Dear Supporter, April 12, 2012
Please Oppose the BLM's Plan to Eradicate Burros In Southern California Desert
Wild burros have survived in the deserts of southern California for over a century, but the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that it will remove all burros living in the Piute Mountain Herd Area (HA), where cattle grazing is still permitted, and capture "nuisance" burros who have wandered outside the Chocolate-Mule Mountains HA. The agency is planning a helicopter roundup beginning next month, targeting dozens of burros for removal. Please take a moment to oppose this cruel and unnecessary action by clicking here or below.
Wild Stallion Photographed Rescuing Filly from Drowning
When a wild stallion in Arizona's Tonto National Forest rescued a young filly from drowning in a swollen, fast-moving river, Forest Service volunteer Becky Standridge was there to capture the event on film. Her remarkable photographs are a poignant reminder about the intelligence and sensitivity of wild horses and the strength of their family bonds.
"People think horses don't have souls, but the soul of a horse is much bigger than man knows and ... wild horses are even more special," Ms.Standridge observed.
To view Ms. Standridge's extraordinary photo montage and learn how her hobby is helping to save the wild horses of the Tonto Forest, please clicking here or on the photo above.
Huge Roundup of Arizona Burros Postponed
The BLM has postponed the roundup 350 burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area pending a ruling of the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). The capture operation, which had been scheduled to begin on April 9, was delayed after the BLM received an appeal and a petition to stay the decision to remove the burros from their desert homes.
Thanks to the over 6,500 comments received from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) supporters and coalition partners, the agency had already dropped its plan to roundup 50 additional male burros (Jacks), castrate them and return them to the range. Read the BLM news release about the postponement of the roundup by clicking here or below.
Senator Reid & Secretary Salazar Promote Tourism in Nevada. . . As Long As It Doesn't Involve Wild Horses
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a press conference last week in Nevada to promote tourism. However, the officials were mute when asked about philanthropist Madeleine Pickens' plan to create the Mustang Monument Ecosanctuary near Wells, Nevada.
Mrs. Pickens' plan offers significant cost-savings to the federal government by taking horses out of costly short-term holding facilities and preventing them from being shipped to long-term holding facilities in the Midwest. The Mustang Monument Ecosanctuary also would draw visitors from all over the world, giving a much-needed economic boost to a rural corner of Nevada.
What lies behind these officials' reluctance to even talk about Mrs. Pickens plan? See the latest expose from the I-Team at Channel 8 in Las Vegas for the answer. Click here or below.
AWHPC-Submitted Photo Wins Award
The photo at left, taken by AWHPC supporter Mike Lorden, won "Most Compelling Photo" in a contest sponsored by Salsa Labs, AWHPC's online advocacy platform provider. The photo of the recent BLM roundup in Nevada's Calico Complex, and another of Mike's photos of wild horses in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, were featured in a slide show presentation at the S X SW media, music and film festival in Austin, Texas last month. In addition, Salsa is featuring this photo in an advertisement.
Many thanks to Salsa and Mike Lorden for helping us to spread the word about the plight of America's wild horses! Read more about the contest and see Salsa's slide show featuring the advocacy work of its clients, including AWHPC, by clicking 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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