Written by VIVIAN GRANT
Well, those of us following the BLM Public Meeting in Denver on the Wild Horse & Burro Program via live streaming just got kicked out.
Here are my thoughts on what we heard once the audio was (pretty much) sorted out.
Wild Horse & Burro Decimation Plan
The bottom line is that the BLM are sticking to their plan no matter what. They are doing so because, what else can they do? The BLM are carrying out the agenda as dictated by the Department of Interior, under the direction of Secretary Ken Salazar, appointed by Barack Obama.
No matter how well wild horse and burro advocates debate the points, defeating BLM arguments at every turn, or how many great solutions or alternatives they suggest, America’s wild horses and burros will be zeroed out. All of them. End of story. They will be rounded up, the ones who are not adopted will be imprisoned, then euthanized. In this case, euthanized means slaughter (as Horse Slaughter Sue Wallis finally got around to recommending after babbling incoherently in her earlier turns at the mic). That is the Obama Plan. Therefore that is the Salazar Plan, and the BLM’s.
Public hearings such as these are an exercise in futility, but attend we must. Wild horse and burro advocates have to continue giving a voice to our wild equines. As always they are doing a stellar job.
Wild horse and burro advocates say we need more data, more ideas, more plans, perhaps even more celebrities. Well, that’s great, but where has it gotten us, or more importantly, where has it gotten the wild horses and burros? Rounded up, harassed, imprisoned and abused — some to the point of death. What America’s wild horses and burros truly need is a voice in the nation’s capital.
It is the federal government who got the wild horses and burros into this mess. It will take the federal government to get them out of it. The question is, with elected and appointed officials conducting the business of lobbyists and special interest groups, and no one else’s, the taxpaying citizen has absolutely no say in how this country is run, or what the policies are. Of course, we can vote out the old and vote in the new, but how long before they too are sucked into the same malignant cycle?
Our wild horses and burros need strong, relentless and powerful voices in Washington, true champions who will get the job done to return and leave them in the freedom they were promised in 1971.
Live Streaming, BLM Wild Horse & Burro Meeting, Denver, Colorado continues June 15th.
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