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Thursday, 8:00 AM. 54 degrees F at the ferry dock, 48 0n the back porch. Wind variable and calm, sky clear. The humidity is 84%, the barometer 30.22" and plunging rapidly, predicting a thunderstorm tomorrow, then clearing with seasonal temperatures for several days thereafter.
Wild horses and burros are part of the history of the Old West, and ever since a 1971 Act of Congress the Bureau of Land Management has been responsible for their welfare, all 67,000 0f them on the open range, and currently another 45,000 of them off range in holding pens and other facilities. India has its sacred cows, America has its sacred horses.
As might be expected, there are a lot of advocates for these animals, which, it should be noted, are not native to the grassland ecosystems of the West, nor even to North America. They have no natural predators and cannot be hunted or sold for food, human or animal (they can be adopted ).
These animals double in population every four years, and unchecked would soon destroy the open ranges in the ten states in which they reside, creating dust bowl conditions. In 2015 the BLM spent $45,000,000 on their welfare. For all those who want one to break and ride, or to sleep by the fireplace or whatever, by all means get one. Get a dozen. But don't burden the rest of us with these animals.
Above all, please consider the human child care that $45,000,000 could provide.
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