USA: American Horses Need Your Legislators' Help!
Update—June 14, 2018: The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that increases funding for the Wild Horse and Burro program, and encourages better management of our nation’s iconic herds. Last year, the House Appropriations Committee authorized killing wild horses as a form of population control and that provision had to be removed by the Senate to avoid a disaster for our wild horses on the range. Thankfully, this year no one suggested killing our wild horses and we see that as a sign of real progress. But our herds are not safe yet. We must ensure that the final version of the FY19 bill maintain language that encourages the humane management of wild horses and burros, and the funding increases to do so.
Horses are currently protected from slaughter on American soil, but this could soon change. Every year Congress must pass an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. Since 2007, this language has effectively barred this grisly industry from setting up shop in the U.S.
Thankfully the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to retain crucial language to protect horses from slaughter in their version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the House Appropriations committee voted to move the bill forward without this important language. Now that the Senate and House have again made different decisions regarding the fate of equines, we need your help to ensure this critical language is included in the final bill.
Wild horses and burros are also under threat this year. These majestic icons of the American West are currently protected under federal law from both sale to commercial slaughter and mass killing as a brutal form of population control. Instead, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) should employ fertility control to humanely manage wild horses on the range, because we know that they are safe, effective, and can be implemented now.
In March, Congress 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 retain commonsense protections for our wild horses and burros. This was a huge victory for our nation’s horses, but the bill will expire in September and must be renewed in order to ensure our nation’s horses are protected from this cruel and unnecessary treatment.
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to send an email to your U.S. senators asking them to ensure the humane management of our iconic wild horse and burro herds.
On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you!