BP have Destroyed the Gulf and Now They are Destroying the Desert!

BP/gas/mining/cattle interests are conspiring with government (Bureau of Land Management) to uses taxpayer funds in order to control how public lands are managed. The rounding up and destruction of wild mustangs in Nevada is for the Ruby Pipeline (675 million acres for the cost of $3 billion using 42" pipe going from Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah to Oregon) and the 2nd biggest beneficiary of this pipeline is BP. Surprise, surprise!

In 1971 fifty million acres in NV were set aside for the wild mustangs estimated at 2 million at the time - and now they are being exterminated (much like the kangaroos in Australia) by the government. Same old excuses - there are too many of them, they are starving, eating too much grass, drinking too much water, destroying riparian areas, being a threat to themselves and environment etc ad nauseum. Currently mustangs are estimated at 20,000 - but are outnumbered 50:1 by cattle and sheep. Yet these horses have been evolving here for millions of years, it is their birthplace and are not an invasive species to North America at all. As with kangaroos in Australia, officials are closing off access to waterholes to the mustangs so that only livestock can have it.

In May 2008, Canberra 'culled' 514 wild kangaroos
in the way of yet another housing development

The science they used to justify the roundup is the same shoddy science they use for kangaroo killing. And for the same reason - cows and other vested interests! And no oversight on the process.

Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars (75% of BLM's horse budget) is being spent to feed 33,000 horses in corrals that are destined for slaughter.

This is the truth about the horses, their land and how it's been handed over to Big Agriculture (Corporate Cattle Ranches) and Big Oil, all at the expense of the U.S. Tax Payer and in violation of U.S. Federal Law.

It's interesting to see that three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies previously worked in the federal government, a proportion that far exceeds the usual revolving-door standards on Capitol Hill, a Washington Post analysis shows.

Key lobbying hires include 18 former members of Congress and dozens of former presidential appointees. For other senior management positions, the industry employs two former directors of the Minerals Management Service , the since-renamed agency that regulates the industry, and several top officials from the Bush White House. Federal inspectors once assigned to monitor oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico have landed jobs with the companies they regulated.

I will never forget the look of total despair on the faces of these wild mustangs when I saw them corralled by the freeway going from NV to CA. It made me feel desperate to free them.....all just so cows and sheep can graze there instead for pennies.

It's an extremely sad issue - and I hope that people who care about wild horses and kangaroos realise that they are contributing to the very industry that is destroying them if they eat cows and sheep.

1. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/
2. http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/blms-wild-horse-elimination-plan-angers-ecologist/
3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/21/AR2010072106468_pf.html
4. http://www.whorunsgov.com/Departments/Interior/IS/DS/LMM/BOE