Thursday, June 16, 2005

Don't cry for the horses if you're still eating beef

Ever since the Bureau of Land Management got the okay to remove and have slaughtered wild horses in Montana (thanks to the Burns Amendment), I have been posting updates here about the issues.

What I am surprised by, despite the emotional tidalwave of response to the tragedy, is the reluctance of self-declared, outraged horse lovers to stop eating beef.

There's no doubt that the sole reason for the relocation and slaughter of wild horses and burros today is that they directly compete with grazing livestock, primarily cattle. Conrad Burns, the culprit behind the pernicious amendment, is a puppet for the cattlemen, and no one has doubted this from the beginning.

Yet despite the direct correlation between horse slaughter and cattle grazing, so many horse advocates remain frightened or angered by the mere mention of a beef boycott.

The only people who have volunteered to boycott beef are vegetarians, a small portion of the population who do not contribute to the profits of the beef industry anyway.

Come on! Would it kill you to stop eating beef for the time being? As far as I'm concerned, if you are against wild horse slaughter and are still eating beef, you might as well give up now.

And wild buffalo are also affected by the greed of cattlemen...go here for more information.


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