Make Room for Mustangs! Ask Congress to Support Legislation to Allow for Voluntary Retirement of Livestock Grazing Permits on Public Lands
Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water.
In fact, the driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the commercial livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has always allocated the majority of forage and water resources in designated Herd Management Areas to privately-owned cattle and sheep, instead of federally-protected wild horses and burros, and will continue to do so until grazing permits are retired.
The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) would allow federal grazing permit holders to voluntarily relinquish their permits in exchange for compensation paid by a third party. The grazing permit will then be permanently retired. There are public lands ranchers interested in retiring their grazing permits under the circumstances offered by this legislation.
Please help restore our public wild lands and protect wild horses & burros by asking your Representative to support and co-sponsor the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432).
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