May 26, 2016
Chris Stewart, Republican Congressman from Utah, wants to overturn federal management of wild horses and turn it over to the states. If successful, he will turn back the clock more than four decades to a time when local authorities and ranchers were running mustang herds into oblivion, cruelly rounding the animals up and selling them for slaughter.
Congress stepped in, on behalf of the American people, to protect these iconic and beloved animals from such treatment. The unanimously passed Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971, declared America's wild horses and burros to be "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of of the West" that "shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands."
Yesterday, at a House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee mark up hearing for the 2017 budget, Rep. Stewart announced his intention to work over the next few weeks on a "bi-partisan solution" to the wild horse "problem."
We know what Rep. Stewart's solution is and his efforts represent the biggest threat to our wild horses and burros since the 2004 Burns amendment authorized the sale of federally protected wild horses and burros for slaughter.
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