Hello Supporter, December 2, 2010
Speak Up for Utah's Vanishing Mustangs
Take Easy Action to Submit Comments on Plan that Will Set Population Levels for 10 Wild Horse and Burro Areas
We have an important opportunity to speak up for wild horses living in ten Herd Management Areas in southern Utah within the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Cedar City Field Office.
Every ten years or so, BLM districts revise their local Resource Management Plans (RMPs), which set management strategies for public lands within their jurisdiction. This is the stage at which the agency allocates resources and sets “appropriate” management levels for wild horses and burros.
Utah’s public lands have historically been managed to maximize livestock grazing. More than three million acres of designated wild horse habitat have been “zeroed” out over the past four decades, with just 2.1 million acres remaining. Meanwhile, privately-owned livestock graze 22 million acres of BLM lands in the state.
It’s high time for serious change to protect Utah’s wild horses. The deadline for comments is Thursday, December 9, 2010, so please don’t delay.
Take Easy Action Now.
Special note: if you live in or near Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, click here for opportunities to participate in public meetings on this RMP.
Utah BLM Announces End of Two Roundups, Launch of Two More
Famed Sulphur Spring Mustangs Among Those Targeted for Removal, Fertility Control
BLM announced today that it has completed wild horse roundups in the Conger and Confusion Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in central Utah, and will commence the roundup of two more Utah wild horse herds this week. Among the mustangs affected: the beautiful wild horses of the Sulphur Spring Herd Management Area, who are known for their pure Spanish bloodlines. In total, the four roundups will remove approximately 674 wild horses — or more than a quarter of Utah’s entire wild horse population — by the end of the year.
The agency also stated it was postponing the Winter Ridge, Utah roundup until July 2011. Read more and don't forget to take the Easy Action above to speak up for Utah's Mustangs!
Another Way to Help . . . .
Witness A Roundup
In addition to taking action from your computer, you can help mustangs and burros another way by witnessing a roundup. Until we halt the mass removals, it's imperative that advocates attend the roundups to document what is happening during these taxpayer-funded government operations.
The next opportunity will be on December 2, when the BLM will begin removing 210 of the 250 wild horses living in the North Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) in the southern part of Utah. BLM is allowing "public observation" every day of this roundup. Even though these observation opportunities are often orchestrated and tightly controlled, they do offer a glimpse of what's happening to our wild horses and burros out on the range. If you are interested in attending and would like further information, please feel free to respond to this email and we'd be happy to provide you with tips. We encourage everyone witnessing roundups to document everything -- including information provided by BLM representatives -- with a video camera.
AWHPC Founding Sponsor Advocacy Sponsor
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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