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  •  Mustang overpopulation is an (21+ / 0-)

    actual problem. It comes up every year in Congress. Birth control is probably a better way than roundup and slaughter. And you know, those ranchers gotta have their nearly free grazing land, unencumbered with horses.

    "I've taken up sculpting recently. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:03:01 AM PST

    •  Doubt that anyone would disagree with that (8+ / 0-)

      but the hypocrisy and heartlessness — not to mention the pure stupidity — is almost too much to take.

    •  The GOP is always saying how... (9+ / 0-)

      we don't need big-government solutions to our problems; we should allow the free market to take precedence.  I suppose there are exceptions to that... such as when big GOP contributors need some government intervention.

      Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

      by Greasy Grant on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:11:52 AM PST

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      •  A free market solution (4+ / 0-)
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        Would be to allow wild horses to be hunted for their meat, which is consumed in other countries.  However, under from the "OMG Ponies!" lobby congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which prohibits their slaughter.

        Sarcasm aside, in 1971 when the act was passed mustangs were fast disappearing from the American West.  Today the opposite is true, where their overpopulation and lack of natural predators is threatening to degrade ecosystems.  The current system of capture and corral is untenable.  Culling, sterilization, or re-legalizing hunting of them should be considered.

        •  Why not let nature handle it? (0+ / 0-)

          If the degrade  the environment, they would have not vegetation for grazing. That should in itself take care of it...

          "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

          by tuma on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:10:51 AM PST

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          •  It's a (literal) turf war with ranchers (2+ / 0-)
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            they want the land for their cattle. If the mustangs destroyed the grazing, they'd have no free land for their cattle to graze. They want the mustangs GONE. Pronto. So the BLM solution to cull the herds is supposed to appease both sides. Maintain this 'symbol' of America's heritage (and animal rights groups) and the cattle ranchers get their free grazing.

            "I've taken up sculpting recently. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

            by eXtina on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:38:15 AM PST

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          •  Reintroducing predators would be necessary too (2+ / 0-)
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            Ranchers are likewise vehemently opposed to this.

          •  It is and getting worse (1+ / 0-)
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            Pictures of skeletal and dead wild horses and decimated land are not pretty.  There is no forage for other species of native wildlife, much less domestic grazing and soil erosion affects fisheries and causes flooding.
            There needs be a humane way to deal with the problem.
            Horse slaughter is not possible in this country because the USDA has been prevented funds for inspection.  Horses must be sent to Canada or Mexico, to facilities there.

            One Washington-Gregoire! One Country-Obama!

            by yakimagrama on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 01:20:22 PM PST

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      •  That's a good point which I had (3+ / 0-)
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        not thought of.

        Fortunately a few jobs will be created, for veterinarians, roundup cowboys and the like.

        I don't know if that's a real picture of feral mustangs on the range but if that is the mare that gave birth to the foal standing there, she is severely underweight and undernourished. Maybe a WIC program?

        "I've taken up sculpting recently. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

        by eXtina on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:42:08 AM PST

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    •  I like the birth control approach to (3+ / 0-)
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      to managing any problem of excess population, too. Like feral pooties, there are far more feral horses than there are people willing to adopt or even help pay for their care. HOWEVER, there is a federal agency charged with this responsibility, the Bureau of Land Management, not Congress.  In Republican talk, I believe this is an example of Congressional overreach.

      Someone needs to inform Republicans that we have two unfunded wars going on, an economy in crisis, and a huge population of unemployed human beings who need jobs, food, medical care, and yes, birth control.  Now, where are those assclowns? Oh, that's right, they're out closing up Planned Parenthood Clinics.

      Congress: Mind your own business.

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

      by RJDixon74135 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:32:39 AM PST

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    •  This is probably (1+ / 0-)
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      the best idea and piece of legislation Dan Burton will ever put forth.

      It really isn't as ludicrous as it seems. The actual implementation might be problematical, but it is an attempt at a humane population control.

      Certainly better than hunting or the slaughterhouse.

      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -- George Bernard Shaw

      by Inspector Javert on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:49:38 AM PST

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      •  No props for that asshole from me (0+ / 0-)

        His way of "thinking" would require a woman to carry her stillborn baby "to term", for months even.  It's not too much to demand that legislators treat their constituents at least as "humanely" as horses.

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