ACTION ALERT: Contact the Appropriations Subcommittee



The House of Representatives will begin hearings on the FY 2019
appropriations bill today. This is the bill with the Stewart amendment we fought to get rid of last year, and succeeded.

Last year Rep. Chris Stewart did, as in the previous year, stand in front of this Congressional committee and tell bold face lies to push his major donors’ agenda to get rid of our wild horses.

His amendment sought to use ‘all the tools in the toolbox’ meaning unrestricted sales of “excess” horses, and euthanasia of “excess horses”. His agenda supports the wishes of a huge group of well funded commercial and corporate special interest public lands users and abusers. The leaders of this group being the commercial livestock industry.

We filed an ethics complaint against Stewart, and we cornered him on C-Span, announcing that ethics complaint to the audience at a time when mainstream media would not tell the truth either. We have been forcing the truth to be seen and we will not stop.

We expect the same, if not a worse amendment to be introduced this year to try and kill over 100,000 wild horses. We believe there have been at least 3 stagings, intentionally providing dead horses at the very hands of the federal agencies who are supposed to be protecting them. We need your help, your voices, and your passionate intelligence to speak up again for our wild horses.



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ACT NOW – Contact the subcommittee members listed below, and tell them: 
We will not support any language to kill, allow unrestricted sales, or perform barbaric sterilization surgeries of wild mares. 


  • Ken Calvert, California, Chairman

Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 92882
2205 Rayburn
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1986
Fax: (202) 225-2004

  • Mike Simpson, Idaho

Facebook Link

Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 83701
2084 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5531
Fax: 202-225-8216

  • Tom Cole, Oklahoma
WashingtonDC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6165
Fax: (202) 225-3512

  • David Joyce, Ohio
Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 44087
1124 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5731
Fax: (202) 225-3307
  • Chris Stewart, Utah, Vice Chair

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Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 84111
323 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-9730
Fax 202-225-9627

  • Mark Amodei, Nevada

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Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 89511
332 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6155
Fax: (202) 225-5679

  • Evan Jenkins, West Virginia

Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 25701
1609 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3452
Fax: (202) 225-9061


  • Betty McCollum, Minnesota, Ranking Member

Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 55114
2256 Rayburn House Office Building
WashingtonDC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6631
Fax: (202) 225-1968

  • Chellie Pingree, Maine

Facebook Link
Email Web Form use her office address: 2 Portland Fish Pier, Portland, ME 04101
2162 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-6116
Fax (202) 225-5590

  • Derek Kilmer, Washington

Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 98402
2162 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-6116
Fax (202) 225-5590

  • Marcy Kaptur, Ohio

Facebook Link
Email Web Form for Zipcode enter 43604
2186 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4146
Fax: (202) 225-7711


Watch for more action alerts as the budget process moves along in the coming months, and remember this issue when you go to the polls in your state! We’ll follow this up with some information on how your Congressperson and Senator did for the wild horses, and on the issue of slaughter in Dept of Agriculture in the coming weeks. For more information on past years, appropriations refer to the list of other articles we’ve published below.

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Breaking News – 20 Environmental and Wildlife Organizations Have Petitioned President Trump, Sec. of the Int. Zinke and Congress to Rectify the Livestock Grazing Issues on Public Lands.

In a unprecedented step to stop the heavy impact of livestock grazing on our public lands, we have joined environmental and wildlife organizations to fight for our wildlands.

The petition asks for limits to be set in areas that are fragile or need rest to recover from grazing impacts. It also asks for reductions in areas where livestock are in conflict with wildlife either for forage, or habitat protections.

You may ask how this helps horses at all, and the answer is that our wild horses are wildlife. This is something the livestock industry has bullied the government into ignoring for years, despite court rulings that declare them wildlife, they are still treated as if they are feral pests on their own lands.

We have joined with other organizations that not only fight for the environment, but also for wild species such as wolves, coyotes, etc. We believe every native species has a right to survive in their natural habitat. Right now the priority is given to commercial interests and we want to change that.

The petition will soon be received by President Trump, Dept of the Int. Sec, Ryan Zinke and members of Congress. However, we want to give all of you a chance to sign the petition as well, to do that click below:

Sign the Petition to Save OUR Lands


This is the petition that was sent in from our Coalition to save our lands:
A Public Petition to Congress, Department of Interior


Dear President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Zinke:

We, the American people and the undersigned organizations representing them, petition you to minimize the impact of livestock grazing on federal public lands, including but not limited to national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands, to address ecological problems caused by commercial livestock grazing. Ecological problems are occurring in instances where:

  • livestock grazing displaces wildlife, reduces wildlife populations through competition for forage, or degrades wildlife habitats;
  • degradation is occurring to the land (for example, erosion or soil compaction);
  • transmission of pathogens is occurring from livestock to wildlife populations;
  • degradation is occurring to plant communities;
  • native wildlife are killed to advance the interests of public lands ranchers;
  • livestock are damaging to sensitive wetlands or riparian areas; or
  • damage is occurring to streams and aquatic habitats for sensitive fishes and amphibians.
  • Ruminant grazing contributes to the nitrogen load in streams as well as nitrous oxide gasses also a greenhouse gas.

With this petition, we seek reductions in the numbers of commercial livestock on public lands that are sufficient to prevent further damage to native ecosystems, and allow the recovery of currently degraded lands to a natural state. On some lands which evolved in the absence of large grazers, such as the low-elevation shrubsteppes and deserts of the Great Basin, where soil productivity is dependent on fragile biological soil crusts, the appropriate maximum stocking rate for commercial livestock may be zero.

Poorly managed livestock can cause dustbowl effects through overgrazing. Removal of native grasses and trampling and compaction of soils paves the way for invasive weeds such as cheatgrass, which burn with unnatural frequency and convert native desert and shrubsteppe vegetation to cheatgrass monocultures of no habitat value to wildlife. This increase in range fires and the cheatgrass invasion that follows in their wake cannot be successfully stemmed or reversed through the construction of fuelbreaks or an increase in direct attack. In an increasingly flammable West, firefighters have a poor record of extinguishing all ignitions. Furthermore, during windy, drought conditions when large fires are most likely to occur, fires commonly spot a mile or more ahead of the flame front, even leaping interstate highways and major rivers. It is necessary to stop ignoring the root cause of this cycle of cheatgrass and fire – the domestic livestock that spread cheatgrass seeds and destroy the native perennial bunchgrasses and biological soil crusts that are nature’s best defense against cheatgrass invasion.

Commercial livestock grazing on public lands is a taxpayer-subsidized program that costs the American people not only the loss of the quality of our public lands and waters, but also loss of wildlife.

The subsidies for livestock grazing outweigh the fees collected for public lands grazing by approx $1.4 billion annually. (based on Bureau of Land Management 2014 income from Grazing program and 2013 Subsidies) So there is no financial advantage for the nation to underwrite subsidies for this program, but setting these important limitations would have a positive impact on our budget, because it would reduce many of the subsidies to be paid.

We also pay for an agency whose only mission is to deal with predators of livestock, which creates population issues of cervids and other animals. So limitations would also remove the need for Wildlife Services, and saving a further $100 million annually.

This would also remove the migratory problems and injuries we see with fencing. Reopening migratory routes will help keep some species off the ESA list. Injuries to special status species like the greater sage grouse would be greatly reduced by removing fences and limiting grazing  in any areas of critical concern.

Cattle grazing on public lands in the western states is putting a domestic species adapted to moist, northern European ecosystems into an arid environment where they are ill-suited to survive.  As a result, cattle concentrate along streamsides, springs, wetlands, and lakeshores that under natural circumstances are oases of biodiversity with rich and productive vegetation communities, but under heavy grazing and trampling become denuded and degraded. This damage results in the loss or reduction of the large majority of native wildlife that depend on rich riparian habitats for some or all of their life cycles; notable among such species are rare jumping mice, sage-grouse, songbirds, and beavers which are the ecological keystone of western stream systems. We also see a serious decline in water sources or riparian areas due to the lingering nature of livestock near water sources in this type of climate, and the habit of defecating in those waters.

Livestock grazing also has devastating impacts on stream and river systems, and the fishes and other aquatic life that they support. Bank trampling by cattle breaks down overhanging banks that under natural conditions provide shade and cover for fishes, and convert stream profiles from deep and narrow to wide and shallow. This, together with the removal of overhanging natural vegetation and the resulting loss of shade raises water temperatures, often to levels outside the thermal tolerance zones of native trout and salmon. Cattle concentrating along, and wallowing in, streams and rivers results in radical increases in erosion and siltation, turning crystalline waters into turbid flows, and smothering trout and salmon spawning gravels with silt.

Domestic sheep cause additional problems by transmitting pathogens which induce deadly pneumonia in wild bighorn sheep. Pneumonia outbreaks commonly result in losses of 30 to 70% of an affected bighorn herd, with total mortality and local extirpation occurring in some instances. Following a pneumonia outbreak, lambs born to surviving ewes typically die shortly after weaning, resulting in depressed recruitment rates which may inhibit herd growth for years to follow. Despite decades of translocation and restoration efforts to reverse the effects of a precipitous crash in which an estimated 98% of all bighorn sheep were lost, populations Westwide remain at less than 5% of historic numbers. Disease events resulting from contact with domestic sheep are the primary limiting factor in the recovery of this iconic native species.

In summary, by limiting the livestock in areas of conflict or degradation you can: save money, save wildlife, and save the value of our lands and water.

Respectfully yours,

Theresa J Barbour
UVOTE Coalition
PO Box 115
Drain OR 97435

Signing on behalf of:
Erik Molvar
Executive Director
Western Watersheds Project

Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM
Citizens Against Equine Slaughter


Jeanne Brummet
Unified Voices of the Eagle (UVOTE) Coalition
Public Lands, Truth Campaign, Director

Kathleen Hayden
Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Inc

Michele Anderson
Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance

Kirk Robinson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Western Wildlife Conservancy


Shelley Silbert
Executive Director
Great Old Broads for Wilderness


Val Cecama-Hogsett
Executive Director
National Wild Horse & Burro Administration


Roger Dobson
Protect The Wolves™
A Native American Group

Nancy Hilding
Prairie Hills Audubon Society


Christina Marie Anderson
Paws Across America Advocacy


Sandi Claypool
Monero Mustangs


Patience O’Dowd
Wild Horse Observers Association


Jen Howe
Wild Horses of Southern Utah


Mr. Ara Marderosian
Sequoia ForestKeeper®


Mike Garrity
Executive Director
Alliance for the Wild Rockies


Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director
Project Coyote

Christine Blackwell
Hang a Halter

Manda Kailmian
The Cana Foundation


Amy Hanchey
Pegasus Equine Guardian Association

Cc: Members of Congress

A Peoples National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting (with Poll)

POLL: What would you rather for our Nation’s Wild Horses & Burros?

Choose A or B and Click on the Link Below to Vote:

-Sold to foreign Nations including Russia where they are hammered in the head prior to slaughter.
-Mass Euthanized and MASS composted.
-Sold to poor peoples for food.
-sold to a corrupt tribal government, ignoring their own natural laws and the will of their people.
-sold to Zoo’s for zoo animal protein.

-Managed utilizing natural predators.
-Managed utilizing the recommendations of the National Academy of Science and stated the best solution was PZP immuno-contraception.
-Managed by darting from helicopter IF NEED BE: Keeping each family band together, not separating families, with darting each band in about 5 minutes, on the larger more remote Wild Horse Areas- All helicopters must have live stream cameras on the bottom ( as they ALWAYS should) facing in each direction so that the public can see how close the helicopters are/went, and if any wild horse went down or was separated etc.

Vote Here: Wild Horse and Burro Poll


What are the real choices? (Listen to Video)

What are the choices being discused? (Listen to video)

What is the real reason that the Department of Interior refuses to manage ON THE RANGE in a non lethal manner? (Listen to video)

Why have we been threatened constantly with slaughter AND MASS EUTHANASIA when 80% of Americans are opposed? (Listen to video)