A new buzzword seems to be gaining prominence in the unwanted or wild horse and horse slaughter fracas – they are being coined as the “Equine Apocalypse” by Ezra Klein. Catchy isn’t it? And how about going for controversy, as in the Washington Post’s article by journalist Brad Plumer, who is warning America that the western United States is on “the verge of a serious horse crisis.”
In Australia, according to Robert A. Garrott of the University of Montana, horses are being culled in huge numbers to get 400,000 wild horses back to reasonable numbers. The Science Journal is predicting an expense of $1.1 billion over the next 15 plus years to simply ship horses to private ranches. And then what? In Romania, horses are being slaughtered because they aren’t pulling carts and carriages anymore. Japan does not hesitate to slaughter horses for their masses to eat. Even the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Ferdinand, had to go to slaughter.
You know what I think? There is an unspoken word about horses that is not uttered aloud, but it has everything to do with this “too many horses” thing and that is money. Even now, money is the leading motivator behind the scenes at nearly all levels.
More and more, writers and journalists are drifting to the horse overpopulation subject. After all, Native Americans have fanned the fire regarding horse numbers and horse slaughter. It’s a controversial subject and that brings readers.
All this is fine and dandy to get more people incensed and to start thinking horse meat, and to go along with the only supposed way out, slaughter. Well then, we’ll just have to eat them. Can anyone see the correlation? Since we cannot eat drugged up ex-racehorses, we’ll just have to eat the excess and wild horses.
Scare tactics and trouble mongering usually pave the way to wear people out until resistance is lowered or drops completely. That is exactly what is happening with regard to horses. The public is being bombarded with horse meat, horse slaughter, unwanted horses – you name it - anything to wear them out. They’ll tire of the subject soon enough. They’ll play out, get bored with the subject and lend a blind eye to the suffering horses as they are sent to slaughter. That’s the whole point!
Yet another thought. The big ranchers in the West have conveniently forgotten that the lands they graze and covet and begrudge the horses are a bestowed privilege, not a right.
The question that always courses through my mind is why the BLM has not stepped up its efforts to geld stallions. No methods of the “gatherings” are gentle or kind, but it seems to me that mass removal of multitudes of horses has never worked. When the animals are penned, geld, geld, and geld. It may be necessary to do this for a number of years in a row until most of the population has been gelded, but it will work in time. It will certainly reduce numbers over time. There cannot be instant success.
Human intervention has often been a curse to animals. Stop playing God!
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