It seems the BLM is up to their eyeballs in yet another mess surrounding the Federally protected Wild Mustangs of the American West.
Apparently they've been selling the Mustangs to someone who obviously thinks slaughtering horses is a good business (he's looking for investors to
build or buy his own slaughterhouse).
The issue is when you buy wild Mustangs from the BLM you sign a contract forbidding you from slaughtering the horses
The BLM is required by Federal Law to protect these amazing animals, part of the protection should certainly include making sure the people buying the
horses aren't likely to make a quick, and significant, profit from that sale, in direct violation of Federal Law. But, with the economy in the toilet
and the U.S. being broke Congress passed a special rider allowing the BLM to sell the horses sans restrictions, ANY restrictions.
It's a comedy of mismanagement, greed, and stupidity, they round them up for reasons that can't be validated, then they can't afford to keep them (why
not RELEASE them back to the wild? there's a novel idea) so they bypass the law and dump them for $10.00 a head.
When you can buy a horse for $10.00 and turn right around and sell it to a slaughterhouse for $100.00+ that's a significant profit. All you have to do
is haul them from the Government owned lands to the nearest kill house.
Here's a snippet from the linked story, the last bit is a direct quote of the man who is buying the Mustangs,
Davis is a longtime advocate of horse slaughter. By his own account, he has ducked Colorado law to move animals across state lines and will not
say where they end up. He continues to buy wild horses for slaughter from Indian reservations, which are not protected by the same laws. And since
2010, he has been seeking investors for a slaughterhouse of his own.
"Hell, some of the finest meat you will ever eat is a fat yearling colt," he said. "What is wrong with taking all those BLM horses they got all fat
and shiny and setting up a kill plant?"
I'd say the person who said that would likely have no compunction selling the Mustangs he purchased from the BLM to a slaughterhouse. Obviously that's
just a hunch on my part but I think it's worth finding out what really happened to the 1,700 horses he's bought since 2009, don't you?
The BLM says it has NOT SOLD any horses without the restrictions out of fear of public outrage, I don't buy it.
Read this for yourself and see if you think this guy, and the BLM are doing what Federal Law says they have to do...
For those who are new to the site, here's a video interview we did with George a couple years ago on this subject...
edit on 10-1-2012 by Springer because: (no reason given)