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Hello Supporter,      February 23, 2011

March 3 Salazar Testimony Begins 2012 Budget Process on Capitol Hill

Tell Your Representatives to Hold Interior Sec'y Accountable for Wasting Tax Dollars on Costly & Cruel Wild Horse Roundups

On March 3, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar will testify before the House Natural Resources Committee to justify his Department's 2012 budget request to Congress. The  request includes a $12 million increase for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Congress must say NO to this budget increase, which will be used to roundup thousands more wild horses and warehouse them in taxpayer-funded holding facilities.

Take Easy Action Here to ask your Representatives to ensure that the Natural Resources Committee rejects the budget increase for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program and stops the waste of tax dollars on this costly, cruel and mismanaged federal program.

Fed'l Judge: BLM Must Consider Reduction in Livestock Grazing to Benefit Wildlife

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled in favor of Western Watersheds Project's appeal of a BLM livestock grazing decision, concluding that the agency must consider reduction or elimination of livestock grazing to resolve conflicts with wildlife. The BLM routinely ignores a similar legal authority to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing on areas of public lands “if necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros. . . ." Congratulations to Western Watersheds for an important victory that sets a precedent for the protection of wildlife and, potentially for wild horses and burros as well. 

Antelope Roundup Continues

Capture Operation Moves to Spruce Allotment, Site of Pickens Mustang Monument Eco-Sanctuary

The BLM's massive Antelope Complex mustang roundup in northeastern Nevada continues.This week, the capture operation moved into the Spruce Pequop Herd Management Area (HMA), which includes the public grazing allotment for the Spruce Ranch, owned by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens. The Spruce Ranch and allotment is the site of Mrs. Pickens' future Mustang Monument eco-sanctuary.

To date, BLM has captured over 1,335 mustangs with a reported death toll of nine. As the roundup enters its sixth and final week, on-site observer and photojournalist Laura Leigh reports seeing more and more heavily pregnant mares. These mares are especially vulnerable to the stress and trauma of a miles-long helicopter stampede, capture and confinement; many will spontaneously abort their late-term foals.

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...

Reno Gazette Journal Calls for Improved Treatment of Horses in BLM Roundups

When a major newspaper in Nevada, the state with more than half of the nation's remaining wild horse population, takes an editorial stand demanding improved treatment of mustangs in BLM roundups, you know that our message is beginning to be heard. Please take a moment to thank the Reno Gazette Journal for its recent editorial, stating, "the BLM will have to do a better job of guiding its contractors to ensure that the animals are treated as humanely as possible. It's the right thing to do." Send a Letter-to-the-Editor here.

Plight of America's Wild Horses a "National Injustice," According to Ecology Law Journal Article

An important new article by attorneys Bruce Wagman and Lisa McCurdy brings the plight of America's wild horses to the attention of an important audience: the readers of the Ecology Law Quarterly, published by the prestigious U.C. Berkeley  Law School. The article states, "Brutal captures and deaths of American wild horses are occurring on the range. This is not a fictional western gone bad but federal policy. The government tries to justify this cruelty with junk science and is sheltered in its actions by procedural barriers and judicial deference." This is a must read article  - spread it far and wide!