Bill: Allow states to more aggressively manage wild horses

Utah wild horses and cattle

Horse slaughter – this is what allowing the states and Native Americans to manage our wild horse populations will result in. The vast majority of Americans do not want our mustangs and burros to be sent to slaughter – be it here or in Canada or Mexico. Do not think the new anti-government types will work for the best interest of the horses just because they are against the BLM like many wild horse advocates. We need to stop Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill before it gains ground. Contact your representative. ~ HfH

From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulton

Utah wild horses and cattle

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wild horses share the water a rancher has placed for his cattle on BLM land northwest of Cedar City, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

If Utah were to gain control of wild horses and burros — as a Utah congressman suggests — the Division of Wildlife Resources would ask sportsmen, ranchers, horse advocates and the public for their views while devising a management plan.

“It would be good to have local people have input into how horses and burros are managed,” said Bill Bates, wildlife section chief, explaining the strategy would be similar to how the state handles other large mammals.

While a hunting season on horses and burros is not likely, the state could sell excess horses for slaughter under a bill proposed this month by Rep. Chris Stewart, Utah’s junior congressman.

Stewart’s bill, which is before the Natural Resources Committee awaiting a hearing, would amend the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act to allow a state or tribe to take over the animals’ management from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • shirley Mix

    Why can’t they leave the wild horses alone? Do these people not know beauty when the see it.
    They are a part of our heritage. Why can you all not understand this.
    Please for their sake, and ours. Leave the horses alone.

    July 18, 2014
  • Lee

    This will be a disaster for wild horses if it is allowed to happen.
    Our (the taxpayer’s) wild horses all live in states where the cattlemen/sheepherders hold supreme power and want our federal lands for profit/grazing.
    We may despise the BLM for it’s inept, inhumane handling of wild horses but at least they are accountable to ALL of us in the US and what they do is public knowledge.
    Let it go to the states and we will never be allowed to know what is truly going on.

    July 18, 2014
  • Sue

    My “representative” doesn’t represent me at all. He’s a T bagger and only does what the radical right wants him to do. He’s also pro slaughter and he’s a vet!

    July 18, 2014