Hello Supporter, May 4, 2011
Anti-Mustang Legislation Advances in Nevada
Bill That Would Cut Off Wild Horses from Water in State Passes Assembly and Moves to Senate
Photo Credit: "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" PBS/Nature
A bill with potentially catastrophic consequences for wild horses and burros in Nevada has passed the General Assembly and is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 11, 2011. Assembly Bill 329 (AB329) would define "wildlife" to specifically exclude wild horses and burros within the context of Nevada's water allocation law. This would set the stage to declare these species as non-beneficial users of the state's water and therefore deprive them of the right to access this critical, life-sustaining resource.
If the bill passes, every wild animal in Nevada -- whether native or non-native, captive or wild-born, from mollusks to mammals -- except wild horses and burros will be entitled to access water in the state.
Will you please act today against this ill-advised and cruel legislation that is being advanced at the request of a small group of cattlemen and hunters? The bill is contrary to the best interests of the majority of Nevada citizens and of all Americans who cherish wild horses and burros and want to see them protected.
Non-Nevada Residents: If you have not yet done so, please sign the petition to the Nevada Governor and Legislature:
AWHPC Celebrates May as "Burro Awareness Month"
Amazing and Historic Wild Burros Continue to Suffer from Interior Department Mismanagement
Photo by Mark Terrell (www.wildhorsesofnevadaphoto.com)
Burros are amazing, hardy little animals who manage to survive under the harshest conditions. Sadly, just like their wild horse cousins, they cling to a tenuous existence in increasingly shrinking habitat on our public lands and struggle under a management program that rounds them up and removes them from their ancestral homes in the West.
For the entire month of May, AWHPC is celebrating burros. Over the next four weeks, each eNewsletter will include information about the lesser known of the two species managed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and their plight at the hands of this agency that has mismanaged the wild horse and burro program for decades.
To kick off Burro Awareness month, we are asking you to share with us any photos, videos or personal stories you have regarding burros. You can email them to us or post them on our Facebook Page.
Meanwhile, visit our Burro Awareness Webpage to learn more about these amazing animals.
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 of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note...
Still Time to Oppose Proposed Wyoming Roundup Submit Comments by Friday!
If you have not done so yet please be sure to register your opposition to the BLM's plan to conduct another mustang roundup in Wyoming. This one will permanently remove 696 wild horses from the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas in the southern part of the state.
Public comments are accepted through May 6, 2011.
A Mother's Day Surprise!
First Glimpse of Braveheart's Brand New Look-Alike Foal
Braveheart was a valiant stallion who died trying to protect his family during the BLM's Silver King, Nevada roundup last fall. AWHPC was an eyewitness to this tragedy and we watched in horror as Braveheart slammed the bars of the trap pen, minutes after his capture, breaking his neck and dying slowly as his mare and foal looked on.
We arranged for Return to Freedom (RTF) to adopt the mare and foal (now a yearling), and named them Cali and Amber. Last week we were treated to a big surprise as Cali gave birth to a new foal who is the spitting image of Braveheart!
Braveheart's proud legacy lives on through his daughter Amber and the new foal. Click here to see photos and donate to help RTF care for these mustangs.