Equine Welfare News Archive

Slaughter postponed?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Senate Appropriations votes have been delayed again — we believe now until next week. Despite the uncertainty regarding the schedule, one thing is for sure: we cannot let off the gas.

The appropriations votes will decide if we preserve protections for wild horses or allow them to be killed and sold for brutal slaughter.

We need you to keep up the pressure. Call, call, call. Email. Tweet.

1) Click here to look up your Senators’ phone numbers. You can tell them: I strongly urge you to maintain protections for Wild Horses and Burros — and oppose any effort that would allow for the euthanizing, killing or slaughter of America’s wild horses. I am part of the 80% who opposes slaughter.

2) After you call, you can send an email to your Senators on the same web-page.

3) Pressure them on social media.

If you’re on Twitter, please click the links below to reach out to the Chairs of the Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee:

If you only have Facebook, search for your Senators Facebook pages, and leave a comment in a recent post. Tell them: I am with the 80% of Americans who say #NoHorseSlaughter. Maintain protections from killing and slaughter for America’s wild horses.

We’ll keep you updated via email and on our Facebook page throughout the coming weeks.

For the horses and burros,

Suzanne Roy

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Update on Economic Impact Study

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Update on the Economic Impact Study

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) would like to provide the industry with an update to its eagerly anticipated Economic Impact Study results.

The AHC would like to thank all of our study contributors for first and foremost their generosity to helping us complete this important project. As many will recall, the survey was disseminated in June 2017 with initial deadline of August 1, 2017. After several weeks of data collection, the deadline was extended to September 4, 2017. The decision to extend the delay has consequently shifted the overall delivery schedule of the final report.  To ensure as comprehensive and thorough study as possible, the team also collected tax returns, past economic studies and industry surveys, and other data sources.

The AHCF is anticipating an initial release of key points from the data around the end of November/beginning of December. A formal “unveiling” to announce the final results will be held on Capitol Hill with members of the Horse Caucus, which will most likely take place in January due to the holiday congressional break. Several other venues are being considered across the US to provide briefings.

Fourteen states received breakout reports- California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin- of which the reports for each respective state will be finalized by the end of January/beginning of February. Each will receive an advance preview and insights into the results for their state as well.

As with past studies, copies will be available for purchase on the AHC’s website in January 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the AHC atinfo@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.
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1 Stallion lost, Another one Saved – 10+ more lives on the line – URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR THOSE 10+

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

THE STALLION ABOVE IS SAFE AND ON THE WAY TO CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated, sent prayers or shared our mission. It is an impossible task but because of your amazing hearts so many lives have been saved. (Proper thank you’s will be coming but it has been non-stop babies and rescue. Thank you for being patient.)

11 More Lives were saved this last week. Sadly, upon arrival to pickup the horses we were told the Stallion had shipped. As tears slid down my face I wondered how it could hurt so badly to lose a horse you had never met. But the pain was real, and so was the overwhelm.

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WATCH: the choice

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our team just produced a new web video to lay out the real choice for management of our wild horses and burros…. The choice between humane birth control and what the Bureau of Land Management has requested. Watch it now and then donate to help us promote it on Facebook and YouTube around Capitol Hill.

Our opponents have been spreading lies: that there are too many horses on the range, that they’re starving, and that we have no choice but to round them up and kill them. Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.

Wild horses only roam on a small percentage of protected public land. They are not starving. There aren’t too many of them. To make sure it stays that way, the best long-term management strategy is humane birth control — a policy recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.

The U.S. Senate vote on this issue has been delayed again for at least another week. That gives us time to push out this video and keep up the pressure on Capitol Hill. It lays out the contrast in clear terms: horse slaughter is barbaric and costly. 80% of Americans oppose it.

Every lawmaker should watch this and oppose any killing of our healthy wild horses and burros. Help us make sure that they do. 

Please watch this video now and then donate $25, $50, or $100 to help us promote it on Capitol Hill and sustain this critically important fight. 

Thank you for standing with us and our wild horses and burros. 

Suzanne Roy

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Three fights at once

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

While we press the U.S. Senate to reject BLM’s request for slaughter and sue the BLM for illegal roundups, we have a third fight on our hands:

Next week, the National BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meets for the first time since its outrageous vote last November to recommend that the BLM kill tens of thousands of innocent wild horses and burros.

Our team will be there. But we need you to submit public comments to this committee now — so they know the American people reject their sham recommendation.

Tell them now — send an email to: whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov.

Please keep your comments respectful, but make it clear where you stand. Consider these points:

  • 80% of Americans oppose killing our wild horses and burros and support protecting them on our public lands.
  • The vote to slaughter mustangs is unconscionable and completely unjustified in light of the cost-effective, scientifically recommended PZP birth control vaccine, which can be used to humanely manage wild horse populations on the range.
  • This board is supposed to represent stakeholders that include the public, science, wild horse advocacy, environmental and wildlife concerns. It’s time for them to stop doing the bidding of the special interest livestock lobby, which is making tens of millions of dollars off the BLM’s mustang roundup program.

We need to be heard because the Advisory Board members certainly aren’t speaking out on our behalf. The board ignored the overwhelming will of the American people AND the recommendations of the nation’s premier scientific body — the National Academy of Sciences — by voting to slaughter our American wild horses and burros. Only one member of this Advisory Board – our friend and colleague Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation – voted no.

It’s time to let this board know that Americans will not stand for their disregard of the public will and the welfare of our iconic wild horses and burros.

Email your comments right now to: whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov.

Thanks for standing with us and our wild horses and burros,

Suzanne Roy

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UHC Roundup – October 2017

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The following is from UHC:

The UHC Roundup

OCTOBER 2017
The UHC Roundup is an online publication that compiles news articles and events related to unwanted horses. It highlights UHC member programs and success stories spanning all breeds, disciplines, and regions.

If you wish to  share your story of unwanted horses becoming wanted again, contact the UHC atafurst@horsecouncil.org.

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UHC’s Operation Gelding Receives Grant From AAEP Foundation

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has awarded the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) a grant of $10,000 to support its Operation Gelding program. This marks the AAEP’s 7th year of support for the program.

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We won’t stop

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Not only is BLM pushing Congress for permission to slaughter America’s mustangs, it’s blatantly violating the law rounding them up right now in Wyoming

We’re not backing down. Even as we push the U.S. Senate to stop slaughter, we’re fighting the feds’ illegal actions to destroy mustangs. Last week, we won two critical lawsuits to stop the Forest Service from shrinking wild horse habitat in California and the BLM from destroying an Idaho mustang herd by sterilizing every horse in it.

And, last Friday, we filed suit in U.S. District Court Wyoming to stop the BLM from illegally rounding up hundreds more wild horses than authorized by pretending young horses born this year don’t count.

We’re not going to let them get away with it, but we need your help.

We’re winning, but these lawsuits are expensive. They’re draining our funds and our staff resources.

Can you donate right now to help our legal and campaign teams stand up to the BLM?

As the BLM prepares for a possible pro-slaughter policy, the roundups are increasing and intensifying. Alarmingly, the agency is sending captured mustangs to private feedlots in Idaho and Utah where they may never be seen again. Our latest lawsuit challenges that too.

Our nation’s beautiful, majestic wild horses and burros deserve our protection, not helicopters rounding them up, shipping them out of public view to private holding pens, and putting every one of these innocent animals at risk of being brutally killed or slaughtered.

Together, we’ll stop them. Please donate now.

Thank you,

Suzanne

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TONIGHT’S EMERGENCY CALL – 24 Hours to SAVE 11 ORPHAN BABIES & 2 Adults from SLAUGHTER

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

THE EMERGENCIES JUST KEEP COMING. About an hour ago I got the call, and it was even shorter notice than normal. We have 24 hours for Matt to get to Yakima and save 11 orphans and a mare & stallion.

Our budget is completely tapped, but we have to try. I don’t want to be the one who says “no, we can’t get them, send them to slaughter”.

It will cost roughly $3250 to save them, get the blood work for the Coggins test, the Health Certificate and the brand inspection. (The average cost is usually about $250 per horse including transporting them to NV). But this does NOT include any money for hay, grain or milk for the little ones.

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What’s your reason?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I wanted to let you know that the Senate action on whether to legalize wild horse and burro killing has been delayed another week. (Congress is on recess this week for Columbus Day.) The earliest that it will be considered is October 17

This is great news, because it means we still have time to get those videos in to Congress! So please read Grace’s email below about our new video tool, which lets you easily record your own video on your phone or computer — and it will be automatically sent to your representatives and Senators. Please record now and tell Congress: no killing of America’s wild horses!

www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org/record

Thanks for standing up for our wild horses and burros.

-Suzanne

Today, we’re launching a new effort to convince Congress to maintain the longstanding prohibition on the destruction and slaughter of healthy wild horses and burros. We’ve called. We’ve emailed. Now, let’s send a personal video message about why we’re fighting to protect these national icons.

With our new video tool you can easily record a short video that will be sent directly to your members of Congress. I just recorded mine — watch it now and then record your own.

We know you’ll have plenty to say but a few points we hope you’ll include:

  • Congress must maintain the longstanding prohibition on destroying healthy wild horses and burros and oppose any effort that would open the door to slaughter.
  • 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of America’s wild horses.
  • The PZP birth control vaccine is a scientifically-proven, low-cost alternative that can used to humanely manage wild populations and maintain their wild free-romaning behaviors.

So record your own video now. It’s really easy. It’ll take just a few minutes of your time. And it will help us cut through the clutter in Washington and be heard on this critical issue.

For the horses,

Grace Kuhn

 

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Adoptable Pics, Big News, and Save the Dates!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

Thank You!

We cannot thank you enough for all of your support and generosity throughout the year. Thanks to you, we are making a difference for horses and humans every day!

AAE thanks YOU, and all of the horses thank YOU!!

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Be sure to read to the end.

You will see photos of a lot of adoptables needing homes.

You will read about some big news, horse updates, AAE needs to share, some important upcoming dates to add to your calendars, and more.

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2018 Horse Industry Directory

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

AHC’s 2018 Horse Industry Directory in Production

The American Horse Council (AHC) is in the process of updating its annual Horse Industry Directory. Continuing in 2018, the AHC will be offering the Directory in an interactive online format, complete with active advertising, website and social media links, email addresses, and search ability.

The Horse Industry Directory contains over 1,200 listings that include breed registries, trail organizations, show and sport organizations, racing organizations, equine veterinary schools, equine research organizations, equine welfare organizations, equine publications, and state sources of information such as state department of agriculture, state trail organizations, and state veterinarians. No other publication provides this depth of resources and contact information for the equine industry!

Advertising opportunities are now available, and information can be found on the AHC website, or by contacting Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. Advertising in the annual Directory is a great way for your equine business or product to be seen in front of every segment of the industry; over 1,000 Individuals and 150 Organizations representing every segment of the industry receive this Directory.

Although the Directory will primarily be offered in an online format, we will be printing a VERY limited amount of hard copies. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of the 2018 Directory, please fill out the order form here. All hard copy requests must be received no later than November 3, 2017.

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GOP, Equine Industry Canter Toward Tax Reform

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

GOP, Equine Industry Canter Toward Tax Reform

The equine industry and its partners in the agriculture and small business sectors continue to engage Congress and the Administration on key elements of the GOP’s “unified framework for tax reform,” released on September 27.  While the framework outlines broad themes for reform, AHC and its partners are focusing efforts on repeal of the estate tax, also known as the “death tax,” as a pillar for a 21st century tax code.  Below are summaries of tactics used to move the legislative process forward, and highlights from conversations with congressional and administration officials.

Congress Hears from Small Business, Agriculture
On September 12 – two weeks prior to release of the GOP framework – AHC joined nearly 150 small business groups in a coalition letter to congressional leadership urging full repeal of the estate tax.  When the government imposes estate taxes on an equine operation, surviving family partners may be forced to sell equipment and other assets to save the family business.  Signatories represent a cross-section of American business, including builders and contractors, grocers, truckers and cattlemen.  Advocates emphasized the fact that repeal of the estate tax would not only cost the treasury relatively little revenue in the short term, but ultimately increase tax revenues by $145 billion over a ten year period.  Underscoring minimal, short-term impacts on the federal budget is crucial to moving tax reform through the budget reconciliation process, which requires Congress to demonstrate that the new and improved tax code will ultimately achieve deficit reduction.

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What’s your reason?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Today, we’re launching a new effort to convince Congress to maintain the longstanding prohibition on the destruction and slaughter of healthy wild horses and burros. We’ve called. We’ve emailed. Now, let’s send a personal video message about why we’re fighting to protect these national icons.

With our new video tool you can easily record a short video that will be sent directly to your members of Congress. I just recorded mine — watch it now and then record your own.

We know you’ll have plenty to say but a few points we hope you’ll include:

  • Congress must maintain the longstanding prohibition on destroying healthy wild horses and burros and oppose any effort that would open the door to slaughter.
  • 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of America’s wild horses.
  • The PZP birth control vaccine is a scientifically-proven, low-cost alternative that can used to humanely manage wild populations and maintain their wild free-romaning behaviors.

So record your own video now. It’s really easy. It’ll take just a few minutes of your time. And it will help us cut through the clutter in Washington and be heard on this critical issue.

For the horses,

Grace Kuhn

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Guest Worker Visa Reform Gains Momentum

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Guest Worker Visa Reform Gains Momentum, Tell Congress to Finish the Job!

Status update:

On September 15, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that will serve as a benchmark for negotiations with the Senate on a final package.  Congress must negotiate a final bill by December 8, when the current continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal programs at FY2017 levels will expire.  While the equine industry and its allies have taken an important first step by inserting some H-2B visa reform measures within the text of the current House spending bill (such as wage-survey flexibility), the fight to insert broader visa cap relief in a final spending bill continues.

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URGENT – ORPHAN BABIES NEED HELP ASAP – PLEASE! Chilly Pepper Update

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

The Chilly Pepper family is sending prayers for Las Vegas, and all the loved ones who are affected by this tragedy.

However, we are in an emergent type of situation here at home. Gypsum and Hope are hanging in there, and are extremely tired of all the shots (twice a day each) and the meds they are receiving.

Hope’s pneumonia seems to be breaking up and she has not had a fever for the last few days. Gypsum is still struggling and we need to take both of them to the vet by tomorrow for further testing.

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A week away

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re a week away from critical votes. The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to mark up its spending bill next week, with full committee votes the week after. Since the House lifted the longstanding prohibition on the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros in its spending bill, it’s critical that the Senate maintain these protections. These votes will likely determine what the final budget language is — and the lives of tens of thousands of wild horses literally hang in the balance.

When we meet with Senate offices and ask them what makes a difference, they always tell us to keep up the calls and emails. They REALLY matter. Our opponents have the money and power but we have the people. Keep it up.

Click here to call AND email your U.S. Senators right now.

Tell them: Maintain longstanding prohibitions on the destruction of healthy wild horses. Oppose any spending bill that would allow for the killing or sale for slaughter of healthy wild horses.

The roundup underway right now in Wyoming is a stark reminder of how important these votes are. Images of wild horses chased relentlessly by helicopter, driven into barbed wire, captured, and separated from their families are heartbreaking. Even worse is the thought that every one of the nearly 2,000 wild horses captured could be killed if the Congress does not reject the BLM’s request to destroy them and sell them for brutal slaughter.

We can’t let them win.

Keep calling,

Grace Kuhn

P.S. Thanks to your help, our TV ad ran throughout the weekend in Alaska telling Senator Murkowski: #NoHorseSlaughter. Donate now to help us run more ads in more markets.

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Wow

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Wow. In less than one day, you shattered our goal of $8,000 to get an ad up in Alaska this weekend. As of this morning, we’ve raised over $20,000 thanks to your help. The ads will run this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in Anchorage — and we’re planning additional advertisements in the coming weeks.

We also learned early this morning that the U.S. Senate “markup” is delayed yet another week. We’re now expecting these critical votes to take place sometime around October 10th.

This means we have more time to keep up the pressure — in Alaska and across the country. Click here to call and email your U.S. Senators now.

Thanks for everything. And we’ll keep you updated.

– Grace Kuhn, Communications Director, AWHC

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GOP Leaders, Administration Unveil Tax Reform Plan, New IRS “Winnings” Rule

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

GOP Leaders, Administration Unveil Tax Reform Plan, New IRS “Winnings” Rule

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will officially unveil the GOP template today at 2:15 PM EST.  To view today’s event via livestream, please go to the following link:  speaker.gov/live

On September 27, 2017, GOP leaders released a “template” laying out key elements to characterize comprehensive tax reform legislation.  The nine-page document identifies significant tax breaks for individuals and corporations, and includes a special focus on tax relief for small business.   Below are highlights that will have the most significant impact on the equine sector, among other corporate and individual taxpayers:

Business Reform

  • Small Business :  The framework establishes a maximum tax rate of 25 percent on small businesses operating as “sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations.”  With an increasing number AHC members filing as sole proprietorships and partnerships, this can potentially provide significant tax relief. Under current law, small businesses (pass-through entities) can pay federal taxes at rates as high as 39.6 percent.
  • Corporate Tax Rate :  The plan proposes to lower the corporate rate to 20 percent, down from the current 35 percent corporate tax rate.
  • Expensing:  The GOP framework “allows businesses to immediately write off the cost of … depreciable assets” for five years or more.
  • Business Interest :  The plan imposes “partial limits” for deduction of business interest on C corporations.  The tax writing committees will review interest deductions for non-corporate taxpayers during the legislative process.
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Save the Date for the AHC’s 2018 Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Save the Date for the AHC’s 2018 Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum

The AHC is pleased to announce that its 2018 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place from June 10-13, 2018 at the Capital Hilton in the heart of Washington, DC.

The Capital Hilton is a new venue for the AHC’s Annual Meeting, as the past several years the meeting has been held at the Washington Court Hotel just a few blocks from Capitol Hill. In 2018, the AHC decided to give meeting attendees a glimpse of a different part of DC with a hotel that is just two blocks from the White House. Additonally, some changes have been made to the schedule to ensure attendees are able to attend the meetings that they would like to.

Historically, the AHC’s Annual Meeting, when all AHC Committees and the Unwanted Horse Coalition meet, has taken place on Monday. While the AHC’s five main committees will still meet on Monday, the Unwanted Horse Coalition meeting will now take place on Sunday.

With the growing industry and public interest in aftercare and retraining/rehoming, the UHC felt it was best to shift the 2018 meeting schedule around to allow more time for a robust discussion during the UHC’s meeting.

The National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will take place on Tuesday, June 12th. The agenda is still being finalized, but at this time topics include a Youth Panel, Tax Reform, Data Insights and Implications, Immigration, and Aftercare.

Please check the Events tab on the AHC website for information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, please contact the AHC at 202-296-4031 or info@horsecouncil.org.
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The latest update

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

With our movement battling on so many fronts, I wanted to send around a quick update:

U.S. Senate Vote Coming Soon

The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is now expected to mark up its spending bill next week, with full committee consideration of the legislation the week after. Since the House passed a spending bill that lifts the longstanding prohibition on the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros, it’s critical that the Senate maintain these protections. These votes will likely determine what the final budget language is — and the lives of tens of thousands of wild horses literally hang in the balance.

Click here to contact your Senators right now.

BLM Wild Horse Roundups In Full Swing

If Congress fails to protect wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has said it would like to “dispose” of so-called excess wild horses and burros by killing them. So it’s no surprise the agency is already rounding up wild horses with renewed gusto. BLM-contracted helicopters have returned once again to the Wyoming Checkerboard, where 46 wild horses were captured and removed from their homes on the range yesterday. The roundup will continue until 1,500 wild horses lose their freedom and their families. Other roundups pending in Wyoming and Nevada will remove 10,000 more wild horses from the range.

Read more about these tragic roundups underway and those that are pending by clicking here.

Secret Slaughter Summit

Several weeks ago, we exposed what we dubbed the Salt Lake City Slaughter Summit. Pro-slaughter politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists gathered in Salt Lake City, excluding members of the humane management community. Despite their spin claiming a scientific and humane approach, the truth came out this week: A survey released by summit organizers shows that 99 percent of participants support eating horses. Of the top six “highly-supported options” for how to address horse and burro issues, three involved eating horses, one involved killing horses, and two involved selling horses to be killed. Protecting wild horses didn’t make the cut. What a sham.

Read more about the slaughter summit and its findings by clicking here.

We’re Fighting Back

With key U.S. Senate votes coming soon, roundups increasing, and our opponents pulling out all the stops, our movement is activating on all fronts. We’ve gathered more than 300,000 petitions signatures, we’re holding meetings with key members in DC and in home offices, our latest round of billboards are live, and we’re planning new advertisements to be released soon.

Donate right now to support our efforts.

Our opponents have a lot of power and a lot of money. But we have the opinion of the American people and an incredible movement behind us. Together, we can win this.

Forward,

Suzanne Roy

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