It's been over seven months since Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (pictured at left with AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol and other wild horse advocates) signed Assembly Bill 264 to facilitate cooperative agreements between the state and non-profit groups for the management of the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range.
The partnership proposed by Return to Freedom (RTF), AWHPC and local organizations offers the state a win-win scenario, but the Governor's Department of Agriculture continues to drag its feet on implementing a management agreement with RTF. Meanwhile, the window of opportunity for beginning a humane fertility control program has closed for this season, and the state continues to remove horses from the range. It's time to hold Governor Sandoval accountable for his Agriculture Department's failure to act. Please take one moment to send him a fax today.
Tell BLM: Remove Livestock to Protect CA Wild Horses During the Drought
The BLM's Surprise Field Office in California is seeking public comments for preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) on drought management in its planning area. Included are eight Herd Management Areas (HMAs) where federally-protected wild horses live.
Among the wild horses in the Surprise District are the Carter Reservoir mustangs, pictured at left. These predominantly dun, grulla and buckskin-colored horses have rare Spanish Colonial heritage. Let's take a stand for mustangs during the drought in this area where BLM allows 15 times more privately-owned livestock than federally-protected wild horses to graze. Please take action below.
Team Effort Saves Billy the Burro
When BLM Battle Mountain wild horse specialist Shawna Richardson contacted AWHPC about help for a burro abandoned on remote BLM lands in Nevada, we knew just where to turn.... to our friend J.P. Novic and her Center for Animal Protection (CAPE). Billy was alone, hungry and standing by the road waiting for somebody to save him when local miners contacted the BLM about his plight. Now Billy is safe and receiving necessary TLC at CAPE's Grass Valley, CA sanctuary. The team effort to save this amazing little burro involved employees of a mining company, the BLM, the Nevada Department of Agriculture, AWHPC, CAPE and an anonymous donor who stepped forward to fund the rescue. It took a village to save Billy the burro and he has begun a terrific new life. Read his amazing story here.
Young Advocate Takes to the Airways to Promote Mustang Awareness
13-year old Ellie Creasey and her mom Nicki were featured last week on KHOU-TV's Good Morning Houston program to promote the documentary AMERICAN MUSTANG and raise awareness about the plight of wild horses and burros in our country.
Ellie is a horse lover and is promoting mustang awareness in projects she is doing for her local Girl Scouts troop and 4-H group. She is a very poised and knowledgeable young lady and a terrific spokesperson for our cause. Please view the Good Morning Houston segment here and check out the latest press on AMERICAN MUSTANG, which continues to screen to enthusiastic audiences in select U.S. locations. If you would like to request a screening of the film in your area, please click here.