Hello Supporter, May 31, 2011
Urgent: Call TODAY to Prevent Horse Slaughter Plants from Opening in U.S.!
Tell Congress to keep federal government out of the cruel horse slaughter business
One of the biggest threats that mustangs removed from the range face is the prospect of commercial slaughter to supply overseas horsemeat markets. While no horse slaughter plants currently operate in the U.S., the Congress is inching toward making it possible for foreign corporations to re-establish horse slaughter plants on American soil!
Late last week the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. For the first time since 2005, language preventing federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities was not included in the bill, despite strong bipartisan support in Congress. Horse slaughter plants cannot operate in the U.S. without funding to underwrite USDA inspections.
At a time when Congress is dramatically cutting back federal spending and eliminating wasteful federal programs, it is disturbing that some in Congress would allow for the re-establishment of a taxpayer subsidized federal program that existed solely to support foreign owned horse slaughter facilities that inflicted tremendous suffering on American horses.
If you do nothing else today, please take a few moments to call Congress by 5:30 p.m. EST to urge support for an amendment that will de-fund USDA inspectors and prevent horse slaughter plants from re-opening on American soil. America's horses need you to be their voice!
Burro Awareness Month: Appreciating Wild Burros
In concluding May as Burro Awareness Month, we want to share the beauty and story of wild burros and encourage people to get out and see them. Our Burro Awareness: Beyond the Roundup webpage provides video clips and photographs of America's historic and unique burros and provides information about places you can visit to enjoy an encounter with them.
Arizona, Nevada and California are the states with the largest burro populations. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates there are only approximately 4,600 burros on BLM lands. The Forest Service reports that it has burros in only two remaining territories. All this information and more is available at the Burro Awareness: Beyond the Roundup webpage. Please also be sure to check out our Burro Awareness Month Photo Album on Facebook.
We hope that by providing information over the past four weeks, we have given you a better understanding of the plight and beauty of America's burros. Special thanks to all who shared their stories, pictures and videos.
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...
As Anti-Mustang Measures Die in Nevada, Colorado Passes Unfriendly Wild Horse Resolution
Just as we've seen in Nevada, cattle ranchers and hunters are behind anti-mustang legislation in Colorado. Senate Joint Resolution 11-40 (SJR 11-40) was passed in just 30 days by the Colorado legislature. Since resolutions do not need the governor's signature, the anti-wild horse measure, while non-binding, repesents the official opinion of the Colorado Legislature.
SJR 11-40 opposes any Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reforms that would increase mustang herd numbers, expand wild horses areas, or create wild horse preserves on public lands in the state.
The resolution even gives a pat on the back to ranchers, who pushed for the resolution, referring to them as "good stewards of the land and natural environment." How ironic, when almost every environmental organization in the U.S. acknowledges the devastating impact that livestock grazing has on the environment. The Sierra Club regularly addresses the adverse impact of livestock grazing stating that, "No other human activity in the West is as responsible for the decline or loss of species as is livestock production."
If you live in the West and hear of similar anti-mustang legislation being introduced in your state, please contact AWHPC as soon as possible.
BLM Asked To Keep Wild Horses Safe from Equine Herpes Virus
The recent outbreak among domestic horses of the highly contagious equine herpes virus, known as EHV-1, has triggered an urgent call asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take preventative measures to protect wild horse populations from this sometimes fatal disease.
In an effort to prevent what would be a catastrophic outbreak among wild horses, the Humane Society of the United States, an AWHPC coalition partner, is urging the BLM to implement aggressive public education and safeguards to ensure that this deadly virus doesn't spread to wild horses and burros.
EHV-1 continues to spread among domestic horses despite the cancellation of horse events and shows all across the West. The virus can be airborne or spread by touch or by shared feeding. To read more about this virus and the precautions called for by HSUS and supported by AWHPC, click here.
Humane observer Elyse Gardner has confirmed that a burro roundup at the China Lake Naval Station, scheduled to take place this past Memorial Day weekend, has been postponed due to EHV-1. No new date has been set for this roundup. The Navy is contracting with the BLM to remove all burros from the lands that comprise this Naval facility.