Letter to the Observer: Fencing wild horses could be problematic

Editor:

Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico should use common sense.

As an APV member or past member, I am disturbed by the arrogance that they exhibit when included in the writing of certain bills at the legislature. Senate Bill 158, related to livestock and excluding wild horses from the definition of livestock, is a bipartisan bill that started out as a good and necessary bill.

APV was for the bill but requested amendments and then was against the amended bill and wanted more. Now SB 158 is a disaster because APV insisted, they would work to defeat the bill if “fence out” language was not included.

This language is not conducive to good governance. Private land owners would have to fence their properties against wild horses, which include feral horses.

This creates a law that will be challenged in court if it passes. All private lands now become a statewide private horse preserve and private land owners’ rights are cast aside.

Under this law, private horse preserves would pop up all over New Mexico and in our neighborhoods. This is a burden on private land owners who will be unable to stop the degradation of watersheds or protect the habitats of lessor animals.

That’s all we need: more fences.

How is the Wildlife Corridors Bill proceeding? It can’t work with all these new fences that APV wants.

Mike Neas

Placitas

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