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Tell BLM: Exempt Wild Horse Habitat from Oil & Gas Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) routinely exempts land from leasing for oil and gas development for a multitude of reasons, including protecting sensitive plant and animal species as well as objections from ranchers. Please help wild horses get equal protection -- submit comments today on the BLM Ely, Nevada District's draft Environmental Assessment for 24 land parcels that have been nominated for auction for oil and gas development leases. Twelve of the parcels reside within the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA), which is currently home to over 700 wild horses. Please take action today to request the BLM to exclude the parcels within wild horse habitat areas from auction for oil and gas development leases. 


Nevada Advisory Council Receives 19,000 Citizen Signatures, Endorses Fertility Control 

In our last e-news, we requested signatures on a petition to the members of the BLM Nevada's Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC), urging them to endorse a pilot fertility control program for wild horses living in the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA). Instead of 6,000 signatures in six days (our goal), the petition was signed by over 19,000 citizens from every state in the nation!

RAC member Jeanne Nations (pictured at left with her horse Rockford holding some of the thousands of petition signatures) presented the signatures at the RAC meeting in Elko, Nevada on October 16. After hearing about PZP from experts, including Science and Conservation Center Director Jay Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. and Return to Freedom/AWHPC founder Neda DeMayo, the RAC voted unanimously to support Nations' proposal! The RAC members also voted to send a letter to the Interior Department recommending the statewide implementation of Catch, Treat and Release fertility control programs as a first option for managing wild horse herds. AWHPC is pleased to have played a small role in these signficant developments by gathering the petition signatures to demonstrate public support and helping to sponsor Dr. Kirkpatrick's trip to the meeting. Read the full story here

Eyewitness Report: BLM Opens Holding Facility for Public Tour after 2 Years of Banning Public Viewing

On October 17, 2014, for the first time in two years, the BLM opened its Indian Lakes Road short-term holding facility in Fallon, Nevada to the public for two 2-hour tours. More than 2,700 wild horses are incarcerated at this facility, which opened in 2010 and serves as an "overflow" holding area for the BLM's Palomino Valley National Adoption Center near Reno. Noted author and wild horse advocate Terri Farley was on hand for the tour and has filed an eyewitness report for AWHPC. Special thanks to Terri for her reporting and to Cat Kindsfather for sharing her photos of the beautiful horses sadly confined to these feedlot pens. Read Terri's report and see more of Cat's photos 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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