TAKE ACTION TODAY
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee members by clicking on their names here:
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
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.”