Dear Supporter, March 13, 2012
Reminder: Sign Petition Calling for Removal of Pro-Horse Slaughter Appointment
If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to sign the petition asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to rescind his appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the Bureau of Land Management's (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 help us reach our signature goal by clicking here or below.
Tiny Step...BLM Cancels Plans to Castrate Burros in Arizona
After receiving over 6,000 public comments opposing a roundup, removal and castration plan for burros in the Cibola Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona, the BLM has cancelled plans to capture and geld 50 male burros (jacks) and return them to the range. Unfortunately, the agency is moving forward with the roundup itself, targeting 350 burros for removal from their homes in the southern Sonoran Desert.
The scrapping of the castration component of the Cibola Trigo roundup is a tiny step forward in the fight to protect America's remaining wild horses and burros, as it was part of a larger BLM strategy to replace wild free-roaming horses and burros with castrated stallions and jacks on the range. AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation and the Western Watersheds Project are currently fighting this "manage to extinction" strategy in federal court. Read the BLM's Decision Record for the Cibola Trigo roundup by clicking here or below.
BLM Receives More Than 15,000 Public Comments Opposing Wild Horse Roundup in Challis, Idaho
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received more than 15,376 public comments opposing the second roundup of wild horses in Idaho's Challis Mountains in three years. In 2009, the BLM received just nine comments on its plan to roundup and remove over 350 horses from the Challis HMA. Five of those comments were submitted by ranchers favoring the roundup. Now thousands of Americans are standing up for wild horses and burros!
Read a news article on the tremendous opposition to this roundup by clicking here or below. (Photo of Challis horses before the 2009 roundup by Elissa Kline.)
Next Meeting of NAS Wild Horse Review Committee on Monday, March 19, 2012: Listen Live Online
On March 19-20, 2012, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review panel will meet to continue its evaluation of the BLM's "science, methodology, and technical decision-making approaches of the Wild Horse and Burro Management (WH&B) Program." Monday's meeting will include the presentation of two wild horse experts - Dr. Allen Rutberg of Tufts University and Dr. J. Edward de Steiguer of the University of Arizona. These two highly regarded academics bring much needed wild horse and burro expertise to the NAS review. For more information about the meeting and instructions about how to listen online to the three-and-a-half-hour public portion of the March 19th meeting, please click here or below.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros 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 and burro program undergoes fiscal and scientific reform;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses and burros on those rangelands designated for them based on a fairer allocation of resources on our public lands;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses and burros 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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