Friday, December 03, 2004

Please Sign and Protect Wild Horses

Cattlemen back measure to sell surplus wild horses

A measure tucked into an appropriations bill Congress passed late last month permits BLM to sell any wild horses that are more than 10 years old or that no one wants to adopt.

“We’re real excited about that,” said Preston Wright of Deeth, president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.

“It’s a major step forward on getting a handle on the horse population. Wild horses have been a problem for some ranchers,” he said.

“This will allow BLM to sell a backlog of older horses, which should allow them to go ahead with gathers,” he said.

Wild horses and cattle compete for forage and for water when the horse herds are too large.

The measure states that an excess animal shall be made available for sale “without limitation, including through auction to the highest bidder, at local sale yards or other convenient livestock selling facilities..."

Once again, business (i.e. cattle ranchers) takes priority over protection, with Nevada's wild horse population under threat. At this point, horses could be sold to rendering factories...

Canada has already lost a significant amount of wild horses in Alberta and BC to trigger happy ranchers and government "intervention"...don't let Nevada repeat the mistake.

Please sign the petition....


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