STEWART SEMANTICS

THE STEWART AMENDMENT TO THE INTERIOR FY 2018 BUDGET

What it means for wild horses of the West.

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This is what is posted on the House Appropriations page…..doesn’t make much clear does it? Let’s take a look at what the bill said originally and what the change is, and the final, adopted version (by the House Full Committee)…..

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So what does the wording change mean —

The statement – in the original (the first paragraph in the above photo), funds are not available for the destruction of healthy or unadopted horses OR sale resulting in processing or commercial products

The definition – destruction of healthy or unadopted – Euthanasia

sale resulting in processing or commercial products – Slaughter

The statement – in the final version (the last paragraph in the above photo), funds are not available for the sale of…resulting in destruction for processing into products or meat

The definition – sale resulting in destruction for products or meat – Slaughter

 

So where are we right now?

The House Full committee has voted in the Stewart Amendment leaving us with the last version, which does not allow funds for ‘slaughter’ but has taken out language restricting ‘euthanasia’.

The Bill however, must still be approved by the Full House, and it still has to be heard and approved by the Senate Subcommittee, Full Committee and Full Senate.

Each of these bills goes through a sub and full committee of each the House and Senate, and also must be passed by the “Floor” in each the Full House, and Full Senate. Another way to look at this:

How does a Bill to get to completion?

House (sub)committee A + House (larger) (full) Committee B + House Full Membership (all the Representatives) (sometimes called the Floor) C = Full House Adoption (passing of the Bill by the House of Reps.) D

Senate (sub)committee E + Senate (larger) (full) Committee F + Senate Full Membership (all the Senators) (sometimes called the Floor)G = Full Senate Adoption (passing of the Bill by the Senate) H

D + H = FY 2018 Budget Appropriations Act  (The done deal)

What can we do at this stage?

  1. Call your Representative:  Find My Rep. and let them know you do not want them to pass this bill with the Stewart Amendment which allows funding to be used to euthanize horses (No Slaughter OR Euthanizing healthy or unadoptable horses)
  2. Call the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (we recommend just making the time to contact the entire committee because they are fast-tracking these bills!)

 

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  1. Is it TIME to Revise the petition to List N.American herds as distinct wildlife population segments?
    Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Greg Sheehan stated ” we need to step up our efforts to quickly diagnose the problems, define recovery actions, and get those (ESA) patients back out into society. Prior to Sheehan’ s appointment the USFWS denied the petition to list OUR Heritage Native wild horse herds.see Petition to List a North American Distinct … – The Wildlife Society ://wildlife.org/…/2015/08/Petition-to-List-Horse.pdf.
    See here where The Petition Submitted to USFWS filed on June 10 2014 was denied. http://www.oregonlive.com/…/us_rejects_plan_to_list…
    As to their special status BLM states “The issue of a wild horse as an invasive species is moot since the 1971 WHBA gave wild free-roaming horses “special” status based on their heritage of assisting man settle the “west” ( May 2003 Proposed Nevada Test and Training Range Resource Management Plan and Final EIS Comment 87, BLM Response, pg. 7
    COURT FINDINGS
    (Mountain States v. Hodel) The court found “ In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife noting that wild horses and burros are no less “wild” animals than are the grizzly bears that roam our national parks and forests
    AND, notably, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also recognized wild horses as native species, explaining that BLM “establishes Appropriate Management Levels (“AMLs”) for populations of native species – including wild horses, burros, and other wildlife – and introduced animals, such as livestock.” In Defense of Animals, et al. v. U.S. Dept. Interior, et al., No. 12-17804, *6 (9th Cir. May 12, 2014) (emphasis added)
    HABITAT SOLUTION The 1976 FLPMA provided for additional habitat as ACECs, which facilitates the need of special management attention. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Area_of_Critical….
    AND the ICING ON THE CAKE is the response from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife ;Karen Miner Environmental Program Manager (Karen.Miner@wildlife.ca.gov) , re: fossil evidence 03-2016 stated “ When and if available scientific information convinces the experts that determine the checklist of native species to North America that Equus caballus should be considered as an indigenous species, they will make the change in the next revision to the list, and then we would take that fact into consideration for inclusion on our state animal lists.

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