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The Three Great Myths about America’s Wild Horses

by as published on HorseTalk

One of the favorite tools used by the cattle industry to push competing grazing animals off the lands they covet is that of supporting outright myths and also funding questionably designed studies and then promoting the highly questionable results.

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Throughout American history, the cattle industry has been for the most part unreasonable to other livestock producers. The American range and Sheep Wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries are clear evidence of this statement, as is outlined in this summary:

Wikipedia: The Sheep Wars, or the Sheep and Cattle Wars, refers to a series of armed conflicts in the Western United States which were fought between sheepmen and cattlemen over grazing rights. Sheep wars occurred in many western states though they were most common in Texas, Arizona and the border region of Wyoming and Colorado. Generally, the cattlemen saw the sheepherders as invaders, who destroyed the public grazing lands, which they had to share on a first-come, first-served basis. Between 1870 and 1920, approximately 120 engagements occurred in eight different states or territories. At least 54 men were killed and some 50,000 to over 100,000 sheep were slaughtered…(CONTINUED)


3 replies »

  1. They have murdered each other over cattle grazing for Decades yet they nearly went bankrupt because they had no one to sell beef to in the early 1900s and Chicago Stockyards specifically saved them from going bellyup in the Old Wezt. Their shootouts couldn’t stop bankruptcy but Cityfolks from Chicago did. THEY WOULDN’T exist today otherwise. THEY gloat, inflate and talk about how “Cityfolks are stupid not realizing their own ranches were saved by the Cityfolks. THEY didn’t even stop the outbreaks of hoof and mouth disease an expert from Chicago caught it and stopped it. THEY didn’t stop anthrax, Westerners had to diagnose and teach them to destroy the diseased animals and eventually vaccinate. I think weve proven who knows whats best.


    • I think it’s been clearly proven “what’s best” would have been to never inflict massive numbers of non-native cattle and sheep onto our public lands in the interest of private profits, while we all inherited the costs.


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