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martyd | Nov 18, 2008 02:24 PM

We've chronicled the sad story of the horse glut in the United States, brought on partly because of the slaughterhouse ban enacted two years ago, partly because of the rising cost of fuel and hay, and partly because of the failing economy. It all comes down to the unpleasant fact that there more horses than owners, and because the U.S. also protects wild horses -- letting them roam on BLM land around the West -- there is now a surplus of some 30,000 wild horses that the federal government really can't afford to keep. The wild horses were once rounded up and offered for adoption at auctions, but no one's bidding any more, so the horses are placed in federal holding facilities.

"The animal rights people put the BLM in a box," said Jeff Eisenberg of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "Congress doesn't want to put more funding into these holding facilities, especially when times are tight. It's a problem nobody likes."

But now comes Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who "made known her intentions," according to an article in the Washington Post, to adopt not just the 2,000 mustangs who had been slated by the BLM for euthanasia but "most or all" of the 30,000 wild horses and burros currently in holding pens. The Pickens were advocates of closing the two remaining slaughterhouses in the U.S., and they obviously have resources, so there's some poetic justice in this solution.

Mrs. Pickens is "looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses." Like at least 100,000 acres somewhere? Maybe Ted Turner has some extra land.

what a biased and worthless article
Kelly
Kelly
Nov 20, 2008 11:21 AM
The so-called "surplus" of 30,000 wild horses is according to the government, who accepts extraordinary amounts of money from the cattle industry lobbies to eradicate the horses from public lands. This article does not mention that while there are 30,000 free-roaming wild horses at the moment, there are several MILLION cattle roaming those same public lands. Why do we not call it a surplus of cattle, rather than a surplus of horses? Because Americans think cows taste good. And to the people who say it's for the horses' own good, because if we didn't round them up and remove them, the population would increase to the point that horses start starving to death --- well, ever heard of natural predators? If our short-sighted race had not killed all the horses' natural predators, this wouldn't be an issue. I'd also like to comment on the quote that "The animal rights people put the BLM in a box." If by "putting the BLM in a box" he means that the animal rights people are trying to force the BLM to act in an ethical manner, you're darn right, and more power to 'em! And for anyone who is a proponent of horses (wild or otherwise) being sent to a slaughterhouse, I can only say that I hope you never have to experience the pain, terror, and suffering that those creatures experience during their last days of life. Finally, I heard that Pickens wants to purchase 1 million acres, not 100,000. Good luck to her! What a wonderful thing to do.
clarification
Gerry
Gerry
Nov 20, 2008 02:53 PM
The BLM is working under a law proposed by animal rights activists, which requires them to round up the horses and maintain the feral herds at certain population levels. The animal rights activists want the BLM to break the law they are required to work under.

Also, hard working Americans are raising cattle to feed other hard working Americans, and they pay for the priveledge of using public lands. May I suggest that all animal rights organizations be taxed, twice the amount per head, since one horse eats twice as much as one cow, in order to cover the cost of the horses sharing those same lands, and to help replace the income lost to the cattle ranchers.

RE: taxing animal rights for horses & other nonsense
Anne
Anne
Nov 21, 2008 06:22 PM
This is America. Respect, remember that character trait? For people, and all life. Humans, in their greed, have been destroying the earth and life for decades with no concern for how it affects anyone or anything but themselves. As far as the cattle, think about it. Why kill horses so cattle can have the land? In this country we have plenty of land for cattle AND crops. The reason that is diminishing is once again, greed. Small farmers being forced out, land being cleared for either huge corporate high profit farms or for commercial property. A cattle rancher can purchase his own farm, like everyone else has done through the years. Didn't they teach you in kindergarten to share? The United States has become full of bullies, disguised as politicians who have our "best interests" at heart. Nonsense!
taxing
Gerry
Gerry
Dec 12, 2008 05:49 PM
Yes, this is America, and every person should be free to choose one's own way to earn a living. It's called respect for your fellow human being. Think about it, ranchers actually pay to use the land, while the horses do not. I have yet to see one single animal rights association volunteer to cover the fees that would be lost by moving out the cattle. This is America, and we had to IMPORT rice and barley last year because we ran out, unable to grow enough here. There is no longer enough land for everything. Interesting concept, having a cattle rancher purchase their own farm, so, how much did you say you were going to contribute to offset what would be lost by removing the cattle from public lands? What is it you are willing to purchase? Yes, sharing, if one person has to give something up, like their way of living, how much are you willing to give up? Your annual income? If it's nothing, than you are worse than those you complain about.

Rescue organizations should be taxed, IMO, because by offering animals up for adoption, they are competing with breeders who pay income tax. When a rescue puts a breeder out of business, they remove income tax from the national budget, so it's only fair, when you talk about sharing, that the rescues should be required to make up the difference.

You talk about sharing, but you do not want to share the land with cattle ranchers, you want cattle ranchers removed altogether. That's not sharing. You are the greedy one that wants it all for your interests. You have made it known that you have no intention of caring for your fellow man.
hmm, pretty extreme responses, the article is fine - just someone's POV
lutece
lutece
Mar 25, 2009 01:19 PM
I read comments such as "tell ALL the history or none at all", hmm in a single posting? Or that animal activist don't want cattle ranching at all. Hmm pretty extreme. How many 'animal activist' one, twenty, a million.

Cattle ranchers lease public lands, plant buffle grass, kill predators, provide some revenue, feed the people, have a romanatizied life style, use millions of acre feet of water in deserts annually, have nice hats, some great horses.

Too bad the postins are so extreme and generalized. It's impossible to present all the facts. People talk about Americans and their traits, how about tolerance. Why isn't it better to state your view about you and yours rather than saying all animal activist (animal lovers?) are xxx or yyy.

This is a serious issue that needs solutions and cooperation. I wish all you haters a good fun dose of healing and love.
It is shamefull
Pauline Standifer
Pauline Standifer
Nov 27, 2008 02:08 PM
I grew up on a farm. We ate beef we raised but animals were raised with respect and killed in the quickest humane way possible. Not stunned with a bolt gun and gutted alive like they are doing with horses.Or by paralizing them with a knife in the spine and then dismembering like they do in Mexico. I can't belive the lack of respect for life. I applaude Mrs. Pickens. It is a wonderful thing she is doing.
Lack of money for these horses
Valerie
Valerie
Nov 21, 2008 06:33 PM
Lack of money? Are you kidding? We are giving trillions of dollars to every big business in the book that seems to be in financial ruin under the ruse of ruining our country's economy if we don't bail them out. These companies turn around and spend thousands on vacations, private jets, etc., while asking for money from the government, continuing to lay off paid workers that are trying to support their family. Anyone that agrees to that and can even think that we don't have the money to support the wildlife on our land should be ashamed! Let's have Ford and GM sell those jets and donate 1/2 the money to a good cause, such as supporting life on our planet. Put the other half back into the company and rehire those workers, revamp your business plan and be profitable. Come on. There's enough money in this country to do everything we need to do. Thank heavens there are people like Mr and Mrs. Pickens, (among many other unsung heroes) that unselfishly contribute to further humane treatment of both animals and human beings, wherever they may be.
Mrs. Pickens
teresa
teresa
Nov 22, 2008 07:02 AM
a GAZILLION KUDOS
Horses
Robert & Patricia Kelly
Robert & Patricia Kelly
Nov 23, 2008 03:33 PM
Thank you for what you have done for the Horses
MUSTANGS
SUSAN ABRAM
SUSAN ABRAM
Dec 09, 2008 02:03 PM
AS A MUSTANG OWNER MYSELF I UNDERSTAND THE GLORY OF THESE REMARKABLE HORSES AND WHAT THEIR HISORY SHOULD MEAN TO ALL AMERICANS. IT IS SO EASY NOW TO JUST SAY NO TO SO MANY THINGS, BUT OUR HISTORY NO... TO HAVE ONE OF THESE GREAT HORSES BRUSH AGAINST YOU AFTER 2 YEARS OF TRAINING AND GETTING THEIR TRUST IS THE BEST FEELING EVER. IF THEY COULD ONLY TALK ABOUT THE ABUSE EACH ONE HAS BEEN UNDER, BEING CHASED BY HUMANS, FINDING FOOD, JUST SURVIVING EACH DAY IS A HAZARD FOR THEM... IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT REAL TRUST AND LOVE IS ADOPT ONE OF THESE HORSES AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. WE MUST STOP DOMESTIC BREEDING...RACE HORSES ARE OVER BRED, ONE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER WAS SOLD AND PUT FOR SLAUGHTER IN FRANCE..YES, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY AND ASS HOLES, BUT COME TO MY RANCH AND I WILL SHOW YOU IT IS WELL WORTH IT AND I WILL ARGUE THE CASE TILL I DIE...
SUSAN ABRAM
Mustangs
gary runkle
gary runkle
Dec 23, 2008 07:02 PM
Mrs. Pickens,

The first horse I ever rode was a rescued mustang. (1950's) I am a horseman, Ive owned racing quarter horses, worked as a mounted guide in the in AZ. I am going to start drawing my social security early. I need something to do:like watch over wild horses. Let me know if you could use some help. I also have a strong construction background.
Very Sincerly
Gary Runkle
email garymrunkle@hotmail.com
Wild Horses & Mrs. Pickens
Catherine R. Forsling
Catherine R. Forsling
Jan 11, 2009 05:57 AM
God Bless You Mrs. Pickens!! and your whole family!
I sure love you for what you are doing and going to do for the Wild Horses. Ever since I heard about what the BLM wanted to do about the "surplus" horses, I wrote to them and my senators and congressmen, tried to start some kind of a "grass roots rescue for them" without much sucess. Then I just prayed and prayed and prayed. You are my miracle. I want to help! I understand that part of this is that you would like to start some kind of a trust so we wild horse lovers all over the world could send you whatever money we can to help this cause. Even someone with money cannot carry the whole burden and if we all pitch in it will lighten the load. I will continue to pray, and God Almighty will endeavor to help you and to solve this problem, he will open the door and cut through the red tape, as he has already begun to do. Just watch!
I will pray for you and your family specifically.
One thing that is not being publicized much, and will become a great asset I believe, is that they have been using a form of birth control on some of the animals after the last few roundups and it is working! I understand that Humane Society of the United States is partnering with them in this. I'm sure they could help you in the same way, and partner with you to rescue these horses.
Thank you for what you have done to stop the slaughterhouses for horses here in the U.S., its amazing what one person, or in your case one dedicated family can do. You have all my respect.
Please let me know if there is any way I can help on any level,
I read about Wild Horse Annie when I was in gradeschool, and you are following in her footsteps. I will continue to monitor your progress with great interest. THANK YOU!!!
Wild Horses & Mrs. Pickens
Catherine R. Forsling
Catherine R. Forsling
Jan 11, 2009 05:58 AM
God Bless You Mrs. Pickens!! and your whole family!
I sure love you for what you are doing and going to do for the Wild Horses. Ever since I heard about what the BLM wanted to do about the "surplus" horses, I wrote to them and my senators and congressmen, tried to start some kind of a "grass roots rescue for them" without much sucess. Then I just prayed and prayed and prayed. You are my miracle. I want to help! I understand that part of this is that you would like to start some kind of a trust so we wild horse lovers all over the world could send you whatever money we can to help this cause. Even someone with money cannot carry the whole burden and if we all pitch in it will lighten the load. I will continue to pray, and God Almighty will endeavor to help you and to solve this problem, he will open the door and cut through the red tape, as he has already begun to do. Just watch!
I will pray for you and your family specifically.
One thing that is not being publicized much, and will become a great asset I believe, is that they have been using a form of birth control on some of the animals after the last few roundups and it is working! I understand that Humane Society of the United States is partnering with them in this. I'm sure they could help you in the same way, and partner with you to rescue these horses.
Thank you for what you have done to stop the slaughterhouses for horses here in the U.S., its amazing what one person, or in your case one dedicated family can do. You have all my respect.
Please let me know if there is any way I can help on any level,
I read about Wild Horse Annie when I was in gradeschool, and you are following in her footsteps. I will continue to monitor your progress with great interest. THANK YOU!!!
Saving the wild horses
Joyce Julian
Joyce Julian
Feb 05, 2010 10:46 AM
I have got to say that saving these horses is the best idea from anyone that I have heard in a long time. It is better than saving the whales, the seals and any other of God's beautiful creatures. I truly believe that God put animals here for us to see their beauty and to enjoy that beauty. Doesn't it just give you a deep inner peace to be able to see such magnificence in those horses and other animals? I believe in saving any animal that is in jeopardy. We bought my daughter a horse when she was nine years old. It has taught her responsibility and takes up the hours most kids use to surf the internet or play meaningless video games. She enjoys taking care of her horse and is showing in English and Western events. Her ability to train at her age is astounding. She her on facebook "Emily Gabriel".
horse rescuers
Leslie Moore
Leslie Moore
Dec 08, 2010 09:17 AM
To all horse rescuers I would like to say: For every horse you rescue also rescue a street kid and pair them up. There is no use in rescuing horses to face an empty future and fewer and fewer kids have any opportunity to develop the self mastery that working with horses provides.
life is worth more than money
marty weiss
marty weiss
Dec 08, 2010 07:21 PM
Now we just need for Gates and Buffet to buy out and shut down the whale meat industry, farmers to go back to using clover instead of chemical fertilizers, and on and on. Better outcomes aren't that hard to imagine. Profit is a long way from the best criterion for success.

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