WHAT CAN YOU DO THIS WEEK?
On Wed. 12 July, 2017 The full House committee for appropriations for the Department of Agriculture’s FY 2018 budget FAILED. We still hold hope that the Senate will introduce the language removed in section 767 of the Ag. budget.
The Interior FY 18 budget was passed without dangerous language to use ‘all tools’ available, which we knew meant slaughter. However, the bill still has some troubling language for CAES’ Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Association Director, Val Cecama-Hogsett.
What happened in the Department of Agriculture Appropriation hearing?
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) raised an amendment continuing the ban on commercial horse slaughter in the U.S., citing issues of animal abuse and public health.
Roybal-Allard said that 80 percent of Americans oppose commercial horse slaughter; it is impossible to humanely slaughter horses due to their unique biology; and drug residue after veterinary treatment of horses as companion animals would make the meat unfit for human consumption.
Opposing the amendment, Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) said the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. merely moves the slaughter of horses to Mexico and Canada, where it is not as well-regulated as it would be in the U.S.
What happened in the Department of Interior Appropriation hearing?
The language to use ‘all tools’ in the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses & Burros Act of 1971, was removed before the bill passed the full House Committee. That language coupled with the anonymous tip received by the Cloud Foundation (Secretary Zinke directing BLM holding facilities to inventory horses by age and weight) told us that slaughter was clearly the ‘tool’ they want to use.
We are relieved that was removed, however, we are still not happy with the language in the Stewart Amendment from 2017 that makes the unrestricted sale of horses to entities possible. While the current bill states that no agency who receives horses (via this amendment authority) is not to slaughter any horse they buy or receive through transfer. We saw during the situation with Tom Davis, that this wording is not enforceable. Once these horses lose their Federal protections through a sale or transfer, they cannot tell the states or state agencies what they can legally do with them.
There is not budget included for oversight, tracking or implementing any program that ensures these stipulations are followed. Their is no protocol put in place for sick, lame or retired horses. i.e. where do they go in one of these circumstances? The language is too vague, and even those it says states MAY not….. it is NOT enforceable and we know that after watching BLM and Tom Davis sell nearly 1,800 horses down the slaughter pipeline.
What action can you take this week?
On Sunday and Monday July 16 – 17 contact your Representative regarding the Interior FY 2018 budget. The bill moves to the House of Representative Floor, and this is where your representative, will vote on the bill as the committee marked it up during previous hearings.
Here is what you can say:
I am calling today to ask Representative _______________ to reject the Interior budget because it does not protect wild horses, sold or transferred, to states or agencies, without tracking, oversight or protocol, for those horses that may become ill, injured or retired from being sold to kill buyers for slaughter. The current language is not enforceable.
Full Committee member list:
On Sunday and Monday July 16 – 17 contact the following Senators, regarding the Agriculture FY 2018 budget. The This bill was passed by the House and now moves to the Senate subcommittee. The Senators on the committee need to hear from us.
Here is what you can say:
I am calling today to ask Senator ____________________ re-introduce the language that was removed from the budget (section 767) which kept the ban in place for USDA inspections of horse meat, and put a restriction on the BLM from using funds for the destruction of healthy or unadoptable wild horses. With only 3 thousand horses per state going to slaughter annually, there is no need for slaughter in this country. The number of horses going to slaughter across the borders annually have dropped. The crisis over wild horses was manufactured by several groups and politicians who want the horses gone for their own corporate interests, as proven in recent claims by Citizens Against Equine Slaughter with formal complaints of Title 18 violations of the US Criminal Code, specifically by Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Amodei. Wild horses need to be managed on the range. If the Senator will not re-introduce this language please ask him/her to support it if it is re-introduced.
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Please make your calls…..our horses depend on YOU to be their voice!
When emailing or if hand delivering messages to your politicians please feel free to include both of the Title 18 Violation press releases we shared on our website.
Amodei Title 18 Violation
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