OpEd: Some people really believe this stuff…..
Just my honest opinion: Jerry Finch
The anti-slaughter folks have listened and responded to the propaganda machine of the AQHA and their sister organizations for years. Now those same organizations are sacrificing themselves to present you with more lies and distorted facts so you can change your opinion to their almost God-like opinion of the BLM.
Who might these organizations be? How about the American Farm Bureau Federation, Masters of Foxhounds Association, Mule Deer Foundation, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Rifle Association, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Public Lands Council, Public Lands Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society. Truth seekers, one and all.
Together they have formed The National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition to bring you the truth about the honor and integrity of the BLM as opposed to the distortion you were subjected to by NBC News. Just to give you a brief sampling:
“Recent stories by NBC News (Today Show: Wild horses: Endangered animals or menace, and Cruel or necessary? and NBCNews.com: The true cost of wild horse roundups) portray only select facts and a narrow part of the reality surrounding wild horses and burros on the western range.
While regarded by many as icons of the American West, free-roaming horses and burros are in fact non-native species that threaten rangelands and native plant and animal species. But managed at appropriate population levels, wild horses and burros are not a “menace,” even to those with whom the range is shared. Nor is it accurate in any way to call wild horses and burros “endangered.” In fact, the problem is an overpopulation of horses and burros in and beyond many herd management areas. It is inaccurate for these reports to depict only healthy horses or rangelands. While this exists, so do unhealthy horses and degraded range. Finally, considering the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Federal agency tasked with managing most of the wild horses and burros in the West, has gathered tens of thousands of horses over the past decades, it is an unfair portrayal of those gathers to focus on a few instances of potentially inappropriate gather methods. While not perfect, the BLM works hard to maintain humane gather methods.”
If you want to read more of their foaming-at-the-mouth blabber, read their press release on the highly popular website, “Fly Rod + Reel.” Seriously. I guess I missed something about this site being a major news outlet for wild horse information. There is a place for comments.
When you are finished with that amazing piece of literature, wander on over to “The National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition” website. Just for entertainment, under the “Myth Busters” part:
The Bureau of Land Management is sending horses to slaughter to decrease their population.
The Bureau of Land Management does not and has not sold or sent horses or burros to slaughter.
I guess that was written by Tom Davis as a public service. Wonderful of them to share these “facts” with us.
Believe everything you read, my friends. These pages speak with authority! They know the truth and NBC is obviously controlled by imbeciles who are leading the public down a path of ignorance.
Horse slaughter is a peaceful death, right? Cattle ranchers deserve land more than the horses, right? What’s that? You disagree? But the Farm Bureau said….
Habitat for Horses is always on the lookout for a few great people at our ranches. The work is unique, the animals are special and we want folks who both know and understand the special connection our animals need.