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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Hello Supporter,                 March 23, 2011

BLM Makes Plans to Remove Hundreds of Mustangs in Wyoming


Send In Your Comments Opposing Unnecessary Roundup - Act Today!

The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting public comments on the proposed "Red Desert Complex Wild Horse Gather" in Wyoming. Although portrayed as a Catch, Treat and Release (CTR) operation in which mares will be inoculated with a fertility control vaccine and horses will be released, the proposed action will actually remove 500-650 horses living within and outside this complex in Wyoming's pristine Red Desert region -- including young foals.

Please get your comments in today to urge BLM to incorporate alternatives for leaving all horses on the range into its final plan for the capture operation. Last year, BLM removed more than 2,000 wild horses from another area of Wyoming's Red Desert. Mustang populations in this Complex area are already dangerously low, and BLM does not need to add any more horses to government holding facilities where 42,000 mustangs are already stockpiled at taxpayer expense.

Take Easy Action Here.

Congress Still Working on 2011 & 2012 Budgets

Please Meet with Your Senators' Local Offices To Help Wild Horses and Burros

Last Friday, Congress passed its sixth stopgap spending bill for fiscal year 2011 which ends on September 30. This resolution authorizes continued federal spending at 2010 levels until April 8, 2011, while Congress debates a longer-term funding bill.

This means that we have only three weeks to convince the Senate to follow the House's lead and deny the Interior Department's request to increase the BLM wild horse and burro management budget for 2011. As long as it does not receive a budget increase, the BLM will be unable roundup an additional 4,400 more mustangs targeted for removal this fiscal year.

You don't have to travel to D.C. to meet with your Senators! You can request an appointment to meet with staff at your Senators' district offices.For instructions and information on contacting your legislators, please visit our lobbying page.


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 Submit Your Comments on the New BLM Strategy Proposal

The BLM is accepting public comments through March 30, 2011 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. Be sure to speak up for real reform and protection of mustangs and burros.Take Easy Action Here.

Nevada's Anti-Mustang Resolution SJR5

This week, award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp wrote a eye-opening article exposing the commercial (livestock) interests behind the Nevada Senate Joint Resolution (SJR5). This non-binding resolution opposes wild horse preserves and efforts to expand wild horse habitat in the state. If passed, SJR5 will be bad for Nevada, bad for America's wild horses, and will send a terrible message to Congress from the state with the largest wild horse population in the country.

ATTENTION NEVADA RESIDENTS! If you live in Nevada please take a minute to fill out the Nevada Legislature's public opinion poll on SJR5. Instructions:

1.  Click here to vote.

2. From the “Select Bill” drop down menu, choose the bill SJR5.

3. In the "Your View" section, click the "Against" button.

4. Add a comment if you’d like stating why SJR5 is bad for Nevada.

The poll results will be forwarded to legislators, so it's important to get as many Nevadans as possible to participate in this poll.