Hello Supporter, August 2, 2011
BLM Caves to Lawsuit and Abandons Unscientific Plan to Castrate Free-Roaming Wild Horses in Wyoming
AWHPC & Western Watersheds Challenged Interior Department’s Plan to Manage Wild Horses to Extinction
Stallions in the White Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) challenging each other last month. Photo by Rachel Reeves.
We're pleased to inform you that this morning, the U.S. Department of Justice informed U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson and our attorneys from Meyer, Glitzenstein and Crystal that the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was withdrawing its plan to round up most of the wild horses living in the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in southwestern Wyoming and return only castrated stallions (geldings) to the range.
According to the DOJ, the BLM is postponing any roundup in this area until at least September 1, and will announce a new course of action by the end of the week. Please see our news release for details.
The BLM's decision to abandon this "manage to extinction" plan for Wyoming mustangs was made in response to the lawsuit we filed with Western Watersheds Project, Wyoming residents Donna and Greg Duckworth, and wildlife photographer Carol Walker, author of Wild Hoofbeats, America's Vanishing Wild Horses. Last week, our attorneys filed motions for Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order that included powerful declarations from leading scientists and experts attesting to the devastating effect that the proposed castration plan would have on individual wild horses and the wild horse herds in this area
We will keep you updated as this situation evolves, but we wanted to be sure to share this bit of good news with you right away.
Meanwhile, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the litigation fund and to our special anonymous donor who is matching all donations toward this lawsuit.
For more information, please see our lawsuit web page, which includes links to news articles, news releases and the key legal documents in this case.
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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 annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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