Hello Supporter, January 25, 2012
Tell BLM Idaho: Manage Wild Horse Herds with Fertility Control and Cancel Removal Plans
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Boise, Idaho District Office is proposing to remove nearly half of all the wild horses in the Black Mountain and Hardtrigger Herd Management Areas (HMAs) if the populations are, as the agency expects, at or over the high "Allowable Management Level" (AML).
The BLM is not mandated to remove wild horses over AML. The Black Mountain and Hardtrigger HMAs have such small populations that there is no reason the BLM cannot humanely manage these horses on the range and forgo any removals. Please take one minute to watch a video of the beautiful mustangs of this area and submit your comments by clicking here or below.
Petition Delivered to Texas Governor Perry To Stop Killing of Wild Burros
Last Wednesday, January 18, 2012, the Wild Burro Protection League, joined by six burros and escorted by motorcycle patrols, marched on the Texas state capitol in Austin to deliver a petition signed by more than 103,000 Americans and citizens from around the world demanding a halt to the killing of wild burros in Big Bend State Park.
The burro advocates were taking aim at a state policy that seeks to eradicate the burros by shooting them onsite. They were turned away from Texas Governor Rick Perry's office and instead delivered the petitions to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. The protest garnered extensive media coverage -- even internationally, in the UK's Daily Mail -- and prompted a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman to concede that the state would like to remove the burros by non-lethal means. Congratulations to Marjorie Farabee and the other folks from the Wild Burro Protection League, as well as to Change.org, which is hosting the online petition, for a highly successful (and creative) event! For complete news coverage, please click here.
BLM Begins Wild Horse Roundup Outside Reno, After Stating it Would Be Postponed
On January 15, 2012 the BLM announced it would postpone the wild horse roundup of the Flanigan, Dogskin Mountain and Granite Peak Herd Management Areas (HMAs) which are located 30 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada. Just three days later, on January 18, 2012, the agency changed course and began the five-day roundup. As of January 23, 138 horses have been captured. This is the first of back-to-back roundups in western Nevada. It will be followed immediately by the Garfield Flats capture operation near Hawthorn.
Meanwhile, across the state, the Pancake Complex roundup continues. As of January 22, 532 horses have been captured, 52 horses have been released back to the range, and 4 horses have died, including a 2-year old colt who broke his neck while being stampeded by helicopter into the trap. AWHPC's lawsuit against the most radical components of the BLM's Pancake Complex roundup plan -- the replacement of 200 wild free-roaming horses with geldings (castrated stallions) and the "zeroing out" of (removal of all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash Herd Area-- continues in federal court.
Recommended Reading: Wild Horses of the West - History and Politics of America's Mustangs
Ten years in the making, this most carefully researched and documented book provides a historical, scientific and political perspective of the management of America's wild horses and burros. Author J. Edward de Steiguer is a university professor and former U.S. Forest Service official who specializes in federal lands management in the American West. With a Ph.D. in Forestry, Dr. Steiguer brings a unique understanding of the issues and challenges facing wild horses and burros and the politics that influences their fate. This is a must-read book for all wild horse advocates. It can be purchased by clicking 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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