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Dear Supporter,                                     August 8, 2012

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Please Oppose Unnecessary & Cruel Federal Roundup of Small Herds in Idaho

The proposed helicopter roundup of wild horses living in Idaho's Black Mountain and Hardtrigger Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is inhumane, unnecessary, and wastes tax dollars. Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to remove more than 100 wild horses from these HMAs, leaving behind just 96 horses in this 114,000-acre public lands area. Due to the BLM's mismanagement of these herds -- including the continual removals that have reduced the population down to dangerously low levels -- the genetic health of these animals is in jeopardy.

The BLM thinks we will eventually go away and silently allow this inexcusable extermination of our wild horses to continue. Let's prove the agency wrong. Please speak up for these Idaho mustangs by clicking here or below. 


Mustangs Rescued from Slaughter Find Refuge at a Virginia Sanctuary

Nu-Pah-hay, at left, was captured by the government from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area in northern California at the tender age of three. For 20 years, he was used and abused by humans, before being dumped at a slaughter auction. Thin, neglected and afraid, he was rescued from the kill pen along with Tawn-ha (right), who was also dumped for slaughter after a life in service to humans. Tawn-ha was captured from the South Steens HMA in Oregon in 1989. Read the story of these horses, their rescuer, and the sanctuary that stepped up to give them a forever home by clicking here or below.


Register Now: HSUS Symposium on Humane Management of Wild Horses with Immunocontraception to be Held this Month

Please don't miss the Wild Horse Symposium, organized by The Humane Society of the United States, on August 28, 2012 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Symposium presenters will highlight progress in contraceptive vaccine technology, share their experience with different approaches to vaccine delivery, and explore means of empowering government agencies, private sanctuaries, and other wild horse managers to use contraception to manage wild horse and burro populations effectively. Immunocontraception provides a safe and cost-effective alternative to brutal federal wild horse roundups, so the symposium is sure to be an important and informative event. To learn more and to register to attend, please click here or below.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Launches Wild Horse and Burro Roundup

The beautiful horses pictured at left were peacefully living their lives in the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge last winter when photographer Mike Lorden came upon them and took this iconic shot. Now those same horses are the target of a federal roundup, launched in the refuge this past Saturday, August 4, 2012. The government is targeting 180 wild horses and 76 wild burros for removal from the refuge, which is located on the Nevada/Oregon border. The roundup is part of a larger effort to completely eradicate wild horses and burros from this 500,000+ acre public land area, which is managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Since the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act applies only to mustangs and burros living on BLM or Forest Service lands, Sheldon's horses are not protected by federal law, even though they are part of a larger wild horse population that migrates between public lands in this remote tri-state (CA/OR/NV) area. Read the government's announcement 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:

    * 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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