USA: Prevent Widespread Slaughter of Our Wild Horses!
On May 23 the Trump Administration released a shocking budget proposal to gut our nation’s Wild Horse and Burro Program,
which is run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of Interior.
After decades of protection, these symbols of America’s free spirit are in serious jeopardy under this proposal and thousands of wild horses may end up slaughtered for human consumption overseas.
The BLM’s long, infamous history of mismanaging our wild horses has reached its ghoulish climax with this proposal to break up and kill off our treasured wild herds by transferring them to whomever will take them, including kill buyers for slaughterhouses.
This reprehensible direction from President Trump’s Interior Department is beyond the pale and cannot stand.
The BLM has foolishly ignored repeated calls for humane, proactive steps to control the growth of wild horse herds. Wild horses should not have to pay with their very lives for the incompetence of the BLM.
What You Can Do
We must make our voices heard to our elected members of Congress and to appointed government bureaucrats at the Department of Interior. Please take a moment to tell our government that we must preserve and overhaul the Wild Horse and Burro Program and never allow our protected wild horses to be sold for slaughter.
- Call your U.S. representative and two senators (find their names and numbers here). Say that you are a constituent and you strongly oppose the proposed gutting of the Wild Horse and Burro Program in the Trump Administration’s budget.
- Use the form below to send an email with the same message of opposition to your legislators and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
On behalf of America's wild horses, thank you.
Subject Line:Protect America's wild horses from slaughter!
Dear Legislators and Secretary Zinke,
I am outraged and deeply saddened that President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal includes a cruel death sentence for federally protected wild horses. The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is charged with protecting and responsibly managing America’s wild horse population. That agency’s FY18 budget request instead calls for an end to the protection from slaughter and the wholesale killing of healthy wild horses and burros.
This is a betrayal of these icons of American freedom and an abdication of responsibility by the agency charged with protection and management of these symbolic animals. Please never allow this cruel direction from the Administration to become a reality.
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