Protecting wild horses and burros

Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie WaldronSpecial to Valley NewsThis year, I am joining Assemblymember Luz Rivas, D-Arleta, to write Assembly Joint Resolution 5, to urge the federal government to place a roundup moratorium on the state’s free-roaming horses and burros.Wild horses and burros can trace their North American origins way back, though current populations originated with more recent European settlement.  From the 1600s to the early 1900s, California was an ideal habitat for hundreds of thousands of these magnificent animals.In 1971, the United States Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, currently celebrating it’s 50th year in law. The act declared that “wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer
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