“. . . I found the outgoing trail of the wanderers. It led far up into a ridge into an open place surrounded by a hedge-like growth of ceanothus chaparral. Carlo knew what I was about, and eagerly followed the scent until we came up to them, huddled into a timid, silent bunch. They had evidently been here all night and all the forenoon, afraid to go out to feed. Having escaped restraint, they were, like some people we know of, afraid of their freedom, did not know what to do with it, and seemed glad to get back into the old familiar bondage. . . “ — John Muir Collection, track and locating lost sheep, 300 of them, in the Northwest Mountain Range of the West Coast USA
This simple fact, above all else, known for centuries as a human-nature negative, remains alive and well today. Our mentality toward this certainly awkward comfort zone, spurs onward an ignorance very dominant today in saving America’s Wild Horses as well as saving our Natural Wildlife here in America.
When we look at such factual information, statistics mostly from good research and data gathering, we simply find corruption from many sources. We also find, beyond doubt, corrupt agencies paid for by taxpayer dollars (in tremendous amounts by the way) that supposedly Administer and Manage our Public Lands and forests, but not really – not in truth. Because it is managed for Special Interests Only, and to hell with the average American taxpayer who pays the cost, and who in reality owns America’s Public Lands.
Cattle on Public Lands and Horse Slaughter
When there exists an over-population of cattle, that effect our climate, ecological zones, and even our very existence on this planet, and state horses are a problem – when outnumbered by cattle at anywhere from 120 to 1 or worse as some have pointed out, 560 to 1 – well, America has a problem with Ignorance – especially if it continues. Why we state, clearly I might add, wild horses are not overpopulated on our Public lands – Cattle indeed are overpopulated and destroying our country as well – and this is a matter of FACTUAL INTEGRITY – statistical as well as covered in many science research studies and legitimate rangeland studies!
We attempt to solve the problem by rounding up horses, not cattle, and send the horses to market; which is, in truth, a make-believe market by the way of false premise and undeniably an ignorance that is so profound, that it seems acceptable only under debate.
In truth, people who favor eating horse meat, really make no sense when the discussion of health is the extreme downside of horse meat itself. Kind of like debating the difference between how cigarette smoking is healthy or not, and its benefits (zero) compared to its destruction upon human health.
“I recall my Great Grandfather stating how they would get sickly whenever they had to eat horse meat out on the range, when no other food around and they had already had all the cow-pie stew they could tolerate. So even the horse meat on the range, and eating it was a myth – and only done if starving was a potential.” — Jimmy Nation, Northwest Cowboy and Ranch Hand
The beef market has an outstanding Throw-Away situation, ongoing and yearly, of over 34% of its beef product domestically (per USDA) – and yet welfare rancher’s (4% of the ranching industry, selling 1% of their product yearly domestically – per DOI and GAO Reports) demand more wild horses removed or shot with pesticide birth controls, or sterilized, wolves removed, and more cattle be placed on Public Lands.
So the fact is this — until we figure out how to resolve problems with the truth, then our civilization is simply slated to destroy itself. The nonsense that is passed as a truth, which remains nothing more than lies, misinformation, rhetoric of outstanding clumsy circumstance, and facts given so unbelievable that even a child could see the bullshit, well, perhaps we deserve what we get.
The evolution of our ignorance currently, noted through good science and ongoing research for the past 12 years, is changing our social as well as our culture standards. We have hit a low in presentable social and cultural IQ’s, as well as not so profound, hit a low ratio of development toward Humane or Suitable Resolution within issues of significance, or impact.
Until we confront ourselves, our society and culture itself, truthfully, just as an alcoholic or drug addict must confront themselves truthfully, then we will remain in the downward spiral of self-destruction – just as alcohol or drug addiction will do to people who hide themselves from the truth.
Wild Horses and Human’s
So what have we seen, in a type of partial review, just within the past couple of years? Why have the Wild Horses not been saved? And why does it seem we have started to go backwards within the very nature of saving America’s Wild Horses?
These questions easily answered. If we understand what John Muir spoke about in his writing above, then we can grasp an idea of his ideological summary of sheep and being comfortable within “. . . the old familiar bondage. . .” philosophy.
Yes, human-nature quite plain and simple at times. Actually disturbing at times of necessity or responsible actions taken – and never accomplished.
Frankly, when many become more aggressive at saving America’s Wild Horses, with no excuse, with no pretense toward making money from the situation, with a pure comprehension of what a Horse Advocate is and their responsibility – without fear of freedom for the Wild Horses, without fear of complacency, of isolation, of reprisal from government or the private sector, or the really big fear of not having the Wild Horses to fight for any longer because resolution was fought for and won – oh, WAIT! I was not supposed to say this last situation — but oddly, it does exist. Yes, alive and well and quite a functional-negative in the matters of saving our Wild Horses and their very life.
Wild Horses and Statistics from Research Data
“There are numerous factors that govern population growth in the wild for wild horses and burros, or lack of population growth. The National Academy of Sciences did a study of the wild horse populations, using 8,764 wild horses, in the wild, as a basis for the following statistics.
It found that 1st year mortality rates annually ranged between 14% and 50%. Beyond this, adult mortality was found to annually range between 5% and 25%. What this means is, that in any given year, equine mortality on the range lands would be anywhere between 19% and 75% of the total population of wild horses.
This brings up a vital question to the reader. With such factors as these existing, that govern wild horse and burro’s populations, along with the unnatural efforts of the BLM, that further degrade these same numbers, what are the true motivations of the BLM for distorting the numbers of wild horses and destroying these vital natural resources to true ecological balance? The answer lies partly in livestock, mining, and energy interests.
In conclusion, the wild horses and burros are a vital component to ecological balance out on the range lands of the west, the benefits of which are innumerable as opposed to cattle. The numbers of these beautiful animals must be dictated, however, by nature itself and not man, through its own mechanisms.
Only in this manner will wild horse numbers be in balance with all other forms of wildlife, including those of the predators of the wild horses. The wild horses are just this, wild, and in the wild, no matter how harsh or how mild the conditions may be, is where their beauty and their benefits exist and can be experienced. The range lands that were once filled with vast numbers of wild horses, and other forms of wildlife, are now quickly dying due to the artificial efforts of our government.” — Robert C. Bower, B.S. Biology, A biologist’s response to the BLM’s wild horse “problem” excerpt.
Yes, the Pesticide PZP Scam, those involved who huddle into the mass of “. . . the old familiar bondage” primarily because there is money to be had, and a lot of it, neglect to inform the public about the NAS stating this and this biologist simply stating the obvious, when selling the misinformed advantages of using PZP (saving the horses while using birth control technology– incomplete science, and state it will save their life?) on the Wild Horse supposed Over-Population, when indeed there is no Over-population at all. Now, the Over-Population of cattle on America’s Public Lands, and keep in mind unnecessary and due to many significant matters of fact, is an overwhelming and very provable fact – yet ignored.
But wait, it gets better. These people, like the old and great Wizard of Oz, finally come out from behind the curtain, and low and behold, they are BLM supporters and applied for grants and still reap profits from donations – all in the name of saving America’s Wild Horses.
A Conclusion or a Change for a New Beginning
This is not a matter of me suggesting routes to resolution within this paper. Rather, it is a matter of seeing the truth and how to actually get to it, or obtain the freedom for Wild Horses, in a reality mind-set; because, only through the truth will a resolution be brought about that can be of benefit to the Wild Horses, and actually save them from so much Subjective Reasoning developed through so much “Illusory Superiority” and “Illusional Promises” within BLM, BLM Supporters, Trader Advocate Non-Profits for money-only and not supportive of Wild Horses at all, Welfare Ranching, Corporate maneuvering on Public Lands, once again – large advocate groups who need to make money to support themselves, and on and on it goes, this supposed reasoning and self-gratification over all-else, to include the reality, the actual Destruction of Our Wild Horses for nothing more than small short time profits . . .
Yes, we have a problem we need to confront, and stop ignoring it!
Humane Reasoning is our Objective – Saving the Wild Horses and all Wildlife on America’s Public Lands and in our Wilderness areas as well is, Our Goal – Beyond Profits – Beyond beneficial and familiar bondage in order to stay in our Comfort Zone – and not Fear Freedom Any Longer! This is Humane Reasoning, and it is coming . . .