Welcome to Habitat For Horses!|Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lift up the rock and let the sun shine in 

Jerry Finch

By now most of the world knows that the BLM received a rap on the knuckles from the National Academy of Sciences. If you haven’t heard, read this article:

Wild horse, burro roundups costly, ineffective, study says By Evan Bell, Cronkite News Service

Skinny, starved wild horses running in the desert. (In order to see this, you have to squint your eyes and play like you're a welfare rancher)

Skinny, starved wild horses running in the desert. (In order to see this, you have to squint your eyes and play like you’re a welfare rancher)

Just a few blurbs – The BLM  “warned that there are “no quick or easy fixes” to the problem of managing the herds, estimated at about 31,000 horses and 6,000 burros on 179 herd management areas spread over 10 states.”

Which was a stupid statement. While the BLM keeps saying that there are 31,000 wild horses eating all the vegetation in 10 states, advocates say there are now less that 20,000. Of course, we dare not mention the 21 million head of cattle roaming around the 10 states.

A statement from one of those extremist equine advocates – “BLM cannot continue to spend 70 percent of the program’s budget on roundups and long-term corralling,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, in a statement. “This report is a needed wake-up call that should lead to the corrective actions I’ve been requesting for years.”

Then yesterday, something magical happened – The New Mexico AG slammed the gate on the Roswell slaughterhouse. You can read about that HERE. To safeguard the mental health of some of you, I will not post another picture of Rick De Los Santos holding onto his thing. 

Meanwhile, the famed attorney for Valley Meat went on a local TV station to express his views. We are all so thankful that it ended up on YouTube:  Horse slaughter plant reacts to AG’s statement on state laws

According to Dunn, Federal law supersedes state law. Excellent attempt, but perhaps he should look back at the Fifth Circuit case of Dallas Crown vs, The State of Texas. In Texas, an old state law, never before enforced, said that it was illegal to sell or transfer horsemeat. Dallas Crown and Beltex sputtered and fumed, then finally had to shut their gate. Knowing this, one wonders why Mexican slaughterhouses are allowed to ship horsemeat into and out of the Port of Houston. Alas, wonder as we might, law enforcement isn’t the least bit interested.

Moving on to another state, today we heard this from Maine:

Maine House Approves Bill to Ban Commercial Slaughter of Horses  by Tom Porter, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Good news, great article and two quotes to share if you decided not to read the article:

“If not for a horse, would Alexander have been ‘The Great?’ Would Paul Revere have spread the word?” asked Democratic Rep. Lisa Villa, of Harrison, who spoke in support of the measure. “We’ve heard stories of horses at work on the farm, at war, at play, in film and in books. Can you imagine the Lone Ranger on the back of a cow?”

“They don’t come into this world to be slaughtered for human consumption, as beef cattle do,” said independent Rep. James Campbell of Newfield. Campbell says for many people, horses become virtual family members, much as pet dogs and cats do.

Now I don’t ever want to be accused of being optimistic about anything, but with Bills in Congress to bring the shipment of horses past the borders to an end, more people in different states taking an stand against slaughter (I’ll just ignore Oklahoma), the potential revolution in the Tennessee Walking Horse crowd and the happenings of the past few days, I can picture of us collectively turning over a rock and watching all the ugly, dark squirmy things running away into their holes. Sunshine, be it brought about by public interest, politicians who have a sense of morals, or by a greater spirit, may lead to an America where horses are safe.


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