Broken Promises! America’s Wild Horses & Burros Betrayed!
The wild horses and burros of the American West, symbols of American freedoms and values we share and hold dear, are under threat of losing the federal protections that keep them alive.
Protections defined by the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act are at tremendous risk since the Act was unanimously passed by Congress in 1971. The House Appropriations Committee has voted to allow the Bureau of Land Management, the federal body responsible for the care and stewardship of these animals, unlimited sales of captive wild horses and burros as part of the proposed 2018 budget. Now the Senate Appropriations Committee will decide their fate. We have reason to believe that America’s mustangs are already being shipped for slaughter to Canada and Mexico - and as far afield as Japan where they are butchered and served as sushi.
Taxpayer dollars would be used to fund and facilitate the roundup and sale of these animals from federal lands to a vicious and cruel slaughter. Federally funded horse-meat inspections and programs would pave the way for the return of barbarous horse slaughter to US soil.
If the proposed budget moves forward in its current form, as many as 96,000 captive and wild horses would be deemed “excess.” Mustangs and burros who are not already languishing in holding pens would potentially be gunned down on the very lands that were promised to sustain them decades ago.
In Defense of Animals has joined with the National Academy of Sciences and 40 other national organizations to propose humane, sustainable solutions for managing wild horses and burros on public lands. We are countering the ridiculous claims made by the Bureau of Land (mis)Management to smear the horses. Wild horses and burros have been made into scapegoats by the extractive and cattle industries which the BLM allows to exploit the very lands that were legally mandated to nurture our nation's mustangs over 45 years ago - and all at taxpayer expense!
Our democratic process is being hijacked by wealthy special interests, and wild horses and burros are paying the price! More than 45 years ago, we promised as a nation to be stewards of these living symbols of freedom. If we do not act soon, that promise will be broken and these living, feeling, majestic animals will be gone forever.
Urgent action is needed! Our voices must be heard, and your donation today makes that happen!