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48 Hours to Tell BLM's Ely District: Protect Wild Horses During Drought
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Ely District in Nevada is seeking public comments on a plan to manage wild horses and livestock during drought. Please join AWHPC in telling the BLM that it must prioritize protection of wild horses over livestock grazing. The Ely District allocates the lion's share of forage in this district to privately-owned livestock compared to federally-protected wild horses. No horses should be removed from the district's six Herd Management Areas (HMAs) unless and until all livestock grazing is halted within the HMAs for at least one year. The comment deadline is March 21, so let's get as many comments as possible in to the BLM over the next 48 hours. Please take action below.
Tell Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and For All
As New Mexico and Oklahoma move toward opening horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil for the first time in six years, it is more important than ever that Congress ban this cruel and horrific practice once and for all. Americans overwhelmingly oppose horse slaughter, and yet over 100,000 U.S. horses -- both wild and domestic -- suffer this cruelest of fates every year. The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (S. 541 and H.R. 1094) would ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and make it illegal to transport horses across the border for slaughter in Canada or Mexico. The bill would also protect consumers from tainted meat from American horses who are not raised for food and are routinely given a variety of drugs and medications that are harmful if consumed by people. Please take just one minute to support this bill today!
Return to Freedom/AWHPC & State of Nevada Sign Agreement to Protect Captured Mustangs from Slaughter
At left is Sandy, one of 137 wild horses who were captured last year by the state of Nevada and sent to a slaughter auction, where they were rescued by Reno-based Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection and other local advocates. Thanks to a new agreement signed last week between the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Return to Freedom (RTF), parent organization of the AWHPC, the state will no longer send captured wild horses directly to the slaughter auction. Instead, the state will allow RTF to purchase captured horses directly from the Agriculture Department. This agreement is an important first step to establishing a humane program for wild horses living on non-federal land in the Virginia Range outside Reno. Next up will be agreements to utilize birth control and other strategies to maintain the horses in the wild and prevent captures in the first place. Read more about this important development here.
Independent Review Proves BLM Lacked Justification for Removal of Wild Horse Family Near Carson City
An independent review has found no evidence to support the BLM's justification for the removal of a locally-cherished wild horse family from the Pine Nut Mountains HMA outside Carson City. The agency removed the horses in February over the vehement objections of the community, which has lived with and appreciated this wild horse band for decades. The BLM claimed that public safety issues and complaints from neighbors led to the removal. However, after examining the facts behind these claims, Reno Gazette Journal
reporter Mark Robison concluded, "The public and the horses themselves deserved a more defensible level of justification for their removal from the BLM." Read the full article here. In response, the community and AWHPC are calling on the BLM to cancel Saturday's planned adoption-auction of the horses and instead work with the neighbors on a solution that would keep these horses on the range where they belong, and where the community could continue to enjoy them.
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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.