It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem. As the outrage over its intimidating show of force during last week’s showdown at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada proved, the federal agency is now caught up in a controversy originating in Wyoming.
According to recent reports, agents herded a large group of wild horses in the state before ceding control of the majestic animals to state authorities. At that point, Wyoming officials sold them off to a slaughterhouse in Canada.
Obviously, this development outraged countless advocates already incensed by accusations that BLM officers gunned down multiple cows at the Bundy Ranch.
Though wild horses, which have roamed throughout the American West for hundreds of years, are protected by federal law, the BLM contends these animals do not qualify for such protection.
Instead, agency spokesperson Sarah Beckwith contends they are strays descended from rodeo horses from four decades ago.
"Nobody had a permit to have these horses grazing
on public lands," Beckwith said.
Area ranchers and farmers had long complained
that the herd grazed down pastures and damaged
The horses in the Bighorn Basin's sagebrush hills
descended from stray rodeo horses owned by Andy
Gifford, a rancher and rodeo livestock contractor, in
the 1970s, BLM spokeswoman Sarah Beckwith said.
originally posted by: links234
You're right...breaking news from 2011:
The Quiet War Against Wyoming's Wild Horses
Just another case of the BLM bending to the will of the ranchers;
The cattle and sheep industries want the horses gone from the rangeland...
originally posted by: imwilliam
The BLM needs some PR help. Some nice little jingle. Maybe I can assist:
Save a tortoise . . . Kill a horse? (Chanted to the tune "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy")
Save a tortoise . . . Shoot a domestic terrorist?
They're going to need a spokes man as well.
How about Harry Reid? He could ride in from off the range on a f'ing turtle with a foo man chu mustache and a bowl of egg fried rice.