Hello Supporter, December 16, 2010
Captured Calico Mares Embark on New Life
Return to Freedom's Calico Rescue Project Moves Forward
These beautiful survivors are Calico mares, 74 of them, rescued by Return to Freedom's American Wild Horse Sanctuary, and delivered into the sanctuary's care this week. All "sale authority" horses over age 10, they were captured in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) controversial Calico roundup nearly one year ago. They have endured separation from their families, and confinement in BLM holding pens. Some miscarried their late term foals due to the trauma of the helicopter chase, which stampeded them, while heavily pregnant, out of their high desert homes. Others gave birth in BLM’s holding pens, only to have their foals taken away months later. Many still show the signs of having recently nursed their young.
Return to Freedom has already rescued 19 stallions who were captured from the same areas as the mares. The sanctuary will allow these horses to re-establish family bands, which are critical to their social well-being. All the rescued Calico horses are currently in temporary quarters, while Return to Freedom finalizes plans for a wild horse preserve in northwestern Nevada. Your help is urgently needed, as costs for this groundbreaking rescue project are quickly rising! Please support and read more about the Calico rescue here.
Another Biased Report on the BLM Wild Horse Program
Interior Department Inspector General Review Proves Agency Cannot Police or Audit Itself
Yet another biased report that glosses over fundamental problems with the BLM's wild horse and burro program has been released. This time, the Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has come out with a disappointingly superficial report that acknowledges it "did not examine the science behind" BLM's justifications for its wild horse roundups, but nevertheless concluded that those roundups were justified. The OIG also failed entirely to consider the trauma befalling America's wild horses at the hands of the BLM and its costly and inhumane management policies. Read AWHPC's response to the report here.
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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