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September 21, 2016
BLM Says It Won't Kill 45,000 Wild Horses and Burros
Amidst massive public outcry, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that it will reject an advisory board recommendation to kill or sell for slaughter the 45,000 captured wild horses and burros in holding facilities. This is the second major victory this month. On September 9, the BLM pulled the plug on cruel and controversial wild mare sterilization experiments, citiing the lawsuit filed by AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation as the reason. Although the BLM's decisions to drop sterilization experiments and reject a mass killing plan are welcome news, the federal wild horse and burro program continues to careen toward disaster. Read about the implications of the latest developments by clicking below.
BLM Landscape Project Spells Trouble for Nevada's Mustangs
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Office in Nevada is accepting public comments on a "Landscape Project" that will directly impact the management of wild horses living in the Clan Alpine Herd Management Area (HMA), which overlaps with three livestock grazing allotments. The BLM is proposing to increase livestock grazing on these allotments while keeping the decade-old "Appropriate" Management Level (AML) the same. Worse yet, the BLM is proposing to geld stallions and skew sex ratios which destroy natural wild horse behaviors and social social organization of the Clan Alpine herd. There is a better way...and we must demand that the BLM change course. Please take action today!
Defending Wyoming Wild Horses in the Federal Court of Appeals
Yesterday, our attorney, William Eubanks of Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks, presented oral arguments in two critically important cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. In the first case, we are fighting to overturn a lower court decision that allows the BLM to eradicate wild horses from the entire Wyoming Checkerboard based on a request from the Rock Springs Grazing Association to have wild horses removed. We are hopeful that the Appellate Court will find that the BLM is violating federal law by turning over control of the public lands in the Checkerboard to private livestock grazing interests. In the second case, we are defending a lower court decision that tosses out a lawsuit by the State of Wyoming seeking the roundup and removal of hundreds of wild horses across the state. Decisions in both cases are not expected for several weeks. Read more about yesterday's hearing below.
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