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Submit Comments on Livestock Grazing Permit Renewal in Wild Horse & Burro Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting public comments on the renewal of several grazing permits for livestock allotments within the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), home to the largest wild horse population remaining in California. The BLM wants to hear from citizens about potential issues and conflicts with these permit renewals.
Now is the time to tell the BLM that its practice of allocating the majority of forage resources in designated HMAs to privately owned livestock instead of to federally protected wild horses and burros is an area of conflict that must come to an end. Please tell the BLM that the American public overwhelming supports protecting wild horses and burros, and these animals must be given a fairer share of resources on the lands specifically designated for their use. Our public lands must be managed for all Americans!
UPDATE: Final Assault on Sheldon's Historic Wild Horses & Burros Scheduled
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced the scheduled removal of the last wild horses and burros remaining on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada. These are America's War Horses whose ancestors served in our battles as cavalry mounts through World War I. This history means nothing to the FWS, which will use helicopters to round up an estimated 70 burros between July 14 and 18, 2014, and approximately 420 wild horses sometime in August.
Previously the FWS has disposed of captured horses through a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. Hundreds of Sheldon horses have likely entered the slaughter pipeline in this manner. Last week, AWHPC confirmed that, amidst intense Congressional scrutiny and public opposition, the FWS has cancelled its contract with the middleman, Stan Palmer of J&S Associates. The agency is expected to shortly announce which adoption contrators it will use to place horses captured from the Refuge this year. AWHPC supporters are encouraged to observe these roundups to bear witness to this tragic eradication of the Sheldon Refuge's historic wild horses and burros, which Nevada pediatrician and Vietnam War veteran Patrick Colletti, M.D. recently called "a disgrace to all veterans." Find out more here.
BLM Bait Trapping Wild Horses in the Humboldt HMA
The BLM has begun to water trap wild horses in Nevada's Humboldt Herd Area (HA). The intent is to remove all of the estimated 100 wild horses from HA lands. As of today, 37 horses have been captured and removed. Last week, the agency announced that it was placing the operation on a temporary hold to allow additional horses to become acclimated to the trap.
On Tuesday, June 24, the BLM held a public tour of the capture site to allow the public to observe the area and trap. AWHPC' was on hand for the tour. Please read her eyewitness report on the tour and the Humboldt HA wild horse capture 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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