Celebrating our wild horse champions in Congress
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
As the American Wild Horse Campaign’s Director of Government Relations, I wanted to share two very exciting wins we had on the Hill this week:
On Monday evening, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calling for the suspension of the BLM’s wild horse and burro roundup plans for the 2022 fiscal year.
AND, late yesterday, Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced federal legislation that would ban the use of helicopters to round up wild horses and burros, which is often deadly and traumatic.
While there is much at stake for these cherished icons — the BLM’s 2022 plans call for the permanent removal of 19,000 wild horses and burros this year — we are grateful to have steadfast champions like Reps. Cohen and Titus in Congress calling for better treatment and management of our wild herds.
Growing awareness around the plight of our wild horses and burros is an ongoing battle — livestock ranchers and other special interests have lobbied Congress for decades to scapegoat these innocent animals so that their cattle and sheep can graze on our public lands.
That’s why our Government Relations team is working around the clock to build partnerships with wild horse allies on the Hill. Will you donate whatever you can afford right now to help fuel our advocacy efforts in Congress?
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Your support helps us educate members of Congress on the threats facing wild horses and burros, like how their “federally protected” status doesn’t guarantee their freedom, but rather deadly helicopter roundups and mud-ridden holding facilities, how the BLM continues to use unproven IUDs instead of scientifically proven, humane PZP vaccines, and how the BLM’s current plan could decimate America’s wild horse and burro populations.
AWHC’s congressional work is critically important to the livelihood of our wild herds. When we create partnerships with allies on the Hill, we create progress. This week’s wins for wild horses and burros are an example of just that.
If you’re with us in the fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros, will you donate whatever you can afford right now to fuel our Government Relations efforts?
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Thank you for standing with us,
Holly Gann Bice
Director of Government Relations
American Wild Horse Campaign
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