Hello Supporter, December 9, 2010
Tell Congress to Stop Wasting Tax Dollars on BLM's Cruel and Costly Wild Horse Removals
Last Chance to Take Easy Action Before Congress Finalizes Fiscal Year 2011 Legislation
Congress and the Administration are grappling with a staggering budget crisis, yet they still plan to waste tens of millions of dollars on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI's) broken wild horse and burro program. The DOI's request for a $12 million budget increase is moving forward despite Interior Secretary Salazar’s acknowledgement that the program is “unsustainable” and needs an independent scientific review. Incredibly, the DOI's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to remove 10,000 wild horses from the range in Fiscal Year 2011, after removing nearly 10,000 in Fiscal Year 2010. If allowed to proceed, the BLM's plans will swell the population of mustangs warehoused in government holding facilities to an astounding 45,000!
America’s mustangs need your help to convince Congress to save tax dollars and do the right thing by suspending funds for all wild horse removals pending the outcome of a National Academy of Sciences review of the program. Congress is set to take action on the 2011 federal budget by December 17, so please don’t delay. Take Action Today!
BLM Issues Biased Report that Glosses Over Humane Issues Related to Wild Horse Roundups
Timing of release coincides with final 2011 budget action in Congress
Last Friday, BLM released a report by "independent observers" that concluded "horses did not exhibit undue stress or show signs of extreme sweating or duress" during helicopter stampedes and compared the helicopter's precision in driving horses to "dogs working sheep." The report's findings glossed over the humane concerns about wild horse roundups, which have been documented by voluminous video and photographic evidence.
The observers chosen for the report have backgrounds in the agricultural and domestic horse industries, but lack hands-on, wild horse experience. The majority have been proponents of commercial horse slaughter.
Meanwhile, experts with real life wild horse experience have reached a far different conclusion regarding the cruelty of BLM wild horse roundups. Read more.
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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Also of Note...
Don't Forget to Speak Up for Utah Mustangs
Take Action Here. Every public comment is important for the wild horses living in the 10 herd management areas affected by the Jarbidge BLM Resource Management planning process.This includes the famous Sulphur Spring Mustangs. Act today!
Photographer Carol Walker Visits Her Beloved Adobe Town Mustangs in BLM Holding Pens
Between Sunday, October 10 and Saturday, November 13, the BLM removed 1,951 wild horses from Wyoming's Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HM) and the adjacent Salt Wells Creek HMA. "The Adobe Town Wild Horses in Prison" is a heartbreaking, must read.
Wall Street Journal Covers Madeleine Pickens' Eco-sanctuary
Interesting article about Mrs. Pickens' progress in creating a wild horse eco-sanctuary in northeastern Nevada. Cattle ranching interests are gearing up to fight this generous and important plan. Stay tuned for ways we can help the vision of a wild horse eco-sanctuary become a reality!