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July 8, 2016
U.S. House Budget Bill Puts Wild Horses & Burros at Risk of Slaughter: Act Today!
We anticipate that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on the 2017 Interior Appropriations Bill, which currently includes dangerous language that opens the door to large-scale killing of wild horses and burros via transfer to other federal, state and local government agencies. The bill also contains report language that encourages sterilization of wild horses and burros, including by inhumane, invasive and dangerous surgical means.
This is the most serious threat to wild horses and burros since the 2004 Burns Amendment authorized the unrestricted sale of older and unadopted animals! Even if you have previously done so, it's important to continue to contact your Congresspersons to let them know that you want them to uphold the will of the people and protect our wild horses and burros from slaughter for commercial or non-commercial purposes, and from barbaric sterilization practices. Please remember that calling as well as emailing will help to ensure that your message on behalf of wild horses and burros is heard!
Death Toll from BLM Utah Roundup Mounts
Four beautiful, federally protected wild horses have suffered gruesome and traumatic deaths in the first week of the BLM's roundup in the Conger and Frisco Herd Management Areas (HMAs), which is being conducted in western Utah. Summertime roundups are particularly dangerous, as high desert temperatures soar to 90 degrees and beyond, and newly-born foals cannot keep up with their mothers in brutal helicopter drives. These tiny and fragile horses are often left behind on the range, where they are roped and dragged to the trap by wranglers, or worse, lost and left to die alone in the wild. So far, 269 of the 500 wild horses targeted by BLM for roundup have been permanently removed from their homes of the range. When it's over, just 100 horses will remain in each of the HMAs.
Coloradans Pitch In to Steward Spring Creek Basin Mustangs
It takes a village to protect wild horses, and the magnificent mustangs of Spring Creek Basin HMA in western Colorado are lucky to have a strong community of people dedicated to keeping them wild and free. Recently, the Disappoint Wild Bunch Partners, which includes our coalition partner the National Mustang Association Colorado Chapter, the Four Corners Back Country Horseman, and the Mesa Verde Back Country Horseman, partnered with the BLM on a water improvement project in the HMA that was 20 years in the making. The Spring Creek Basin herd provides an excellent example of a community-based partnership with the BLM that is making a big difference in the lives of these horses. In addition to range stewardship activities, the partners oversee a PZP program that has reduced population growth rates and resulted in the elimination of helicopter roundups. Thanks to this successful effort, no removal has taken place in the HMA more than five years. Read more about this inspiring project and the magnificent Spring Creek Basin mustangs by visiting the blog T.J. Holmes, who is a tireless advocate and steward of this wonderful herd.
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Photo 1: BLM Photo 2: Mike Lorden, Photo 3: TJ Holmes