Action Alert: House Passes 2019 Appropriations Bill that Calls for Sterilized Wild Horse and Burro Herds

Source:  Wild Hoofbeats


Breaking News: On July 19, 2018 the House of Representatives passed a Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill.

By Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bill included an amendment by Representative Chris Stewart of Utah which authorizes the Bureau of Land Management to manage all wild horses and burros in non-reproducing or single sex herds, using surgical sterilization of wild horses and burros.

The BLM has been pushing for the sterilization of wild mares using a dangerous procedure called ovariectomy via colpotomy. It is invasive, high risk, and cruel and inhumane.  In a study commissioned by the BLM in 2013 the National Academy of Sciences warned that the surgery was “inadvisable for field application” due to the risk of hemorrhaging and infection. According to that same report, castrating the stallions, which is another action the BLM wants to take, this will result in a  “reduction in or complete loss of male-type behaviors necessary for maintenance of social organization, band integrity and expression of natural behavioral repertoire.”

In other words, sterilizing our wild horses will ultimately result in deaths, suffering, and the elimination of the wild behaviors that make our wild horses and burros wild. It will also ultimately result in their complete eradication from our public lands.

There is still time to contact your Senators to let them know that this amendment should not be in the final version of the 2019 Appropriations Bill.

The Senate version of the bill does not currently include this dangerous provision. The Senate version will be voted on soon, possibly next week. Then the differences between the two bills will be resolved during a conference committee. We must contact our Senators to make sure that this version of the Bill prevails.

Here is the House Bill: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395385

Please contact your Senators today and tell them that you do not support the sterilization of our wild horses and burros and you want to maintain the protections of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. You want wild horses and burros to be manged humanely in the wild, on our public lands where they belong.

Contact Your Senators:https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit: www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

Related Post:

http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/blm-lays-out-plan-for-managing-wild-horses-and-burros-to-extinction/embed#?secret=eIoaacxGQV

 

10 comments

  1. Good God!! I hope the Almighty has a special place in HELL for these people and for all who had any part in it. May they burn in torment for all eternity.

    Jean del Santo

    On Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 10:37 AM Straight from the Horse’s Heart wrote:

    > debbiecoffey posted: ” Source: Wild Hoofbeats Breaking News: On July 19, > 2018 the House of Representatives passed a Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations > Bill. By Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom > Federation The Bill included an a” >

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  2. Chris Stewart’s connections to Koch Industries:
    Chris Stewart has received $61,000 from the fossil fuel sector, including the largest possible donations from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries.
    2011-2012 campaign contributors to Stewart’s campaign included:
    · Continuing a Majority Party Action Committee (which Koch contributed to)
    · ExxonMobil
    · National Mining Association
    · Koch Industries
    · Prosperity PAC (which Koch contributed to)
    “From time to time, we get a certified nutcase, and Chris Stewart truly is a certified nutcase. – Former Utah Republican, from Mother Jones Magazine.”
    http://www.polluterwatch.com/chris-stewart

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  3. All of the comments are inspiring to fight the insanity here. To break up the herds & their family dynamics is insane & beyond my scope! Too many other dysfunctional things going on with the Trump administration at this time, that distracts from the situation re: our innocent wild horses & burros. Dinky & the BLM assume that now is the time to make their move to round up more horses & open the doors to slaughter. Many Americans have no clue about this at all. Angry in NH! Don’t give up the fight!!

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  4. Can someone please publish the names of those in the House that voted (for or against) please? At least half the House members are running for reelection this Nov. and their votes on this should be duly and widely publicized.

    Also really need to communicate with Senators to hold firm against this lethal legislation.

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      • THANK YOU FOR THIS. One of my CO Reps who is up for reelection voted FOR this. I’ve already sent this information to his competitors.

        YEA: 217 TOTAL: REPUBLICANS 217, DEMOCRATS 0
        NAY: 199 TOTAL: REPUBLICANS 15, DEMOCRATS 184

        NOT VOTING: 3 REPUBLICANS AND 9 DEMOCRATS

        If those people failing to vote had opposed this bill it would not have passed.

        PLEASE READ THE LIST TO SEE IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVES FAILED TO EVEN VOTE!

        By state: CA HI LA MI MN (3 DEMS!) NC OH PA TN

        INDIFFERENCE AND APATHY ARE INEXCUSABLE REASONS TO LOSE OUR WILD HORSES FOREVER. MAKE THESE PEOPLE DO THEIR (TAXPAYER PAID) JOBS AND EARN YOUR VOTES!

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