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Right To Ride Act 2005
Please consider adding your voice to the following:
"Right-To-Ride Livestock on Federal Lands Act of 2005" has stalled in
the Senate because of low support from the horse world. The American
Horse Council, led by the American Quarter Horse Association, have
launched a campaign to GET ANYONE WHO RIDES, especially in they already
ride in national parks or wilderness areas, or think they might someday,
to get on the bandwagon to send off an already prepared letter of
support. Some details . . .
Last March, Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) introduced the "Right-To-Ride
Livestock on Federal Lands Act of 2005" into the US House of
Representatives, and a month later Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced an
identical bill into the US Senate. But nothing has happened since
March, when the bill was referred to half a dozen committees. This is
due partly because congressmen and their staffs are disappointed by the
low level of support their efforts have received from the horse world.
The easiest way to contact your senator or representative is to click on
which takes you to an AQHA Action ALert. Once there, you enter your zip
code, fill in your name and address for verification as a constituent,
and a prepared letter of support goes to the congressional
representatives you designate. Of course, if you'd prefer to write your
own letter, this link also provides the bill's complete text.
The bill says in part "The Secretary of the Interior shall provide for
the management of National Park System lands to preserve and facilitate
the continued use and access of pack and saddle stock animals on such
lands, including wilderness areas, national monuments, and other
specifically designated areas, where there is a historical tradition of
such use. As a general rule, all trails, routes and areas used by pack
and saddle stock shall remain open and accessible for such use."
Please forward this message to any horse association or outdoor
organization that supports hiking and riding trails. This is a vital
letter of support, that cements equestrian rights on a national level,
and safeguards riding on public lands for the future.
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