IT PAYS TO BE FAMOUS; ALL-OUT BIDDING WAR FOR THE FERAL HORSE SARGE
Many of you have been following our stories on the Wild Horse Crisis that is plaguing the American countryside and know of the terrible fate for thousands of feral horses succumbing to starvation, dehydration, and death due to overcrowding.
Poor land management on the part of the BLM has led to holding facilities that are bursting at the seams, land that is now barren because of the strain of wild horses, and laws restricting well-intentioned ranchers from doing anything to help.
For a full look at the story we encourage you to look at our articles on the situation that can be found HERE. Today, however, we are focusing on a much more specific problem that the wild horses are now facing; the improper management and use of funds by horses advocacy groups.
The Adoption Process
Since there are limitations on the amount of people available to reach the holding corrals set up by the BLM, they have resorted to the use of technology and an online adoption process to find as many of these horses new homes as possible in each adoption cycle.
To adopt a feral horse from the BLM you must submit an application and minimum deposit of $125. After receiving an ID number you can bid on all or any of the horses shown on the page. There are also specific requirements for pickup and loading of the animals, which you can find at the BLM web page.
This process is supposed to move as many horses as possible in a fairly short period of time, understandably because of the sheer numbers of horses that the BLM cares for each year. The problem is that these horses are feral, and have virtually no use for average Americans.
They are just too difficult for the average person to train and cost too much for them to take care of with no tangible benefit. We’re not saying that it’s bad to adopt a wild horse, in fact we encourage it; but, there must be a sense of reality when you are asking Americans to shell out hundreds of dollars in equipment, feed, and other costs to take care of a feral animal.
So the adoption process often fails, many of the animals cannot receive the minimum $125 bid and under the three-strike rule are eventually sent to be sold at a smaller cost to regular buyers. Although it is not the ideal situation, because they are not going to be a companion animal at a loving home, at least they end up somewhere with food, water, and shelter provided. After a long and hard life on the range, battling to survive every day, we can be thankful for any permanent home at all.
Right now there are 132 animals being auctioned off for adoption, if you are interested in purchasing one of these animals they can be found on the BLM online gallery.
Our problem with this round of adoption, though, is the attention given to one ‘famous’ horse from Palomino Valley, NV.
You have probably seen this name in some of our other articles. The Wild Horse Education poster child for their solution to wild horse overpopulation: taking more land from private ranchers, utilizing the water sources the ranchers developed, and continue the cycle of mismanagement that has led to the gruesome deaths of so many horses already.
The radical group released many articles crying foul to the way the BLM and ranchers handled the wild horses, and demanded horses that had been rounded up be released back onto the land despite the lack of food and water.
Sarge was one of those poor horses that were forced back onto the barren land, despite the warnings of ranchers in the area. Watch this short video explaining what happened to Sarge in the following weeks.
Many Americans recognize the real problem, which is the lack of genuine compassion for the animals and instead the advocacy for their ‘freedom,’ despite that meaning certain death. After the BLM took Sarge back, he was added to the online auction, causing a never before seen bidding frenzy.
Despite no other horse coming off of the Palomino Valley, NV, roundup having received a single bid over the minimum $125 thus far, and most not receiving that, Sarge has currently received 815 different bids. The current price is $11,770.00.
These animal rights groups are willing to spend thousands of their donor dollars to get this famous horse not because they actually want to help animals, but because they want an icon. With that amount of money they could save over 30 of the other horses, and yet, because those horses aren’t well known, they have refused to give them a second thought.
It is petty, irresponsible, and even immoral to have the sole reason driving an adoption of an animal in need be the fact that a couple thousand people know its name. What happened to helping something that needs help just because of the simple fact it needs help, like Kevin Borba did when he brought the wild horses water? Why does there have to be a potential benefit?
If all of the animal rights/animal advocacy groups that have bid on Sarge teamed up, than perhaps none of the 132 horses up for adoption would go without a home. But to them the one horse is more important.
Bidding ended November 3rd.
Do you think that these groups should be spending thousands of donor dollars to purchase one famous horse when over 130 others are in need for as low as $125?