We're sorry to bring so much bad news in one email -- but we hope that these recent ill-conceived and dangerous developments against wild horses will only strengthen your resolve, as it has our's, to continue to fight to secure fair and humane treatment for these cherished animals. For now, please know that success stories exist and victories happen, and we must continue the fight for the wild herds that remain on our public lands.
-The AWHPC Team.
Tell BLM NO to Mine Expansion in Wild Horse Area
Photo | BLM
The BLM is accepting public comments on the expansion of the Bald Mountain Gold Mine in White Pine County, Nevada. The plan will impact wild horses living in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Triple B Herd Management Area by permanently removing 1,210 acres of already scarce vegetation for wild horses, temporarily removing 6,879 acres of additional currently available forage, causing a reduction of available water for wild horses, increasing the size of the area negatively impacted by human activity and noise, and posing a risk to wild horse safety and health through either physical injury or exposure to mercury and cyanide contamination. Mining operations are huge consumers of water resources, and the BLM should not be permitting expansion of mining activities in drought-stricken Nevada habitat for wild horses and burros. Please speak up to protect the Triple B horses by clicking below.
BLM Advisory Board Meeting Signals Dark Clouds Ahead for Wild Horses
"Public" representative Fred Woehl raises the issue of selling captured mustangs for slaughter.
At the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board held on September 2-3, 2015 in Oklahoma City, the agency laid out an ominous and destructive agenda that includes more massive wild horse roundups, millions of dollars spent on risky sterilization experiments and continued failure to implement available, humane birth control. With populations on the range growing and the population of wild horses in holding facilities approaching 50,000, the BLM is on a collision course with disaster for our wild horses and burros. As the apparent end game approaches for the Wild Horse & Burro Program, the goal that the agency has been working toward for years -- overturning the Congressional ban on selling federally-protected wild horses for slaughter -- is drawing perilously near, and the citizen advisory board, which is now stacked with pro-livestock advocates, is cheering the agency on toward that goal. Make no mistake, the coming 6-12 months could determine the future of America's wild horse and burro herds and whether our American icons will be brutally slaughtered for human consumption on foreign dinner tables. There is not a moment to waste to defend our mustangs and burros -- and the first step is to become informed. Please click below to read our report on the Advisory Board meeting, and stay tuned for important actions you can take to help.
BLM Proceeds with Wipeout of Historic West Douglas Herd
Photo | TheDenverChannel.com
After a federal judge denied a request for an injunction filed by our coalition partner, The Cloud Foundation, and other wild horse groups, the BLM began its assault on the historic wild horse herd living in the West Douglas HMA. For years, the BLM has been trying to "zero out" (eliminate all wild horses from) this public lands area which is used extensively for oil drilling and livestock grazing. The helicopter roundup began on Wednesday, capturing 23 horses. Of the judge's decision to allow the roundup to go forward, Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, said, "Wild horse families that have shared a history with this rugged Colorado landscape for hundreds of years will be swept away, while the real public land destroyers, the thousands of head of welfare-rancher livestock, remain. It is terribly unfair, but we continue to fight for the wild herds that remain."
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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.