Hello Supporter, January 12, 2011
Join Powerful Coalition of Humane and Environmental Organizations: Urge BLM to Postpone Antelope Complex Roundup
Demand that BLM live up to rhetoric by working with Saving America's Mustangs on cost-effective alternative
In just eight days, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopters will descend on the beautiful mustangs of the Antelope Complex in northeastern Nevada, where the agency intends to capture and remove over 2,000 wild horses from this 1.3 million acre public lands area. Most will eventually be shipped to holding facilities in the Midwest, where an astounding 40,000 wild horses are already warehoused at taxpayer expense.
The BLM is proceeding with this dead-of-winter roundup despite an offer by Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs Foundation to construct holding facilities on private lands at ranches she has purchased adjacent to and within the Antelope Complex. Mrs. Pickens' offer will save taxpayers money and spare horses the trauma of being trucked thousands of miles from their homeland.
Please join a powerful coalition of humane and environmental organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Western Watersheds Project, in urging the BLM to postpone the Antelope roundup and work with Saving America's mustangs on a cost-effective and humane plan.
Tell BLM it's time for the agency's rhetoric about reform to be matched by real action!
Take Easy Action Here.
BLM Seeking Comments on Another Wild Horse Roundup in Wyoming's Red Desert
The BLM is asking for public comments on its proposal to remove 600 wild horses from the Great Basin Divide Herd Management Area in Wyoming. The BLM says that this 1,215 square area can only sustain 415 to 600 horses. BLM claims 1,000 mustangs live in the area. Meanwhile, the BLM authorizes thousands of cattle to graze this same area. According to BLM statistics, Wyoming has the second highest wild horse population in the nation, yet the latest available BLM population figures (FY 2009) estimate just 5,000 horses. The state has reduced the areas where wild horses are allowed to roam by nearly half in the last four decades and aims reduce the overall population further to just 3,700 horses. Less than three months ago, BLM captured and removed over 2,000 wild horses from another area of Wyoming's pristine Red Desert region in the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas.
Oppose this roundup today!
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Wild Horse Case Heard by 2nd Highest Court in U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Hearing on Lawsuit over Twin Peaks Roundup
Approximately 25-30 wild horse advocates convened in federal court in San Francisco yesterday for a hearing on the appeal of the case against the BLM’s Twin Peaks, California roundup conducted last year. The lawsuit was brought by American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) coalition partner In Defense of Animals and other wild horse advocates. While the questioning by the three-judge panel is not necessarily indicative of the court’s ultimate ruling, it was encouraging to watch these esteemed judges hold BLM’s attorney to task. The panel asked hard questions about the BLM’s compliance with federal law and requirements for disclosure of the hard data to support the agency's decision to remove 80 percent of the wild horse herd from the Twin Peaks area.
Read report on hearing by AWHPC Team member Deniz Bolbol.
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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...
Still Time to Comment on High Rock Roundup
If you have not done so yet, please submit comments on the BLM's proposal to remove nearly half of the 900 wild horses from four Herd Management Areas that comprise the High Rock Complex in northwestern Nevada. We are building an important public record demonstrating widespread opposition to BLM's mass mustang roundup and removal policies, so it's very important to get your comments in today.
Take Easy Action Here.
BLM Cancels Clan Alpine Roundup
After finding far fewer horses than anticipated during an aerial census of the Clan Alpine Herd Management Area north of Fallon, Nevada, the BLM has canceled plans for a February roundup. The agency stated that the population is low enough that capturing the mustangs for the purpose of fertility control is not necessary at this time. Thanks to all AWHPC supporters and coalition partners who submitted comments opposing this unnecessary roundup!
Calico Mares Settling in at Temporary Quarters
Meet Aurora. This lovely girl was captured one year ago in the BLM's Calico Mountains roundup. She is one of 74 captured Calico mares who have been rescued by Return to Freedom and will be reintroduced to rescued Calico stallions so that they can recreate the family bands that were destroyed in the BLM's capture operation. Return to Freedom needs your help to care for these horses in their temporary quarters until a wild horse preserve in northwestern Nevada is established.
Sponsor a Calico mare and support this groundbreaking rescue effort.