Today we received the following message from Representative Stewart’s Scheduler.
Thank you for following up. Unfortunately, this is something that we will not be able to accommodate.
The issue of wild horse overpopulation is well documented by the Bureau of Land Management and others, I’ve included some links below for reference. The Congressman is committed to solving the issue and believes reaching a compromise that is humane is within reach…..”
Thank again for the inquiry.
Rhonda M. Perkes
Office of Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-2)
420 E. South Temple #390
SLC, UT 84111
He was noticeably silent, maybe even absent at the House Appropriations Subcommittee (of which he is listed as a member) for the Department of the Interior mark-up hearing yesterday. His amendment was not in the bill, however, it could be in the riders or he may intend to introduce it during the full committee hearings. Congresswoman McCollum did mention the abundance of riders and the lack of transparency in introducing them as riders to an appropriations bill instead of introducing them as bills, on the floor to be discussed openly. So now, we wait.
Apparently, Rep. Stewart has been told to hush or is trying to keep us in the dark as long as he can.
How can you take action to help?
Keep making those calls, tweets and sending fax or emails to your representatives and senators. We have to make it very clear we will not accept:
- the killing of our horses,
- the unrestricted sale or transfer of horses,
- the lack of enforcement that is in the current language on sales or transfers, and
- the roundup and remove model of management at the business as usual method, it should only be used in extraordinary situations
- a moratorium on all roundup and/or sale authority and transfers until an actual inventory is done,
- lands removed from the Wild Horse and Burro Program repatriated,
- wild horse preserves managed principally for the wild horses pursuant to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act
- livestock inventory done and reported to the public and Congress on wild horse preserves
- wildlife, game species, inventory done and reported to the public and Congress
- explanation of all forage and water areas on wild horse preserves where horses are fenced out, showing that the horses still have principle use of forage and water with these fenced out areas
- zeroed out herds returned or replaced with horses currently in holding
- clear definitions and requirements that must be met to call an ’emergency’ gather and remove the opportunity for public input pursuant to NEPA
- cooperative or collaborative groups to have all meetings webcast in real-time, and an opportunity for public input to be given on these meetings before any recommendations are considered for implementation
- scientific recommendations from Dr. Gus Cothran and an independent geneticist who has no conflict of interest or connection to opposing stakeholders of wild horses, i.e. the commercial livestock industry, on the number of horses per herd needed to maintain genetic health and viability. Augmenting genetics from an outside herd removes the uniqueness of herds found in remote pockets.
- migratory routes considered for addition to the preserves to allow natural selection in breeding where herds have been separated by physical obstacle or barriers,
- PZP Native or PZP 22 mandated as the form of population management where predators are not enough of a presence or no presence at all, to keep horse populations in check by natural predation