Thread: Wild horse euthanasia considered
#1 Wild horse euthanasia considered07-01-2008, 10:35 AM
RENO -- Faced with too many wild horses on the range and in holding facilities, federal officials are considering drastic policy changes that include ending roundups and euthanizing animals.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Henri Bisson said Monday there is an overpopulation of wild horses on public lands and the agency can no longer afford to care for the numbers of mustangs that have been rounded up. The number of horses adopted by the public has dropped off, leaving the BLM with more animals than it can care for, he said.
One option would be to stop all roundups -- something the agency said would lead to "ecological disaster."
"The other option is to use some combination of the (adoption program) and euthanasia, which would be really difficult to do," Bisson said.
http://www.lvrj.com/news/22752954.htmlI smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
07-01-2008, 10:54 AM
Eat them. Seriously. This is a huge problem in the West. All the whiny PETA people have no idea how bad this gets in some areas. It's worth noting that there are no indigenous wild horses in North America for a reason - we ate them up 10,000 years ago. We are the only serious predator for these animals.
noonwitchGuest07-01-2008, 12:57 PM
07-01-2008, 01:21 PM
Do what they did on SCI with the goats (ancestors of the ones left by Spanish ships): 20mm gunship target practice.At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
07-01-2008, 02:28 PM
07-01-2008, 07:09 PM
OMG, an aquaintence of mine who has greyhounds and lives in the Chicago area volunteers at a horse rescue facility near the Chicago 'burbs and goes West each year to help with the roundup. She'll be extremely disturbed to hear this.
Will post a happier story when I get home from work about horses being sent to the slaughterhouse that were rescued by our Humane Society after the truck flipped over on the highway.
07-01-2008, 10:51 PM
The new regs on wild horse adoption have really depressed the horse adoption market. Dealing with a wild horse is a very time consuming and often unrewarding hobby. Most never become ridable and relatively few people are willing to feed, vet, shoe, and shelter an unusable, often vicious, animal of that size.
It's a problem all the way around.
Even if some are killed, many more will still be rounded up and put up for adoption so your friend will still be able to save many. :)
07-01-2008, 11:01 PM
The new laws against selling horses for meat have just resulted in huge numbers of creaky, old animals being trailered to a convenient spot and released. That's hardly as humane as a quick death.
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