What the heck is going on? Why do America’s wild horses have such bitter enemies? Is it really about the land? Or perhaps it’s about water rights.
One of the country’s top journalists, George Knapp, who has been investigating the wild horse and burro issue in Nevada for years, turned in a story that reports in part:
LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2016) — A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who caused the deaths of a dozen or more horses in Nevada.
The mustangs were on a private reserve in Elko County created to save wild horses from going to slaughter.
The owner of the property calls it an act of terrorism, and in light of what was done, it clearly was no accident. The images are graphic.
The dead horses were discovered over the weekend on a 12,000 acre parcel, part of a much larger ranch owned by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens south of Wells, Nevada.
One of the dead animals was a Pickens favorite, a small brown mare she named Scarlet. In one of the images, Pickens is kneeling with Scarlet’s carcass.
Also dead, at least 11 other mustangs that had previously been saved from the slaughterhouse by Pickens. Dozens of other horses are missing.
Sometime in the last week or so, unknown persons vandalized several gates on the large enclosed preserve. Fences were cut, and worst of all, all of the water pumps were disabled, meaning the mustangs had no water for days. Most died of thirst in the summer heat. The I-Team spoke to Mrs. Pickens by phone Wednesday afternoon.
“No question, this was not an accident. This wasn’t just one well that went dry or something in the solar panel didn’t work. Everything was shut off, cut off, fences were cut and rolled back. They wanted all the horses to escape. They shut off the water holes so they couldn’t drink,” Pickens said.
In a different setting altogether we learned this today:
Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.
Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric.
Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity.
She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he was chosen.
And now she has named former Colorado Democratic Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to be the chair of her presidential transition team — the group tasked with helping set up the new administration should she win in November. That includes identifying, selecting, and vetting candidates for over 4,000 presidential appointments.
As a senator, Salazar was widely considered a reliable friend to the oil, gas, ranching and mining industries. As interior secretary, he opened the Arctic Ocean for oil drilling, and oversaw the botched response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since returning to the private sector, he has been an ardent supporter of the TPP, while pushing back against curbs on fracking.
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In case you wonder why I am so disgusted that Clinton would appoint the evil Salazar it is because of his constant interference and anti-wild horse activities.
If that’s not enough for you, how about this?
It is Salazar’s ranch hand Tom Davis who made money selling hundreds of America’s federally protected Mustangs to slaughter. Many more wild horses are also unaccounted for from the Salazar era. Davis was never arrested or prosecuted though he admittedly committed this crime — a federal crime to boot. I think there is little doubt where the others ended up.
All of this took place under Obama’s nose who never expressed a moment’s concern though he was inundated in the early years of his Presidency by wild horse and burro advocates to help. Even the most devout among them eventually gave up and pursued other means. In the meantime, Obama did not help but instead supported the loathsome, hot headed Salazar.
I am loyal to neither the Democratic nor the Republican party because both let the United States and its citizens down on a regular basis in often egregious ways. No wonder the Millenials are heard to say they have “no hope”. I am an old timer (comparatively speaking) and I am right there with them.
America is in bad, bad trouble. So are America’s Mustangs. Tragic. They could just leave them alone. But no, that’s too easy. And not in cruel Nevada. Or this morally decaying country. Who is going to turn it around? Not the current suspects for President that’s for sure.
Wild mares held by the BLM in Palomino Valley in extreme heat with no shade. YouTube image.