Wednesday: House Subcommittee to Vote on Interior Department’s Plan to Slaughter America’s Wild Horses

Proposed Language Change in Federal Budget Would Open the Door for Mass Killing of Wild Horses on Millions of Acres of Federal Land-

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2017) --  On Wednesday, July 12 at 3 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is set to mark up the FY2018 Interior Appropriations Bill. This bill may include proposed language from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would overturn the current ban on destroying healthy wild horses and burros and selling them for slaughter for human consumption in foreign countries where horsemeat is allowed.

WHAT:           Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Markup of FY2018 Interior Appropriations Bill, which may include language allowing for slaughter and mass killing federally-protected wild horses.

WHEN:           July 12, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT

WHERE:        2007 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

                        Live Webcast Available on Appropriations Committee Website (

The slaughter proposed in the Interior Department's 2018 budget request would undo nearly 50 years of protection for the country's wild horse herds. Under the administration's proposed budget, unrestricted sales of wild horses for slaughter and lethal “culling” of herds on the range would be allowed.

The Department of Interior estimates that allowing slaughter language would save no more than $10 million annually, with only $4 million coming from unrestricted sales.

Surveys have repeatedly shown that this policy change is wildly unpopular with Americans of all political persuasions. It remains unclear whether Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA), will grant the Interior Department’s request to strip the slaughter ban language from the 2018 Interior Appropriations bill.

Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign is available for interviews or commentary to interested media outlets.

About the American Wild Horse Campaign

The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Its grassroots mission is endorsed by a coalition of more than 60 horse advocacy, humane and public interest organizations.