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Hello Supporter,                December 28, 2011

Please Speak Up for the Famed Wild Horses of the Pryor Mountains - Submit Your Comments Now!

BLM Proposes to Remove More Mustangs from Cloud's Herd

The magnificent mustangs of the Pryor Mountains are internationally famous, thanks to wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens,founder of The Cloud Foundation and her wonderful PBS Nature series, "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies."
Just two-and-a-half years ago, the Interior Department Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a helicopter roundup in the Pryor Mountains that permanently removed 52 wild horses from their home in this 38,000-acre public land area on the border of Montana and Wyoming.  Now the agency is accepting public comments on its plan to remove 30 more horses from this small herd. The proposed action will jeopardize the viability of this wild horse population, which is prized for its rare Spanish colonial ancestry.

Please take a moment during this holiday week to speak up for Cloud and his fellow herd members. Click below to submit your comments on the BLM's Preliminary Environmental Assessment for this removal plan.

Please Consider AWHPC for an End-Of-Year Donation

Help Us Fight for the Mustangs in 2012

Each week, the AWHPC team brings you the latest news about wild horses, along with easy-to-use action alerts to help make your voice heard on behalf of mustangs and burros. In addition, we've scored some big victories in 2011, most notably stopping the BLM from converting wild, free-roaming horse populations to sterilized groups of horses on the range.

As 2011 draws to a close, we would be most grateful for your support. The AWHPC campaign is a project of Return to Freedom, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations made by Saturday, December 31 are tax deductible for 2011. Thank you for caring about America's wild horses and burros, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Together we can make 2012 a better year for America's wild horses and burros! You can donate online by clicking below, or make your contributions by check to "Return to Freedom AWHPC Fund" and mail to PO Box 1048, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Thank you!



AWHPC Founding 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...

Still Time to Oppose Burro Roundup

If you have not done so yet, please submit your comments on the BLM's plan to round up and remove 84 burros living in and around the Bullfrog Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Nevada. The Proposed Action would leave behind just 58 burros in the 237-square-mile HMA -- or one burro per four square miles of habitat! Comments are due December 30, so please don't delay!

Band of Nevada Mustangs Rescued

Thanks to a group of dedicated and effective Nevada wild horse advocates and the Let 'em Run Foundation, a band of eight wild horses is now safe and ranging freely on private land, spared the horrific fate of being sold for slaughter. The horses  were rounded up in the Mound House area southwest of Reno for "public safety" reasons by the state Department of Agriculture.

BLM Calls on Employees to Blow the Whistle

Responding to wild horse advocate video footage of mistreatment of wild horses and burros during roundups "that is making it harder for federal land managers to win the public's trust," Amy Lueders, the BLM's Nevada state director, is now calling on BLM employees to blow the whistle on any inhumane treatment of mustangs they observe. While Ms. Lueders' motivations for issuing the call -- to "stop horse protection advocates from undermining the agency's roundup policies with video footage of the mistreatment of the animals" -- may be suspect, any additional pressure to improve the treatment of mustangs and burros in roundups is welcome news.