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Speak Up for California Mustangs: Oppose BLM Plan to Decimate Last Remaining Herd
The wild horse herd in the Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area (HMA) has not been touched by man or helicopter for 25 years. As such it is a valuable population for both research and preservation. Yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to reduce the Massacre Lakes herd from the current estimated 186 animals down to just 25 animals, while allowing the annul equivalent of 141 cow/calf pairs to graze the same area. This is a rare opportunity for the public to weigh in on a BLM action that will set the allowable wild horse population number AND the livestock grazing level. Thanks to the work of wild horse advocate Carla Bowers, the BLM has included an alternative for a more equitable distribution of forage between wild horses and livestock. Now is the time for the public to weigh in on the side of the mustangs!
Ask Interior Secretary Jewel A Question in Advance of Public Lands Day
Saturday is National Public Lands Day, yet once again, wild horses and burros are nowhere to be found among the many natural resources celebrated by the Interior Department. Worse yet, Public Lands Day will mark 115 days since the National Academy of Sciences released its report on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, concluding that "business as usual" practices for its Wild Horse Program are "expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves." Yet the silence on the part of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been deafening when it comes to responding to this scathing scientific report.
On Wednesday at 1 pm, Secretary Jewell will participate in an online chat. Please take a moment to submit a question to Secretary Jewell to hold her accountable for the BLM continuing business as usual at the expense of the taxpayers and our wild horses.
AWHPC In the News
This month, visitors to busy Times Square in New York City are being urged to "Keep Wild Horses Wild" and visit AWHPC's website, thanks to a rolling digital billboard for Horizon Travel Magazine. The magazine, which is distributed nationally as an insert to the Wall Street Journal, features our founding organization, Return to Freedom (RTF) and the work of the Campaign. Please click here to read the article.
Also this month, The California Report, a statewide public radio program produced by KQED in San Francisco featured an interview with AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol in a segment on the wild horse issue. The piece also included an interview with NAS Wild Horse panel chair Guy Palmer, director of the School of Global Animal Health at Washington State University, stating, “We’re in a situation today where there’s more horses off the range, being held in these pastures, than are actually on the range. It’s certainly not what the public expects from the wild horses program.” Listen to the story by clicking here.
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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.