Hello Supporter, May 12, 2011
Urge Forest Service to Adopt Wild Horse & Burro Protections in Its New Planning Rule
Public Comments Are Due on Proposed Policy that Will Guide Management of National Forests for Years to Come
The Obama Administration is in the process of creating sweeping new policies to determine the future of our national forests for generations to come. These policies, known as the Forest Planning Rule, lay out the “rules of the road” for the U.S. Forest Service to manage its 155 national forests and 20 grassland areas nationwide, which include 37 designaed wild horse and burro territories.
Currently, the Planning Rule is silent on wild horses and burros, even though they are protected by federal law on Forest Service lands. Please take a minute to submit comments urging the Forest Service to include protections for wild horses and burros in the future management of all Forest Service lands, especially those already designated as habitat for these federally-protected and cherished species.
Burro Awareness Month:
The Plight of Burros on Federal and State Lands throughout the Western States
As part of Burro Awareness Month, this week we examine the plight of wild burros on state and federal lands. From the brutal shooting of burros by the Forest Service, an easy and inexpensive method of population control, to the BLM's systematic reduction of both herd numbers and habitat for these federally-protected animals, it is becoming more and more clear that America's burros are losing their battle for survival in the West.
See the Burro Awareness: The Plight of Burros webpage for more information, and check out our growing Burro Awareness Month Photo Album on Facebook.
As we continue to celebrate burros this month, please also remember to share with us any photos, videos or personal stories you have regarding burros. Please feel free to email them to us at [email protected]
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...
Proposed Nevada Bill Threatens to Take Away Water from Wild Horses & Burros
Introduced at the request of ranchers and big game hunters, Assembly Bill 329 (AB 329) in Nevada is a vehicle by which the right to access water can be taken away from wild horses and burros throughout the state.
The bill excludes wild horses and burros from the definition of "wildlife," which includes all other wild animals, from mollusks to mammals. In Nevada, where all water usage is state-controlled via permit and watering wildlife is allowed by permit only, this bill would enable the state to deny permits to all citizens and agencies wishing to provide water to wild horses and burros—thus, effectively making it illegal to water wild horses and burros.
AWHPC and the ASPCA have teamed up to fight this bill which, if it becomes law, could have catastrophic consequences for wild horses and burros in Nevada, where more than half of the nation's mustangs and burros reside. Read the Reno Gazette story on our joint efforts here.
AB 329 has passed the General Assembly and will be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee this Friday, May 13th between 2 PM - 3 PM PST. You can view the hearing live online here.
If you have not done so already, please take action to oppose this outrageous and dangerous bill.
Nevada Residents Only:
Petition for Non-Nevada Residents:
Reno's Ch. 2 TV News Airs Two-Part Story on Wild Horse Issue; Features AWHPC
This week Channel 2 KTVN, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nevada, is airing a series on rural Nevada that includes two segments on the wild horse controversy. AWHPC was interviewed for both segments, which attempts to cover both sides of the wild horse debate.
Segment 1: Problems
Segment 2: Solutions