Could Our Wild Horses and Burros See a Victory?

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Originally Posted: 23 July 2009

Could Our Wild Horses and Burros See a Victory?

From Alicia Graef on

Tell your Senator to support The Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act, (HR 1018) recently passed by the House of Representatives.


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The Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act, (HR 1018), introduced by U.S. Representatives Rahall and Grijalva, passed in the House of Representatives late last week.

The Act is meant to restore the protections for our wild horses and burros that were stealthily removed by Conrad Burns from the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, along with restoring about 20 million acres that were taken away from them. Additionally, it will add new protections including a ban on helicopter round-ups.

Over 6 million cattle are being grazed on this land, and there’s not enough to support some 30,000 wild horses that are left there? Like I said before, it appears Bureau of Land Management would rather continue to crap on democracy and cave to special interests while wasting millions rounding up horses and keeping them crammed into holding pens to wait for slaughter instead of actually implementing a real “management” plan that’s genetically, ethically or fiscally responsible.

Opponents of the Act argue that this is a waste of time, considering the current state of the economy. However, the BLM’s already wasting about $27 million a year, and they want more to continue rounding up horses to keep in federal holding facilities. Shouldn’t our politicians be able to deal with more than one issue at a time?

The Act still has to pass the Senate vote before it can be signed by Obama.

For more information visit the Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and the Animal Welfare Institute.

You can also continue to support Madeleine Pickens efforts to purchase land and remove horses from federal holding facilities.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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