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Take A Stand: #Justice4Mustangs
This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins its assault on the beautiful wild horses of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. The helicopter roundup will remove over 800 wild horses from their homes on the range to appease the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members want wild horses from gone from all the land – public and private – in this area known as the Wyoming Checkerboard.
At the same time, BLM holding facilities for captured mustangs are near capacity, and the BLM has been forced to relocate thousands of warehoused horses from holding facilities that are closing. (Most recently, the Utah Department of Corrections gave the BLM a 30-day eviction notice for nearly 1,200 wild horses incarcerated at a prison in Gunnison.) At least 80 mares died in one such relocation of 1,400 wild horses from a long-term pasture to a feedlot in Kansas where they continue to languish.
Yet the roundups continue, driven by special livestock interests that view wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands. It's time to let our government know that the public lands belong to all Americans! Join us in seeking #justice4mustangs by signing the petition, sharing your photo with the hastag #justice4mustangs, and making a phone call - please click below!
AWHPC Legal Battles for Mustangs Continue in Four States
Despite the Court of Appeals denial of our motion to stay the Wyoming checkerboard roundup, AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl are committed to pursuing the case on its merits. The goal is to prevent BLM from so flagrantly violating federal law in the future and to seek a remedy that could possibly result in the return of some of the captured horses to the range. In addition, our other legal battles to protect wild horses continue:
►In Utah, a federal court just granted us the right to intervene in a case filed by ranchers seeking the removal of hundreds of horses in that state.
► In Nevada, we have filed a motion to dismiss a rancher lawsuit seeking the removal of thousands of horses and burros from public lands and the sale for slaughter of the nearly 50,000 wild horses stockpiled in holding facilities.
► In California, we have teamed up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to challenge the U.S. Forest Service decision to reduce the size of the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory, where the largest remaining wild horse population lives under Forest Service jurisdiction in California.
Thank you sincerely to all AWHPC supporters who have donated toward these efforts. Because of you, we are able to give our cherished wild horses and burros a voice in federal court. Since these legal battles continue, we need your continued support to see them through. All contributions to our legal fund are greatly appreciated.
BLM Advisory Board Meets in Remote Riverton, WY
AWHPC Director Suzanne Roy traveled to Riverton Wyoming to attend the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, where she presented a petition with more than 40,500 signatures opposing the pending Wyoming wild horse roundup and spoke at an advocate press conference. As always, attending these meetings is a frustrating experience. The Board is stacked against the horses and BLM continues in the wrong direction, spending the majority of the wild horse program budget to roundup, remove and stockpile wild horses. Meanwhile, less than $200,000 of the agency's $77 million dollar budget will be spent on PZP fertility control to humanely and cost-effectively manage wild herds on the range. One bright spot in the meeting came when humane advocate Tim Harvey questioned the BLM about the "unfair" allocation of 80% of forage resources in HMAs to livestock instead of to wild horses. Read our report on the meeting 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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