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Protect Wild Horses & Burros
Representative Rep Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) introduced the following legislation on January 25, 2005.
1ST SESSION H. R. 297
To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild
free-roaming horses and burros.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. RAHALL (for himself and Mr. WHITFIELD) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on _________________
To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and
slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SALE OF WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS.
(a) IN GENERAL - Section 3(d)(5) of Public Law 92-195 (16 U.S.C. 1333(d)(5)) is amended -
(1) by striking the period and inserting the following: "Provided, That no wild free-roaming horse or burro or its remains may be sold or transferred for consideration for processing into commercial products."; and
(b) CRIMINAL PROVISIONS.—Section (8)(a)(4) of Public Law 92-195 (16 U.S.C. 1338(a)(4)) is amended by striking "except as provided in section 3(e),"
(2) by striking subsection (e).
What the bill means:
If H.R.297 passes, it will
Note: This bill still has to clear committee, be passed by the House of Representatives, a companion bill, S.576 has to pass the Senate and be signed by the President before it becomes law. Public support is still needed!
- Prohibit sales of BLM wild horses and burros for purposes of rendering into any commercial products (e.g., they can't be sold for slaughter.)
- Repeal the section in the Burns rider that exempts the older animals and "three strikes" animals from the protection of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. (Those protections would again be in force.)
- Repeal language eliminating criminal penalties for using wild horses and burros for unlawful commercial purposes.
- Contact Congressmen Rahill and Whitfield and offer thanks and support.
- Contact your own Congressman and ask him/her to support H.R.297.
- Locate your Congressman here
- Contact your Senators and ask them to cosponsor S.576.