While making the film Wild Horses In Winds of Change, I became depressed because it seemed like there was a flip side to every solution for the wild horses and burros. If they are declared officially “wild” many in the DOW are positioned to sell hunting licenses. Water rights prevail in the west and as the water table and aquifers are drained, I do worry there won’t be enough left for wildlife, including horses and burros. I chose to make a statement against cattle grazing on public lands because it’s an impact we can change. For hundreds of years cattleman have been able to welfare ranch and receive lucrative government subsidies for doing so. Although many things impact resources, cattle can be grazed on private land. I’ve recently had conversation with a number of Europeans traveling in the states who are grossed out at the gigantic portions of beef they are served. One said, “it was like they were serving me half a cow.” This over-consumption of beef, is a direct result of keeping the prices down due to Gov’t – subsidies and cheap grazing permits.
This over-consumption of beef, is a direct result of keeping the prices down due to Gov’t – subsidies and cheap grazing permits. It’s bad for our health and horrid for our planet. If people want to eat and raise cows, it needs to be on a much smaller scale. The era of grazing livestock on public lands needs to end.