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Armed protests, bully tactics, lawsuits . . . and now federal legislation aimed at handing OUR public lands over to states where local politics will determine the fate of our wild horses and their habitat. What won’t private interests do to tighten their stranglehold on our public lands?
For decades ranchers have succeeded in having wild horses removed by the thousands so that they can graze their private livestock on our public lands – reaping a mighty profit. Now, when asked to pay their meager grazing fee – or to reduce their usage during drought conditions – these ranchers are willing to do anything to protect their cash crop.
We’ve stood up to their lawsuits and propaganda. Now we need your help to stand with us against their latest attempt to usurp our public lands.
Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) has introduced HR 5058 – The Wild Horse Oversight Act – in a blatant attempt to hand the governance of our wild horses over to the states, where local ranchers have considerably more power and influence. Just look at what is happening in Utah right now!
This would be a tragic mistake and our wild horses and their habitat would pay the price. America’s public lands belong to all of us. These wilderness areas are protected for good reason and should not fall prey to local politics and profiteering.
Contact your representative today and urge them to oppose HR 5058!
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 10, 2014
Mr. Stewart (for himself, Mr. Bishop of Utah, and Mr. McClintock) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes.
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the “Wild Horse Oversight Act.”
2. State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros
Public Law 92–195 (commonly known as the “Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act”) is amended by adding at the end the following:
State and tribal management and protection
(a) In general
Except as provided by subsection (b), at the request of the legislature or Governor of a State or the governing body of a federally recognized Indian tribe, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall allow the State or federally recognized Indian tribe to assume all management and protection functions under this Act regarding wild free-roaming horses and burros on land within the boundaries of the State or federally recognized Indian tribe. After a State or federally recognized Indian tribe assumes such functions, wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be managed by the State or federally recognized Indian tribe in accordance with this Act and in the same manner as any other non-federally regulated species regarding functions not specified in this Act.
The Secretary concerned shall continue to maintain the inventory required by section 3(b)(1).