Skip to comments.Despite U.S. House Vote, Future of Wild Horses Still Uncertain (700 Million for Horses)
Posted on 07/18/2009 10:09:47 AM PDT by jessduntno
The outlook may still be grim for thousands of wild horses and burros, despite a rescue measure passed Friday by the House. It would give the wild animals millions more acres to roam, and spare them from the possibility of slaughter.
But there's no similar bill in the Senate and that doesn't bode well for final passage.
There are an estimated 36,000 wild horses and burros in ten Western states. Federal officials believe that's about 9,400 more than can exist in balance with other rangeland resources. More than 31,000 others are being cared for in corrals and pastures.
The Interior Department announced last year it might have to kill thousands of healthy wild horses and burros to deal with the growing population, a move that WV Congressman Nick Rahall strongly opposed.
During House debate, Republicans dismissed the rescue measure as welfare for horses, at a time when people are in need. One GOP lawmaker says the effort to save the horses is based on "emotion and not science."
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I would worry about the outcome of conservatives in the USA if I were you and quit worrying about a bunch of horses. Put your energy where it counts: In countering Bozo and the boys, else you may find your self out grazing with the horses in order to survive.
I’ll try to find a level-headed analysis of this situation and get back to you. Problem is . . . well, let’s just say that Dennis Kucinich is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1018. Need I say more?
I’m as big a fan of Marguerite Henry as anyone, but wouldn’t it be kinder too slaughter them than let them starve?
Either turn them into pet food or sell them to countries that like to eat horses!
The damn things are overrunning their grazing areas and are protected so the public can’t slaughter them.
What I am gathering is that the government keeps the population large. So the government needs to continually intervene. Prevents isolated pockets of independence, and steals hundreds of millions ($700 million this year) every year from taxpayers to propagate this. I’m east coast here and guessing from limited info right now.
I would worry about the outcome of conservatives in the USA if I were you and quit worrying about a bunch of horses
I got plenty of liberal assholes telling me what to worry about, but thanks for your concern. And since this is MY money these wads are throwing around, I’ll call them on it...you know, 700 million dollars here and there...pretty soon it will add up...
“The D-rats want to spend 700 million to save their party mascot ( the wild jackass) details at 11..”
In the middle of the “worst econmy since the Great Depression” we will spend $700 MILLION dollars on this?
Why don’t we turn it over to people like this;
and just handle the overflow in the most humane way possible?
I think the Democrats were voting for a memorial to themselves. They thought the $700 million was for whores and asses.
“I think the Democrats were voting for a memorial to themselves. They thought the $700 million was for whores and asses.”
Hahahahaha...good one...I wonder why there isn’t a storm over this? This is a HUGE amount of money and the horses, even rendered, are worth money...and they are obviously not in danger of extinction!
There aren't enough people that want to adopt them and there are too many.
These animals are usually not worth messing with. The adoption fee is $125.00 but you also have to have the proper facilities. Almost anyone is better off buying a domesticated horse. I have been in horses for over 40 years and have yet to see a mustang that was as good as the lower end of the domesticated breeds.
There are exceptions, but I would urge anyone thinking about getting a horse to not let emotion steer you wrong. Get a nice, broke older horse if you are inexperienced. Don’t get a young horse and for sure, don’t get a mustang.
Check out your local breeders, vets, farriors etc. Find someone to help you get the right animal. Most horse people are good about steering new folks in the right direction.
I worked the Nevada Test Site back in the 80’s and those horses don’t need any damn money. They have plenty of room to roam around.
BLM manages them and captures them when it is determined there are too many on the rangeland. They corral them and feed them at taxpayer expense and try to get people to adopt them at auctions they run in many states but the demand is not there for the numbers they have, especially with the current economy. Also, many of the horses are not horses that people want.
There use to be two or three slaughterhouses in the states that slaughterd horses for human consumption, the meat was shipped to Europe. The horse lovers were outraged and got our government to pass a law that shut them down so now the numbers have become a real problem.
Here's several articles I've filed on the subject, there's many maore if you want to look them up and research it.
Don’t they just send them south to Mexico to be slaughtered now?
They can be very aggressive and I have retreated more than once when a stallion, protecting his group of dames, approached in a menacing manor.
Yes, they have done that but it’s expensive and the animal rights activists and enviros have gotten some Reps in Washington to propose a bill that would make it illegal to transport horses or burros across a state or federal border for the purpose of slaughtering for human consumption.