Hello Supporter, September 7, 2011
Ask Your Senators to Stop the BLM from Wasting Tax Dollars on Unnecessary and Inhumane Wild Horse Roundups
Congress Returns to Washington Following Summer Recess - Now is the Time to Act!
As Congress returns this week to Washington following the summer recess, the Senate will begin to iron out the federal budget for 2012, including the budget for the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its wild horse program.
The House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has reported out a bill that rejects the BLM's request for a $12 million budget increase, while at the same time urging the agency to increase the number of horses slated for removal from public lands. The full House must still vote on this bill.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet marked up an Interior Department budget bill and this is where we must focus our efforts. The new chair of the Appropriation Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies is Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who has an excellent record on animal welfare issues. Now is the time for Senator Reed to hear from YOUR Senators about the need to address the BLM's broken wild horse program through 2012 budget language.
Please be sure to send a message to your Senators and make a quick phone call this week. Click Take Action to make a difference for America's wild horses and burros.
International Equine Conference Scheduled for September 26-28 in Alexandria, Virginia
Horse Slaughter & Wild Horse and Burro Protection on Agenda
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (R-VA), pictured above, will be among the speakers at the first annual International Equine Conference to be held in Alexandria, Virginia on September 26-28, 2011. Organized by the Equine Welfare Alliance, the conference will address timely and critical issues related to wild horse and burro management and horse slaughter. Also speaking at the conference will be representatives from numerous AWHPC coalition partners, scientific and legal experts, conservationists and Deanne Stillman, author of Mustang: Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West.
For more information and to register for the conference, click here.
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...
PBS Interviews Ginger Kathrens, Emmy Award- Winning Filmmaker
Wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens has inspired millions of Americans and people worldwide to understand and cherish wild horses through her PBS documentaries on Cloud, the wild stallion, and his family in the Pryor Mountains.
Recently, Kathrens, who is also the founder and volunteer executive director of The Cloud Foundation, was interviewed by PBS's new TV and web newsmagazine, "Need to Know." The interview provides an inspiring look at America's wild horses and the problems that must be addressed if we are to save them. You can view the interview on PBS or on YouTube.
Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Scheduled
The BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has announced plans to meet in Arlington, Virginia on October 13 and 14, 2011. The members of this board are approved by the Interior Department and have not been strong advocates for reform of BLM policies. However, the meeting does provide a forum for public participation and for obtaining information about the program from the BLM. Additional details regarding the meeting and the agenda, as well as information about submitting public comments, are available here.