Protect America's horses and wildlife

Photo by Bob Koons/HSWLT

Congress will soon vote on the spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018 and it is vital that the final bill prevents the killing of America's horses and protects wildlife. Your legislators urgently need to hear from you to ensure:

    • The ban on operating horse slaughter plants in the U.S. is maintained

    • America's wild horses and burros remain protected from mass killing

    • Harmful wildlife provisions are excluded, particularly language that would allow cruel trophy hunting methods on some National Park Service lands in Alaska

    • Congress maintains critical Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for species such as the gray wolf

Before time runs out, please speak out to protect America's beloved horses and wildlife today.

Please take a moment to call your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators now. Look up your legislators' phone numbers. You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to work with leadership to ensure that the final FY18 spending bill protects America’s domestic and wild horses from slaughter and mass killing. Additionally, please help safeguard our wildlife from harmful changes to the Endangered Species Act and provisions allowing extreme methods of killing grizzlies and wolves on some Alaska National Park Service lands."

After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I urge you to work with leadership to protect America's horses and wildlife in the final FY18 spending bill.

It is critical that the final spending bill maintains a ban on horse slaughter plants operating in the U.S. by preventing USDA from using funds to inspect these facilities. Forcing American taxpayers to pay for horse slaughter inspections is fiscally irresponsible and goes against our values.

I also ask that the bill continues to protect America's wild horses and burros from mass killing. Over the past 20 years, the Bureau of Land Management's failure to properly manage the Wild Horse and Burro Program has led the agency to focus solely on round-up and removals as a primary management strategy for wild horse and burro populations on America's western rangelands. These animals do not deserve to die as a result of the agency's failure to properly manage the program.

Finally, please ensure the final spending bill does not contain riders that harm wildlife. I am especially concerned about the language that would allow extreme hunting methods--such as killing animal mothers and their young at their dens and luring bears with bait to kill them at point-blank range--on National Park Service lands, specifically National Preserves in Alaska. Additionally, please keep out provisions that would undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA), particularly those that remove protections for species like the gray wolf.

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This action alert is for U.S. residents. International advocates, please visit Humane Society International.


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