May 27, 2013, Jerry Finch
On this Memorial Day, the day set aside in memory of those soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, a day which should pass in solemn reflection and thankfulness, few things make me more proud to be a modern-day American than to be bombarded with blaring ads touting, “A blowout Memorial Day Sale! 20% to 50% off our everyday low prices!” I suppose I never knew that in honor of all those lost lives, we as citizens of this great country are called upon to drink alcohol until we’re way over the line, throw a hunk of meat on a grill and rush down to the local market to save money by buying things we never knew we needed in the first place.
No, not all Americans are like that. In a few very quiet places people stand in prayer as “Taps” are played. Far too many shed tears as they remember things that should never have been a part of the human experience. Within the common mind of soldiers everywhere wanders the unanswered question – “Why?”
As evening settles in, we are faced with another looming battle, one in which the supposed “enemy” doesn’t have a chance. The battle is taking place all around both the civilized and uncivilized world. One side is filled with pure hatred, a hatred that is almost demonic in proportion. The losing side? They eat, sleep, raise a family, live in peace (except for a few skirmishes among themselves), and try to stay out of the way of all contact with those who want nothing more than to see them dead.
May I present to you the latest in the blabbering, foaming-at-the-mouth spittle being shouted by our very own Bureau of Land Management? I’ll provide the link and a teaser. You read the article, then come back and I’ll share some more with you.
Federal land managers say the drought is prompting plans to remove an unspecified number of wild horses from a large swath of the range in northeastern Nevada – two years after they removed some 1,400 mustangs from the same area.
The part of the article that really gets to me is this statement, “While they haven’t said how many horses they plan to remove, BLM officials said the 1.8-million acre area they’re targeting is home to roughly 1,500 wild horses, but it can only sustain from 548 to 1,015 mustangs.”
So just for grins, let’s say that they get it down to 1,000 horses. That’s 1,800 acres PER HORSE! Even more amazing is how the devil some suited bean counter comes up with, “1,800,000 acres? Let’s see. Divide by the coefficient of (mumble, jumble) and… well, it can only sustain 548 horses.”
No one, I mean absolutely NO ONE, should ever tell the suited bean counter that 15,000 head of cattle will be occupying the same land the moment the horses are removed. No one should ever tell the suited bean counter that ranchers have already fenced off the water holes so the cattle can drink but the horses die of thirst.
Think it’s only here? Remember Australia, that warm, fun loving place where they are currently killing 10,000 horses from helicopters? Listen to this loving piece of garbage:
An estimated 14,000 horses in the Mount Pilot wilderness area of Kosciuszko National Park are destroying streamside wetlands, eroding banks, compacting soil, altering stream courses, overgrazing and trampling sphagnum bog, the Observations of Pest Horse Impacts report says. “The impacts of pest horses in the pilot wilderness of Kosciuszko National Park were much greater and more pervasive than we had witnessed in over 40 years of intermittent observations,” the report said.
The report calls them “pest.” Sounds just like the rancher interviewed on NBC, doesn’t it? “Send them all to slaughter,” was his insightful statement. That’s 24,000 in Australia, 50,000 in holding pens in the US, thousands more being rounded up, 170,000 US horses slaughtered for meat last year. From Tibet to Singapore, the human race has declared war on horses of every breed, color, shape and size. “Kill them, shoot them, gut them, eat them! Use them till they drop, walk away from them, dump them when they can’t walk anymore!”
No, not all humans are like that. In a few very quiet places people respect and love the majestic horse, many work to restore the starved, neglected horse. Far too many shed tears as they realize what humans are doing. The hatred for horses should never have been a part of the human experience. Within the common mind of horse lovers everywhere wanders the same unanswered question – “Why?”
And my question to you is this – the majority of us, 80% to be exact, find the war on horses to be against our beliefs. While unknown, I would expect that the majority of Australians feels the same way, perhaps the belief is matched in Tibet, yet the raw, hate-filled slaughter continues. Why?
The War Against Horses – is it really a necessary evil or are we being lied to? Are we blinded by our love of horses? Are they really nothing more that giant cockroaches? If not, then why does a small minority of government minions cater to the demands of these psychotic equine haters while the majority of us ineffectively moan about the injustice of it all?
One phrase we learned in the service – “Ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do or die.” I didn’t accept the rule back then, nor should we, or the horses, accept it now. None of us appointed the horse-haters as our Supreme Leaders.
So I am asking – WHY? Show us the absolute proof that horses need to be rounded up. killed in the field, slaughtered for meat, for any reason other than money. Every argument the horse haters devise comes up totally and completely empty. “OMG, they’re dying of thirst!” “OMG, they are trampling all the vegetation!” “OMG, they can’t live on only 1,800 acres each!”
Some of my best friends gave up their life in a land far away. One of them, Moss, lost his life taking a meaningless outpost that was given up the next day. To this day I still wonder why.
Today, over 300 American horses lost their life in slaughterhouses. Over 80% of the American people opposed that slaughter, yet it continues.
When you close your eyes for the final time tonight, please take a moment to remember all those to whom we owe our freedom, and say a word of thanks.
And when you open your eyes in the morning, never stay silent. Fight hard for the freedom of the horses. They need us now more than ever.
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