2014 is the Year of the Horse! Let's start the year by taking a strong stand against the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) plan to begin the zeroing out of Wyoming's Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA). The agency wants to spend our tax dollars to terrorize and traumatize the Divide Basin wild horses even though the wild horse population in this HMA is well within the BLM's Allowable Management Level!
The roundup is being conducted solely to appease local ranchers who graze their livestock on the public lands where these wild horses roam. It's part of the BLM's plan to wipe out nearly half of the state's remaining wild horses, including the eventual eradication of the entire Great Divide Basin wild horse herd! If we don't act now, all of the horses in this HMA -- including the beautiful herd pictured above in the photo by Kimerlee Curyl -- will be gone forever. Please take just a moment to speak up for Wyoming's wild horses by clicking below.
New Mexico Attorney General Wins TRO Against Horse Slaughter Plant
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is a hero for America's horses. He has filed suit to block the opening of a horse slaughter plant in Roswell, New Mexico, claiming that its operation would violate state food safety, water quality and fair business practice laws. Last week, King won a temporary restraining order (TRO) to keep the plant closed until after the results of the hearing to review the order, which is scheduled for tomorrow, are known. King's lawsuit is critical in the aftermath of last month's federal court ruling that cleared the way for horse slaughter to resume in the U.S. Stay tuned for more news on this and also on the national scene, where Congress is considering budget legislation that would prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. through Fiscal Year 2013.
Young Horse Advocate Featured in National Geographic
Dedicated horse advocate Declan Gregg, age 11, was featured last month by National Geographic for his tireless work to protect horses and fight horse slaughter. AWHPC is proud to include his Children 4 Horses group as part of our coalition.
“They are amazing, beautiful, animals, who are not only our companions and friends, but also our healers,” says Declan in the article. “I feel a special connection and bond with them that keeps my soul alive.”
In 2014, the Year of the Horse, Declan is a ray of hope for the future and a great example of the kind of determination and commitment that will be necessary to secure lasting protections for all of America's horses, both domestic and wild. Congrats to Declan on his well-deserved recognition and a sincere thank you for all his hard work!