On this St. Patrick's Day, we're sorry to bring you the terrible news that the Forest Service has revived its plan to round up tribal horses in northern Nevada and turn them over to be sold for slaughter. Please be sure to take a stand against this horrible plan today!
On a happpier note, we share the stories of two groups of horses that have found the "luck of' the Irish" and greener pastures, thanks to the dedicated efforts of two amazing wild horse advocates. May the luck of the Irish be with you too, and with and our wild horses and burros!
- The AWHPC Team
Forest Service Plans Roundup of 1,200 Horses for Slaughter
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is seeking public comments on a planned helicopter roundup of 1,200 horses from public and tribal lands in and around the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Reservation in northern Nevada. The FS plans to turn the horses over to the tribe, which will sell them for slaughter. The capture area is adjacent to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Herd Management Area (HMA), meaning the roundup could snare federally protected wild horses. The move comes two years after the FS backed out of a similar roundup, and the tribe proceeded with the action on its own. Thanks to litigation filed by AWHPC and our coalition partners, last year a federal court blocked the tribe from selling 149 unbranded horses at a slaughter auction and the horses were rescued. Sadly, the branded horses were sold at the auction and most of the older stallions and mares were purchased by kill buyers for slaughter. Say NO to the FS plan to use our tax dollars to round up horses for slaughter!
Virginia Range Geldings Find Forever Home
Five geldings, formerly wild bachelor stallions living in Nevada's Virginia Range, have found a little slice of heaven and a forever home at Montgomery Creek Ranch, the northern California sanctuary founded by philanthropist and horse advocate extraordinaire Ellie Phipps Price. Apollo (in foreground with four white socks), Marshall, Jangles, Tucker and Pablo were rescued by AWHPC last year under a cooperative agreement with the state after the Nevada Department of Agriculture captured and removed them from the range. Yesterday, the geldings were released to the 2,000-acre ranch, where they are sticking together and enjoying their newfound freedom after a year in confinement. Read more about Montgomery Creek Ranch -- which is also home to dozens of Fort McDermitt horses rescued from the slaughter auction after the 2013 roundup -- and the amazing horses at the ranch who are up for adoption.
Wyoming Wild Horse Family Reunited...Thanks to Photographer
It was September of 2014 when Carol Walker, an amazing wild horse photographer and board member for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, observed the magnificent senior wild stallion pictured above, leading his family in the Adobe Town HMA. Her heart broke because she knew that, in a matter of days, the stallion she named Bronze Warrior would lose his freedom and his family in the BLM's massive Wyoming Checkerboard Roundup. That moment began a months-long journey that took Carol to BLM holding facilities in Colorado and Wyoming and to the wonderful Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota in an effort to find and reunite this family after their capture. Read about her amazing quest to save these noble horses below.
Photo by Carol Walker, Living Images .
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