Subsidized Cattlemen’s War on Wild Horses and Burros Continues
In February, at great expense, the BLM stampeded 424 horses from the above HMA and has now returned, again allegedly, to the HMA approximately 100 chemically sterilized mares and 60 stallions ensuring that the horses will not be able to reproduce or maintain viable families over the next several years.
But that damage to the viability of the above herd was not enough carnage for local “Welfare Rancher” Kevin Borba and Eureka County Commissioners who filed an appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals to block the return of federally protected wild horses to their rightful range.
Federally subsidized welfare ranchers consider wild horses and burros as competition for their private, personal, money making cattle who graze, as a commercial endeavor, on public land allocated by an act of Congress to the wild horses and burros.
Incensed with a feeling of entitlement, welfare ranchers have waged an often-decimating range war across the west with wild horses and burros being their current target and speaking point.
Borba and his bed-fellow county commissioners challenge BLM on their assessment of how many horses the HMA can support and complained about his cow grazing allotment being cut to lower numbers in an effort to protect the environment from the destructive grazing of cattle.
Wild Horse Advocates are split on the use of the contraceptive PZP as it has proven to be effective on small controlled herds while the use on genetically nonviable herds is a bone of contention within the mainstream advocacy. The fact that the BLM is conducting clandestine bait trapping on wild horse and burros behind the backs of U.S. Taxpayers further increases the volume of descent against the rampant and unregulated usage of PZP.