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Don't Let BLM Use Sage Grouse As An Excuse to Get Rid of Wild Horses & Burros
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on its plan to protect sage grouse habitat in California and Nevada. In putting forth a plan to protect the bird, the BLM hopes to avert the listing of the sage grouse as endangered, thus protecting the industries – livestock grazing, energy extraction and commercial development - that are destroying the sagebrush habitat on which the sage grouse depend. As expected, the BLM's plan would allow the agency to reduce wild horse and burro populations and habitat, even though mustangs and burros are federally protected and their numbers are dwarfed by the massive numbers of cattle and sheep grazing on BLM lands.
Since more than half of the nation's remaining wild horses live in Nevada, this plan could have profound impacts on the future of these beloved animals. Let's weigh in loud and clear to tell the BLM that the public will not let the agency get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to get rid of wild horses and burros!
President Obama Signs Bill that Reinstates U.S. Ban on Horse Slaughter
The Year of the Horse started out with a bang last Friday when President Barack Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus spending bill, which contains a provision that reinstates the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. The new law prohibits federal funding for USDA horsemeat inspections, without which plants cannot slaughter horses for human consumption. It has likely dealt a fatal blow to plans to open horse slaughter plants in Missouri and New Mexico. Gratitude and thanks go to equine protection champions in Congress,
including Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL), as well as to Vice President Joe Biden who also pressed for reinstatement of the ban.
The fight to protect America's horses from the cruelest of fates is not yet over. The spending bill expires at the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2014). In addition, over 150,000 American horses annually are still trucked across the border to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada. Lasting protection will come only when Congress passes the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to permanently ban this horrendous practice in the U.S. and to prohibit the transport of horses to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. If you have not done so yet, please ask your Senators and Congresspersons to co-sponsor this important bill today.
American Mustang 3D Begins Theatrical Run
Thanks to enthusiastic support from wild horse advocates, including many supporters of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the new documentary film, American Mustang 3D, continues to reach new audiences with the message about the plight of our wild horses and the need to save them.
Coming off one of the most successful campaigns ever in the history of Kickstarter, the film is making its theatrical debut in Denver through January 24. According to the producers, reaction to the movie is overwhelmingly positive. The family-friendly film is inspiring new legions of citizens - children, horse lovers, lovers of the American West - to act to save our wild horses and burros as part of our nation’s unique Western legacy.
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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.