The federal government's controversial wild horse roundups have resulted in tens of thousands of wild horses being removed from public lands. Some of these horses are adopted out, but the government is currently keeping around 34,000 horses in expensive, inadequate holding facilities.
Madeleine Pickens, long-time horse advocate and wife of Texas billionaire, T. Boone Pickens, has purchased a 14,000-acre ranch in Nevada, which she plans to convert into an eco-sanctuary for horses. She has petitioned the government to free 1,000 horses from holding facilities to the sanctuary to start; she eventually hopes to buy enough land in the surrounding area to save all 34,000 wild horses in captivity.
The proposed government stipend would cost a fraction of what is being spent annually on the holding facilities, and the horses would get to return to their natural range.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management to approve Madeleine Pickens' proposal and free the wild horses.
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Under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, any management plan for wild horses is supposed to be undertaken with the welfare of the horses in mind, and the goal of allowing them to continue to roam free. In addition, the horses are supposed to remain on land that was their home range at the time the legislation was enacted. The long-term government holding facilities around the country are inadequate and far from the horses' natural habitat.
The sanctuary proposed by Ms. Pickens would allow for the horses to return to their natural territory and environment. In the spirit of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, these American icons would be preserved in a way that the public could view them and learn about our nation's heritage. In addition, the sanctuary would save taxpayers money compared to the costly holding facilities.
This proposal is a solution that helps the government resolve the issue of housing the horses and provides for the animals' welfare. Please accept the proposal and work with Ms. Pickens to start moving horses as soon as possible.