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Tell BLM: Protect Wild Horses from Gold Drilling in Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a request by the NuLegacy Gold Corporation to expand exploration/drilling activities in the Rocky Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The Proposed Action will increase disturbance to a crucial habitat area that is heavily used by wild horses. It's also in close proximity to the horses' only reliable water source and smack in the middle of the corridor used by the horses to access it. The BLM acknowledges that the cumulative impacts of the project could restrict the wild horses' free-roaming behaviors as well as have a negative impact on their use of the habitat and their genetic health. Increased activity could possibly also result in orphaned or abandoned foals due to human presence in critical areas during foaling season.
Across the West, America's remaining wild horse and burro populations are under pressure from wide-scale livestock grazing and the increasing industrialization of our public lands. Please take this opportunity to urge the BLM to reject this request for expansion of gold exploration activities in the Rocky Hills HMA. If the project does proceed, your comments can help to ensure that necessary protections for wild horses are strengthened significantly beyond what is currently proposed. Please take action below.
31 Virginia Range Horses Saved....Thanks to You!
All 31 Virginia Range mustangs captured by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) last month and held at the Carson City Prison have found homes! This is the result of an extraordinary coalition effort and an outpouring of generous contributions from AWHPC supporters! And the best news of all.... the family bands will be placed together! The lovely family pictured at left (which includes a beautiful blue-eyed, buckskin foal!) will be headed to Colorado. A family of seven horses will be headed to the mountains of eastern Tennessee, while the remaining bands will be staying in Nevada. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who spread the word and/or donated funds to help these wonderful horses. Thanks to you we've been able to pay the bail to get the horses out of prison and help with transportation to their new homes. Find out where these horses are going and learn about other Virginia Range mustangs who are in need of permanent homes here.
New NAS Panel to Review BLM "Population Growth Suppression" Proposals
Instead of following the roadmap for reform set forth in the 2013 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, "Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward," the BLM is veering toward more and more destructive methods of population control for America's remaining wild horse and burro herds. Despite a NAS recommendation against the surgical spaying of mares and surgical/chemical castration of stallions, the BLM is offering $10 million in grants over the next five years for research on either contraception (as recommended by the NAS) or the "spaying/neutering of on-range male and female wild horses and burros." The BLM has commissioned a new NAS panel to review the research proposals, but even before the panel makes its recommendations, the BLM in Oregon is offering a $50,000 research grant for "Functional Assessment of Ovariectomy (Spaying) via Colpotomy of Wild Mares." And, as it spends millions more tax dollars for research into sterilizing horses, the BLM continues to vastly under-utilize the readily available, safe and cost-effective PZP fertility control vaccine. Read more 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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