As early as next week, the House Appropriations Committee will consider its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior Department spending bill, including funding for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Wild Horse and Burro Program.
The current draft of the bill protects wild horses and burros from killing and slaughter. HOWEVER, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) is likely to again introduce an amendment to strip these long-standing protections, placing as many as 100,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and on the range in danger of being killed or sold for slaughter.
Last year, the House approved Rep. Stewart's lethal amendment, but the Senate rejected it. This year, with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his BLM doubling down on their request for permission to kill and slaughter our mustangs, these national icons are again in danger.
Please call your Representative today and ask him/her to weigh in with Appropriators to keep mustang and burro slaughter and killing OUT of Fiscal Year 2019 spending legislation.
The AWHC Team