Wild horse lovers are going to gather on the West Front Lawn of Capitol Hill on September 29th from 8a.m. – 4 p.m. to urge Congress to protect our wild horses.
In 1971, Congress adopted the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act — which stated that wild horses are “an integral part of the natural system of the public lands” and was meant to protect them from “capture, branding, harassment, or death.”
However, in 2004 Conrad Burns stealthily removed over 30 years of protections for our wild horses.
The Bureau of Land Management spends about $27 million taxpayer dollars on the horses they currently have in captivity, which seems odd considering that they’ve rounded up horses that were living for free on public land in order to graze cattle there.
Wild horses and burros consume only 5.3 percent of the total forage in combination with livestock. And when forage consumed by big game animals is taken into account, wild horses and burros are responsible for less than 2 percent.
And yet they are blamed for destroying the land, rounded up and left in holding pens or sent for slaughter.
“This is where the 33,000 captured horses should be released but this time under the protection of public servants who really care for them and defend their rights to freedom, to fill their vacant ecological niche in the natural world. These wide-ranging herbivores are perfect for reducing dry flammable vegetation, re-seeding native plants, and building soils. They are also a wonderful aesthetic resource. And North America is their evolutionary cradle and rightful home,” according to wildlife ecologist Craig Downer.
There’s still hope for our wild horses. The Restoring our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, S. 1579.
If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still help by sending an email to the BLM to protest their poor management tactics at: Ramona_delorme@blm.gov with the subject line: WH&B Advisory Board Comments.
You can also contact your senators and ask them to support the ROAM Act, S, 1579.