Hello Supporter, November 16, 2011
Urge Congressional "Super Committee" To Reduce Spending While Protecting America's Wild Horses!
Tell Congress to Save $173 Million by Cutting Funds for BLM Roundups!
Congress' "Super Committee" (also known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) is a group of Senators and Representatives tasked with identifying $1.2 billion in federal budget cuts by Thanksgiving.
This week, AWHPC joins our coalition partner, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in urging the Super Committee to recommend savings for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) budget by requiring the agency to manage horses on the range and avoid the costly roundups and removals that are breaking the bank of American taxpayers and devastating our remaining wild horse herds.
Please take a moment to send a brief message to the Super Committee by clicking below.
Please Oppose the BLM's Proposed Wild Horse Roundup in the Stone Cabin Complex
Cattle Outnumber Mustangs 3 to 1 in 700-Square-Mile Public Land Area
The BLM continues full speed ahead to round up and remove wild horses from our public lands. Another roundup plan has been issued by the agency, this one calling for the removal of more than 500 horses from the Stone Cabin Complex, where livestock outnumber wild horses by more than 3 to 1. The BLM will leave just 29 horses behind in one Herd Management Area in the Complex, a dangerously low, genetically unviable number that sets the stage for the eventual "zeroing" out of this herd.
Please join with us by taking action below to oppose this unnecessary and inhumane removal -- we must continue to document our opposition to this wasteful and cruel destruction of America's wild horse herds.
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...
Sad Day: Ag. Approps. Bill Paves the Way for Horse Slaughter To Resume in the U.S.
For the first time since 2006, tax dollars will be spent to fund USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants, thanks to three legislators who stripped the final Agriculture Appropriations bill of language to defund horse slaughter inspections.
If the bill passes the full House and Senate as expected, horse slaughter can resume in the U.S. Native American tribes are already lining up to slaughter wild horses on tribal lands. This Seattle Times article forecasts the increased doom that awaits horses -- wild and domestic -- on U.S. soil as a result of this legislation.
Stay tuned for more updates on this breaking situation. Please read the statement by AWHPC coalition partner, the Animal Welfare Institute, here.
Update on the BLM CA-NV Mega Roundup
High Rock Complex Roundup Ends; Calico Roundup Set To Begin
On Friday, November 11, the BLM announced that it concluded the High Rock Complex roundup. While this ended Part 1 of the California-Nevada Mega Roundup, the BLM announced that Part 2, the Calico Complex roundup, would begin in mid-November -- two weeks earlier than the originally scheduled December 1st start date.
The BLM reports that 13 horses were killed as a result of the High Rock roundup. Because the agency has refused to install real-time GPS cameras on the helicopters conducting the stampedes, the death toll on the range, where no observers are allowed, will remain unknown.
Meanwhile, the mega-roundup in Wyoming continues. Please read photographer Carol Walker's blog report of her observations of the roundup at Great Divide Basin here.