- Bill Directs BLM to Auction Wild Horses for Slaughter
Subject: Wild horses for slaughter - updated
version of letter and address where to send
Please write President Bush at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20502 or fax to 202-456-2461.
Below is a sample letter to President Bush which you may send as
is, or rewrite. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dorothea Smith, Rep. LRTC - Wild Horse
Adoption Program, Brentwood, CA
Dear President Bush,
Please do not sign HR4818 as it
stands. It contains a rider in Division E, Section 142 that
severely undermines the Wild Horse and Burro Act, requiring the
BLM to sell, without restriction, wild horses in its custody over
the age of 10 or that have not been adopted after three attempts.
The likely purchasers of these
horses will be the slaughterhouses that sell horsemeat, often for
human consumption in Europe. Our wild horses are a national
treasure and symbol of the pioneering spirit that made this
country great. It would be a shame if they end up on the menu in
It is true that the BLM has a large
population (14,000) of unadopted horses in holding facilities, and
that this is an untenable situation in the long term. But the
provision in HR4818 is not the proper solution to this problem.
Better solutions can be crafted, including better advertising for
the BLM adoption program, a return to the wild of selected
individuals from the holding facilities, and tax incentives for
private horse sanctuaries.
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