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Guest Blog: Horses Need Our Help

Fellow animal lovers, horses need your voice so please read this blog and take action!  Over to The American Wild Horse Campaign:

America’s historic wild horses and burros are under attack.

These iconic animals are protected under federal law as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

But every year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses helicopters to round up and remove thousands of wild horses and burros from their homes on our public lands to make room for taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing. These highly intelligent and social animals are separated from their families and stockpiled in government feedlots, or worse, end up in the slaughter pipeline.

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Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

And under the current Administration, things have gone from bad to worse. The Interior Department, under Secretary Ryan Zinke has asked Congress for permission to kill tens of thousands of these cherished animals in holding facilities and on the range.

Congress is split on what to do. In July, the U.S. House passed 2018 Interior spending legislation that included an amendment to strip long-standing protections for wild horses and burros and allow for their mass killing and sale for slaughter. The Senate however, maintained protections, and called on the BLM to come up with humane and politically viable solutions to manage mustangs and burros.

The fate of America’s wild horses and burros now hangs in the balance as the differences between these two bills are ironed out in conference committee. Whatever spending legislation Congress finally passes for Fiscal Year 2018 will decide whether more than 90,000 wild horses and burros live or die.

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Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

The stakes could not be higher. The livestock industry wants to rid our public lands of wild horses in order to cheaply graze more cattle, and they’re not giving up. Neither are we. And we have something they don’t: the overwhelming support of the American people on our side.

Only the power of the people can save America’s mustangs, so please join the effort to save them! By signing up for our E-Action Team, you will stay updated on breaking news, new ways to get involved and critical actions to make your voice heard.

 

About The American Wild Horse Campaign

The American Wild Horse Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Its grassroots mission is endorsed by a coalition of more than 60 horse advocacy, humane and public interest organizations.

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  • nikitajosephine

    this is horrendous, i have signed some petitions on various FB vegan posts.

  • Rhonda Dunlap

    This situation is tragic. I believe the horses should be able to stay wild on these lands and stop the massive cattle ranging that devastates the land.

  • Jayne Marshall

    I’m from NZ and I read all about this in Kelly Wilson’s book Mustang Ride (there’s also a documentary). It’s terrible to see this kind of thing happening, they are basically imprisoned for all their lives once captured (and that’s only if they aren’t slaughtered). I will say though that the BLM yards do try to re-home some of them. They have programmes that work with training them and getting them adopted but not enough people are willing to take a chance on one of these beautiful animals. Please read Kelly Wilson’s book or watch the doco and see that these beautiful animals can make great show horses, trekking horses, farm horses etc here’s the link to their websites shop https://wilsonsisters.nz/collections/shop