Hello Supporter, March 17, 2011
Comments Needed on New BLM Strategy for Wild Horse & Burro Management
Speak Up for the Mustangs - Act Today!
The BLM is accepting public comments on its “Proposed Strategy for Future Management of Wild Horses and Burros.” Unfortunately, despite promises of change, the agency still intends to remove 32,800 mustangs from the range over the next four years. Even if the BLM is able to attain its optimistic adoption goals, the plan would add over 16,000 wild horses to holding facilities where over 42,000 mustangs are already warehoused at taxpayer expense.
It seems that BLM has not yet gotten the message that taxpayers can no longer afford this mass mustang removal scheme. In reality, the BLM has at its disposal the tools necessary to keep wild horses on the range, where taxpayers do not have to pay to feed and care for them. These tools include the ability to adjust the resource allocations and stop prioritizing private livestock grazing over wild horses on the small percent of BLM lands designated as wild horse and burro habitat.
Let’s get our comments in today to build a strong public record in favor of real change in the BLM’s wild horse policy. After decades of controversy and mismanagement – now is the time to fix this broken program!
Take Easy Action Here.
Update on Nevada SJR5 - the Anti-Horse Resolution
state capitol, Carson City, Nevada
Last week we asked you to send in your comments urging Nevada legislators to vote against Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 5. While this is a non-binding resolution (as opposed to legislation that would create a new law), it is still important that SJR5 be defeated. Unfortunately, last Friday (March 11, 2011) the state's Senate Natural Resource Committee passed this anti-mustang resolution.
Nearly half of all of America's wild horses and burros reside in the state of Nevada. Unfortunately, livestock and hunting industries within the state are vocal and politically strong. As Americans work tirelessly to reform the federal government's inhumane wild horse management program, Nevada ranchers and hunters are trying to undermine these efforts by convincing Nevada state legislators to oppose any expansion of mustang and burro habitat on federal (taxpayer-owned) land.
Please take action today to urge Nevada legislators to vote NO on SJR5.
Because Nevada relies heavily on tourism for its economic well being, it's time for all Americans to tell Nevada legislators the anti-mustang resolution is bad for Nevada and its wild horses and burros. Take Easy Action Here.
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...
BLM Wild Horse Advisory Board Meeting Recap
AWHPC attended last week's meeting of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The biggest news coming out of the two-day meeting, which was held in Phoenix, is that unless Congress increases the BLM budget, the agency cannot roundup additional horses for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 (which ends Sept. 30, 2011). A summary of the meeting highlights are available online: Day 1 update and Day 2 update.
BLM Announces Tri-State Wild Horse & Burro Management Agreement
This week, the BLM announced that it had entered into a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for the cooperative management of wild horses and burros in 13 BLM Herd Management Areas in Oregon, California and Nevada and the FWS's Sheldon-Hart Refuge in Oregon. The press release and additional information can be accessed here. AWHPC will be providing further analysis of the implications of this agreement in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.