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  • Tell Utah's Elected Officials: Intervene to Stop Illegal Roundup

    Many of Utah's remaining wild horses will soon be in holding facilities like this if ranchers get their way.

    Ranchers and their allies in Utah are threatening an illegal roundup of wild horses to make even more room for cheap livestock grazing. We need your help to fight back.

    According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Iron County organizers have "not ruled out euthanizing wild horses" as a part of this roundup, which could happen any day now.

    Our public lands belong to all Americans, not to a handful of ranchers who believe they are entitled to graze their livestock on our public lands at tax-subsidized rates. State and local officials have no authority to conduct roundups, let alone kill wild horses, on BLM land. Yet the Utah BLM director appears to be ready to appease the ranchers at the expense of wild horses.

    Make no mistake: Privately-owned livestock already dominate BLM land in Utah. In fact, wild horses are restricted to just 2.1 million acres of BLM land, whereas livestock graze on 22 million acres. And fewer than 3,500 wild horses are estimated to live in the state, while hundreds of thousands of livestock graze on the public rangelands.

    We're asking all of our supporters in Utah to contact Governor Gary Herbert as well as their federal senators and representative to demand that they intervene to stop this roundup before it's too late.

  • BLM WYOMING NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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    Photo by Carol Walker, Living Images

    Public Comment Deadline: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming is now accepting public comments on its sage grouse conservation plan. Once again, the agency is turning a blind eye to the devastating impacts of widespread livestock grazing on the land and on sage grouse, a seriously threatened ground-dwelling bird that depends on the West's vast sagebrush habitat to survive.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended that sage grouse be officially added to the U.S. Endangered Species List. But the BLM knows that listing the sage grouse as endangered could spell the end of livestock grazing on public lands. So the agency is trying to avert this action by introducing its own sage grouse conservation plan. 

    The BLM's plan for Wyoming affects 16.2 million acres of BLM and Forest Service land, including seven wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and at least five Herd Areas (HAs). The affected HMAs are: Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, Little Colorado, White Mountain, Stewart Creek and Lost Creek.

    The Environmental Impact Statement that BLM Wyoming has prepared is grossly inadequate, making it difficult to determine how much livestock grazing occurs in sage grouse habitat. What is clear is that livestock vastly outnumber wild horses in the planning area -- 50 times more cattle (annual equivalent) than wild horses! Even worse, the BLM Wyoming does not consider livestock grazing to be a surface disturbing activity, despite the documented ill effects of the practice across the West. 

    Alternatives under consideration would set the stage for reductions in wild horse populations, while perpetuating the status quo regarding livestock grazing. Any reductions to stocking levels for cows and sheep would be strictly voluntary under the BLM's preferred alternative! 

    Please do not let the BLM and its rancher constituencies get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to further destroy the remaining wild horse and burro populations in Wyoming. Please get your comments in today!

  • Tell NV Governor: Stop Delay & Implement Virginia Range Mustang Management Agreement!
    Governor Sandoval signing ceremony for AB264, June 2013.

    Last summer, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 264 (AB264), which facilitates cooperative agreements between the Nevada Department of Agriculture's (NDA) and nonprofit groups to manage the wild horses of the Virginia Range. Because these horses do not reside on federal land, they are not protected by the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and, therefore, fall under the state's jurisdiction.

    On October 4, 2013, Return to Freedom, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, and local Nevada organizations submitted a comprehensive management proposal to the state. Nearly six months later, the NDA continues to delay implementation of the agreement. During this time, the NDA has captured and removed more than 40 horses from the Virginia Range. These removals may have been preventable if the management agreement had been put in place in a timely fashion.

    The delay has prevented the implementation of time-sensitive fertility control program to control population numbers in a humane manner. Given escalating drought conditions, the negative implications of this delay cannot be overstated. Additionally, rescue group facilities are at capacity, meaning that future horses removed from the range by the NDA may be sent to the slaughter auction.  

    The NDA operates under the direction of Governor Sandoval. It's time to urge him to immediately direct the NDA to implement the management agreement for the Virginia Range horses. This public/private partnership will be a win-win situation for the state, the citizens and taxpayers of Nevada and the cherished wild horses of the Virginia Range.

    Please act today by personalizing the letter below. When you press "Submit" your letter will be faxed to the governor. Also, you can call the Governor at 775-684-5670.

  • Tell BLM: Remove Livestock to Protect Wild Horses & Burros During Drought
    Photo of Carter Reservoir horses by Stacy Snow.
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    Comments due by March 21, 2014.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on issues to be considered when the Surprise Field Office in California develops an environmental assessment for managing livestock and wild horses during drought.

    The BLM Surprise Field Office manages almost 1.5 million acres of public land that includes 50 livestock grazing allotments and eight wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs).To put things in perspective, the agency allows a maximum of 540 wild horses vs. the annual equivalent of 8,196 cow/calf pairs to live on our public lands there. 

    Despite the escalating drought crisis, the BLM, with few exceptions, continues to allow private commercial livestock to graze (with slight, meaningless reductions in some areas), including in wild horse and burro HMAs.

    Please take action below to tell the BLM that livestock must be immediately removed from HMAs to provide much-needed forage for wild horses and prevent their removal. 

  • Tell BLM: Improve LIttle Book Cliffs Wild Horse Management Plan

    Photo by Marty Felix

    Public Comments Are Due By March 10, 2013

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office in Colorado has launched a public comment scoping period for the revision of the Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) for Little Books Cliff Wild Horse Range, one of just two wild horse ranges designated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The designation gives preferential status to the horses over other uses of those public lands.

    The revision process provides the BLM with an opportunity to commit to humanely manage wild horses on the range and prevent future removals.

    The BLM Grand Junction Field Office's already has an excellent working relationship with local advocates and through this partnership, is implementing an effective fertility control program that respects the individuals and social structures of the horses, and preserves the natural behavior of horses through the use of the PZP vaccine. Now is the time for the BLM to commit to the next step by setting the goal in the HMAP of ending removals of wild horses from the Little Book Cliffs Range. 

    Please take a minute to submit your comments below.

  • Tell BLM To Withdraw Wild Horse Habitat From Gas/Oil Lease Auction
    Photo by National Geographic

    Comments Due by Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada's Battle Mountain District is asking for public comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for 139 parcels that have been nominated for auction for gas and oil development leases. Originally, the BLM identified166 parcels, but eliminated 27 in order to protect sage grouse, and remove conflicts with existing mining operations. Thirteen of the remaining parcels overlap with four important wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and one Wild Horse Territory (WHT), which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  

    The BLM acknowledges that if these parcels in the HMAs are used for gas and oil exploration or production that the "[i]ncreased human and motorized activity could disrupt and displace wild horses." In addition, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") used to extract oil and natural gas from beneath the ground, consumes large volumes of water. In these times of drought, when the BLM is talking about the need to remove even more horses from the range due to lack of water and forage, HMAs must be protected from these giant consumers of scarce water resources.

    Please take action below to demand that the BLM revise its Draft EA to withdraw the 13 parcels that overlap with HMAs.

  • Tell Congress: Sign the Pledge

    With the Bureau of Land Management's holding space and budget maxed out, 2014 is a dangerous time for America's wild horses.

    Help us deliver the protection wild horses need right now by asking your representatives in Washington to sign the "Keep Wild Horses Wild Pledge."

    By signing the pledge, members of Congress agree to oppose all efforts to slaughter federally-protected wild horses and support the important reforms suggested in the National Academy of Sciences report on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program.

    By building support for our cause in Congress, we’ll keep the BLM and its allies on the defensive and raise the pressure on them to embrace long overdue reforms to Keep Wild Horses Wild.

    The timing could not be more critical, as the rancher allies of the BLM are making their moves to open the gates of the BLM’s long-term holding facilities -- where 50,000 wild horses are stockpiled – to slaughter kill buyers.

    So, what are you waiting for? Please urge your representatives to sign the pledge.

  • TELL BLM OREGON: PROTECT WILD HORSES IN SAGE GROUSE PLANS!

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    Public Comment Deadline: February 20, 2014

    Information provided in conjunction with Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.

    It's time to comment on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon's plan for sage grouse conservation. The sage grouse is a seriously threatened ground-dwelling bird that depends on the West's vast sagebrush habitat to survive. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended that sage grouse be officially added to the U.S. Endangered Species List. But the BLM, knowing that the listing of the sage grouse could spell the end of livestock grazing on public lands, is trying to avert this action by introducing its own sage grouse conservation plan. 

    The BLM's plan for Oregon affects 10.2 million acres of land, including 17 wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and 24 Herd Areas (HAs). Among those affected would be the famed wild horses of the South Steens HMA, pictured above, and the Sulphur Spring herd, which has pure Spanish bloodlines. 

    Although wild horse habitat comprises less than a quarter of sage grouse habitat, many of the alternatives under consideration set the stage for a reduction in allowable population levels and acreage for wild horses. Predictably, although livestock grazing occurs in 95% of sage grouse habitat in Oregon, the BLM's preferred alternative would reduce livestock grazing acreage and levels by just 1%, even though livestock outnumber wild horses in the planning area by at least 30 to 1!

    Please do not let the BLM and their rancher constituencies get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to further destroy the remaining wild horse and burro populations in Oregon. Get your comments in today!

  • Ask Senator Reid to Find Missing Sheldon Refuge Wild Horses

    Photo by Rod Giffels

    As a Nevadan, you are in a unique position to help the wild horses of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada. At least 200 wild Sheldon mustangs, captured in a September 2013 helicopter roundup, have gone missing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent them to a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. Worse, the government paid the middleman, Stan Palmer of J&S Associates, over $1,000 per horse -- a total of nearly $1 million since 2010 -- to give these horses away by the trailer load. It's likely that most of these horses ended up in the slaughter pipeline. 

    Only 400 wild horses and a handful of burros remain on the Refuge. The Fish and Wildlife Service intends to round them up this summer and plans to use the Mississippi middleman to again dispose of Sheldon horses unless steps are taken to protect them. 

    As Majority Leader, your Senator, Harry Reid, must hold the Fish and Wildlife Service accountable for the use of tax dollars to launder these horses into the slaughter pipeline.  Please take the easy steps below to contact Senator Reid and ask for an immediate inquiry into the whereabouts of these missing horses. 

    What You Can Do:

    1. Call Senator Reid's office at: 1-866-SEN-REID (1-866-736-7343).

    Leave the following message (personalize if you'd like!) with the receptionist who answers the phone:

    "Hello. My name is ____ from ______, Nevada and I'd like to ask Senator Reid to support a Senate inquiry into the whereabouts of 200 wild horses removed from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and sent to a Mississippi contractor last year. I am very concerned that these federal horses have been sent to slaughter. In addition, I request that Senator Reid take action to prevent this from happening again when the Refuge removes more horses this year."  

    2. Follow up your phone call by personalizing and sending the email below. 

    Thank you for taking the time to speak up for the proud and historic wild horses and burros of the Sheldon Refuge. 

  • Tell BLM To Withdraw Wild Horse Habitat From Gas/Oil Lease Auction

    Comments Due by Monday, February 10, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada's Elko District is asking for public comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for 73 parcels that have been nominated for a gas and oil lease auction. Originally, the BLM identified a 214 parcels, but eliminated 141 in order to protect sage grouse, archeological and Native American sites. More than half of the remaining parcels overlap with three important wild horses Herd Management Areas (HMAs).  

    The BLM acknowledges that if these parcels in the HMAs are used for gas and oil exploration or production that the "[i]ncreased human and motorized activity could disrupt and displace wild horses." In addition, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") used to extract oil and natural gas consumes large volumes of water. In these times of drought, when the BLM is talking about the need to remove even more horses from the range due to drought conditions, HMAs must be protected from such giant consumers of scarce water resources. 

    Please take action below to demand that the BLM revise the Draft EA to withdraw parcels within the HMAs.

  • Tell Forest Service: Wild Horses Need Greater Protection in Inyo National Forest

    Comments Due by Friday, January 31, 2014

    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is revising its management plan for the Inyo National Forest,  and is asking for public comments. Some of the last remaining wild horses on Forest Service land in California live in the Inyo National Forest's  White Mountain Wild Horse Territory (WHT) near the California/Nevada border. The USFS  Preliminary Need to Change - Forest Plan Revision outlines the elements of forest management that have "Importance to People," yet not one word in this initial planning document mentions wild horses! 

    We must send a loud and clear message to USFS: Americans Love and Value Wild Horses!

    Please take action below to tell the USFS to revise the "Preliminary Need to Change" document to include Wild Horse Protection as having "Important to the People."  

  • DON'T LET BLM USE SAGE GROUSE AS AN EXCUSE TO REMOVE MUSTANGS & BURROS!

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    Public Comment Deadline: January 29, 2014

    Information provided courtesy of Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.

    We have two days to get commnents in on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) plan for the protection of the greater sage grouse, an endangered ground-dwelling bird found throughout the American West, in Utah and Idaho.

    The plan impacts wild horses in six Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Idaho, and 19 HMAs in Utah.  Included in the impact area are the magnificent wild horses of the Challis Mountains in Idaho, pictured above in the beautiful photograph by Elissa Kline. Although the BLM's own research indicates that wild horses roam in a tiny percent (8-11%) of critical sage grouse habitat, and despite the fact that the horse is a native North American wildlife species that co-exists with sage grouse as part of the high desert, sagebrush ecosystem, expect the agency to use the sage grouse as an excuse to further reduce wild horse population levels in these states.

    The number one cause of the sage grouse's demise is destruction of its sagebrush habitat caused by widespread livestock grazing, energy extraction and commercial development, as well as the spread of invasive species (also tied to livestock grazing) and fire. An official federal listing of the sage grouse as "endangered" could put an end to the massive livestock grazing that occurs on most BLM lands in the lower 48 states.  That's why ranchers are busy attempting to divert attention from their own destructive practices by scapegoating other species -- wild horses, coyotes and even ravens -- for the demise of the sage grouse. 

    Please do not let the BLM and its rancher constituency get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to further destroy remaining wild horse and burro populations. Get your comments in today!

  • DON'T LET BLM USE SAGE GROUSE AS AN EXCUSE TO REMOVE MUSTANGS & BURROS!

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    Public Comment Deadline: January 27, 2014

    Information provided courtesy of Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.

    The greater sage grouse is a large ground-dwelling bird found throughout the American West. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has recommended that the sage grouse be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The number #1 cause of the sage grouse's demise is destruction of its sagebrush habitat caused by widespread livestock grazing, energy development, and other commercial development.

    The prospect that the sage grouse could be listed as an endangered species is sending shudders of fear through the livestock industry, because classifying the bird as endangered would likely result in a severe curtailment of cattle and sheep grazing on public lands. As a result, ranchers are attempting to divert attention from their own destructive practices by scapegoating other species -- wild horses, coyotes and even ravens -- for the destruction of the sage grouse habitat. 

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), acting on behalf of its industry allies, is attempting to head off an endangered listing for the sage grouse by proposing its own sage grouse conservation plan. Presently the agency is accepting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement for specific proposals for the California and Nevada region. 

    As expected, the plan promotes the agenda of the livestock grazing industry at the expense of wild horses. It would allow BLM field offices broad discretion to reduce grazing allowances for wild horses and burros, even though the agency already allocates more than 82% of forage in Herd Management Areas to privately-owned livestock instead of federally-protected wild horses! 

    Please do not let the BLM and its rancher constituency get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to further destroy remaining wild horse and burro populations. Get your comments in today! 

  • Your Congressman Holds Key to Stopping Horse Slaughter - Act Now!

    Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) is one of four members (2 House, 2 Senate) of the Conference Committee that will decide whether the cruel horse slaughter industry will resume in the U.S. The conference committee is RIGHT NOW debating the final form of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The committee will decide whether to remove language -- included in both the House and Senate versions of the bill -- that prohibits federal funding of USDA horsemeat inspections. Without these inspections, horse slaughter plants cannot operate in the U.S.

    Rep. Aderholt is reportedly leaning toward removing the language....meaning that he could be one of three members of Congress responsible for the opening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S.! 

    Your action, as his constituent, could not be more important to America's horses -- both domestic and wild.  A New Mexico slaughter plant reportedly has horses onsite and is ready to begin the killing immediately, once Congress acts.

    We cannot let this happen.

    1. If you have not done so already, please call Rep. Aderholt's office and say: "I am Rep. Aderholt's constituent and I request that he vote to keep in language to defund horse slaughter inspections in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The language is currently included in both the Senate and House versions of the bill. 80% of the American public, which opposes horse slaughter. I do not want my Congressman or my tax dollars to promote a cruel industry whose sole purpose is to supply foreign horse meat markets." 

    2. Follow up your phone call with a fax - just personalize the sample below and press submit to fax your letter to Rep. Aderholt.

    Thank you very much for helping America's horses!

  • STOP BLM WYOMING WILD HORSE WIPEOUT

    Photo of Great Divide Basin Herd by Kimerlee Curyl
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    Public Comment Deadline: January 10, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is about to embark on the next step in its devastating plan to wipe out nearly half of Wyoming's remaining wild horse population. The agency is seeking public comments on the proposed roundup of 164 wild horses from the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA). The action begins the BLM's plan to eradicate wild horses from ("zero out") this important Wyoming HMA. 

    Just over two years ago, the BLM captured and removed 1,000 wild horses from Divide Basin. Now the agency is again planning to use our tax dollars for another helicopter roundup that will terrorize and traumatize these animals.The action is completely unjustified because the HMA is well within the allowable management level (AML) of 415-600 horses set by the BLM itself! The sole purpose of this roundup is to appease local ranchers who want all wild horses removed from the checkerboard portion of the HMA, an area that comprises nearly half of the HMA. (See below for more information.)

    Let's start 2014 -- Year of the Horse -- right by getting in thousands of public comments urging the BLM to consider alternatives to the proposed action and laying out the specific environmental and social impacts that must be analyzed before this action can begin to go forward. 

  • Tell Your Senator: Do NOT forget the Sheldon Horses

    Congress designated December 13 (Friday) as the National Day of the Horse. On this day, many Americans will celebrate the contributions horses have made to our country, including in battle.

    Yet the federal government continues to turn its back on the historic wild horses of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. These are America's War Horses; their ancestors were used as as cavalry remounts in battles through WWI.

    Since 2010, the  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the Sheldon Refuge, has captured and dumped hundreds of Sheldon horses on a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. Worse, the government has paid the middleman - Stan Palmer of Pelahatchie, MS - nearly $1 million to dispose of these horses. 

    Just this fall, 238 Sheldon horses were sent to Palmer, where they have been observed leaving his property by the truckload. It is believed that many of these horses are headed for slaughter. 

    On December 13, the National Day of the Horse, please help us stop this ludicrous waste of money and inhumane treatment of our nation’s wild horses. 

  • TAKE A STAND FOR AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN WAR HORSES ON NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE

    One  hundreds of Sheldon Refuge horses sent to slaughter middleman Stan Palmer 


    Congress designated December 13 (Friday) as the National Day of the Horse. On this day, many Americans will celebrate the contributions horses have made to our country, including in battle.

    Yet the federal government continues to turn its back on the historic wild horses of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. These are America's War Horses; their ancestors were used as as cavalry remounts in battles through WWI.

    Since 2010, the  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the Sheldon Refuge, has captured and dumped hundreds of Sheldon horses on a slaughter middleman in Mississippi. Worse, the government has paid the middleman - Stan Palmer of Pelahatchie, MS - nearly $1 million to dispose of these horses. 

    Just this fall, 238 Sheldon horses were sent to Palmer, where they have been observed leaving his property by the truckload. It is believed that many of these horses are headed for slaughter. 

    On December 13, the National Day of the Horse, please help us stop this ludicrous waste of money and inhumane treatment of our nation’s wild horses. 

  • ASK YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT TO GRAZING "IMPROVEMENT" ACT

    Call Today to Help Wild Horses and Reduce Livestock Grazing in Herd Management Areas!

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    Your senator is on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is expected to mark up the so-called Grazing "Improvement" Act on Thursday. This is a terrible bill that would lock in livestock grazing permits on public land for 20 years, instead of the current 10-year permit period. It would also eliminate many requirements for environmental review and public participation in government grazing decisions. 

    We need you to call your Senator TODAY in favor of an amendment to this bill that could make a difference for wild horses. The amendment would allow for the voluntary relinquishment and permanent retirement of grazing permits, providing a mechanism for eliminating livestock grazing where such activity is in direct conflict with wild horses, other wildlife species or environmental protection. This would be an important tool for changing the current inequitable system of public land management in which the federal government gives away the vast majority (over 80%) of available forage to privately-owned livestock, instead of federally-protected wild horses in designated habitat areas. 

    What You Can Do

    1. Call your Senator's office. The number appears beside his/her picture next to the sample letter below. It's simple and only takes a moment. Just say:

    "Hello, my name is xx and I live in [insert city or town]. I would like to ask Senator xx, as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to support an amendment to the Grazing Improvement Act that would allow for voluntary retirement of grazing permits on public lands. I would like to know the Senator's position on the issue, so would you please have someone call me back and let me know what his/her position is? Thank you for your time." 

    2. Follow up your call by sending a fax - just personalize and send the letter below. 

    3. If your learn your Senator's position on the amendment to the Grazing Improvement Act, please let us know by sending us an email

  • Tell Senate Committee: Reject "Grazing Improvement" Act

    "Grazing Improvement" Act Spells Disaster for Public Lands, Wild Horses and Burros.

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

    Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water. In fact, a driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the private livestock industry.

    Senator John Barrasso's (R-WY)  "Grazing Improvement" Act (S-258) is dangerously close to becoming law. If enacted, this bill would gut the minimal environmental protections that exist for public lands grazed by private livestock and diminish the public's ability to participate in decisions about grazing management. It would effectively guarantee ranchers renewal of their permits without further analysis for a long time.

    TThe bill was approved by the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee in June 2013, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee may mark-up the bill within the next 10 days. Now is the time to make our voices heard to prevent this bill from moving forward in the Senate.

    This is bad deal for America's wild horses and burros, American taxpayers and our public lands. Contact the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to oppose S. 258, the misnamed "Grazing Improvement" Act.

  • Tell Senate Committee: Reject "Grazing Improvement" Act

    "Grazing Improvement" Act Spells Disaster for Public Lands, Wild Horses and Burros.

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

    Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water. In fact, a driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the private livestock industry.

    Senator John Barrasso's (R-WY)  "Grazing Improvement" Act (S-258) is dangerously close to becoming law. If enacted, this bill would gut the minimal environmental protections that exist for public lands grazed by private livestock and diminish the public's ability to participate in decisions about grazing management. It would effectively guarantee ranchers renewal of their permits without further analysis for a long time.

    The bill was approved by the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee in June 2013, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee may mark-up the bill within the next 10 days. Now is the time to make our voices heard to prevent this bill from moving forward in the Senate.

    This is bad deal for America's wild horses and burros, American taxpayers and our public lands. Contact your Senator on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to oppose S. 258, the misnamed "Grazing Improvement" Act.

  • Tell Senator Boxer: save wild horses before they go to slaughter

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is paying this Mississippi man, Stan Palmer, $300,000 taxpayer dollars to "adopt out" 252 wild horses captured from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada this fall. But Palmer's history with wild horses suggests that he's going to look the other way while these horses end up at slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

    Sheldon horses are already being taken from Palmer's property in truckloads. A Palmer employee recently urged people on Facebook to “show up with your trailer and load em up….need gone asap!!!!” adding, "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."

    Trailer loads of Sheldon horses leaving Stan Palmer's property on October 31, 2013

    Trailer loads of Sheldon horses leaving Stan Palmer's property on October 31, 2013

    An internal FWS investigation was unable to verify the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 Sheldon horses sent to Palmer between 2010 and 2012.  We know some ended up at livestock auctions, which are frequented by kill buyers. We suspect many ended up being slaughtered.

    We can't let that happen again but FWS, the Department of Interior and Secretary Jewell are not listening, so we've turned to the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, and its Chairwoman, Senator Barbara Boxer, who has oversight authority over FWS, for help. 

    Please sign our letter to Senator Boxer and add your name to the tens of thousands of Americans who demand this taxpayer-funded scheme to launder wild horses for slaughter be put to an end!

  • Sound the alarm before even more wild horses disappear from Stan Palmer's property

    You probably remember Stan Palmer. In case you don't, he's the shady middleman the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) trusts to "adopt out" wild horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

    Palmer and his company, J&S Associates, cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under a 2010-2012 contract with FWS. This despite an agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, that prohibits them for shipping any horses to slaughter, and requires that they ensure the horses are adequately cared for and annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters.

    Palmer didn't follow the terms of this agreement between 2010 and 2012, yet FWS is turning to him again in 2013 to once again get rid of Sheldon horses. Here's the latest:

    • 252 horses have already been shipped to Palmer.
    • Horses are leaving Palmer's in truckloads to unknown destinations.
    • One of Palmer's employees didn't seem too concerned with terms of the FWS agreement recently when he posted on Facebook about the horses: "you show up with your trailer and load em up" and "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."
    • Palmer is being paid almost $300,000 to take approximately 250 horses from Sheldon this year, bringing the total to nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds paid since 2010 to Palmer to dispose of Sheldon horses for the federal government. 

    Sheldon horses at Stan Palmer's in Mississippi in October 2013...from court documents

    While a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the shipment of more horses to Palmer was filed on Friday by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education, we've got to do everything we can to stop Palmer and FWS from funneling these horses, at taxpayer expense, into this backdoor slaughter program.

    That's why we need your help to raise this issue with the U.S. Senate. The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works has oversight over FWS and the power to make this right. Even though one of your senators isn't on the Committee, they can still urge the Comittee to take action.

    Will you call and email/fax your senators right now and ask them to get involved? There is not a moment to waste as Sheldon plans to ship more horses to Palmer as early as today!

  • Sound the alarm before even more wild horses disappear from Stan Palmer's property

    You probably remember Stan Palmer. In case you don't, he's the shady middleman the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) trusts to "adopt out" wild horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

    Palmer and his company, J&S Associates, cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under a 2010-2012 contract with FWS. This despite an agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, that prohibits them for shipping any horses to slaughter, and requires that they ensure the horses are adequately cared for and annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters.

    Palmer didn't follow the terms of this agreement between 2010 and 2012, yet FWS is turning to him again in 2013 to once again get rid of Sheldon horses. Here's the latest:

    • 252 horses have already been shipped to Palmer.
    • Horses are leaving Palmer's in truckloads to unknown destinations.
    • One of Palmer's employees didn't seem too concerned with terms of the FWS agreement recently when he posted on Facebook about the horses: "you show up with your trailer and load em up" and "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."
    • Palmer is being paid almost $300,000 to take approximately 250 horses from Sheldon this year, bringing the total to nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds paid since 2010 to Palmer to dispose of Sheldon horses for the federal government. 

    Sheldon horses at Stan Palmer's in Mississippi in October 2013...from court documents

    While a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the shipment of more horses to Palmer was filed on Friday by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education, we've got to do everything we can to stop Palmer and FWS from funneling these horses, at taxpayer expense, into this backdoor slaughter program.

    That's why we need your help to raise this issue with the U.S. Senate. The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (EPW) has oversight over FWS and the power to make this right. 

    Will you call and email/fax your senators right now to ask them to request that the EPW commitee get involved? There is not a moment to waste as Sheldon plans to ship more horses to Palmer as early as today!

  • TELL THE SENATE COMMITTEE: NO WILD HORSES TO SLAUGHTER MIDDLEMEN

     

    This is the man the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will turn over wild horses to in the coming days unless the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works steps in to save them.

    Meet Stan Palmer. He's the owner of J&S Associates. The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) contracted with Palmer and J&S to "adopt out" wild horses rounded up from the Sheldon Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border between 2010 and 2012. 

    The agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, prohibits them from “send(ing) any animals to auction or slaughter." It also requires contractors to provide “safe and humane care” to horses prior to adoption,  "to secure safe, humane good adoptive placements," and to annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters each year.

    Despite this, Palmer and J&S cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under this contract. All horses are microchipped by Sheldon before transport to adoption contractors to facilitate accountability, registration and tracking of horses. After a citizen complaint, the FWS investigated J&S Associates and was able to verify legitimate adoptions for a maximum of 29 of the 262 horses.

    We suspect many of the missing horses ended up at slaughterhouses. In fact, one Alabama man who Palmer "adopted" horses to admitted to selling “a bunch” at a livestock auction. And in an email to an FWS official, Palmer wrote that he couldn't secure information about what happened to some of the other horses because the new owner was afraid of "getting himself or someone else in trouble."

    The FWS investigation also raised questions about J&S' care for horses in its possession, particularly with regard to foals: “At least 10 foals deteriorated in condition from September to November 2012. The failure of these foals to gain weight was likely the result of J&S not taking the time and steps to provide individual care following weaning.”

    Now FWS is currently conducting another roundup in the Sheldon Refuge and guess who they plan to use as one of their adoption agents? That's right. Stan Palmer. Nearly 15,000 Americans have already told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees FWS, and FWS managers, that this is unacceptable. But they're not budging.

    We can't let these horses end up in the hands of Palmer and J&S. Not again.

    Call, fax and email your senator to demand the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works use its oversight authority to question FWS on this matter. It takes just moments, but could make the all the difference for the horses in question.

  • Tell Sally Jewell: No Sheldon Horses to Slaughter Middlemen

    Meet Stan Palmer. He's the owner of J&S Associates.

    This is the man who the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which is part of the Department of Interior, contracted with to "adopt out" wild horses rounded up from the Sheldon Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border between 2010 and 2012.

    The agreement all adoption contractors must sign, including Palmer, prohibits them from “send(ing) any animals to auction or slaughter." It also requires contractors to provide “safe and humane care” to horses prior to adoption,  "to secure safe, humane good adoptive placements," and to annually supply the FWS with a list of all adopters each year.

    Despite this, Palmer and J&S cannot account for the whereabouts of as many as 202 of the 262 horses received under this contract. All horses are microchipped by Sheldon before transport to adoption contractors to facilitate accountability, registration and tracking of horses. After a citizen complaint, the FWS investigated J&S Associates and was able to verify legitimate adoptions for a maximum of 29 of the 262 horses.

    We suspect many of the missing horses ended up at slaughterhouses. In fact, one Alabama man who Palmer "adopted" horses to admitted to selling “a bunch” at a livestock auction. And in an email to an FWS official, Palmer wrote that he couldn't secure information about what happened to some of the other horses because the new owner was afraid of "getting himself or someone else in trouble."

    The FWS investigation also raised questions about J&S' care for horses in its possession, particularly with regard to foals: “At least 10 foals deteriorated in condition from September to November 2012. The failure of these foals to gain weight was likely the result of J&S not taking the time and steps to provide individual care following weaning.”

    Between Sept. 9 - 14, 2013, the FWS rounded up another 400 horses . Guess who they plan to use as one of their adoption agents? That's right. Stan Palmer.  The horses are being held at the Sheldon corrals for 30 days while being processed, then -- if something doesn't change -- the FWS will ship as many as 240 of them to Palmer in Mississippi..

    We can't let this happen. Not with so many questions lingering.

    We've asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees FWS, to step in to stop the FWS from delivering America's War Horses to the slaughter pipeline. Will you join us?

  • Make sure Sally Jewell gets the message

    Today we're delivering the "Step In, Sally" letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell with the signatures of over 30,000 Americans including 30 members of Congress, 16 of the nation's leading wild horse advocacy organizations and 15 celebrities.

    The message to Secretary Jewell couldn't be more clear: act to reform the Bureau of Land Management's wild horse program.

    With time running out for wild horses, we can't take anything for granted though, so let's make sure Secretary Jewell gets this message by taking one of these actions:

    Tweet @SecretaryJewell

    ► Post this message on the Interior Department's Facebook page

    Just copy and paste the highlighted text in the message box and press "post":

     I want to make sure Secretary Jewell got the #StepInSally message that Americans like me are counting on her to act to reform the BLM's wild horse program just like the National Academy of Sciences suggests to #KeepWildHorsesWild and save taxpayer dollars.

    ► Fax

    Click "select this recipient," fill our your info and press "submit."

  • Tell Your Senator: Support the Landrieu Amendment

     

    We need your help. The Senate Appropriations Committee will decide this week whether to amend the FY14 Agriculture Appropriations bill to defund the inspections of horse slaughter plants in the United States. Without this important provision, which has been introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), the bill will pave the way for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the United States.

    Just last week horse advocates across the country banded together to ask their represenatives on the House Appropriations Committee to add an identical amendment offered by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) to the House version of this bill, and they did.

    Let's make sure the Senate does the same thing. Will you contact your representative on the committee and tell them to support this amendment? It takes just a moment and constituent input can make a real differenceyou’re your representative votes. 

    Here's what you can do:

    1. Please call the office of your senator (The telephone number appears under your Senator’s picture below). Tell them that as a constituent you urge Senator [insert name] to vote for Senator Landrieu's amendment to the 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill to prevent the inspection of horse slaughter plants.

    2. Follow up your call with a fax. Just personalize the letter below and hit the SUBMIT button fax your senator’s office. 

  • Tell Your Rep: Sign the Letter to Sally Jewell

    We're closing the letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday. We've secured more than 25,000 signatures from the public, scores of celebrities and even some members of Congress. We're on the verge of completing an unprecedented show of strength for our movement, but your reprentative hasn't signed yet. 

    Can we count on you to contact them right now and ask them to sign? It takes just a moment and we know hearing directly from constituents makes all the difference.

    We wouldn't ask if we didn't think it was important. The reality is that Congress holds the purse strings, so when someone in Secretary Jewell's posiiton gets a letter signed by members of Congress, she has to pay close attention. That's why we're trying to get as many represenatives to add their names as possible. 

    Encourage your represenative to add their name right now.

  • NY Residents: Please Help Ban Horses Slaughter in New York State


    In response to the horrific news that 30 horses burned to death in upstate New York while being tranported to a Canadian slaughter plant, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, C, I-Glenville) has introduced legislation to prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in New York and to prevent horses from being transported across state lines for slaughter. The bill (A. 3905/S. 4615) is also  prime-sponsored by Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (D-Manhattan) and Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon).

    Please take action below to help Assemblyman Tedesico get this important legislation passed to protect horses in New York State. The legislative session ends June 20, so don't delay! Even if the bill doesn't pass this session, getting support for it now will help get it passed more quickly when reintroduced next session.
    Let's make sure New York joins New Jersy in banning the unspeakably cruel practice of horse slaughter!
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    Please note that you can increase your chances of having your message heard by following up your email with a brief telephone. Simply tell your legislators' offices that you are a constituent and that your request that your Assemblyperson/Senator co-sponsor A. 3905/S. 4615. to ban the cruel practice of horse slaughter in New York State.  Thanks for contacting your state legislators today!

  • Tell Washington: Sign the letter to Sally Jewell

    And you might just get one of our first bumper stickers:

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    Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is circulating our "Step In, Sally" letter on Capitol Hill and we need your help to make sure as many representatives sign on as possible.

    What's this all about? Sally Jewell has been Interior Secretary for just a short time. So far she has visited national parks and oil rigs, but the wild horse issue doesn't seem to be on her radar. 

    We're trying to change that by collecting 30,000 signatures on an open letter that calls on her to act to reform the Bureau of Land Management's program. Every name that's added to this letter counts, but we're especially glad to have the support of Congressman Grijalva in helping us send a loud and clear message to the Interior Secretary:

    Step In, Sally to protect our wild horses!

  • Tell USDA: Say NO to Horse Slaughter

    According to the New York Times, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning authorize inspections for horse slaughter plant in the U.S. If given the go-ahead by the USDA, the first horses killed for slaughter on U.S. soil since 2007 will operate in New Mexico. 

    The USDA is maintaining that it has "no choice" but to authorize horse meat inspections, because language prohibiting the expenditure of tax dollars on horsemeat inspections was removed by Congress from the USDA's budget bill last year.

    However, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsak, has broad discretion in how federal funds are spent for food inspections. In this time of budget cuts, Secretary Vilsak, could easily decide that limited funds for this department should be spent to keep America's food supply safe, rather than on a product that will be shipped abroad for foreign consumtpion.  

    Americans don't eat horsemeat and overwhelmingly oppose horse slaughter

    Please take one moment to let Secretary Vilsak know that you do not want your tax dollars spent to subsidize the cruel horse slaughter industry!

    What You Can Do 

    1. Please call Secretary Vilsak 

  • Tell Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and for All!

    Please Support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094)

    On January 17, 2014, President Barak Obama signed the 2014 Omnibus spending bil, which reinstated the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S.  The new law shuts down all plans to operate horse slaughter plants in the U.S. through the end of Fiscal Year 2014 (September 30). 

    However, the transport of horses across the border to slaughter plants in  Canada and Mexico remains legal. And since the funding ban only lasts until September 30, you can bet  that horse slaughter proponents will gear up to lift the ban in Fiscal Year 2015 spending bills. 

    A particular target is the 50,000 wild horses stockpiled in government holding facilites, such as the horses pictured above at the BLM's Broken Arrow holding facility in Nevada.  Until we ban horse slaughter permanently, the tens of thousands of wild horses who have been cruelly captured from their homes on the range and are being warehoused by the government will remain in jeopardy. 

    That's why we must redouble our efforts to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act  (S. 541 and H.R. 1094to ban permanently horse slaughter in the U.S. and to prohibit the transport of America's horses across the border to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. 

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    Your action could mean the difference between life and horrible death for more than 150,000 U.S. horses -- both wild and domestic -- each year. So please take these two easy steps today:

    1. Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this critically important bill. Your legislators' telephone numbers will appear under their pictures below. It's simple and only takes a minute. All you have to say is this: 

    "Hello, I am a constituent of Sen./Representative ___, and I am calling to ask that he/she co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, S541/HR 1094. Horse slaughter is a cruel and unacceptable practice opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Since horses are not raised for food in the U.S. and are commonly given a variety of drugs, the product produced is unsafe for human consumption."  If your Senator or Representative is already a sponsor of the bill, please thank him/her very much. 

    2. Follow up your telephone call by personalizing and sending the sample email below.  Please note that you may be asked to choose a subject or topic area: choose or fill in "Agriculture."  

    Thank you very much for your support. And thanks to our coalition partners, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Animal Welfare Institute for their hard work on Capitol Hill to pass this bill. 

  • Tell Congress: Sign the letter

    Congressmen Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, and Ed Whitfield, R-KY, are circulating a letter to fellow members of the US House of Representatives asking for answers from outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about his department's wild horse and burro program, specifically why over 1,700 captured mustangs have been sold to kill buyer Tom Davis.

    The letter asks Secretary Salazar to respond to the demands of the 25,130 American citizens who signed a petition, which we delivered in person to the Department of the Interior in November 2011. To date, we have had no response from the Department, despite the petition's request that the Secretary respond within ten days. 

    Your help is urgently needed. It is important that we gain the support of as many members of Congress as possible to make sure that our voice on behalf of wild horses and burros is finally heard within the Obama Administration. We need as many sign ons as possible as soon as possible, since Secretary Salazar is set to retire from the Interior Department at the end of March.

    Will you please ask your Representative in the House to sign on the Grijalva/Whitfield Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar? Remember: A follow up call to your Representative is always a good idea!

  • Let's take this to the White House

    On December 5, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) formally requested a meeting at the White House. Now we need your help to make sure the White House comes through.

    The White HouseThe White House's website says that President Obama is "committed to making this the most open and participatory Administration in history." We haven't found that to be true in our dealing with the Obama Administration's Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 

    For example, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has refused to respond to a letter signed by 25,130 Americans. And despite receiving over 200,000 public comments against wild horse roundups in 2012, the BLM is implementing a policy to ignore form letters sent in by citizens. 

    A meeting at the White House will allow us to address these issues face to face with the President's staff and begin to open the constructive lines of communication that we've been seeking to build with his Administration.

    Send President Obama a message below and encourage him to direct his staff to meet with AWHPC representatives:

  • URGENT! Help Save North Carolina’s State Horse!

    Public Comment Deadline: As Soon As Possible

    The North Carolina State Horse urgently needs your help. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, S 3448, sponsored by North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan and cosponsored by NC Senator Richard Burr, has been sitting in the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee since March of this year. It was passed unanimously by the US House of Representatives on February 6. This bill is absolutely critical to the long term survival of the free-roaming wild horses living north of Corolla.

    The bill mandates that the herd be managed at 120 – 130 with never less than 110, which is the absolute minimum for genetic and physical health in this wild population. Currently, United States Fish & Wildlife Service (owner of 3,000 of the 7,544 total acres accessible to the wild horses) is insisting that the herd size be 60. Results of recent genetic testing show an alarming level of inbreeding and the presence of only one maternal line. In contrast, the wild horses of Shackleford Banks (Cape Lookout National Seashore) have been managed at the level that we are requesting (120 – 130) for nearly 15 years, on 3,000 acres, with no unacceptable impact to the environment. The Shackleford horses are federally protected by the Shackleford Banks Act that was sponsored by US Congressman Walter Jones (NC) and signed into law in 1998 by President Bill Clinton.

    According to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, in the last 7 years of aerial counts, the maximum number of wild horses on the Currituck National Refuge was 35. This year there were 8 and another year there were 0! The majority of the herd is consistently found on private property – not wildlife refuge.

    Managing the Corolla herd at 60 is managing for genetic collapse and eventual extinction. In 2010, these wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs were designated by the NC Legislature as the North Carolina State Horse. WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE WILD HORSES OF COROLLA FROM DISAPPEARING FROM THE LAND THEY HAVE INHABITED FOR CENTURIES.

    Time is running out.
      Soon, Congress will recess for the holidays. If the bill is not passed, it will have to be introduced in the US House of Representatives and the process will start all over again. Please contact Senators Hagan and Burr and let them know that you not only strongly support the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (S3448) you want it passed by the end of this year.

    Please act today. Be a voice for the horses. They are an integral part of the history of our country and without your help and support, they may disappear forever.

  • Please Urge Government to Cancel Idaho Mustang Roundup

    Feds Plan to Remove More than 100 Wild Horses from Hardtrigger & Black Mountain Herd Management Areas


    Comment deadline: August 20, 2012.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is continuing its longstanding mismanagement of America's wild herds with its proposal to roundup and remove 107 horses -- more than half of the estimated population -- from Idaho's Black Mountain and Hardtrigger Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The action by the BLM's Boise District Office (BDO) will leave behind only 96 wild horses in this 114,000-acre public land area. The BLM allows just 96 - 190 wild horses to live in the Hardtrigger and Black Mountain HMAs and estimates that  203 horses currently live in the area. Meanwhile, the agency authorizes many times that number of privately-owned livestock to graze in these federally-designated wild horse habitat areas.

    The BLM has issued its Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) and is seeking public comments on the proposed roundup. The agency is portraying this action as a Catch-Treat-And-Release (CTR) operation in which horses will be captured and released after mares are treated with the PZP fertility control vaccine. However, more than half of the animals to be captured will not be released. They will be permanently removed from the range even though the area exceeds the "allowable management level" by just 13 horses!


    The BLM is mandated to seek suggestions from the public about its proposed action -- now is our time to register opposition to the roundup and to demand better and more humane management of these herds. 

    Please take a moment to submit your comments below and urge the BLM to forgo the removal of any horses and to instead humanely manage the herds on the range.

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    Public Comments Must Be Received By Thursday, May 24, 2012.

    Despite the small size of the herds, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the massive removal of wild horses from the Buckhorn, Coppersmith and Carter Reservoir Herd Management Areas (HMAs), located in northeast California and northwest Nevada. The roundups are being scheduled for November 2012 (Buckhorn and Coppersmith HMAs), and July 2013 (Carter Reservoir HMA).

    The BLM is now accepting public comments during the scoping period. This enables the public to tell the agency what issues should be addressed and what alternatives should be considered when developing an Environmental Assessment on the capture and removal plan. 

    According to the scoping notice, the BLM may permanently remove more than two-thirds of the estimated 425 wild horses in and around the three HMAs if the agency plans to reduce herds down to the low end of the "Allowable Management Level" (AML) of 140 horses. While AWHPC supports using the safe and reversible fertility control method (PZP) for managing population growth of wild horses on the range, we oppose the proposed removal of horses from within and outside the 259-square-miles of the HMAs.

    Please oppose this unnecessary action by personalizing the sample letter below and clicking the "send your message" button to submit your comments. Be sure to include your mailing address so that the BLM does not have an excuse to dismiss your comments, and please submit your comments by May 24th.

    Thank you for continuing to take action to protect wild horses and burros.

  • Make Room for Mustangs!

    Ask Congress to Support Legislation to Allow for Voluntary Retirement of Livestock Grazing Permits on Public Lands

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

    Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water.

    In fact, the driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the commercial livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has always allocated the majority of forage and water resources in designated Herd Management Areas to privately-owned cattle and sheep, instead of federally-protected wild horses and burros, and will continue to do so until grazing permits are retired. 

    The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) would allow federal grazing permit holders to voluntarily relinquish their permits in exchange for compensation paid by a third party. The grazing permit will then be permanently retired. There are public lands ranchers interested in retiring their grazing permits under the circumstances offered by this legislation.

    Please help restore our public wild lands and protect wild horses & burros by asking your Representative to support and co-sponsor the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432).

    Learn more about this bill by clicking here.

    Please take acction: 
    • Complete the form below with your information.
    • Personalize your message if you wish.
    • Click the Send Your Message button to send your message to your Representative

  • Please Support Bill to Protect Western Public Lands from Livestock Grazing

    Make Room for Mustangs! Ask Congress to Support Legislation to Allow for Voluntary Retirement of Livestock Grazing Permits on Public Lands

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

    Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water.

    In fact, the driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the commercial livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has always allocated the majority of forage and water resources in designated Herd Management Areas to privately-owned cattle and sheep, instead of federally-protected wild horses and burros, and will continue to do so until grazing permits are retired. 

    The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) would allow federal grazing permit holders to voluntarily relinquish their permits in exchange for compensation paid by a third party. The grazing permit will then be permanently retired. There are public lands ranchers interested in retiring their grazing permits under the circumstances offered by this legislation.

    Please help restore our public wild lands and protect wild horses & burros by asking your Representative to support and co-sponsor the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432).

    Learn more about this bill by clicking here.

    Please take action:

    • Complete the form below with your information.
    • Personalize your message if you wish.
    • Click the Send Your Message button to send your message to your Representative

  • End horse slaughter!
    Please Ask Your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

    In November 2011, the five-year ban on domestic horse slaughter was lifted when Congress passed -- and President Obama signed into law -- the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that authorized federal funding for USDA inspections of horse meat. This devastating development paves the way for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S. (For more info, please read "A Victory for the Horse Killers," by investigative journalist George Knapp.)

    Now is the time to call on the Congress to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S.1176 and HR 2966)!

    The bipartisan bill bans the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil. It also prohibits the transport of horses across the border for slaughter in Canada and Mexico -- a horrendous fate currently suffered by more than 100,000 horses per year. If this legislation is not passed in this session, it will simply die a quiet death in committee.

    Commercial slaughter is a threat to all American horses . . . both domestic and wild. A recent ProPublica expose´ revealed that BLM has sold "truckload after truckload" of captured wild horses to a livestock hauler who operates a horse slaughter business.

    So please be a voice for the horses today!

    TAKE ACTION

    Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Senators and your Congressperson. The telephone numbers will appear at the bottom of the sample letter below. A call will only take a moment - all you have to say is this: 

    "Hello, my name is ____ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative ____. I'm calling to ask him/her to co-sponsor The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176 in the Senate and HR 2966 in the House) and to help get the legislation out of committee and on to the floor for a vote. Americans do not eat horse meat and are overwhelmingly opposed to this cruel practice. Thank you very much." 

    If you own a horse and/or are involved in the horse industry, please be sure to state that as well. If your Senators or Congressperson have already sponsored the bill, be sure to thank them and urge them to work hard for its passage.

    Please follow up your call with the form below. Be sure to add your words as well, so your representatives in Congress know how important this issue is to you.

    NOTE: To send your message, you may be asked to choose a topic area. For your Congressperson, choose "Immigration" because the bill is in that committee. For Senators, choose "Commerce," "Science," or "Transportation," as the Senate version of the bill is in that committee.

  • Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

    Help American Horses - Domestic & Wild!

    On June 9, 2011, Senators Landrieu (D-LA) and Graham (R-SC) introduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S.1176) to end the cruel slaughter of American horses for human consumption and their transport over the border for that purpose. Every year, approximately 100,000 American horses are crammed onto trailers and shipped across U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico, where they are brutally slaughtered, and then shipped overseas to end up on dinner plates in Europe and Asia.

    A June 2011 Government Accountability Office (GA0) report highlights the need for this legislation by confirming that the across-the-border transport and slaughter of American horses is largely unregulated. Read an excellent analysis of the implications of this report here.

    Commercial slaughter is a threat to all American horses . . . both domestic and wild. So please be a voice for the horses today!

    TAKE ACTION

    Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Senator, urging co-sponsorship of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S.1176). They need to hear from you! Your Senators' telephone numbers will appear at the bottom of the sample letter below.

    Then, use the form below to send a follow-up note. Please be sure to add your words as well, so your senator knows how important this issue is to you.

  • No More Welfare Ranching!

    Comments Needed on BLM Grazing Permit Renewals Affecting
    Six Wild Horse Habitat Areas

    Wild horses, other wildlife species and American taxpayers are ongoing victims of the federal boondoggle known as welfare ranching. Across the West, private ranchers are allowed to graze their cattle and sheep on our public lands for approximately 1/13th the cost of grazing on private land. This costs taxpayers as much as $500 million per year.

    Taxpayers futher subsidize private ranchers and big livestock corporations through  a federal program (deceptively named "Wildlife Services) that kills native carnivores like coyotes, wolves and mountain lions, that  might prey on privately-owned livestock.

    Then we pay again when the federal government conducts multi-million dollar roundups to remove tens of thousands of federally-protected mustangs and burros from public lands in the West, where privately-owned livestock receive the lion’s share of resources. Ironicaly, the feds use the absence of predators (which have been killed by the government for the benefit of the ranchers) as justification for the costly roundups!

    It's time to take a stand against welfare ranching and for wild horses today.

    The Surprise Field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on its pending decision to renew livestock grazing permits in numerous allotments on our public lands,  including four that are in wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

    In keeping with standard BLM practices, the majority of resources in these designated wild horses areas are allocated to privately-owned livestock and not our federally-protected wild horses:

    Nut Mountain Allotment (63,953 public acres)

    Bittner and Nut Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs)
    Over 5 times more forage allocated to cattle than wild horses   
     (Equivalent of 815 cattle vs. 75 horses allowed.)

    Massacre Lakes Allotment  (38,466 public acres)

    Includes Massacre Lakes HMA                                                                                                                                                                     Eight times more forage allocated to cattle than wild horses
    Equivalent of 582 cattle vs. 25-35 wild horses allowed


    Massacre Mountain (146,097 public acres)

    High Rock HMA
    5 times more forage allocated to cattle than wild horses
    (Equivalent of 485 cattle vs. 78-120 horses allowed)

    Tuledad Allotment (165,286 public acres)

    Buckhorn and Coppersmith                                                                                                                                                                                  5 times more forage allocated to livestock than horses
    (Equivalent of 600 cattle and 1000 sheep vs. 160 wild horses)

    Please take the time to personalize and submit the letter below to demand that our wild horses are given a fairer share of public lands. Livestock grazing is devastating our public lands and our wild horse herds. Take a stand today!


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  • Comments Needed to Oppose Triple B, Maverick Medicine Roundup

    BLM TO REMOVE ANOTHER 1,726 MUSTANGS FROM NORTHEASTERN NEVADA

    The mustangs need YOU to be their voice. 

    Please submit your comments by February 7.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) on a plan to roundup 1,726 wild horses from the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley BLM Herd Managment Areas and the Cherry Spring Wild Horse Territory, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The roundup is scheduled for July 2011, in the heat of the desert summer.

    The plan will leave behind as few as 472 wild horses in this vast, 1.7 million-acre public lands complex. Meanwhile, the BLM authorizes nine times that number of privately-owned livestock to graze the same area.

    Please take the easy action below by personalizing and submitting your comments today.

    Special note: Although it may seem tedious to keep responding to these calls for comments on roundups, please be assured that your emails matter! We are building a strong public record of widespread opposition to the BLM's current policies. This will be tremendously important when Congress hears the call and holds BLM accountable for its mismanagement of our tax dollars and our wild horses. So please act today - thank you!

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  • Quick Action to Protect Wild Horses and Burros in 10 Herd Management Areas in Southern Utah


    Deadline for comments:  Monday, December 27, 2010



    The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office is seeking comments on the preparation of a new Resource Management Plan (RMP), which addresses the management of wild horses and burros in 10 Herd Management Areas in southern Utah (see map here).

    This area accounts for more than 63 percent of Utah’s wild horse population and includes the beautiful Sulphur Springs mustangs, known for their geographic isolation and pure Spanish bloodline.

    Under the current management strategies, public lands in Utah are managed to maximize commercial livestock grazing. Over three million acres of wild horse habitat has been “zeroed out” over the past four decades, leaving Utah's mustangs and burros with less than half of the original five million acres set aside for their use. Allowable population levels in the remaining herd management areas are set at arbitrarily, and sometimes ridiculously low, numbers.

    The current action will re-write the existing, 24-year old RMP. It will also revise a framework that sets a goal of maintaining wild horse populations within this area at 1971 levels -- a time when wild horse populations had declined so dramatically that Congress passed a law to protect them!

    This is the stage of the planning process when the BLM sets management strategies, allocates resources, and sets “appropriate” management levels for wild horses and burros. Now is the time to raise our collective voices to demand change for Utah’s wild horses!

    Please use the form below to send a strong message to BLM on behalf of Utah’s mustangs. Thank you for continuing to fight for wild horses and burros.

    NOTE for anyone in the vicinity of Las Vegas or Salt Lake City: BLM will be holding three public meetings on this RMP update, and it would be great to have some voices for wild horses in attendance. Meetings are in Utah: Cedar City (2.5 hrs from Las Vegas) on December 7; Beaver on December 8 and Salt Lake City on December 9. Times and locations here.

    Read more about roundups in Utah here.