Breaking News! The Senate has created a version of an Appropriations bill that will not kill tens of thousands of wild horses.
The Presidents proposed spending bill for Fiscal year 2018 cut the Bureau of Land Management budget by ten million dollars. The version passed by the House of Representatives included language that would have seen tens of thousands of wild horses shot.
Today the United States Senate created a version of the bill, included with no need for another vote, that increases the budget for the wild horse and burro program by 5 million dollars. The condition of the increased budget is that the agency find humane management solutions that work on the range.
“We have been working diligently to demonstrate that we can manage wild horses humanely on the range,” said Laura Leigh President of Wild Horse Education, “Our work takes a site by site approach that uses modern tools to monitor and manage. We are overjoyed that this information is being understood.”
The House version has the language to kill wild horses and the Senate version does not. Both versions now make their way into conference.
“The battle is not won yet,” said Leigh “But we are finally on the track of sanity.”
Where to from here?
Next step is to turn the House. (We have also had some important legislation introduced in the “big picture” and we will have more on how you can help move that through soon!)
You can send a free fax over the holiday weekend.
Updated 11/20: Templates for what you can say below.
House: “I do not want any federal funds used to kill healthy wild horses. I urge you to support the Senate version for funding the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro program. Please support the use of temporary fertility control vaccines and strong data collection methods to address deficits in on range management. Humane management must be the objective for wild horses and burros.”
Kids can help!
#Kids4WildHorses is taking letters to Congress (in person and by mail). We all must be mindful about the world we leave to our children.
click here for more: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/10/25/4-leg-brigade-kids-can-help-wild-horses/
Wild Horses and Burros.—The Committee appreciates the seriousness
with which the request takes the on-range overpopulation
of wild horses and burros. With on-range wild horse population 270
percent over Appropriate Management Level; on-range wild horse
populations doubling roughly every 4 years; adoption numbers
steadily decreasing over the last decade, and unlikely to return to
historic levels; range conditions inadequate to sustain both wild
horses and burros and native wildlife habitat; and significant trespass
issues and instances where wild horses are found outside designated
Herd Management Areas, the Committee recognizes that
bold steps must be taken to put this program on a path to sustainability.
The Committee looks forward to the release of the report
required by the Statement of Managers accompanying division G of
the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2017 and is hopeful that it will
contain a range of humane and politically viable options that can
collectively be implemented to drastically reduce on-range populations
and a variety of methods to limit unsustainable on-range
reproduction and the Committee has provided an additional
$5,000,000 to begin this effort. The Committee again asserts its position
that no one solution will resolve this issue and multiple approaches
employed together are necessary to controlling the current
unsustainable trajectory of wild horse and burro population
The work is not finished. We need to push the investigations forward for accountability. We need to prepare more documents and continue to present our site specific analysis and solution documents. Help us build the tools for a sustainable tomorrow for our wild horses and wild places. Humane and sane management is possible. We still have a lot of work to get this done on the range.
Can you help us turn up the heat?