Hello Supporter, November 9, 2011
Congressional Committee May Vote to Resume U.S. Horse Slaughter!
YOUR CALLS NEEDED TODAY!
A Congressional Conference Committee will determine whether or not horse slaughter plants will be allowed to reopen in the U.S. If your representative and/or senator is on the Committee, your phone call is urgently needed.
For the last several years, language in the Agriculture Appropriations bill has prohibited federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants. Without USDA inspections, these plants cannot operate in the U.S.
This year, the House version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill includes the horse slaughter prevention language, but the Senate version does not. It is now up to a Conference Committee to iron out the differences. If the Committee does not retain the House lanuage to defund horse slaughter inspections, this cruel practice will resume in the U.S.
The vote could take place as early as today, so please do not delay in speaking up for America's horses!
NAS Panel Meets: AWPHC Warns of Inadequate Study Scope and Biased Panel Members
On October 27, 2011 in Reno, Nevada, AWHPC attended the first meeting of the provisional committee appointed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) wild horse and burro program. AWHPC's communications director, Deniz Bolbol, delivered comments that raised concerns about lack of balance on the panel and shortcomings in study scope. The meeting was well attended by wild horse advocates, and several scientists -- including genetics expert Gus Cothran and economist Charles DeSeve -- made interesting presentations to the Committee. Please read a full report of this meeting by clicking below.
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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...
Environmental Economist Weighs in for the Mustangs
This summer, Jennifer Clifford, Ph.D., an environmental and natural resource economist who teaches at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, visited Wyoming with her family to see wild horses. While there, she witnessed the BLM roundup in the White Mountain/Little Colorado Herd Management Areas.
Dr. Clifford, who specializes in wildlife conservation, food resources and the environmental and public health costs of livestock agriculture, has issued a call to save America's mustangs by "leaving them wild, out on the range" where they "cost taxpayers nothing." Please read her excellent editorial by clicking below.
Nevada Public Lands Committee Meets, Discusses Wild Horse Issues
Last week, the Public Lands Committee of the Nevada State Legislature met in Elko to discuss a range of issues, including wild horse management and the proposal by Madeleine Pickens' Saving America's Mustangs Foundation for an eco-sanctuary in northeastern Nevada. Pro-ranching forces turned out in force to press for accelerated wild horse removals.
AWHPC will keep you posted as this committee meets over the next 18 months before the full legislature reconvenes in two years. Among the measures to be considered: devastating legislation to deny wild horses and burros the right to access water in the state of Nevada. For more information, please read a local news report on last week's meeting by clicking below.