Thank you for answering our call to action! Because of your calls, letters and emails, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Monday, Nov. 20 released its draft of the FY2018 Interior bill, which included language to protect America’s wild horses and burros from slaughter.
It reads: Appropriations herein made shall not be available for the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the care of the Bureau of Land Management or its contractors or for the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.
As many of you have heard, the House Appropriations Subcommittee betrayed America’s wild horses and burros and voted in favor of an amendment offered by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) to the fiscal 2018 spending bill for the Department of the Interior. The amendment strips away language from the spending bill that forbids the killing or sale for slaughter of wild horses and burros. Instead, the amendment allows BLM to slaughter wild horses and burros roaming on public lands.
We need your help to ensure that the Senate’s protective language remains in the bill when the full House and Senate debate and vote on the appropriations bills from each of the 12 subcommittees. Please contact your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators to vote for the FY2018 Interior bill that includes language to protect America’s wild horses and burros.