Hello Supporter, January 7, 2011
Thank CNN for Series on Wild Horses
Vote in Poll on Horse Slaughter Issue
This week CNN aired a four-part series, "Mustang Roundup: Taking the Wild Out of the West." The series included shocking footage of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-contracted helicopter knocking a small burro down during the chase. It’s very important that we let CNN know that the coverage of this issue is appreciated by viewers.
- Watch first segment; you can leave comments (scroll to bottom) here. Thank CNN for the excellent series and encourage the network to continue to give attention to this important national issue.
- Vote in an online poll on horse slaughter here.
- Links to all segments in CNN series here.
A New Year, More Mustang Roundups
BLM Seeking Comments on Plan to remove 400 mustangs from Nevada's High Rock Complex
The BLM is seeking public comments on a proposal to remove nearly half of the 900 wild horses from four Herd Management Areas that comprise the High Rock Complex in northwestern Nevada. Meanwhile hundreds of cattle are permitted to graze on these same lands.
In recent public remarks made in Las Vegas, BLM director signaled a change in direction at his agency toward on-the-range management of wild horses and away from roundups and removals. Abbey's remarks demonstrate that our letters and emails are having an effect, but now is the time to to keep the comments coming to ensure that the BLM's actions match its words. Please submit comments on the proposed High Rock Complex roundup by taking easy action here.
Horse Slaughter Proponents Convene In Las Vegas
Ranchers and breeders plot strategy for next year; set sights on domestic horses and mustangs on tribal lands
This week, horse breeders, ranchers and other livestock industry representatives convened in Las Vegas to organize efforts to reopen horse slaughter plants in the U.S. The big news coming out of the "Slaughter Summit" was BLM director Bob Abbey's reiteration of the Obama Administration's commitment to taking slaughter and the killing of healthy horses off the table as a solution to the wild horse issue.
While this is certainly not what the slaughter proponents wanted to hear, Mr. Abbey's position reflects public opinion. A recent Harris Online Survey commissioned by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign with support from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruetly to Animals) and Saving America's Mustangs found that just 8 percent of adults support the commercial slaughter of horses for human consumption. AWHPC attended the "Slaughter Summit" and has posted a 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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Also of Note...
Mustang Float a Huge Hit at Rose Bowl Parade
Saving America's Mustangs' (SAM) award-winning float and marching mustangs brought the plight of America's wild horses to the attention of 45 million viewers on New Year's Day. Thanks to all who tuned in and voted for the mustangs in the Viewer's Choice Awards. Video, photos and updates about SAM's Tournament of Roses activities here.
Still Time to Protect Native Carnivores and Wild Horses
The comment deadline has been extended to January 18, so if you have not 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.
AWHPC in the News
The plight of America's wild horses is becoming a high profile issue and the AWHPC team is happy to play a role in bringing this urgent issue to the attention of the American people. Wild horses were a main topic of discussion at this week's Horse Slaughter Summit. Media coverage of the Summit quoting AWHPC:
Los Angeles Times
CBS Radio Las Vegas
Channel 8 TV Las Vegas
AWHPC was also interviewed by National Public Radio.