Repeal The Burns Amendment, Restore The Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act

Protect our Wild Horses and Burros from Slaughter & Helicopter Roundups

From 1971 until 2004, wild horses and burros were protected from slaughter. In 2004, they lost that protection and we want their protection restored.

On December 15, 1971, Congress enacted 16 USC Ch. 30, popularly known as the "Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act" (WHBA) and declared "that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

On November 12, 1996, the WHBA was amended and Section 9 was added, wherein "the Secretary may...use motor vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, or helicopters, or to contract for such use...".

On December 8, 2004, Sec. 142 of H.R. 4818, added by Senator Conrad Burns, R-MT, amended ?Federal law to: (1) eliminate the prohibition on the sale or transfer of wild free-roaming horses or burros (or their remains) under the protection and management of the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture for consideration for processing into commercial products; and (2) set forth requirements for the sale of such excess horses and burros and their remains." Subsequently Section 3 of the WHBA was amended by the addition of: "e) Sale of Excess Animals. (1) In general. Any excess animal or the remains of an excess animal shall be sold if (A) the excess animal is more than 10 years of age; or (B) the excess animal has been offered unsuccessfully for adoption at least 3 times. (2) Method of sale. An excess animal that meets either of the criteria in paragraph (1) shall be made available for sale without limitation, including through auction to the highest bidder, at local sale yards or other convenient livestock selling facilities...(4) Effect of sale. Any excess animal sold under this provision shall no longer be considered to be a wild free-roaming horse or burro for purposes of this Act.'' This amendment became known as ?The Burns Amendment?.

Thousands of our wild horses have been sold and slaughtered as a result of this amendment. Any wild horse or burro more than 10 years old OR not adopted after being offered three (3) times can be sold without limitation, INCLUDING weanlings, pregnant mares and elderly band stallions that have lived their entire life on the the range. THIS IS WRONG!!

I, the undersigned American citizen, DEMAND that Congress REPEAL §803(a) of Public Law 104?333, as well as §142(a)(1) and §142(a)(2) of Public Law 108?447.

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Public Comments (8,404)
Aug 18th, 2018
Sandra P. from Grand Junction, CO writes:
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Protect our Wild Horses. Say NO to roundups and slaughter.
Nov 19th, 2017
Sam F. from Vista, CA writes:
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Protect OUR Wild Horse and Burros that reside on OUR PUBLIC lands!! Please STOP round-ups, SLAUGHTER, and welfare ranchers from depleting the range. It is time to LISTEN to what the American people are saying!!!
Sep 30th, 2017
Patricia E A. from Cathlamet, WA writes:
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Protect The Wild Horses and Burros ! Give Back Their Protection and leave them alone, No To Horse Meat
Aug 8th, 2017
Fawn V. from Leesburg, FL writes:
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The BLM needs to be defunded, 80% of Americans want our horses wild on our public land.
Jul 19th, 2017
Jim C. from Bend, OR writes:
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Have any people in Congress ever visited one of the holding facilities where they warehouse the horses that have been rounded-up? Of course not. We don't treat dogs and cats this way. Just horses. And we allow cattle ranchers to scorch the earth on BLM lands by overgrazing this public resource for a tiny fee every year. Leave the horses alone.
Jul 17th, 2017
Lynn W. from Warner Robins, GA signed.
Jun 10th, 2017
Candace R. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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Bring back and put the protection in place they once had. They are and have been an icon of American !
Jun 10th, 2017
Marian P. from Aliso Viejo, CA writes:
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Stop the abuse to these animals and restore the protections that once were in place to protect these horses & burros! They are a part of our American Heritage! What is happening to them is a disgrace! Congress this must be stopped!
Jun 4th, 2017
Susan S. from Adams, WI signed.
Jun 4th, 2017
Harriet H. from Benton, PA writes:
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How sad that the USA can not protect our sacred icon of the Wild West. Our country was built by and protected by many a noble steed. Now they are ending up in slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico ending in horrible deaths. Please.. make America great again and stop this cruel treatment forever.

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