Well it didn’t take long did it, for the word slaughter to begin appearing in the media as the final solution for relieving the US government of the burden of stockpiling wild horses in long-term holding, who incidentally never needed removing in the first place.
The State is not Nevada where you might expect to hear the word slaughter in connection with our iconic Mustangs, say from someone like Callie Hendrickson. However, it is early days. Instead the words “wild horses” and “slaughter” were uttered in the state of Kansas.
The BLM is stockpiling wild horses in Kansas by the thousands, costing the taxpayer millions.
NBC station KSN Channel 3 Wichita reports:
Today 9,593 Mustangs call Kansas home, occupying almost 77,000 acres of the Sunflower State.
Last year, The Wild Horse and Burro Program cost $75 million. Some goes to horse adoption programs, research and range monitoring but a lot goes to the ranchers, who provide the land and food for these transplanted horses to live.
They’re paid about $1.30 per horse, per day. At one Kansas ranch, where there are 4,400 Mustangs, that equals a paycheck of over $2million each year.
Wasn’t taking wild horses off their federally protected lands to make way for cattle, mining and other interests and then moving them to the prairies of the Midwest central to the Salazar Plan? Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember paying private ranchers millions to hold wild horses on private lands being part of it.
The only voice of reason in the entire report comes from Karen Everhardt who runs The Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue and Retirement:
Karen Everhardt is adamant that the BLM’s program is not only broken, but abusive. Not all BLM horses end up running free on Kansas land.
“Some of those horses remain in those intermediate holding facilities for a long, long time and they’re nothing more than a feedlot. Nothing more. In the mud, with no protection, out in the deserts,” said Everhardt.
Everhardt maintains the program has turned into an issue of greed and cheap grazing units. She says all the BLM has to do is let the horses go back to where they came from and instead focus on birth control and creating water and food for them in the wild.
“What motivates us as human beings to think that we are so omnipotent that we know how to do it better than they know how to do it themselves? They’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. We’ve been doing it for 30,” said Everhardt.
Here comes the kicker.
Not far from Rainbow Meadows, Carl Thurow’s prized Paint Horses devour their afternoon treat.
“Horses are my life,” said Thurow.
Thurow says he loves horses but his answer to the wild horse issue is very different.
“The taxpayer is just paying to keep horses alive, for what?” said Thurow.
He agrees with the BLM, that if left in the wild, the overpopulation would be devastating. Thurow believes it only makes sense to re-open horse slaughter plants.
“Those excess animals, the old animals that they call off, we take them to the horse slaughter [plant] and then they create good for somebody. You know, there’s somebody that benefits from those horses and it’s not a drain on our national economy taking care of these things,” said Thurow.
With the EPA registering PZP birth control as a pesticide categorizing our Mustangs as vermin, terrorizing them as wranglers try to dart them with this experimental drug, and the word slaughter starting to turn up in the media as the solution for the wild horse long-term holding “problem,” has it ever been a worse time to be an American Mustang?
How about the last 30 years?
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This comment ma be sensored, but my opinion is that lynching is too good for Salazar and the rest of the BLM.
CARL THUROW YOU DO NOT REPRESENT THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO FEEL THAT WILD HORSES HAVE A RIGHT TO ROAM FREE AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND AS FOR SAYING ” HORSES ARE MY LIFE” YOU ARE A DAMN HYPOCRITE!
AS FOR SLAUGHTERING THEM IF ONE OF YOUR SO CALLED ” BELOVED ” HORSES HAD TO SUFFER THE IMPRISONMENT AND SLAUGHTER METHODS THAT WILD HORSES DO U WOULD WRITHE IN PAIN FOR .
THEM DID YOU KNOW SOMETIMES IT CAN TAKE AS MANY AS 11 SHOTS WITH A BOLT GUN TO KILL A HORSE…. THEY FALL WHINNY AND SCREAM IN PAIN OVER AND OVER
OFTEN THEIR EYES ARE GOUGED AT AND POURING BLOOD SO THEY CANT SEE? THIS IS DONE BY SLAUGHTER HOUSE WORKERS SO THE HORSE CANT KICK!!!
AS FOR PAYING FOR THEM TO ROAM FREE 85% OF AMERICANS WANT THEM TO ROAM FREE AND DON’T WANT THEM SLAUGHTERED AND DON’T MIND PAYING SOME PORTION OF THEIR TAXES TO SUPPORT THE HORSES
THE WILD MUSTANG HAS REPRESENTED AMERICA FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS WHAT THE BLM ARE DOING IS CRIMINAL BRUTALLY CRUEL AND UNACCEPTABLE
WHY SHOULD WILD HORSES BE BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED TO FEED THE GREED OF A EUROPEAN STOMACH AND MAKE ROOM FOR GREEDY AMERICANS TO GRAZE THEIR CATTLE????
GET OFF YOUR F……ING HIGH HORSE AND KEEP YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELF WE DON’T WANT YOU OR YOUR LOUD MOUTH
It was inevitable. Now that so many horses are locked up and the cost is getting more and more. Now the solution is to sell the mustangs to slaughterpeople and see howmuch money was brought in by getting rid of these pests. Salazar and his crony ranchers will now have a rallying cry. It cost too much money to keep the horses in pens, the horses ruin the PUBLIC lands used for welfare cattle ranchers, they OVERBREED on their own and so on and so on. Carl Thurow is a fine example of breeders tha have an outlet for unwanted horses. Slaughter works for these types because it makes killing the horses easier and they don’t have to do it, plus they get money. Good deal for those scumbags.
Let’s buy some land in Kansas to ensure the meat hacks can’t get their hands on our wild horses. How many ranches would we need?
Very good points ladies and I agree 1000%.
What the HELL are private cattle doing on PUBLIC land? That land is MINE and I want it used the way it was intended–as paid for by ME for wild horses. Why are my Wild Horses in stockyards–and cattle are now wild free-roaming? Once they are rounded up, the horses are no longer wild. This whole situation is back-asswards–and the horses and the public are going to pay again–for something they never wanted! The horses will pay with their lives. You can not believe how angry I am……..
Anyone can certainly see where this guy’s horses go when they stop bringing in the bucks. Such as brood mares that stop breeding. He’s the first one to call up the local slaughter buyer. All of the breeders do this as a part of their business. They no more care anything about the horses they breed than the cattlemen care about the cows. Only trouble is, a horse is much more intelligent than a cow.
On CNN today on Wolf Blitzer’s show they had the video of the beatings of the Tennessee Walker’s and showed the cruelty in all of it’s glory. i can just imagine the comments that was sent to the Tennessee Walking Ass. website. There are millions of viewers that watch CNN and they did a good job of letting people see this for themselves.
To paraphrase (I believe) Capt. Paul Watson’s “You can’t love Nature with a gun”:
You can’t CARE about horses and say “slaughter”.
But Karen Everhardt is right. The Wild Horse and Burro Program is beyond broken.
No science administered to explain why, after Secretary Salazar’s ‘initiative’ has removed nearly 30,000 horses (since 2008) and PZP’d thousands of mares and jennies, there are now MORE wild equines ‘polluting’ the ranges than have been out there since 2002.
Odd, isn’t it, that the numbers NEVER drop. Could this be that Nature and a vacuum thing?
Most wildlife species that suffer tremendous losses – in the case of wild equines, more than 26% of their entire population per year since 2008 – will fill the void left behind. The BLM snivels constantly about wild equines NOT being a self-regulating species. How do they know?! They’ve never left them alone long enough to find out!
But before I go giving credence to the Western BLM’s assertions of overpopulation, let me just say this: SHOW ME. Show me the documentation – the photographs or video from aerial surveys that find the many hundreds and thousands of animals occupying a Herd Area. ‘Cuz I gotta tell ya – the Bureau has zero credibility with the vast majority of Advocates, particularly when reproductive rates among wild equines keep apace with animals that bear their young in LITTERS.
And so… 31,442 (as of February, 2012) wild equines graze at the pleasure of the landowners of Long Term Pastures. Secretary Salazar HAD to see this coming – the overabundance of wild horses and the ire of the American taxpayer – and if so, did he also anticipate the resurgance of funding for horse slaughter in the US? Because that would be unconscionable, wouldn’t it?
However, detractors of captive wild equines should be aware – there is an outstanding number of Americans who support the Living Wild Equine in any role it may be forced to play, and we are watching, even if those agencies charged with the protection of wild horses and burros aren’t. And, My Goodness, what a racket we will make should this even appear to have been the Interior Department’s End Game.
“BLM snivels constantly about wild equines NOT being a self-regulating species.”
Yes – and don’t forget the ranchers who constantly bad-mouth wild horses. Not all horses are allowed by other equines to reproduce. Wild horses always lived in small groups. In no way did wild horses resemble the large buffalo herds that at one time thundered over the Plaines.
If there really were, as some say, 1 million equines in the wild in 1920, it was because of what humans did. Farmers let their horses go, because they mechanized their farms. Wild horses at that time were under 200,000 in our Western states. Chappel use them up for Ken L Ration.
Yes, we need to continue to make our representatives know that wild horses and our domestic horses cannot be slaughtered.
THUROW LOVES HORSES? I DOUBT THAT VERY MUCH. HE HAD BETTER START FIGURING WHAT THE BLM DOES WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY ARE AWARDED FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE WILD HORSES. IF AN AUDIT WAS DONE I THINK THUROW WOULD FIND VERY LITTLE GOES TO THE WILD HORSES. THE ANSWER IS NOT SLAUGHTER BUT MANAGEMENT AND THE BLM CERTAINLY IS NOT CAPABLE OF THAT.
Wild horse populations in gargantuan amounts? That’s an urban rumor. Wild horse populations can be and have been controlled naturally. Only predators cannot be killed off first. The BLM employs sadists who don’t care a fig about the welfare of wild horses. It is a terrible shame.