Supporter, there's still time to act to oppose the Omnibus spending bill provision that will strip wild horses and burros of federal protection and create a back door route to killing these cherished icons. The vote in Congress is scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. EST today - so we have just over six hours to make our voices heard. Please take action below! Thank you!
I'm sorry to have to give you some devastating news. In the wee hours of Monday morning, Congress released a 1,600+ page spending bill for 2017. Buried on page 804 is Section 116, which allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to strip wild horses and burros of federal protection and “immediately” transfer them to state and local governments for use as "work animals."
But with no definition of work animal, and no limit to the number of horses and burros that can be transferred, this language could provide a back door route to killing thousands of these national legacy animals. Although Congress added language prohibiting commercial slaughter and putting some restrictions on "euthanasia," signalling its intent to prevent the killing of healthy horses. However, ambiguities and loopholes in the language leave it open to abuse. Especially at risk are the older mustangs and burros, now protected under federal law. Under the language these majestic, elder animals could be killed simply due to "advanced age," a term that is undefined.
We can’t let this stand...Congress should not be allowed to undermine the will of the American people and a unanimously-passed Act of Congress - the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act - through a last-minute spending bill.
We have just hours to make our voices heard... Please click below NOW to call and send a message to key appropriators asking them to strip this devastating provision that could result in the killing of thousands – and potentially tens of thousands -- of America’s cherished wild horses and burros.
If you do one thing for wild horses and burros, please do this now!
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign
p.s. Our vehement objections to this language over the past year did secure a provision to prohibit the killing of healthy horses ("euthanasia"), in addition to the ban on commercial slaughter negotiated by the Humane Society of the U.S..But we do not consider this a victory. This made bad language somewhat better, but overall, this spending bill presents grave danger to thousands of wild horses and burros. So please act today!