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Thank you for contacting me regarding the Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act (H.R. 1018/S. 1579). I value the opinions of every Nevadan and am always grateful to those who take the time to inform me of their views. According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), more than half of the nation's wild horses live on Nevada lands. Sadly, these magnificent animals are increasingly at risk due to overpopulation, which is resulting in a decline in their health and welfare and undue devastation to the inhabited rangelands. This also has a negative impact on other native species in these rangeland areas. As a veterinarian who cares deeply about the welfare of animals, this is very troubling because horses have an important role in the history of our country, particularly in the west, and deserve our protection. The ROAM Act attempts to address the management and long-term health of wild free-roaming horses and burros. Unfortunately, it would do more to complicate and compound the problem instead of providing an actual, workable solution to overpopulation, especially in Nevada. The ROAM Act would revoke provisions that allow the Secretaries of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adequately manage existing wild horse and burro populations. Furthermore, the bill would require the federal government to provide free-roaming rangeland equal to the amount that existed in 1971 when the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act was signed into law. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that an additional 19 million acres of land would have to be purchased at an approximate cost of $500 million. The ROAM Act would also require the BLM to spend an additional $200 million on herd management. At a time when our economy is struggling and Democrat spending priorities are unrestrained, I believe it is reckless to spend more than $700 million on herd management methods that do little to curb the problem of overpopulation. We must reform and improve current methods that have shown proven results in order to responsibly manage the rising horse and burro populations. I share your love for these beautiful animals and realize they deserve our protection. That is why I coauthored the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009. This bill will make it illegal to possess, ship, transport, purchase, sell, deliver, or receive any horse with the intent that it be slaughtered for human consumption. During the 110th Congress, I coauthored a similar bill to impose a comprehensive and permanent ban on horse slaughter for human consumption. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, of which I am a member, approved this legislation in April 2007, but it was not considered by the full Senate. Although I cannot support the ROAM act in its present form, please be assured that I will continue searching for solutions that will benefit the rising horse and burro populations. Once again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. If you should have any further questions or comments, please feel free to write or e-mail me via my website at ensign.senate.gov.... Sincerely, JOHN ENSIGN United States Senator
Originally posted by 412304
I want to kill all these bastards... I want to strip them of there clothes and tie them up to a pole just out of reach of foord and water, then i wanna make them run for kilometres while chasing them on a mustang...
One day.. One day these people will pay for there greed, If there is some sort of God or higher moral power.
Originally posted by savageheart I applaud you for doing so, however, do you honestly think that it makes a difference?