Statement in Response to House Interior Appropriations Committtee Markup of FY 2018 Interior Bill

Washington, DC (May 15, 2018)… Moments ago, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior spending bill on to the full Appropriations Committee. Included is funding for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Wild Horse and Burro Program.

As was the case last year, the bill maintains prohibitions on the BLM's destruction of healthy horses and burros and their sale for slaughter.

While this is good news, we do expect that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) will again offer an amendment in full committee to strip these longstanding protections for wild horses from the FY 2019 Appropriations bill.

Last year, the full Appropriations  Committee -- ignoring the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans -- adopted Rep. Stewart's slaughter amendment without a recorded vote. Fortunately, the Senate ultimately rejected the House position and, in March, the full Congress passed a FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill that included  protections for wild horses against killing and slaughter.

We remind House Appropriators of the American public’s strong opposition to the mass killing and slaughter of America’s iconic wild horses and burros. We further remind these members that humane and scientifically-recommended methods of population management exist, but the BLM currently spends zero percent of its budget implementing them.

We again call on Congress to uphold the will of the American people and the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences by maintaining the ban on killing and slaughter of America’s mustangs and burros. Instead, Congress must require the BLM to utilize use humane and scientifically proven birth control while simultaneously addressing the extinction-level population limits imposed by the BLM on the nation’s cherished and federally-protected wild horse and burro herds.