Feds Talk out of both sides of their Mouth
On Tuesday the Department of Interior filed a convoluted motion in U.S. District Court in Reno, to dismiss a suit brought forward by welfare ranchers and grazing interests to accelerate the removal and destruction of federaly protected wild horses and burros on public land.
While at first glance this may seem to be a victory for wild equine advocates the Bureau of Land Management quickly dashed any hopes of new found insight by their attorneys stating that they agree with the special interest cattle barons that there are an excessive number of horses on the millions of acres but their hands are tied due to lack of funds and space for warehousing horses due to their own mismanagement.
“BLM has been largely unable to dispose of excess horses other than through qualifying adoptions and sales, even as demand for horses has declined,” Justice Department lawyers wrote.”Congress has necessarily funded and endorsed BLM’s use of long-term holding facilities to house excess horses until demand for sale or adoption increases, or until Congress lifts its prohibitions on the humane destruction of healthy excess animals,” the attorneys said in their filing.Last summer,
Joan Guilfoyle, chief of BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Division, warned in an internal memo obtained through a FOIA by Wild Horse Freedom Federation that the $70 million program was headed for financial collapse unless drastic changes were made in the roundup policy that she said could be setting U.S. rangeland-improvement goals back 20 years.