8 ways to help America’s horses

Support safe, proven and humane fertility control that can end wild horse roundups: Congress approved an additional $21 million investment into the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program for Fiscal Year 2020 to pursue a non-lethal management alternative, including funds specifically for fertility control. This marked a first step toward ending the inhumane, costly and unsustainable practice of capturing and warehousing these American icons, yet BLM’s planning does not reflect Congress’s call for change. Send a message to your members of Congress urging them to press BLM on the implementation of fertility control.

Support a fair share for wild horses and burros: The resource allocation needs for federally wild horses and burros have for decades been considered last when their population and needs should be considered equally on areas that were legally designated for them to free roam, and weighted equally against other multiple uses that overlap areas designated for their protection under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Sign our petition.

Oppose surgical sterilization of wild mares: Despite strong public opposition to the surgical sterilization of federally protected wild mares and burro jennies — and despite Congress specifically calling for the use of safe, proven and humane methods of curbing wild horse population growth — the BLM continues to squander tax dollars in its pursuit of sterilization. Send a message urging your members of Congress to oppose surgeries that are dangerous, unproven, costly and unnecessary.

Call for an end to horse slaughter: Polls consistently show that about 80 percent of Americans strongly oppose horse slaughter. But until a federal ban on horse slaughter and the sale and transport of equines for the purpose of slaughter is passed once and for all, America’s wild and domestic equines are vulnerable to irresponsible breeding, abusive management, suffering, and often terrifying deaths in substandard conditions. Send a message to your members of Congress urging them support the SAFE Act to ban horse slaughter and the export of American horses for slaughter.

Oppose proposed changes to NEPA: The White House Council on Environmental Quality has proposed rule changes to the landmark National Environmental Policy Act,  some of which could limit public comments about roundups or even exclude management options like roundups from going through anysort of environmental review. Send a message to your members of Congress urging them to oppose changes that can harm wild horses and public transparency.

Help end conflicts between wild horses and cattle: The Voluntary Grazing Retirement Act (H.R. 5737) would allow third parties, like wild horse or environmental organizations, to compensate livestock grazing permittees who choose to voluntarily relinquish their permits on land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service, permanently ending livestock grazing on that allotment. Urge your representative to support the bill.

Help stop the inhumane use of double-decker trailers: Double-deck livestock trailers on the road today were built to meet the specific design and engineering requirements of short-necked livestock species, like cattle, sheep, and swine. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible haulers continue to use these trailers against manufacturer intent to transport horses, leading to inhumane travel conditions for equines and unsafe roadways for drivers. Send a message to your members of Congress urging them to support the Horse Transportation Safety Act.

Vote! To make real, lasting change in wild horse and burro management, we need to elect and re-elect lawmakers ready to stand up for these iconic animals. Here are questions that you can ask Congressional candidates in your district and state.

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