"When a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of."
- U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump Administration Nominee for Interior Secretary
We have a problem. President-Elect Donald Trump has just nominated a pro-slaughter Congressman to head the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, Rep. Zinke will have jurisdiction over the management of our nation's wild horses and burros, both on the range and in captivity.
As a Montana State Senator, Ryan Zinke sponsored a bill to promote the opening of slaughter plants in his state, explaining, "When a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of."
We are literally at a tipping point. The Trump Administration will either protect these cherished symbols of America's greatness, or send them down the slaughter pipeline.
Rep. Zinke's view of horses as disposable commodities is offensive to anyone who loves and respects horses, and out of step with the 80 percent of Americans who oppose horse slaughter.
It's up to us to convince the new Administration that the American public will not stand for the mass roundup and killing or brutal slaughter of our national icons.
Are you with us?
Failure is not an option. The lives of the 45,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 40,000 considered to be "excess" on the range are literally on the line.
We can do this, but only with your help.
Thank you sincerely for caring and acting in defense of our magnificent mustangs and burros. Their beauty, resilience and wild nature inspire us to continue this fight to save them.
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director