Photo | Mike Lorden
May 20, 2016
Arizona's Wild Burros Under Attack: Please Act Today!
May is Burro Awareness Month and it's time to take an action to help our wild burros! Nowhere are these amazing and historic animals in more danger than in Arizona, where the State Game and Fish Department is teaming up with some counties to lobby Arizona's Senators to support burro roundups. Arizona Senators McCain and Flake need to receive a message loud and clear that Americans want our wild burros protected, not cruelly rounded up. Please tell these Senators that the voice of "We The People" should prevail in the management of these iconic animals and the public lands they call home. Please sign our petition today!
U.S. Senate Acts to Protect American Horses from Slaughter
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee adopted a bi-partisan amendment to the 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that will continue the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. The amendment, sponsored by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from spending tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter plants. Without USDA inspections, these horrific plants cannot operate in the U.S. In a statement by our coalition partner, the ASPCA, Senator Udall said, "Horses are a beautiful symbol of western independence. Most Americans find the idea of slaughtering horses for human consumption repulsive, and they have no tolerance for attempts to open horse slaughtering plants." Senator Kirk added, "Americans have a long established history with horses and overwhelmingly reject their slaughter for profit." Last month, the House Appropriations Committee adopted a similar bi-partisan amendment to keep horse slaughter plants shuttered in the U.S.
Wild Horse Book Receives Scientific Accolades
Since its release last year, Wild at Heart, the latest book from noted author and AWHPC friend Terri Farley has been racking up recognition and awards. So far, Wild at Heart, which tells the story of America's wild horses and the young people fighting to save them, has been honored by the National Science Teachers' Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Award and is the 2015 winner of the Sterling North Heritage Award. Dr. Ross MacPhee, esteemed paleontologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is one of the book's many fans. "Anyone who cares about wild horses should read this book. So should anyone who cares about how science is being abused to justify flawed management policies masquerading as 'responsible conservation.'"
This is a must read book, and now you can order it and benefit AWHPC through Amazon's Smile program. Click below to find out how.
Photo 1:Mike Lorden Photo 2: Don Cool
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