HOUSTON – (SFTHH) While thousands of Americans lost their homes and tens of thousands lost their jobs the Obama administration was spending millions of dollars chasing wild horses, killing some and penning up the rest with no regard to science, proper research or the bottom line.
Last year Cattoor Livestock, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor, was paid $2,547,995.20 to chase, trap, and imprison thousands of native wild horses who for hundreds of years have roamed free on our public lands. (figures supplied by BLM ) The Cattors are one of several such contractors that make their sole income by living off of unsuspecting tax payer’s money through exclusive contracts with the BLM. The Cattoors utilize helicopters, in this commentator’s opinion, to terrify and traumatize wild horses into stampeding into their traps, often resulting in death and/or injury.
Despite the calls from millions of Americans the Obama administration pushes forward with an environmentally and fiscally dangerous plan of stripping our wild horses from Federal lands so that they can pave the way for more welfare ranching by private interests. Last week the BLM postponed a plan to strip a public management area the size of Rhode Island of wild horses leaving only 100 while proposing that 2,700 private cattle would remain for just $1.35 a head per month (in comparison to $1.23 in 1966). Public outcry may have influenced the decision to postpone that plan.
Yet still the Obama Wild Horse Thrashing Machine moves forward with the BLM proposing to capture a total of 12,000 wild horses in 2010 while they didn’t even have the funds to feed and care for the 33,000 they had, and still retain, in captivity in 2008.
Despite pleas to halt the round-ups and investigate the BLM’s flawed math and bookkeeping the Mustang Mower charges forward without any direction, accountability or conscious.
With all due respect, it is time for the President to pull the cotton from his ears, listen to his constituents and validate several of the multiple promises that he made while campaigning. It’s up to him to pull the plug on the out of control BLM and order a full investigation and accounting of their policies and procedures. Otherwise, we will just keep counting the bodies of dead horses that his agency kills while he renders only lip service to the true desires of the American public.
In the meantime, wild horses die, contractors become millionaires and a few angered Americans affix bumper stickers on their vehicles which read:
“Honk if I paid for your Helicopter”
Video of Cattoor Helicopter chasing a defenseless foal plus footage of one dying in a BLM pen from the result of a Helicopter chase over numerous miles of volcanic rock, ice and snow
Call the White House Hot Line at:
Ask for the round-ups to stop while the BLM is investigated and a true accounting of Wild Horses can be taken both in captivity and in the wild!
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