If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.
I guess I just don't understand why it's bad to do something useful with the body of a horse after it has died. I'm all for treating horses humanely. But understand that it is often necessary to kill wild horses in order to protect the ecosystems into which they have been introduced by humans in the last few centuries. For example, if you have an overpopulation of horses on a barrier island with no predators, their hooves will eventually destroy the dunes and the island will literally dissolve into the sea. Sadly, sometimes horses have to be killed. No purpose is served by wasting the body of the horse when it could be useful in another form. In your blog's heading, you say that we should look to the South American natives for inspiration. I have trouble imagining the Yanamamo or other primitive tribe having any hesitation about eating an animal after they have killed it.
But they would prefer to use the animal to plow their fields...I'm talking about the poorest of the poor, the zapatistas who have set up their own government.....they would use the animals for transportation and plowing...I have difficulty with wild horses being rounded up and taken to the meat facotry...I will admit it's my personal bias...I would rather see these horses adopted, if possible.You do have a very sound argument about "overpopulation" of a herd. However, I don't believe this is the problem in the west with the wild horses....except for cattlemen who would prefer to use the public lands the wild horses use for their cattle to graze on...:) I say let the horses have the public lands...not the pirvate cattlemen...
P.S. (I had problems and the post went up before I was through.)I do need to be honest and admit that I am "aspiring" to live more by their ways...I can't claim to be perfect at it...and they just might eat a horse or two. But from what I know their basic diet is mostly vegan....I can only hope that horses would be practical and sustainable where they are located....I have gotten most of my reports from folks working with them when I travelled through Mexico...I never got "rugged" enough to make it into the jungle there...esp. since in those years they were having to fight the local mercenaries and the army to defend themselves...I have to clearly admit my bias....I rode and showed horses until I was 18...I almost made it a career. When it comes to dogs, horses and other critters I'm not entirely logical...but hey they don't get a paid lobbyist so it's good to have a few of us with a bias on this. Thanks for checking in...you presented a great challenge for me.
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