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August 25, 2016

Stand Up For the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a ten-year plan for the wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) in northwestern Colorado. The plan includes continuing a humane PZP fertility control program in conjunction with the Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT), but unfortunately also calls for the removal of 50 wild horses from the range. At least these horses will be removed via bait trapping instead of helicopter roundup and will be sent to  the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary for training and placement in adoptive homes.

While we support the BLM's community partnerships and humane fertility control efforts, we are concerned about some aspects of the plan. It currently does not rule out future helicopter roundups and fails to consider options for increasing the current "Appropriate" Management Level and reducing livestock grazing in this HMA. The 10-year plan could also allow the BLM to take serious management actions, such as the removal of large numbers of horses, in the absence of public review or scrutiny. Please weigh to improve this management plan. 


Tell BLM Citizen Advisory Board to Support Humane Wild Horse Management 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled the next Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting for September 8-9, 2016 in Elko, Nevada. In addition to attending the meeting, the public also can attend a BLM tour of the Antelope HMA on September 7. Click below for details.

By continuing to schedule meetings of this citizen advisory board in remote rural areas, the BLM is clearly limiting the number of citizens who will turn out to speak up for wild horses and burros. Even if you can't attend, however, you can still participate by submitting your comments via the link below. At a time when the BLM is gearing up for mass roundups and sterilization of wild horses on the range, now is the time to make our voices heard! 


BLM Mare Sterilization Experiments Delayed Amidst Lawsuits & Social Media Uproar

This week, the BLM informed AWHPC that it was delaying the anticipated start date for the cruel and controversial wild mare sterilization experiments from October 1 to November 16.

The delay comes amidst a barrage of lawsuits and legal appeals filed by numerous groups to stop the experiments, including a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by AWHPC and the Cloud Foundation. Meanwhile, a citizen uprising is underway on social media with thousands participating in our #StopThemSally campaign calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to intervene to stop the experiments and reform the BLM program. Read more about this ongoing effort by clicking below. 


The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is 501(c)3 non-profit. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our work. 

Header photo: Kimerlee Curyl


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