New bill aimed at granting state management over wild horses

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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

wild horsesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, introduced legislation Thursday that would give states and Indian tribes the option to take over management of wild horses and burros.

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.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • arlene

    This is a loaded question, The BLM is a Miserable failure on ALL levels concerning our Precious Wild Mustangs and Burros !!!!!!! The Evil and Greed associated to them and with them is Herrendous to say the least !!!!! I have watched and fought them for 20 years and still Our Precious Wild Mustang and Burros are suffering unbelievable Horrors for which I have suffered and cried with them…Lost sleep over …….. I am souly and always open for anyone who can give the Wild Mustangs and Burros their FREEDOM back to where they belong THE OPEN RANGE !!!!! Which always has belonged to them……My aliegance to them is constant and loving ………My lifes Passion has always been with them and will always be my Priority #1……………

    July 11, 2014
  • V Fisher

    Why was it so easy to get this done, and it seems an impossibility to get the S.A.F.E. Act passed? Get that done, and all horses will be safe from slaughter. We DO NOT want them up here in Canada. We are trying desperately to get our slaughter houses shut down, and without the U.S. input of 66% of the horses slaughtered each year, we would be so much closer to having this become a reality. Please pass the S.A.F.E. Act!

    July 11, 2014
  • mustang man

    Better the BLM then the NDOA or the Utah Livestock board. We know what their intentions are.

    July 11, 2014
  • Daryl

    Not these 2 should do it, we need a group for the wild horses and the burro’s, who will protect them, and care for them, and we need the safe act passed too for all of our sakes, and keep the horse out of slaughter houses and being abused.

    July 11, 2014