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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Hello Supporter,                                 January 10, 2012
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TAKE ACTION NOW:
Submit Comments on BLM Land Use Plan That Will Affect Wild Horses in Wyoming for the Next 10-20 Years

The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on the Lander, Wyoming Field Office's Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision, which will set policy that will affect one-fourth of the state's remaining wild horse population for the next 10-20 years. Unfortunately, as currently written, the revised RMP continues the same old failed BLM policies that have decimated our wild herds and caused a fiscal crisis for American taxpayers. As such, the proposed RMP revisions make a mockery of BLM director Bob Abbey's professed commitment to reform.

This is the stage of the planning process where citizen comments can have the greatest impact on policy. Now is the time to speak up for Wyoming mustangs by demanding that the BLM uphold its statutory mandate to protect these national icons on the range, where they belong. Take action today by clicking below.

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD:
Abusive Treatment of Wild Horses Continues as Calico Roundup Enters Final Phase

Photo by Mike Lorden, Calico Complex, Jan. 4, 2012

Despite a warning from a federal court judge and the BLM's own acknowledgment of a clear need for stricter helicopter guidelines, the BLM is allowing its contracted helicopter pilot to fly dangerously close to horses during the Calico Complex roundup which is currently underway in a remote region of Nevada about 100 miles northeast of Reno. In addition, many horses were lathered with sweat from being chased too fast and/or too long -- a condition that seriously jeopardizes their health and well being, especially during periods of extreme winter cold.

Over 1,200 wild horses and 10 wild burros have been captured, and at least 10 horses have died to date in the massive capture operation that began in December. The roundup resumed on January 3, after a 15-day holiday hiatus, and on Sunday (Jan. 8) moved into the McGee Mountain Wild Burro Herd Management Area (HMA). Please click below to view the latest photos and videos from public observers in the field at the Calico roundup.


                           

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.

www.WildHorsePreservation.org

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Also of Note...

NAS to Hold Public Events for Wild Horse Review

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is moving ahead with its review of the BLM wild horse and burro program, which is expected to be completed in 2013. Recently, the NAS announced two upcoming public events: a public online webinar on January 19, 2012, and a review committee meeting on January 27-28, 2012 in Spokane, Washington. 

AWHPC has previously expressed serious concerns about review committee conflicts-of-interest as well as inadequacies in scope for this NAS review. To our knowledge, the NAS has not taken steps to address these concerns.

AWHPC Lawsuit Gets National Coverage

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the lawsuit filed by AWHPC, Western Watersheds Project and The Cloud Foundation to stop the BLM's radical plans to replace stallions with castrated males and zero-out an entire Herd Management Area (HMA) in the Pancake Complex in Nevada.

While the article left much to be desired in terms of its accuracy and focus, it did help to elevate public awareness of the wild horse issue to a national scale. Click below to read the entire article.