President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal could end the lives of over 55,000 wild horses held captive in BLM holding pens across America in order to profit off American rangelands & democracy!
What Is Happening:
President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal calls for a management plan “including humane euthanasia & unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.” The unrestricted sale of excess horses is alternative language that means these wild horses, our iconic symbols of freedom, would certainly be sold for slaughter-as the protections & restrictions that prevents meat buyers for purchasing wild horses illegally for horse slaughter would immediately be removed.
When Is This Happening:
The Congressional markup to decide if this language provision is included will happen in the next two weeks. By Tuesday, 7/18 the full appropriations committee will be voting on the language.
A swell of public opinion is the only way to let our administration know that you don’t support the mass slaughter of our iconic wild horses. It is the duty and right of the American public to call their legislators in Congress and adamantly demand that they will not tolerate the killing or sale to slaughter of America’s wild horses, especially with the use of taxpayer dollars. We need to urge our leadership to clarify ambiguous language that will exploit our wild horses as a nuisance and act upon the language that values them as an iconic symbol of the past, present, and future of our American landscape. Wild horses are to be protected and preserved much like a National Monument or National Park, as they are a cherished and integral component to North America. They are not to be used and exploited as an American resource for profit.
What Can You do to Help:
2.) Call your representatives and tell them that you oppose the BLM budget provision that calls for the sale without limitations and euthanasia of “excess horses” and other language that would open the door to the mass slaughter of our 50,000 wild horses currently held in BLM holding pens.
Please be polite and respectful. Committee members need to be bombarded so please call as often as possible. A swell of public opinion is the only way to let our administration know that you don’t support the mass slaughter of our wild horses. Urge them to consider other humane management options; such as birth control for wild horses still on the range and the rewilding and rehoming of the wild horses held captive in government holding facilities.
3.) Follow up your call(s) with an email by submitting the sample letter below.
We encourage you to write the first and last sentence of this sample letter in your own wording, as this is noted by the offices who count letters & carries the most power. You can also submit on behalf of any club that you may be a member of; as this multiplies the number of signees, increasing the constituent power.
Dear Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman __________,
On July 12th, 2017, The House Appropriations Committee dealt a devastating blow to our nation’s horses with the narrow defeat of an amendment to the US Department of Agriculture FY18 funding bill that would have continued to prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the United States. On July 20th,2017, The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider its version of that funding bill and the same amendment to bar the USDA from inspecting horse slaughter plants will be offered. We are counting on the Senate committee to again vote to prevent the horse slaughter industry from resuming its inhumane practices in the United States. As your constituent, I am writing to firmly oppose spending my tax dollars on the reestablishment of this inhumane industry within the United States.
Thank you for taking action to on behalf of all of us who call America home.
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