Hello Supporter, January 17, 2012
Stop Horse Slaughter: Meet with Your Legislators
Commercial slaughter threatens American horses, both domestic and wild. AWHPC coalition partners the ASPCA and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) are asking concerned citizens to take a stand against this cruel practice by attending town hall meetings hosted by their U.S. Senators and Representatives. This is an excellent way to meet your elected officials face-to-face and ask them to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. For more information and tips to help you locate and attend town hall meetings, please visit the ASPCA and AWI action pages.
Reminder: Still Time to Oppose Pryor Mtn. Mustang Removal
If you have not yet done so, there is still time to oppose the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) plan to remove 30 wild horses from the beloved herd living in the Pryor Mountains on the Montana/Wyoming border. This is the population that includes the famed wild stallion Cloud, who is the subject of wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens' popular PBS Nature series. Please take a moment by Friday, January 20, 2012, to speak up for Cloud (pictured at left, photo courtesy of The Cloud Foundation) and his kin by clicking here or below.
.Reminder: Friday Deadline for Comments on BLM Wyoming Plan That Will Affect 7 Herd Management Areas for 10-20 Years
Advocates have until January 30, 2012 to submit comments on the BLM's Lander, Wyoming Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision. This is the planning document that sets policy affecting one-quarter of Wyoming's remaining mustang population for the next one to two decades. Please submit your comments by clicking here or below.
BLM "Director's Challenge" to "Enhance" Volunteer Opportunities on the Range
The BLM is touting a new "director's challenge" initiative "to expand volunteer participation in monitoring and sustaining the health of wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs)." Volunteer opportunities will be posted here. While wild horse advocates have long been urging the BLM to enlist citizen volunteers to help monitor wild horse herds, it remains to be seen how this initiative will be implemented under the current administration.
BLM's Calico Roundup Ends
The BLM has concluded the Calico Mountains roundup in northwestern Nevada with 1,345 wild horses and burros captured, 274 horses returned to the range, and 11 horse fatalities. The roundup was conducted by BLM contractor Sun J Livestock, which has been consistently criticized for lack of skill and experience in rounding up wild horses. This was never more evident than in the final days of the roundup, when two saddle horses used by Sun J made breaks for freedom on two different days, and the wranglers were forced to send the helicopter out to capture their own domestic horses! Read more on this and other roundup updates on Elyse Gardner's Humane Observer Blog.
BLM Launches Pancake Roundup; At Least 2 Horses Die in First Days of Roundup
The BLM launched the Pancake Complex roundup in eastern Nevada on January 12, and already two horses are dead, including a 2-year old colt who broke his neck while being stampeded into the trap. (See roundup reports here.) In response to a lawsuit filed by AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation and Western Watersheds Project, the BLM has agreed to postpone plans to castrate up to 200 wild, free-roaming stallions in Pancake, and to "zero out" (remove all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash portion of the Pancake Complex. The agency is still intends to remove 800-1,000 horses from this 1.3 million-acre public land area over the next 30 days. .
BLM Postpones Roundup in NW Nevada; Burro Roundup Remains Unfunded
Across the state from the Pancake Complex, 20 miles northeast of Reno, the BLM has postponed, due to "logistical delays," the planned roundup and removal of 300 wild horses from the Flanigan, Dogskin Mountain and Granite Peak Herd Management Areas (HMAs). That roundup is to be followed immediately by the Garfield Flats capture operation, which will take place near Hawthorne, Nevada. Happily, the roundup of burros in the nearby Marietta Wild Burro Range remains "unfunded" in 2012, giving the hardy inhabitants of the area in and around the deserted mining town of Marietta a temporary reprieve. The orignal BLM press release announcing the consecutive roundups is available here..
Reward Offered in Death of Wild Stallion near Reno
A Wellington, Nevada man has offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a wild stallion in Stagecoach, Nevada. Neighbors report seeing youths on All Terrain Vehicles chasing wild horses, forcing them to jump a barbed wire fence. The stallion was caught in the wire and suffered a severe fracture to his leg. More information here.
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 removal and stockpiling of wild horses in government holding facilities.
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