BREAKING NEWS – FULL HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES DANGEROUS AMENDMENT FOR WILD HORSES

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Representative Chris Stewart introduced an amendment today that is intended to push the agenda of the Bureau of Land Management to control wild horses population by sterilizing wild mares.

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Non-reproducing herds are illegal according to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The herds were to be managed for the survival of each herd, so non-reproducing herds are definitely not going to fill that requirement.

The 71 law also states that management must be performed in the most minimal feasible manner. An experimental, barbaric surgical procedure is not meeting that legal requirement. Mares will die, and foals will be aborted.

The National Academy of Science, while it supported castration of stallions, recommended that mare sterilization not be used. They also stated that the methods used to guess the population of wild horses were inadequate, so this lie about over-population still has not been proven.

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Wild horses Starving on the range was mentioned by all 3 representatives that spoke in favor of the amendment. (Stewart, Amodei, and McCollum). We know that the vast majority of the herds are not starving or dying from drought. As we have demonstrated recently, through our partnership with the Forest Service, advocate groups are poised and ready to step in and help provide supplemental forage or water when and if needed. This, however, should not be our job when these federal agencies are the ones that are tasked with the protection of our wild horses.

It is more fiscally responsible and feasible to provide supplemental feed and/or construct permanent water projects for the wild horses when climate demands it. The cost of gathering, sterilizing, holding and ongoing veterinary care post-surgery would far exceed supplemental programs. PZP vaccines should be the only method of fertility control used, and that should be done only when an actual inventory has been taken.

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WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW BY CALLING OUR SENATORS AND TELLING THEM TO OPPOSE THIS LANGUAGE.

THE ONLY PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE IS THAT WHICH MANAGED WILD HORSES ON THE RANGE AND NEVER EXCEEDS THE MANAGEMENT LEVEL OF A SAFE BIRTH CONTROL VACCINE.

USE THIS LINK TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR SENATOR & THEN PLEASE CONTACT ALL THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND URGE THEM TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LANGUAGE THAT ALLOWS STERILIZATION OF MARES AND EUTHANASIA OF HORSES OVER 10 YEARS OLD.

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REPUBLICAN MEMBERS

Mitch McConnell
(Kentucky)

Steve Daines
(Montana)

Marco Rubio
(Florida)

Cindy Hyde-Smith
(Mississippi)

DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

Patrick Leahy
(Vermont)

Jack Reed
(Rhode Island)

Jon Tester
(Montana)

Chris Van Hollen
(Maryland)

READ THE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE FULL HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:

“Wild Horse and Burro Management.—The Committee recommends $75,000,000 to implement Public Law 92–195 (16 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) requiring the protection, management, and control of free-roaming horses and burros on public lands, equal to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $8,281,000 above the budget request.

The Committee notes that its recommendation may change based upon the receipt of additional information prior to enactment of the fiscal year 2019 Interior Appropriations Act.

The Committee appreciates the April 26, 2018, report to Congress titled ‘‘Management Options for a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program’’ and recognizes the challenges Congress, the Bureau, and interested stakeholders face in setting this program on a better course to reduce costs, improve the condition of the range, and ensure a healthy wild horse and burro population.

The Committee strongly encourages all parties to work together to address
these challenges.

The Committee requests that the Bureau conduct an analysis that identifies factors for success, total funding requirements, and expected results on potential options that (1) remove animals from the range; (2) increase the use of sterilization; (3) increase the use
of short-term fertility control; (4) provide an adoption incentive of $1,000 per animal; and either (a) allow animals older than 10 years of age to be humanely euthanized; or (b) prohibit the use of euthanasia on healthy wild horses and burros.

The Committee also requests an analysis on (1) options to enter into long-term contractual or partnership agreements with private, non-profit entities to reduce the cost of holding wild horses and burros for their natural lives and (2) the feasibility of assigning full responsibility for care for wild horses and burros removed from the
range to these types of entities.

The Committee further directs the Bureau to immediately begin designing the regulatory framework and technical protocols for an active sterilization program. The Bureau should ensure it considers the health and welfare of individual wild horses and burros and their populations and evaluates the costs of such a program. It also should draw upon the expertise of Federal, State, and private equine veterinarians, veterinary medical schools, and those with related training and experience.

The bill maintains existing protections regarding the sale and use of euthanasia for wild horses and burros and continues two general provisions within Title I allowing the Bureau to enter into long-term contracts and agreements for holding facilities off the
range and for the humane transfer of excess animals for work purposes.”

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12 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS – FULL HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES DANGEROUS AMENDMENT FOR WILD HORSES

  1. It never ends. constant. No matter who is in office, something has to be permanent, enough of this every year threats and slaughter, selling to kill buyers. 80 % of the people are for keeping the Mustangs wild and NO Slaughter or selling to other countries for food. Just disgusting and wrong!!

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    1. THe wild horses must be protected at all cost. I have sent emails, tweets, messages and letters till I’m blue in the face for years. Thes people don’t get it!!! They don’t listen and they don’t care about our wild horses. This is our land, we need to take control and sue the federal government, the DOI, the BLM, Chris Stewart and Ryan Zinke to name a few. Time to donate money America, save our horses!!!

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  2. These people who are against the animals, the Wild Mustangs and Burros,, other wildlife, Must Be Replaced. “You can tell the heart of a man by his treatment of Animals.” We Must take care of them, they have NO VOICE!!! It is up to us as citizens who own these animals to take care of them, provide water and keep the Cattle & Sheep Ranchers off of our property.

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  3. I absolutely support the wild horses and burros protection. I read the proposal but don’t see the exact wording about the dangerous sterilisation of the mares? Where are you getting that information? Or, are there some specifics not printed? I do see that this supports humane treatment etc etc so how is it that these horses are being sent to slaughter???? Horrifying!

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    1. Thank you for your question. We sometimes forget that each article may have background information that we know, but that others may not. Mare sterilization has been suggested in the BLM’s letter to Congress. It is in this language but doesn’t say ‘mare’ : “The Committee requests that the Bureau conduct an analysis that identifies factors for success, total funding requirements, and expected results on potential options that (1) remove animals from the range; (2) increase the use of sterilization” The BLM Budget Justification for FY 2019 can be found here: http://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WHB-Report-to-Congress.pdf
      They do not say mares but right now there are 2 plans to sterilize mare in both the Warm Springs HMA in Oregon ( a 10-year plan) and the Lander Complex, in Wyoming. Also listening to the last hearing of the Full House Committee on Appropriations where Rep Chris Stewart introduced this amendment spaying of mares was discussed I believe.

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  4. Horses and burros have an approximate eleven-month gestation period but as shown above and in their statistics, BLM continually gives biologically impossible annual herd increases. A recent study of 5,859 wild horses showed that although the average annual birth rate was about 20%, the survival to the age of yearling was only half of those – therefore a maximum herd increase of only 10%. In addition, adult mortality must be factored which therefore reduces the average herd increase to less than 10% annually. The National Academy of Science report cited two chief criticisms of the Wild Horse and Burro Program: unsubstantiated population estimates in herd management areas (HMA), and management decisions that are not based in science (NAS, 2013). The BLM’s biologically-impossible and scientifically-indefensible population-growth rates constitute dishonest and distorted data, which the BLM uses to mislead Congress and the American people.

    WH & B Population Worksheet May 2018 – entire.xlsx
    https://app.box.com/s/4r67w0z43x567npablkxibbx06wd0s6q

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  5. From AWHC

    The House Appropriations Committee today took a devastating action to authorize the BLM to manage wild horses and burros in non-reproducing and single-sex herds by subjecting them to risky, invasive surgeries like this ( link to video):

    If passed by the full Congress this would spell the beginning of the end for the iconic, free-roaming mustang herds of the American West.

    While this is bad news, we can stop it in the Senate. Game on!
    Here’s what you can do today:

    1. Call Your Senators at 202-224-3121. Tell them to stand with the 80 percent of Americans who want wild horses protected and humanely managed. Ask them to oppose any 2019 appropriations language that authorizes the slaughter, killing, or sterilization of these cherished federally-protected animals.

    2. You can also let the amendment sponsor and supporters know how you feel about their vote.

    Rep. Chris Stewart, amendment sponsor, 202-225-9730
    Rep. Ken Calvert, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, (202) 225-1986
    Rep. Betty McCollum, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking member, (202) 225-6631

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  6. What is Chris Stewart’s background? What is his relationship to Zinke? And how did he get his job at BLM? Isn’t Utah Koch brothers uranium interests?

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    1. The connection is a belief that these western lands should not be governed by the federal government. They are okay with it, unless the government tells them ‘NO’ when they don’t want to listen. Then it’s land that should be governed by the state, or the county (whoever they have agreeing with them). They call themselves patriots or constitutionalists, but the basic belief has roots in the Mormon church. While Zinke is not a Mormon many of his good old boys are, and Chris Stewart, Mike Simpson and many others are. If they are speaking out or sponsoring bills that go against wildlife, environment, historic landmarks, culture etc. check into the religious affiliation. We have done several articles on this. Zinke was just raised with people like the Bundy’s in the west and he bought and drank the kool-aid.

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  7. This battle never ends!! Makes no sense to contact the very people that are voting for this insanity. Find an attorney who is willing to take on this case and sue the BLM, the Dept of Inteeior and the House of Representatives!!! Take it all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary!

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