Urgent: House Appropriations to Vote on BLM Anti-Wild Equine Budget this Wednesday
Call to action:
The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled its “mark up” on the spending bill for the Interior Department, including the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, this Wednesday, June 6 starting at 10 am Eastern.
We just learned that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will introduce an amendment recommending permanent sterilization of wild equines on the range. While not the same as the mass killing program that the horse-haters previously advocated, this would lead to the slow death of Amrica’s free-roaming herds. It would also subject thousands of wild mares and burro jennets to a brutally unsafe sterilization technique, ovariectomy by colpotomy.
If you haven’t yet contacted your representative and reached out to members of the House Appropriations committee, please contact those you can today. Urge them in your own words to:
—Oppose any amendment authorizing the permanent sterilization of wild horses and burros, as this would endanger their well-being, and damage wild herd dynamics and preservation, and violate the intent of the 1971 Wild Horse Act.
— Oppose anylanguage in the FY Interior budget that would allow unlimited sale authority and/or pay adopters to take captive mustangs and burros, streamlining the pipeline to slaughter;
— Consider the sensible, cost-effective recommendations proposed by over 100 equine, animal welfare and business organizations for humane, on-range management of free-roaming wild equines.
One way to transmit messages to Congress is to use the free fax. (The limit is 4 faxes at a time.) The full list of House Appropriations Committee members is attached below.