Victory! Dangerous Rule Revoked to Save Wild Horses & Burros!
Last summer, we alerted you to the shocking new rule which opened the door wide open for opportunistic horse slaughter buyers. Implemented by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under a cloak of secrecy, Instructional Memorandum 2018-066 essentially allowed the sale of up to 24 horses per day per buyer, for as many days as requested, for just $25 each.
In response to this disastrous new rule, we asked you, our supporters and equine friends, to contact your legislators to alert them to this action by the Bureau, which intentionally circumvented congressionally mandated protections for wild horses and burros. Thanks to you and other advocates, Congress heard you loud and clear to put pressure on the BLM. The loathsome rule change was dropped, and the previous regulation which allowed four horses per sale in a six-month period has been restored.
Sometimes, animal advocates get discouraged when it appears as though their voices are not being acknowledged. This latest action shows that our voices can be heard and we can make a difference!
Thank you to all who took action for this outstanding victory! In Defense of Animals will not stop advocating for protections for America's iconic "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West" as they are referenced in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
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