Somewhere deep in the bones of many of my generation are memories of cattle ranchers and pig and crop farmers. They were our friends and neighbors. Today as many of us are city dwellers and have lives far removed, our minds may dwell more on tech companies and government or just surviving. We take the farmers and ranchers for granted that they will be there as they have been forever. And every single one of us partakes in, and benefits from, what they do.
Now, shamefully, many of these farmers and ranchers are fighting for their very survival as government attempts to put them out of business.
Sunday I told about Mark Baker, a pig farmer in Michigan who after nearly three years won his case against the government’s attempt to shut him down. Deep pockets vs the little guy, one would think Baker had no chance but tenacity on Marks part and the Bill of Rights as the way, he, and we, triumphed.
Below are two more stories of cattle ranchers from the state of Nevada vs the BLM. I am using videos for a “quick” overview but I am including links that give more in-depth information. Both of these stories are on-going and unfortunately, one has turned violent. Pray it does not escalate.
From the Independent Sentinel – Government, Animal Activists In a Dangerous Showdown Against Ranchers in Nevada – Animal rights activists who say they are protecting the Wild Mustangs refuse to allow the herds to be culled. As a result, the herds are doubling in size every five years, taking over federal land the cattle have grazed on for more than a century. Much of the land has been taken over by the federal government in land grabs. The Wild horse advocates want fewer horses rounded up by the government and complain that livestock are feeding at taxpayer expense and on land that is overgrazed. More here.
4/4/14 BLM starts roundup of Mesquite-area man’s cattle – Bundy responds that had the BLM erected the proper fencing, his cattle wouldn’t be in trespass. Nevada law is a “fence out” law that requires adjoin property owners, in this case the BLM, to maintain a fence that prevents cattle or other stock from encroaching in unwanted areas. “If the U.S. had properly maintained its fence, my cattle would hot have strayed or drifted off my property,” Bundy said.
4/7/14 Confrontation between ranchers, federal officials ends in arrest – A tense encounter Sunday between federal officials and a southern Nevada ranching family ended in a violent arrest, family members who witnessed the incident alleged Sunday. At about 4 p.m., federal agents, some dressed in full military gear and wielding mounted sniper rifles, surrounded members of rancher Cliven Bundy’s family as they parked along State route 170 near Bunkerville, south of Mesquite, Ryan Bundy, one of Cliven’s sons, said.
4/7/14 ‘We have to get those horses off the range’ – Frustrated with the bureaucratic tape of the federal government, the Iron County Commissioners committed Monday to start rounding up feral horses on the range Thursday with or without the blessing of the Bureau of Land Management.
4/7/14 Cattle roundup continues amid protest – Federally contracted cowboys continued a southern Nevada cattle roundup Monday as large crowds of demonstrators showed up to either throw their support behind embattled rancher Cliven Bundy and his family or protest the government over civil rights.
Snipers! When will they bring in the drones? This is America?
And today will be a new day.
H/T Battlefield USA