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Letter: Horse sterilization plan is a moral catastrophe

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Horses from the Onaqui wild horse herd, about 60 miles southwest of Tooele, near Simpson Springs, Thursday, June 5, 2014.

I read with interest Brian Maffly’s Sunday article, “Feds to begin surgical sterilization on wild horses.” As the article points out, not only animal welfare groups, but scientists, some Western congressional representatives, and a spectrum of conservationists and other concerned residents call for a halt in this unwarranted and inhumane program of surgical sterilization.
I might add, I’m a Vietnam War veteran and know more than a few of my ilk who object to this abysmal procedure, as well.
Wild horses are federally protected animals on lands owned by the American people, not just ranchers. While, as Maffly tactfully demonstrates, the Bureau of Land Management is currently unable or unwilling to resolve this crisis, the agency will require additional guidance from a new administration guided by credible science and moral grounding, not the current one. How can anyone expect concern for wild animals from our present administration that regards the death of more than 250,000 Americans as a public relations problem, not the social and moral catastrophe that it is?

Kim Crumbo, Ogden
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