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  • Wild horses facing slaughter after US government proposes new regulations

    Where do you stand on this?

    "Controversy has broken out over the U.S. Bureau of Land Mangement (BLM) practice of using helicopters to herd horses off public lands and sometimes permanently put them into holding facilities in an effort to control their population." (ABC News)

    It's actually a business. The helicopter being used is registered to HELICOPTER ROUNDUP SERVICE LLC in Utah.
    Most of the U.S.'s estimated 75,000 wild horses live on public lands in the American West.
    Last edited by timtrott; 02-06-2018, 10:16 AM.

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    Hard to know how to stand on this, because like all issues, it's complicated. Helicopters were used in the past as well; they are efficient in that type of area. No matter how they are rounded up, the basic issue is that these feral horses are breeding without any controls in an area that can not support them and which did not evolve to support them. There is not enough food or resources to support them indefinitely. We all know what will happen if we keep adding horses to a limited pasture situation; they will decline and starve. They will become sick and the foals won't thrive. The areas in question can support smaller numbers of horses as they did in the distant past, but now the numbers of horses are much larger and there is nothing to stop them from overbreeding and ultimate starvation and die-off (which happens naturally in the wild) unless we humans step in. If we want to help, we can adopt the horses and get them out of there, or somehow contribute to their care. There just is not enough room and resources for all of them to survive in the wild. Agreed; humans want the land for cattle and other uses, too. But the main problem is that the resources are limited in general.
    Last edited by Glenaerie; 02-03-2018, 10:27 PM.


    • #3
      There are no easy answers, and adoption involves a lot of risk. Very few trainers who have the "magic" to tame a Mustang. Chris Cox comes to mind. I saw him do an amazing demonstration in Ocala a long time ago. Interesting that it's enough for someone to build a business of the situation. Helicopters are very expensive to operate.
      Last edited by timtrott; 02-03-2018, 11:18 PM.


      • #4
        The bottom line is that more and more public land (our land) is desirable to big business for mining, fracking, oil drilling, etc... This is public land, which means it belongs to us all. The appointed head of the Department of the Interior is turning over a lot of OUR land to private interests. He has stated publicly that wild horses and burros should be all sold to slaughter. He is also turning over millions of acres of National Forests to private interests, like fracking, mining, and oil drilling. National Parks are also suffering from budget cuts. Regardless of where you fall on the wild horse controversy, we should have a say in what happens to our land. Cattle ranchers are the least of our worries. Their leases are so long term that they have a vested interest in caring for the land. The mining, fracking and oil companies strip, pollute and destroy the land. Who benefits? Politicians line their pockets. This is insane.
        Does working cattle count as playing with your food?