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Trump’s Budget Means Thousands Of Wild Horses Could Be Sold For Slaughter Or Euthanized

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in charge of allocating and spending tax payers’ dollars to feed and house wild horses and burros. The BLM also governs the population of horses, keeping the numbers at bay in order to control the amount of land and resources the horses occupy. Part of this process means gathering up excess horses for adoption.

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Unfortunately, approximately 25% of the surplus horses don’t end up finding a home, as there aren’t enough sanctuaries to house them. Instead, these horses end up in holding facilities owned by the BLM. There are usually around 5,000 horses living in a BLM holding facility at any given time, which is inhumane for such large animals that are used to living freely.

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Slaughtering horses is illegal in the U.S., and Congress has provided written confirmation of this in past budget bills, preventing the sale of these horses for slaughter. However, Trump’s budget proposed a “solution” to the environmental issues and population problems regarding wild horses: using “humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.” In my opinion, “humane euthanasia” is an oxymoron; humane implies kindness and ethics, whereas euthanasia, in this case, would mean mass murder of wild horses.

Sadly, this concept is not unheard of. An alarming 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters end up euthanized. According to American Humane, in 2008 alone approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in animal shelters across the nation. This is generally seen by animal rights organizations including PETA as a humane practice, though I personally question the ethics surrounding it.

Even some wild horses have been euthanized in the past. The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act permits the interior secretary to euthanize any horses that are too old, unhealthy, and unadoptable. However, for the past three decades, Congress has made a conscious effort to prohibit healthy animals from being slaughtered or euthanized and didn’t permit any “sale that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.”

Although there are no horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., they still exist in different parts of the world, including Canada and Mexico, which slaughter tens of thousands of domestic American horses annually. Despite the “strict laws” in the U.S. against slaughtering wild horses, it still occurs.

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For example, in November 2015, a Colorado rancher was caught selling the 1,794 mustangs he purchased from the government to slaughterhouses in Mexico.

Nevertheless, this new proposal will change the status quo for the wild horse population in the U.S., but it won’t be passed without criticism.

How Trump’s Budget Will Affect Wild Horses

The BLM currently spends around $50 million annually on wild horses, and Trump’s proposal is estimated to save $10 million per year. Though this seems like a vast sum, it’s far less than what the BLM spends on other livestock and land endeavours. Less than 20% of the land managed by the BLM is allocated for the horses (around 12%); the rest of it is used for privately owned livestock grazing.

The primary issues at hand relate to resources and land. Conservationists and federal officials have reported that the land the horses have been living on has been deteriorating over the years, which is why Trump proposed euthanasia or selling the horses, regardless of the buyer’s intent, in the first place. Wouldn’t just giving the horses more land be a more humane solution? This could easily be done if the BLM simply decreased the share of land used for animal agriculture.

The biggest cost associated with the wild horses is actually dealing with the excess horses and transporting them. Former BLM Director Neil Kornze stated that it costs around $50 million to capture and move every 10,000 horses, and the entire program only gets $80.4m of the BLM’s budget to begin with. Well, fewer horses would have to be captured if they had more land to live on.

Animal rights activists and experts have suggested alternative, more sustainable methods of controlling the wild horse population, including fertility management/animal birth control and federal grazing program reforms.

“This budget proposal is an example of lazy government,” Laura Leigh, Founder of Wild Horse Education, explained. “This is simply one more gift to the livestock industry.”

Let’s keep in mind that livestock covers a shocking 45% of the Earth’s total land, so instead of attacking the horses, perhaps the government should focus on imposing stricter laws surrounding animal agriculture. However, the government has deep ties to the meat and dairy industries, so it’s unsurprising that Trump is delaying the inevitable.

Final Thoughts 

There are so many factors when it comes to animal population control. Do we have the right to remove or kill animals and play “God,” so to speak, because we feel we’re protecting the environment and other species? We need to learn how to live in peace with these creatures and the environment.

Regardless of your personal opinions on euthanasia and animal population control, it’s clear that, in this situation, there are plenty of other, more sustainable and humane options to deal with the issues surrounding the wild horse population. Additionally, livestock wouldn’t occupy so much space if we simply switched to more plant-based diets, giving more room for other animals to roam freely.

If you’re interested in learning how you can make a difference, you can visit some of the wild horse sanctuaries’ websites such as Return to Freedom, or you could take a look at some of the petitions on change.org, like this one that hopes to end the wild horse roundup and slaughter.

 

 

 

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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