It’s Time to Dismantle the BLM, A Criminal Enterprise
“BLM employees and contractors have been the driving force behind the horse-to-slaughter program…”
By JACK FERM
– Article originally published at the Southern Utah Independent
To The Desert Independent. Republished with Permission
January 25, 2016
This agency has been one of the more corrupt Federal agencies ever since its founding by President Harry Truman in 1946. In their tenure over public lands, they have done more to destroy watershed than protect it, their incompetence as an agency of government has been unprecedented, and they have allowed cattle and sheep to overgraze the land to the extent that much of our range lands are today closer to wastelands.
They have pitted cattle and sheep ranchers against the American wild horses and burros for grazing rights while making secret deals to sell wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses in the U.S. (before they were shut down) and later to slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico or illegal slaughterhouses that still are operating in the U.S. This agency has been involved in knowingly fraudulent adoption schemes and fictitious “sanctuary” herds to facilitate the needless removal of horses off the range.
This has left us, we the people, no option but to dismantle the BLM. It’s time to shut down this criminal enterprise and perhaps transfer these lands to the states with agreements that the wild horses and burros are to remain free protected and unmolested.
BLM employees and contractors have been the driving force behind the horse-to-slaughter program, which has been ongoing since the 1980s and possibly even prior. This has been demonstrated by the criminal prosecutions of horse theft and sales to slaughterhouses by such cases as have been filed in Texas, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. But none have been filed in Colorado, which has been the hotbed of agency corruption. See
U.S. v. Hughes and U.S. v. Tomlinson.
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