Protect Wild Horses From Capture -- And All Horses From Slaughter

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Originally Posted: 21 Sep 2010

Protect Wild Horses From Capture -- And All Horses From Slaughter

FROM Kinship Circle

URGE U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO:

1) Suspend all BLM wild horse/burro capture and confinement operations.

2) Move the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/ S. 727) out of committee for Congress to vote on it.

CONTACT

ADMINISTRATION & FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES
Eric Holder, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
switchboard: 202-514-2000; public comment: 202-353-1555
email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Environmental & Natural Resources Division: webcontentmgr.enrd@usdoj.gov

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW / Washington, DC 20500
comments: 202-456-1111; switchboard: 202-456-1414
fax: 202-456-2461; contact form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W. / Washington DC 20240
email: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Assistant Secretary Anne Castle: Anne_Castle@ios.doi.gov

House Committee on the Judiciary
Rep. John Conyers [D-MI14], Chair
2426 Rayburn House Office Building / Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-5126; fax: 202-225-0072
web email: http://www.johnconyers.com/contact
email (may not work): john.conyers@mail.house.gov

House Committee on the Judiciary
Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21], Ranking Member
2409 Rayburn House Office Building / Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-4236; fax: 202-225-8628
web email: https://lamarsmith.house.gov/ContactForm/default.aspx

Senate Judiciary Committee
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT], Chair
433 Russell Senate Office Building / Washington, DC 20510
ph: 202-224-4242; fax: 202-224-3479
web email: http://leahy.senate.gov/contact/
email (may not work): senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov, info@leahyforvermont.com

Senate Judiciary Committee
Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R-AL], Ranking Member
326 Russell Senate Office Building / Washington, DC 20510-0104
ph: 202-224-4124; fax: 202-224-3149
web email: http://sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.ContactMe

EMAIL BLOCKS

1) ADMINISTRATION & CONGRESS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LEADERS
AskDOJ@usdoj.gov, webcontentmgr.enrd@usdoj.gov, feedback@ios.doi.gov,
Anne_Castle@ios.doi.gov

2) KEY RECIPIENTS WITH WEB EMAIL ONLY:
President Barack Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

3) ****U.S CITIZENS ONLY****
SEND COMMENTS TO YOUR FEDERAL REP AND SENATORS
TO FIND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION, TRY:
- Project Vote Smart: http://www.votesmart.org/
- Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org
- USA Senate: http://www.senate.gov
- USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice , Secretary Salazar, and Congress Members:

People view America's horses as symbols of the rugged West. Wild horses embody our spirit of freedom. Domestic horses are our loyal companions.

The U.S. government, however, is ambivalent about horse protection. As of 9/18/10, the Bureau of Land Management had captured 1779 wild horses/burros in a Twin Peaks roundup that began 8/11/10. BLM intends to return just 450 horses and 72 burros to the wild near Susanville, CA. Also on 9/18/10: In Nevada, 175 captured wild horses went on sale to killer-buyers.

BLM's 2010 plan to remove 12,000 wild horses and burros is widely opposed. Moreover, the taxpayer-subsidized agency has shunned public viewing of its gather and confinement processes. Its definition of "sustainable" numbers is controversial. One tally is clear: Some 36,000+ horses languish in holding compounds funded on the taxpayer's dime.

Recently, BLM agreed to back Madeleine Pickens' Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary. Ms. Pickens hopes to transfer all horses/burros from government holding to her no-kill refuge. With this in mind, I ask regulators to apply a moratorium on wild horse and burro captures. These roundups -- notorious for rushing terrified horses by helicopter, breaking apart family herds, causing equine death and injury -- need to end.

To further safeguard horses, I urge Congress to move the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/ S. 727) out of committee, with a favorable report to the House and Senate. This bill -- which amends title 18, U.S. Code -- would ban possession, transport, purchase, sale, delivery or receipt of a horse or horseflesh for human consumption.

In 2007 state courts closed the last equine processors in Texas and Illinois. Still, lack of a federal law lets hundreds of thousands of horses annually go to slaughter in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, no national policy means states without restrictions may vote to renew horse slaughter.

Slaughter is excruciating for these excitable animals. Captive bolt pistols often don't render long-necked horses insensible. Investigative footage in Mexico has shown alert horses stabbed repeatedly around the withers. When a horse finally falls, he is merely paralyzed as workers slit his throat.

Slaughter should never substitute for rescue, adoption or humane euthanasia. A surplus of domestic horses is due to overbreeding in industries such as Premarin and Prempro; carriage horses; riding stables, etc. Rather than allow people to use sale-for-slaughter as a dumping ground for unwanted horses, regulatory agencies ought to monitor and limit breeding.

Please stop BLM wild horse/burro captures and move the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/ S. 727) to House and Senate floors for a vote.


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