Friday, December 16, 2016

Wild Horse Advocates Ponder Zinke Nomination

In the wake of President-Elect Donald Trump's Dec. 15 nomination of U.S. House Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as Secretary of the Interior, some wild horse advocates are considering how the Montana Congressman might influence the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its management of wild horses and burros. The BLM is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act federally protects wild horses and burros residing in Western states and places them under BLM jurisdiction. Zinke is Montana's sole representative to the U.S. House. He served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and, in 2014, became the first Nary SEAL veteran elected to the House. In 2009 while serving in the Montana State Senate, Zinke voted in support of a bill that would have legalized horse processing plant development in that state. Shortly after Zinke's nomination was announced, some horse advocates questioned whether the Congressman would protect the wild herds under his department's jurisdiction. Long-time horse advocate Jerry Finch, president and founder of Habitat for Horses, in Hitchcock, Texas, believes Zinke's appointment could be dangerous wild horses and burros...more

1 comment:

drjohn said...

the government now controls over one hundred thousand feral horses at a cost of five dollars each day for each horse. the destruction of the western range lands continues at a record pace, the feed to support that many horses is about 20 pounds per day for each horse and the consumption of water is 15 to twenty gallons for each horse. the cowards in Washington are so afraid of the horse kissers they won't do any thing about this problem. the solution is simple, slaughter for edible nutritious horse meat mixed with vegetables to make a can of mustang stew to feed the starving babies in our country as well as other places. I am for Zinkes nomination and fervently hope he does something about this problem