(September 18, 2019) Thanks to all the members of our herd who galloped to action last week to let the Senate know that the so-called Path Forward for wild horses -- being pushed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, ASPCA, HSUS and Return to Freedom -- is a giant step back for these cherished national icons. Accelerated roundups, stockpiling of captured wild horses and burros to the point of fiscal collapse, surgical sterilization and sex ratio skewing (7 stallions to every 3 mares) of wild herds -- are all in-store if the Senate agrees with the House in appropriating funds to begin implementation of the plan.
Together we made our position known, loud and clear.
Thousands shared our graphic to the Facebook pages of key Senators.
We reached over 250,000 people throught tweeting or retweeting at key lawmakers!
Thousands called and emailed their Senators.
We’re pleased to report that our voices were heard!
People calling their Senators were told they were receiving many calls on this issue.
Staffers answering the calls were interested, polite and taking notes on our position.
Key offices said that prior to our grassroots action, they were not aware that the “Path Forward” plan did not have support in the wild horse and horse welfare community.
We’re grateful to everyone who called, wrote and took action on social media, and to The Cloud Foundation, Animal Wellness Action and other organizations that joined the grassroots uprising.
Thanks to our collective action, we were able to demonstrate that the plan is not the broad stakeholder compromise that proponents claim it to be! Rather than a “Path Forward,” it’s a path to destruction of America’s wild free-roaming horse and burro herds.
We must keep the pressure on to ensure any new funds appropriated by the Senate are used to implement scientifically proven PZP fertility control and not on accelerated roundups and risky surgical sterilization surgeries.
Congrats and thanks to everyone for making this week of action a success.