Hello Supporter, May 24, 2011
Nevada Senators Reject Anti-Mustang Bill, Sending It Back for Review
Thousands of Comments from Concerned Citizens Helped Educate Senators About the Catastrophic Consequences of Assembly Bill 329
Photo by Carrol Abel
Last Friday afternoon (May 20), wild horses and burros throughout Nevada won a small victory against the cattlemen who want to see them removed from public lands. The Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee declined to vote on Assembly Bill 329 (AB329), which would have set the stage to strip wild horses and burros of their right to access water on all lands in the state.
Instead of passing the bill onto the full Senate for a vote, the Committee sent AB329 back to the Public Lands Committee for further review. This move kills the bill for the current legislative session, which ends this week. The Public Lands Committee, led by anti-wild horse Senator Dean Rhoads, will likely resurrect the bill beginning this fall, but at least for now, the water rights are secure for mustangs and burros in Nevada.
Big thanks to all the wild horse advocates in Nevada and throughout the U.S. who joined us in protesting against this potentially devastating bill. AB329 and another anti-wild horse resolution pending in the Assembly (SJR5) received more votes on the legislature's online polling site than nearly any other bill under consideration, with the vast majority of voters opposed to these anti-mustang measures. If SJR5 is not voted on by the end of this week, it will die. We'll keep you posted.
Nevadans who would like to thank the three Senators who refused to be stampeded into supporting AB329, can take easy action below.
Action of the Week: Tell A Friend
One of the most important things we can do for the wild horses and burros is to grow our grassroots network of supporters who are willing to take action on behalf of these inspiring national treasures.
Each week, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) distributes email alerts with easy action measures that people can use to help save the mustangs. This week, if each of our subscribers gets just one friend or family member to join our email list, we can double the number of people who will sign petitions, send letters or emails or make telephone calls to Congress and other key decision makers.
Only by harnessing the power of the people will we be able to defeat the cattlemen and other special interest groups that want to see these federally-protected animals removed from our public lands forever. So please click below today!
Burro Awareness Month:
The Tragedy of BLM Burro Roundups
Photo by Kurt Miller/The Press Enterprise
Continuing our focus this month on burros, this week, we take a look at the tragedy and suffering that burros endure in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups. Click here for our latest report for Burro Awareness Week.
Remember to check out our growing Burro Awareness Month Photo Album on Facebook.
And don't forget to send us your photos, videos and personal stories about burros as we continue to celebrate these amazing animals during the month of May. Please email them to us by replying to this message, or sending them to [email protected]
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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 of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note...
BLM Appoints Representative from Pro-Slaughter Tribe to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
These wild horses from the Yakima Reservation were sold at auction and likely shipped to slaughter last year. Photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times
The BLM has appointed a representative from a pro-horse slaughter tribe to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. James Stephenson, a big game biologist who manages the wild horse herd on Yakama reservation lands, was appointed to fill the natural resource management seat on the citizen advisory board. The Yakama tribe sells horses at auction for slaughter and has been lobbying to open a horse slaughter plant on reservation lands in Washington state.
No known wild horse advocates were among the three new appointments to the Advisory Board announced this month by the BLM. AWHPC will be closely watching this board, which historically has been stacked with members lobbying against the interests of wild horses and burros. For now, we can only say that Stephenson's appointment raises a very large red flag concerning the intentions of the BLM, which talks about reform, but seems to be continuing business as usual in regard to its cruel and costly wild horse and burro management policies.
BLM Announces Resumption of Roundups
The BLM is gearing up to resume roundups after the U.S. Senate fully funded its wild horse and burro program. The $12 million budget increase approved by both houses of Congress allows the BLM to roundup and remove 5,000 more mustangs from the range between July and September 30, which marks the end of Fiscal Year 2011.
Last week, the BLM announced its plans to proceed with the first of the dead-of-summer roundups in Northeastern Nevada beginning in July. The agency intends to remove an additional 1,700 mustangs living in the Triple B, Medicine Maverick and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas and the Cherry Springs territory operated by the U.S. Forest Service. BLM helicopter stampedes conducted in the Nevada desert last summer caused the deaths of dozens of horses from dehydration-related complications. AWHPC will be closely monitoring this situation and will keep you updated with the latest news.