Hello Supporter, March 1, 2011
Your Action Needed as BLM Wild Horse Budget Comes before Key Congressional Committees
Now is the time for Congress to take REAL action to hold BLM accountable for its cruel and tax-wasting wild horse roundups
Last Band Captured At Antelope Roundup, 2/24/11 Photo by Laura Leigh
Beginning tomorrow, and over the next seven days, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will testify before the House and Senate Natural Resources committees regarding their Fiscal Year 2012 budget requests. The BLM is again asking for a $12 million increase for its Wild Horse and Burro Program, boosting the program's total budget to $76 million a year. It will use this funding to underwrite the removal of 15,000 wild horses from the West over the next two years.
Your legislator might be on one of these two committees. If you live in one of the states below, please click here to take action:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, or West Virginia.
It's time for Congress to say “No” to business-as-usual at the BLM.
Note: if you do not have a representative on one of these committees, stay tuned, as we will be asking for your help as the budget makes its way through the various committees and onto the floor of the House and Senate for a vote.
The events of the past weeks – including the BLM’s announcement that it is (slightly) scaling back roundups, and the House’s amendment to cut the BLM budget by $2 million to “send a very strong message” about the need to reform the wild horse and burro program – demonstrate that our letters and calls are having an effect. Let’s keep up the pressure!!
Take Action Here to fax your comments to your Senators and Representative on the key committees.
Thank you very much for your support and your dedication to protecting our nation's mustangs and burros.
The AWHPC Team
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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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