About Them Horses

HR 1018 or ROAM has now passed the House of Representatives. It moves on to the Senate where one has little hope that reason will prevail.

I loved one comment (don’t have the link for it, unfortunately) which I read that said something like “This land was designed for horses, not cattle. We should let the horses have it and put the unlovely cattle somewhere else.”

Horseburgers just don’t taste the same.

(NOTE: I do not dislike horses. For some reason I’ve never figured out, they seem to particularly like me. I would, however, desire that the issue of wild horses be put into proper legal context and accordingly would desire that the government get out of the horse business.)

Credit to Herseth Sandlin for voting No on this one. May both of her colleagues in the Senate follow her lead.

4 thoughts on “About Them Horses

  1. BLM is trying to get out of the wild horse business by breaking the bank: turning down stimulus money, “zeroing out” herd management areas so horses are forced into more fragile rangelands if they want water. And, instead of releasing horses to volunteers who’d turn them out into sanctuaries, they write checks — as big as the law allows — to independent contractors. But then, I guess if they didn’t do that, ICs couldn’t afford those cocaine parties with Dept. of Interior staffers.

  2. TSPRINGER,

    Breaking the bank seems to be the approach of government doing everything these days. I can’t say I support it, whether for BLM or any other department. I would be very much in favor of allowing folks who truly care for these horses to be the ones who “own” them and manage the herds. I’ve got a feeling that by doing so we might have the mustangs around for a lot longer.

  3. Michael Woodring, I would suggest you take a look at how much money the government is spending with the unnecessary round-ups and subsequent care. Legislation was passed in 1971 to protect our heritage, the wild Mustangs. HR 1018 simply rolls back the damage done by Conrad Burns. If you want to look at a waste of money, take a look at the government subsidies given to the cattle ranchers that have taken over the land that was supposed to be protected for wild horses, burros and wildlife. The horse population has been reduced to 16,000-19,000 from over 2 million. Meanwhile, the cattle counts have gone from 0 to 7.5 million. Since when are cattle considered wildlife?

  4. Vicki,

    While I can agree that the government is indeed spending money on unnecessary things (regarding the mustangs) I cannot agree that HR 1018 “simply rolls back the damage done by Conrad Burns” as it expands the role of the federal government once again. I do not believe that it is government’s role to manage the mustang population–no more than I believe that it is government’s role to pay (with your money) for my health care.

    I am not in favor of (and in fact directly opposed to) subsidies for ranchers for any reason–and that would including the land use of which you speak.

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