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Will Congress Allow Horse Slaughter to Resume in the U.S.? 

Photo | Kelly Jay Photography

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an anti-horse slaughter amendment to its Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The amendment, offered by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), would prohibit federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants. The amendment will continue the de facto ban on horse slaughter in the U.S.

However, last week the House Appropriations Committee rejected a similar anti-horse slaughter amendment. Now it's up to the full House and Senate to determine the fate of American horses -- both wild and domestic. Will the Congress allow horse slaughter plants, closed since 2007, to reopen in the U.S.? Help us make sure they don't.....Please click below to tell your Congressman and Senators to prohibit the expenditure of tax dollars to subsidize the horrific horse slaughter industry! 


New BLM Research Could Lead to Destruction of Wild Horse Herds

Photo | Leigh Mueller

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that it will spend $11 million over the next five years on eight research projects aimed at developing techniques to "curb population growth" in wild horse and burro herds. Unfortunately, the majority of projects involve permanent sterilization of mares, which could provide a recipe for managing our remaining wild horse herds to extinction. In addition, most techniques will impact reproductive hormones that drive natural behaviors.  Any methods that alter natural behaviors should be prohibited because these behaviors affect "the maintenance of social organization, band integrity and expression of a natural behavior repertoire," which the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) identified as important to wild horses. 

In addition, the process by which the BLM selected these research projects was not transparent. The public had no opportunity to comment on it, and the actual details of the research -- including award amounts, names of Principal Investigators and locations of research, as well as the recommendations of the NAS panel that reviewed the proposals for the BLM, are being withheld from the public. For more information, click below.


Black Mountain Burros Rescued

Photo | Arrowood Photography

In May 2015, the BLM bait trapped 24 wild burros from the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Arizona. These burros were captured and removed from the range because they were drinking water at a golf course and deemed to be “nuisance” animals by the BLM.

Last week, thanks to an agreement secured with the BLM by our coalition partner Respect4Horses, the burros were adopted from temporary holding where they remained with their families and never entered a BLM holding facility. On July 9, eight of the burros -- including two moms and babies -- arrived at their new home at Montgomery Creek Ranch, a private 2,000-acre sanctuary in Northern California. Today, 14 of the burros are scheduled to arrive at the sanctuary of our founding organization, Return to Freedom. The remaining two burros - a Jenny and her young baby who is too young to travel out of state -- are being adopted by Respect4Horses founder Simone Netherlands. Very special thanks to a generous anonymous donor and sponsor of the Platero Project for underwriting this burro rescue! Please click below to read more and see additional photos.


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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.