Congressman Tom Suozzi Calls on Congress to Increase Protections for Wild Horse Populations
Suozzi joins the CANA Foundation, a Long Island-based organization that rescues, rewilds, and rehomes wild horses.
Muttontown, NY— On September 19th, 2017, Congressman Tom Suozzi joined the CANA Foundation to call for bipartisan, humane and balanced policies that will manage horse populations while protecting public health and safety. CANA Foundation is a Long Island-based organization that rescues, rewilds, and rehomes wild horses, has traveled around the country to protect horses in 12 western states.
Several weeks ago, the House Appropriations Committee voted to roll back longstanding protections and remove language from the Department of the Interior’s 2018 budget that prohibits the slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros. The amendment not only allows for the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros that were deemed “surplus,” but also allows for the slaughter of wild herds as well as captured wild horses and burros in government holding facilities. The change stands to endanger over 80,000 wild horses in total. While the Senate has, up to now, supported the continued ban on slaughter, Congressman Suozzi will join advocates from the Long Island equestrian community to affirm support for the humanitarian treatment of wild horses.
“Wild horses are a vital part of not only our American culture and our Native American culture, but the history of the west and the American ideal of freedom,” said Congressman Tom Suozzi. “It’s hard to imagine that powerful industries would want to slaughter these beautiful animals by the tens of thousands and it is vital that Congress works together to prevent this. I applaud the work of the CANA Foundation in working closely with Native American tribes to foster solutions and find locations where wild horses can live in freedom and safety.”
“There are currently over 60,000 wild horses in federal government holding facilities at a taxpayer cost of over 100 million dollars per year,” said CANA Foundation President Manda Kalimian. “The CANA Foundation is currently undertaking several initiatives to rewild and rehome America’s wild horses in order to improve their quality of life and ensure that they can live with dignity in a protected habitat, free from the risk of slaughter. We thank Congressman Suozzi for supporting these common-sense initiatives and for serving as our voice in Congress.”
Will Strongheart, Manda Kalimian, Congressman Tom Suozzi
“The CANA Foundation has worked right at the roots with sovereign tribal communities to rewild and rehome horses on native lands, often as part of youth programs,” CANA Foundation Spokesperson Will Strongheart, a member of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada and an Oyster Bay resident, possessing Ojibwe and Lakota heritages. “Tribal communities don’t just see wild horses as a tool or an animal, but as a relative and there are even more reservations around the country that are excited for the potential of reintroducing wild horses to our culture. We thank Congressman Suozzi for joining us in the fight to protect them.”
Congressman Suozzi committed to bringing the fight ahead to Washington, D.C., and working to build a team of colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand against horse slaughter.
Additionally, the CANA Foundation launched “The Journey Home,” a short film available on its website that documents the rescue and rewilding of wild horses that survived the violence of a helicopter roundup and seven years of confinement at a super max prison facility in an area known as Prison Valley, and were given a new lease on life. The 8 minute film can be viewed here.