Ranchers Block Wild Horse Birth Control & Release Plan
Ending the removal of wild horses and burros from our public lands and Keeping Wild Horses Wild & Free is what we fight for everyday. The PZP birth control vaccine is an important tool for keeping wild horses on the range and stopping removals. But ranchers and others are now fighting against the use PZP, even though it has been used safely and effectively for decades on wild horses and other wildlife species to manage population growth in the wild.
Ranchers in Eureka County, Nevada are attempting to block a humane Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to manage the wild horses of the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) with birth control instead of mass removals. To date, the ranchers have prevented the BLM from releasing 186 wild horses -- including 104 mares who have been given the PZP vaccine -- back to the HMA. These ranchers want wild horses permanently removed from the public lands and slaughtered. Please take a stand today to support humane management of the Fish Creek wild horses and demand the return of the 186 horses to the range. Please make your voice heard today...Time is running out for the Fish Creek horses!
Photo, courtesy of Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education, shows stallions who were supposed to be released to the wild with treated mares this weekend but instead were shipped to holding facilities several hours away.
Support Humane Management Plan for Utah Wild Horses
The wild horses of the Onaqui Mountain HMA, located south of Salt Lake City, Utah, have been the target of numerous roundups over the years and hundreds of horses have been removed from their homes on the public lands in this area. Now the BLM is proposing to change course and by fully implementing use of the PZP birth control vaccine to reduce any need to remove Onaqui horses from their homes on the range.
The BLM proposals for the Onaqui and Fish Creek HMAs indicate that the agency is slowly beginning to listen to the American public, which wants our wild horses to be wild and free! Please take a moment to support this plan that is both fiscally responsible and in line with National Academy of Sciences recommendations and public opinion.
Oral Arguments in Wyoming Roundup Lawsuit Scheduled for Monday
A hearing to address our lawsuit against the BLM over its massive Fall 2014 Wyoming Checkerboard roundup will take place on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Wyoming College of Law (Room #182, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY). Bill Eubanks of the Washington, DC public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal will argue our case against the BLM's removal of 1,263 wild horses from three HMAs in southwestern Wyoming. If you're interested in attending the hearing, please email us at [email protected].
This is the latest development in our efforts to defend the wild horses of the Wyoming Checkerboard. Along with our co-plaintiffs -- The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl -- we are prepared to take this case to the U.S. Court of Appeals, if necessary, to hold the BLM accountable. One of the remedies we seek is the return of captured horses to their homes on our public lands in Wyoming. Please read more about this lawsuit and stay tuned for news about this important case.
Photo by Carol Walker
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