Dear Supporter, June 8, 2012
Tell BLM Directors to Cancel Helicopter Stampede of Nevada Mustangs During Foaling Season
The tiny foal and mare pictured at left will be just two of the victims as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launches a roundup of wild horses living in the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA). The agency is moving ahead with a helicopter capture operation during the height of foaling season, despite an offer from AWHPC to have experts provide water/bait trapping as a humane alternative. The roundup is scheduled to begin today, Friday, June 8, 2012 in the Jackson Mountains area outside of Winnemucca, Nevada.
Under the guise of an "emergency," BLM-contracted helicopters will stampede tiny, newborn foals, heavily pregnant mares and horses who may be compromised due to low forage and water in some areas. Despite knowing about this situation for months, the BLM has refused to even try to water/bait trap these horses - a far more humane trapping method than having helicopters chase horses for miles in the hot, desert temperatures. And BLM's claims of an emergency drought are difficult to believe at best, when hundreds of cows continue to graze in the HMA and surrounding areas. The decision proves clearly that the BLM is unwilling to depart from its costly and cruel helicopter roundup/removal approach to wild horse management, even when it means endangering vulnerable horses at a dangerous time of year. It's time to tell BLM Acting Director Mike Pool and BLM Nevada Director Amy Lueders that their decision is wrong and that the helicopters must be called off in order to allow the expert water/bait trappers to humanely trap the horses. To take action, please click here or below.
BLM Arizona Begins Controversial Cibola-Trigo Roundup -- Expert Statements Pressure Agency to Lower Maximum Temperature Limit
The largest roundup of burros this year is currently underway in southwestern Arizona north of Yuma. This week the BLM began to remove 350 burros in and around the Cibola-Trigo HMA. AWHPC opposed the removal of burros, especially in light of data that suggests burros can naturally self-regulate population growth to adjust for resource availability. Because the BLM moved ahead with the roundup, AWHPC called upon the agency to establish humane standards. Citing expert statements, including Dr. Temple Grandin, coalition-partner HSUS and local equine veterinarians, AWHPC urged the BLM to, at minimum, halt the roundup when temperatures reached 90F degrees or hotter. Arizona Congressman Grijalva joined the call for the roundup to end in high temperatures. In response, the BLM has stated that the roundup will not continue when temperatures reach 95F degrees. This is a small step in the right direction - previously the BLM planned to continue the roundup in temperatures up to 105F degrees! It's important to note, that humane concerns remain and the BLM must still improve its humane standards.
To read updates on the Cibola-Trigo roundup, including news reports and press releases, 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 50 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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