Environmentalists just seem to hate cows. The W.H. recently mentioned methane produced by cows while discussing climate change initiatives. We have an armed stand off in Nevada with over 200 federal agents. I’ m wondering here when the talk about protecting the environment for the desert tortoise.
Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity..
“Mrowka complains that after more than 20 years of disputes between the embattled Bunkerville rancher and the federal government , Bundy’s cattle still roam the range that has been closed to them to protect the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.
“This situation is simply outrageous,” Mrowka, a senior scientist with the center, said. “It’s high time for the BLM to do its job and give the tortoises and the Gold Butte area the protection they need and are legally entitled to. As the tortoises emerge from their winter sleep, they are finding their much needed food consumed by cattle.””
Sorry, but I don’t think the BLM give’s a rat’s gnash about any turtles. Them may pay lip service to the need & their duty to protect. But if so, how will Mr. Bundy paying a tax per head of cattle to the federal government any any way help the turtles? Will Uncle Sam mail them a check? Rancher Bundy claims he’s helping them more by providing irrigation & the cow’s dropping provide fertilizer.
What I see in the governments actions describe motive. Show me the money or we will take it and punish you. George Washington quashed the “Whiskey Rebellion”, sending a message that the new United States government was serious about collecting it’s revenue. Is this not just the same message? Is this not them sending a loud, clear message to any taxpayer having thoughts on refusing to pay Uncle Sugar? The government won in court. Mr. Bundy has/is defying a court order to pay or to not graze on BLM land. Mr. Bundy’s view, that what his family has legally done since the 1800’s is & should be the law.
I’m not a lawyer or an accountant, but to have 900 head of cattle, doesn’t Mr. Bundy buy & sell things? Doesn’t he have a bank account? Isn’t the normal practice of the government to take it’s money first? The government’s tactics are clearly to intimidate and even to terrorize. We are watching our government wag a war against a citizen over taxes. The message is ancient, almost biblical… I wonder if the will salt his lands when they leave?