Letters to the editor for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

On wild horses

I never realized there were so many vegetarians in Nevada concerned about horses.

It should be obvious to the fence posts blocking access to the natural water holes that this is REALLY about meat eaters and money.

Do we really need to do this because of diet? We have shot them, roped them to trees with nylon to starve or die of thirst. These horses aren't historical, they are feral. Most are the result of irresponsible people cutting them loose because that's cheaper than honoring commitments. Are the adopted horses ever re-released?

Are adopted horses registered, branded, microchipped so when we find one that's been cut loose, we can ID who did that?

Do meat animals suffer from drought and forage loss also? Maybe we could decrease those herds too?

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This might not do much for the money part but what a boon for wildlife and everything else's environment.

Little need for 40/60 cows anymore. When meat animals were first introduced here, most came from a lush green, frequently rained on, environment; no deserts.

On arrival, these cows had to be re-bred to have a mouth 40 feet wide and be able to run 60 mph in order to graze our desert free range, lifestyle.

Back East there are few feral or WILD horses. It takes 2,500 gallons of fresh, clean water to produce one pound of meat from start to finish. Gen. 1:1, 1:29.

Pete Bachstadt

Carson City