Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.

Both Presidential candidates could mean elimination of wild horses

Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.
Wild Horses Wyoming. Google image.

The million dollar question being pondered right now by wild horse and burro lovers is this: What does the Presidential race mean for wild horses? Voters want to make the right choice for the country, but horse lovers also want to make the right choice for America’s wild horses and burros too if we can. Our view is that either candidate could spell elimination.

OBAMA

A pensive President Obama. Photo from The Blaze.
A pensive President Obama. Photo from The Blaze.

Obama is the current President in his first term of office, and the Democratic candidate running for election to a second term. We know what his Administration has meant for our wild horses and burros.

During the Obama Administration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the direction of U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar has conducted cruel, deadly and unnecessary roundups of our wild horses and burros at a an accelerated pace that takes your breath away. The BLM with Salazar’s approval has used every trick in the book from subterfuge to clearly illegal mismanagement of these national icons.

How long have we heard these words: There are more wild horses in BLM holding than on public lands. Well, it remains true, but the numbers are now more shocking than ever. Because of total lack of transparency by the federal government, it is challenging to arrive at exact numbers but reports are there are 75,000 in stockpiled in holding pens and on private ranches and only 15,000 left in the wild. Millions of wild horses and burros used to roam freely with no interference from man — because they need no interference — in ten western states.

Additionally, during the Obama/Salazar regime wild horses have been sold for slaughter by the thousands. A recent report revealed one particular horse trader dealing in wild horses is a Colorado man who sought funding from Salazar’s brother to open a horse slaughter plant.

Not long after, it was suggested through the Obama camp rumor mill that the President intends to fire Salazar and to hold our horses and wait for the announcement. We are still waiting while Obama shows public support for Salazar.

ROMNEY

Mitt Romney.  Photo by Jim Young / Reuters.
Mitt Romney. Photo by Jim Young / Reuters.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is more difficult to gauge on how he would handle the wild horses and burro issue though some insight can be gained.

Insofar as we can find, the Romney camp has given no indication who he might appoint as Secretary of the Interior or whether or not he would order a shake-up at the Bureau of Land Management.

Attempts to get Romney’s views on the America’s wild horse and burro issue have been unsuccessful. The only related public statement by Romney is he would leave it up to the States to make their own decision about horse slaughter. Moving the decision from whether or not to slaughter horses for human consumption from the Federal level to the State level looks to be a very important indicator.

The following statements taken from a ThinkProgress report is alarming on many levels, by particularly for America’s wild equines.

DENVER, Colorado — A key western congressman declared late last week that Mitt Romney supports his push to “reverse this trend of public ownership of lands.”

In a speech to the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference, Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) criticized Teddy Roosevelt’s “big ideas of big forests and big national parks,” which primarily exist in the West. Pearce told the audience that, if elected, Mitt Romney will help turn back public lands to the states or private entities.

and

Though Romney’s campaign has asserted that they’re not targeting national parks for further drilling, Pearce disputed the notion that they should be off-limits. “Constitutionally,” Pearce told ThinkProgress after the speech, decisions about drilling in national parks and other public-owned lands “should be left with the states.” Indeed, drilling is already underway in a number of parks, with dozens more threatened.

What does this mean for our wild horses and burros? No home for them on the range.

Though it may release America’s wild horses and burros from the brutal bureaucratic stranglehold of the BLM, from what we have already seen from the States’ behavior towards them where they live now — especially Nevada — how many of America’s wild equines will survive under their jurisdiction? We have seen from Nevada’s Virginia Range wild horses they have no problem sending them to slaughter.

And although federal protection has proven to be anything but protective during recent Administrations, handing them over to States to manage will mean little to zero protection. Is this the aim? Look at that quote carefully. It is not just about turning over public lands to States to manage. “Private entities” is also mentioned.

CONCLUSION

Regardless of approach, it looks as if the policies of both Presidential candidates regarding America’s treasured icons — the wild horses and burros — could mean this: total elimination.

51 thoughts on “Both Presidential candidates could mean elimination of wild horses”

  1. My mother used to say “the devil you know…”
    It is crystal clear where Pres. Obama stands – there is NO choice but to consider Romney. There is a chance of winning an appeal here – there is NO chance with the current bureaucracy.
    He chose Salazar and is clearly sticking by him.

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  2. As my advisor in social work school would say: “What to do, What to do?” Romney: He seems to want to throw so much to the states and private. Does he NOT want to govern? And to further destroy our public lands, including designated parks!! Importantly, it is said his running mate could care less for animals and is pro-slaughter? Now, one would think Obama does know about the devastation to the wild horses and wolves. The outcry has been massive. And the majority of Americas do not care for Salazar, for reasons beyond our wild ones. So you would think at the 11th hour before voting, Obama would fire Salazar, although Salazar has been *illegally campaigning for a key Obama state, Colorado, Kenny’s home-sweet-home . If Obama gets elected, and I think he will, we need to pray he does not keep Salazar! If he does, I might go stark-screaming-mad. So frightening this would be. Immoral. Keep breaking the law. As it is, I feel we are living in La La Land or a foreign occupied country, with all the corruption, deceit, now blatantly thrown in our face.

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    1. While I personally am extremely disappointed at the destruction of wild horses & burros via Salazar, I cannot get past some of the scary ideas Romney has. The situation for horses (and us) could get even worse with him. Well at least if Obama is re-elected he can throw Salazar out, because he will not need him any longer. Then maybe he will get tough on Interior and help our wild horses.

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  3. Linda: if you think that Ann Romney is going to make wild horses or animal issues HER ISSUE, I fear that you will be sadly mistaken. She will never go against her husband when it comes to supporting corporate greed, and horse slaughter is a corporate greed issue, period. She can easily buy into the Pro-slaughter position that slaughter saves horses from starvation, and leave the decision to the states… And there we go. No way to stop horse slaughter in Mexico and Canada, and an almost certain situation where slaughter plants are opened in some states.

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  4. I believe that President Obama is our best bet, and clearly the Democrats favor us in the Legislative bodies in support of the ban on Horse Slaughter…over 3-1. If National Parks and Federal Lands are all returned to states/private ownership (ie: sold to the highest bidder), you can be certain that most if not all, are buying the land for industrial purposes, not to manage wild horses and burros. And I don’t know about these states first hand, but you can be certain that should Texas take over Federal Land, the only animals left there would be ones that they can charge hunters to kill. The rest would be fracked for oil and gas.
    I believe that we need to be somewhat realistic. Both candidates and both parties are going to allow energy production and innovation. Romney attacked the President in the 2nd debate for lessening the number of energy leases on Federal Lands and Offshore. He countered that by saying that he had taken those leases away from corporations who were just holding them, not using them…
    Whichever way you vote in the Presidential Race, Please pay attention to your Senatorial and Congressional candidates. If you can determine how those candidates feel about animal abuse, farm animal humane care or just humane issues, vote accordingly. If not, and the horse/animal issues are very important to you, vote Democratic. you have more than a 3-1 chance of being right…

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    1. The bad part about the legislature is the fact that it’s been the Senate that has continually blocked any chance of passing any Senate bill. Like I said before if it was just the House horse slaughter would have been banned years ago. You can’t pass a bill like this without both parties agreeing on it. The 25 senators that have cosponsored S.1176 are the same ones that cosponsored some of the other Senate bills and none of the rest of them have any interest in it at all. People like the cattlemen’s Lobby and the meat industry, the racing industry to name a few donate big bucks to these congressmen to do what they want that helps their bottom line. Not so much the House because the Senate is where the power is located and that is where the money goes.

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      1. Barbara, We need to vote out Senators who have not signed and vote in Senators who will.. And ask for a Presidential Executive Order from President Obama. He should have more latitude in a 2nd term..

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  5. There is no perfect solution. I am for local jurisdiction as much as possible. I feel that we citizens of the states have more opportunity to effect our state gov., than we have with the federal.

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    1. I know it sounds encouraging Linda, but how exactly do you think that is going to help? Romney has already said he is not in favor of a federal law banning horse slaughter and he wants to take public lands away from the people. It will be interesting to see.

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      1. Well, we have already seen what the current president is dong that that is a lot of NOTHING! Better to hope that a potential new First Lady will have some influence on her husband than to count on NOTHING.

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      2. One more comment. I firmly believe that if her husband is elected, Anne Romney will have a great deal of influence is this area. She is a huge lover of horses. We can certainly hope.

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        1. thank you Beth. We know that posters who quote Tea-Party rhetoric and debunked accusations against the President have a different agenda that has nothing to do with horses or the environment, and we won’t change their minds.. But I appreciate that you took the time to put it all out there for the others who are considering this important decision.

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  6. When you say they the Act/law is being broken- how many responsible parties are doing this breaking? President Obama, Eric Holder, Ken Salazar, Joan Guilfoyle, and more BLM employees down the line. Huge list of people who should have warrants out and a US Marshall come knocking at their doors!

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  7. When and how can the “managing for extinction” be stopped before it’s too late? Clearly the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act is being broken and there needsto be a Congressional investigation.

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