Hello Supporter, June 13, 2011
Urgent: Your Calls Needed Today & Tomorrow to Keep Federal Government Out of Horse Slaughter Business
U.S. House Will Vote by Wednesday on Whether or Not to Spend Tax Dollars on Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections
This week, the House of Representatives will decide whether or not to save taxpayer dollars and protect horses from slaughter for human consumption.
On May 30th, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that prevents your tax dollars from being used to fund inspections of horse slaughter facilities. This bipartisan language has been included in every Agriculture Appropriations bill since 2005. Without this important provision, companies will be able to reestablish horse slaughter in the U.S.
The pro-horse slaughter forces are rallying to try to repeal this provision and your calls are needed today.
As you know, one of the greatest threats to the tens of thousands of mustangs stockpiled in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities is the prospect of being sold for commercial slaughter. So please take action below -- be a voice for the mustangs and for all horses!
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in Senate to Ban Horse Slaughter
Last week, legislation to ban horse slaughter was reintroduced in the United States Senate. Sponsored by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), S. 1176, the "American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011" will prohibit the slaughter of horses on American soil and, most urgently, will prevent American horses from being exported abroad for slaughter. The sponsors have bipartisan support from 14 of their Senate colleagues so far: Daniel Akaka [HI], Mark Begich [AK], Scott Brown [MA], Thomas Carper [DE], Susan Collins [ME], Kirsten GIllibrand [NY], Mark Steven Kirk [IL], Frank Lautenberg [NJ], Carl Levin [MI], Joseph Leiberman [CT], Robert Menendez [NJ], Barbara Mikulski [MD], Bernard Sanders [VT], Charles Schumer [NY].
Read Full News Release by AWHPC Coalition Partner Animal Welfare Institute.
In the coming weeks, we'll ask you to take action on this new legislation to get additional Senators to co-sponsor this critically-important bill. Stay tuned!
AWHPC Founding Sponsor Advocacy Sponsor
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note...
Don't Forget: Submit Comments to Oppose Wyoming Mustang Roundup
If you have not done so yet, please take easy action below to oppose the BLM's plans to capture1,394 wild horses in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area beginning in July. The agency intends to permanently remove 1,225 wild horses from this 1,200-square-mile public lands area in southern Wyoming. The mid-summer helicopter stampede will endanger very young foals and late-term pregnant mares.
Please take the easy action below to oppose this costly and cruel roundup plan. Please also circulate the alert widely. Let's show the BLM that we mean business!
Wild Horses Rock the Reno Block Party
AWHPC Sponsors Reno Art & Music Festival
Thanks to a generous supporter, AWHPC was the sponsor for the Reno Block Party, an art and music festival that took place this past Saturday, June 11th. The event, which drew thousands of local Reno residents, was a great opportunity for AWHPC and coalition partners Return to Freedom, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and the Wild Horse Preservation League to share information about the plight of wild horses and burros and how Nevadans can help.
Additional pictures of the Block Party can be viewed here.