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America’s wild horses are iconic symbols of the nation and represent the freedom of the Wild West. Our country’s natural lands were once teeming with herds of these magnificent horses, but for decades the government has been in a war against these innocent creatures to clear land for cattle ranching.

New legislation is being brought forth in Congress today, July 18th, that will put 90,000 horses at risk of being slaughtered. According to a petition on Care2 written by the Humane Society of the United States, the Bureau of Land Management has requested the authority to slaughter America’s horses and burros, both in the wild and in government holding facilities, where over half of their population are currently being kept against their will.

Additionally, according to a petition written by the ASPCA, for the first time in years, Congress could possibly stop USDA horse slaughterhouse inspections, which would lead to both domestic and foreign slaughterers targeting our beloved horses.

If you are outraged by what is happening to our country’s horses and burros, please take a moment to sign this petition written by the Humane Society of the United States that is addressed to the U.S. Congress, and let them know the American people will not stand for this horrific mass slaughter.

To take further action for horses, please sign this petition written by the ASPCA to make a pledge against the capture and slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros.

Many people are completely unaware of this senseless slaughter of horses and burros, so PLEASE share this with your network to spread awareness and support for these glorious animals.

Killing America’s horses is not only cruel, it is also killing a symbol of freedom our nation was built upon.

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0 comments on “URGENT Action Needed to Save Wild Horses – Don’t Let Congress Vote to Kill 90,000 Animals!”

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Denise
1 Months Ago

U.S. Congress:
Thanks to this WORLDWIDE PETITION, the whole world knows that The Bureau of Land Management has requested the authority to SLAUGHTER WILD HORSES and BURROS currently being held by the government in holding facilities throughout the United States, as well as horses on the range.
This is what one of the Bureau of Land Management\'s webpages says:
"The Bureau of Land Management manages and PROTECTS our nation’s WILD HORSES and BURROS on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 western states authorized in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
The GOAL of the Wild Horse and Burro Program is to ENSURE HEALTHY y wild horses and burros on thriving public rangelands, using all management tools available to us UNDER THE 1971 WILD-FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT." IS THIS ALL A LIE?????????????
U.S. CONGRESS decision makers - YOU HAVE THE PLATFORM TO STOP THIS SLAUGHTERING OF AMERICA\'S WILD HORSES. Please do it.


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stewart lands
1 Months Ago

Does One Green Planet have no editorial board? It has taken on the appearance of a misguided animal rights organization rather than an effort to protect our natural systems. There is no question that horses are damaging our Western landscape and threaten the existence of many wildlife species. They consume huge amounts of forage and water in an arid environment, often driving other large mammals from the water sources they require; they spread invasive plants such as cheat grass and thistle which fuel catastrophic wildfire, and they cut the ground with sharp hooves resulting in erosion that threaten natives species from invertebrates to amphibians. One might expect that OGP would share an interest in the fate of these other creatures, yet they appear not to question the opinion pieces of the advocates who publish on the site and who have no apparent regard for anything other than horses. Please, take off the blinders and dig a little deeper!


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Sandy
20 Jul 2017

Cattle far outnumber the horses and do far more damage to the environment. I suspect cattle grazing public lands are behind this attempt to remove the horses.

stewart lands
20 Jul 2017

Yes, Sandy, there is no doubt that cattle are more numerous and do more damage. But this cannot excuse the additional damage resulting from horses. Just as we have worked for decades to reduce cattle grazing on public lands, we should also work to reduce the damage done by horses. Of course cattlemen would be pleased to see fewer horses, but so would those who care about wildlife; and a reduction in the number of horses does not prohibit further reductions in cattle as well.

JOHN PASQUA
1 Months Ago

MUST SAVE THE HORSES AND BURROS FROM THIS NOW.


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Kate
1 Months Ago

What is your point Gerald? It sounds like you blame activists for saving horses. there are not too many horses but too many people who want to take the land from the horses. What does meat inspection have to do with this anyway? bet if it was 90,000 people who were gong to be slaughtered Gerald and others would be up in arms but it is so easy for people to justify killing animals.. Humans have taken over the world like alien spores and we have no natural role and kill not for survival like other species but for greed or convenience. Ninety thousand horses. How can anyone justify such murder?


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Gerald Miller
19 Jul 2017

Free-roaming horses on the desert lands of the Great Basin (https://hors-sens.com/mustang/default.html for a map of the Great Basin) are not a native species and need managed just as cattle do. A horses native habitat is grasslands like the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma, like Texas and California’s central valley where large herds of horses roamed in the 1700’s and 1800’s (read the early explorer journals at https://hors-sens.com/news/gbinfo/gbhistory/fremont.html ). Horses did not come into the Great Basin on their own, they came in with the settlers. And now it is our responsibility to manage them. If we don’t they quickly over populate, inbreed and make it hard for native species to survive. It is our responsibility to either manage them or remove them from the range. Don’t believe me, study “Using Science to improve the BLM WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROGRAM A WAY FORWARD,” National Academies of Science(NAS) 2013 Report. Find a link at https://hors-sens.com/mustang/actof1971/whprogram/nas2013.html.
Wild horse advocates created Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 stopping the horses from being managed. Cattlemen, horsemen, range managers and others knew someone would soon need to manage them properly or the mess we are now in would happen. It has been wild horse advocates that have fought to keep those horses from being managed. Wild horse advocates created the situation where 90,000 (and growing every year) horses need sold and will likely end up at slaughter houses, unless you advocates want to buy and take care of them. Wild horse advocates it is all on you to save the horses your actions created!
You asked, “what does meat inspection have to do with this.” Read the article! It is about Selling publicly owned horses, slaughter houses and USDA slaughter house inspections.

stewart lands
19 Jul 2017

I agree with your assessment of human overpopulation, but such observations do nothing to resolve the problem we face with regard to horses. It is true that horses (and cattle) are devastating the Western high desert ecosystem and must be controlled. It is also true that they exist here today only as a result of human intervention. To leave them to reproduce into the millions (as they numbered in the early 1900s) is not an outcome we should impose upon other wildlife species.

Gerald Miller
1 Months Ago

There are 90,000 excess wild free-roaming horses and burros in the Wild Horse and Burro Program because of wild horse advocates. You advocates that have fought and not allowed the BLM to sell excess horses are responsible for this mess. Let the BLM sell excess horses. If you don\'t want to see them go to slaughter you raise the money to buy them and take care of them.


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Gale
1 Months Ago

Horse meat inspections have not been allowed in several years, inspections have been DE funded. Americans do not want to foot the bill to kill horses


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