April 10, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management has justified the theft of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle by asserting he is breaking the law by letting his cows graze on reclassified land, and yet the BLM itself has flouted the very same law to a far greater degree by failing to control wild horse populations which are devastating the local environment.
“The BLM likes to make and enforce rules against others, but hates to comply with the rules and laws that apply to its own actions,” writes attorney and rancher Todd Macfarlane, adding, “Compared to Cliven Bundy, the BLM’s actions are the epitome of governmental hypocrisy.”
The BLM’s own land management rules state that no more than 300 wild horses can live in the area, leaving some 1700 surplus animals that the feds have failed to round up, but this didn’t stop them from launching a $3 million dollar program to instead confiscate Bundy’s cattle this past weekend.
“The BLM has failed to remove excess wild horse numbers not only from BLM lands that the horses are denuding of forage at a critical point in the vegetation cycle, but also from state and private lands on the checker-boarded ranges of Iron, Beaver and Millard counties,” notes Macfarlane.
For the BLM it’s very much a case of “do as we say, not as we do.”
To add to the hypocrisy, the BLM itself euthanized hundreds of supposedly endangered desert tortoises months before the dispute with Bundy escalated.
The BLM’s justification of protecting the endangered desert tortoise as a reason for stealing Bundy’s cattle holds about as much credibility as their ridiculous “First Amendment Area’ given that the federal agency has broken its own laws while demanding others adhere to them.