Dear Supporter, September 25, 2012
Tell BLM To Cancel 5-Year Plan to Remove Wild Horses from Northeastern Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has stockpiled nearly 50,000 wild horses in government holding facilities and is running out of space to house more captured mustangs. Despite this fact and the staggering cost to taxpayers, the agency is proposing to remove hundreds of horses from the Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Nevada -- where many times more livestock are permitted to graze than mustangs. Fortunately, the BLM is proposing to use more humane bait/water trapping to capture horses, a far less traumatic alternative than helicopter stampedes. But instead of removing horses, the agency should use bait-trapping methods to apply safe, proven and humane PZP fertility control in order to manage the herds on the range and leave them in the wild where they belong.
Please take a minute to tell the BLM "No Removals" by clicking here or below.
Help Protect New Mexico's Few Remaining Mustang Herds
The BLM is proposing to remove over 300 wild horses from one of the few remaining wild horse habitat areas left on public lands in New Mexico. The Jicarilla Wild Horse Joint Management Area is managed by both the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, with the bulk of the mustang habitat area lying within the Carson National Forest. These New Mexico mustangs are popular with willdlife watchers and photographers, but area ranchers and hunters want them removed. Please take a moment to remind the federal government that our public lands must be managed for all citizens, and that New Mexico's few remaining wild horse herds must be protected and preserved, not rounded up and stockpiled in holding pens to enhance the commercial and private interests of ranchers and hunters. Please click here or below.
EMERGENCY: State of Nevada to Send 25 More Mustangs to Auction Tomorrow
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is allowing the state's Department of Agriculture (NDOA) to send an additional 25 wild horses, captured from the Virginia Range outside of Reno in recent weeks, to a livestock auction where they will be sold for slaughter if local rescue groups are not able to come up with the money to purchase them and places to hold them.
Last week local Nevada rescue groups saved 23 wild horses who were dumped at the livestock auction by the NDOA. The groups are again mobilizing to try to save as many horses as possible tomorrow. If you can support the rescue or can help with fostering horses please contact us immediately by replying to this email. Sadly, wild horses and burros on state lands are not protected by federal laws. Please more about this breaking situation -- including how you can help -- by clicking here or below.
UPDATE ON WILD HORSE ROUNDUPS: BLM Announces Oct. 1st Start Date for Roundup of 200 Mustangs in Northeastern Nevada
Helicopter(s) will be used to round up 200 wild horses in the Nevada's Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) beginning October 1, 2012. Livestock grazing in and around the area was permitted earlier this year despite the emerging "drought" situation. Now, the BLM is claiming that drought conditions are taking a toll on wild horse herds and using this "rationale" as an excuse to drastically reduce their numbers. To read the BLM's press release on this roundup please click here or below. Additional information from the BLM on this roundup is available here.
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: