Dear Supporter, May 1, 2012
Make Room for Mustangs: Ask Congress to Support Legislation to Allow for Voluntary Retirement of Public Land Grazing Permits
Livestock grazing on public lands devastates the environment and harms wildlife -- including wild horses and burros. H.R.3432, the Rural Economic Vitalization Act, would begin to address this problem by allowing public lands ranchers to voluntarily relinquish their federal grazing permits in exchange for compensation paid by a third party. The legislation is a win-win for ranchers who want to get out of an increasingly costly and unsustainable business; for public lands that are currently massively overgrazed by commercial livestock; and for wild horses and burros, who are presently outnumbered by livestock on federal lands by at least 50-1. Please ask your Congressperson to support this bill by clicking here or below.
Eyewitness Report: BLM Advisory Board Meeting Forecasts Dark Future for Wild Horses and Burros
AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol was on site last week in Reno, Nevada for the first meeting of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board since the appointment of pro-horse slaughter cattlewoman Callie Hendrickson to represent the general public on this federal citizen advisory panel. The issues discussed at this meeting forecast looming disaster for America's wild herds -- from wild horse removals under the guise of sage grouse conservation and drought, to the stockpiling of an untenable number (50,000 and growing) wild horses in government holding facilities, to giving mares hysterectomies on the range. Meanwhile, the BLM continues to set up for failure the one viable and humane alternative on the table -- non-hormonal PZP fertility control. Read more by clicking here or below.
BLM Extends Public Comment Period for Jackson Mountains Wild Horse Roundup
Last week, we reported on the BLM's attempt to push through the proposed summertime helicopter roundup and removal of 630 wild horses in northwest Nevada by allowing just 13 days for public comment (as opposed to the usual 30-day comment period). After receiving over 4,000 emails from AWHPC supporters and a letter from our attorneys at Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, the BLM has extended the public comment period to May 14. You can read the article about the announcement by clicking here or below. If you have not yet submitted your letter opposing the roundup, please click take easy action here.
11 Wild Horses and Burros Shot To Death in Last Three Months - BLM Offers $10,000 Reward
The BLM is investigating the shooting deaths of nearly a dozen wild horses and burros in four separate incidents in California and Nevada since late January. The agency announced on Monday that it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.
The most recent killings, discovered on April 9, involved one horse and two burros on BLM land near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County, Nevada, about 150 miles northeast of Reno. Five days earlier, two wild horses were found shot to death in Lassen County, California, near the Nevada border. Six other mustangs were killed earlier in northern Nevada — three in Eureka County in January and three in Lander County in February.
To read the BLM's press release on this reward and the details of the killings, please click here or below.
Must Read Exposé on Federal Predator-Killing Program
The Sacramento Bee is running a hard-hitting series of articles exposing the fallacy, waste and environmental cost of the federal predator-killing program. The USDA's Wildlife Services division annually kills tens of thousands of coyotes, mountain lions and other native carnivores for the benefit of ranchers and hunters. Mountain lions can prey on wild horses and play a role in controlling population growth, but not when they are being killed in droves due to commercial livestock and hunting interests! Read this important series, "The killing agency: Wildlife Services' brutal methods leave a trail of animal death" 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 45 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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