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Action Alert: Please Tell Appropriations Committee Members to Maintain Federal Protection for Our Wild Horses



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by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Appropriations Sub-Committee on the Interior will be voting next week in Washington D.C. on the BLM’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request.  We need you to send your opposition comments to the Administration’s BLM policy changes affecting the Wild Horse and Burro Program. They want to do this through the Appropriations Bill.  The BLM is calling for changes to the Wild Horse and Burro program that will set a dangerous precedent for many years to come.

BLM’s proposal would allow for unlimited transfers of wild horses to other Federal, State and local government agencies for use as work animals.  The transfer of wild horses under the provision would be unlimited, would be subject to immediate transfer of ownership (instead of a one-year wait required by the 1971 Act) and the horses would lose their status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro as defined by the Act.

There is grave concern from the American public that without protections, these horses may be sold to slaughter and that this could be a convenient way to get rid of the horses and burros.

The proposal also indicates the BLM’s plans to use permanent and dangerous sterilization techniques to control populations of free-roaming horses and burros.

However, there is no overpopulation of wild horses and burros on our public land.  Most herds, 78% have numbers below the level necessary to sustain genetic viability – 150 adults.  Wild Horses have lost 22 million acres where they were originally found at the time the 1971 Act.  Livestock grazing outnumbers wild horses in all of the Herd Management Areas where they are supposed to be managed as the “principle species” by 100 – 1.

Protection of our wild horses and burros is Federal, and their care and management should never be transferred to state and local governments, many of whom have been aggressively calling for the elimination of wild horses from their states.  Wild horses are vulnerable to ending up at slaughter under this misguided plan.

The sterilization research that is being performed on wild mares is so dangerous that it would be unsafe even being performed in a sterile environment on domestic mares, let alone on wild mares in a filthy holding facility or out in the field.  Sterilization is a permanent solution, and will lead the end of wild horses on our public lands.  This is truly management to extinction.

If the BLM is concerned about the growing numbers of wild horses in holding facilities, then they need to STOP rounding them up and not proceed with the roundups of thousands more wild horses in Wyoming this fall of 2016.  Our wild horses need to managed on the range, not rounded up and removed and warehoused at great and greater taxpayer expense.

Please call and send your comments to these Committee members:

• Tom Cole, OK- 202-225-6631-
• David Joyce, OH
• Chris Stewart, UT-202-225-9730-
• Mark Amodei, NV- 202-225-6155-
• Evan Jenkins, WV -202-225-3452
• Chellie Pingree, ME- 202-225-6116,
• Derek Kilmer, WA- 202-225-5916-
• Steve Israel, NY

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  1. Does anyone have the language which indicates the “work” these wild animals are so desperately needed for, and what government agencies are pleading to get them? Who authored this ridiculous language?


  2. WILL DO ! MORE NEWS; YEA BABY HE AIN’T GOING TO HEAVEN – I DECLARE WAR ON REID. Senator Burns of Montana died this week. He was one of three responsible for inserting the stealth rider in the Appropriations bill which took protection away from wild horses/burros over the age of ten and would have allowed them to be sold to the highest bidder. The other two senators involved were Harry Reid (NV) and Dorgan (ND). According to later reports, Senator Burns admitted that it was Harry Reid who wanted the amendment to the 1971 Act. Senator Burns had a stroke in 2009.…/article_6f89beb8-d060-516b-b716-332…


  3. Attempted to use the above email addresses – apparently not correct! At least I am not able to email using them! And trying to get correct ones – you are asked for your zip code – if they aren’t your representative – you can go no further! Frustrating!


    Hal Rogers (R-KY) [Chairman]
    202-225-4601 202-225-0940

    Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
    202-225-5034 202-225-3186

    Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL)
    202-225-4876 202-225-5587

    Kay Granger (R-TX)
    202-225-5071 202-225-5683

    Mike Simpson (R-ID)
    202-225-5531 202-225-8216

    John Culberson (R-TX)
    202-225-2571 202-225-4381

    Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
    202-225-2501 202-225-2504

    John R. Carter (R-TX)
    202-225-3864 202-225-5886

    Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    202-225-1986 202-225-2004

    Tom Cole (R-OK)
    202-225-6165 202-225-3512

    Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
    202-225-4211 202-225-8576

    Charlie Dent (R-PA)
    202-225-6411 202-226-0778

    Tom Graves (R-GA)
    202-225-5211 202-225-8272

    Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
    202-225-2865 913-621-1533

    Steve Womack (R-AR)
    202-225-4301 202-225-5713

    Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
    202-225-4806 202-225-5686

    Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL)
    202-225-5792 202-225-3132

    Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
    202-225-3271 202-225-3494

    Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
    202-225-3536 202-225-3478

    Dave Joyce (R-OH)
    202-225-5731 202-225-3307

    David Valadao (R-CA)
    202-225-4695 202-225-3196

    Andy Harris (R-MD)
    202-225-5311 202-225-0254

    Martha Roby (R-AL)
    202-225-2901 202-225-8913

    Mark Amodei (R-NV)
    202-225-6155 202-225-5679

    Chris Stewart (R-UT)
    202-225-9730 202-225-9627

    Scott Rigell (R-VA)
    202-225-4215 202-225-4218

    David Jolly (R-FL)
    202-225-5961 202-225-9764

    David Young (R-IA)
    202-225-5476 202-226-1329

    Evan Jenkins (R-WV)
    202-225-3452 202-225-9061

    Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
    202-225-5772 202-225-7074



    Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) [Ranking Member] 202-225-6506 202-225-0546

    Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
    202-225-4146 202-225-7711

    Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN)
    202-225-2461 202-225-2493

    Jose E. Serrano (D-NY)
    202-225-4361 202-225-6001

    Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT)
    202-225-3661 202-225-4890

    David Price (D-NC)
    202-225-1784 202-225-2014

    Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
    202-225-1766 202-226-0350

    Sam Farr (D-CA)
    202-225-2861 202-225-6791

    Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
    202-225-4001 202-225-5392

    Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)
    202-225-3631 202-225-2203

    Barbara Lee (D-CA)
    202-225-2661 202-225-9817

    Mike Honda (D-CA)
    202-225-2631 202-225-2699

    Betty McCollum (D-MN)
    202-225-6631 202-225-1968

    Steve Israel (D-NY)
    202-225-3335 202-225-4669

    Tim Ryan (D-OH)
    202-225-5261 202-225-3719

    C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
    202-225-3061 202-225-3094

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
    202-225-7931 202-226-2052

    Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
    202-225-1640 202-225-1641

    Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
    202-225-6116 202-225-5590

    Mike Quigley (D-IL)
    202-225-4061 202-225-5603

    Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
    202-225-5916 202-226-3575


  6. So the Sub-Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2017 BLM budget so now it has moved to the larger Appropriations Committee. It is possible that they will vote next week, most likely by the end of June before Congress goes on recess. Then it will move to the Senate Appropriations Dept.of Interior Sub-Committee then to the full Appropriations Committee. We are concerned about a last minute rider getting slipped in that will be deadly for the horses, so please keep tuned as this goes along. Thank you for calling and emailing and faxing!


  7. Thankyou Carol. This will be devastating. We must stop this . We must have complete protection for all of our wild horses and burros. We must get these senators and Washington cronies to do what is right. Keep our wild horses and burros laws intact. Will call as many as possible.


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