Mustang Bill Heads to House

A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a 21-14 margin.

H.R. 1018 amends the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 to allow the BLM to increase acreage available to free roaming herds, and to develop wild horse and burro sanctuaries on public lands. The bill also forbids the killing of healthy animals, and allows greater public participation in herd management decisions.

The BLM currently manages more than 33,000 wild horses and burros on public land.

Although a BLM official testified during committee hearings on the measure, BLM spokesman Tom Gorey said the agency did not take an official position on the measure.

H.R. 1018 now moves on for a full House vote.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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