The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, July 23, 2005


Hello Friends of Wild Horses and Burros,

Several weeks ago we asked you to contact your Representatives in the US House, to urge them to support the Rahall-Whitfield Interior Appropriations Amendment. You spoke out in massive numbers and we won that vote by a landslide!

Unfortunately, the amendment was not introduced in the Senate version of the interior Appropriations bill.

There is still a chance however to hold onto the victory that we achieved in the House. The House and Senate will be meeting in Conference to hash out the differences between their bills and draft a final, unified version. We need you to contact Members of the Senate that are on the Conference Committee and ask them to “keep the Rahall Whitfield amendment in the final version of the Interior Appropriations bill.”

Here is the list of Senators on the Conference Committee.

Senator Conrad Burns (Chairman) (MT) 202 224-2644
Senator Ted Stevens (AK) 202 224-3004
Senator Thad Cochran (MS) 202 224-5054
Senator Pete Domenici (NM) 202 224-6621
Senator Robert Bennett (UT) 202 224-5444
Senator Judd Gregg (NH) 202 224-3324
Senator Larry Craig (ID) 202 224-2752
Senator Wayne Allard (CO) 202 224-5941
Senator Byron Dorgan (Ranking Member) (ND) 202 224-2551
Senator Robert C. Byrd (WV) 202 224-3954
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) 202 224-4242
Senator Harry Reid (NV) 202 224-3542
Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) 202 224-3841
Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) 202 224-4654
Senator Herb Kohl (WI) 202 224-5653

Please call them today and ask others to call. Do not write or email - that takes too long for them to process and there is no time for that.

Ask for a definitive reply quickly. You don’t have to live in those states, but people who do have more clout as they are constituents.

On behalf of the horses, thank you!

Jill Anderson
Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary
PO Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438
Ph 805 737-9246 Fax 805 735-3246

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Reports from our lobbyists are that the veterinarian associations who are opposed to any legislation protecting our horses from slaughter have been not only lobbying the U.S. House of Representatives but also the Senate in anticipation of the sister bill to H.R. 503 being introduced, and with success.

It is imperative that we counter these tactics. We are the only voices that the horses have in this battle.

You must remember well the two victories that the amendments cutting the budgets for the sale of wild horses and the budgets for USDA inspections that would shut the slaughter plants down for a year. As we mentioned then, and we stress now, our work is not done. And these amendments, should they pass, do not solve the wild horse and domestic horse slaughter problem.

We are hearing from House and Senate offices that they are not hearing enough from their constituents on this matter. The action we are asking you to take is therefore critical.


1. Please write to your U.S. Representative.
2. Please write to your two U.S. Senators.

Please fax your correspondence to your legislators' office in Washington, as they will be away for the entire month of August.

If you wish to mail your correspondence, please send it to your legislators' local district offices in or near your hometown. You can find out where they are on their website. To find it, please use this handy link: Even better, make an appointment with your member of Congress. If you need advice on what to say and do, we would be very happy to help. Write us or call us at 713-650-1973!


If you have written to your U.S. Representative and they have not responded or co-sponsored H.R. 503, please take the time to telephone their office and mention that you have contacted them, have received no response, and want to know if and when they intend to co-sponsor H.R. 503. Be polite but firm.

Check co-sponsors of H.R. 503 here:

States that particularly need to hear from you in the House and the Senate are:Alaska, Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Nebraska, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Maine and Texas.

Please give this matter your urgent attention! Thank you.

Trina Bellak, Esq.
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