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.
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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI
Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.
It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again.
During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged.
In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.
The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country. The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.
Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.
Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.
The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses. The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.
It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses.