USA: Fate of American Horses Depends on Your Legislator!
Update—October 18, 2017: In July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to remove protections for our iconic wild horses, giving the BLM a free pass to kill thousands of federally protected wild horses and burros using our tax dollars. The Senate Appropriations Committee could vote on protections for wild horses in the Interior Appropriations bill as soon as the week of October 23. Please contact your senator immediately.
Earlier this year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of Interior released a budget proposal that encouraged the killing and commercial slaughter of these icons of the American West. After decades of protection, the House Appropriations Committee voted to allow the BLM to use tax dollars to destroy our federally protected wild horses and burros.
Unless language to protect our wild horses from this grim fate is included in the final version of the Senate Interior Appropriations bill, our wild herds could face mass extermination at the hands of the agency meant to protect them. A vote could come sometime in October. Congress needs to hear that Americans will not tolerate this betrayal of our treasured herds.
But that’s not all: Every year Congress must approve language prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. This language effectively bars the grisly horse slaughter industry from setting up shop in the U.S. Unfortunately, this year, the House Appropriations Committee narrowly failed to pass the necessary amendment, and the Rules Committee blocked it from being considered on the floor. This means horse slaughter could return in a matter of months if we don't act now.
What You Can Do
Congressional leaders will now decide the fate of our nation’s horses, so it is critical that your elected officials in Washington, D.C., know that you want to see American horses, both domestic and wild, protected. Please take these two actions NOW to ensure that the federal government does not resurrect the nightmarish horse slaughter industry in our communities or exterminate wild horses in the West.
1. Use the form below to email your U.S. legislators and urge them to support a ban on federal funding for horse slaughter and a prohibition on funds to kill healthy wild horses in the final Appropriations bill.
2. Then, please place three quick, polite phone calls: 1 to your representative in the U.S. House, and 1 each to your two U.S. senators. Find their names and numbers here, and below are scripts you may use when you place calls.
- When calling your U.S. representative, say: “My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY, STATE]. As your constituent, I urge you to protect our nation’s horses from slaughter and our wild horses from mass extermination in the final FY18 Appropriations bill. Please also reach out to leadership and urge them to support these protections. Thank you.”
- When calling your U.S. senators, say: “My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY, STATE]. As your constituent and a strong supporter of equine welfare, I urge you to please support the Senate version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which prohibits the use of federal funds on horse slaughter. Please also support a prohibition on the use of our tax dollars to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros. Thank you.”
On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you!