Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The "Rolex" Welfare Ranchers

The cattle grazing on public land only contribute to 3% of the American food supply. So essentially, we the taxpayers are subsidizing their presence in order to preserve the "way of life" for these cattle ranchers. This has little to do with providing food for the American diet.


" Two percent -- or about 500 permitees -- run their cattle on about half of all BLM grazing lands. "This includes four billionaires, several oil companies and other wealthy interests. Further, less than 3 percent of the nation's beef ... is produced by public lands ranching," according to research gathered by the Natural Resources Defense Council and endorsed by a total of 34 groups and individuals.

These corporate cowboys, as well as those ranchers who are private individuals, receive an estimated $500 million annually in government subsidies."

and..."while there very well may be public lands ranchers named Buck or Gus or Red, those who own the most land are called, Hewlett-Packard, JR Simplot Co., Union Oil, Texaco, and Anheuser-Busch."


These ventures for them are for the purpose of TAX WRITE-OFFS, because they aren't making money at this. Also, as long as they hold on to the permits they have a vested interest in the alloments, and can even rent them out to others AT A PROFIT.


Please get involved in the efforts to stop the genocide of our wild horses and burros, which is happening primarily to serve the purposes of corporations...also including corporations drilling for natural gas, drilling for oil, transportiing natural gas, and various sorts of mining for minerals all over the western states. These corporations are being allowed to RAPE OUR LAND for their own purposes, and they DON'T CARE ABOUT HUMANS EITHER. The corporations and the people who run them are NOT altruists, they are not doing it on behalf of the national welfare except in terms of how it might increase their own profits, and allow them to maintain their lavish and selfish lifestyles. They care only about themselves and their rich friends, and we let them do this, and we ENABLE THEM to do this.


"Livestock grazing is the most destructive and widespread practice on public lands and is responsible for the extinction and imperilment of numerous species across the west."

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