Dear Supporter, May 14, 2012
Federal Court Slams BLM in Ruling on AWHPC's Lawsuit; Judge Says Agency Can't Remain "Studiously Ignorant" of Scientific Evidence
AWHPC's lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over its plans to castrate wild, free-roaming stallions in Nevada's Pancake Complex achieved another milestone last week. On May 9, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a ruling ordering the BLM to consider scientific evidence submitted by AWHPC regarding the negative impacts of castration on individual wild stallions and on the herds as a whole. Judge Howell warned that the agency could not remain "studiously ignorant of material scientific evidence." (Please see AWHPC's press release here and the Courthouse News Service's article here for more information.)
The legal action, filed in December 2011 by the noted public interest law firm of Meyer, Glitzenstein and Crystal on behalf of AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation, and the Western Watersheds Project aims to stop the BLM from gelding and returning wild stallions to range, and to prevent the "zeroing out" of (eliminating all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash Herd Management Area.
This lawsuit will be precedent setting, but much hard work and many legal fees lie ahead before we prevail. Thanks to your support, we've come this far. Now, if you can, please help us carry on this important legal effort. Every dollar you donate will go directly to ensure that wild horses and burros have fair and competent representation in the federal court of law! Many thanks, as always, for your support.
BLM Sends Email Inviting Public to Tour Desatoya Mountains
If you are one of the more than 4,000 AWHPC supporters who sent an email to the BLM in response to our alert on the agency's plans in the Desatoya Mountains Herd Management Area, then you probably received an email from the BLM inviting you to a tour of the area.
When a proposed wild horse removal generates a lot of public attention, the agency will occasionally organize a tour. However, such tours do not portray the big picture of what is happening on the range. In this case, the agency is proposing to remove wild horses under the guise of protecting sage grouse (a desert bird with dwindling population numbers). All the while the BLM allows more cows than horses to graze the same area. Unbelievably the hunting of sage grouse continues to be permitted.
If you are planning to attend the tour, please let us know by sending us an email. Thanks to all who took action and elevated this action to a level of public scrutiny that prompted the BLM to organize a tour.
Take Action Reminders
Please Take Action to Protect Wild Horses and Burros During "Drought" Conditions
If you haven't already ... please speak up for more than 4,000 wild horses and burros in 28 HMAs in the BLM's Battle Mountain District in Nevada. The agency is accepting public comments on its Drought Management Plan. The Plan 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 submit your comments by Wednesday, May 16th, and help us to protect mustangs and burros of the Battle Mountain District. Submit your comments by clicking here or below.
Oppose BLM's Environmentally-Destructive, Water-Guzzling Mining Projects in Wild Horse Areas
If you haven't already ... please take a moment to urge the BLM to reject the Pan Mine project and the expansion of the Bald Mountain Mine in Nevada both which are in important wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Mining projects are notorious for destroying the environment and consuming large quantities of water. 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. Comments must be received by Wednesday, May 16th. Please take easy action 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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