High Tech Tesla Used Wild Horses To Lure Workers To Nevada (There is More To The Story)
In an article by Julie Gerstein at Business Insider, she reports "Tesla used wild horses to lure candidates out to its Nevada factory, but animal advocates say its presence there actually harms the animals."
Before reading my comments, you should go read the Business Insider article and then return here.
As you can see in this now deleted tweet from Elon Musk, he was trying to attract high-tech workers to his new factory.
It isn't just Tesla, there are many other high-tech companies using "green", the environment, and now wild horses to lure high-tech workers.
Tesla even tweeted out a 25-second video of the horses, with Tesla Giga, the name of the plant, in the background.
The New York Times reports "Cheap land, space and transportation corridors were draws for Amazon, Walmart and PetSmart, which turned the vacant land into a fulfillment hub. Tesla used a $1.3 billion state tax break to build its $5 billion factory, tapping into a local work force still reeling from the Great Recession and ushering in a wave of Silicon Valley heavies. Switch, a technology infrastructure company, set up three data centers, then Google gobbled up 1,200 acres. Blockchains bought 67,000 acres for $170 million in 2018, becoming the park’s biggest tenant."
Photo Credit: New York Times
WHAT DOES ALL THIS REALLY MEAN & WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
First, the Business Insider article reports the following: "Currently, there are nearly 50,000 wild horses living in Nevada, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The bureau estimates that the population should be culled to about a quarter of that in order to maintain the region's delicate ecological balance."
The problem with this claim is centered around the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and their claims that the herd should be culled to about 25% of its current size.
What they are not telling you is the basis for their claim. The BLM markets their dirty plan as if we are running out of land for the wild horses and the horses are damaging the environment and sensitive ecosystem.
The truth is, we have plenty of land, the US Government and BLM is simply choosing to give it to ranchers for grazing cattle and for the production of meat. There is plenty of land for wild horses to roam free, just like they did long before we arrived. The BLM and big business ranchers don't want to share their greed-driven motivations because people are smart and would understand what they are trying to do is based on greed and the endless need for profits.
If you are interested in learning more about the truth behind our public lands and the bias towards ranchers and cattle over wild horses, the American Wild Horse Campaign has a page dedicated to the current issues as well as a concise overview of the real problem. They also have solutions that make a lot of sense.
If we are not willing to stand up and speak the truth, then our wild horses will be gone forever.
I am just a regular guy that lives in a small town near wild horses and I am trying to make a difference in the world. I am on a mission to raise awareness about the issues facing our wild horses across North America and why it matters to the average person.
BLM manages 245 million acres of public land and 155 million acres are allocated for grazing livestock and only 27 million acres are used for wild horses [video overview]. This means that wild horses only get 11% of public land while cattle get nearly 6 times more land. To make matters worse, of the available forage land, wild horses are only given scraps and over 80% are given to cattle and livestock.
Wild horses aren't facing a land shortage, they are fighting for their lives because U.S. Government policy prioritizes land for cattle and livestock that is enforced by the Bureau of Land Management.
It Gets Worse....
The BLM is rounding up wild horses in a brutal and inhumane way and then sentencing them to holding facilities until they die and all of this at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer costing an astronomical amount of money every year.
As a founding member of the MO Wild Horse League I would like to say, "Yes, Bill Clinton DID sign the bill into law. However, he ONLY did so because Congressman Bill Emerson had the bill attached with other ones the President was in favor of. He didn't have line item veto, so the bill passed." Our horses were blissfully unaware of the efforts to destroy and then to protect them. They enjoy the lush grass, dense foliage, and crystal clear waters of Shannon County. Sadly, all the notoriety exposed their presence to the public. They aren't as wild and free as they once were.
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