The power of the myth and legend of the cowboy still resonates with most Americans. Viewed as rugged individualists, they have survived and prospered on federal public lands despite their dependency on government welfare to maintain their operations. But most appalling is the impact cattle have on our public lands. The destruction of grasslands, rivers and riparian areas directly impacts the land. The impact to wildlife can be seen through the destruction of wolves and other vital predators.
From the endless trapping of wildlife, to the efforts of Wildlife Services, a federal funded government agency that in 2016 killed 2.7 million animals, mostly at the behest of ranchers. Wolves and other predators are also slaughtered by the targeted efforts of the livestock industry.
Ranching interests have been perhaps the most vocal critics of new wilderness or National Monument designations and many have supported anti-government, sage brush rebellion stances, such as witnessed last year by the Bundy’s at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They also control state Game and Fish Commissions and that has led to countless decisions that favor ranching interests at the expense of wildlife.
Climate change has also shown the impacts of millions of head of cattle on our public lands and those impacts are simply no longer acceptable!
These lands should be enriched to help wildlife thrive and it’s our moral responsibility to ensure wildlife has the support it needs to live and prosper on these lands; science has made clear the importance of protected lands, wildlife corridors and the vital need for wildlife to remain free from harassment and to be allowed to self-regulate.
At Bold Visions Conservation, we see our mission to:
Educate the public, elected officials and our youth. Not just in the West, but across our nation as public lands belong to all Americans and it will take all Americans to end public lands grazing and government support.
Introduce and support legislation that will end the reign of ranching fiefdoms in the West.
Support job training and investment in rural communities in the West, that help transition communities into restoration work or other job creation that will allow them to prosper, free from destructive grazing practices.
End government support of grazing public lands and give wildlife the freedom to flourish as we move the West into a new and sustainable future.
End Wildlife Services.
Make presentations in the eastern states that educate the public about our public lands and the role livestock grazing plays in its destruction.
Help us spread our message and be a voice for wildlife!