Wild Horse and Burro Act at 50: Time for Reflection

The legislation became law 50 years ago today.

In his remarks dated December 17, 1971, President Nixon noted that the animals were 99% extinct, with approximately 9,500 unbranded and unclaimed horses and 11,000 free-roaming burros remaining on the public lands.

Today, the number of horses and burros allowed by plan is not much higher, around 27,000.  The land can support many more, but those resources have been assigned to privately owned livestock.

The advocates know a lot about adjuvant but not much about AUMs.  Consumed by the overpopulation narrative, they protect the ranchers, not the horses and burros.

Why are you still giving them money?

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