We have shocking news. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to round up and remove almost 10,000 wild horses from their homes on the range in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon and Colorado in the coming months. Every one of these majestic and innocent horses will be in danger of being killed by this agency that is seeking permission from Congress to destroy healthy wild horses and burros and sell them for slaughter.
But the members of Congress have not yet said yes, and we're doing our very best to make sure they don't!
Meanwhile, it's time to take a very strong stand about the unprecedented roundups and the appalling number of horses that the BLM wants to remove from the range. A strong show of public opposition will make a powerful statement to Congress that Americans want our iconic wild horses and burros protected on our public lands, not rounded up and destroyed.
We've created two action alerts below to give you an easy way to comment on two of the biggest upcoming roundups. Please take just a moment to submit your letters to the BLM today!
-The AWHC Team
The BLM wants to roundup and remove an astounding 6,737 wild horses – or approximately 80 percent of the estimated wild horse population in two BLM Nevada wild horse complexes: Antelope (3.9 million acres) and Triple B (1.4 million acres). Every one of these horses is in danger of being killed if Congress grants the BLM's request to destroy healthy horses and sell them for slaughter.
And, as if that's not bad enough, there’s even more to this devastating plan! The BLM plans to reduce the population of breeding animals to below the low "Appropriate" Management Level -- allowing only 227 reproductively-intact horses in Antelope and 272 reproductively intact horses in Triple B. In conjunction with the plan to geld 50% of the stallions and skew the sex ratio of these wild horse populations to 60% male/40% female, this is a recipe for destruction of these historic and magnificent herds. Please take action today!
The BLM continues its quest to wipe out the magnificent wild horses of the Wyoming Checkerboard at the behest of the powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members graze livestock on the public lands in this area, paying grazing fees that are a fraction of market rate. The BLM now plans another massive helicopter roundup to remove approximately 1,560 wild horses or about 55 percent of the estimated current population (2,836 horses) in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, and Great Divide Basin HMAs. And, as with the other roundups, every one of the captured horses will be in grave danger of being killed under the BLM's lethal plan to destroy healthy wild horses and burros by killing them outright or selling them for slaughter. Please take one moment to stand up for Wyoming's wild horses today.
AWHC Continues to Raise Public Awareness of the Threat Facing America's Wild Horses and Burros
On July 22, The New York Times published a powerful editorial piece by AWHC president Ellie Phipps Price. Yesterday, The Hill, an influential and well-read political newspaper on Capitol Hill, published an Op-Ed by AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy highlighting the stakes in the debate in Congress over the future of America's wild horses and burros. These editorials are part of our intensive communications, legislative and grassroots mobilization campaign aimed at convincing Congress to reject the BLM's request for permission to kill these iconic animals on a massive scale, both in holding facilities and on the range. Please take a moment to read and share this newest piece by clicking below.