When I first saw this I was freaked out, angry, depressed, and nearly in tears.
And then I thought about it for a bit.
And now I am glad.
Maybe you know the story of how the buffalo was saved. It was not saved by the U.S. government. It was saved by a handful of ranchers, who saw that the wild buffalo herds were almost gone. They bought, caught, and gathered all they could and preserved them on their own land. That's right. American people saved the buffalo.
It was a good many years later before the zoos, researchers, and government people went "Oh damn, the buffalo are gone! We should SAVE them!" and then those ranchers said, "'Bout damn time. Here, have a few of mine."
So this bill will allow the unrestricted sale of captured wild horses at auction. No more adoption papers, inspection, one horse at a time, only once every two years. All that bereaucratic crap did not keep Mustangs from going to slaughter. It meant they went to warehousing ranches who got paid to keep them (money), it meant that oddly enough certain people seemed to be allowed to adopt tens or hundreds of horses at once, without inspection, and were unable to prove where those horses were two years later (money). It meant that horses were rounded upon State land, or Forest land, or tribal land, and because it wasn't BLM land those horses could be auctioned off at the public (slaughter) auction to raise money for the tribe or government.
I hope this goes through. And I hope the horse rescuers, the horse rescue associations, the ranchers and American people who care about wild horses will fundraise and gather up their pennies and get themselves to those auctions. They only have to bid against the meat man for these untamed animals - so say $1 a pound or less for smallish horses.
And WE will save those wild horses and give them homes where they can live out their lives in freedom or the next closest thing we can provide.
In fact, my biggest worry is that we can get this done ASAP.
Because I bet you money that the next step is shooting them from airplanes. Why round them up when you can slaughter them on sight?
Please, please prove worthy of my hopes.