BREAKING: Senate protects wild horses (but fight’s not over)
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
Our team just got word after months of campaigning: the Senate has maintained protections for wild horses and burros in its version of the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018.
Even better, the Senate directed the BLM to come up with “humane and politically viable” solutions to wild horse management. Clearly, our Senators realize that killing our cherished mustangs or selling them for slaughter is neither humane nor politically tenable.
This is a huge win! Your phone calls, emails, donations, protests, and petitions paid off. You were heard. Our strength was shown. Thank you.
But the fight isn’t over. Here’s what’s next: the Senate (which included protections) must now negotiate with the House (which didn’t). This “conference” will determine the fate of wild horses and burros in our country.
We’re actively tracking who will be in this conference and how we can impact the negotiations. We’ll be in touch as we know more.
You know the stakes: if protections are removed and slaughter or “euthanizing” begin, tens of thousands of wild horses will die. It would be an unprecedented mass slaughter. It would be tragic and defy the recommendations of scientists.
You have done an incredible job of making that case. We’ve won a major victory, but the battle is still on. Please keep it up.
Thank you for being with us,
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director