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MAIS BON, CROISONS LES DOIGTS CAR AVANT D' ETRE APPLIQUEE CETTE NOUVELLE LOI DE PROTECTION DE CHEVAUX SAUVAGES IL FAUT D' ABORD ATTENDRE DECEMBRE 2017 ... ET QU' IL Y AIT UN ACOPRD AVECL LE SERVICE DES FORETS...
Great news, Green Monsters! Arizona took a hugely important step in
ensuring that wild horses remain a part of America’s history by passing a bill through the state legislature and House to protect the Salt River Wild Horses.
Forced to drift from their native stomping grounds, wrongfully
classified as “stray livestock,” and seen as “potentially dangerous” by
the government, Arizona’s iconic Salt River Wild Horses have
been in danger of getting rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) to be stockpiled in government holding facilities.
Despite the fact that there have been no reported
human/horse injury related incidents in the area, the BLM has been
getting rid of these animals at a startling rate. Historic newspapers
once reported that over 500,000 wild horses once roamed Arizona. Now, fewer than 500 remain in the state.
Thankfully, as awareness spread about the plight of these animals,
preservation organizations and the general public began to speak up
about the brutal treatment. Their pleas gained so much attention that
the government was left with no choice but to address the issue. The
Arizona bill, which passed in the House last week, “criminalizes
the harassment or killing of Salt River wild horses, clarifies that
they are not stray livestock, and establishes a process for implementing
a humane management program.”
While this bill is obviously a win for wild horses, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group warns
that the law comes with some potential snares. One of which requires
the state to enter into an agreement with the Forest Service by December
31, 2017, before the law takes effect. Still, the preservation group is
confident that an agreement will be made between all parties, and that
they will be able to work together to implement an effective and humane
management program to permanently protect the horses.
This move is not only important in making sure that wild horses do
not cease to exist under our watch, but it is also a powerful
demonstration that wild horses are American icons, not pests. Thankfully,
the public still has the power to influence these major decisions, and
their desires were loud and clear: they wanted their public lands back
and they wanted to keep the free spirit of the American West alive
through their horses. We’re just happy that the government is finally
Image Source: Salt River Wild Horse Management Group