Independent farmers and ranchers who produce much of America's meat supply have come under special scrutiny and attack in recent years by federal agencies, environmental NGOs and tax exempt foundations that increasingly support a re-wilded North America and vegan lifestyles. Grazing leases on public lands that have been an essential part of Western ranching for many generations are increasingly restrictive or being terminated; with rule of law, common sense, or science having no impact on these decisions. This process started out so gradually that most rural Americans paid little attention to the refocus of government land agencies from friend, neighbor and protector of people to advocate of radical environmentalism.
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