Dear Supporter, March 28, 2012
Tell the BLM "No" to Wild Horse Removals In The Desatoya Mountains Area in Central Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is combining a wild horse roundup with a vegetation- and tree-killing project. The agency refers to this ill-conceived proposal as a "Habitat Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project." Our friends at the Western Watershed Project describe it as a "massive deforestation and sagebrush/pinyon pine-killing scheme" that will also victimize wild horses. Included is the removal of 450 to 525 horses from within and around the Desatoya Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA). Please take a minute to oppose the removal of wild horses from the Desatoya HMA and support environmentally-sound range management by clicking here or below.
CBS Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen Receives Genesis Award for Outstanding Coverage of Wild Horse Issue
Congratulations to noted legal analyst Andrew Cohen, who recently won a Genesis Award for his insightful and continued coverage of the plight of America’s wild horses and the politics surrounding their survival on public lands in the West.
The HSUS Genesis Awards honor efforts in the news and entertainment media to raise public awareness of animal issues. Cohen was announced as the winner of the Genesis Online Award “for incisive reporting on the politics of wild horse management and round-ups” at a star-studded event in Beverly Hills on Saturday night (March 24, 2012). To read his award-winning series of articles, published in The Atlantic online, please click here or below.
BLM Schedules Advisory Board Meeting to Be Held On April 23-24 in Reno
The BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is scheduled to meet in Reno, Nevada on April 23-24, 2012. This will be the first meeting for Callie Hendrickson, the pro-horse slaughter cattlewoman who was recently appointed to represent the "general public" on this citizen advisory board. (If you have not yet signed the petition opposing this appointment, please do so here.)
To date, the BLM has not indicated whether the meeting will be available online via webcast. We will keep you updated. Meanwhile, read more about the meeting by clicking here or below.
BLM to Allow Public to Visit Two Wild Horse Holding Facilities In Nevada and Kansas
The BLM is scheduling public tours at two normally closed-to-the-public contracted holding facilities: a Short-Term Holding (STH) facility in Nevada and a Long-Term Holding (LTH) facility in Kansas. Thousands of our wild horses are held at these facilities.
Two tightly-controlled tours will be given at the "Indian Lakes Road" STH facility in Fallon, Nevada on March 30 and April 27. Last summer, AWHPC provided an Eyewitness Report on a similar tour, noting that BLM restrictions on public access made assessing the condition of the horses virtually impossible. The third tour, scheduled for June 9, will take place at a LTH facility in Kansas approximately 30 miles east of Wichita. This tour will also be heavily managed by the BLM.
Reservations are required for each of these tours. For information on the March 30 or April 27 tours at the Indian Lakes Road facility in Fallon, Nevada please click here. For information on the June 9 tour at the LTH facility near El Dorado, Kansas, please click here.
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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