Sunday, September 27, 2009

Can the Wild Horses and Burros be Saved?

From Animal Law

Posted Sep 26, 2009 by lauraallen

In 1971 the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA) was passed to provide broad protections for wild horses and burros on public lands.

The law states that "wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West...[T]hey contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people". 16 U.S.C. §1331 et seq

Congress recognized the wild horses and burros are "fast disappearing from the American scene". 16 U.S.C. §1331 et seq

Some background on the legal protections for wild horses and burros



The wild horses and burros can be saved. There has to be a better way to manage these animals other than by hiring criminals to run them down with helicopters and penning some for life and sending others to slaughter. The WFRHBA requires them to be protected in their herd areas where they were living in 1971. And that is what the BLM should do. Go here for information about the ROAM Act which will help restore some of the original protections and restructure BLM's management of the wild horses and burros. The ROAM Act has already passed the House of Representatives. Let your U.S. senators know you want them to save the wild horses and burros and stop BLM's cruel removals and decimation of these American treasures and vote yes to the ROAM Act, S.B. 1579.

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