Tomorrow, December 13, is the national Day of the Horse. It was declared by Congress to remind citizens "of the contribution of horses to the economy, history and character of the United States."
To mark this day, please take a moment to speak up for some very special wild horses who have been forsaken by the federal government.
The wild horses of the Sheldon Wildlife National Refuge have ranged on the lands in northwestern Nevada since the mid- to late-1800s. Their ancestors were America's War Horses, used as cavalry remounts in battles through WWI. Yet the refuge seeks to eliminate these historic animals from the refuge over the next two years.
In September, the government rounded up 415 of the estimated 800 remaining Sheldon mustangs. Despite public outcry, over 230 were sent to slaughter-middleman Stan Palmer in Mississippi.
As the Sheldon horses arrived in Mississippi, a Palmer employee urged people on Facebook to "show up with your trailer and load em up….need gone asap!!!!" Shortly thereafter, the horses began leaving Palmer's property by the truckload to destinations unknown.
Thanks to an outpouring of concern by AWHPC supporters, members of Congress have begun to question the FWS about the Sheldon horses. Last month, the FWS held a special briefing for Congressional staff on the issue. A week later, the FWS was scheduled to travel to Mississippi to confirm the well being and location of the horses sent to Palmer.
As of today, we have heard nothing of the results of this inspection. This is unacceptable.
Tomorrow, please mark the National Day of the Horse, by reminding our federal legislators that we WILL NOT FORGET the Sheldon wild horses. Please urge your Senators to demand that the FWS confirm the well-being and location of every single horse shipped to Stan Palmer, and to ensure that no Sheldon horses are ever again shipped to this known slaughter middleman.
Update on Massive Wyoming Roundup
Last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began the massive removal of nearly 600 wild horses from the Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming. This roundup was conducted specifically to appease the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members enjoy taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing on the public lands where wild horses roam. The roundup is the first step in the BLM's plan to wipe out wild free-roaming horses in a 2 million acre swath of public and private land known as the Wyoming Checkerboard. The wild horses captured in this roundup, who just one month ago roamed free on the range, are incarcerated in the BLM's Rock Springs holding facility in pens without shelter and no escape from the snow and frigid temperatures. Read more about the roundup here.
Horse Artist Ritch Gaiti Supports AWHPC with Donation
Ritch Gaiti, a nationally acclaimed horse artist, made a generous in-kind donation to AWHPC to support our efforts to protect wild horses and burros. Mr. Gaiti's artwork captures the magnificence, spirit and soul of wild horses. Of the donation, Mr. Gaiti said, “I am a great supporter of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which is trying to preserve the sanctity of this beautiful species. They do with advocacy for wild horses what I do with horse paintings – promote the value and magnificence of America’s mustangs.” For more information on Mr. Gaiti's donation click here
. To visit his website and view his beautiful paintings, please click here