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Are slaughter proponents shifting tactics?

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Thursday, April 12, 2018 Are Mustang Slaughter Proponents Shifting Tactics in Congress? At a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), who last year lobbied hard for language authorizing the mass killing of wild horses and burros, signaled a possible shift in tactics. Instead of advocating for Congress to lift the ban on mustang slaughter, they focused on non-lethal management strategies. While the Interior Department’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget still proposes language that would authorize horse slaughter, it may be that Secretary Zinke and Rep. Stewart have resigned themselves to the fact that mass slaughter of America's wild horses and burros is wildly unpopular, especially in an election year. Whatever the reason, the shift in focus away from slaughter to non-lethal options is a significant development. Read more in an analysis by AWHC's lobbyist by clicking below. AWHC Candidate Questionnaire: Ready to Launch As a supporter of AWHC, you deserve to know where your candidates stand on the issues involving wild horses. That’s why, in addition to our work in the field, in the courts, and with the federal budget, we’re launching a new initiative: our first candidate survey. Over the next few months, we'll be asking candidates in key states a series of questions on where they stand on protecting wild horses and burros and our public lands. We’ll then inform our supporters of the candidates' positions on the wild horse issue, so voters can be informed before heading to the polls this fall. Click below for a preview of the survey and stay tuned for the results. Mustang Rescue Underway As a result of AWHC's Cooperative Agreement with the State of Nevada for rescue of the Virginia Range horses, over 200 of these cherished mustangs have been saved from slaughter. Through a strong coalition effort, the vast majority of these horses have been placed in quality homes. However, the downside of adoption is that many adoptions fail, and mustangs routinely enter the slaughter pipeline. Such is the case with five Virginia Range horses -- a senior gelding and his family -- who are currently being transported back to Nevada after being rescued from the kill buyer who operates the notorious Bastrop kill pen in Louisiana. Read more by clicking below about the rescue and why we fight so hard ...
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Moving Forward: A Unified Statement

The following is from The Cloud Foundation and The American Wild Horse Campaign: As you probably are aware, 2017 presented major threats to America’s wild horses and burros. In 2018, the assault on our beloved wild herds is continuing and will intensify. With the input of others that value our wild horses and burros, we’ve developed a Unified Statement.  Its purpose is to detail and demonstrate common cause among equine welfare, photography, eco-tourist and other citizen organizations that support humane, evidence-based management of wild horses and burros on our public lands.  By outlining principles and recommendations for ways to keep free-roaming equines on their homelands, the statement shows that we’re not only against a cruel and broken system of roundup and removal, but are also banding together around sensible alternatives.  We’re excited that over 110 groups across the country have chosen to participate.   Last month, Congressional appropriators defeated an administration proposal to destroy tens of thousands of wild equines and allow “unlimited” sales of those deemed unadaptable.  This month, the Trump Administration again called on Congress to grant authority in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to authorize killing and selling to slaughter tens of thousands of captive and free-roaming wild equines.  Therefore, the Unified Statement could not be more timely. Read the Unified Statement and learn how you can support this effort. Download the PDF of Moving Forward: A Unified Statement on the Humane, Sustainable and Cost-Effective On-Range Management of America's Wild Horses and Burros ...
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Tell Congress: Thanks for protecting wild horses and burros

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Your Senators and Representatives are back in their home districts for the next two weeks for Easter Recess. This is a great time to call their district offices and thank them for maintaining protections for wild horses and burros in the 2018 Omnibus spending bill, which passed last week. Remember, the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations process is already under way, and the Interior Department is once again doubling down on its plan to slaughter our nation's iconic mustangs and burros. We have a major battle on our hands again, and we can lay a strong foundation for the fight ahead expressing our gratitude now to Congress for listening to the will of the people and protecting our wild horses and burros. What You Can Do 1. Find the district office for your Representative and Senators and give them a call! Here's what you need to say: "I'm calling to let Senator/Rep [name] know how much I appreciate Congress' decision to maintain long-standing protections for wild horses and burros from killing and slaughter. Please ask Senator/Rep to ensure that these same protections are carried forward in 2019 spending legislation. Thank you." 2. Follow up with an email. Thank you so much for taking action for wild horses and burros, The AWHC Team Donate ...
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Congress Spares America’s Horses

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: The Omnibus spending bill is finally out, and America’s horses are protected for the next six months! This is huge! Congress heard the voice of the American people and maintained protections for wild horses and burros against slaughter and mass killing. The spending bill also maintains the de facto ban on U.S. horse slaughter by continuing the prohibition for federal funding of USDA horsemeat inspections. While we breathe a collective sigh of relief, let’s take a moment to savor the significance of this victory. Just one year ago, newly-appointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made killing wild horses and burros a top priority of his administration, and he aligned with powerful agricultural lobbying groups to get his lethal agenda through the Congress. But these special interests could not drown out the voice of the American people, who want our wild horses protected and humanely managed, not slaughtered. We share this victory with many organizations and tens of thousands of citizens across the U.S., who made their voices heard on behalf of our iconic mustangs and burros. So let’s celebrate today, but while we do, let’s remember that this fight is far from over. This spending bill expires on September 30, 2018, and Zinke’s Interior Department will double down on its efforts to slaughter our wild horses and burros. The next appropriations fight – for Fiscal Year 2019 -- has already begun. We’re counting on your support in the coming weeks and months as we work to build on this victory and secure lasting protections for our magnificent wild horses and burros. So please, stay tuned, stay strong and stay ready. But, tonight, enjoy the victory! Thank you for everything, Suzanne Roy Donate ...
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We’re Heading Court Again… And Other News

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Thursday, March 15, 2018 Fate of 90,000 Horses to be Decided in Congress Next Week  We have just eight days until Congress must make a decision on spending legislation for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. Behind the scenes negotiations are going on RIGHT NOW as Congress decides between the Senate Interior spending bill, which prohibits killing and slaughter of wild horses and burros, and the House version, which would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to destroy up to 90,000 mustangs and burros. It's time to reach out to House and Senate leadership to save the lives of our American mustangs and burros - will you make the calls today? NV Business Leaders Stand With AWHC to Save Virginia Range Mustangs We were honored this week to be joined at a press conference in Reno, Nevada by officials from the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRI), the largest industrial park in the world, in support of our fight to save the Virginia Range horses in northern Nevada. TRI Director and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman gave an inspiring talk about the incredible economic development happening at the TRI and how the powerhouse companies there -- including Tesla, Switch, and Blockchains -- are strongly behind protecting the horses. Tomorrow, we'll file our lawsuit to stop the state from giving away the horses to a private owner who would then have the "property rights" to do what it wants with the horses, including selling them for slaughter.  AWHC and TCF Threaten Legal Action Over Upcoming BLM Advisory Board Meeting AWHC and The Cloud Foundation are taking a stand against the BLM's violation of public notice requirements in the scheduling of the next meeting of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, currently set for Salt Lake City on March 27, 2018. Yesterday, William Miller of Scottsdale, AZ, attorney for AWHC and TCF, sent a formal letter demanding that the meeting be rescheduled to allow for the required 30-day public notification. Mr. Miller says: "The BLM must give proper notice so that the public can have a voice on this issue that so many citizens care about. This Board has been consistently out of step with the wishes of Americans, 80 percent of whom oppose the killing and slaughter of our wild horses. We will not stand by while this agency ...
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