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Please Oppose Roundup & Removal of 700+ Wild Horses from Nevada's Diamond Hills Mountain Range
Please take easy action today to oppose the government's plan to roundup and remove 85 percent of the wild horses -- over 700 mustangs -- living in the Diamond Complex in eastern Nevada.
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) roundup would leave only 126 of the approximately 826 wild horses that currently roam free on the 255,204 public land acres in the complex. Meanwhile, the agency allows extensive livestock grazing to continue in the same area.
2nd Term; 2nd Chance to Do Right by America's Wild Horses and Burros
Last night, President Barack Obama scored a decisive reelection victory. With his second term comes a second chance to reform the broken federal wild horse and burro management program. In its first four years, the Obama administration kept slaughter off the table as an option for the tens of thousands of mustangs the BLM has stockpiled. We intend to hold the administration to that position. As well, the President's second term provides an opportunity to reassess the entire program. In the coming weeks, we'll be asking you to join us in stepping up pressure on decision makers to ensure that the President delivers true reform for the American taxpayers and our cherished wild horses and burros. Stay tuned!
BLM Cancels Plan to Test Experimental Drug SpayVac on Wild Mares after AWHPC Submits Complaint
We are pleased to announce that, after receiving AWHPC's letter opposing the use of the controversial and dangerous fertility-control drug SpayVac, the BLM has dropped a planned field trial of the drug, which was scheduled as part of the Wyoming BLM's North Lander Complex roundup. The very limited research that has been conducted on SpayVac use in horses points to serious side effects and potential irreversibility after just one shot. AWHPC commends the BLM for dropping the premature field trial of SpayVac, and urges the agency to wait for conclusive data on the safety and efficacy of the drug before utilizing it in wild horse herds. To read more, please click here.
Despite warehousing nearly 50,000 wild horses in government holding facilities, the BLM continues to roundup up wild horses. The agency has targeted 3,500 wild horses for removal over the next three months, with two roundups launched in Wyoming and Nevada this weekend and a third completed in Idaho this last week.
North Lander Complex, Wyoming... the roundup 800 horses began Saturday, November 3, 2012. The BLM intends to remove 580 wild horses from this public land area and return 230 horses after treating the mares with PZP-22, a safe and effective fertility control drug. The agency dropped plans to test the experimental and potentially dangerous drug SpayVac in this herd. To date, two horses have died in this roundup, including a three-year old stallion who suffered an aortic aneurysm while in the chute after capture.
Wassuk Herd Management Area, Nevada...the first roundup and removal ever began in this HMA on Sunday, November 4, 2012, with 250 horses to be removed from the range and 250 to be returned after mares are vaccinated with PZP 22.
Challis Herd Management Area, Idaho... the BLM roundup in the remote Challis Mountains ended on October 31, 2012, with 267 wild horses removed from the range, and one stallion killed. AWHPC had a videographer onsite and will release video documentation of this roundup in the near future.
Pending Roundups...The BLM is discussing a possible "emergency" roundup of California's Twin Peaks HMA where approximately 40% of the HMA was burned in a fire this past summer. In addition, the BLM is scheduled to begin the massive removal of 800-900 horses in Nevada's Owyhee Complex beginning on Nov. 18. We will provide eyewitness reports from the roundups in coming eNewsletters.