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Comments Needed on Use of Helicopters to "Manage" Wild Horses & Burros
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices in Nevada and Utah are, as mandated by law, asking for public comments on the use of helicopters for the management of wild horses and burros. Helicopters should only be used as a last resort when rounding up wild horses or burros ... and only for extreme emergencies or if no other methods are feasible for implementation of humane fertility control. Yet, the BLM uses helicopters routinely, and has failed to adopt adequate standards to minimize danger and stress to these animals.
Return to Freedom Addresses Yakama Wild Horse Crisis
Last week, we informed you about the dire situation facing wild horses on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State. Hundreds, and potentially thousands, of wild horses living on the sovereign tribal lands are being rounded up and sold for slaughter.
Our parent organization, Return to Freedom (RTF) has been besieged with calls and emails regarding the crisis facing the wild horses on Yakama lands. RTF was on the ground on June 3 at a Washington feedlot to volunteer with rescue efforts and witness the suffering of 49 foals who were orphaned when their mothers were shipped to slaughter. RTF continues to work to meet with tribal leaders and see what can be done on the ground to address this tragic situation. To read more about RTF''s efforts and support this important work please click here.
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. The Campaign is endorsed by a national coalition of more than 60 organizations. AWHPC's founding organization Return to Freedom (RTF), is a national non-profit dedicated to wild horse preservation through sanctuary, education and conservation. RTF's American Wild Horse Sanctuary is based in Lompoc, CA.
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