Google+

Animal Protection & Debate Blazes in the Southwest

 

by Troutski

It may seem strange to some that all of a sudden Arizona and New Mexico seem to be getting the most headlines and press regarding massive debates ranging from the Mexican wolf to the resuscitation of an industry that most see as criminal.

 

To begin, the news was just given to residents of NM and Arizona that the EPA is going to give a great deal of money to a plan that will stop the livestock versus wolf problem. They will be doing Stop-Horse-Slaughter-against-horse-slaughter-4581705-377-236everything from expanding the wolf’s range to helping protect ranchers and businesses that need to make sure their lives will not be financially effected in the negative sense by losing cattle to the wolves.

 

The Mexican wolf is unlike the horrific problems the Northwestern part of the U.S. is dealing with. There, they are allowing states to make their own laws regarding extending hunting seasons and more to bring down the wolf numbers. The Mexican wolf, however, is not abundant. This is the smallest, rarest, and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf found, and they were once a common sight throughout areas of the Southwest. Unfortunately, the Mexican wolf populations were basically erased by the 1970s, and listed as endangered in 1976. A captive breeding program was established to save the species, and The Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan has been helping ever since. Everything from federal to state to tribal partners continue to give time and energy to the Program, which is one of the reasons why the federal government is making these plan to let endangered Mexican gray wolves roam farther north, toward Flagstaff and across Arizona.

 

The reintroduction program limits the animals to a recovery area that is the Arizona-New Mexico state line. With the effort being put in, the wolves could survive as well as livestock – which means a win/win for everyone involved.

 

The other huge headline comes in the form of horse slaughter. Discussing it for months now, Roswell, New Mexico (where a plant wishes to open), has put up a huge billboard with a picture of horses and a saying: “Please Don’t Slaughter Us,” in their town. This is how much the local citizens do NOT want a horse slaughter plant anywhere near them.

 

But what began as citizens as spread like wildfire. Animal welfare groups are suing to stop the U.S. from returning to domestic horse slaughter by posting a nearly $500,000 bond to keep a temporary ban in effect. Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and others did win a temporary restraining order to stop plans by Valley Meat Company and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa to open their plants this month.

 

Perhaps some companies have gotten the point that the citizens are not going to back down on this one. This situation is not like wolves roaming and harming livestock; this situation harms viable horses for no reason other than profit when they sell the meat overseas. Just last week, Responsible Transportation said it was dropping plans to slaughter horses and would transform its plant to cattle. Roswell’s plant has not done the same.

 

The Valley Meat Company’s owner has stated that his decision to convert his fairly small slaughterhouse in Roswell to horse meat was only made after his market for cattle disappeared. But what he’s finding out on a daily basis is that the Southwest has no interest in resurrecting this particular industry. In this country horses are not seen as livestock, they are seen as stunning creatures that are companions and friends, such as a loyal dog.

 

Everyone is waiting for the next headline regarding these two issues. But if the citizens win, the Mexican wolf will become one with the environment again. And our country’s horses will not suffer a fate that was erased long ago because it should have been.

 

Source: SportmansLifestyle / Baret News Wire

Entertainment

Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank

  Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Film Review by Kam Williams Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank Asian-Americans are often referred to as the "model minority" because of their  success in the U.S. despite the existence of discrimination which has crippled other ethnic groups. However, the label has also led many a racist to misread Asian modesty as an invitation to treat them like … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

  Rising Star The Making of Barack Obama  by David J. Garrow William Morrow Hardcover, $45.00 1472 pages ISBN: 978-0-06-264183-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Stunning Stenberg!

  Amandla Stenberg The “Everything, Everything” Interview with Kam Williams Stunning Stenberg! Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. After the success of that film, Amandla earned the 2012 Teen Choice Award with Jennifer for Best Film Chemistry. She was also nominated for NAACP Image and Black Reel Awards for that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season

  Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring Warmer-than-normal winter temperatures have shuffled bass spawning schedules on many lakes throughout the country this spring, but Mark Davis has seen it before, and the veteran Yamaha Pro knows just how to approach the problem. “With the milder winter, bass began spawning much earlier than usual this year so when a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

  A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme by Amy Lignor   There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S.

  The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S. by Amy Lignor   No, Silicon Valley is not being replaced. However, with the Kauffman Foundation releasing its annual Startup Activity Index last week showing, in detail, trends in U.S. business startups for 2017, it was revealed that California has been booted out of first place. The top spot for new businesses to be built and thrive in the United States has been taken over by the big, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Once Upon a Time Vacations

  Once Upon a Time Vacations by Amy Lignor   Whether you are a lover of history or you simply have the “Beauty & the Beast” obsession – which, according to movie revenue data, millions all over the world are suffering from – just think how amazing it would be to stay in an actual castle. We already know what the beauty would be from the female perspective, but when it comes to the gentlemen out there, just think about how much … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]