Hello Supporter, October 11, 2011
Tell Texas Governor Rick Perry: STOP KILLING BURROS!
State Resumes Shooting of the Last Remaining Herd of Heritage Animals
In 2007, public outcry shut down a "lethal control" program for burros in the Big Bend State Park, after park rangers shot 71 of the historic animals. But now, under the leadership of Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry, the state has resumed the shootings, and at least 50 additional burros have been killed since December 2010.
The campaign to stop the killing of Texas' last remaining burros, led by the Wild Burro Protection League, got a boost recently with a petition on Change.org that has garnered nearly 80,000 signatures to date. Please support this effort by clicking below to sign the petition and send your own, personal appeal to Governor Perry and other key Texas officials.
BLM Releases Fall-Winter Roundup Schedule
Despite Record Low Adoption Rate, BLM Plans to Remove More than 6,300 Horses and Burros from Public Lands
Photo credit: The Cloud Foundation.
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its Fall-Winter roundup schedule. Between October 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012, the BLM will waste tens of millions of tax dollars by rounding up nearly 8,500 wild horses and burros and permanently removing more than 6,300 of them from public lands in Nevada, California, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Montana. In the majority of these areas, the BLM has set arbitrarily-low allowable wild horse population levels, while allocating the majority of forage in the Herd Management Areas to commercial livestock.
This aggressive removal schedule comes at a time when agency adoptions are at an all time low. For more information read the AP story and AWHPC's news release.
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...
Quick Poll: Vote Yes for Mustang as Nevada State Animal
Please take a minute to vote in favor of making the mustang Nevada's state animal. Nevada should showcase its unique status as home to more than half of our nation's treasured wild horse herds. The mustangs need your vote in the Nevada Appeal online poll.
House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Wild Horses in North Carolina
Last week the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources approved a bill to protect the Corolla wild horse herd on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, would increase the allowable herd size from 60 to 110 animals in order to improve the genetic viability of this unique population and its pure Spanish colonial mustang lineage. The Corolla mustangs' habitat consists of private, state and federal land, and the herd is managed by the non-profit Corolla Wild Horse Fund, an AWHPC coalition partner. Read more about the legislation here.
IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY: Oppose Unnecessary NV Roundup of Mustangs & Burros
There is still time to register your opposition to the unnecessary and inhumane removal of 223 wild horses and burros from the Garfield Flat Herd Management Area (HMA) and the Marietta Wild Burro Range beginning in February 2012
If you haven't done so already, please take easy action below to tell the BLM to cancel the removal of wild horses and burros from these HMAs and implement cost-effective and humane management strategies that leave these animals on the range, where they belong.