Hello Supporter, August 12, 2011
Tell Congress: Halt BLM Roundup Causing Small Foals to Suffer
Photo from Triple B Roundup by Laura Leigh
Please join the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) in calling for an immediate halt to all summer wild horse roundups. The urgent call is being made after AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol returned from nine days of public observation of the Triple B roundup to report that tiny foals are routinely being chased by helicopters in miles-long stampedes. These babies try so hard to keep up with their families, but often fall behind and are roped and brought into the trap by wranglers.
The majority of the nine horses who have been killed to date in the Triple B roundup, which is currently underway in northeastern Nevada, are foals. The tragedy could be prevented by prohibiting the conduct of roundups in the summer, a time when foals are young and vulnerable. Take action below to tell Congress to intervene in this unnecessary abuse of America's mustangs.
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AWHPC Range Report Refutes BLM Rationale for Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup
BLM Schedules Capture Operation After AWHPC Lawsuit Forces Agency to Drop Castration Plan
Beautiful Red Roan Stallion in White Mountain HMA. Photo by Carol Walker.
After backing off a plan to castrate wild free-roaming stallions in the face of AWHPC's lawsuit, the BLM is still proceeding with its plan to roundup and remove 700 mustangs from the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. Instead of releasing sterilized horses back to the range, the agency will now return intact stallions and mares treated with a PZP fertility control vaccine.
This week AWHPC released a range report, prepared by a 30-year BLM veteran and range specialist, that powerfully refutes the BLM's rationale for the entire roundup. Based on this report, AWHPC has asked BLM to reconsider its decision to proceed with the roundup, which is now scheduled to begin on August 20, 2011.
Please join AWHPC in calling on BLM to scrap plans for the roundup of wild horses from this one million acre public lands area where private livestock outnumber wild horses by at least 10 to 1.
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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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Also of Note....,
AWHPC Calls for Investigation After 64 BLM Horses Headed to Slaughter Seized
AWHPC is calling for a federal investigation of all wild horses sold by the BLM over the past five years after two truckloads of wild horses headed to slaughter were seized last week.
This latest development calls into question BLM's practice of selling truckloads of horses (for $25 a horse or less) from short- and long-term holding facilities and whether Congress' mandate that no BLM mustangs be sold for commercial slaughter is being upheld. Read more about this important issue here.
Award-Winning Journalist Exposes Wyoming's War Against Mustangs
Andrew Cohen, a leading legal analyst and commentator, has written a powerful piece on TheAtlantic.com that exposes the hypocrisy of Wyoming, a state that lures tourists with images of wild horses, yet embraces policies designed to clear mustangs from the land to accommodate powerful ranching interests. This is a must read article! Read the story here.
Time Magazine Covers Madeleine Pickens' Mustang Monument
Another national publication covering the wild horse issue this month is Time Magazine, which has published an excellent feature on Madeleine Pickens and her Mustang Monument Eco-Sanctuary. The cattlemen are pushing back hard against this flattering piece that exposes the powerful ranching lobby's efforts to get rid of the mustangs and oppose Mrs. Pickens' sanctuary. Please let Time Magazine know that you appreciate the coverage by leaving comments on the article or sending a letter to the editor.