As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year, and to thank you for everything you have done for wild horses and burros throughout the year.
Together, we've put the Washington bureaucrats responsible for the cruel wild horse and burro roundup program on the defensive and are the closest we've ever been to forcing true reform.
For the first time ever, scientists, members of Congress, the media and our growing ranks of grassroots supporters are saying the same thing: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) must embrace alternatives to roundups. It’s time to Keep Wild Horses Wild and stop stockpiling them in government pens and pastures.
The BLM isn't budging, but it is running out of excuses to delay reform. Stockpiling facilities are full, and the budget to care for the astounding number of wild horses and burros in holding facilities threatens to sink the program.
Despite this, the BLM will try to continue business as usual in 2014. If the agency has its way, the herd pictured above will be completely eliminated from the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming.
2014 promises to be a defining moment in the fight to save wild horses and burros. But the New Year also brings new danger for these national icons.
Horse slaughter plants may soon open in New Mexico and Missouri. With 50,000 wild horses and burros in government holding facilities – more than remain free in the wild – the threat of slaughter as a solution to the BLM's problems grows daily.
This is why we're asking you to join us in making a New Year's resolution to do everything you can to stop the BLM and its allies once and for all in 2014.
We have a big agenda for the New Year. Just a few of our key initiatives include:
Fighting in court against the BLM’s devastating plan to wipe out nearly half of Wyoming’s remaining wild horse population;
Implementing model programs in Nevada to manage wild horses in the wild and not through roundup and removal;
Mobilizing our growing grassroots base to secure action by Congress to protect wild horses and burros in 2014.
Please take the first step in making good on your resolution to help wild horses and burros by giving what you can today.
Whatever you can contribute – large or small – will be put to immediate use to support our grassroots outreach, legal, legislative, field and policy work.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your compassion, support and dedication to protecting America’s magnificent wild horses and burros. We hope you'll continue to fight with us in 2014.
Photo credit: Kimerlee Curyl.
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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.