to submit, as the buttons don’t work. Perhaps one must be a subscriber?
    I only wanted to ask him what and which horses are costing him? The Kiger mustangs and the Salt River herd are not costing anyone one red penny, as long as they leave them on their secluded home ranges. They have managed for 400 years without man’s interference. They only cost once they are captured and imprisoned, then they must be fed.

    March 12, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    I am also too upset to make a comment this is the longest nightmare I have ever been in.

    March 14, 2014