Dear Supporter, August 1, 2012
Please Support Our Critical Work to Save America's Remaining Wild Horses and Burros
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is a national coalition of more than 50 organizations dedicated to ending the brutal and inhumane practices the federal government uses to erase wild horses from our public lands to make way for commercial interests. Each and every wild horse that falls victim to this program is a lost icon of the freedom and untamed beauty that makes this country great.
Each week we bring you action alerts and news items to empower citizens to speak up for America's last remaining mustangs and burros and against the helicopter roundups that are terrorizing and traumatizing these beloved animals and stampeding them into oblivion. Our ability to continue this work depends on you, our dedicated and generous supporters. Your donation -- whatever the size -- is critically important to continue our fight to save and protect America's wild horses and burros. Please donate by clicking here or below.
Still Time to Oppose Gov't Plan to Roundup & Remove 580 Wild Horses and Test a Dangerous Anti-Fertility Drug in Wyoming Herds
We have until August 7, 2012 to generate citizen opposition to the federal government's plan to roundup and remove nearly 600 wild horses from the North Lander Complex in Wyoming. Just 750 wild horses are believed to currently live in the 586-square-mile complex, where the government allows the annual equivalent of more than 3,700 cows to graze!
In addition, the government plans test an experimental anti-fertility drug, SpayVac, on captured mares who will be returned to the range. This drug may have serious side effects, including permanent sterilization and serious health problems in horses. Already, we have generated nearly 4,000 letters opposing this inhumane plan - let's double that by August 7! If you have not done so already, you can take action by clicking here or below.
Rain Spares the West Douglas, Colorado Wild Horses
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the suspension of the "emergency" water trapping operation in the West Douglas Herd Area south of Rangely, Colorado. Thanks to rainfall in the area, "the resource conditions that warranted an emergency gather do not presently exist." The capture operation began on July 15, removing 20 horses from this area that the agency and area ranchers have long been trying to "zero out" (eliminate all wild horses). To read more, please click here or below.
Pryor Mountains Capture Operation Continues
The BLM continues a bait-trapping operation in the famed Pryor Mountains, home to Cloud, the wild stallion featured in the popular PBS Nature series of the same name. To date, the BLM has removed 27 of the targeted 30-40 wild horses in this area, including several members of Cloud's family. For a list of the horses removed and their names, click here. For photographer Carol Walker's eyewitness report on Cloud's reaction to the capture of his family members, please click here or below.
Oregon Wild Horse Herd to be Removed after Wild Fire
The BLM is planning a helicopter roundup this month to remove most of the wild horses living in the Jackies Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) in Oregon after the lightning-induced Longdraw Wildfire burned three-quarters of the mustangs' designated habitat area. Most of the captured horses will be held in sex-segregated BLM pens for as long as two years, while the range regenerates, before being returned to the HMA. Read more about this situation, including why the Longdraw fire may have been avoidable, 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 50 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks: