Hello Supporter, July 19, 2011
Oppose Unnecessary Roundup in Wyoming's Red Desert Complex
Removal of 840 Mustangs, Including 390 Yearlings & Foals, Planned for October
Wild horse families, like the one pictured above, will be torn apart and destroyed if the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) moves ahead with its proposal to remove 840 horses from the Red Desert Complex in southern Wyoming. The roundup plan includes permanent removal of 450 horses living outside of designated "Herd Management Areas" (HMAs) as well as 390 foals and yearlings from within the Complex.
To make matters worse, the agency is including an option to castrate free-roaming stallions and return them to the range. As described in last week's eNewsletter, castrating free-roaming stallions takes away the drive and adaptability that makes these horses wild mustangs.
Please take one minute to strongly oppose this unnecessary, costly and inhumane roundup plan for the Red Desert Complex.
Federal Appeals Court Delays Triple B Roundup
In a late Friday July 15, 2011 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency stay to halt the Triple B roundup, which the BLM intended to begin on Saturday. The stay will give the court time to review an appeal of a disappointing decision by U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben in Reno to allow the BLM to proceed with the roundup and removal of 1,700 horses from the 1.7-million-acre complex outside Ely, Nevada.
The lawsuit to block the roundup in the Triple B area, which is also known as the Buck/Bald Complex, was filed by environmental attorney Rachel Fazio and Nevada counsel Julie Cavanaugh-Bill on behalf of the Cloud Foundation and ecologist Craig Downer and horse advocate Lorna Moffat.
BLM had declined to delay the roundup by a few days to give the plaintiffs time to appeal Judge McKibben's decision. The emergency stay issued by the Ninth Circuit sends a strong message to the BLM, which continues plans for mass roundups despite strong public opposition.
Lawsuit Status Update: As of this writing the Ninth Circuit has yet to rule and the roundup is still on hold.
More information about the lawsuit and AWHPC's eyewitness account of the July 14 hearing before Judge McKibben is available here.
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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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