Hello Supporter, February 17, 2011
House Votes for $2 Million Budget Cut to BLM as Protest Over Mustang Roundups
Tell Your Senators to Support House's Message To Reform Wild Horse Program!
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Continuing Resolution for 2011 spending that will cut the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) budget by $2 million, in order to send a "very strong message" to the agency to reform its wild horse and burro program to make it more efficient and humane.
The bipartisan amendment was offered by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) and supported by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). It's expected that the Continuing Resolution will be passed by the House soon and sent to the Senate for debate.
The next months on Capitol Hill will be critical as Congress will pass legislation, not only to fund the federal budget for the remainder of 2011, but also for federal spending in Fiscal Year 2012.
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It's up to us to ensure that the voice of the majority of Americans who support the protection and humane treatment of mustangs is heard during this process. Please take the first step today to urge your elected representatives to support Rep. Burton's proposal to cut BLM spending and stop the inhumane treatment of American mustangs in cruel and costly roundups.
Antelope Roundup Continues
BLM Panel Clears Contractor who Stampeded Collapsed Mare
To date, BLM has captured over 950 mustangs in the Antelope Complex Roundup, which continues toward its goal of removing more than 2,000 wild horses from a 1.3 million-acre public lands area in northeastern Nevada. The death toll is now reported at six, including a yearling colt who broke his neck on February 13 after slamming into the panels of a BLM trap pen; a filly who broke her back leg and was euthanized; and an injured mare who was driven for miles in a helicopter chase despite a gunshot wound to her shoulder.
Meanwhile, the BLM has cleared the helicopter contractor of wrongdoing in the chase of a collapsed mare, which AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol captured on film. The case continues to be investigated by the White Pine Sheriff's Department, and it has prompted BLM director Bob Abbey to acknowledge that existing BLM policies may not be adequate, and call for a "new normal" and improved procedures for handling of horses in BLM roundups.
Read the latest on the Antelope Roundup Here.
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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...
BLM Backs Off Plan to Zero Out Herd Area in Colorado
The BLM has issued a news release announcing its withdrawal of a plan to remove all of the estimated 100 wild horses living in the West Douglas Herd Area in northwestern Colorado. Local ranching interests have been pressing hard for the "zeroing out" of wild horses from this 123,387-acre public lands area where the equivalent of 900-1000 privately-owned cattle are allowed to graze.
The proposed roundup was twice delayed by lawsuits filed by wild horse advocates and organizations, including AWHPC coalition supporters the ASPCA and The Cloud Foundation, and others. The BLM's "reconsideration" of its decision to zero out this Herd Area is a major signal that the agency is feeling the pressure - both legal and public - and that our calls, emails and letters are having an effect. So keep them coming!!
Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Bd. to Meet Next Month
The BLM is holding a meeting in Phoenix, AZ, on March 10-11 in which the public will be able to offer comments for the new wild horse and burro management strategy. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting on Friday, March 11.
The Board was created to advise the Secretary of the Interior on matters related to wild horses and burros on behalf of the public and other interested stakeholders. While this Board is dominated by representatives of livestock and hunting interests - the two main adversaries of wild horses - it's still important that the voice for the mustangs is heard loud and clear at this meeting. You can attend in person or submit your comments electronically or by regular mail. Details of the meeting and information on how to submit written comments here.