View online here
BLM Proposing Another Roundup in Oregon's South Steens HMA - Please Oppose!
The wild horses in the South Steens Herd Management Area (HMA) are known as the "Hollywood Herd" because they are both colorful and accessible. Instead of protecting this popular herd, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing another roundup and is targeting 300 wild horses for removal from their homes on the range. The agency is conducting a scoping period before the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the roundup plan. Now is the time to urge the BLM to implement an effective fertility control program to avoid removals. Please also join us in demanding a fairer share of resources for wild horses in this federally-designated habitat area. Presently, the BLM allocates the lion's share (72%) of forage to privately-owned livestock instead of federally-protected mustangs.
BLM FY 2014 Budget Seeks $2 Million Increase for Wild Horse & Burro Program
The BLM Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request is out, and it includes a $2 million increase for the wild horse and burro program. The funds will be used to implement the as-yet-unreleased recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences review of the program. The remainder of the request will carry over the BLM's 2013 wild horse budget, thus continuing the agency's mis-prioritization of resources. Again, 70 percent of the program's resources will be spent to round up, remove and stockpile wild horses, while less than 4% is dedicated to fertility control and other strategies to humanely manage wild horses on the range. The number of wild horses targeted for removal has been reduced to 2,850 (down from a high of 11, 041 in 2010), but only due to lack of holding space. Meanwhile, proof that the BLM's approach to wild horse management has failed is in the numbers: after four years of large-scale removals, only 31% of Herd Management Areas (HMAs) will be at the Allowable Management Level in 2014, down from 44% in 2009. Stay tuned for more information on the budget process as it unfolds. Meanwhile, you can read the BLM's full budget request and justification here.
Nevada Senate Passes Wild Horse Resolution
The Nevada State Senate recently passed a Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR1) expressing support for wild horses in the state. Kudos to Nevada State Senator Mark Manendo, pictured at left, for introducing the resolution and for being a true champion of horses! (He is also sponsor of the bill to ban the cruel rodeo practice of horse tripping.) The resolution, which now goes to the Assembly, recognizes wild horses as living symbols of American Western heritage, as well as natural resources and cultural assets. SJR1 also expresses support for wild horse and burro eco-sanctuaries, and recognizes their potential for attracting tourism dollars to rural areas of the state. Please stay tuned for more information and alerts as this resolution makes its way through the Nevada Assembly.
You are subscribed to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign email list.
Click here to unsubscribe.
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.