For those who have been keeping up with all things CANA, than you know the CANA team has been very active, and very visible in the public eye. We most recently had three huge bill boards illuminating Times Square, CANA team members Mo Brings Plenty and Manda Kalimian just this past week appeared on the Morning Joe show, and to top it all off we have recently started a coalition with a group of other horse advocacy groups. For those unaware of what the urgency is due to, congress will be voting on the bill that will either legalize horse slaughter or continue to make it illegal.
Of course for us here at the CANA foundation we realize the importance of raising awareness to this issue. So we are encouraging all to reach out to their senators and tell them to vote no on the horse slaughter bill! CANA team member Danielle DeVincentis has been putting up post on our social media to dispel some of the myths that mislead the people about our wild horses. Many don’t know that in 1971, Congress passed the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, declaring that, “wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.” It is our duty as Americans to protect our wild horses they are a part of our American History and allowing them to be slaughtered is allowing our history to be diminished.
For those who may not see the importance of preserving our wild horses from a spiritual and moral standpoint, there is also the financial aspect of them being rounded up and taken off the land. 70% of the BLM wild horse budget is spent on roundups and stockpiling, less than 6% of the budget is spent on fertility control and keeping wild horses on the range. Feeding wild horses in holding pens costs taxpayers over $100,000 every day. A lot of Americans are unaware of these statistics, and think that the round up of our wild horses doesn’t directly affect them but your tax dollars are unknowingly being used.
If you haven’t already, please make sure to reach out to your senators and be a voice for the voiceless. Our wild horses need us now more than ever, we are choosing to stand up and fight, and we want our brothers and sisters to fight with us against this injustice. If we allow it to happen with the horses it won’t stop there, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.