Prohibiting the slaughter of wild horses and denying the expansion or naming of a national monument in areas where there is local opposition are two amendments included in the Interior Appropriations Bill passed in the House Thursday, said Rep. Chris Stewart, who authored the amendments.
“I am committed to continuing to use the power of the purse and my position on the Appropriations Committee to rein in regulatory overreach at the Interior Department,” Stewart said in a news release. “This bill includes several of my amendments that are critical to Utah’s interests.”
Okay, so far so good.
“There are more than 68,000 wild horses on the ranges, twice as many as the BLM recommends,” Stewart said. “That number is growing by 20 percent a year, and due to the overpopulation, horses are inhumanely dying of thirst and starvation. The BLM continues to take horses off the ranges, but their own numbers estimate that it will cost more than $1 billion to care for the wild horses they already have in captivity.”
“My provision alleviates some of the overpopulation by allowing the BLM to transfer wild horses to federal, state or local governments requesting a work animal. This is a step in the right direction that will give the BLM the tools they need to begin to control the number of horses and burros in their care.”
That’s an inflated number of wild horses.
Here’s the provision:
“Solution to wild horse overpopulation: This bill includes Stewart’s bipartisan amendment to address the overpopulation of wild horses in the West. The provision begins to address the numbers problem by allowing the Bureau of Land Management to transfer any wild horses to any requesting federal, state or local government requesting a work animal. The provision prohibits these horses from ever being slaughtered. It was crafted with and has the support of Democrat ranking member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Steve Israel.” (bold case added)
So the BLM takes more wild horses off the range than they need to using falsified information as justification. The removals of wild horses from their natural environment makes them dependent on man. Because of this the BLM spends millions of taxpayer dollars storing wild horses around the country. The horses are to stay there for how long? So on it goes.
This is a problem that the BLM created and continues to create not the horses.
Yet the BLM is never, ever held accountable for their piss poor management of our wild equines because no one in Washington has the guts to make them clean up their act because they are scared stiff of the special interest groups who want the land for their own money making purposes.
I do not mean to sound ungrateful that Rep. Stewart’s provision means no slaughter for at least a year. But I shudder to think what “work animal” means.
LAST CHANCE MUSTANG
The history of the BLM concerning wild horses on our public lands is diabolical and has been going on for decades.
If you are interested in learning more, I strongly recommend you read the book “Last Chance Mustang”.
“Last Chance Mustang” tells the remarkable story of a Mustang who came near death because he had become unmanageable as a result of the traumas he suffered from the helicopter round up that ripped him from his home. It also provides an entire chapter’s worth of factual history regarding the BLM and its ruthless handling of the US’s wild horse population.
The information in this book puts what is happening right now to our wild horses and burros into clear perspective.
• Hoping for a new life; Trainer rehabs wild Mustang from Nevada so she can be adopted; Journal Enquirer; July 15, 2016.
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