“In My Humble Opinion” by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”
On June 9th, 2010 a public hearing was held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Salt Lake City, UT on the issue of using helicopters and motorized vehicles in the controversial round ups of native wild horses on U.S. public lands.
If you did not, personally, attend the meeting you are not going to get a straight answer on what exactly went on or hear/read anything about the questions that were posed to the BLM authorities who were in attendance. Instead you will read local press releases containing ample rehearsed commentary from the BLM with plenty of hype thrown in for Ken Zalazar’s eastern wild horse death parks affectionately known as “Zalazoos”.
Gus Warr, head of Utah’s BLM wild horse and Burro program did throw out a caveat that the repetitive churning of helicopter blades is traumatic to the animals (and every living thing within earshot) BUT:
“Using saddle horses and roping and choking them down — well, this is the best alternative we’ve got given their sheer numbers,”
Thanks Gus, nothing like choking those stupid ole horses down into the dirt, that’s what every little school girl loves to hear; and numbers, what sort of numbers are you talking about Gus, not BLM numbers I hope. We just documented in an article, yesterday, that the BLM couldn’t count the number of fingers on a hand without getting confused with the square root of their toes. Come on Gus, we all know that taking a “Ciphering” class just ain’t on the BLM job application so let’s get real.
Jared Redington, Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro manager was quoted as saying:
“We have found the use of helicopters is the most humane method in gathering horses from the open range and remote mountain areas where they live.”
Okay, so they are out on the “open range” and in the “remote mountains” where they are bothering no one and you all go and hunt them down, terrorize them, cause injury and even death, lock them up in pens, expect us to foot the bill to continue turning the helicopter contractor into a multi-millionaire and then we have to pay all of the up keep expenses for the poor horses when they used to take care of themselves for, ahhh, hmmmm, FREE?!?!?
The scientific reply is:
“Even though it is very wet out there, drought conditions might develop later on in the year and cause the horses distress.”
Wow, there’s some quantified science for you; drought conditions MIGHT happen (this is a phrase that all BLM agents learn in “BLM Double Talk School). Using that sort of logic the moon might fall out of the sky, pigs will fly, Obama will keep a campaign promise and I will give birth to a litter wart hogs…Come on! Can’t we do a little better than that? Do we really, really look that stupid or is it just that you are that stupid in thinking that we are. It is all so very, very outrageous it would be laughable if not for the fact that you buffoons are destroying the lives of thousands of wild horses and killing many in the process. Give it a rest.
You even admit that your system does not work; you already know that over two thirds of your annual budget goes to maintaining captive wild horses and what do you consider the logical thing to do, GO OUT AND GET MORE!!!!
Those horses have been out there hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years. The bulk of the horses are fat and happy (we have pictures) with better feet on them than most domestic counterparts. The range and public lands were doing just fine until you guys started the “welfare ranching” business and began allowing private cattle to destroy our lands and out number the horses. I would think that it would make more sense to clear out the cows, have one great big barbecue and let the horses take care of themselves.
Emmy award winning cinematographer Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation has been telling you guys or years that if you leave them alone and don’t decimate their herds their breeding levels off. If you would quit trying to play God by removing their natural predators their numbers would be controlled but do you listen? Naw, instead you let your PR agency and desk bound admins fool around with Google earth, calculators and slide rules while no one bothers to do an accurate head count, but that brings us back to the math thing again and we really don’t want to go there.
One of our avid readers wrote today,
“I wouldn’t spend one more minute of time registering complaints with BLM. I’d send them to the President and my elected representatives with a “cc” to Salazar/Secretary of Interior specifically complaining about:
(1) Poor science and management
(2) Improper execution of the 1971 Act (which (BTW) is very similar to the NEPA and waiver garbage that is the BP blowout)
(3) Lack of transparency, science, dissent criticism of the current program being considered.
(4) Extraction of all minerals and expediting of all of the wildlife that get in the way”
She’s right, right as rain. We aren’t going away, boys. We are here to stay and many of us have been at this longer than some of your agents are old. It’s not that we are trying to be unreasonable or asking for something outlandish and out of the question. Quite the contrary, we would like to see something very simple, economical and inherently humane. The only thing that we are campaigning for is to simply leave the wild horses alone. It’s just that simple.
Why aren’t you listening?