From the article: Interior Seeks to Save Wild Horse Program
Interior Secretary Salazar’s plan to “save” the nation’s herd of wild horses by relocating many of them from their native range in the West to “showcase” preserves in the Midwest and East is sure to be controversial. Are Salazar’s claims of overpopulation valid? Does moving thousands of them to non-native, “pay-per-view” ranges serve the best interests of the wild horses, or the American people? Will the plan truly preserve the “heritage” of the free-roaming wild horses of the West? Share Your Opinion
Greedy Ranchers Destroying Wild Horses
- There are aprox 30,000 of OUR Wild Horses left on OUR public range lands where they have a legal right to live free by an Act of Congress, but they're being falsely accused of damaging the range or being overpopulated. The REAL damage & overpopulation is the MILLIONS of privately owned cattle & sheep getting taxpayer subsidized Welfare Grazing privileges at taxpayers' expense, for which they pay a fraction of the market rate for grazing, which costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars! And they only produce a very small percentage of the beef we eat nationally, plus most of the ranchers are multimillion dollar corporations! Stop Welfare Grazing! Get those private cattle off of our public range lands! Return OUR Wild Horses to OUR public range land where they'll cost taxpayers very little. Salazar is a rancher, who has already sold thousands of Wild Horses to a known killer buyer, Tom Davis, who trucks horses to slaughter, & who is Salazar's friend & neighbor. Google it!
- —Guest Letem Runfree
Wild Horse Program
- The government pays enough per horse that it is financially smarter to rent to horses. Horses are hard on pasture. Eat it down too close to ground. But land used for horses, takes the land out of use for cattle. Which means it is harder and harder for cattlemen to rent pasture. Which will affect the number of cattle being raised for human consumption . Some day, that will raise the price of beef even more. Because of the drought in cattle country, herds have had to be cut now. The Wild horse program is a waste of taxpayer money. So what is new about that!!
- —Guest Shirley Lindly
Who do YOU think you ARE
- Okay, horses today are known throughout the states as one of man's best friends. They helped ranchers back in the days to herd their cattle and sheep. They helped the Indians when they needed a friend out in the wild. They helped us when we were lost. They want to help us and what do we do in return? We trap them, run them from their homes with helicopters, and kill them for their meat. What next? Tranqualizers? Really? Take it from someone who cares. The next time you go out there, take a close look at what they do. They are prey, their main will is to flee from danger. If they still had their will to survive they might have stayed to fight, but since your jut scaring them half to death, what can they do? Scream, bite kick? What? What do you plan on doing with them? They want to help, help us, help anyone who needs it, friend or foe. Look at them, their eyes. Look at how you see the flattened ears, the whites of their eyes, the flattened tails. Their shrill whinny for help says it all
- —Guest from a 13 year old who cares
Why won't you listen?
- Okay, some of you have good points, but come on! Think! When did they ever deserve to be treated like dirt? I know how it must feel to see these horses eating away at your cattle grass, but come on! Look at them! Look closely. Do they seem healthy to you? Or just flat out sick? Their only will is to survive. Look at them in their pens. Do they seem frightened and scared to death? Or are they calm and quiet? Of course they're scared! Look at how they've been ripped right out of their home! They depend in us to protect them, not capture them and pen them in. How would you feel if someone captured you and put you in a dog crate, and decide your fate without your say? I know Salazar means well, but these horses have lives and spirits. They aren't jst assets that someone ca chnge without consulting them fist. They are living, moving creatures, like us! I don't know what's wrong with you, but we should be savng them not trying to kill them off! They want help. Why can't you give them that?
- —Guest Dagnija Tomson
save the wild horses
- We have so very few wild things left, YES, do whatever to save these wonderful horses
- —Guest judie leece
LET THE WILD HORSES ALONE
- WILD HORSES ARE OUR HISTORY. LEAVE THEM ALONE. THERE ARE RANCHERS LEASING LAND FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR CATTLE. THIS IS WERE THE WILD HORSES LIVE. ITS BEEN THEIR HOME FOREVER. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE FREE JUST LIKE THEY DID FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. DON.T TELL ME YOUR CATTLE HAVEN'T GIVEN DISEASES LIKE LEPTO. ETC. TO THE HORSES. IF THE RANCHERS WANT GOVERNMENT LAND THEN THEY MUST SHARE THE LAND WITH THE HORSES. THEY HAVE MORE RIGHT TO LIVE THAN PEOPLE DO. LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO THE APPALOOSE WHEN THE WHITE MAN TOOK THE LAND AWAY FROM THE INDIANS. WE ARE STILL TRYING TO IMPROVE THE BREED BACK TO THE BEAUTIFUL APPALOOSA THAT ONCE CARRIED PROUD PEOPLE. ENJOY THESE HORSES THEY HAVE ROAMED THESE LANDS FOREVER. THESE HORSES ARE OUR HERITAGE. THEY HAVE MORE RIGHTS TO THESE LANDS THAT YOU RANCHERS. REMEMBER THIS RANCHES, WHEN THE WEST STARTED YOU NEEDED HORSES TO DO YOUR RANCH WORK AND THERE WAS NO COMPLIANT ABOUT WILD HORSES BEING IN THE WAY. SHAME ON YOU. LET THEM ALONE.
- —Guest DONNA GRUEL
- You know when the move them because of over population they are helping the animals not starve to death and die of disease. If they were to leave them out there just populating away they would die anyways and be inbred. the people that have them and are housing them keep them safe and healthy
- —Guest Ashlie
Mad as hell !!!
- Fire his ass. I'll bet his children,grand children and great grand children,hasn't a clue what he is doing with there future on this earth. They may never get to see the true Wild West. Sorry for them and shame on him.
- —Guest Colleen K. Lewis
None have the right to remove the Horses
- US Government doing to OUR Wild Horses, the Same Thing they did to Our Native Indian American People! Should just call it The Mustang Removal Act! This Land Belongs to the Mustangs, NOT the Government and the Government, nor ANY Person HAS ANY PLACE Killing or removing any Of Our American History Our American Heritage! They are Gods Creatures Given Freedom and Life on Gods Land! Let them BE!
- —Guest WiLdE
This isn't right
- These animals are Gods creatures. You would just kill them for no reason it is not our place to kill them now if God wants them dead then that is one thing but it is not right to kill an innocent animal. Look up pictures of Wild Horses! Ther faces are asking us to help them not kill them.They want to live to serve there powerful and mighty Creator. God loves these animals and I do to and if you dont then that is you mental issue not mine.
- —Guest Sally Morris
- They are a renewable resource. It may not seem right to some people because we have been conditioned to think so but the only option that makes sense in the long run is to do as the title suggests. They are a wild animal and should be managed as such, not pay a rediculous about of money to put them on display.
- —Guest Aaron
- Do any of you think what this is costing all of us. There is big ranches that went from raising cattle to keeping wild horses and getting paid lots of money from the government, that's you and me. It's needs to stop, this money could go to better use!!!
- —Guest Deb Martin
More people should ond with a horse
- Wild horses r smart, trust worthy and bring so much joy and smiles .. How do know I adopted one and my life has been patienter, loving and caring of others and most of all seeing how time spent with a horse and person makes life more meaningful..Try loving a Wild Mustang or Burro and see how softer your heart gets
- —Guest Patty
Wild Horses as food for hungry people
- The plan is rediculous. We should harvest them for food as we do Whitetail deer, especially when adults and children are hungry.
- —Guest Bob Walshaw
haw dumb can you be people
- I have the best fix for this problem. If u peda people would wake up and smell what problems you have created by gitting horse prosesing plants closed what did u really help. Open the plants back up and butcher the dang things. AS a rancher if i can make a dime cus your two Dumb two realize that you hurt more than you helped then durn right ill make a buck or two off ure stupididy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- —Guest moore farm and ranch
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