Dear Supporter, September 12, 2012
Tell BLM to Protect Wild Mustangs and Allow Ecosanctuary
The foals at left are looking for their mothers after being forcibly taken from them in the last Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup in the Antelope Complex in northeastern Nevada. Now the fate of the remaining wild free-roaming horses in the Antelope Complex is again in jeopardy due to conditions that the BLM may impose on an ecosanctuary plan proposed by philanthropist and dedicated wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs Foundation. Please take a moment to support Mrs. Pickens' goals for the ecosanctuary while taking a strong stand against any attempt by the BLM to use the sanctuary as an excuse to shatter more wild horse families and reduce or eliminate more wild herds. Take action by clicking here or below.
Call Nevada Governor to Stop Wild Horses from Going to Slaughter Auction
The State of Nevada recently captured the 23 horses pictured at left from the Virginia Range near Reno. This Friday, September 14, the State will send the horses to a livestock auction where they may be purchased by kill buyers for slaughter.These horses are not protected by federal law because they made their home on state, instead of federal, land.
Please take a moment to call Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (775-684-5670 or 702-486-2500) and politely ask him to instruct the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to work with reputable and active wild horse advocacy rescue groups to protect these horses. Tell the Governor that it is not acceptable for the state to dump wild horses at auctions where they can be sold for slaughter and ask him to instruct NDOW to work with local organizations in the future to mitigate the need to remove horses from the range. Wild horses are an integral part of the Reno area's history and culture; they should not be heartlessly sold for slaughter. To read more about the situation please click here or to donate to one of the groups that is working on the front line to save the 23 mustangs, please click here.
Update on Wild Horse Roundups
The BLM has recently issued a number of proposals to round up wild horses despite the agency's self-imposed problem of warehousing approximately 5 of every 8 wild horses under its jurisdiction. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we provide you with information and action alerts on each of the BLM's proposed roundups.
Meanwhile, the following roundup activities are set to begin this week:
► "Emergency" roundup of 100-125 wild horses in the Pancake Complex. This removal will be limited to a few pastures where, according to the BLM, cattle grazing has only occurred one time in the last 14 years. This removal is scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
►Water/bait trap capture of approximately 30 burros just outside Las Vegas in the Blue Diamond Community near the Red Rock National Conservation Area. The BLM reports that the public regularly feeds these burros along the road creating a safety hazard on State Route 159. BLM reports that at least 13 burros have been killed in vehicular collisions in the last two years.
AWHPC will continue to monitor the BLM and Forest Service and provide roundup information as it becomes available.
PZP Conference Highlights Hope for Humanely Managing Mustangs on the Range
Last month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) organized a day-long Wild Horse Symposium that focused on the humane management of wild horses through immunocontraception. Experts, field researchers, BLM and other government agency representatives gathered to discuss their experiences, challenges and successes. The meeting highlighted the important crossroads the BLM program now faces -- with the agency considering a number of highly controversial and destructive approaches to population growth suppression while the humane, safe and time-tested approach of PZP remains under-utilized. AWHPC was in attendance at the meeting and has prepared a summary, which is available 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: