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Hello Supporter,                August 3, 2011

Action of the Week: Submit Comments to Oppose Colorado Mustang Roundup

Photo of last roundup at Piceance-East Douglas by Grand Junction Sentinel

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the proposed roundup of 100 percent of the estimated 382 wild horses living in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Colorado, along with 78 wild horses outside the HMA. After capturing all the horses in a helicopter stampede, the agency would choose 135 mustangs to release back to this 200,000-acre range.

Please take action below to urge the BLM to implement an alternative action that would avoid removals and accommodate the current wild horse population by reducing livestock grazing in the HMA, Population numbers could then be maintained at or near current levels by utilizing the proven PZP fertility control vaccine. 

Special note: By submitting comments on every proposed BLM roundup possible, we are building an important public record of support for a more cost-effective and humane approach to the management of our wild horses. This strong public record of support for our nation's wild horses is already playing an important role in litigation and legislative efforts to reform the BLM's broken wild horse program. The mustangs need you to be their voice, so please keep the faith and take action below today!

Triple B Roundup Continues: AWHPC Onsite to Monitor Situation
Death Toll Stands at 7, Including 5 Foals
Beautiful mustang family captured at Triple B on Friday, July 29, 2011

With support from our coalition partner, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol is onsite at the Triple B roundup to provide first-hand reports from the frontlines of this massive mustang capture and removal operation.

Over the next six weeks, the agency plans to remove more than 1,700 wild horses from their homes on public lands in the Triple B Complex in northeastern Nevada. Since the roundup began on July 20, the BLM has captured 599 wild horses. Seven horses have been killed to date, including five foals.

BLM is preventing meaningful public observation of the capture operation by forcing observers to stand at a distance and location that prevents them from viewing horses entering the chute leading to the trap and the trap itself. This is the most difficult part of the stampede, when horses struggle against capture and  can easily be injured. Utilizing her zoom lens, Deniz is able to observe horses coming into the general area of the trap and has observed them to be slathered in sweat. (Temperatures hover in the upper 80's to low 90's before the roundup is called for the day.) She has also documented young foals struggling – frequently unsuccessfully – to keep up with their families during the helicopter chase.

Please read Deniz's daily reports from the Triple B roundup, including photos and video,  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.

www.WildHorsePreservation.org

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Also of Note....,

BLM Backs off  Wild Stallion Castration Plan in Wyo.

Photo by Rachel Reeves

Yesterday, we announced that a lawsuit filed by AWHPC and the Western Watersheds Project has forced the BLM to withdraw its plan to castrate free-roaming stallions in the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas in southwestern Wyoming. 
Please visit our Wyoming lawsuit webpage for the latest news and information on this developing situation. A special thanks to all of you who have written and donated in support of this litigation!

Congressman Grijalva & 64 House Colleagues Speak Up For Mustangs

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has once again come to the defense of wild horses. The Arizona Democrat last week sent a letter, co-signed by 64 of his colleagues, to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar calling for a halt to BLM plans to sterilize Wyoming mustang herds. The letter also reiterated the call for a moratorium on BLM wild horse roundups pending the outcome of a National Academy of Sciences review of the federal wild horse management program. Read Rep. Grijalva's news release, which includes a link to the sign-on letter, here.

New BLM Wild Horse & Burro Director Named

The BLM has appointed Joan Guilfoyle to head its Wild Horse and Burro Division, a post that was vacated by the retirement of Don Glen in December 2010. Ms. Guilfoyle currently works for the BLM as a coordinator with three other federal agencies and is reported to be a horsewoman. We hope Ms. Guilfoyle is up to the task of delivering the badly-needed reform for this broken federal wild horse program. Read BLM's announcement here.