Appropriations Hearings for the week of July 17

Speck, Ivory and Crackerjack

Schedule and action to be taken

July 18 both at 10:30 a.m. EST


  1. House Appropriations Full Committee

    To consider Full Committee Markup of the Interior Approps bill

    No link to watch yet. (We will update here when it is provided.)

  2. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Markup of the Agriculture Approps Bill

Watch at this link:

What are the main issues:

The Interior Budget still has the language that was passed in the omnibus bill for the FY 2017 budget. That amended the Wild Free Roaming & Burros Act of 1971. It was written to allow entities to buy or adopt horses or burros. Until this amendment was sneakily passed through only an individual could purchase or adopt horses, and there was a 4 horse or burro limit per individual.

Why is this troubling…because even though it has wording that no agency or entity who adopts the horses or burros will send them to slaughter, or euthanize them without recommendation by a veterinarian, there is no oversight. There is no budget for anyone, no tracking designation that says “you the BLM” or “you the Sec of the Int” are given the task of tracking the animals, and making sure that they are only destroyed via humane euthanasia upon recommendation.

This means that just like an individual who adopts a horse, and is given title after one year, any person who adopts or buys (title given immediately with a sale) has the ability to do whatever they want with them. They have lost Federal protections.

This is just as troubling and urgent as the Agriculture Bill which omitted the language that keeps the USDA Inspections of horse meat from being funded, and also deleted the restriction that would not allow BLM to use any funds for the destruction of healthy or unadoptable wild horses or burros. So this bill if passed will allow horse slaughter for both domestic and wild.


You can contact both the committees that are hearing these bills on Tuesday and below is a blurb that you can use, modify or write your own, but please make those contacts. The complete list of committee members for each bill is below the possible blurbs we have provided here:

  • Interior:
    • Dear Representative ________, please demand that the Department of Interior Appropriations Bill for FY 2018 be sent back to the committee. Representative Chris Stewart violated Title 18 of the US Criminal Code and provided false information in the previous hearings. The decision to allow entities to adopt wild horses was based on false information that there is an overpopulation, or thousands of starving horses in the wild. This was in the testimony Citizens Against Equine Slaughter sent to the Appropriations Committee for inclusion in the record. The amendment should therefore be repealed, and the budget for FY 18 should have none of the language of entities or agencies receiving federally protected animals until this is addressed. Population and starvation claims must be investigated.  Then the language would have to be reintroduced, with some budget for the agency or person responsible for tracking animals transferred to ensure they do not go to slaughter once transferred, as is stated now, but not budgeted for.
  • Agriculture:
    • Dear Senator______________,  the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that has been passed by the House must be sent back to them. Representative Mark Amodei committed violation of the US Criminal Code, Title 18 § (subsection) 1018 providing false information to the Government, when he stated that a NGO had sued the BLM regarding birth control experimentation in Oregon with the result that the government had no alternative to warehousing wild horses outside of slaughter. The Bill only passed the Full House by 2 votes which very easily could have been swayed by this misleading information presented by Representative Amodei. 80% of Americans do not want slaughter. Lies to meet the agenda of special interest groups have got to be investigated.
    • I also would like to add that no slaughter is humane,  even in this country is , which is proven by the method used to stun the horse. This method is used in Mexico, Canada and would be here, just as it was in the past. With only 3,000 horses per state going to slaughter annually, there would be no demand for a slaughterhouse in each state, meaning long transportation for equines would still exist if this bill passes. So this means the only real agenda to get this bill passed is the push to kill the 50,000 plus wild horses  & burros in holding, which is unacceptable.


  • List for Senators on the Subcommittee for the Agriculture Approps Bill: (The Chairman is priority, then ranking member and then the rest of the subcommittee)

John Hoeven, Chairman
P: 202-224-2551

Jeff Merkley, Ranking Member
Phone: (202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997

Thad Cochran
Phone: (202) 224-5054

Patrick Leahy
Phone: (202) 224-4242

Mitch McConnell
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499

Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954

Susan Collins
Main: (202)224-2523
Fax: (202)224-2693

Jon Tester
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Fax: (202) 224-8594

(202) 224-6621

Roy Blunt
Phone: (202) 224-5721

Jerry Moran
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-6966

Tammy Baldwin
Phone: (202) 224-5653

Marco Rubio
(202) 224-3041



3 thoughts on “Appropriations Hearings for the week of July 17

  1. We have to fight for our Historical American Icons with ALL we have.!! We can’t let this happen to them for not only would it be cruel but there is really NO reason to destroy them. The herd numbers are falsified and proven bogus .
    With thousands of people against killing them and. Few that don’t they need to listen to the people ..for once and protect our wild horses.

  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH! This is an excellent resource! Thanks for all your hard work.

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