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Tell Nevada Governor: Don't Kill This Opportunity
This is Bond. He is a wild Virginia Range stallion who lost his freedom last month when the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) captured him and his family and removed them from their homes on the range. Bond and his band are sitting at the Carson City prison awaiting their fate. But, because the number of horses removed by the NDA from the Virginia Range has exceeded the capacity of rescue groups to place them, the fate of Bond and his family is far from assured. They are in real danger of being sent to the slaughter auction.
This didn't have to happen. For more than a year, the state of Nevada has had before it a public/private partnership proposal from AWHPC (under the auspices of our founding organization Return to Freedom) and local Nevada groups for the humane management of the Virginia Range horses. Yet Governor Brian Sandoval's administration has delayed implementation of this proposal that would improve public safety. The delay is negatively impacting public safety and jeopardizing tens of thousands of dollars in funding secured from national organizations and private foundations. Yesterday, Governor Sandoval was re-elected for a second term. Please take this opportunity to urge him to prioritize implementation of a cooperative agreement for the humane management of the Virginia Range horses. It's a win-win-win for the governor, the horses and the public!
Photo by Sherry Snyder.
What the National Election May Mean for America's Horses
It was a decisive victory for the Republican Party in Tuesday's election -- from Capitol Hill to state houses across the nation. Republicans will now control the Congress, claiming a majority in the Senate for the first time in eight years and expanding their majority in the House.
What may the election results mean for America's horses, both domestic and wild? For insight into the federal situation, AWHPC turned to philanthropist, businesswoman and equestrian Victoria McCullough, who, with her top-notch lobbying team, has made great strides for horses. McCullough is the force behind the Congress' restoration of the de facto ban on U.S. horse slaughter, and she's leading the charge to close our borders to the export of horses for slaughter and to restore protections for wild horses and burros. What she has to say about the new political landscape may surprise you. Read more here.
End of Year BLM Roundup Update
The BLM is ending Fiscal Year 2014 with more than 2,500 wild horses and burros removed from their homes on the range in seven western states. Half of those horses were removed from Wyoming, where the remaining wild horse population suffered a crushing blow as the result of two massive roundups conducted specifically to appease a small but powerful group of ranchers in the Rock Springs Grazing Association.
The FY 2014 total represents a reduction in the number of horses removed by the BLM as compared to previous years. This is because the agency's holding facilities are at capacity, with over 48,000 stockpiled. The BLM has simply run out of room to place captured mustangs and has limited removals to emergencies and those related to litigation or private landowner requests for removal. Read our 2014 roundup summary here.
Photo of captured Wyoming mustang by Jennifer MaHarry.
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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