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Tell BLM Advisory Board: Represent American Public, Not Ranchers
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will be meeting in Riverton, Wyoming on August 25, 2014. Please attend this meeting if you can so that we have a strong turnout for the wild horses and burros! Contact [email protected] if you are interested in coordinating travel.
If you can't attend, you can still participate by submitting comments to the Board. This Advisory Board is stacked with representatives of ranching interests, but it is supposed to represent all interest groups AND the public. Let's take this opportunity to ask Board members to make a strong recommendation urging the BLM to follow the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences by: a) implementing humane fertility control as an alternative to the continued removal of wild horses from the range, and b) cancelling all plans to surgically sterilize wild horses on the range.
BLM Delays Wyoming Roundup in Face of AWHPC, et. al. Lawsuit
The massive helicopter roundup and removal of more than 800 wild horses in Wyoming's Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs) has been delayed until at least September 1. The BLM agreed to postpone the roundup in response to the lawsuit filed by AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl. On Friday, we filed a motion for a Preliminary Injunction to block the roundup from occurring.
We have a strong legal case against this wild horse wipeout because the BLM is blatantly violating multiple federal laws and its own land use plans by proceeding with the action. AWHPC is deeply grateful to all who have donated to support this critically important lawsuit. You are making it possible to give Wyoming's wild horses a fighting chance in federal court and on the range. Read about the latest developments here.
Photo of Divide Basin wild horses by Kimerlee Curyl.
Final Wipeout of Historic Sheldon Refuge Wild Horses Underway
Their ancestors were America's War Horses. They were present on the rugged and remote lands of northwestern Nevada since before the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1931. Sadly, this history means nothing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which last week began to round up the last remaining wild horses on the Refuge. The FWS aims to remove an estimated 420 wild horses via a helicopter stampede that is expected to end this week.
As in previous years, this FWS operation lacks transparency. The public is being provided with poor observation opportunities, and the FWS is failing to provide daily totals (including numbers, age and gender breakdown) for horses removed. Observers are being denied access to holding pens. The FWS is even refusing to release the names and locations of the "adoption" contractors it will use to place the horses. In previous years, Sheldon officials paid a middleman nearly $1 million to give away Sheldon horses in Mississippi. Most of these horses are believed to have entered the slaughter pipeline. Please read an update on this situation, including how you can take action for the Sheldon horses, here.
Photo of Sheldon wild horses by Rod Giffels.
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