By Priscilla Feral, President | Summer Act’ionLine 2010
What if you had the chance to reclaim 300 million acres of Western lands in the U.S. for all people, plants and animals?
We have that chance. The government — our government — could protect wide-open spaces, habitat for free-living horses, wolves, grizzly bears, elk, pronghorn antelopes, eagles, prairie dogs, coyotes and other animals.
So far, that hasn’t exactly been a trend. When they don’t seem useful to us, animals are resented. Stalked. Rounded up. Killed or otherwise displaced.
In contrast, cows and sheep owned by ranchers are seen as having a dollar value, so ranchers are relieved from having to compete over water and grasslands with horses, burros, and carnivorous animals. Those inconvenient beings are herded away with little fanfare. But now, people are starting to wise up. People don’t want this madness any more.