The need to take a stand against H.R. 5058
This bill spells DOOM for wild horses

August 2014

 

On July 10th, 2014, Representative, Chris Stewart (UT-R), introduced a bill to the Committee on Natural Resources which could ultimately spell doom for America’s Wild Horses and Burros.  The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Bishop (UT-R) and Tom McClintock (CA-R).

 

On July 15th, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and is titled “Wild Horse

Oversight Act.”  There are 26 members on this committee of which 14 are Republicans and 12 are Democrats. 

 

To find out if your Representative is on this committee please click here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5064

 

Act now and write your Representative if they are on the Committee and state the following in your own words:

 

The Wild Horses and Burros Act (PL 92-195) became a federal law to protect America’s wild horses and burros for all Americans and future generations to enjoy.  Left to the state’s control in 1971, we would have no wild horses or burros left in our country.  The same holds true for today if states take control of management.

 

Please let us remind you that wild horses and burros can ONLY be removed if they are causing damage to their habitat and that can only be proven through monitoring of their habitat by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  This means that setting a permanent AML (appropriate management level), as BLM currently does, is arbitrary and capricious.  In other words, it is illegal.

 

Those people, who have wanted for years to eliminate wild horses, live in the 10 western states in which the wild herds reside.   The same states that want to take control of management now.

 

In 1974 when the first counts were done on population of wild horses and burros, there were approximately 60,000 animals at which time the law stated that the animals were “fast disappearing from the American scene.”   Now we have only half that number existing on public lands.

 

What should be required of the BLM is monitoring of the public lands to determine who is causing damage to the lands.  Since BLM is comprised of the same culture of people who have advocated for the removal of wild horses and burros, a new independent agency should be developed whose only job would be monitoring public lands with the ultimate goal of restoring the health of the land and who would have the power to remove those animals causing damage.

 

Find out more about these representatives:

Chris Stewart     http://ballotpedia.org/Chris_Stewart (Utah)

Rob Bishop    http://ballotpedia.org/Rob_Bishop (Utah)

Tom McClintock    http://ballotpedia.org/Tom_McClintock (California)


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