Wild Horse and Burro Alert:
On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee adopted the “Stewart Amendment” to the 2017 Interior Appropriations Bill. This language could very likely provide a convenient back door route for thousands of wild horses and burros currently in holding to go to slaughter. Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee held a mark up session on the Bill.
How can this happen? If wild horses and burros are allowed to be transferred to state and local agencies and the federal protections of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act are stripped away from them, they are at the mercy of states that are actively lobbing for their mass removal and slaughter such as Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Although the amendment includes a sentence intended to prohibit their “destruction for commercial processing,” this prohibition is completely unenforceable…
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