Dear Supporter, June 26, 2012
Voice Your Opposition to the BLM's Proposed Roundup of 700 Wild Horses in Eastern Nevada (Diamond Complex)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking the public to provide "any concerns for consideration" and information regarding the agency's proposed roundup and removal of 700 wild horses in the Diamond Complex in the Battle Mountain District in central Nevada. This roundup would leave behind just 126 wild horses on more than 255,000 acres of public lands (that's nearly 400 square miles). Meanwhile, thousands of livestock continue to be permitted to graze year-round in these same areas.
Please take a minute to tell the BLM that continuing to remove wild horses will not solve the problem of degraded rangeland and that reducing livestock numbers while humanely managing horse herds on the range is what is needed to improve range conditions. To submit your comments and send a personalized email to the BLM please click here or below.
Tell BLM to Cancel Its Plans to Remove Even More Horses from the Triple B Complex: Act by Thursday!
Coming on the heels of the massive 2011 winter roundup of 1,269 horses from the Triple B Complex in northeastern Nevada, the BLM is now proposing to remove up to 613 additional wild horses in order to reduce the population living in the Triple B Complex in eastern Nevada to the low "Allowable Management Level" (AML). The BLM estimates the current population to be fewer than 200 horses over the high AML the agency set for the Complex. The BLM is also now claiming "drought" as the reason for the removal -- issuing a press release stating that the agency has started to haul water to wild horses in the Triple B Complex. Yet the release says nothing about reducing livestock grazing in the Complex, where a powerful member of the Nevada State Legislature holds permits to graze his cattle on our public lands.
Comments are due by Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. PST. So please don't delay! Take action by clicking here or below.
Lawsuit Forces BLM to Halt Jackson Mountains Roundup
In response to a lawsuit filed by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education, last week U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben in Nevada issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) forbidding the BLM from conducting a helicopter roundup in non-emergency areas of the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) during peak "foaling season" (March through June).
The ruling forced the BLM to suspend capture operations on Friday June 22, 2012, after the roundup of horses in the southern portion of the HMA -- which the agency had launched on June 8 under the guise of a "drought emergency" -- had been completed. A total of 424 horses were captured and 7 horses were killed in the roundup that stampeded vulnerable foals and pregnant and nursing mares over untold miles in hot summer desert temperatures. Captured Jackson Mountain horses continue to die at the BLM's Palomino Valley holding facility, with BLM reporting three deaths there so far.
The inhumane roundup is scheduled to resume in the northern portion of the HMA on July 1. To view video of the roundup and read more, please click here or below.
Devastating Amendment to Ease Restrictions on Public Lands Grazing Stripped from Farm Bill
We are pleased to report that the "Grazing Improvement Act," a destructive Farm Bill amendment introduced by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), has been dropped from consideration. The amendment would have eased environmental restrictions on permits to graze livestock on public lands.
According to The Wildlife News, the "Grazing Improvement Act" would have increased the length of permits for grazing on public lands from 10 to 20 years, "further entrenching the privileged elite who graze cattle and sheep for essentially nothing while average citizens pay much higher fees to merely picnic." Read more by clicking here or below.
Vote Delayed on Appropriations Bill With Amendment to Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter
Yesterday, you received an email from us urging you to call your member of Congress to urge him or her to support the "Moran Amendment" to the Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Moran Amendment prohibits federal funding for USDA inspections of horsemeat, thus preventing horse slaughter plants from operating on U.S. soil.
Late yesterday, we learned that a vote on the Agriculture Appropriations bill has been delayed. The legislation may now be considered at the end of this week, or during the week of July 10. (Next week Congress is in recess for the July 4 holiday.)
This is great news as it allows time for us to rally the grassroots support and let Congress know that Americans care about this issue! As Congressman Moran said when introducing his amendment, “When more than 80 percent of the American population opposes this practice, it is high time we put an end, once and for all, to industrial horse slaughter. Horses hold an important place in our nation’s history and culture, treasured by all for their beauty and majesty. They deserve to be cared for, not killed for foreign consumption." So please stay tuned for updates on this important vote! Meanwhile, you can watch the Appropriations Committee debate on this amendment by clicking here (debate begins at 3:00), and read Rep. Moran's news release by clicking here or below.