Update May 24, 2018: The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has not yet taken up the BLM FY 2019 budget proposal but is expected to do so in June, 2018. Read Animal Law Coalition’s earlier reports below and continue to contact Committee members listed below and your own U.S. representative and tell them you are calling about the Fiscal Year 2019 BLM spending bill the Appropriations Committee is about to mark up. Tell them to please reject any language that would allow the destruction, sale to slaughter or sterilization of federally protected wild horses and burros and their herds.
Update:May 22, 2018 the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee will take up the BLM FY 2019 budget proposal. The BLM in an April 26, 2018 report has recommended amendments to the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, 16 U.S.C. Sec 1331, et seq., that would allow BLM to sell most wild horses and burros removed from the range for slaughter. Most of the wild horses and burros that are not sold would be “euthanized” under BLM’s plan. The report also calls on Congress to allow BLM to manage wild horses and burros on the range as non-reproducing herds through surgical or chemical sterilization. Which means BLM will manage wild horses and burros to extinction.
The BLM claims AML or the appropriate management level of wild horses and burros nationally is 26,715. That is the number of wild horses and burros that existed in 1971 when the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed because they were fast disappearing from the West!
In Defense of Animals has issued its analysis of the BLM report: “Since 1971, when Congress passed that Act to protect horses and their rangelands, the BLM has removed a shocking 42 percent of the public lands designated for wild horse and burro habitat. At the same time the agency has squandered taxpayer funds on an insane program of chasing down terrified wild horses with helicopters and penning them indefinitely in cruel holding facilities.
“The result is depleted horse herds at levels that are genetically unsustainable. Without supporting evidence, the agency insists that wild horses are rampantly overpopulating, starving, and destroying range ecology, while designating more public lands to ranchers.”
The National Academy of Sciences has challenged BLM’s claims about the AML or number of wild horses and burros that can be supported on the range as “not transparent to stakeholders, supported by scientific information, or amenable to adaptation with new information and environmental and social change.” BLM will not even consider the birth control programs suggested by the Academy let alone its accounting of America’s wild horses and burros.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Find your U.S. representative here. Find key Appropriations Committee members listed below. Call NOW and tell them you are calling about the Fiscal Year 2019 BLM spending bill the Appropriations Committee is about to mark up. Tell them to please reject any language that would allow the destruction, sale to slaughter or sterilization of federally protected wild horses and burros and their herds.
• Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, Chairman- -202-225-5034 fax 202-225-3186
• Harold Rogers, Kentucky-202-225-4601 fax 202-225-0940
• Kay Granger, Texas- 202-225-5071 fax 202- 202-225-5683
• Michael K. Simpson, Idaho-202-225-5531 fax 202-225-8216
• John Abney Culberson Texas- 202-225-2571 fax 202-225-4381
• John R. Carter, Texas- 202-225-3864 fax 202- 225-5886
• Ken Calvert, California- 202-225-1986 fax 202-225-2004
• Tom Cole, Oklahoma- 202-225-6165 fax 202-225-3512
• Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington- 202-225-3536 fax 202-225-3475
• David G. Valadao, California- 202-225-4695 fax 202-225-3196
• Mark E. Amodei, Nevada- 202-225-6155 fax 202-225-5679
• Chris Stewart, Utah- 202-225-9730 fax 202-225-5629
• David Young, Iowa- 202-225-5476 fax 202-225-3301
• Dan Newhouse, Washington- 202-225-5816 fax 202-225-3251
• Nita M. Lowey, New York- 202-225-6506 fax 202-225-0546
• Marcy Kaptur, Ohio- 202-225-4146 fax 202-225-7711
• José E. Serrano, New York- 202-225-4361 fax 202-225-6001
• David E. Price, North Carolina- 202-225-1784 fax 202-225-2014
• Lucille Roybal-Allard, California- 202-225-1766 fax 202-226-0350
• Barbara Lee, California- 202-225-2661 fax 202-225-9817
• Betty McCollum, Minnesota- 202-225-6631 fax 202-225-1968
• Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida- 202-225-7931 fax 202-226-2052
• Henry Cuellar, Texas- 202-225-1640 fax 202-225-1641
• Derek Kilmer, Washington- 202-225-5916 fax 202-226-3575
• Grace Meng, New York- 202-225-2601 fax 202-225-1598
Pete Aguilar, California- 202-225-3201 fax 202-226-6962
Original report February 19, 2018: In the BLM FY 2019 budget proposal the Trump Administration states it plans to sell up to 90,000 wild horses and burros for slaughter in foreign countries.
The Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1331, et seq. requires the Administration to protect America’s wild horses and burros that are on public lands. Instead, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has systematically over the years used helicopters to round them up, penning them cruelly in costly corrals and leaving herds at near extinct levels. Now BLM wants to sell off these mustangs for slaughter.
For more information read the Unified Statement of more than 80 organizations including Animal Law Coalition.