By THE CLOUD FOUNDATION
To The Desert Independent
August 25, 2017
RICHMOND, Virginia – A new Amendment is being introduced to the House Appropriations Bill that may help save our wild horses and burros from the potential inhumane slaughter of tens of thousands. Representatives, Dina Titus, (D) (NV), Pete King, (R) (NY) and Jared Polis (D) (CO) will be introducing an amendment to Division A of the Rules. The Amendment prohibits the slaughter of healthy, unadopted wild horses or burros in the care of the Bureau of Land Management or its contractors.
After the secretive, one-sided, closed door meetings held in Salt Lake City this week, this news gives hope to wild horse advocates who have provided tried and proven solutions to the BLM for over a decade. Slaughter could be off the table if Representative Titus’ et al amendment passes.
The Cloud Foundation Volunteer Executive Director states, “Our thanks go out to Congresswoman Titus, Congressmen King and Polis for riding to the rescue of 1,000’s of vulnerable animals in holding and on western ranges.” Ms. Kathrens, who serves as the Humane Advocate on the BLM’s National Wild Horses and Burro Advisory Board, was not invited to the SLC meetings but appeared at a press conference on the street outside the secretive event, stated, “Finally there is hope on the horizon.”
“The BLM’s failed management of wild horses and burros on the range should not result in the death of the very equids that legally should have been protected,” states Lisa Friday, Communications Director for the Cloud Foundation. “The BLM’s bureaucratic mismanagement in Washington should receive an extreme overhaul that allows for the tried and proven population control method of darting with PZP.”
The Cloud Foundation urges all Americans to contact their Senators and Representatives to assist in getting this amendment passed.