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December 15, 2011 View online here.
AWHPC Marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild Horses Act With Lawsuit Against BLM Wild Horse Extermination and Castration Plan
On December 15, 1971 - 40 years ago today - President Richard Nixon signed into law the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, stating, “Wild horses and burros merit man’s protection historically for they are a living link with the days of the conquistadors, through the heroic times of the western Indians and pioneers, to our own day when the tonic of wilderness seems all too scarce. More than that, they merit it as a matter of ecological right – as anyone knows who has ever stood awed at the indomitable spirit and sheer energy of a mustang running free.”
AWHPC is honoring the legacy of Velma Johnson (aka "Wild Horse Annie"), and the other citizens who worked so hard to pass the landmark legislation, by filing a federal lawsuit against a proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse roundup in Nevada's Pancake Complex. At issue in the lawsuit, which we filed with the Western Watersheds Project and The Cloud Foundation, is the BLM's plan to remove all wild horses from the Jakes Wash Herd Management Area, permanently "zeroing out" it out for wild horse use while continuing to authorize thousands of cattle and sheep to graze there. We also aim to block the BLM from implementing a plan to convert more than half of the remaining wild free-roaming horse population left in the Pancake Complex to a herd comprised entirely of castrated stallions (geldings).
Today, we remember the hundreds of wild horses who have lost their freedom and families over the past four decades as the BLM has turned a law intended to protect these iconic animals on its head. Please read more about our important lawsuit by clicking here, and if you are able to contribute to help this important effort, please click below. Thank you for everything you do to help the wild horses and burros!
Submit Your Comments Today: Oppose BLM's Plan To Remove Young Horses from Their Families In Utah's Onaqui HMA
BLM Utah is proposing a late February roundup in the Cedar and Onaqui Mountains Herd Management Areas (HMAs). This timing means that small, newborn foals and heavily pregnant mares will be stampeded with helicopters in harsh winter conditions. The BLM's only reason for continuing to inhumanely roundup horses during this time of year is the scheduling convenience of its wrangler contractors!
Please take one minute to submit your opposition (click below) to this unnecessary and inhumane roundup, which involves the removal of 69 wild horses. While this roundup is primarily a "capture-treat-release" operation which will administer PZP -a humane fertility control option - it is needlessly scheduled for a dangerous time of year and will unnecessarily remove horses from areas where literally thousands of cattle graze each year.
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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...
White House Responds to Horse Slaughter Controversy
This week the Obama Administration responded to the "We the People" petition opposing horse slaughter in the United States. In the response, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, the Under Secretary for Food Safety with the USDA, highlighted that "the humane treatment of horses reflects the values of our Nation" and that the "USDA does not expect horse slaughter to resume in the near term." This is good news coming from the USDA, although this in no way guarantees that horse slaughter will not resume in the U.S. To read the White House's response click here.
The Cloud Foundation Documents Abuse at Calico Complex Roundup
This week, The Cloud Foundation released video showing that the BLM continues to excessively use electric shocking while handling animals at roundups - this time burros were victimized with repeated electric shocking at the Calico roundup.
Ironically, at the same time as the BLM issued a report acknowledging the "aggressive and rough handling of wild horses" at the Triple B roundup and announcing steps to prevent the mistreatment from occurring in the future, the agency was engaging in the same unacceptable treatment of horses at Calico. Click here to read The Cloud Foundation's press release and see the video.