Protect Wild Horses: Support the Improved SB126
Senate Bill 126 ("Change Livestock and Animal Definitions") was heard in the Senate Conservation Committee on 2/2 and again on 2/9, where an updated substitute bill was heard and passed.
Senate Bill 126 appears to be responding to complaints about wild horses in Placitas, NM and Alto, NM, who are residing or roaming on private land.
We are grateful to Senate Bill 126 sponsor, Sen. Pat Woods, for accepting amendments to his bill to help ensure wild horses are treated humanely!
(1) exempt "wild horses" as defined in Section 77-18-5 from the definition of "livestock"
(2) expand the definition of "wild horses" in 77-18-5 so that it's not limited only to horses ON public land, but also means horses elsewhere (such as private land) that originated ON public land or descended from public land herds
(3) set out a specific process for wild horses captured on private land (where the current wild horse statute, 77-18-5, is silent) so that auction is NOT an option; but the options ARE: relocation to public land or a horse preserve; adoption to qualified persons for private maintenance; or *last resort* euthanasia if the horse is sick, crippled, or is unable to be relocated or adopted out.
(4) ensure that no state statute interferes with or applies to wild horses protected under the federal Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.