Jennifer Spencer • 2 days ago
As a rancher in Utah, I support Mr. Bundy's cause. The federal agencies are trying to regulate us out of business. The environmental extremists and federal agencies are the ones that are out of control here, not the cattle or Mr. Bundy. They are trying to portray that Mr. Bundy's cattle are responsible for all of the "irreparable damage" caused to these lands. Are there no other wildlife or public use on these lands? Any layman can see that is not the case. The agencies are trying to make the public believe that Mr. Bundy's cattle have damaged the turtle population. Well what most of the public does not know is that when an animal is federally protected, their numbers can only be counted for the ones that are on FEDERAL land. It does not count the ones that are on private or state owned land. The numbers are a sham. I agree with Mr. Bundy's rebellion against paying grazing fees.
Ranchers pay thousands of dollars every year to maintain and use their grazing land, just to have the federal agencies come in and change the rules due to environmental pressure. For example, A man with a family buys a house. The man pays his bills faithfully every month and maintains his property, but 6 months later, the bank tells the man that he has to move out because his family is killing the grass at the city park. That makes absolutely no sense, right? Not only is it the man's own house, which he has put his own sweat and blood into, but other people use the park too. That is similar to what is happening to Mr. Bundy. So why would he want to continue paying to graze his land when the BLM and environmental groups are trying to run him off it. It is not their land to take away from him. We are dealing with similar issues here in Utah. The elk herds are out of control and now our cattle are being blamed for the range damage. We are being forced to cut back our cattle herds because the elk are eating up all the feed. This puts our cattle and other native wildlife in a tough situation. If anyone has a question about how to treasure and take care of the land, ask a farmer or rancher.
Why would any rancher want to damage the land that they use to graze? They need it in order for their herds to prosper. We WANT our lands to be clean and prosperous. Our livelihoods depend on it. How is a small time rancher or farmer supposed to protect their land anymore? I think Mr. Bundy is on the right track and I hope the BLM and environmentalists back off, or I fear they could be starting a revolution. I also forgot to mention that the issue with the wild horses, is that these agencies have failed to control their numbers, and now they are out of control. Eating up all the feed and doing much greater damage than the cattle. The horses are sick, mean, and inbred so badly that they are not healthy.
The agencies have used the excuse that they do not have the funds to control the wild horse population, but now are spending at least 2 million dollars to go gather one man's cattle. That is ridiculous. That is where Iron County commissioners stand, and pretty much all the ranchers and farmers in Utah I think I could safely say.
2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"