Update: House passes Omnibus spending bill 309-118. Bill received by the Senate and cloture filed by Mitch McConnell. See Senate.gov.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wild Horses and Burros) — Take immediate action for wild horses and burros regarding dangerous language inserted in the 2017 Omnibus spending bill.
Telephone the following key Congressmen at your earliest opportunity and tell them you are calling to request they remove Section 116 on page 804 of the 2017 Omnibus spending bill regarding wild horses and burros.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Chair, Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
DC office: (202) 224-6665
AK office: (907) 271-3735
Sen. Tom Udall, Ranking Member, Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
DC office:(202) 224-6621
NM office:(505) 346-6791
Rep. Ken Calvert, Chair, House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
DC office: (202) 225-1986
CA office: (951) 277-0042
Rep. Betty McCollum, Ranking Member, House Interior Appropriations Committee
DC office: (202) 225-6631
MN office: (651) 224-9191
• I am opposed to language recently inserted in Section 116 on p. 804 of the 2017 Omnibus spending bill that endangers our wild horses and burros.
• Section 116 allows the transfer of federally protected mustangs and burros to other Federal, State or local government agencies.
• It also states that these undomesticated can be used as “work animals”. Work animals is not defined.
• Section 116 provides that any “excess animal” transferred under this provision shall “lose its status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro”.
• If our wild horses and burros lose their status they lose their protections.
• Once the Interior Secretary approves the transfer of our wild horses and burros there is no accountability or oversight provision is made for them.
• Interestingly, according to reported statements Secretary Zinke is not in favor of transferring federal land management to the States.
• I call on you to strike Section 116 on p. 804 of the 2017 Omnibus spending bill.
• Link to Full Document (pdf, 1665 pp.)
HUMANE TRANSFER OF EXCESS ANIMALS
6 SEC. 116. Notwithstanding any other provision of
7 law, the Secretary of the Interior may transfer excess wild
8 horses or burros that have been removed from the public
9 lands to other Federal, State, and local government agen-
10 cies for use as work animals: Provided, That the Secretary
11 may make any such transfer immediately upon request of
12 such Federal, State, or local government agency: Provided
13 further, That any excess animal transferred under this
14 provision shall lose its status as a wild free-roaming horse
15 or burro as defined in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and
16 Burros Act: Provided further, That any Federal, State, or
17 local government agency receiving excess wild horses or
18 burros as authorized in this section shall not: destroy the
19 horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction
20 into commercial products; sell or otherwise transfer the
21 horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction
22 for processing into commercial products; or euthanize the
23 horses or burros except upon the recommendation of a li-
24 censed veterinarian, in cases of severe injury, illness, or
25 advanced age.
May 1, 2017 (12:49 a.m.)
While Section 116 contains anti slaughter language there is no accountability and oversight provision included with it.
It will be up to State and local governments what they do with the wild horses and burros who lose their federally protected status the moment of transfer.
Please call right now. America’s wild horses and burros cannot afford for us to delay for another minute. Thank you.
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