House votes to prevent commercial slaughter of wild horses and burros

26 04 2007

Wild Burros of the Owens Valley, originally uploaded by Snap Man.

The House voted Thursday to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

The 277-137 vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling the animals for commercial processing.

The protection was removed in 2004 when former Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., inserted a measure in a spending bill allowing their sale. Read more

I hope they’ll be looking into alternative ways of keeping the populations down, such as making it easier to adopt these critters, immunocontraception, etc. About a quarter of the mustangs and burros rounded up never find homes…

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4 responses

29 10 2008
Barbara Beard

Actually, the BLM pays $16 million of its $21 million annual budget to Kansas and Oklahoma cattlemen to warehouse the rounded up horses on pastures there. Those horses they do not try to get adopted, and send about 6,000 to 10,000 per year to slaughter.
In 2008 the BLM decided to send more per year to slaughter, based on extremely faulty counts of horses in the Herd Management Areas, and even more faulty reproduction estimates.
This is becaue the cattlemen want to graze even more cattle on the land, in response to high feed prices caused by the corn ethanol scam.
Visit the blog for more current facts.

27 09 2009
Barbara Ellen Ries
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Postcard Campaign for ROAM Act
Congressional WH&B Postcard Campaign


In 1971, an unprecedented letter-writing campaign moved Congress to pass the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, declaring “wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death ; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”

Over the past thirty-eight years, the intent of the Act has been consistently ignored. The Department of the Interior continues to waste tax dollars on eradicating America’s wild horses and burros with aggressive removal policies favoring private interests over both law and the will of the people. Today, almost 19 million acres that the Act granted the Wild Horses & Burros have been taken away. There are more wild horses and burros now in government pens than in the wild. Recently, BLM began asking Congress for the right to kill them by the thousands or sell them openly for slaughter.

Please help tell our U. S. Senators we, the American people, want our few remaining Wild Horses and Burros to remain free on the land that was granted them in 1971, and on which they, and their ancestors have lived for centuries.

Four-color postcards have been purchased for a National writing campaign using a photo courtesy of Carol Walker – Living Images. It also has Wild Horse Annie’s quote printed across the bottom (front). “These horses belong to all the people of America and they exist on lands that belong to all the people of America.” – Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston

These cards & applicable pre-addressed Senator labels will be provided FREE to all Host Organizations willing to get them written. NOTE:20every U.S. citizen has 2 Senators — i.e. every person needs to write 2 cards.

We need citizens of every state to send these cards urging their Senators to co-sponsor the current S.1579 bill. This is the Senate version of the recently passed House’s HR 1018 (R.O.A.M Act). We urge you to have all your friends, families (including children) and club members write cards to their Senators telling them how they feel about America’s Wild Horses and Burros.

The host organization, in each area, will be responsible for postage to DC (a postage donation jar on a table is recommended). Any monies collected, above the DC postage costs, belongs to the local participating host organization. Key to the success of this campaign is: the General Public must be asked to write their thoughts There & Then – No “take-home and do later” of postcards.

Contact: and request the Senate cards be mailed to you.

Please include: your name, postal mailing address, e- mail address, how many (x 2) and for what State(s) you want them labeled for.

Thank you for taking time to help
“The Wild Ones”

Breaking News from the Int’l Fund for Horses

Horse Power to stream Natl Wild Horse and Burro Meeting Live
HORSE POWER, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and its educational partner, Sierra Nevada Community Access Television, are proudly bringing to the public the complete National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory meeting, Monday, September 28th, from 8 am – 5 PM.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting will be web-streamed live from the Arlington Hyatt Hotel, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.
The meeting will cover issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

Topics include: Old Business, Update on Pending Litigation, Gathers, Adoptions, Facilities and Forest Service Updates.

Additionally, the Board will hear recommendations and input from the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, wild horse and burro advocates together with comments from the Public.

23 02 2010
Kim Flink

While the fight continues to save our wild horses, we can rescue the ones that are being help up with your help.

Please visit us @

Thank you

23 02 2010
Kim Flink

that would be held up

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