The Subsidized Destruction of the American West
of the American public does not know that livestock grazing in the arid
West has caused more damage than the chainsaw and bulldozer combined. Welfare
Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West is a seven-pound
book featuring 346 pages of articles and photographs by expert authors and
photographers on the severe negative impacts of livestock grazing on western
public lands. Selected articles and photographs are available online below.
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Part Introductions, I - VII
I - This Land Is Your Land
II - Cultural and Historical Roots: The Grasp of the Cowboy on Contemporary
III - Looking Across the Arid West: What's Wrong with This Picture?
IV - A Century of Trashing Public Lands: Ecological Impacts of Livestock
Production in Arid Western Landscapes
of the West: Riparian Zones, Biodiversity, and Degradation by Livestock,
Dr. J. Boone Kauffman
the West's Water: Squandering a Public Resource at Public Expense,
Soil's Living Surface: Biological Crusts, George Wuerthner
in Harm: Livestock and Exotic Weeds in the Intermountain West, Dr.
Joy Belsky & Jonathan L. Gelbard
and Bovines: Effects of Livestock Grazing on Birds in the West, Dr.
Carl E. Bock
in Bear Country: Conflict and Conservation, Dr. Brian L. Horejsi
West Without Wolves: The Livestock Industry Hamstrings Wolf Recovery,
Michael J. Robinson
Dog Gone: Myth, Persecution, and Preservation of a Keystone Species,
Lauren McCain, Dr. Richard P. Reading, Dr. Brian J. Miller
Where Bison Once Roamed: The
Impacts of Cattle and Sheep on Native Herbivores, Bill Willers
V - Ranching Economics and Livestock Subsidies: The True Cost of a Hamburger
VI - False Hopes and Counterarguments: Ways to Stay Blind to the Critical
Plight of Western Ecosystems
VII - Looking for Solutions: Restoring the West and Wildlife