Calendar rule moves bills with 290 cosponsors past Comittee

Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.
Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.

THE HOUSE

Did you know H.R.6 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) provides for:

creating a Consensus Calendar, which provides an alternative path to a floor vote for measures with 290 or more cosponsors

If you saw our post “Died in Committee” back in May you see just how momentous for us the Consensus Calendar is.

All of our bills to end horse slaughter except for 1 in all of these years have died in committee. The Consensus Calendar states when a bill reaches 290 cosponsors the bill’s originator can make a Motion get a date to go straight to the House for debate and vote regardless of how many Committee assignments the bill has.

H.R.961 — The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 — has 155 cosponsors as of this writing. We have had 240 cosponsors on previous bills. 290 and more are achievable.

Not sure the Consensus Calendar is actually being used?

Take a look at another piece of horse related legislation — H.R.693, the anti-soring bill — which as of this writing has 307 cosponsors. A Motion to place it on the Consensus Calendar was filed and is awaiting its Hearing date.

If the horse soring bill can get 300+ cosponsors so can H.R.961.

THE SENATE

A companion bill to H.R.961 was introduced on June 27, 2019, namely S.2006. It has 3 cosponsors as of this writing. The bill text has not been published on Congress.gov yet. For insight into that see our post here »

SUMMER TIME

It’s summer time and the “living is easy”, but staff are present on The Hill virtually all year round. The House Calendar shows the House will be in session for 9 days in July, but they do not need to be in session for Representatives to cosponsor bills. Just in case you were wondering.

TAKE ACTION

Please visit our action page for H.R.961 / S.2006 and contact your legislators to cosponsor The SAFE Act of 2019. You can do this quickly and easily online.

Many of you already have open communication with your legislators via email. Please make the most of this for our horses.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat

THANK YOU.

We thank you. The horses thank you.

Equine groups sue BLM over planned sterilization project of wild mares

Mustang Mare and Foal. Unaccredited Google search result image.
Mustang Mare and Foal. Unaccredited Google search result image.

(CNN, By Ellie Kaufman, Sept 25, 2018) — Nonprofit organizations are taking to the courts to try to stop an Interior Department project that would sterilize up to 100 wild female horses in Oregon through a procedure the groups deem “dangerous” and “inhumane.”

Front Range Equine Rescue, a nonprofit organization that works to stop cruelty and abuse of horses, filed a federal lawsuit in Washington D.C. challenging the Interior Department Bureau of Land Management’s project on September 24. The group claims that the project violates a number of laws, including the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The American Wild Horse Campaign and the Cloud Foundation, along with two individuals, filed a separate federal lawsuit in Oregon on September 21 claiming the government project violates the First Amendment because it does not allow outside groups to adequately observe the proposed experiment. It also believes the project violates the same laws Front Range Equine Rescue argues in their suit.

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The Cloud Foundation Wins Reprieve for Pryor Wild Horses

The Temporary Restraining Order was granted. See Press Release below. There is a further hearing set for September 28th in Billings, Montana. Learn more at The Cloud Foundation.

THE CLOUD FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE

Cloud the Stallion. Image: PBS.
Cloud the Stallion. Image: PBS.

Temporary Retraining Order prevents September 2 Trapping and Removal

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Susan P. Watters, United States District Judge, has ruled in favor of Ginger Kathrens and the Cloud Foundation in their efforts to protect the small Pryor Mountain mustang herd from capture and removal stating, “Plaintiffs’ application for TRO is GRANTED. Defendants are hereby ENJOINED from conducting the wild horse gather set for September 2, 2018, pending a hearing on Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction.”

“We won,” stated a jubilant Ginger Kathrens, who brought the herd to international prominence with her documentaries about Cloud, a charismatic palomino stallion she documented from the day he was born. “I hope that the TRO and what we believe will be a permanent decision later next month, will ensure a lasting future for this unique Spanish herd.”

In her ruling Judge Waters acknowledged that BLM fell short in managing for both rare genetics and the unusual colors.

The Pryor Mustangs are descended of Crow Indian horses (the range borders reservation lands) and before that, the horses of the Conquistadors. Genetic and color experts have concluded that this is a rare Spanish Colonial herd. Their range is located on the Montana/Wyoming border east of Yellowstone National Park. Kathrens, who began her journey with wild horses in 1994, was ridiculed in the Government’s brief for repeated efforts to protect the Pryor Herd, stated. “I hope this is a turning point for America’s beleaguered wild horse herds that have been so cruelly treated and that the BLM will finally adopt humane methods of management that take into account the essential need for family structures and the basic right to live in freedom as the Wild Horse and Burro Act intended.”

In her decision to grant the TRO Judge Watters states: “BLM argues that one removal action will not result in the permanent loss of genetic diversity of the Pryor Herd. … This conclusion is contrary to the evidence before the court. Extinction of a bloodline or phenotype is, by its nature, loss of genetic diversity. And extinction, meaning forever, is certainly a long duration. This court finds that Plaintiffs have established a likelihood of irreparable harm absent a TRO.”

“We could not have brought this suit without a high level of confidence in our donors.” Kathrens continued. “Cloud fans are loyal to wild horses and understand that maintaining the family structure and genetic strength are the essentials to living wild. This one’s for you Cloud!”

“2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, the first nationally designated area established to provide a home for free roaming horses. What a grand way to celebrate!,” Ginger Kathrens concludes.

The hearing in Billings, MT is set for September, 28 at 9:30.

The Cloud Foundation is being represented in the lawsuit by Katherine A. Meyer, of the Washington DC public interest firm, Meyer, Glitzenstein, and Eubanks.

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The Cloud Foundationis a Colorado-based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the protection of wild horses and burros living on public lands in the American west.

Advocates defeat Appeal to round up wild horses in Nevada and send them to slaughter

Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.

RENO, Nev. — Wild horse advocates in Nevada scored a victory Monday in an ongoing legal battle with rural interests they say want to round up federally protected mustangs across the West and sell them for slaughter.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an appeal by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation representing ranchers and others who argue overpopulated herds are damaging the range and robbing livestock of forage.

The decision upholds an earlier ruling by a federal judge in Reno who dismissed their lawsuit in 2015 seeking to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to expedite widespread roundups across Nevada.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a similar decision in Wyoming in October.

In both cases, the American Wild Horse Campaign and others argued the courts have no authority to order the agency to gather horses in violation of the U.S. Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Continue reading at The Republic online »

SOURCE
Associated Press; by Scott Sonner; April 3, 2017

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Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.