Cattle? You're missing the point. Bundy makes his living raising cattle. It's his source of income. Sharpton makes his living at NAN, MSNBC, and other places. It's his source of income.How many cattle does Al Sharpton own?
If not then why not free range in every public park, forest, grassland, reserve??? And not to make too fine a point of it, why not just let whoever wants to use it do so free of charge... which is what Bundy was doing... 900 cows can eat 13 pounds of dry matter a day- I wish I could get free grazing like that!!!!
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Cliven Bundy Has No Claim to Federal Land and Grazing | The Wildlife NewsBefore the Taylor Grazing Act, these government lands were called “the public domain.” They could be privatized, as mentioned, under the Homestead Act and such, but the acreage allowed per homesteader was limited to 160 acres. There were no 158,000 acre homestead privatizations and certainly no 750,000 acre privatizations. Livestock owners ran their livestock freely without a permit on the public domain. They didn’t even need a home base of property (a ranch). The result was disaster because the operator to find green grass and eat it first won out, promoting very bad grazing practices. That was the reason for Taylor Grazing Act — ranchers and others could see the public domain system led to disaster on the ground. Therefore, the more powerful ranchers with “base” private property received grazing permits. This got rid of the landless livestock operators.
Taylor Grazing was administered on the ground by the U.S. Grazing Service. Now, ranchers with grazing permits had to pay a grazing fee to use their permits. Bundy’s ancestors probably got one of these grazing permits, but they most certainly did not buy the land. That was not possible. The public domain was not for sale and ranchers generally did not want it. After all, if they owned it, they would owe local property tax.