Dear Supporter, February 22, 2012
Please Oppose Another Mustang Roundup in the Challis (ID) HMA
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning another roundup of wild horses in the remote Challis Mountains in Idaho. The action will take place three years after the capture of 366 wild horses in this area in a 2009 roundup that killed at least 11 mustangs. The BLM allows just 185 wild horses to live in the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA), while authorizing at least five times as many cattle to graze there. Please take action today to oppose another roundup at Challis by clicking here or below. (Photo of Challis mare and foal before the 2009 roundup by Elissa Kline.)
Reminder: Speak Up for Burros in Arizona
Earlier this month, we told you about the BLM's proposal for a massive burro roundup in the southwestern part of Arizona on the California border. If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to oppose this ill-conceived roundup, which aims to remove 350 burros and return of 50 castrated Jacks (male burros) to the range. Please click here or below to oppose this misguided plan.
Obama Proposes Small Increase to 2013 Grazing Fee
President Obama’s proposed 2013 Interior Department budget includes a tiny bit of good news for western public lands: a $1 increase in the fee charged for livestock grazing on BLM-managed rangeland.
The fee, which ranchers must pay to “utilize” forage on lands belonging to the American public, is assessed by the “Animal Unit Month.” (1 AUM equals the amount of forage necessary to feed one cow/calf pair or five sheep for a month). The Obama Administration proposal would raise the fee from $1.35 per AUM (the lowest allowable by law) to $2.35 per AUM.
The modest fee increase has public lands ranchers screaming, but the total grazing fee still does not come close to covering the cost of administering the federal grazing program, and the fee is still a fraction of the going market rate for grazing on private lands. As wild horse advocates well know, wild horses, wildlife and the American taxpayers remain victims of the Welfare Ranching program, but the Obama Administration proposal to raise the grazing fee is a small step in the right direction. Read more by clicking here or below.
Investigative Journalists Continue to Expose BLM Mustang Mismanagement and Hidden Agendas
Two recent, hard-hitting media stories have exposed bad faith and mismanagement in the BLM's wild horse and burro program.
In his piece, The Lasso Tightens Around America's Wild Horses, award-winning journalist Andrew Cohen writes on TheAtlantic.com of the BLM's appointment of a pro-slaughter cattlewoman to represent the interests of the "general public" on the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. And in a two-part television news story, award-winning journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas profiles Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens' Battle to Save Nevada's Wild Horses in the face of opposition by local ranchers and intransigence on the part of the BLM. Kudos to both reporters for staying on this story and exposing the forces behind the destruction of America's wild horse herds.
AWHPC Founding Sponsor Honored for Support of Wild Horse Campaign
AWHPC founding sponsor, Road Ranger, recently received a well-deserved honor -- the Convenience Retailing Award for community leadership. Not only does Road Ranger provide AWHPC with critical financial support, but also the company involves its customers in the fight to save America's mustangs by publicizing the campaign and distributing literature at its 80 service stations and convenience stores throughout the Midwest. AWHPC extends our sincere congratulations to Road Ranger for this award and our sincere gratitude to everyone at the company for the financial, grassroots and moral support! Be sure to like Road Ranger on Facebook and read more about the award by clicking 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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