Hello Supporter, July 6, 2011
Your Letters Are Needed to Oppose Another Wild Horse Roundup in Nevada's Calico Complex
Action is Phase 2 of Tri-State Mega Roundup Plan
Less than two years after conducting the Calico Complex mustang roundup -- one of the largest and deadliest roundups in history -- the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to return to the area to capture and remove an additional 1,000 wild horses. Among the wild horses targeted will be the stunning mare/foal pair above, photographed in April 2011 living peacefully with their family in the valley beneath the beautiful Calico Mountains in northwestern Nevada.
This time, when the BLM helicopters return to Calico, they will have authorization to scour a tri-state area covering a million acres in order to capture as many mustangs as possible. That's because the Calico action is Phase 2 of the BLM's mega-roundup plan that aims to remove more than 2,000 wild horses living in 11 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) bordering California, Nevada, and Oregon. Phase 1 is the High Rock Complex removal that we wrote about last week.(See first item under "Also of Note.")
By clumping together 11 HMAs in back-to-back roundups, which are scheduled to start this fall, the BLM literally has no limiting boundaries for capturing mustangs. Please take easy action to voice your opposition to the president, BLM and your legislators.
Lawsuit Filed to Stop Largest Mustang Roundup of Year in Nevada's Triple B Complex
Hearing Scheduled for July 14, 2011 in Reno
A lawsuit filed by the Cloud Foundation, ecologist Craig Downer and advocate Lorna Moffet seeks to stop the BLM's Triple B Complex roundup, slated to remove 1,700 mustangs from northeastern Nevada this month. California environmental attorney Rachel Fazio filed the case with Nevada lawyer Julie Cavanaugh-Bill. Fazio also challenged the BLM's Twin Peaks roundup in California last year in a case that is pending with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In response to the litigation, the BLM has delayed the start of the Triple B roundup from July 6 until July 16, 2011 to allow the federal court to hear arguments. If you live in the area, please attend the court hearing in Reno on July 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. For more information, please see the Associated Press article and the Cloud Foundation news release about the lawsuit.
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...
If you haven't done so already ... Please Oppose Phase 1 of the Tri-State Roundup
If you have not done so already, please take action below to oppose the High Rock Complex roundup, which is Phase 1 of the BLM's proposed tri-state mega roundup of more than 2,000 wild horses living in 11 Herd Management Areas that border California, Nevada and Oregon.
Click below to state for the record your opposition to the removal of 1,094 mustangs living in the High Rock Complex.
Award-Winning Reporter George Knapp Tells It Like It Is
Award-winning investigative reporter George Knapp with Las Vegas CBS-TV KLAS has always done an outstanding job exposing the waste and cruelty of the federal wild horse and burro program. Last week, Mr. Knapp outdid himself with a hard-hitting commentary on the wild horse issue, taking special aim at one specific critic of wild horse advocates. Once again, Mr. Knapp called it the way it is and laid the facts on the table. To watch the commentary, click here.
Please Support AWHPC's Field Work
The single most important and influential tool we can use to capture the attention of Congress is media coverage of the brutal treatment of wild horses during the BLM roundups.
Traveling to remote regions to document these roundups is not easy or inexpensive, but it is essential to getting the photos and videos that show the public and Congress how deplorably the federal government is treating our national icons. AWHPC's coverage of previous roundups generated significant public and media attention. Your support for AWHPC's observation fund will allow us to cover the upcoming BLM roundups that begin this month. Thank you for supporting this essential work!