Dear Supporter, March 22, 2012
Tell-A-Friend: Please Help Strengthen the Grassroots Effort to Protect Wild Horses & Burros!
This week we are asking you to take a minute to reach out to your friends and family to ask them to join the fight to save America's last remaining wild horses and burros. We must grow the grassroots army of citizens willing to speak up for wild horses and burros if we are to win the fight to preserve them on our public lands.
The only way to counter the powerful special interests that want wild horses and burros removed from public lands is through the power of the people. Help us reform the costly and cruel federal management program that is devastating our wild herds. Please take easy action to recruit new advocates by clicking here or below.
NAS Meets in Irvine, CA for Wild Horse and Burro Program Review
AWHPC was onsite for the third meeting of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Wild Horse and Burro Program Review Committee in Irvine, California on March 19, 2012. The committee, which is conducting a scientific evaluation of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Wild Horse and Burro Program, heard presentations from several experts and members of the public. The panel is expected to release a report in 2013, and its findings will likely impact the future management of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. For an eyewitness account of the meeting, please click here or below.
Texas Halts the Killing of Burros in Big Bend Ranch State Park
After receiving petitions signed by over 100,000 concerned citizens, Texas state officials have halted the killing of burros in the Big Bend Ranch State Park in west Texas. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has offered to work with the state to devise a non-lethal plan to remove the burros from the Park. The state views the burros as non-native animals who must be removed.
You may recall that we previously reported on the Wild Burro Protection League's effort, headed by Marjorie Farabee, which generated national and international media attention when advocates and six burros marched on the Texas state capitol. Thanks to all of you who took time to sign the petitions! Congratulations and kudos to the Wild Burro Protection League, Marjorie and HSUS for getting Texas officials to halt the killing. Read more by clicking here or below.
House Appropriations Committee Hears Testimony Urging Protection for Wild Horses in 2013
AWHPC coalition supporters the ASPCA and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) presented strong public testimony yesterday before the House Committee on Appropriations on behalf of America's wild horses and burros. The ASPCA urged Congress to include provisions in the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013) budget bill to prohibit the killing of healthy horses, require that wild horse removals be brought in line with adoption demand, mandate that roundup helicopters be equipped with video cameras, and ensure humane treatment. AWI echoed the call for "no-kill" language and for wild horse removals to be replaced with on-the-range management such as fertility control. Over the next five to six months, Congress will work on the FY 2013 budget. We will keep you updated as this process moves forward.
You can read the ASPCA's testimony by clicking here and AWI's testimony by clicking here.
Should It Be Illegal To Film Animal Abuse?
Last March, when a board member of The Cloud Foundation videotaped horses kept in knee-deep muddy manure and other appalling conditions at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Utah, little did she know that the Utah state legislature would later propose a law to prohibit members of the public from documenting animal abuse. Award-winning journalist and legal analyst Andrew Cohen takes a closer look at industry and government reaction to the power of social media and the First Amendment implications of proposed legislation to criminalize videotaping or photographing animal agriculture enterprises. Read the article here or by clicking 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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