“Let’s kill all the wild horses”
August 5, 2013
The answer for most humans when confronted with a problem is to remove the problem by killing it. It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re discussing other humans, dogs, cats or horses – just go in and kill everything. Problem solved. No one seems interested in looking at the actual cause of the problem or changing any behavior that caused the problem in the first place.
The following “Editorial” is an example, and I certainly hope you voice your opinion in the comments section of the Denver Post. I only posted a small portion of the article, since I had rather not disgrace the pages with this kind of thinking. Just follow the link to digest the pro-slaughter propaganda. Since the comment section “refreshes” every 10 minutes, might I suggest that you copy/paste your previously created comment so it won’t be erased?
There is one fact in the red-hot debate over wild horse management that shows more than any other just how absurd the whole situation has become.
The government pays to maintain more wild horses and burros in corrals and pastures than are roaming freely on public rangelands in the West, including those in Colorado.
That’s how out of whack things have gotten as government has flailed away for decades at what is admittedly a difficult task.
A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, which reviewed the government’s management practices, offers a realistic assessment of the problems caused by fertile herds that can double in population every four years.
And it points what we see as the only feasible solution: an aggressive birth control program for the animals to control their numbers.
Other options include allowing herds to exceed grazing and watering capacity so animals die off from lack of food and water. Not only is that cruel, it undermines ecosystems. And such a policy could affect other species that rely on those resources as well.
Another option would be to allow the slaughter of wild horses and burros that exceed the land’s natural carrying capacity — although we hesitate to even mention it, knowing full well how ardent wild-horse advocates are. CONTINUED at The Denver Post
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