Dear Supporter, April 19, 2012
Speak Up for Nevada's Wild Horses and Burros: Please Submit Comments on Carson City Resource Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Carson City Field Office oversees 21 Herd Areas in a state where over half of the nation's remaining wild horses and burros reside. The Carson City BLM is seeking public comments on revisions to its Resource Management Plan, which sets land use policy for this area north of Reno.
This is the stage of the land use planning process where public comments can make a real difference in shaping the final land use policy that will affect wild horses and burros for the next 10-20 years. Please demand fairer and more humane treatment for Nevada's wild horses and burros: take easy action by clicking here or below.
Join New Mexico Governor in Opposing Horse Slaughter
This week, New Mexico Governor Susan Martinez announced her opposition to a meat company's plan to open the nation's first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 in her state. Gov. Martinez stated, "I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed."
Please join Governor Martinez in asking federal officials to deny any permits necessary to operate horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. Please take easy action through our coalition partner, the ASPCA, by clicking here or below.
ASPCA Donates $100,000 to Support Birth Control for Wild Horses
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), an AWHPC coalition partner, has given a $100,000 grant to the Center for Science and Conservation in Billings, Montana to support the training of personnel to administer the PZP fertility control vaccine to wild horses. The Center is headed by Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, a pioneer in the field of humane wildlife management.
In February, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of a PZP vaccine in wild horses. EPA approval of PZP, along with increasing the number of people qualified to administer the vaccine, will make it harder for the BLM to resist accepting PZP use as a prudent and cost-effective population management alternative to costly and inhumane roundups. Read more by clicking here or below.
Federal Appeals Court Says No to the BLM
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has rejected the BLM's petition to reconsider the court's ruling allowing photojournalist Laura Leigh wider access to a wild horse roundup on public land. The agency sought to vacate the ruling, which remanded Leigh's case back to federal district court for consideration. Learn more by visiting Leigh's website WildHorseEducation and by clicking here or below to read the Associated Press story on the appellate court ruling.
Rewards Offered for Information About the Deaths of Wild Horses in California and Nevada.
The BLM is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two wild horses in the Newland Reservoir area in northeastern Lassen County, California near the Nevada state line. The remains of the horses were found by BLM personnel on April 3.
Meanwhile AWHPC coalition partner the Wild Horse Preservation League continues to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal injuring of a wild horse near Stagecoach, Nevada in December 2011. Witnesses observed individuals chasing wild horses in the area with off-road vehicles, but no arrests have been made.(Photo of Twin Peaks, CA wild horses by Linda Hay.)
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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