We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The issue pits the conservationists against the sentimentalists. It comes down to this: If you want to protect the native fauna and flora of the American West, the imported ungulates need to go. (The same goes for feral pigs, aka Wild Boar).
Dec. 31, 2014, Humane Society reported revenue of $129 million and net assets of $215 million. Membership as of 2010 was somewhere between 450,000 and 11 million. An easy fix is to have the 44,000 wild horses and 1,000 wild burros delivered to the Society itself or to selected members.
It's like everyone believes these are happy, healthy horses running around, loving their freedom. Instead, many are starving and they are interbreeding. Not good. Stick to domesticated horses. Putting them down is the humane thing to do.
If the "humane" organizations are so concerned, then privatize it.
Let them round up, feed, worm, Coggins test, vaccinate, pay for any other veterinary care, tame (socialize), break, transport and sell any usable animals. I say usable because I'm sure some of them are not breakable/usable.
Ever take notice those commercials on the heartbreaking animal abuse, none of them every tell you to go adopt a shelter pet, they only beg for money? Because it's a giant money pit. Just like the BLM wild mustang/burro program. PETA euthanizes more pets than it adopts out. BLM has wasted millions (billions?) on attempts at birth control for mustangs, only to have them reproduce at a rate that the "land" can't sustain.
I find it hard to believe that they will actually do away with a black hole of govt waste, fraud and abuse that sucks up endless amounts of money and reason for BLM to strong arm ranchers for the use of the land.
I say this and I have a mustang, she was captured at 2 yrs of age and broke and sold and we bought her when she 7. She's my daughter's horse. And Only my daughter's. A mustang isn't for everyone.
As for the comments on eating horse meat. The horse slaughter ban was lifted years ago but no abbatoirs are fitted for horses thanks to the enviro-"humane" rights people who picketed, set fire to and terrorized any business-owners that attempted it. So now horses must be shipped -for days at a time- to Canada or Mexico where they have less than humane slaughter practices.
That's how much they care for animals.