Wild horses endangered by changes in the law
December 10, 2004
There are some serious problems regarding wild horses and recent legislation that negatively changed the “Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act.”
That act was passed in 1971 to protect wild horses from being slaughtered.
Montana’s Senator Burns added a provision to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and it was signed into law last Monday. The Bill mandates the Bureau of Land Management to sell at livestock auctions any wild horse over 10 years old, horses that have been put up for adoption three times, and any number of horses necessary to reach the BLM’s “appropriate management levels.”
American horse advocacy groups say that 10,000 to 20,000 horses will be sent to the livestock auctions where they are purchased by slaughterhouses. CBS World News recently did a special segment on this topic, showing the treatment of wild horses in slaughterhouses.
Ironically, just last month the Senate passed a resolution about horses.
Included in the language of this resolution are these words: “Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion; Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water and shelter.
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Resolved that the Senate designates Dec. 13 as National Day of the Horse in recognition of the importance of horses to the security, economy, recreation and heritage of the United States.”
If enough citizens contact their representatives, this amendment can be repealed.
For your convenience, those numbers are as follow: Senator Reid (202) 224-3542, Senator Ensign (202) 224-6244, Rep. Gibbons (202) 225-6155, and President Bush (202) 456-1111.
Our thanks to Sheila Schwadel, the Wild Horse volunteer for the BLM, for providing this information. And a reminder particularly to East Valley residents not to feed or water the wild horses.
If you fence them out of your yard, they will no longer hang around for the easy access to food. With the increased traffic in the fast growing East Valley area, it’s become dangerous for the wild horses crossing the roads and for the cars.
HazMat 9 takes first Place: Our Fish Springs volunteer firefighters really lit up the new Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle at last weekend’s “Parade of Lights.”
We thank the Carson Valley Chamber and Visitors Authority for sponsoring the beautiful event and the judges who awarded us first-place trophy in its class. And no, that wasn’t really my husband driving HazMat 9.
It was Bob Grissom and he did a great job maneuvering that big rig around the spectators. It seems Bob never gets proper credit for the many things he does for our fire department. Sorry, Bob, we’ll try to correct that situation.
Slippery ice certainly took its toll last week in both vehicle accidents and falls.
One of our Fish Springs neighbors and good friend, Bill Arnett, sustained a very bad fracture to his upper leg while walking onto his front porch. We send you our best wishes for a fast and full recovery Bill.
— Linda Monohan can be reached at 782-5802.