Militiaman Launches Campaign Encouraging More Ranchers To Stop Paying Grazing Fees

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January 18, 2016 5:38 p.m.

LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher and key figure in the standoff in Oregon, has a new campaign to encourage ranchers to stop paying grazing fees to the federal government.

According to the Oregonian, Finicum and others have launched a petition and plan to have a ceremony Friday to reveal growing support for their movement.

Finicum told the Oregonian that he had recruited two ranchers to join so far, but that “I hope they bring a couple more in tow.”

Finicum has also been traveling away from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to gin up momentum for the standoff in Oregon. Finicum believes the federal government should not charge ranchers for using federal lands and instead insists that those lands be given to local ranchers.

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