February 14, 2012
AWHPC Lawsuit Prompts US Forest Service to Drop the Roundup of 198 Wild Horses
One of the lucky few: Wild horse released back to the range after capture in the Pancake Complex.
We wanted you to be among the first to know that today, Valentine's Day, the U.S. Department of Justice signed an agreement with our attorneys to cancel the roundup and removal of 198 wild mustangs living in the Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory (WHT), which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The action is a direct result of our lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM's) in Nevada, and specifically against the BLM's roundup plan for the Pancake Complex, of which the Monte Cristo WHT is a part.
This is just the latest development in this critically important legal effort, which we have launched in conjunction with The Cloud Foundation and Western Watersheds Project. Our lawsuit has already:
► Blocked the BLM's devastating plan to replace up to 200 wild free-roaming horses in the Pancake Complex with castrated stallions, and
► Stopped the agency from 'zeroing out" (eliminating all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash Herd Area, which also lies within the Pancake Complex.
Although we are sorely disappointed that we could not stop the entire Pancake Complex roundup, legally that just was not possible. But our lawsuit, which targets the most controversial aspects of the capture operation, continues in federal court.
Frankly, if we don't win this legal battle, even greater doom awaits America's last remaining wild horses and burros. That's why we need your help to continue this fight in federal court.
Please Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to AWHPC's Litigation Fund Here.
Will you please help us wage ... and win... this battle on behalf of America's mustangs? The outcome of this lawsuit will have a significant and long-term impact on wild horses and burros in all Western states.
The stakes could not be higher. If the BLM is allowed to proceed with the plan to castrate free-roaming stallions and return them to the range, it will export this devastating sterilization strategy to Herd Management Areas across the West. And, if the agency proceeds with the "zeroing out" of Jakes Wash, it will continue the policy of wiping out federally-protected wild horses and burros from their rightful and congressionally-designated habitats while leaving thousands of privately-owned livestock to graze these same public lands areas.
WIth support from wild horse advocates, we were able to stop the BLM from destroying two Wyoming wild horse herds by converting them into sterilized groups. With your support, we will do everything possible to stop the BLM again, and set a strong legal precedent for the proper protection and management of wild horses and burros.
Every donation, not matter how small, will help support this critically important legal action.
Many thanks for your heartfelt concern about America's wild horses and burros and for your ongoing support of our efforts. We could not do this work without you!
Suzanne Roy, Campaign Director
P.S .If you prefer to send a contribution by mail, please make out your check to "Return to Freedom AWHPC Fund" and write "Litigation" in the memo line. Please mail to: AWHPC, PO Box 1048, HIllsborough, NC 27278. Thank you!
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