The BLM Battle Mountain District in Nevada is known as "wild horse country" because it contains 12 wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs), more than any other BLM office. The Battle Mountain District is asking for comments on the proposed auction of public land for gas and oil development leases. Of 139 land parcels to be auctioned, 13 overlap wild horse habitat areas. The agency has already eliminated 27 parcels from the auction in order to protect the endangered sage grouse. Now it's time for the BLM to take measures to protect wild horses as well.
Please click below to submit an email to the BLM telling the agency to withdraw the 13 land parcels located in HMAs from the gas and oil lease sale in order to protect our wild horses.
Tell BLM: Improve Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office in Colorado is revising the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range Herd Management Plan and is asking for public comments. This BLM office is already heading on the right path by working with local mustang advocates to implement humane, on-the-range management. Now the BLM must take the last step toward making the Little Book Cliffs' management program a model for other BLM offices by preventing future removals through the proper and adequate use of the PZP fertility control vaccine. Sadly, just last year the BLM removed 13 horses from Little Book Cliffs' small herd. Let's take this opportunity to make sure removals never happen again! Horses who are born in the Little Book Cliffs should have the opportunity to live out their lives there.
Please take a minute to submit your comments calling on the BLM to revise the Management Plan to establish the goal of no future removals from the Little Book Cliffs herd.
Above photo of Little Book Cliffs horses by Marty Felix.
President's Budget Proposes Horse Slaughter Ban
The White House released the President's proposed budget for 2015 and we are happy to report that, once again, the Administration is proposing a ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. The budget keeps in place the ban on funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspections of horse slaughter plants. The ban was reinstated this year with Congress' passage in January of the 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill. Without USDA inspections, slaughter plants cannot kill horses for human consumption.
"Wasting tax dollars on the cruelty of horse slaughter makes no sense, and we urge Congress to once again adopt this provision," said Nancy Perry, a senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an AWHPC coalition supporter. To read more about the President's 2015 budget, please click here.
Mustang Awareness Featured at Wellington, FL Equestrian Events
This past weekend, attendees of the Wellington, FL Winter Equestrian Festival's Nation's Cup and Global Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle were treated to a wonderful mustang exhibition. Amidst some of the world's top riders, eventer and trainer Elisa Wallace turned heads as she rode her beautiful mustangs Fledge and Rune bit-less and bridle-less for a demonstration in the center ring. Wallace and her mustangs appeared in conjunction with the Wellington screening of the documentary film American Mustang, produced by key AWHPC supporter and wild horse advocate extraordinaire Ellie Phipps Price. The film's trailer played after the demonstrations, exposing two audiences of equestrian enthusiasts to the plight of America's wild horses. Wallace, a Georgia native, is pictured at left with Fledge in a photo by Tara Underwood. Special thanks to American Mustang for including AWHPC in the events and the film, and to Victoria McCullough for helping to promote the film in Wellington, and for everything she does for America's horses.
American Mustang is now screening in Houston and San Luis Obispo. For dates and locations, please click here.