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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Hello Supporter                      ♦ December 21, 2011 ♦ 

Happy Holidays!

The AWHPC team extends our warmest wishes to all of you and your families this holiday season. As wild horses and burros face increasingly greater threats, your voices and actions are more important than ever. Thank you for all that you do for these majestic and beloved animals. Best wishes for 2012! Let's work hard to make it a better year for the mustangs and burros too!
Please note: Even though it's the holiday, the wild horses and burros still need our voice. Please read on and click below to take action against a BLM burro roundup in Nevada! It only takes a minute - thanks!!

Please Oppose the BLM Plan to Remove Burros from the Bullfrog HMA

Public comments are due soon on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) plan to round up and remove 84 burros living in and around the Bullfrog Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Nevada near the town of Beatty. This Proposed Action would leave behind just 58 burros in the 237-square-mile -- or one burro per four square miles of habitat!

The fact that the BLM cannot manage this small burro population on the range without mass removals speaks volumes about the agency's continued costly and unscientific approach to wild horse and burro management. Please take one moment today to speak up for the burros by clicking below.

Update on AWHPC's Pancake Complex Lawsuit: BLM Postpones Its Plans to Zero-Out a Herd and Replace Wild Stallions with Castrated Males

Facing a lawsuit by AWHPC, Western Watersheds Project and the Cloud Foundation, the BLM has agreed to postpone its most egregious proposed actions for the Pancake Complex roundup in Nevada. The government has placed on hold its plans to "zero out" (extirpate all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash HMA and to castrate 200 wild free-roaming stallions and return them to the range. The agreement means that we do not have to seek an emergency injunction from the court to stop these actions, and that the lawsuit will now proceed to be heard on its merits in the spring.

Although we would like to stop stop all the actions involved in this roundup, the chances of prevailing in court with that are slim, so we are focusing on the most egregious and illegal aspects of the plan. For more information on the latest developments on this lawsuit click here.

If you are able to donate to this legal effort, we sincerely and deeply would appreciate whatever you can contribute. AWHPC is actively trying to secure the funding necessary to continue to wage this precedent-setting legal battle in the courts. This is THE FIGHT TO STOP THE BLM from taking away even more wild horse and burro habitat, and to block the implementation of its radical castration/sterilization plan in other HMAs. To those who have already donated, thank you very much!


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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...

Reminder: Take Action to Protect Wild Horses in Utah

There is still time to oppose  the late winter roundup in the Cedar and Onaqui Mountains Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that will subject newborn and young foals, and heavily pregnant mares to helicopter chases under harsh winter conditions. Click below to submit comments against this unnecessary removal of horses from areas where thousands of cattle graze each year.

Journalist Andrew Cohen Reflects on the 40th Anniversary of the Wild Horses Act in The Atlantic

In another must-read article, "Think Our Wild Horses Are Safe?," award-winning journalist and CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen outlines the failure of the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act to deliver its promised protection for America's symbols of freedom. The article provides a thoughtful look at history, how we got to where we are today and what the future holds for our wild horse and burro herds. To read the article click here.

AWHPC on Nevada Public Radio

Nevada Public Radio's public affairs program, State of Nevada, this week devoted a segment to the wild horse controversy. AWHPC's Suzanne Roy joined host Luis Hernandez, BLM public relations specialist Tom Gorey, philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens and Nevada rancher J.J. Goicoechea for a broad-ranging discussion of the federal wild horse and the inhumane treatment of mustangs in BLM helicopter roundups. 

You can listen to the program online and add your comments by clicking here.