Dear Supporter, May 21, 2012
ACT TODAY: Tell California BLM to Reduce Livestock, Humanely Manage Wild Horses on the Range and Cancel Roundup Plan
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Surprise Field Office -- located in northeastern California -- is accepting public comments on plans to round up and remove wild horses in the Buckhorn, Coppersmith and Carter Reservoir Herd Management Areas.
California's mustangs are part of the state's history and heritage, but over half of their designated habitat has been taken away over the past four decades. Please tell BLM that the buck stops at Buckhorn: it's time to stop rounding up and removing wild horses from our public lands and start managing them on the range, using reversible, PZP fertility control when necessary.
Comments are due this Thursday, May 24th, so please act today by clicking here or below!
Former BLM Wild Horse Chief Stumps for Slaughter at National Academy of Sciences Meeting
The recently-retired chief of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program, Don Glenn, surfaced in Washington D.C. last week to argue for the unlimited sale of America's mustangs, which would lead to mass slaughter. Glenn spoke during the public comment period at the May 14th public meeting of the National Academy of Sciences wild horse and burro review committee. His comments epitomize the hypocrisy of the BLM, which consistently claims that its employees care about wild horses while at the same time working behind the scenes to ensure their eventual destruction.
Joining Glenn in the call for unlimited sale (aka slaughter) were livestock industry lobbyists including Callie Hendrickson, the recent public appointee to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Scientific presentations at the meeting highlighted significant mountain lion predation on wild horses and the ability of burros to self regulate population levels based on water availability. To read more, please click here or below.
New Report Documents Widespread Livestock Damage to BLM-Managed Public Lands
The BLM is notorious for blaming wild horses and burros for damage to rangelands -- despite the agency's widespread practice of permitting many times more livestock on BLM lands. Now, a new federal assessment of western rangelands finds that a large portion of it fails to meet range health standards. According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the principal cause for this failure is commercial livestock grazing.
The federal report, issued by the BLM itself, shows that almost 40% of BLM livestock allotments surveyed since 1998 have failed to meet rangeland health standards, as measured by water quality, watershed functionality and wildlife habitat. To read PEER's news release, which includes a link to the actual federal data, please click 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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