Robert Redford, Ed Harris, Elle Fanning & More Join Coalition Urging Congress To Oppose The Slaughter Of Wild Horses In The U.S.

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Robert Redford, Ed Harris, Elle Fanning, Ian Somerhalder and countless other equine enthusiasts joined The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Return to Freedom and the ASPCA to draw attention to the threat posed to wild horses and burros.

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“My family and I stand strongly against horse slaughter and against our government harming our wild horses,” actor and director Ed Harris stated in a Press Release. “I am pleading that a humane and common-sense solution to the management of our wild horse population be mandated by Congress in keeping with the spirit of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

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Since the implementation of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the Bureau of Land Management has attempted to maintain stable populations by rounding up and removing thousands of horses and burros from the wild, despite repeated directives that this was leading the program to financial instability.

The HSUS, HSLF, Return to Freedom and the ASPCA have long called for the agency to cease these actions and instead redirect money spent on capturing and holding wild horses toward available solutions, including judicious use of safe, proven fertility control on the range. 

The BLM did not listen, and now they want to fix their mistakes by slaughtering wild horses.

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Provisions in the budget proposed by the administration would allow the BLM to kill captured wild horses or sell them without restriction ― a change that would enable buyers to purchase wild horses on the cheap and haul them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

If Congress approves provisions in the president’s budget, then tens of thousands of horses will die.

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The House Committee on Appropriations votes today on the 2018 Interior Appropriations bill. The bill, approved by the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, maintains protective language, but there is a chance it might be amended in full committee and removed creating a pathway to slaughter.

Wild horse supporters are raising their voices to ensure the protections remain.

People can support participating organizations by visiting their websites linked above.

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