[Cdt-l] Fwd: : wild horse roundup

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 25 22:52:57 CST 2010

When we cut through the rhetoric, we recognize that wild horses, while 
not indigenous to the West, are nonetheless ancestral to western North 
America, and that the land is far more suited to their style of grazing 
than that of today's beef cow. Of course the BLM's notion of 
"sustainable conditions" is largely an economic principle. The grazing 
allotment is for the benefit of the beef ranching industry, and that 
industry, subsidized by the BLM, gets to decide when and with what they 
share their range. From their point of view, overpopulation is mostly a 
synonym for economic threat. But of course from a biological 
perspective, overpopulation by cattle is simply the devastating status 
quo that is pushing the land to the brink, evolving it to shape the 
requirements of an industry at the expense of native biodiversity. The 
industry's defense remains that this status quo is necessary, because 
the only perceived alternative, however false, is for the rancher to 
abandon his relationship with the land, to give up ranching altogether. 
And this false binary logic maintains a culture of permissiveness on the 
part of BLM out of fear of damaging the relationship, of losing what 
little faith and cooperation the ranching industry continues to uphold 
with the government.

Had the wild horses of North America survived the last ice age, then 
today we might be eating horse burgers and reading about how the 
natives, skilled equestrians, successfully drove off the invading 
Conquistadors and their cattle. Food for thought.

- blisterfree

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