It seems to me that wherever there is an article about the MMS something like this needs to be posted in the “comment” section, with a prelude indicating that MMS is just the “tip of the iceberg” in the Department of the Interior’s problems.
In 1958, when Wild Horse Annie began her campaign to save the wild horses from extinction–there were est. 33,ooo wild horses left..more than we now currently have left in the wild
By 1971. in the lead up to the original ROAM bill being passed..there was a frenzy of roundups..at the time the bill passed..the estimate of horses left on the range was between 9,500 and 25,000 left in the wild.
This is a horrible example of history repeating itself. I saw my first roundup of wild horses in 1969..and it was a bloody massacre.
I suggest ginger and the cloud foundation write a rebuttal argument to Mr. williams..Mr Williams seems to be doing all his scientific research from the couch, with a Keg of beer on one side and a case of pretzles on the other..He should quit writing until he sobers up…He drug up every unsubstanciated rumor and myth to try and prove his case..and missed it by a mile..I hear there is an opening over at Marvel comics…
I would like to say, as we pay tribute to the many soldiers who have served this country and died to preserve our right to speak out…We take a moment to reflect as well, on how many “native” american horses made that sacrifice as well. Over 1 million american horses were killed just in world war 1, at the end of that war, our army considered it more serious when a horse died than a seviceman, because they could be replaced and the horses couldn’t and, yes many of those horses came from mustang stock, the smaller horses did better with less food and could go 3 days without water, the thourbred horses were found to be too highstrung to tolerate the cannons and firing over there heads, and many suffered shell shock were wounded and died of disease…veternarys patched them back up and sent them to the frount lines..and yes those soldiers took comfort from those horses. Only 200 horses returned to the US after the war..8 million horses in total died during that war..In the United Kingdom they have a memorial statue dedicated to those horses…WHAT-do we have? The last mustang standing
I am reading a gift book right now by Joan Gibson wherein she relates the story of the horses used in war. After the war the surviving horses were simply turned loose, on the continent and in Great Britain as well. . .one of them actually made its way home to its old farm’s gate and was taken in again by its amazed owner. . .
Another interesting fact I found during this research was that after the war ended..there was such a shortage of fuel for tractors-as well as the fact they could not afford to buy them- that farmers went back to using horses to plow the fields, and because there was such a shortage of horses due to their going to war, wild horses were gathered again to serve the farmers.
What a lot of misinformation, I am contactin Audubon right now to let them know that they need to chack the facts before they print such garbage, will also be telling the local chapter why I will no longer be supporting their fundraisers.
I know, I remember “back a ways” where Audubon’s “lack thereof” was discussed by several wild horse and burro advocates! I think they are probably but a flimsy shadow of what they used to represent, integrity-wise, and no longer serve the public good in any substantial way. They appear to be very inconsistent in quality!
I like to try and remind folks like that..The wild horses are the “canary” in the goldmine..and your species could be next..What if, because of the threat of bird flu…the government or citizens decide that we should eliminate all birds..I know many people got rid of their farm foul when this arose and people were keeping an eye out for dead birds on their property. Unfortunately the ignorant are controlling the message..it is up to us to dispel these myths.
Did you know that during that period in 1971 when the wild horses were estimated at numbers between 9500 and 25,000 there was a bill before congress to list them as “endangered species”?? It didn’t pass the house before they adjourned and was dropped in the next session
I did not know that, however, wolves were on the endangered list and have been removed by this administration, so that wouldn’t necessarily gain them any additional protection, it would be good to see a measure like this introduced in Congress again, though.
In spite of their history and their immeasurable importance in our development as a nation, horses in our country exist in a very bizarre legal gray area of confusing and conflicting laws and regulations that often lack any true definition. While America’s very first animal cruelty laws addressed the treatment of horses, our nation presently has no coherent modern policy with respect to these incredible animals.
Domestic horses walk a line between pets and livestock. They exist within a murky lack of designation that has produced gaps with respect to legislation intended to protect the welfare of our workmates and companions. The absence of any national consensus as to whether they presently exist as work animals, companion animals (pets) or simply livestock has produced a hodgepodge of inconsistent laws of which unscrupulous individuals take advantage in order to unreasonably exploit horses for profit. It also creates a treacherous opportunity for a whole class of animals that were not raised as food animals to enter the human food supply by being exported for slaughter.