Recently, I posted pictures of pastures near Bartlesville, OK where ranchers are paid by the government to keep wild horses. I found an article about this in a recent news headlines. Here is just a portion of the article. Tax payers foot the bill for the $75 million dollars spent annually. Isn't this interesting when people are without jobs and sometimes without food in America? What about people in Third World countries? We are more humane to animals than we are to people.
The National Academy of Sciences report found the
BLM's roundups of horses and burros were counterproductive because in the
long-run they decreased competition for food and resulted in higher birth and
The panel of scientists urged federal horse managers
to curb herds through increased use of fertility control, such as vaccines shot
by dart at female horses, rather than roundups and removals. The BLM currently
allocates to fertility control on wild herds only a fraction of what it spends on
The BLM, which is part of the U.S. Department of the
Interior, says Western public lands - leased for everything from cattle grazing
to oil and gas exploration - can support 26,500 wild horses in states from
Idaho to Nevada.
Wild horses unlikely to be adopted or sold are shipped
to open-air enclosures that contain 50,000 animals, or nearly 13,000 more than
roam free. The roundups, removals and warehousing of mustangs last year
consumed much of the bureau's $75 million budget for managing wild horses and