New bill aimed at granting state management over wild horses
On June 2nd, 2014, we posted an article about Mr. Stewart drafting legislation to have the States control the fate of our American wild horses. Now its a reality. For as much as many people on both sides of the wild horse issue do not like the BLM, it is better off for the horses to be managed on the Federal level. Western state politics are in the hands of politicians whose pockets are lined with money by cattle ranchers. Chances are more wild horses will have their herd families destroyed, rounded up and sent overseas to be slaughtered. This legislation must be stopped. ~ HfH
From: St George News
The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014, H.R. 5058, would preserve all protections under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and simply allow states to implement horse and burro management plans that address the specific needs of their own state.
“The federal government has never been able to properly manage the horses and burros in the West,” Stewart said. “Every state faces different challenges, which is why it’s important that they have the ability to manage their own wildlife.”
In the 43 years that the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act has been in place, the ranges have been overused, pushing cattle off the ranges and leading to the destruction of important habitat for native, and in some cases endangered, species.
“States and tribes already successfully manage large quantities of wildlife within their borders,” Stewart said. “If horses and burros were under that same jurisdiction, I’m confident that new ideas and opportunities would be developed to manage the herds more successfully than the federal government.”