The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
There’s been a lot going on with our precious wild horses and burros, so we wanted to share some updates with you, including a Congressman’s bold efforts to save wild horses in California, and more!
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a markup of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Interior spending bill, which includes funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Government Relations team here at AWHC has been working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups and toward humane fertility control vaccines that keep wild horses on public lands, but we need your help!
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) is currently circulating a sign on letter to U.S.Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S Forest Service Chief Randy Moore regarding inhumane wild horse management practices in the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in California. While Congress has passed legislation prohibiting the Forest Service from destroying healthy wild horses and burros and selling these animals for slaughter for processing into commercial products, serious concerns remain about whether sufficient measures are being taken to protect the Devil’s Garden wild horses from slaughter, including measures to screen buyers and conduct follow-up compliance inspections after sales.
These horses need your voice. Please take one moment today to send a message to your Representative asking that they support Congressman Lieu’s request for the Forest Service to implement policies to ensure the welfare of federally-protected wild horses at Devil’s Garden.
By now, you have heard that the BLM is planning on removing most of the wild horses from the Piceance Herd Management Area (HMA) in Colorado beginning July 15, despite calls from state and federal officials to delay the operation pending a review. A little digging into the history of the management—or mismanagement—of this herd tells the story of exactly how we got to where we are today with the pending removal of nearly 850 wild horses. Click below to learn more!
Thanks for all you continue to do to protect wild horses and burros!
— AWHC Team