Please call your U.S. Senators TODAY to ask them to OPPOSE Title XXX (30), a package of public lands riders that has been added to the Defense Authorization Act. One of the riders would automatically renew livestock grazing permits for public lands - including areas where wild horses and burros live -- without requiring existing mandated environmental review and regardless of whether the grazing allotments meet accepted rangeland health standards. Another rider would turn over 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest -- where the famed Salt River wild horses live -- to a foreign-owned mining company.
AWHPC has joined 46 environmental organizations in calling for defeat of this package. Add your voice today by clicking below. The bill passed the House of Representatives last week and may come up for a Senate vote as early as tomorrow, so please don't delay!
Photo by Jeanne Nations Photography.
Huge Blow to Horse Slaughter Industry: The EU Suspends Imports of Horsemeat from Mexico
Big news from our coalition partner, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -- the European Commission has suspended imports of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union (EU) due to food safety concerns. HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle notes that this is the biggest blow to the U.S. horse slaughter industry since 2007 when the last three horse slaughter plants were shut down.
Each year, thousands of American horses are trucked across the border to suffer brutal and unspeakably cruel deaths at slaughter plants in Mexico. EU countries such as France and Belgium are major consumers of horsemeat from slaughter plants in Mexico so this development could have huge impact on the demand for horses by the predatory slaughter industry. A EU audit revealed that 87 percent of horses slaughtered in Mexico originate in the U.S., where rampant drugging of horses by the racing and other industries that supply the slaughter pipeline has led to significant food safety concerns. Read more about this game-changing development here.
Photo courtesy of HSUS.
From Prison to Sanctuary... Thanks to You
The 31 Virginia Range mustangs who were captured by the Nevada Department of Agriculture last month and were being held at the Carson City Prison are making their way to their new lives! Pictured at left are two of five beautiful mustangs who arrived safely at the Steadfast Steeds Sanctuary in Colorado on Friday, December 5. And, at 2 a.m. this morning, five other mustangs - a young gelding and four pregnant young mares -- arrived at the TEARS sanctuary in Rogersville, Tennessee after a 36-hour cross country journey. These horses were rescued thanks to generous contributions from AWHPC supporters, which allowed us to pay the bail to get them out of prison and for their transport to the wonderful sanctuaries that have rescued them.
The remaining 21 horses are staying in Nevada thanks to Saving America's Mustangs, the Starlight Sanctuary, and the wonderful Dr. Patrick Colletti.
For the full story, please click here.
Photo courtesy of Steadfast Steeds.