From mailing a letter to sending electronic messages to supporting Return to Freedom’s legal and sanctuary work, here are eight ways that you can help America’s horses, both wild and domestic, today:
1–Join our letter-writing campaign for wild horses and burros. The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee plays a key role in controlling how much money is spent on the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. It’s important to secure protective language in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior appropriations bill so that we can focus on humane, science-based solutions for wild horses and burros.
2–Send an electronic message urging your members of Congress to demand that the BLM immediately revoke its new sales policy. Last year, the agency quietly changed its sales policy in a way that allows a single buyer to purchase up to 24 wild horses or burros per day with no waiting period and no questions asked — compared to its previous limit of four horses per buyer every six months unless granted special permission. UPDATE: BLM rescinded the 2018 sales policy on March 13, 2019. Thank you to everyone who took action!
3–Send an electronic message to BLM urging the agency to cancel its planned roundup and implement safe, proven and humane fertility control on the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area, instead. BLM has announced plans to go forward with the removal of about 80 percent of the wild horses from the beloved herd at the Onaqui HMA in Utah — 465 out of an estimated 586 wild horses.
4–Send an electronic message to the U.S. Forest Service telling it to cancel its planned sale of older wild horses without a prohibition against slaughter. USFS announced just prior to last year’s Devils Garden Wild Horse Territory helicopter roundup that after a short period of time of offering captured horses ages 10-older for adoption and sales with restrictions against slaughter, the agency would sell off any remaining without restriction. RTF and other advocates have filed suit to stop the sale.
5–Donate to RTF’s Wild Horse Defense Fund, which fuels our advocacy, lobbying, selective litigation and on-range monitoring of roundups. RTF is currently involved in two cases pending in federal court, to defend wild horses in California and Utah.
6–Send an electronic message urging your representative to cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. H.R. 961 would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the export of horses for slaughter abroad.
7–Send an electronic message urging your representative to cosponsor H.R. 1400. Previous legislation banned the use of double-deck trailers to transport horses to slaughter because of their inherent cruelty, but non-slaughter bound horses continue to be hauled on these trailers for various reasons. H.R. 1400 would ban the use of double-decker trailers for horses under any circumstances.
8–Sponsor a wild horse or burro. RTF provides a safe haven for more than 500 wild horses and 40 burros, most of which were captured and taken from their home ranges or were at risk of being sent to slaughter. Sponsoring one horse benefits all of our sanctuary residents — and helps us continue to save lives.