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None in Public Law 92 – 195

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Cambridge Dictionary

Public Law 92 – 195 – Dec. 15, 1971

AN ACT

To require the protection, management, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress the wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, is an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

Public Law 92 – 195 is based on myths, misinformation and emotion as the opening statement shows.  Declaring that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west is an emotional plea in support of the myths.  Diversity of life?  There is no shortage of  horses.  Enrich the lives of the American people, emotional support for the myths.  Horses were not fast disappearing.  Their numbers had been dropping for 150 years.  Wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death prevents the proper management of free-roaming horses and burros dooming the Act to fail.  Nature dictates if free-roaming horses and burros are an integral part of the natural system of the public lands, not Congress.  The Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was, and still is, based on myths, misinformation and emotion instead of horse sense.

Free-Roaming Horses Need Managed With Horse Sense!

And the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971  prevents the management of free-roaming horses and burros by protecting them from capture, branding, harassment, or death.  It does not take much horse sense to see why stockmen claimed over 17,000 head of free-roaming horses and removed them from the range during the 1970’s. They were protecting the allotments they ran livestock on from being overrun by wild free-roaming horses and burros the way many of todays HMA’s[1] are.

Fifty years after the act was passed there are over 100,000 head of horses and burros where there should be less than 27,000 head. There are over 50,000 head of horses and burros owned by the United States government in long-term holding, costing tens of millions of dollars every year, and unless changes are made, will soon cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions per year.  Over 350,000 head of horses and burros have been removed from the public lands over the last 50 years. Of those 350,000 head over 260,000 head have been adopted out.  The U.S. government is one of the worlds largest horse producers and unfairly competes with the private sector by paying a thousand dollars to individuals who are willing to adopt a horse or burro.  Not what the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was intended to do!

The Wild Horse and Burro Program has not succeeded in managing the wild free-roaming horses and burros in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands or the BLMs multiple use policy.

Individuals who understand the arid lands of the west, range management, and know horses(livestock) are needed to rewrite this act!  Congress needs to listen to people with practical knowledge and good judgment about horses, burros, and the range they run on.  If Congress will then use good critical thinking skills, they will recognize wild free-roaming horses do not belong on the arid lands of the west, recognize the horses need returned to their natural habitat, grasslands. Or at least recognize wild free-roaming horses and burros need to be managed, not saved!

The real story of free-roaming horses in the American West is based on history, experiences, and science!  Quite different from the story told by wild horse advocates and often by the Wild Horse and Burro Program.  If you want practical knowledge on free-roaming horses explore their story on this web site and gain some horse sense on the way.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 How do we tell if someone is using horse sense or critical thinking skills?  

By results!!!



[1] Herd Management Areas


[1] Herd Management Areas

 

 

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