Hello Supporter, February 2, 2011
Hold BLM Accountable for Cruelty on the Range in Antelope Complex Roundup
Demand that Nevada Wild Horse Director be Replaced!
photo by Catherine Stokes (c) The Cloud Foundation
The treatment of this elder mare in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Antelope Complex roundup was shocking to people who watched the video of her collapsing during a helicopter stampede. But it is apparently acceptable to BLM's wild horse and burro lead in Nevada, Alan Shepherd, who told Channel 4 News in Reno that the mare's collapse was caused by snow, not her obvious exhaustion from a miles-long chase. Even BLM's Washington DC PR spokesperson told Channel 4 that this incident was unacceptable. In reality, it's just one of the many abuses taking place during the Antelope roundup, which continues despite a cost-effective alternative offered by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens. It's time to hold BLM accountable for its inhumane treatment of our wild horses.
See the Video and Take Easy Action Here.
Help Wild Horses and Burros in the Heart of Mustang Country
Comments Needed on Battle Mountain Resource Management Plan - Taking Action is Easy!
The BLM is seeking public comments on its plan to revise the 25-year old Battle Mountain Resource Management Plan (RMP), which sets land use policies for BLM lands in central Nevada. This process will determine population levels and resource allocations for wild horses and burros living in this roughly 1.8 million-acre public lands area. Traditionally these areas have been managed to maximize livestock grazing at the expense of wild horses. Now we must be the voice for our federally-protected mustangs and burros to ensure that they receive their share of resources on OUR public lands.
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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...
Still Time to Oppose Triple B, Medicine Maverick, Antelope Valley & Cherry Springs Roundup
If you haven't done so yet, you have until February 7 to submit comments on the BLM's plan to roundup up 1,726 more mustangs from northeastern Nevada. The proposed roundup will leave behind just 472 wild horses, but nine times that number of livestock, on this 1.7 million-acre range.
Take Easy Action here.
CNN's Jane Velez Mitchell Interviews Madeleine Pickens
Footage of BLM's Inhumane Antelope Roundup Aired to National Audience
Watch as Headline News' Jane Velez Mitchell breaks open more fiscal irresponsibility with the BLM-run Wild Horse and Burro Program in an interview with philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens. See the interview here. Tell CNN you appreciate Jane's coverage of the wild horse issue: leave comments here.
Augusta Mountains Fertility Control Roundup Begins
Yesterday (2/2/11), BLM commenced the roundup of wild horses in the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada for the purpose of fertility control. While AWHPC commends the BLM for its decision to forgo removal of any horses from within the HMA, we are disappointed that the agency rejected our suggestion that the roundup be conducted in a manner that keeps wild horse families intact throughout the capture operation. Read more here.