Crazy horse policy
Jul 09, 2008
By Steve Cornett
It’s a page of comments on a story about activists’ efforts to keep the government from euthanizing the thousands of wild horses that, left to nature would be happy to eat much of the west into dust.
If you click into the foundation’s home page, you see the dilemma facing the livestock industry. The comments on the CNN story have both points of view represented. However, notice that the foundation has got a nice financial boost out of the publicity.
If you buy into the proposition that wild horses are a greater symbol of the American west than are cattle and ranchers, the story affords a nice easy way to find a way to contribute money to your cause.
Moreover, it’s an easy cause to get your heart into. Who doesn’t like the thought of wild horses running free? Of perfect black stallions rearing just like Zane Grey dreamed of? That’s why people who think with their hearts—and that includes a bunch of hillbilly singers, including Lacy J. Dalton, founder of the foundation in question and her fellow wild horseman, Willie Nelson—tend to get involved in these issues.
If, however, you think with your brain instead of your heart, and regard it as folly that the government should be buying up scarce feed resources and spending scarce public monies to keep 30,000 unwanted animals, to whom would you contribute
Nobody, near as I can tell. There is not a “Let ‘em die” foundation or a “Slaughter ‘em and let the French enjoy ‘em” foundation.
There should be, although the founders might choose more oblique names. Western Way of Life foundation, for instance. Ranchers Defense Fund maybe. Society for the Protection of the Public Lands.
Don’t get me wrong. I like horses fine. I like Lacy J. Dalton fine. I even like Willie Nelson, when he shuts up and sings or writes songs like “I’m crazy for crying and crazy for trying.”
But my theory goes like this: You spend too much time in honky tonks and smoking dope, you get cloudy in your thought process.
How crazy is it to use public lands to breed horses for which the only use is going to a tax-supported welfare program?
If you want to have a breeding herd, fine. But then put them to use. Sell them. Eat them. Turn them into dogfood. Anything else is crazy.