Hello Supporter, December 30, 2010
Saving Silver King Horses . . . The Stallions Arrive
Return to Freedom Reuniting Mustang Families Shattered in Roundup
The heart of wild horse society is the family band, with a lead stallion fiercely protective of his tightly-bonded mares and foals. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups heartlessly tear wild horse families apart, forever separating mares from their foals and stallions from their mares. This week, Return to Freedom's mission of reuniting and preserving wild horse families took a step forward with the arrival of Galahad and Silver King, two magnificent mustang stallions captured in October in the BLM's Silver King roundup. Watch moving video of Galahad as he sees his mare and foal for the first time in three months and read more about this exciting rescue.
Season of Mustang Rescue Continues
Lifesavers and Madeleine Pickens Save 291 More Wild Horses from Slaughter
Rescue is in the air this holiday season. On Christmas Eve, philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens purchased 235 young wild mustangs from killbuyers who were set to ship them to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Days later, Jill Starr of Lifesavers successfully negotiated the release of 56 weanlings, pictured above, from a Northern Nevada native tribe. Because both sets of horses were on Native American lands, they fell outside the protections of U.S. law and, therefore, could be sold at auction for slaughter. Lifesavers and Madeleine Pickens are both American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) coalition supporters and we congratulate them and wholeheartedly support their important work.
Looking Forward . . . 2011
Thanks to the Tens of Thousands of Americans Who Spoke Up for our Wild Horses and Burros!
This year, as BLM removed nearly 10,000 wild horses from their homes in the West, tens of thousands of Americans voiced their opposition to the cruel mass removal policy. Congress joined in, with a bipartisan group of 54 House members calling for a halt to the roundups.
The new Congress will bring both challenges and opportunities. What happens in the next one to two years could literally determine the future for America’s wild horses on our public lands. It’s up to us to mobilize the power of the people to affect lasting change to save these iconic animals. We hope that you will stay with us for the long haul in this important fight. Thank you for your dedication, and please, if you can, support AWHPC's work 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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Also of Note...
Don't Forget to Vote for the Mustangs In the Tournament of Roses Parade
Remember to tune in to the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1 at 8 a.m. PST to see Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs (SAM) Foundation float and marching mustangs. Get ready to vote for the mustangs in the People's Choice Awards. More information here.
Still Time to Protect Native Carnivores and Wild Horses
If you haven't done so yet, please Take Easy Action today to submit comments on a lethal federal program that kills native carnivores, including wolves, mountain lions and coyote for the benefit of private livestock and hunting interests. The program upsets the balance of nature and harms many wildlife species. BLM uses the lack of predators to justify its mass wild horse roundup and removal policy.
Network Legal Analyst Highlights "Shoddy" Treatment of Wild Horses in Year-End Story
CBS Radio legal editor and chief network legal analyst Andrew Cohen has pegged Interior Department corruption, including the "shoddy way in which the Bureau of Land Management treated horses out West, to the beneirt of corporate interests," as the number three most under-reported legal story of 2010. Read more.