Dear Supporter, March 6, 2012
Please Urge BLM Wyoming to Avoid a Roundup and Manage the Wild Horses of North Lander Complex on the Range
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on the proposed roundup and removal of wild horses from the North Lander Complex located in central Wyoming. The BLM allows just 320 to 535 wild horses in this 527-square-mile public land area, which is comprised of four Herd Management Areas: Conant Creek, Dishpan Butte, Muskrat Basin and Rock Creek.
Please urge the BLM to forgo any removals and to utilize reversible, non-hormonal fertility control to manage the North Lander herds on the range. To take action please click here or below.
Sign Petition to Protest Interior Secretary Salazar's Pro-Horse Slaughter Appointment
Many thanks to all of you who contacted Secretary Salazar’s office last week asking him to rescind the appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Hendrickson is the pro-slaughter cattlewoman who was recently appointed to represent the "general public interest" on the citizen advisory board.
Please take one additional step to protest this highly objectionable appointment by signing a petition urging Secretary Salazar (shown at left) to remove Ms. Hendrickson and stop stacking the Advisory Board with pro-slaughter members. Sign this petition by clicking here or below.
Madeleine Pickens Responds to BLM's First Announced "Ecosanctuary"
AWHPC coalition supporter Madeleine Pickens has spent years and millions of dollars trying to work with the BLM to establish a wild horse ecosanctuary that would be a forever home for thousands of mustangs currently held in government holding pens. Given the agency's close alliance with the livestock industry, it comes as no surprise that the BLM has awarded the first eco-sanctuary contract not to Mrs. Pickens and her cost-saving plan for thousands of mustangs, but to a rancher and his proposal to hold 250 wild horses (that's right...250 out of 46,000 mustangs in holding!) on his property in southeastern Wyoming. Please click here or below to read Ms. Pickens' excellent response to the latest developments.
National Expose` of BLM Wild Horse Program
Journalist Vickery Eckhoff calls it like it is in a recent article on Forbes.com about the BLM's wild horse and burro program. Dubbing the BLM as "government run by the ranchers for the ranchers," Eckhoff thoroughly exposes the mismanagement of this federal program, asking the question of whether the program is about "horse welfare or corporate welfare" for the livestock industry. The piece is Eckhoff's ninth in a series of articles about the U.S. horse industry, horse slaughter and the state of America's mustangs. Read her latest article here or by clicking 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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