“So Welfare Ranchers get another handout at the expense of YOUR pocket book and the loss of habitat for wildlife on our public lands. More subsidies, more failed federal programs and a slap in the face to the private ranchers and farmers who pay taxes, maintain and care for their own land…the welfare ranchers of the west continue to rape our public lands and reap their private profits. The wild horses, burros and even sage grouse be damned as the most corrupt agency in the federal government continues to pander to special interests and deep pockets. The Department of the Interior’s BLM just can’t shake it’s addiction to cater to hunting, grazing and extraction special interests…and the wild ones are paying the price.” ~ R.T.
by George Wuerthner as published on CounterPunch “… the BLM failed to note that livestock grazing is by far and away the biggest factor in sage grouse decline across the West…” The BLM just released its decision on its proposed Bruneau Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project (BOSH Project) which […]
By Christopher Ketcham as published on The New Republic Cowboys and cows are soaking the American West dry The American West faces its fifteenth year of low rainfall, sparse snowpack, and warming temperatures in what climatologists believe is only the beginning of a climate-change-induced megadrought that may last a […]
Western Watersheds Project “The agency plans to build new fences, refurbish stock ponds, install a cattle guard, create new monitoring programs using Park Service staff, and allow trailing in a closed allotment, all at taxpayer expense…” Kanab, UT – Late last Friday, the National Park Service announced its […]
by George Wuerthner as published on The Wildlife News “There is probably no activity that does more damage to our public lands, and in particular, degrades our wilderness areas, than livestock production…” Livestock grazing occurs on some 260 million acres of federal lands, including lands administered by the […]
House Votes to Evict Native Elk From National Park in California to Prioritize Private Cattle Ranching
Source: Center for Biological Diversity “This shortsighted bill endangers hundreds of elk while handing control of irreplaceable coastal open space over to private interests…” WASHINGTON— The House of Representatives rammed through legislation today that would allow hunting or eviction of native tule elk from large portions of Point […]
“How Forrest Lucas — the little-known millionaire whose company name is plastered on the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts — wields power, propaganda, and even Sharon Stone to protect Big Agriculture.”