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Wild Horses Under Siege on Public Lands

America has two long-standing symbols for freedom: the bald eagle and the wild mustang.

Wild horses are protected by a special law, which was unanimously passed by Congress in 1971 and designates mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” who “enrich the lives of the American people.” You’ve seen these majestic wild horses in TV or magazine ads, running unbridled across the open range, dust in their wake. They evoke the boundless West and our nation’s pioneer spirit.What you don’t see is the helicopters chasing them.

Roundups sound romantic, but in the case of mustangs, the process is cruel and brutal. Despite federal protection, the horses are treated like pests on their native range because, it turns out, the West isn’t that open after all.

Unlike eagles, who enjoy the advantage of an open sky, there’s competition for the land on which mustangs roam. Mostly from ranchers, who view these wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized grazing on public lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in charge of managing wild horses on federal land. They do so with the notion, bolstered by private interests who have their own ideas for the real estate, that there are too many horses on the range. So they round them up.

Source: <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/wild-horses-blm-2302741022.html

If my tax payer dollars are being used to help ranchers – I’m pissed about that.  I would much rather my tax dollars be used to help wild horses stay wild.  I pay a huge amount of my hard earned money in taxes, to not have enough say where it goes is extremely frustrating.  Ranchers of all types who believe they are entitled to public lands are welfare recipients by another name.

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