Dear Supporter, February 7, 2012
Please Oppose the BLM's Plan to Permanently Remove 350 Wild Arizona Burros & Return 50 Castrated Jacks to the Range
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Yuma, Arizona Field Office is proposing a massive burro roundup in the southwestern part of the state on the California border. The plan calls for the permanent removal of 350 burros and the return of 50 castrated Jacks (male burros) to the range.
Once again, the BLM is attempting to implement a sterilization plan in the absence of any analysis and study of the impacts that this drastic action would have on the individual burros or on the population of burros who survive in this rugged and remote area of the southern Sonoran Desert. Please click here or below to submit your comments on the Environmental Assessment and oppose this misguided plan.
Roundup Update & Eyewitness Report from the Pancake Complex Roundup
The BLM is moving full steam ahead this winter with capture and removal of wild horses from public lands in Nevada. The agency has concluded roundups at Flanigan/Dogskin /Granite Peak and Garfield Flat, and is launching the Stone Cabin roundup this week. Meanwhile, the Pancake Complex capture operation continues in eastern Nevada. Thanks to a lawsuit by AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation and Western Watersheds Project, however, the Pancake roundup will not include the "zeroing out" (removing all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash Herd Area or the return of castrated stallions to the range.
Last week, AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol traveled to the Pancake Complex to observe the roundup, thanks to a generous grant from our coalition partner, the ASPCA. Please click here or below to read Deniz' eyewitness report from the frontlines of this massive mustang capture operation.
U.S. House Unanimously Approves Bill to Protect Wild Horses on North Carolina's Outer Banks
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act. The legislation will increase the size of this historic herd of colonial Spanish mustangs on North Carolina's Outer Banks in order to improve population's genetic diversity and long-term viability. Kudos to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, an AWHPC coalition partner, for its hard work in achieving this milestone. Read more by clicking here or below.
ASPCA Research Confirms Americans Strongly Oppose Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption
In a recent survey, AWHPC coalition partner, the ASPCA, has found that 80 percent of American voters are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption. The nationwide survey reveals that Americans oppose horse slaughter overwhelmingly regardless of their gender, political affiliation, geographic locatin, or whether they live in an urban or rural area. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. Read more here or by clicking below.
BLM Continues to Stack Wild Horse Advisory Board with Anti-Wild Horse, Pro-Horse Slaughter Members
Yesterday, the BLM announced new appointments to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The agency has installed a vocal pro-ranching, pro-slaughter opponent of wild horses to represent the "General Public" on the board, and has re-appointed the former president of the Nevada Cattlemen's Association to fill the "Veterinary Medicine" slot on the citizen panel. Read AWHPC's news release blasting the BLM for continuing to stack this board with members that oppose the public's interest in protecting America's wild horses and burros. Please click here or below.
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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