Stop the Execution Order for Wild Horses and Burros

In Defense of Animals has produced a one click means of contacting your U.S. Senators

Photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild horses and burros are facing the greatest peril since the mid twentieth century, when hundreds of thousands were run down or shot from helicopters and made into pet food. The government is now making moves to gut legal protections intended to stop mass wild horse killings so they can kill wild equines and push them to the brink of extinction. We can’t let this happen!

The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act gives wild horses and burros the right to live freely on public lands, but they now occupy only a small fraction, while cows and sheep are grazed by ranchers on the vast majority. The Bureau of Land Management has removed wild equines from 22 million acres historically designated for their use and continues the relentless roundups that are dangerous for horses and expensive for taxpayers. This failed policy causes population spikes and leads to more suffering.

The majority of Americans oppose equine slaughter and want wild horses and burros to be protected, not eradicated.

In July, the House Appropriations Committee flaunted the will of the people under the guise of cost-saving and “population control.” It approved an amendment by Representative Chris Stewart of Utah that authorizes “euthanizing” healthy wild horses and burros, unlimited selling of those held captive including sending them to slaughterhouses, and lethally removing “excess” wild horses on the range.

In essence, the House version of the 2018 budget bill for the Department of Interior calls for government-sponsored extinction of wild horses and burros.

Lawmakers who approved the mass horse execution are doing the bidding of the ranchers, extractive industry executives, and trophy hunters who want to use more and more of our public lands for their private gain. This rich, greedy lobby put its muscle and money into persuading House members to choose eradication and slaughter.

Supporters of In Defense of Animals and allied advocate organizations have spoken up, but we are in an uphill fight. In a few days, the Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether or not America’s wild horses and burros will fall victims to this despicable plan. We can make a difference with bold, timely action!

What you can do:

 

 

1) If your senator is on the Appropriations Committee, please call his/her office. If your state is not represented on the committee, call one of more of the key senators starred. State your name, telephone number and organization you’re affiliated with, if any. Be courteous and respectful.

You may wish to say:

Wild horses and burros are living memorials to our history and love of freedom. They do not deserve to pay with their lives for government mismanagement. Americans do not want to go back to the days of mass extermination.

Please reject the House-passed Stewart amendment language. I ask you to maintain the Congressional ban on killing or euthanizing healthy wild horses and burros and on unlimited sales of captive animals. We want solutions, not slaughter!

Senator

Phone

(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)  202-224-5054
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)  202-224-5744
* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)  202-224-6665
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)  202-224-3841
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)  202-224-4041
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)  202-224-5042
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW)  202-224-3934
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)  202-224-2152
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)  202-224-6521
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  202-224-2541
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)  202-224-4623
* Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)  202-224-2523
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)  202-224-4654
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)  202-224-5721
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)  202-224-2644
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)  202-224-2651
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)  202-224-2841
* (RANKING) Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)  202-224-2551
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)  202-224-5754
* Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)  202-224-3753
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)  202-224-4642
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  202-224-5972
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  202-224-4944
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 202-224-0238
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)  202-224-2621
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 202-224-5653
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)  202-224-6472
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)  202-224-3954

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9 comments on “Stop the Execution Order for Wild Horses and Burros

  1. What I wrote on the petition: Dear Senator Rubio, I have always admired you, supported you and voted for you. The situation with OUR Wild Horses on OUR Public Lands is completely out of control with the corrupt BLM trying to circumvent the Act of Congress in 1971. As you know Congress stated our treasured, iconic Wild Horse were free to live/roam on OUR Public Lands. This situation means very much to me and millions of Americans across our nation. I believe you will do the right thing.
    God bless you and your family.
    Howard Alexander Stafford

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  2. This is a totally insane bill being considered by the Appropriations Committee. The Representative who proposed this is from UTAH and NOT even on the Committee. If this is passed; the SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT PETS, WILD HORSES AND BURROS; we all will be positive that REPUBLICANS are nothing but SPOKESPEOPLE for the WEALTHTY, (actually we all know that anyway this passage will set it in stone). TIME TO END LEGAL BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT. THIS STARTS WITH CONGRESS AND INCLUDES THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR!!!! With the passage of this bill, Congress beware, your cushy jobs with all of your status and power and perks are going to be lost to you forever when up for re-election, they will go to someone else, competing for your job. COUNT ON IT!!!

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  3. Everyone needs to take a moment to sign the petition and call their Reps.
    This is it ! We all have to stand together on this. And those who believe in God or other higher ups we all need to pray in earnest for our Iconic Wild horses and burros like we never have before .
    We have to put an end to these atrocities
    On our valuable wildlife.
    If the BLM or our house Reps can’t listen then we need to push for their resignation and closure of the BLM
    The BLM has not been representing our wild horses and burros and protecting them as the 1971 wild horse and burro act had planned .
    The BLM are modern day horse thieves and paid for warehousing for future slaughtering of horses.They should be closed down for extortion

    .lastly I have a high respect and admiration for those of us that care enough to fight for what is right and our horses freedom . We can not give up. !!

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