House votes BLM budget cut over wild horse dispute

The Associated Press reports:

RENO, Nev. — The U.S. House has approved an amendment on a voice vote that would cut $2 million from the Bureau of Land Management’s budget in protest over the agency’s wild horse roundups.

Indiana Republican Dan Burton says his amendment is intended to send a signal to agency officials that most Americans want the mustangs treated more humanely on public lands across the West.

Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says Congress passed a law 40 years ago to protect the horses on the range, but that today there are more than 40,000 in holding pens and only 30,000 in the wild.

Wyoming Republican Cynthia Lummis was among those opposed. She says the well-meaning horse advocates are “loving the creatures to death” by fueling overpopulation of herds that damage the rangeland they depend upon.

Read the report here via The Washington Post >>

5 thoughts on “House votes BLM budget cut over wild horse dispute”

  1. Hah! This cynthia loomus twit (she doesn’t deserve caps) sounded just like she had been coached by slaughterhorse sue! I was going to tell her and CORRECT her on the crap she spewed, but lucky for her, her facebook page doesn’t take comments. Dang!

  2. This is only a start. We need to keep the pressure on and get the public informed. Keep up the good work.

  3. I guess someone forgot to tell Rep. Loomis that spending needs to be cut in this country. Rounding up wild horses and keeping them in holding pens is a pathetic waste of taxpayer dollars. I hope this amendment holds up because nothing else seems to be able to stop the BLM from its abuse of power and mission to destroy our wild horses.

  4. I don’t mean to sound obtuse – but the Honorable Lady from Wyoming should check her rhetoric a bit before she spouts:
    I don’t believe Advocates have done anything to ‘fuel’ the overpopulation. Hell, we can’t even slow the Bureau down long enough for them to take a hard look at what’s really out there. They rely almost exclusively on computer-generated ‘population modeling’ that infers
    a) every mare and jenny gets pregnant;
    b) every mare and jenny gets pregnant every year;
    c) every foal is carried to term; and
    d) they all live in perpetuity.
    Perhap there is some magical property inherent to Wild Equines; in my limited experiences as a horsewoman & former ranch hand, when the mares in my charge became mothers, it was an 18-month commitment, from conception to weaning, longer, if the mare chose. My charges could sometimes go for two or three years before becoming pregnant in an environment heavily monitored and manipulated by humans.
    Loving them to death? We can’t effect Bureau decisions enough to ensure any wild horse or burro will be allowed to live it’s entire existence on the range.
    $2M, when held against $65M in Appropriations seems somewhat petulant and childish, and I can totally live with that. Thus far, the logical, adult approach has proven to be far below effective.

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