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Oppose BLM's Ill-Conceived Plan to Ship Burros to Guatemala
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to send 100 federally protected wild burros to Guatemala as "working" animals. The BLM knows that shipping 100 burros will not make a dent in the problem it has created by stockpiling nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities. But the agency is looking at this as a "pilot program," which could open the pipeline for the shipment of thousands of America's wild horses and burros to foreign lands.
Working horses, donkeys and mules often suffer from exhaustion, dehydration, malnutrition, and abuse as a result of excessive workloads and limited animal health services in developing countries.
Now is the time to tell Congress and the BLM that this ill-conceived plan must be immediately scrapped. The BLM should not be in the business of shipping our cherished burros (or wild horses) to foreign countries where the welfare and fate of these animals cannot be ensured. Please be sure to share this alert with friends and family -- our opposition must be so loud and strong that the BLM cannot ignore us!
Photo credit TheBrooke.org.
2014 Roundup Schedule
Unfortunately, the roundup "season" has begun, although the BLM will remove far fewer wild horses and burros from the range than in previous years due to the lack of holding space. In total, the BLM will remove 2,400 wild horses and burros from public lands in seven western states in Fiscal Year 2014, which ends on September 30. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is rounding up all burros and wild horses remaining on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada. This week, the FWS used helicopters in Sheldon to round up an estimated 70 burros and they plan to return in August to remove approximately 420 wild horses still living in the area. We will keep you informed as things develop. For more information and updates on the roundup schedule please click here.
Photo credit Reno-Gazette Journal.
Utah Ranchers Behind Anti-Mustang Bill in Congress
On behalf of Utah ranchers and their local representatives, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would open the door to sending federally protected wild horses and burros to slaughter. The bill, House Resolution 5058 (HR5058) would amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act turning over the management of the protected animals to local states, bypassing the current Congressional prohibition on the killing or sale for slaughter of healthy animals, which is imposed each year through the budget process. To read more about this anti-mustang bill please click here.
Please stay tuned for next week's enews, which will include an action alert to oppose this most deadly and devastating legislation.
Photo credit Kimerlee Curyl.
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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