Many of our supporters are sending us responses from their Senators and Reps on the FY 18 budget that is set to slaughter wild horses. We have every expectation that the Senate version of this bill WILL carry language to kill our wild ones because of pure fictions. We have done multiple articles leading to this juncture about how this has happened and we will continue to do so. Please remember we began this particular battle under the “eight ball” of the chaos left by those asserting the FY 17 budget was a back door to slaughter (it was not) and even the media did not want to carry the story of the FY 18 budget because they felt they had already covered it. We have a massive amount of spin to dig through to protect our wild ones and simply maintain the protections in the 1971 Act.
YOUR voice is vital. Make it the best you can be. The first place to start is to “self police” and do not react. Instead, do your research and then speak out.
Here is an example of how you can respond to the letters you receive back from your Reps.
Letter copied and pasted. Dear Mrs. X:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about President Trump’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro program. I appreciate hearing from you.
In order to control herd sizes, BLM must remove thousands of animals from the range each year. Currently, BLM estimates that there are over 70,000 wild horses and burros on BLM owned land, which is three times more than the agency says the land can support. The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, which is an independent group that makes recommendations to BLM about its management of the program, recommended that BLM euthanize or sell 45,000 horses to control the herd size. The Wild Horse and Burro program received $80.4 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2017.
President Trump released his budget request on May 23, 2017, as a blueprint for returning government spending to fiscally sustainable levels that promote economic growth. Among other things, the budget requests the authority to use all management tools provided by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971. While I do have some concerns about certain reforms proposed by President Trump, I believe the federal budget can and must include significant reductions for the sake of unburdening future generations of Americans by spending taxpayer dollars in a way that creates a viable financial system. As the Senate debates the federal budget, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to contact me again about other important issues.
EXAMPLE RESPONSE, typed very fast in an email to one of our supporters because we have limited time (see video below)
Simply tell him that he needs to look into the truth about the first population survey. Right now we actually have as many as we had in 1971.
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