In what can only be called another exercise in futility, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued another list of options for managing the Nation’s wild horses and burros. It is less than remarkable to file this among the countless other reports put out by the GAO, NAS, the Department of the Interior and others, given that the bottom line for the BLM has always been the extermination of America’s wild horses. Today, the BLM is taking a more modern, yet similar approach to Dr. Josef Mengele. His name is familiar to anyone who knows about one of the most atrocious eras in human history: The Holocaust. Mengele was a German physician and officer who practiced human experimentation with no regard to health, safety and the overall well-being of his victims. The BLM’s report “Management Options for a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program” to Congress, outlines the alleged negative effects of the wild mustang. They define inexplicable ways to manage wild horses and burros without taking the protection of these animals into any consideration. Let’s look at some of the specifics in this latest attempt at distorting the facts and truth.
Having dedicated years and more than my fair share of blood, sweat and tears to fighting for the safety and protection of the wild horses scattered across America, it is truly debilitating to see an article lacking credence and foundation in facts published by the New York Times. “The Hard Truth About the West’s Wild Horse Problem,” published as an op-ed on 12/25/17 not only misrepresents the truth of the situation wild horses face, as well as the conditions of their territories. It also fails to point out that the author, Chris Stewart (Republican congressman from Utah), is incredibly biased and far from an impartial authority on the subject. While Stewart claims to have a farming background that he asserts makes him a credible source, he is also the self-acknowledged author of the proposal that the House Appropriations Committee approved that will remove restrictions preventing euthanasia and the sale of horses managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to slaughterhouses. Stewart misrepresents the status of the wild horse populations in America, clearly to bolster support for his own gain in the hopes of getting these inhumane practices relegalized through approval of the House version of the Interior Department’s budget.