Dear Supporter, October 3, 2012
Oppose BLM Plans to Round Up & Remove 1,600 Wild Horses from the Owyhee Complex in Northern Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning another massive mustang roundup in northeastern Nevada's Owyhee Complex. The agency is proceeding with this roundup despite the fact that it has run out of space to house captured mustangs and has begun selling thousands of horses to a livestock hauler who operates a horse slaughter business! (See below.)
What will become of the1,600 Owyhee mustangs the BLM has targeted for removal from their home on our public lands? Will they join the thousands of mustangs who have gone missing after being captured by the BLM? Will their noble lives end with unspeakable terror on the slaughterhouse floor? Please click here or below to strongly protest this latest wrongheaded roundup plan.
OUTRAGE: BLM Exposed for Selling Horses to Known Kill Buyer as Agency Ramps Up Its Roundup Schedule
A damning expose´ published by ProPublica, a highly-regarding online investigative journalism site, has revealed what wild horse advocates have suspected all along: that wild horses sold by the BLM are being trucked to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.The investigative piece reveals that the BLM has sold "truckload after truckload" of captured mustangs to a Colorado livestock hauler who purchases horses and sells them for slaughter in Mexico. The hauler, a known kill buyer, just happens to be a neighbor and business associate of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The BLM has sold him at least 1,700 horses --including the beautiful Adobe Town, Wyoming horses captured in 2010 and pictured above. (Photo by Carol Walker.)
Despite the unfolding scandal, the BLM is ramping up its roundup schedule, announcing Friday that it will remove 3,400 wild horses from the West in the next four months. What the fate of these horses will be is an open question. With 50,000 wild horses stockpiled in holding facilities, the BLM has run out of space to house captured mustangs. Where will it put thousands more horses? The ProPublica piece provides frightening insight into the agency's ultimate plans.
Please read more and take action by clicking here or below.
Antelope Roundup Underway: AWHPC Eyewitness Report
The first day of the BLM's roundup in northeastern Nevada's Antelope and Antelope Valley roundup brought tragedy as a stallion was killed by the BLM after he jumped out of the trap pen, broke his leg and tried, in vain, to run for freedom. A second horse was killed after sustaining a broken neck in a trailer in route from the trap site to the BLM's temporary holding pens. AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol is on site to bring you reports and video from the frontlines. The BLM is targeting 200 wild horses for removal from this vast public lands area where many times more cattle than wild horses are allowed to graze. Please read Deniz's report by clicking here or below.
Thanks to You: Rescued Virginia Range Mustangs Are Safe in their Temporary Home
The 30 Virginia Range wild horses who were rescued from the livestock auction in Fallon, Nevada are doing well in their temporary home. This rescue was made possible in large part thanks to the generous donations of AWHPC supporters. Sadly, we have learned that domestic horses continue to be sold at the Fallon livestock auction for slaughter. As we know, over 100,000 U.S. horses annually are shipped to horse slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.This is why passing legislation to protect all horses-- both domestic and wild -- from the cruel fate of slaughter -- is critical. You can take action to support this legislation by clicking here.
Meanwhile, the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Least Resistance Training Concepts and all the other wonderful groups and advocates involved in the Virginia Range rescue are focused on caring for the horses and finding them permanent homes. They also remaining ever-vigilant for additional wild horses that have been captured by the state and are expected to appear at the livestock auction in the coming weeks. For updated information on these efforts, including photos, please click 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: