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Letter: Spend it elsewhere

It’s perversely ironic for rancher Cliven Bundy to excoriate poor people for collecting government subsidies, while ripping off the federal government of a million dollars in grazing fees. But, even if he were to pay up, Bundy and his fellow ranchers would still be living on government welfare.

Livestock grazing is subsidized by federal agencies on 270 million acres of public land in 11 western states to the tune of nearly $300 million annually. Monthly grazing fees per cow and calf on private rangeland average $11.90, but corresponding fees on federal lands are set at a paltry $1.35.

Even so, grazing subsidies are dwarfed by other government subsidies and the medical, environmental, and other external costs imposed on society by animal agriculture. These extra costs have been estimated at $414 billion annually, or $3,600 per household.

Each of us can make our $3,600 annual contribution to the common good by replacing animal products in our diet with the rich variety of grain, nut and soy-based meat and dairy alternatives in our neighborhood supermarket.

GAVIN BRYSON

Greenfield

I also notice Gavin, you say nothing about the ag subsidies. Does B Springsteen have his enormous house taxed as ag land by growing some veggies? You would be surprised at the amount of Ag subsidies in NYC. People in politics take care of their donors. That will only change when government officials are not paid and cannot do more than one term.

You fail to note that the lands the cattle graze on are a fire danger if not grazed. Out west grass needs to be kept short because of fire danger. I f you read what the media writes you do not get the whole truth. You do know that the government reduces the population of mustangs( how do you think that is done?). If you do what they do to horses could put you in jail.

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