Hello Supporter, June 22, 2011
Oppose Obama Administration Plan to Sterilize Wild Mustang Herds in Wyoming
Precedent-Setting Decision for Little Colorado and White Mountain HMAs Would Geld All Stallions and Make Mustang Population "Non-Reproducing"
For the mustang family above and the hundreds of families like them in Wyoming's White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs), please take quick action below to oppose the Interior Department's latest assault on wild horses.
Last week, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its plan to remove 100 percent of the wild horses living in two Wyoming wild horse areas and return a small number of gelded stallions and spayed mares to the range.This devastating proposal would render these two wild horse populations, which include horses of unique genetic background and beautiful colors, including many paints, non-reproducing herds.
The action will also destroy the mustangs' wild and free-roaming behavior, which is supposedly protected by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. In the words of Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of Science and Conservation Biology at Zoo Montana and a foremost authority on wildlife biology and reproduction: "The very essence of the wild horse, that is, what makes it a wild horse, is the social organization and social behaviors, which in turn were molded by millions of years of evolution. Gelding/spaying will take exactly that away and then you no longer have wild horses. . . . Sterilization is incompatible with the mandate to protect and retain the free-roaming nature of wild horses.”
Since the announcement, the BLM has postponed its decision to spay mares, but is galloping ahead with the plan to castrate stallions and place them back on the range. This misguided and dangerous proposal is being pursued in the absence of proper environmental review or scientific study and over the objections of thousands of citizens who have commented on the proposed Little Colorado/White Mountain roundup and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's strategy to reform this broken BLM program.
Please take quick action to urge President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality to get involved to stop this plan.
Make Congress Work for Wild Horses and Burros
Every Month House Members Come Home for One Week to Hear From YOU - Please Take Time To Meet & Talk About Saving America's Wild Horses!
Every month, the U.S. House of Representatives schedules a "Constituent Work Week" when members of Congress spend time in their home districts in order to hear directly from their constituents. Next week (beginning June 27) is this month's Constituent Work Week. This is your opportunity to make your U.S. Representative work for you and wild horses and burros!
Please take a minute to call your representative's district office to find out about public meetings (e.g. town hall meetings) taking place when your congressperson is in town. Also, be sure to request that you get on his or her mailing list so that you know when and where you might have an opportunity to speak up for wild horses and burros. Finally, you can ask to schedule a meeting with your Representative or a staff member in the district office to discuss your concerns about the wild horse and burro program.
Only through the power of the people can we counter the powerful livestock lobby and other commercial interests that threaten wild horses and burros. It's time to get involved! For information and to locate your congressperson, please visit AWHPC's lobbying resource page.
Please let us know (send an email to [email protected]) if you have any questions or to tell us how your meetings go ... we are here to support you.
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...
You Did It! House Passes Amendment Keeping U.S. Government Out of the Horse Slaughter Business
Thanks to your calls, last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect horses from slaughter for human consumption by rejecting attempts to include horse slaughter plant inspections in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
Bipartisan support continued the prohibition on funding USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. Without this language, which has been included in every Agriculture Appropriations Bill since 2005, companies would be able to re-establish horse slaughter in the U.S.
Now the budget legislation heads to the Senate and we'll be sure to alert you if there are any additional efforts to include funding for horse slaughter. As you know, one of the greatest threats to the tens of thousands of mustangs stockpiled in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities is the threat of being sold for commercial slaughter. So this issue is vitally important for mustangs and domestic horses alike.
BLM Announces Summer Roundups
3,747 Wild Horses Slated to be Removed From the Wild by October
Yesterday, the BLM released its summer roundup schedule, which begins the first week of July. The agency is targeting over 3,500 mustangs for removal from BLM-managed public lands. An additional 250 mustangs are scheduled to be removed from Forest Service-managed public lands.
Public observers are needed to document the conditions and treatment of the horses at each roundup. If you are able to attend one of the upcoming roundups, please contact us for assistance and to let us know of your availability.
If you can't attend as a public observer, you can support AWHPC's on-the-ground observation effort by donating below. Observing and documenting the roundups is critical to our efforts to stop the mass removal of mustangs from the West. So please,