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  • WELFARE RANCHERS BLOCK WILD HORSE RELEASE

    Photos by Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education

    (February 25, 2015)...As of this date, thanks to a last-minute legal appeal, ranchers in Eureka County have temporarily blocked the BLM from releasing 186 wild horses back to the range after the mares were treated with humane PZP birth control. The ranchers and others are fighting the BLM's birth control and release plan in order to preserve the status quo -- the roundup and removal of wild horses by the thousands from our public lands with the ultimate goal of selling these national icons for slaughter! 

    Don't let this happen. Please join us in taking a strong stand today! Tell the Obama Administration and Congress that our public lands and our wild horses belong to all Americans and a small group of ranchers should not be allowed to derail a humane, cost-effective and scientifically-supported wild horse management plan. Let's make this the last gasp for cattlemen and the chokehold they have on our public lands management policy!

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    PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your emails, please designate your title (if asked) and the subject area ("Environment"). You may have to push a submit button for each of the four chosen targets. You will know that you have completed the action when you are redirected to the thank you page.

  • Take Action for Onaqui Wild Horses in Utah

    Photo of Onaqui horses by Kelly Jay Photography

    Comments Due by Friday, March 6, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake City, Utah Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the continued use of PZP fertility control on the Onaqui Mountain wild horses.

    The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) advocates for more effective use of PZP on the Onaqui wild horses as an alternative to the roundup and removal of these beloved mustangs. The long-range goal is to achieve a balance between natural mortality and reproduction rates in order to eliminate the need for removals, so that every wild horse born in the Onaqui Mountains can live free and die wild in their homes on the range. Additional information on our position on fertility control is available here.

    Please help us encourage the BLM to continue on this path to more humane on-the-range management of our beloved wild horses. 

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  • Protect Oregon's "Hollywood Herd"

    Photo by Laura Bold Photography

    Comments Due by Friday, February 27, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on a ten-year plan to remove wild horses from the South Steens Herd Management Area in Oregon, beginning with the removal of as many as 503 wild horses and burros, with follow up roundups to be held every 4-5 years. The action will reduce the popular South Steens wild horse population, which is known as Oregon's "Hollywood Herd," to the low authorized level of just 159 wild horses. 

    Although the BLM will use PZP fertility control in the initial roundup, the agency intends to continue future removals of wild horses from the range in this HMA. The BLM states that the goal of the roundup is to restore a "Thriving Natural Ecological Balance" (TNEB). However, the agency is targeting only wild horses, while ignoring far greater threats to TNEB posed by large numbers of non-native, privately-owned livestock that graze in the HMA, and intensive and lethal "predator management" programs that remove mountain lions, coyotes and other predators from the ecosystem there.

    Please speak up for the South Steens wild horses today!! Just click the Submit button below and your email will be sent to the BLM.

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  • End Helicopter Roundups in Colorado HMA

    Photo By TJ Holmes

    Comments Due by Saturday, February 28, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado's Tres Rios Field Office is seeking public comment for a bait trapping proposal for the wild horses of the Spring Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) located in the Disappointment Valley area of southwestern Colorado. The proposal was submitted by our coalition partner, the National Mustang Association-Colorado (NMA-CO), along with the Four Corners and Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen. It represents a major step toward humane management of these wild horses, particularly when considered in conjunction with the PZP fertility control program that began on this herd in 2011 and with ongoing efforts to retire the only active livestock grazing permit in this small, 20,000-acre HMA. 

    It is important to note that there is no roundup planned or needed at this time, and the goal of the PZP program is to minimize and, eventually to eliminate, removals of wild horses from the range. For any horses that must be removed in the interim, bait trapping is clearly a more humane and cost-effective approach than traumatic and expensive helicopter roundups. The Spring Creek Basin HMA is one area in which the BLM is working with the local advocacy groups to protect these mustangs and should be encouraged to continue this cooperative effort.

    Please take action below to let the BLM know that you support this proposal.

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  • Show Your Love for Colorado Mustangs
    Comments Due by Saturday, February 14, 2015
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    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River, Colorado Field Office is "seeking public input on alternatives or issues that should be considered" when evaluating the proposed helicopter roundup and removal of 167 wild horses from the West Douglas Herd Area (HA), a 123,38-acre public lands area approximately 50 miles north of Grand Junction. If unable to capture all 167 horses from the West Douglas HA, the BLM will send its helicopters to the neighboring Piceance/East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA) in order to meet its removal quota.  

    The BLM has been trying to "zero out" (eliminate all wild horses from) the West Douglas HA for years, but legal action by The Cloud Foundation and other advocacy groups has, so far, blocked the BLM from eradicating this historic herd. The agency makes clear that energy development/oil drilling in the area and the desire to continue to allocate forage for livestock grazing are the reasons behind the agency's desire to eliminate these horses.

    Please take action below to weigh in for an alternative that eliminates livestock grazing and protects the wild horses of the West Douglas Herd Area, as mandated by federal law.

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  • Tell WY:

     

    To attract tourists, Wyoming advertises itself as a place "Forever West" where things remain untamed and free, like the wild horses that roam the state's vast open spaces. At the same time Wyoming is embarked on an aggressive campaign to wipe out wild horses from Wyoming's public lands. The intent: to clear the range of mustangs for the purpose of commercial livestock grazing. Fewer than 2,500 wild horses remain in the entire state. 

    Tell Wyoming that you will not spend your tourism dollars in the state as long as it continues its egregious and hypocritical anti-wild horse policies.

  • Tell BLM: Protect Las Vegas-Area Wild Horses & Burros
    Photo of Red Rock wild horses by BLM Nevada.


    Please Take A Stand: Comments Due by February 6, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management’s draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices will affect wild horses and burros living in five Herd Management Areas: Gold Butte, Wheeler Pass, Red Rock, Johnnie, and the Nevada Wild Horse Range.

    The RMP will set land use policy in the area for the next 10-20 years. At this stage of the planning process, the BLM is seeking public input on the draft RMP, which would authorize a number of actions and policies that would harm wild horses, including:

    • Zeroing out (eliminating all remaining wild burros from) the Gold Butte HMA.

    • Authorizing the BLM to permanently sterilize (spay/geld) wild horse on the range.

    • Prioritizing removal of horses as the primary management method for maintaining wild horse population numbers and addressing public safety concerns. 

    • Maintaining unnaturally low, genetically unviable Allowable Management Levels (AMLs), setting the stage for the removal of large numbers of horses from these areas. 

    The RMP process presents an opportunity to encourage the BLM to set larger, more sustainable AMLs, where possible, and to implement the alternative that will include the most protective measures for the wild horses and burros that live in these areas. Given their proximity to Las Vegas - an international tourism destination - the wild horses and burro herds in these areas present a great potential for ecotourism. Please take a moment to speak up for these horses and burros by submitting comments below. 

  • Today: Your Voice Needed to Oppose Damaging Public Lands Riders in Defense Bill

    Photo of wild horses in the Tonto National Forest by Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. 

    Please Act Today!

    Title XXX (30) is a last-minute package of public lands bills that has been added to the Defense Authorization Act, which includes a number of damaging provisions that will roll back the clock on environmental protections. One provision (Section 3023) would automatically renew livestock grazing permits on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands without currently mandated environmental review and regardless of whether the grazing allotments are meeting established rangeland health standards. With privately-owned livestock receiving nearly 80 percent of forage allocations in designated wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas, this provision could stymie efforts to secure fairer resource allocations for our federally-protected mustangs and burros. 

    AWHPC has joined with 46 environmental organizations in a sign-on letter urging removal of Title XXX from the Defense bill. 

    The Defense Authorization Act has already passed the House and will be voted on by the Senate as early as tomorrow!

    What You Can Do

    1. Call your U.S. Senators now. Their numbers appear below to the right of the sample letter.  Simply say the following, "My name is _____ and I'm from _______. As a constituent, I request that the Senator vote to remove Title 30 from the National Defense Authorization Bill because it contains provisions that will harm the environment, our public lands and our wild horses and burros. Thank you for your time." 

    2. Follow up your phone call by personalizing and submitting the letter below. If you are asked for a category, you should choose defense since these riders were added into a defense spending bill.  

    Thank you! 

  • KEEP NEVADA WILD HORSES WILD: SIGN PETITION TODAY!

     

    Photo by Jeanne Bencich Nations

    Please sign this petition to urge the members of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) to support a humane pilot birth control program for wild horses living in the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada.  The RAC will meet on October 16, 2014 to consider this proposal, which was submitted by RAC member Jeanne Bencich Nations. Jeanne is a photographer who has for years chronicled the wild horse herds that live near her ranch in the Antelope HMA. Now she is taking pro-active action to protect them!

    Please take one moment to add your name to this petition. We're aiming for 6,000 signatures in six days, so please share widely!

  • Justice4Mustangs:

    Sign the Petition and Send Your Photo!

    America’s wild horses and burros are protected by an act of Congress that declares them to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West’ that “enrich the lives of the American people.” Yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses helicopters to round them up from our public lands by the thousands every year and stockpile them in holding pens. Some have even been sold for slaughter. This inhumane treatment is far below the standard that Americans demand for these national icons.

    The BLM’s wild horse roundup program is driven by private commercial interests who view wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our western public lands. The BLM has stockpiled more wild horses (>47,000) in holding facilities than remain free in the wild (<40,000) and is running out of space for captured mustangs. Holding facilities are closing. The BLM has been forced to relocate thousands of warehoused horses. At least 80 mares died from trauma and stress during one such relocation in Kansas.

    But still the roundups continue. The agency galloped ahead with the massive removal of 800 wild horses in Wyoming, caving to the demands of the Rock Springs Grazing Association and trampling over federal law and the will of the people in the process. It’s time to take a stand and demand Justice For Mustangs. Let’s remind our government that our public lands belong to all Americans, not just a handful of commercial ranchers who want our cherished wild horses and burros gone!

    Here’s what you can do:

    1. Sign the petition below calling on the President, Congress and the Department of the Interior to halt the BLM wild horse and burro roundup program.

    2. Take a photo(s) like the one on the left of yourself, your kids, your family, co-workers and friends with a sign that says #justice4mustangs and your location. Post them yourselves and send them to us via Facebook, Twitter or email. Let’s show our government that people from all over the world care about our wild horses and burros and how our public lands are managed.(In photo: photgrapher Kimerlee Curyl and her adopted Divide Basin mustang, Regalo.)

    3. Call those responsible for the Wyoming roundup, including Secretary Jewel at 202-208-7351 and/or BLM Director Neil Kornze at 202-208-3801 and/or BLM Assistant Director Edwin Roberson at 202-208-4896 and/or BLM Wild Horse and Burro Division Chief Joan Guilfoyle at 202-912-7260.

    Here is a sample of what you can say: "I oppose the massive wild horse roundup taking place in Wyoming. The BLM did not provide any opportunity for the public to participate in the decision. Nearly 1,000 wild horses will lose their freedom to appease ranchers who get tax subsidies to graze livestock on our public lands. The American public opposes this roundup. Please stop the Wyoming wild horse wipeout. Our public lands belong to all Americans."

    4. Share, share share!!

    Please add your voice to the thousands of citizens calling for a humane and cost-effective solution for America's wild horses and burros.

    #justice4mustangs

  • Protest BLM Plan to Ship 100 U.S. Burros To Guatemala
    Photo credit Mike Lorden.
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    "Pilot" Program Could Open Pipeline to Dump Wild Horses & Burros in Foreign Lands

    Information Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to airlift 100 of our nation's wild burros to Guatemala, where they will spend the remainder of their days as "beasts of burden," working under stressful conditions in a country with few, if any, enforceable animal protection laws. The BLM is calling this a pilot program that could lead to additional efforts to exile thousands of wild horses and burros to foreign nations, where tracking the fate and ensuring the welfare of these protected national icons will be impossible. The agency also has in its possession a proposal to ship hundreds of mustang mares to Guyana. It's time to take a stand against our government's latest attempt to dump America's cherished wild horses and burros to fates unknown. 

    TAKE ACTION

    Please personalize and submit the letter in the form below to send a polite message to Neil Kornze, director of the BLM, and your Congressional representatives. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out!

  • Protest BLMs Plan to Exile U.S. Burros To Guatemala
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    Plan Could Open Pipeline for Agency to Dump Wild Horses & Burros in Foreign Countries

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to send 100 of our nation's wild burros to Guatemala, where they will serve out of the remainder of their days working under stressful conditions in a country with few, if any, enforceable animal protection laws. Help us tell the BLM that our nation's wild burros deserve better!

    TAKE ACTION
    Please personalize and submit the letter in the form below to send a polite message to Neil Kornze, director or the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out!

    Information courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

  • Take Action: Stop Horse Slaughter Amendment!

    Horse slaughter could resume in the U.S. if you don't act now.

    In May, the House and Senate Appropriations committees included a provision defunding horse slaughter in the United States in their pending Fiscal Year 15 (FY15) Agriculture Appropriations bills. An amendment has just been introduced by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) that would reinstate horse slaughter plant inspections, allowing them to operate in the U.S. 

    It is critical that we take immediate action to ensure that this amendment does not pass. Please CALL your U.S. Representative in Washington, D.C. and ask that they vote "NO" on the Mullin Amendment, and any other amendments that would promote horse slaughter. Your call will take just a moment and could make the crucial difference.

    What You Can Do:

    1. Call the office of your Representative. The telephone number of your Congressperson appears beneath his/her picture below. All you have to say is this: 

    "Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. ______and I'm calling to urge that he/she vote against the Mullin Amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which would lift the current ban on U.S. horse slaughter. I, along with 80% of the American public, oppose this cruel practice and I hope that Rep. ______ will vote against this Amendment and any others that seek to legalize horse slaughter in the U.S. Thank you."

    Please remember to be polite and courteous to the person who answers the phone. Being rude, emotional or strident does not in any way help the horses!

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

  • Tell BLM to Stand Up to Ranchers; Reduce Livestock Grazing on Public Lands
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    The record drought that is affecting much of the West is undeniable, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- as we write this -- is allowing ranchers to turn out their cattle on our severely depleted public rangelands. This level of grazing under these extreme conditions is causing potentially irreversible damage to the fragile desert/sagebrush ecosystem. Continued livestock grazing in already drought-stricken wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is placing these federally-protected animals and other wildlife species in danger of grave suffering and death from starvation and dehydration over the dry summer months. 
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    Very few BLM officials are willing to take meaningful steps to prevent this destruction of our public resources. However, one responsible official, BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado, has had the courage to implement reductions to livestock grazing on the depleted rangelands under his jurisdiction. Despite the modest nature of the proposed grazing restrictions, ranchers are attacking Mr. Furtado and calling for his removal. 
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    Across the West, ranchers are bullying and threatening illegal action against the BLM to defend what they erroneously believe is their "right" to graze private livestock on our public rangelands, and the the BLM is consistently caving in to their demands.
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    It's time to show BLM Director Neil Kornze, BLM Nevada State Director Amy Leuders and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that American citizens want our federal public lands protected and that leadership is needed to support responsible BLM officials who take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing during these dire times. Please speak up now by personalizing and sending the sample letter below.
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  • Tell BLM to Stand Up to Ranchers; Reduce Livestock Grazing on Public Lands
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    The record drought affecting much of the West is undeniable, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- as we write this -- is allowing ranchers to turn out their cattle on our severely depleted public rangelands. This level of grazing under these extreme conditions is causing potentially irreversible damage to the fragile desert/sagebrush ecosystem. Continued livestock grazing in already drought-stricken wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is placing these federally-protected animals and other wildlife species in danger of grave suffering and death from starvation and dehydration over the dry summer months. 
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    Very few BLM officials are willing to take meaningful steps to prevent this destruction of our public resources. However, one responsible official, BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado, has had the courage to implement reductions to livestock grazing on depleted rangelands under his jurisdiction. Despite the modest nature of the proposed grazing restrictions, ranchers are attacking Mr. Furtado and calling for his removal. 
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    Across the West, ranchers are bullying and threatening illegal action against the BLM to defend what they erroneously believe is their "right" to graze private livestock on our public rangelands and the BLM is consistently caving in to their demands.
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    It's time to show BLM Director Neil Kornze, BLM Nevada State Director Amy Leuders and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that American citizens want our federal public lands protected and that leadership is needed to support responsible BLM officials who take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing during these dire times. Please speak up now by personalizing and sending the sample letter below.
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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    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.

  • BLM to Wipe Out Wild Horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

    Take A Stand: Comments Due by September 27, 2013

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is advancing a devastating plan to wipe out wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two million acre swath of public and private land in the southern portion of the state. Nearly half of Wyoming's remaining mustangs live in this area.  Your comments are needed now!.

    At the behest of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members enjoy tax subsidized grazing on the public lands portions of the checkerboard, the BLM intends to:

    • Zero out (eradicate wild horses from) the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

    • Reduce the allowable management level for the Adobe Town HMA from 610-800 horses.to 225-450 horses.

    • Convert the wild free-roaming horse population in the White Mountain HMA to a sterilized, non-reproducing herd. 

    In order to implement these unprecedented actions, the BLM must amend the Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts. The BLM is presently conducting a Scoping period for proposed RMP revisions. This is the phase during which the public can tell the BLM what issues, alternatives, impacts and mitigations it wants analyzed and considered.

    Now is the time to tell the BLM that the wild horses of the Wyoming checkerboard must be protected for future generations, not destroyed at the behest of ranchers who receive tax subsidies to graze their livestock on our public lands. Public lands livestock grazing is a privilege not a right, while protection of wild horses is mandated by federal law!

    An outpouring of public support for Wyoming's mustangs and in opposition to the BLM"s destructive plans is essential. Please personalize the sample letter below and press send to have your voice on behalf of Wyoming mustangs heard!

  • 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."

  • 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:

    AWHPC bumper sticker

    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.

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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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  • 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.