Sorry folks for such a delay between postings, but my life has been rather hectic. I hope as the heat of summer hits and as I find myself inside hiding in the air conditioning that my frequency of posting will increase along with it.
Today I came across such ignorance that I couldn’t avoid saying something about it.
Now I love mustang horses and what they represent, and while the way they are managed is controversial there is a right and wrong way going about making change. Well this bloody idiots method is the wrong way – hands down.
Now I don’t know much about the feral pigs so I will with hold comments on those, but the feral horses I do know a bit about. And one thing I do know and I thought it was rather common knowledge among any United States Citizen (and even most non-citizens) with at least half a brain is that the wild/feral horses are protected. Well I was just proven wrong.
Or maybe I wasn’t – I did say “with at least half a brain.”
This ignorant fool not only talks about how they carry for “bastard” strangles (while some may carry strangles as its common enough even in domestic horses – “bastard” strangles is a complication of such rather than a separate strand to be carried for) but he also talks about how all wild horse activist claim there should be nothing in place for population control. Really? I know there are a few out there that claim that, but most I know of are looking at more humane methods of such other than gathering them in with stressful helicopters.
But the icing on the cake was this proudly displayed picture of the pure ignorant trash. I’ll just keep the rest of my thoughts on this particular picture to myself or else I will stray from words that are appropriate for this venue.
Now some of the comments stated below his blog post seem to indicate that some believe only BLM branded horses can’t be touched and any others are fair game. Seriously? Even if the horses weren’t protected, any hunter should know you can’t just go shooting animals any time you feel like it. Even common deer require licensing and the proper season. And last I knew – there was not a wild/feral horse season. Besides, the BLM only brands horses after they are captured and brought in. The horses are still protected while free-roaming and its not just while they are on public lands either.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971 specifically states:
“If wild free-roaming horses or burros stray from public lands onto privately owned land, the owners of such land may inform the nearest Federal marshal or agent of the Secretary, who shall arrange to have the animals removed. In no event shall such wild free-roaming horses and burros be destroyed except by the agents of the Secretary.”
“(a) Violations; penalties; trial.
Any person who-
(3) maliciously causes the death or harassment of any wild free-roaming horse or burro, …
(6) willfully violates a regulation issued pursuant to this Act, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Any person so charged with such violation by the Secretary may be tried and sentenced by any United States commissioner or magistrate designated for that purpose by the court by which he was appointed, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as provided for in section 3401, title 18.
(b) Arrest; appearance for examination or trial; warrants; issuance and execution.”
So while he gladly calls Liberals ignorant, the irony is the amount of ignorance he shows by posting a photo of his own criminal act.