The following is a call to action from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.
We are at a tipping point in the fight for the future of America’s wild horses and burros. The incoming Trump Administration will either support Americans’ desire to protect these national icons or send them down the slaughter pipeline. If confirmed, Trump’s nominee for Interior Secretary, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) will play a key role in determining the fate of America’s mustangs. Unfortunately, as a State Senator from Montana, Rep. Zinke sponsored legislation to facilitate the opening of horse slaughter plants in his state, stating, “When a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride, or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of.” This is obviously troubling and out of step with the 80 percent of Americans who oppose horse slaughter. More encouraging is Rep. Zinke’s opposition to selling off our public lands, a position that has often been at odds with members of his own party.
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Ultimately, if confirmed, Rep. Zinke will carry forth the policies of the incoming Trump Administration, which has promised to return government to the people. Right now, it’s critically important to send a strong message to President Elect Trump urging him to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans who want our wild horses and burros protected and humanely managed on our Western public lands! Please take action and share, share, share this news!