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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
I have devastating news. The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, who made promises to protect horses, just betrayed America’s mustangs and burros.
Today, at the behest of those organizations and the livestock industry lobbyists they allied with, the Senate Appropriations Committee funded a $35 million increase for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. The appropriation is part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Interior Department spending bill unveiled today.
The funds are targeted for implementation of the unprecedented mass roundup, removal, and radical population suppression plan that the groups, along with the cattlemen, support.
There are no restrictions on how the BLM can spend the new money. With this nearly 50% increase in the program budget, it’s clear what the BLM will do. Thousands more wild horses will be rounded up with helicopters, ripping them from their families and homes on our public lands. Those who remain free will be subjected to brutal sterilization surgeries that will destroy their wild behaviors and threaten their very lives. The future of America’s wild free-roaming herds will be in jeopardy when populations are reduced to genetically non-viable levels.
Don’t be fooled by the deceptive promotion of the plan as “non-lethal.” The bill language prohibits slaughter for a year, but the plan makes that horrific outcome more likely as holding pens swell with tens of thousands more horses and no guarantee of funding for their safety or long-term care.
There’s a long process ahead before this becomes law – if it ever does. Congress may choose to fund the government in FY 20 by passing a Continuing Resolution instead of a spending bill. And the BLM will have many hurdles to cross before accelerating the roundups and implementing inhumane management tools.
With your continued support, we will fight those who betray our wild horses and burros. We’ll fight them in court. We’ll fight them in Congress. We’ll expose the backroom deal that sold out our mustangs. We won’t rest. With your continued support, we won’t stop until our mustangs are safe.
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director
Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The AmericanSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day April 22-24.
This nationwide Help A Horse Day Celebration is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.
In addition to caring for special needs horse at our facility Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary has an Equine Re-Homing Assistance Program to help people who are no longer able to keep their horses.
We are currently working with an individual in Montana who because of divorce, loss of pasture land, and loss of employment needs to re-home 10 horses which include working ranch horses, broodmares, and yearlings. Efforts have been made to place the horses in new homes locally however, time has run out and rather than see the remaining horses go to auction and/or end up at slaughter they will be euthanized/put down and buried on their Montana ranchland. In a final effort to avoid this, the horses’ caretaker has reached out to Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary for re-homing help. We have agreed to bring the horses to our facility in Colorado and facilitate placing each horse in new homes. To raise money for transport, health certificates, veterinary care, dental care, farrier care, feed, and hay we are holding the following fundraising events during Help A Horse Day on April 22 – 24, 2016.
- Friday, April 22, 2016 – Yard/Garage/Barn sale at Spirit Keeper Equine Rescue from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
- Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Education Day at the Big R Store in Colorado Springs from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary Open House from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
- From now through the end of April contribute directly at www.GoFundMe.com/Montana10
- Support our T-Shirt Booster through the end of April at www.booster.com/2016HelpAHorseDay