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Hello Supporter,                December 9, 2011
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Horse Slaughter Set to Resume in U.S. After 5-Year Ban

Please Ask Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Today!

Last month's passage of a budget bill that authorizes federal funding for USDA inspections of horse meat gave the green light for the re-opening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. Over 100,000 American horses -- both domestic and wild -- are slaughtered each year, suffering the ultimate betrayal and cruelest of fates.
Now is the time to redouble our efforts to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which will ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the transport of horses over the border to foreign slaughter plants. Please take one moment to ask your federal legislators to co-sponsor this critical legislation. Be a voice for America's horses today by clicking below!

AWHPC Allegations of Mustang Mistreatment Upheld by BLM Review Team

On Wednesday, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a report confirming "rough," "aggressive," and "inappropriate" handling of wild horses by employees of Sun-J Livestock, the contract wrangler company hired by the BLM to conduct the Triple B Complex roundup in Nevada in August 2011. Cited extensively throughout the report is video taken by AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol, who attended the Triple B roundup thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA. Deniz documented Sun J wranglers electric-shocking wild horses, slamming them with metal panels and beating them with lunge whips.

The report marks the first time in recent history that the BLM has acknowledged problems with its handling of wild horses. Whether the agency is now up to the task of correcting these problems and reforming its wild horse program remains to be seen. Read AWHPC's reaction to this development, with links to the BLM report, 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...

International Candlelight Vigils to Mark the 40th Anniversary of Wild Horses Act

"Keep Their Light Shining" is an international candlelight vigil to be held on December 15, 2011 to honor Wild Horse Annie and observe the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Candlelight vigils are scheduled in cities across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe.

For more information on where events are scheduled and how to participate if you cannot attend a vigil, please click here.

Calico Roundup Update

AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol was in the field again last week, attending the Calico Complex roundup in northwestern Nevada.Special thanks to the ASPCA for again providing the funds to underwrite Deniz's roundup observations.

The massive Calico roundup, which began on November 19, aims to remove 950 wild horses from a more than 500,000-acre public land area. Read Deniz's reports from the field and view video taken last week by clicking here.

BLM Release 2012 Roundup Schedule

The BLM has released its 2012 roundup schedule, which reveals that 6,600 wild horses are being targeted for removal by the BLM this year. This is in addition to the 1,035 mustangs the BLM will remove at the request of the U.S. Forest Service in FY 2012. Despite a small reduction in removals, the agency will still be taking off three times as many horses from the range as will be adopted, a fact that will boost the captive mustang population in holding facilities to more than 50,000 by the end of the year.