Government agency planned to kill hundreds of endangered tortoises last year, now they want to save them by invading a Nevada rancher
By John Vibes
NEVADA (INTELLIHUB) — All week we have been reporting on the stand off at Bundy Ranch, where a family of ranchers and hundreds of supporters have stood up against federal agents in a property rights dispute that has been brewing for decades.
The federal agency responsible for this altercation, The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, or BLM claims that this area must be taken from the rancher to protect an endangered species of tortoise that is native to the area.
However, this same agency had planned to kill hundreds of these tortoises just last year, in this very same area, when budget cuts caused a local wildlife preserve to shut down.
When plans to euthanize these animals were made public, there was a huge backlash, and the BLM decided against killing the tortoises, and instead released them into the wild.
It is actually very common for government “wildlife preservation” organizations to exterminate animals that they don’t know how to deal with. Even in this current situation with the ranchers, there have been reports of federal agents mistreating the cattle.
The rhetoric and public relations campaigns put forward by organizations such as the BLM, are crafted to portray government agents as environmentalist crusaders, when in reality, every action that these organizations take actually impact the environment and its creatures in a negative way.
In the past year, in the state of Nevada alone, the BLM not only planned to kill hundreds of tortoises, but as we reported yesterday, they also sold 56 square miles of protected land off to fracking companies for $1.27 million.