Horses are a nonnative species to North America, which means the feral horses are over grazing and destroying vegetation while the native species starve.
I actually mention this fact in the pro-capture part of my speech and agree that if we leave the wild horses unchecked they will overbalance the circle of things and harm the native species. In Missouri--where I live--we're having a horrible time with Zebra Mussels and this nonnative frog--whose name I have forgotten--. Both species have no predators and as a symptom are over breeding and killing off the native species of other mussels and frogs. The difference between these species and the wild horse is that people have no problem killing off the mussels or frogs but if you mention open season on horses chances are you're going to have a big hissy fit
. Which is, how it should be. Although they are very different animals, I would compare hunting horses the same as going out on the streets and shooting all the stray dogs and cats you come across.
What I think should be done with most of those scrubby, mutt horses is euthanasia or sale to slaughter.
Again, I agree with part of your statement. Some of the horses the BLM captures will have to be humanely put down just like what happens with the over population of stray dogs and cat at shelters. *I know I keep comparing horses to dogs and cats but it's the best I could come up with right now*. It is kind of ironic but last years speech was on horse slaughter
. I was against horse slaughter. This was because I didn't agree on how to was preformed in the U.S and other foreign plants. If they reopened the plants now but regularized them I believe the whole process would benefit. So as of now, I wouldn't want any horse--wild or domestic--going to slaughter. Also, wild horses are descendants of Iberian horses which include the Portuguese he Lusitano, Sorraia and Garrano breeds and fourteen other Spanish breeds. If you look most horse breed books you will find "Mustang" listed as a breed.
As far as the 'stop the land leasing' argument, that's completely bogus. The cattle ranchers are only allowed to lease that land a few months out of the year, and they're strictly watched and regulated. The land leases are rotated, so no area is allowed to be over grazed by the cattle.
This I completely agree with. In fact, I thank you for saying this because I had a hard time finding information on this.
That money the ranchers pay to lease the land helps fund the BLM. So if the leases are canceled, who is going to pick up the slack? The taxpayers? Yeah, just what I want, to be taxed MORE.
I don't pay taxes yet but my parents do so again, I agree.
Feral horses are a blight on the area. The BLM is ****ed if it does and ****ed if it doesn't.
EXACTLY! The BLM almost seems afraid to me to do anything out in the open in fear of the public's opinion.
Adopt out the ones who aren't crazy, fugly, and ill conformed, keep a minimal amount of them out on the range to satisfy the people who seem to think feral horses are some sort of American 'symbol', and get rid of the rest.
As a previous poster pointed out, the feral horses are being selectively breed to keep bad conformation from happening. I think the picture that person posted is evidence enough that Mustangs are not "fugly". Yes, the feral horses taken off the range are wild but with correct training they can be tamed. Just a quick question, what do you think is the American symbol? Horses were a big part of the history of our nation, imagine if they had never been there? Even if you don't see them as an American symbol, what about a rare species? The eagle--which is America's symbol--is a protected species. Even though they are over populated mustangs are a breed of horse that are worth preserving. What is the quarter horse or Morgans where completely wiped out.
The Cloud Foundation is hardly an unbiased source of research. If you want to do real research, I suggest staying away from the fanatics on both sides of the issue
. I chose the cloud foundation *because* they were biased. I needed a one sided organization for the pro-freedom part of my speech and as you so pointed out, they are.
And now I'm done with this thread; y'all go ahead and have your hysterical trainwreck.
I am loading passengers into the Hysteric Train as I type. We should be ready for complete mental breakdown by tomorrow.
Seriously though, I appreciate everyones reply! I am in the midst of writing my conclusion and hopefully will have it done tonight. Should I post it once I am finished for everyone to read? I wanted to reply to everyone's posts but since I am running out of time I had to pick and choose. Sorry.
Keep on posting!