Many state and local governments in the West are dominated by livestock interests and actively lobby for the mass removal and slaughter of America's mustangs and burros. The proposed budget language would provide a mechanism to evade the current Congressional prohibition on selling wild horses and burros for slaughter and pathway into the slaughter pipeline for hundreds and potentially thousands of wild horses and burros.
AWHPC has mobilized to stop this dangerous budget language. On May 24, 2016, the House Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Appropriations reported out the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Bill. The bill did not include the dangerous language sought by the BLM.
However, the wild horses and burros are not yet out of the woods. During the bill's mark up hearing, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) indicated that he would offer an amendment when the bill comes before the full Appropriations Committee with a "solution" to the wild horse "problem." We know what Rep. Stewart's solution entails - turning management of our wild horses and burros over to states that want to slaughter "excess" animals.
This is a mortal threat to wild horses and we continue to defeat any initiatives on Capitol Hill that would lead to slaughter or mass sterilization of wild horses.
Read more about AWHPC's work below.
- BLM's 2017 Budget Opens Door for Wild Horse Slaughter & Sterilization (AWHPC Press Release)
- Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally Asks House Committee to Reject BLM Slaughter Language
- AWHPC Letter to Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Ken Calvert
- How BLM"s Latest Policy Initiatives May Open The Door To The Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses