WILD HORSES AND BURROS MAY GO TO SLAUGHTER UNDER BURNS AMENDMENT
CONGRESS MUST PASS THE AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER PREVENTION ACT!
February 2005 -- A disastrous provision hidden within the 3,600-page spending bill, and signed by President Bush, may send thousands of wild horses and burros to slaughter annually.
The provision, introduced by Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), fundamentally alters the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act by allowing some wild horses and burros to be sold at livestock auction "without limitation."
The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act originally prevented the wholesale slaughter of these majestic animals by outlawing their "processing into commercial products." Horses and burros not adopted out were retired to one of a handful of government run pasture facilities. Now the fate of these "excess" animals is far less certain, or safe.
Fortunately passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) will trump the Burns amendment. Please send this Action Letter to your Members of Congress to let them know that you OPPOSE the slaughter of America's horses.
HORSE SANCTUARY GUIDELINES ISSUED
New horse sanctuary guidelines have been issued by the Doris Day Animal League and the Animal Welfare Institute. Basic Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility offers practical advice for anyone operating, or interested in starting up, an equine rescue or retirement facility.
Developed on the premise that high quality equine management need not be restrictively expensive, the guidelines will be a valuable management resource as efforts to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption continue, and the number of equine rescue and retirement facilities grows in response.
“We are inviting equine rescue and retirement facilities to incorporate these guidelines into their management practices," said Liz Ross, Director of Special Projects for the Doris Day Animal League and editor of the publication. "By making every effort to adhere to these standards, facilities can enrich their day-to-day operations while demonstrating to the public that the equine rescue community takes very seriously its responsibility to provide quality care to its animals.”