Wild Horses Again
News: The BLM is receiving 3,500 letters protesting roundups of wild horses using helicopters and other motorized assistance. Apparently such techniques cause fear and apprehension in the horses; it moves me to abject grief and copious tears.
Sarcasm aside, at least for a nonce, how would these 3,500 protesting true believers help to round up these overpopulated, oversexed, range-devouring large mammals?
Let’s offer up some options, especially since helicopters are very expensive for taxpayers:
3,500 letter-writing couch potatoes: get up off your well-intentioned arses and truck your horses to the Red Desert and help with the roundup.
Oh….maybe these supposed horse lovers don’t actually own any horses, or even would not know what to do with a horse, and so they can’t answer the call to bring horses to help with the roundup. Hmmm, kind of calls into question their qualifications for offering strident criticism to the BLM.
But, all hope is not lost. They can walk! Imagine how effective 3,500 animal-loving activists on foot would be to get those horses into the corrals. What an opportunity to experience nature in the raw!!! They could first hand see what incredible damage these beautiful animals do to wildlife habitat. They could wander the desert for hours searching for surplus animals which would have been spotted in an instant from a helicopter. Better bring a bunch of Perrier.
Could we charge them a fee up front to offset the costs to Sweetwater and Carbon Counties for setting up portable toilets and ambulances?
Wild horses, unkempt manes and tails a-flyin’, are a sight to enjoy and remember. As we watch the movie Avatar, we feel so right as we cheer them on as we despise and hate their enemies, who are actually, well, us. Guess what folks: that is a fantasy. We all want to feel so righteous when we champion underdogs. Cheering on the wild horses and trashing the agencies responsible for managing the public range, that is more fantasy.
These horses are not native; they did not inhabit our public lands until the Spanish explorers and homesteaders turned them loose.
Thinning out wild horses is not a fantasy, and the 3,500 critics of the BLM need to understand that, except they won’t ever, so the BLM needs to treat their comments as fantasy and fire up those choppers.