Congresswoman Titus Leads Bipartisan Amendment to Protect Wild Horses and Burros

Aug 29, 2017
Press Release

August 29, 2017

Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District announced an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2018 that prohibits the slaughter of healthy, wild horses and burros under the care of the Bureau of Land Management and its contractors. The bipartisan amendment is cosponsored by Congressman Peter King of New York, Jared Polis of Colorado, and Carlos Curbelo of Florida. This amendment follows an attempt to remove current protections and allow the wholesale slaughter of wild horses and burros on federal lands.

“Wild horses are an iconic symbol of our nation and the West,” said Congresswoman Titus of Nevada, which is home to the largest population of wild horses in the United States. “While there are management issues that must be addressed, removing protections to allow the massive slaughter of these magnificent creatures is not the answer. The Administration must work with stakeholders, including the conservation community, leading scientists, and land use experts, to protect these beautiful denizens of the range.”

"We must protect our wild horses, a majestic symbol of our American heritage,” said Congressman Polis of Colorado. “Taxpayers should no longer foot the bill for the senseless, horrific slaughter of wild horses.  Our public lands belong to the wild horses, just as they belong to all Americans."   

The amendment will now be reviewed by the House Rules Committee in advance of consideration of H.R. 3354, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018.