The long anticipated bill to protect wild horses and burros has been introduced. HR 1018, introduced by Reps Rahall and Grijalva, not only would prevent the BLM from their proposed mass euthanasia program, but helps revamp the program to help protect the horses and burros under the BLM.
Program changes in the bill include strengthening the adoption program , expanding the land for the wild horses and allows the BLM to create sanctuaries. The expansion of the adoption program is an issue that even the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has noted and has recommended for years. But adoption isn't the only answer so the bill also addresses the issue of expanding public land ares, which is needed because the BLM has removed around 20 million acres from the program over the years and it is time that land is returned to the horses. But the bill doesn't stop there, it addresses the issue of horses in long-term holding facilities. Holding horses in facilities is not the answer to the supposed issue of overpopulation, sanctuaries may be and the bill allows the BLM to assist in creating those sanctuaries. One specific sanctuary proposal has gotten a great deal of attention lately, the Pickens plan, but it is by no means the only one that this part of the bill could help.
The AHDF fully supports this bill and we think that this bill is just as important to see passed as the slaughter ban bill. So, please contact your Representative and ask them to cosponsor and fully support the bill. We are still asking for independent census and a full and comprehesive reveiw of the BLM's management of the wild horse and burro program because without their mis-management the bill wouldn't be needed. We think that this is also important so please include that in your comments on the bill.
The full text of the bill is not yet available. As soon as it is we will post it. We thank Reps Rahall and Grijalva for their dedication to the the horses and burros and to the American public who have long asked for some of these changes.