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Tell BLM to Cancel Plans to Eradicate Nevada Mustangs from Humboldt Herd Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to remove, via helicopter stampede, every one of the estimated 161 wild horses living in the Humboldt Herd Area in northwest Nevada. Meanwhile, livestock grazing will continue in force - the forage allocated to privately-owned cattle and sheep could sustain as many as 592 wild horses in the area! The proposed removal is not an emergency. Please tell the BLM to heed the National Academy of Sciences' recommendation that wild horse and burro management policies should be "responsive to public attitudes and preferences." Tell the agency that it must leave the wild horses of the Humboldt Herd Area on their rangelands -- please take action below. .
BLM Releases Summer Roundup Schedule
The BLM has finally released its summer roundup schedule, revealing plans to remove 1,300 horses and burros from their homes on the range over the next eight weeks. The agency is galloping ahead with removal plans in spite of the findings of the National Academy of Sciences that continuing "business as usual" practices will be "expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves." Although the BLM stated that roundups would focus on situations where the health of the animals or the range was in immediate jeopardy, a number of the proposed removals are not emergencies. Of sixteen proposed actions, six will be helicopter stampedes, while the others will be bait trap operations. Please read AWHPC's reaction to the roundup schedule by clicking here.
No Shelter from Sweltering Temps for BLM Horses & Burros in Holding
This summer's sweltering temperatures are especially difficult for captured wild horses and burros held in BLM short-term holding facilities in the West. Although the agency requires that adopters of wild horses and burros provide the animals with shelters, it provides no shelters to the thousands of horses stockpiled in its own holding pens. In response to public controversy about horses standing in unrelenting heat and blazing sun at the BLM's Palomino Valley Adoption Center near Reno, the agency installed sprinklers in some of the pens, but still stubbornly refuses to provide shade to the mustangs and burros incarcerated there. Now national organizations and national media are weighing in on these inhumane conditions. Please click here to read more about the efforts to force BLM to give captured wild horses and burros shelter from the elements.
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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.