Hello Supporter, June 7, 2011
Help Us Help Wyoming Mustangs: Take Easy Action to Oppose BLM Planned Removal of 1,225 Horses from Great Divide Basin HMA
Summer Helicopter Roundup Will Stampede Young Foals and Still-Pregnant Mares
These magnificent mustangs were running free in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) just two weeks ago, but if the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has its way, their freedom will be a distant memory after the helicopters descend in late July.
After receiving more than 3,200 public comments opposing the proposed Great Basin Divide roundup, the BLM is nonetheless moving ahead with plans to capture1,394 wild horses beginning in July, permanently removing 1,225 of them from this 1,200-square-mile public lands area in southern Wyoming. The mid-summer helicopter stampede will endanger very young foals and late-term pregnant mares.
The BLM is seeking another round of public comments on this misguided, costly and cruel plan. Please take action below, and if you can, get more people to help. If everyone on this list just gets one additional person to take action as well, we can double the number of comments opposing the roundup. Let's show the BLM that we mean business! Click below to take easy action.
Important New Article Could Change Playing Field for Wild Horses
Experts Confirm that Mustangs are Native Species, Deserve Protection
The curator of the Department of Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the director of Zoo Montana's Science and Conservation Center are among the experts quoted in a new Associated Press article that examines the archeological and biological evidence demonstrating that the wild horse is a native North American species. The article advances an intelligent discussion about the status of mustangs on American public lands, and has profound implications for the way this species is managed in the West. Read the full article here.
BLM Gives Brief Public Tour of Short-Term Holding Facility Previously Closed To Public for PR Reasons
Watch the Tour on Video
One year ago this week, the BLM closed the Indian Lakes Short-Term Holding Facility in Fallon, Nevada to the public. Internal BLM documents reveal that public access to the facility was blocked due to concern over "the damage that is being done to the BLM’s image as the result of the tours."
After sustained public outcry and Congressional concern, the BLM announced last month that it would re-open the facility on two days this summer for public tours. The first of these tours was held on June 3, 2011, and AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol was onsite and has filed the report with photos and video that is available here.
Photo above of Indian Lakes facility courtesy of Cat Kindsfather.
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...
First Wild Horses Released at Pickens' Mustang Monument Eco-sanctuary
Philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens has set free the first wild horses at Mustang Monument, her eco-sanctuary in northeastern Nevada. The mares and foals were rescued from slaughter after the Paiute Tribe rounded them up off reservation lands for sale at auction. Read her report of the exciting mustang release and see pictures and video here.
A proposal by Mrs. Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs Foundation to create an eco-preserve for mustangs captured in BLM roundups is currently under consideration by the agency.
Congressman Honors Cloud, the Famed Wild Stallion
Photo courtesy of The Cloud Foundation
Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens, who heads The Cloud Foundation, has made Cloud famous through her PBS Nature series based on the life of this stallion and his herd in the Pryor Mountains on the Wyoming-Montana border.
Last month, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) honored Cloud on the occasion of his 16th birthday with a resolution acknowledging the stallion's role in enhancing the appreciation of all wild horses and burros in the American West. Read more about the resolution here, and view Ginger Kathrens' video tribute to Cloud here.
News About AWHPC
Mention on MSNBC. . . The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) got a mention on MSNBC's Morning Joe when the legendary singer/songwriter Carole King brought the plight of the West's wild horses to the attention of millions of viewers nationwide. Adding to Carole's message, MSNBC featured the gorgeous wild horse photography of AWHPC supporter Elissa Kline. Thanks to Carole, Elissa and MSNBC for furthering the cause! You can see Carole's interview here.
Sponsoring Reno Art & Music Festival Saturday . . . Thanks to a generous supporter, AWHPC will be the main sponsor for the Reno Block Party, an art and music festival that will take place in Reno's Wingfield Park on Saturday (June 11, 2011) from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Joining us for this excellent outreach opportunity will be AWHPC coalition partners Return to Freedom, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and the Wild Horse Preservation League. If you live in the Reno area, be sure to stop by and visit our booth, which will be featured prominently at the event!