Representative Dina Titus of NV, Peter King, NY, and Jared Polis, CO, on Thursday filed an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that if passed will not allow any portion of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) budget to be used for the destruction of healthy or unadoptable animals.
The language introduced by Rep. Titus is normally seen in the Agriculture budget and in the past few years was introduce by Senator Udall who for some reason did not include it in his usual language that restricts any funds from use to pay for USDA inspections of horse meat. He did introduce that language this year and it was approved by the Senate. So we will not see horse slaughter plants opening in this country. We hope the SAFE act will make it through, but with the current administration we are not going to put money on that!
Last month during the House Subcommittee Appropriations hearings for the Department of the Interior FY 2018 Bill Representative Chris Stewart of UT introduced a bill lifting such restrictions, claiming for a second year that wild horses are over populated and starving on our public lands.
Rep. Stewart, with support of speeches made by Representative Amodei and Simpson managed to get the amendment passed on a voice vote. Citizens Against Slaughter Immediately sent in complaints of Title 18 violations of the US Criminal Code. Lying to a congressional body for the purpose of furthering their own agenda which we assert is that of the livestock industry, is a Title 18 violation.
We are very happy that Representatives Titus, King and Polis have heard us, and know that this whole crisis of wild horses and burros is a lie created to further diminish a nearly extinct native wildlife species.