Hello Supporter, December 22, 2010
Nevada Predator Control Program Harms Wild Horses and Burros
Take Easy Action by Jan. 3 to Voice Your Concerns
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment for its predator control program in Nevada. Each year, this federal program kills millions of mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, ravens, badgers and other animals for the benefit of private livestock and hunting interests. In Nevada, much of the predator-killing activity is focused on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands where wild horses and burros live. The BLM then uses the absence of natural predators as justification for its costly wild horse roundup and removal policy.
Please take a moment to submit your comments on this inhumane, destructive and costly predator-killing program. Take Easy Action Here.
Mustangs in the Rosebowl Parade!
Mark the Date to Watch and Vote for the Saving America's Mustangs Float
On New Year's Day, the fight to save America's mustangs will receive international attention thanks to Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs (SAM) Foundation. The image above provides a sneak preview of SAM's fantastic float that will appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Please be sure to watch the parade, and most importantly to vote for the float in the People's Choice Awards. Votes can be made online or by texting "Float 83" to 50649 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. on January 1, 2011. More information here.
2011 Federal Spending Update
Thanks to the Thousands Who Spoke Up for the Mustangs!
Many thanks to all who wrote to the Senate regarding suspending funds for wild horse removals in Fiscal Year 2011. AWHPC and our coalition partners, the ASPCA, Saving America's Mustangs, The Cloud Foundation, and In Defense of Animals, generated thousands of emails and faxes to key Congressional offices. This week, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution that holds funding at 2010 levels until March. The Resolution did not include the requested $12 million increase for the BLM budget and continued the prohibition on using federal funds to kill healthy horses or sell horses for slaughter.
Now we must regroup and refocus our efforts to stop the cruel and costly roundups when the next Congress convenes in January. The Wall Street Journal reports that conservative activists are targeting agriculture subsidies for spending cuts, so perhaps the mustangs will find some political support . Stay tuned for more news on the ongoing political battle to reform BLM's wild horse and burro program.
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...
The AWHPC Team wishes you a happy and healthy Holiday Season. We are deeply grateful to everyone for their support and dedication to saving America's wild horses and burros. Together we can make 2011 a better year for these magnificent animals who are cherished throughout the world.
Video of Rescued Calico Mares Now Available
Last week, we reported on the arrival of 74 rescued mares into the care of Return to Freedom. These mustangs were captured nearly one year ago in the BLM's Calico Mountains roundup. This week, we want to share video of the mares' arrival at temporary quarters in Fallon, Nevada. View video here.
BLM Trailer Loaded with Mustangs Crashes
A careless mistake caused the crash of a trailer hauling 39 mares from BLM short-term holding pens in Nevada to long-term warehousing in Oklahoma. BLM reports that the mares involved in the crash were captured in the Calico roundup. Read more and see additional photos here.