Update: Wild Horse & Burro Legislation
Our sources tell us that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations legislation, yesterday, with no amendments regarding our wild horse and burros. At first glance it appears that the bill maintains protections against destruction of healthy horses and burros and sale for slaughter and does not contain any provisions similar to the House language authorizing mass sterilization.
We are cautiously optimistic but will not know until the bill language is released to the public whether any language concerning regarding sterilization is in.
Once again, the differences between the House bill and the Senate bill will be worked out in conference committee. Last year, House language authorizing the destruction of tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros was rejected by the Senate and was not included in final spending legislation. Let us hope that the same is reflected in this year’s action.