DEMOCRACY for AMERICA’S WILD HORSES?

DOES DEMOCRACY EXIST for AMERICA'S WILD HORSES and BURROS in OUR COUNTRY?

In 2005, a rider was inserted into the spending Omnibus bill which began to destroy protections for wild horses and burros in our country. Senator Burns (MT-R) and Senator Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Reid (D-N) were behind the clandestine rider. Yesterday, another insertion eliminating more protections for wild horses and burros was inserted into the Omnibus bill, which will be law until September. The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 PL 92-195 passed through Congress without ONE dissenting vote. For years now, the opposition has managed to erode one the most important environmental laws written for public lands. The insertion (below) was never debated on the floors of Congress, just as it was not in 2005.

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 (b) Section 810(a)(1) of Title VIII of Division B of Appendix D of Public Law 106-554, as amended (54 U.S.C. 320101 note), is further amended by striking ”$10,000,000” and inserting ”$12,000,000”.

 HUMANE TRANSFER OF EXCESS ANIMALS

 SEC. 116. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior may transfer excess wild horses or burros that have been removed from the public lands to other Federal, State, and local government agencies for use as work animals: Provided, That the Secretary may make any such transfer immediately upon request of such Federal, State, or local government agency: Provided further, That any excess animal transferred under this provision shall lose its status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro as defined in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act: Provided further, That any Federal, State, or local government agency receiving excess wild horses or burros as authorized in this section shall not: destroy the horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction into commercial products; sell or otherwise transfer the horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products; or euthanize the horses or burros except upon the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian, in cases of severe injury, illness, or advanced age.

Although protections are written into this bill, nowhere does it prohibit the agencies from selling our wild horses and burros internationally. Once protections are lifted, these animals can be sold abroad to third world countries by agencies as long as they proclaim that the horses and burros will not be sold for slaughter.

What Congress people were behind the insertion of this bill? We must know. The bottom line is … we are seeing democracy eroded in this country and what will we do about it?