TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress, BLM ‘No’ to Dangerous Sterilization Surgeries on Wild Mares!

Photo of Grey Mare taken by Gen Heywood at RTF’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Dear Friends,

It’s time for us all to roll up our sleeves and go to work for wild horses.

We’re likely just days away from the House Appropriations Committee taking up wild horse and burro management as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior appropriations bill. Last year, the same committee voted to approve an amendment that would have allowed the Bureau of Land Management to kill healthy wild horses and burros. Fortunately, members of the Senate stood their ground and kept that language out of the final Fiscal Year 2018 spending package.

This year, we’re guarding against not just attempts to kill wild horses and burros but to allow BLM to perform dangerous sterilization surgeries on them in the field.

Already, the BLM has included such surgeries among the range of options for wild horse management that it presented in a report to Congress. Now, the BLM – the very agency tasked by law with protecting our nation’s wild horses and burros — has proposed performing sterilization surgeries on wild mares as part of planned roundup in Oregon.

We need your help on two fronts to stop these inhumane, invasive surgeries before they start. We’re asking that you please call Congress and that you send, by June 4, a letter of opposition to BLM.

Take Action

Please call (202) 225-3121. Tell your representative that you:

* Oppose any amendment to the FY19 Interior Appropriations bill allowing BLM to kill wild horses and burros;

* Oppose any amendment allowing for the sterilization of wild horses and burros because it is dangerous, unproven, costly and could be devastating to the future of these federally protected animals;

* Support the use of safe, proven fertility control vaccines for wild horses and burros;

* Support the SAFE Act (H.R. 113) to ban slaughter and the transportation of horses for slaughter;

* Support the Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R. 4040) to ban hauling horses on double-deck trailers under all circumstances.

Tell your senators that you:

* Oppose any amendment to the FY19 Interior Appropriations bill allowing BLM to kill wild horses and burros;

* Oppose any amendment allowing for the sterilization of wild horses and burros because it is dangerous, unproven, costly and could be devastating to the future of these federally protected animals;

* Support the use of safe, proven fertility control vaccines for wild horses and burros;

* Support the anti-horse slaughter language in the FY19 Agriculture Appropriations bill;

* Support the SAFE Act (S. 1706) to ban slaughter and the transportation of horses for slaughter

Click here to send a letter to BLM opposing sterilization surgeries on wild mares. 

Thank you for being a voice for our wild herds – and for spreading the word about the threats facing them.

The RTF Team

 

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