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This goes live tomorrow

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The U.S. Senate appropriations committee is voting as early as next week on whether to continue protections for wild horses. The final vote could be used in December’s budget package and lead to the mass slaughter of America’s wild horses.

This is no time to rest. Tomorrow we’re launching a new billboard right outside the airport in Las Vegas. Nevada voters, political leaders and tourists will see our message loud and clear: #NoHorseSlaughter. Since Nevada has over half the nation’s wild horses living within its borders, it’s important to know where its Senators stand.

Can you donate right now to help us keep this billboard up in Vegas?

This comes on the heels of our petition drop last week — when we delivered more than 300,000 petition signatures to Sen. Heller’s Las Vegas office. We were there with nine boxes of signatures, and the local media was there to report on our movement in action.

Please donate right now to help us keep our billboard up, and to expand our campaign to other key targets.

Tomorrow, we’re also launching a billboard in Phoenix. But with votes expected as early as next week, we’re hoping to expand our advertising and grassroots pressure.Please donate now, and we’ll be in touch with you in the next 48 hours with other ways you can help during this critical stretch.

For the horses,

Suzanne Roy

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Update

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last week, President Trump reached a deal with Congress to provide a short-term, 3-month budget extension.

Good or bad news for horses? The answer is neither. The final votes to allow or stop slaughter are now delayed until early-December.

This delay does NOT mean we can let up between now and then. The Administration is still pushing for a policy of mass slaughter of America’s wild horses. The appropriations debates in Congress are ongoing. Given the House bill’s inclusion of horse slaughter language, it is absolutely critical that the Senate produce a bill that protects horses from mass killing and slaughter.  Then we’ll have a fighting chance of prevailing when the House and Senate negotiate final spending legislation.

The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee could vote on the Interior spending bill as early as next week. So NOW is the time to contact your Senators to weigh in to protect wild horses and burros!

Tell them to OPPOSE any 2018 spending legislation that would allow for the killing or sale for slaughter of healthy wild horses and burros. 

Then click here to follow up your call with an email your U.S. Senators.

Let’s keep up the pressure. Our petition has more than 300,000 signatures, and today we’re delivering it to Senator Dean Heller’s office in Las Vegas. We’re placing stories in publications across the country, and our team is in Washington D.C. meeting with legislators. You can support us right now by following up your call with an email to your Senators.

Keep it up!

-Suzanne Roy

P.S. We’re now also facing the reality of a longer campaign. Our hope is to sustain the same size and intensity of our campaign through the December votes. Your donations are needed to help us do it. Please contribute now.

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a blow

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last night, the House Rules Committee defied the overwhelming will of the American people and voted to block an amendment to stop the slaughter of America’s wild horses.

It’s a setback but far from a done deal.

Will you contact your Senators now and tell them: #NoHorseSlaughter — protect America’s wild horses?

Our team is tracking every possible legislative path forward. In short — it’s complicated. We could block this in the U.S. Senate, or the entire appropriations process could be abandoned for what’s called a “continuing resolution.” Trust that we’ll be tracking every possibility, and activating our movement to pressure Congress to the right targets and at the right moments.

Right now, we need your help to contact your U.S. Senators. Please click here to call and email them now.

The House Rules Committee sided with the BLM and the special interests, defying sound science and the will of 80% of Americans who oppose the slaughter of America’s wild horses. But we do want to thank our champions who stood with us in the fight, including Rep. Dina Titus for her leadership in offering this amendment, Reps. Peter King and Carlos Curbelo for adding bipartisan support, Rep. Michalle Lujan Grisham for her steadfast opposition to horse slaughter, and Rep. Jared Polis who persisted as our opponents tried to bury the vote.

While this setback stings, our broader efforts are gaining momentum. We’re meeting with swing legislators on the Hill, getting more and more press attention, and launching ad and advocacy campaigns in swing states. We can win this.

Thanks for everything,

– Suzanne Roy

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WATCH: the horses we’d lose

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

With all the political hurdles and jargon, let’s not lose sight of what we’re protecting.

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting the Onaqui range in Utah. Beautiful, majestic and healthy bands roaming the American countryside. Animals that roam on a tiny fraction of public lands. Animals that should be protected, not destroyed.

Song, ‘All The Wild Horses’ by Adam Thibert. Purchase song here.

These are the images that have driven me to make this my life’s work. And I know we cannot rest or let up.

With less than a week until the Congressional summer recess is over, can you donate $25, $50, or $100 right now to help us gear up for what may be the decisive month for horses?

I visited the Onaqui range a day after the Utah pro-slaughter summit “delegation” visited. It was a carefully orchestrated sham, using their “field visit” to justify the mass slaughter of America’s wild horses. Our opponents claim wild horses are starving and suffering.

The reality: healthy horses. Look at the pictures yourself. There is no crisis on our public lands. There are healthy, wild horses thriving on the countryside. Horses that could be safely, economically, and humanely managed with fertility control.

Our government should be protecting these animals, not plotting how to eliminate them.

As September begins, there will be lots of talk about continuing resolutions, committee votes, and legislative markup. But let’s not forget what it all boils down to: the protection of America’s symbol of freedom.

Thank you for being with us,

Suzanne Roy

P.S. Your donation will fund active programs now that pressure lawmakers, educate influencers, and expand our grassroots movement. Please donate — we NEED your support.

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Two calls

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

It’s the last week of the summer congressional recess. And it’s looking increasingly likely that the fate of America’s wild horses and burros will come down to the actions of the United States Senate.

That’s why NOW is the time to call both of your U.S. Senators.

Don’t know the phone number for your Senator? Call the switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected.

Tell them:

“I’m [name] and a constituent of Sen. xx. I urge him/her to vote to ensure that any 2018 Interior Department spending legislation maintains the prohibitions against killing healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter. 80% of Americans oppose killing these national icons, please stand with us by protecting these national icons from mass killing and slaughter.”

When you’re done, you can click here to follow-up with an email to both of your Senators.

All our hard work is paying off. Last week, we exposed the sham pro-slaughter summit in Utah, we hand delivered over 300,000 petition signatures to a key swing vote in Congress, and new, bipartisan legislation was introduced to maintain the ban on killing healthy horses.

When this summer began, things looked bleak. It appeared the White House and Congress were about to do the unthinkable — open the door to the killing of nearly 100,000 healthy horses and burros. We now have a real chance to stop this, and to protect America’s majestic icons of freedom.

We cannot let up. Call, call, call. Email, email, email. Keep up the great work. You’re making a real difference.

Thank you,

Grace Kuhn

P.S. If you are able, also please consider a donation. We’re pulling out all the stops right now and every dollar helps.

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Your hard work is paying off

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Earlier this week, we delivered 300,000 petition signatures against the killing of wild horses and burros to Rep. Amodei’s office in Nevada. And the news media joined us. Watch what that many signatures looks like walking into a Congressional office!

Last week, we traveled to Utah to document the first roundup of wild horses this season. Contrary to the claim perpetuated by the BLM, politicians and ranchers that mustangs are starving on the range, our video shows healthy wild horses being captured and it has reached over 1 million people. 

That’s just the beginning. Thanks to you, we blanketed Salt Lake City with ads,activated grassroots supporters in Utah, and held a press conference. The headlines exposed the sham wild horse summit:

Critics maintain Utah mustang meeting a secretive ‘slaughter summit’

Utah State University hosts wild horse summit, but excludes key advocates and the public

State & Federal managers discuss fate of wild horses, with media and advocates locked out

And yesterday, a bipartisan amendment was introduced in the House Representatives by Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Peter King (R-NY) and Jared Polis (D-CO) to reverse the deadly Stewart Amendment and restore the prohibition on killing healthy, federally-protected wild horses and burros. 

Our goal this summer has been to keep the pressure on, expose our opponents’ real agenda, and set the table for September, which we expect will be the deciding month for our movement and for the future of wild horses and burros in this country.

We’re off to a strong start. But we need you to keep up the pressure. So keep emailingcalling, donating, and sharing. We will win this fight!

Thank you,

Grace Kuhn

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Before the summer ends

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thank you for being a part of our #NoRecessForHorses Summer of Action. Our goal has been to keep the pressure every day on legislators while they’re back home to make it clear: the American people will not stand for the mass slaughter of America’s wild horses. Our own polling shows 80% of Americans are with us.

Have you spoken to your Representative yet? If not, its not too late to be heard. Here’s what you can do:

1) Find out if your member is holding a town hall: https://townhallproject.com/

If they are, please attend and ask them if they are committed to stoping any attempts towards the slaughter, euthanasia, or destruction of healthy wild horses. If they answer, make sure to let us know: contact@americanwildhorsecampaign.org.

2) No town hall? Call your member’s district (not Washington D.C.) office and ask them if you can schedule a meeting with your congressperson or legislative aide. You can find the number for your congressperson here. And you can look up talking points here.

3) In addition to meeting in-person, make sure to keep calling and emailing.You can use our tool here to get in touch now.

If you don’t know where your member stands on this issue, now’s the time to find out. And if they’re supporting slaughter, now is the time to change their mind! Votes are expected in September that may decide the fate of American wild horses. So keep up the pressure! #NoHorseSlaughter #NoRecessForHorses!

Thank you!

-Grace Kuhn

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Welcome to the slaughter summit

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

They have arrived. Today, the “wild horse summit” kicks off in Salt Lake City, bringing together pro-slaughter “wildlife managers” and livestock special interests to lay the roadmap for the killing of America’s healthy wild horses. They’re banking on the pro-slaughter federal legislation passing.

As you can imagine, we were not invited. But we’re heading to Salt Lake City anyways. Thanks to your help, our billboard is up, our digital ads are running, and we’re planning a press conference and grassroots mobilization.

You can join our efforts now by sharing this graphic on Facebook:

This week’s summit is a pro-slaughter sham. People with actual experience implementing humane management solutions are being deliberately excluded. Peer-reviewed science documenting the success of humane fertility control as an alternative to roundup and slaughter is being censored.

But thanks to your help,  we’re not going to let federal officials and politicians hear only their one-sided, pro-slaughter message.

Thank you for everything. Let’s keep it up!

— Grace Kuhn, American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. We still need donations to help support our efforts this week in Salt Lake City and around the country.

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You did it (and what’s next!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

You did it. In less than a week, you blew past our goal of $10,000 to put a billboard up in Salt Lake City during the pro-slaughter “Wild Horse Summit.” Thanks to your help, the billboard goes up tomorrow morning as legislators and pro-slaughter “wildlife managers” arrive in Utah. (We’ll post pictures of the live billboard on our Facebook page early this week.)

We’ve now raised nearly $20,000 and if we can raise another $10,000, we can add billboards in Phoenix, Reno, and Las Vegas — targeting some of the key votes that could decide the fate of wild horses in our country.

Will you donate right now and help us expand our impact to prevent the slaughter of America’s wild horses?

The summit this week in Salt Lake City is a sham. The gathering will bring together pro-slaughter “wildlife managers” and other special interests to lay the roadmap for the killing of America’s healthy wild horses. They’re banking on the pro-slaughter legislation passing.

We were not invited. People with actual experience implementing humane management solutions are being deliberately excluded. Peer-reviewed science documenting the success of humane fertility control as an alternative to roundup and slaughter is being censored.

But we’re not going to let federal officials and politicians hear only their one-sided, pro-slaughter message. Our billboard goes up on Monday, we’re saturating the event and hotel with mobile and digital ads, and on Wednesday we’re working with our coalition partner, The Cloud Foundation, and convening a press conference to raise attention to our (correct) side of the story.

We will not let undecided legislators and the media get taken for a ride.

This has to be our strategy nationwide. Our opponents are running aggressive campaigns to get their way. They’re convening summits, holding dinners, and lobbying. They’re banking on the hope that we won’t be as aggressive or as savvy. They’re wrong.

Please donate now, and help us get up billboards in other key districts while we expand our grassroots, lobbying and digital campaigns nationwide.

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy

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Our slaughter opponents are pulling a fast one

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our opponents are trying to pull a fast one on us. They’re taking Utah public money to convene a “Wild Horse Summit” in Salt Lake City next week. The gathering will attract pro-slaughter “wildlife managers” and other pro-ranching special interests to lay the roadmap to begin the killing of America’s healthy wild horses. The Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is expected to attend. 

We were not invited. People with actual experience implementing humane management solutions are being deliberately excluded. Peer-reviewed science documenting the success of humane fertility control as an alternative to roundup and slaughter is being censored.

But we’re not going to let federal officials and politicians hear only their one-sided, pro-slaughter message. Will you help us fund this billboard and other advertisements within Salt Lake City?

We have just 48 hours to raise $10,000 to fund this billboard, social media ads and media campaign to fight back. 

Our opponents are trying to cook up every slanted argument they can: they claim the healthy horses are dying on the range and should be euthanized (not true). They claim they’re overrunning our public lands (even though horses are on only 17% of BLM rangeland). And they claim killing is the only way to manage the population (despite the sound science of proven birth control methods). 

We need to get the facts out there. Our team will be working with the media to correct the facts, and we’ll be running digital and outdoor ads in Salt Lake City to make it clear how the American public feels about slaughter. 

We need your help to do this. With Congress currently considering pro-slaughter legislation, we cannot let this Salt Lake City pro-slaughter dog-and-pony show take place without us fighting back. 

Please donate right now. We need to raise $10,000 in the next 48 hours to get this billboard up in time for the event.

Thank you, 

Suzanne Roy

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This summer we stop slaughter

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Friend –

With Congress going home for its August recess and the legislative future on horse slaughter still unclear, we asked you what our movement should do this month: sit tight OR keep up the pressure. Your response was clear: give them hell. Make it clear the American people will not stand for the destruction or slaughter of America’s wild horses.

So today we’re launching our #NoRecessForHorses Summer of Action. In the next three weeks, we’ll be visiting congressional offices, holding local events, activating supporters, putting up billboards, and, in short, making ourselves very, very loud.

To kick things off:

Click here and sign our national petition to Members of Congress: we oppose the destruction and slaughter of America’s healthy wild horse population.

We need every signature we can get. We’ll be hand-delivering the petition to key congressional offices, inviting the press and our local supporters to join.

Our opponents would love nothing more than if this issue stays quiet. They’ve seen the polling — they know 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. They want to confuse the issue, rename the word “slaughter” to something else, and hope we sit on the sidelines as they try to pass this terrible, cruel policy.

We won’t let them. Make sure you sign the petition now, then forward it to five friends! Thank you for standing for standing with us.

For the horses,

Suzanne Roy

P.S. After signing, forward this email to five friends and click here to share on Facebook.

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Townhall Time

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Friend –

Where does your member of Congress stand on protecting wild horses? If you don’t know, now’s the time to find out. And if they’re supporting slaughter, now is the time to change their mind. Votes are expected in September that may decide the fate of American wild horses.

Take action right now while your member of Congress is home for August recess:

1) Find out if your member is holding a town hall: https://townhallproject.com/

If they are, please attend and ask them if they will stop any attempts towards the slaughter, euthanasia, or destruction of healthy wild horses. If they answer, make sure to let us know their answer: contact@americanwildhorsecampaign.org.

2) No town hall? Call your member’s district (not Washington D.C.) officeand ask them if you can schedule a meeting with your congressperson or legislative aide. You can find the number for your congressperson here. And you can look up talking points here. Be sure to email us if you schedule a meeting!

3) In addition to meeting in-person, make sure to keep calling and emailing. You can use our tool here to get in touch now.

Keep up the pressure! #NoHorseSlaughter #NoRecessForHorses!

– Grace Kuhn

P.S. There are just 4 days left to get your limited edition #ImWithTheBand apparel! New items have just been added!

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Congress to Decide Fate of America’s Wild Horses – Act Now!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Tell Congress to Protect America’s Horses from Slaughter

In the next two months, Congress will decide whether to allow horse slaughter factories to reopen in the United States and whether to give the Bureau of Land Management license to kill up to 92,000 wild horses in holding facilities and on the range. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed an Interior Department spending bill that removed the prohibition on killing healthy wild horses and burros. While this is a setback, we have a much better chance of stopping this lethal legislation in the Senate… but only if your Senators hear from you. Please don’t wait to give America’s horses a voice – call Congress today!

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Senate Appropriations Committee Vote on Horse Slaughter Defunding

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted July 20 in favor of an amendment offered by Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), to defund the USDA’s inspection of horse slaughter, a renewal of what was effectively a ban on the practice.

Today’s vote for the Udall-Graham Amendment means the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Bill may move forward with language limiting USDA action in the inspection of animals, facilities or products associated with horse slaughter.  On July 12, however, the House Appropriations Committee voted against a similar amendment that would defund USDA inspection of horse slaughter, setting the stage for possible negotiations on the final spending bill.

Horse slaughter plants in the United States were closed in 2007 when funding for USDA inspection was halted through the appropriations approval process. Horse slaughter inspections will remain unfunded through September 30, 2017, when the current fiscal year will end. Further information will be available when approval for the FY18 Appropriations are finalized.

The American Horse Council has not taken a position on horse slaughter as the equine industry remains divided on this issue. Please contact the American Horse Council for further information.

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BREAKING: House Committee votes to slaughter of America’s wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our team just got bad news out of the U.S. House Appropriations markup: the committee just voted to add a pro-slaughter amendment, acceding to the barbaric request of the Interior Department to kill these majestic animals.

The members of this committee rejected the will of 80% of Americans who do not want slaughter; they rejected the science that shows these animals can be managed with humane birth control; and they rejected every major animal welfare organization who condemned the cruelty of this slaughter policy.

They should be ashamed. But this fight is not over!

We can still stop this horse slaughter provision before a vote by the full House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. We need your help.

Can you donate $25, $50 or $100 to help as expand the #NoHorseSlaughter campaign and our list of targets?

The amendment, which passed on a voice vote, allows for the wholesale destruction of healthy wild horses and burros that the BLM deems “unadoptable” or “overpopulated.” The committee knew just how unpopular their stance was — that’s why they replaced “slaughter” with “destruction.” But it’s same barbaric policy with different words.

We’re not fooled. And we’re not backing down. Please donate now and help us keep up the fight.

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy

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Your Rep. may decide the fate of wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the past few days, we’ve launched an unprecedented campaign to try to save America’s wild horses, including a TV ad buy in four key markets and the release of new polling showing 80% of Americans favor continuing anti-slaughter protections for wild horses.

Why the urgent push? Tomorrow, the full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the new Interior Department budget — and we are told our opponents will attempt to add language to authorize the mass slaughter of America’s wild horses.

The fate of America’s wild horses may come down to your Congressperson. Will you contact he/she right now?

1) Call Your Rep at 202-225-3121 and say: side with 80% of Americans — #NoHorseSlaughter, no way!

2) Click the icons below and Tweet and/or Facebook to your Representative.

We’ll keep you updated as the votes unfold. This is one of the most critical weeks we have ever had in the fight to protect wild horses and prevent what could be one of the largest mass slaughter’s of wild animals in our history.

Thank you for being with us,

Suzanne Roy

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. Please also consider an emergency donation to help us continue our Virginia TV ad buy.

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What percentage of Americans want slaughter?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We just completed a national poll about wild horses, asking Americans whether they want continuing protection of wild horses or slaughter. The result:

  • 80% of Americans “prefer continuing protection of America’s wild horses from slaughter”
  • 15% of Americans “think we should end protections and allow slaughter of America’s wild horses
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House Ag Appropriations Committee Vote on Horse Slaughter Defunding

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations voted July 12 against an amendment that Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) had offered to defund the USDA’s inspection of horse slaughter, a renewal of what was effectively a ban on the practice.

Wednesday’s vote against the Roybal-Allard/Dent amendment means the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Bill may move forward without any language limiting USDA action in the inspection of animals, facilities or products associated with horse slaughter. The Senate has yet to hold their full committee markup, and both bills must be accepted by the full House and Senate before the USDA could begin inspections for 2018.

Horse slaughter plants in the United States were closed in 2007 when funding for USDA inspection was halted through the appropriations approval process. Horse slaughter inspections will remain unfunded through September 30, 2017, when the current fiscal year will end. Further information will be available when voting for the FY18 Appropriations are finalized.

The American Horse Council has not taken a position on horse slaughter as the equine industry remains divided on this issue. Please contact the American Horse Council for further information.

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ALL 49 MUSTANGS SAVED FROM SLAUGHTER – WE DID IT !

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

NO HORSE LEFT BEHIND!49 Mustangs Saved from Slaughter!

Yes 49…. WE DID IT!!! Thanks to everyone who stepped up we were able to save the lives of ALL 49 mustangs we were called to help. After these mustangs are rounded up, we get a courtesy phone call and we are the only chance they have to avoid being shipped directly to slaughter.

Initially we were not supposed to bring any horses back to Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang. But how do you look deep into the eyes of the stallions and simply walk away. CPMM is one of the few places who can take on wild stallions, and no one else was going to step up. As they stood there patiently staring at me, the decision was made.

How can you walk away from horses you CAN save, and look in the mirror? Yes, it makes things extremely difficult at times, and is much more expensive as we incur the gelding costs before we can place them, not to mention stallions can be a lot of work. However, the only alternative was to look at them and say “nope – you are too much trouble – die a horrible death”, and it was not an option as we did have the capability of saving them.

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WATCH: The choice on wild horses

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Right now, Washington is ablaze in controversy and partisan bickering. But behind it, too many are missing a critical story: if Congress signs off on the Bureau of Land Management’s budget request, as many as 100,000 wild horses and burros will be slaughtered.

This isn’t fear-mongering. It’s what’s at stake if we overturn the ban on horse slaughter. And if we’re going to stop it, we need to get this story out there and make sure Congress and Americans at-large understand what could happen in just a matter of weeks.

Watch our latest web video and then share it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #NoHorseSlaughter.

We need to turn up the volume. And fast. So please watch our video now and share it.

Thank you for being with us and America’s wild horses,

-Suzanne Roy

P.S. Please also consider a donation as we intensify our campaigning in Washington and across the country.

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