How much to do you want to pay for to keep a feral animal?
Wild horses conjure romantic images of the west in the minds of many people.
So much so that thirty-eight years ago, they were declared living symbols of the west and put under the supervision of the Bureau of Land Management.
In a report on Fox News, Ken Salazar, of the Dept. of the Interior estimates 32,000 roam public lands while another 32,000 have been sent to other parts of the country to preserves. And even more have been adopted by people taking in one or two at a time.
Apparently seven new preserves in the Midwest and Eastern U. S. are needed to sustain the horses currently roaming the West. To acquire the land and transport the horses to these new “homes” will carry an estimated cost of $96 million.
There’s a huge cost to take care of what are really feral animals.
Since 1971, the BLM has removed over 270,000 horses from Western ranges. That sounds like a population that could destroy its current habitat to me. What shape would the herd be in if it hadn’t been managed during the past 35+ years?
But of course the activists know how to manage this herd better than anyone.
A relocation effort was supposed to start tomorrow (Dec. 7th) but an activist group has sued to stop the action. In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization and ecologist Craig Downer brought the lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.
We wouldn’t think twice about spaying or neutering a feral cat or dog. Should it be any different with a feral horse? We wouldn’t think twice about euthanizing a feral animal, but these horses are sacred in the minds of many.
This group contends that these horses must be left in the wild. If they are they will starve. If they’re relocated or adopted, can anyone explain to me how they remain wild horses?
I also find it amusing that group that many supporting this suit are the ones supporting sustainability? How does an ever increasing feral horse population that must be transported, fed and watered in what isn’t their natural habitat help to make the planet more sustainable?
These horses are a problem. If they were a city problem like feral cats or dogs they would be dealt with. But since they’re not roaming city streets, activists will call them wild and move to protect them. How romantic.
Wonder how the activists would feel about wild dogs and cats roaming their neighborhood, eating their pet food, damaging their lawns and lawn furniture and harboring disease?
What would they do then to rid themselves of the problem?
Ten years later: the rest of the story - This morning I found myself in a reflective mood thinking back to mid-July 2008 and one of the most hectic weekends of my life. I blogged about it at the t...