Dear Supporter, May 9, 2012
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Please Tell BLM: No Environmentally-Destructive, Water-Guzzling Mine Projects in Wild Horse Areas
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) routinely cites lack of water as a major reason for removing wild horses from public lands. Yet the agency is now poised to approve massively polluting and water-guzzling mining projects in the Pancake and Triple B Herd Management Areas (HMAs), both sites of recent and large-scale wild horse removals.
Please take a moment today to urge the BLM to reject the expansion of the Bald Mountain Mine and the approval of the Pan Mine project. Help us take a strong stand against the BLM's giveaway of our public resources. It's time to stop the mass destruction of our public lands for the benefit of a few corporations at the expense of American taxpayers and America's wild horses and burros. Please take easy action by clicking here or below.
Take Action to Protect Wild Horses and Burros During "Drought" Conditions
The BLM's Battle Mountain District in Nevada is known as "the heart of wild horse country," with jurisdiction over more HMAs (28) than any other BLM district. The more than 4,000 wild horses and burros living in the Battle Mountain District now face the threat of removal as part of a Drought Management Plan. The agency is currently accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the plan. The EA is overly broad and may be used by the BLM to justify the blanket removal of wild horses and burros from these important herds.
Please help us protect the mustangs and burros of the Battle Mountain District. Submit your comments by clicking here or below.
May 14, 2012: National Academy of Sciences' Wild Horse & Burro Program Review Panel to Meet in Washington DC
AWHPC will be onsite next week when the National Academy of Sciences holds the fourth public meeting of its Wild Horse and Burro Review Committee on May 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Topics covered will include "adaptive management of natural resources," "behavioral ecology of the African wild ass and its descendent, the feral ass," and "mountain lion predation on free-ranging horses in Nevada." Stay tuned for a full report on this latest and final public meeting of the panel that is conducting a scientific review of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program.
Meanwhile, AWHPC monitored last week's NAS webinar on SpayVac, a fertility control vaccine that has potentially serious side effects, including possible permanent sterilization of mares from just one shot. For a report on the webinar, please click here or below.
Humane Organizations Join Forces with U.S. Senator & Celebrities to Push Horse Slaughter Ban
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) teamed up with celebrities Bo Derek and John Corbett and humane organizations for the annual "Horses on the Hill" lobbying event, organized to generate support for the Senator's American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176 and H.R. 2966).
Each year, over 100,000 American horses face unspeakably cruel deaths at slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada. Senator Landrieu's bill would outlaw the slaughter of horses on U.S. soil, and would ban the transport of horses across U.S borders for slaughter. Joining the event was Declan Greg, a nine-year-old New Hampshire boy whose fight to save U.S. horses from slaughter has gained national attention. Please click here to watch Declan's speech at the Horses on the Hill event. To read more about Senator Landrieu's efforts to ban horse slaughter, please click here or below.
Celebrating Wild Horses in Honor of Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere! To mark this holiday that celebrates families, we wanted to share with you the lovely photographs and video of the beautiful wild horses of the Sand Wash Basin in northwestern Colorado.
On her blog, photographer Nancy Roberts captures the majesty of the colorful Sand Wash mustangs and the strength of their family bonds. Please take a look at the photos and stories of the distinct bands that live in Sand Wash Basin by clicking here, and be sure to watch videos of their social interactions and natural behaviors by clicking here. Enjoy and have a wonderful Mother's Day!
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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