USA: Fate of American Horses Depends on Your Legislator!
Update—March 22, 2018: Great news, advocates! The U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus spending package with several crucial protections for animal welfare, including hard-fought provisions that will continue the ban on domestic horse slaughter and protect wild horses from mass killing at the hands of a federal agency at least through September of this year. The Senate is expected to pass this bill imminently. To learn more about other animal protection measures included in the bill, please read our latest blog here.
Two crucial provisions for equine welfare have been decided by U.S. House and Senate Appropriators:
1. The first keeps horse slaughter off of American soil by prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. Since 2007, this language has kept the grisly horse slaughter industry from coming back to the U.S.
2. The second prevents the BLM from using lethal techniques to manage federally protected wild horses and burros. Without this long standing provision, our icons of the West could be killed in mass or sold to be butchered for their meat abroad.
Last year the House Appropriations Committee attempted to roll back both of these protections. Thankfully, the Senate Appropriations Committee stepped up for horses and passed an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds on horse slaughter and preserved protections for our wild horses and burros. If the FY18 omnibus spending bill is signed into law, both of these equine welfare provisions will remain through September 30, 2018.