Hello Supporter, June 28, 2011
Please Oppose Massive Roundup on California-Nevada Border
More Than 1,000 Horses Targeted For Removal in Phase 1 of BLM Tri-State Roundup Plan
The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is gearing up to remove more than 2,000 wild horses living on public lands in the border area of California, Nevada, and Oregon. The first phase of this massive capture and removal operation is scheduled to take place in the High Rock Complex in the Fall of 2011 under the jurisdiction of the BLM's Surprise Field Office in California. The High Rock Complex roundup will permanently remove an estimated 1,094 wild horses living in this 584 square-mile public lands area.
Please take quick action to urge the BLM to cancel plans to remove horses and instead choose the more humane and cost-effective "Alternative C," outlined in the Environmental Assessment, which returns all horses to the range and treats female horses with the PZP fertility control vaccine.
Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor New Legislation to Protect American Horses from Slaughter in the U.S. and Abroad
GAO Report on Horse Slaughter Highlights the Need for New Legislation
Please take easy action below to ask you Senators to co-sponsor the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), will end the slaughter of American horses here and, most urgently, will stop these horses from being exported abroad for slaughter. Over 100,000 American horses -- both domestic and wild -- are annually shipped to Canada and Mexico for commercial slaughter to supply foreign horsemeat markets. The transport of the horses and the horse slaughter plants themselves are unregulated by the USDA, resulting in horrendous conditions and enormous suffering.
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...
AWHPC Asks White House to Intervene in BLM Plan to Sterilize Free-Roaming Stallions
AWHPC is appealing to President Barack Obama's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to halt a devastating plan by the Wyoming BLM to convert the viable free-roaming wild horse populations living in the Little Colorado and White Mountain Herd Management Areas into herds comprised primarily of castrated stallions. The plan is being implemented without scientific justification or environmental review and in violation of the agency's own planning guidelines.
Read more about AWHPC's complaint here, and, if you have not yet done so, please send your own letter to the White House by clicking below.
Visiting Wild Horse Country This Summer?
Summer vacation is the perfect time to embark on a wild horse adventure. Seeing wild horses living free on the range can be the experience of a lifetime, but before you go, you'll want to read these helpful tips from award-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation. Also, learn about what other wondrous creatures you will find on your journey to Mustang Country by taking a look at wild horse photographer Pam Nickoles' blog as wel as the the blog of wild horse enthusiast Linda Hay.