Hello Supporter, September 1, 2011
Take Action: Submit Comments on Plan That Will Affect Mustangs in Northern Wyoming for Next 20 Years
Our Chance to Weigh in for the Wild Horses of McCullough Peaks & Fifteenmile HMAs is Now!
The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising a decades-old land plan that will set wild horse management policy in the McCullough Peaks and Fifteenmile Herd Management Areas (HMAs) for the next 20 years. The area affected by the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan Revision also includes five Herd Areas where wild horses were found in 1971 when the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed, but which the BLM has subsequently "zeroed out" for wild horse use.
This is the stage in plan development in which the BLM will set forage and water allocations and make land use decisions on which Authorized Management Levels (AMLs) for wild horses are based. It is critcally important that we flood the public record with comments from citizens who want to see the AMLs for wild horses increased in these areas and wild horses restored to those "zeroed out" Herd Areas where only private livestock are now allowed to graze. Please take easy action below to submit your comments today! The deadline is September 7, so please do not delay!
Federal Judge Enjoins BLM from Harassing Wild Horses with Helicopters at the Triple B Roundup
BLM Announces End to Capture Operation 500 Horses Short of its Targeted Removal Goal
Tiny Foal Orphaned at Triple B Roundup - Photo by Laura Leigh
This week, U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben in Reno issued a stinging rebuke to the BLM in the form of a partial Temporary Restraining Order enjoining the agency from "striking horses with the skid or flying the skid or part of the helicopter dangerously or unreasonably close to the horses" during the Triple B roundup in northeastern Nevada. The order came in response to a lawsuit filed by wild horse advocate Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education and funded by the Wild Horse Freedom Federation. AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol observed the Triple B roundup for ten days and submitted an eyewitness declaration in support of the litigation.
The BLM informed the court that it is ending the roundup on August 31, 2011 -- 500 horses short of its goal of removing 1,700 wild horses from this 1.3 million acre public lands complex. In response to the ruling, Leigh told the Associated Press, "This is significant because the judge saw what we see everyday." Among the incidents that Leigh and others have witnessed at Triple B are the following tragedies:
Public observation of the BLM's wild horse roundups is critical, so that the American public knows what is happening to our wild horses on these remote lands in the West. AWHPC is pleased to have been able to use your generous donations to help support Laura Leigh's important work. With your support, we can coninue to support Laura and help keep her in the field. 100 percent of funds raised through this appeal (click below to contribute) will be donated to support Laura's tireless work as an eyewitness to the mistreatment of America's wild horses.
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...
Wild Horses Survive Hurricane Irene
Photo by Karen McCalpin
We often think and write about wild horses living in the West, but there are a number of historically-significant and magnificent wild horse populations living along the East Coast. When Hurricane Irene blew through last weekend, the wild horses of Corolla in the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina did what their ancestors have done for centuries - they survived. For more about wild horses in hurricane, read a report from Corolla Wild Horse Fund Executive Director Karen McCalpin here.
Opportunities to Participate
Wild Horse Advocacy Leaders (from left) Ginger Kathrens, Karen Sussman and Neda DeMayo at BLM Meeting in Denver, June 2010
The more engaged we are in BLM policy initiatives, the better are our chances of influencing federal wild horse management policy. From writing letters and making telephone calls, to attending public meetings and serving on committees and task forces, our efforts on behalf of wild horses can make a difference and truly are beginning to have an impact.
Presently, there are a number of opportunities for public involvement that can have a significant impact. We encourage you to click here for a listing of these opportunities and to please participate if you can.