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  • TELL CONGRESS TO STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THE U.S.

    Two bills affecting America's horses are making their way through the Congress.

    • Agriculture Appropriations Bill: Passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee (7/20) with a provision to keep horse slaughter factories closed in the U.S. Passed by the House Appropriations Committee (7/11) without the anti-slaughter provision. Differences to be ironed out in conference committee or in negotiations on an Omnibus spending bill, likely after the August recess. 
    • Interior Approprations Bill: Passed by the House Appropriations Committee  (7/18) with a provision allowing for the mass killing of healthy wild horses and burros. The Senate is expected to take up this bill in early September, after the August recess. 

    The stakes could not be higher. Congress will decide whether horse slaughter factories will be allowed to operate in the U.S. and whether the Bureau of Land Management will be given license to kill up to 92,000 federally-protected wild horses! 

    Our horses -- domestic and wild -- need YOUR VOICE NOW! 

    WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

    Call and email your Representative and Senators. When calling, use the numbers that appear below. All you have to say is "I'm [name] and a constituent of Rep./Sen. xx. I urge him/her to vote in favor of provisions in Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills to keep horse slaughter out the U.S. and to protect wild horses and burros from being killed or sold for slaughter."  Please follow up your call by sending the email below.

  • Urgent Action Needed: Stop Horse Slaughter in Senate Appropriations

    Tomorrow (July 20), the Senate Appropriations Committee considers the FY 2018 Agriculture spending bill. The House Committee passed this bill without the longstanding provision barring federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants. Without such inspections, these these slaughter factories cannot operate in the U.S.

    Senators Tom Udall and Lindsey Graham intend to fix that in the Senate by introducing an amendment to the Agriculture spending bill to defund horse slaughter inspections and keep horse slaughter plants shuttered in the U.S.

    Your Senator is on the Committee and will cast a vote tomorrow. Please find your Senator on the list below, then call to urge him or her to support the Udall/Graham amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill at tomorrow's hearing. Then follow up your call by sending them a quick email using the form below.

    Senate Appropriations Members

    • Alabama: Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
    • Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (202)-224-6665
    • Arkansas: John Boozman (202) 224-4843
    • California: Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
    • Connecticut: Chris Murphy (202) 224-4041
    • Delaware: Chris Coons (202) 224-5042
    • Florida: Marco Rubio (202) 224-3041
    • Hawaii: Brian Schatz (202) 224-3934
    • Illinois: Richard Durbin (202) 224-2152
    • Kansas: Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
    • Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
    • Louisiana: John Kennedy (202) 228-0447
    • Maine: Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
    • Maryland: Chris Van Hollen (202) 224-4654
    • Mississippi: Thad Cochran (202) 224-5054
    • Missouri: Roy Blunt (202) 224-5721
    • Montana: Steve Daines & Jon Tester (202) 224-2651 and (202) 224-2644
    • New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841
    • New Mexico: Tom Udall (202) 224-6621
    • North Dakota: John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
    • Oklahoma: James Lankford (202) 224-5754
    • Oregon: Jeff Merkley 202) 224-3753
    • Rhode Island: Jack Reed (202) 224-4642
    • South Carolina: Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
    • Tennessee: Lamar Alexander (202) 224-4944
    • Vermont: Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242
    • Washington: Patty Murray (202) 224-2621
    • West Virginia: Joe Manchin & Shelley Moore Capito (202) 224-3954 and 202-224-6472
    • Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin 202-224-5653
  • Stop the BLM from Spaying and Gelding Wild Horses in the East Pershing Complex

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District Office (WDO), is seeking public comment on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for a proposed plan that considers methods to manage the wild horses residing in the East Pershing Complex – including spaying mares and gelding stallions!

    The Complex is located south of Winnemucca and east of Lovelock, Nevada. Consisting of approximately 2,191,650 total acres, it encompasses three Herd Management Areas (HMAs) - North Stillwater Range, Tobin Range, and Augusta Mountains; four Herd Areas (HAs) - Humboldt Range. East Range, Sonoma Range, and Augusta Mountains; and non-HMA areas where wild horses migrate back and forth.

    The BLM estimates that the current wild horse population in the Complex is 1,596. To reach the low Appropriate Management Level (AML) of between 345-555 wild horses in 20 years, it has proposed two Action Alternatives that include sterilization of the herds by spaying the mares and gelding the stallions as part of the management plan.

    The BLM does not disclose when and how many roundups will occur, how many wild horses will be permanently removed or returned, when and how many mares will be treated with fertility control or spayed, or when and how many stallions will be gelded. And spaying and gelding herds are highly controversial procedures that are untested in wild free-roaming horse herds! For more details on the plan, please click here.

    Stand up for Nevada’s wild horses! Tell the BLM that exposing wild horses in the East Pershing Complex to dangerous sterilization experiments is not acceptable. Instead the BLM must fairly allocate range resources to ensure that wildlife – including wild horses – have a fair share of the forage on our public lands and implement a comprehensive PZP fertility control program to humanely and effectively manage herd populations.

    Please take a moment to personalize the PEA comment letter below and demand just treatment for the wild horses in the East Pershing Complex!

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  • BLM Targets Colorado’s Wild Horses Again!

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River, Colorado Field Office is seeking comments on an Environment Assessment (EA) that proposes to roundup and remove more than 200 “excess” wild horses from areas outside the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA) over the next several years.  As a first step in the plan, 72 horses are targeted for removal in Fall 2017.

    The Piceance-East Douglas HMA is located in western Colorado. The BLM estimates that about 450 wild horses live on the 158,310 acres of public land within the HMA, and it has set the Appropriate Management Level at between 135-235 horses. 

    But, according to the EA, by the end of this year, about 214 horses will be living outside the HMA on the 773,213 acres surrounding it.  Of that land, the BLM administers 517,288 acres and has authorized 514,165 acres of it for livestock grazing!

    Ironically, too, although the Proposed Action includes use of all approved roundup methods, including water- and bait-trapping, the BLM is already planning to use helicopters for this fall’s roundup and removal.

    Colorado has four HMAs. All of them, except Piceance-East Douglas, are managed through partnerships between the BLM and volunteers who oversee PZP programs to control birth rates.  Given the success of these partnerships, the BLM should pursue a similar one for the Piceance-East Douglas HMA.  Besides managing the population of the herd and preventing the conditions that cause horses to leave, it’s cost-effective and humane – especially considering the Administration’s plan to euthanize or send to slaughter all “excess” wild horses and burros.

    Our wild horses need us more than ever!  Please join us today. Take moment to personalize the EA comment letter below.  Insist that the BLM find an alternative that prioritizes wild horses over cattle and not subject these horses to yet another brutal and expensive roundup and removal. 

  • Tell Senators Murkowski and Udall: Say No to Mustang Slaughter

    1. If you haven't yet done so, please call Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tom Udall today! 

    As chair and ranking member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee, they will play a key role in deterimining whether America's wild horses are protected and humanely managed, or brutally slaughtered. 

    Senator Lisa Murkowski  202-224-6665

    Senator Tom Udall: 202-224-6621

     Just say: "Hi, I'm calling to ask Senator Murkowski/Udall to strongly oppose the Interior Department's request to lift the ban on slaughtering America's wild horses and burros. These animals belong to all Americans and all Americans should have a say in their treatment on our public lands. Secretary Zinke is coming before the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee this week, and I hope that the Senator will let him know in the strongest terms that she/he opposes the mass slaughter of America's mustangs and burros. Thank you very much."

    2. After you make the calls, please personalize and press SUBMIT to send the message below via fax to the Senators' offices. 

    Please be sure to take action by Tuesday evening, as Interior Secretary Zinke will come before their subcommittee Wednesday morning to defend his budget request that seeks permission from Congress to slaughter tens of thousands of America's federally-protected wild horses and burros. 

  • Your Representative Could Send Wild Horses to Slaughter... Tell Him/Her NO!

    This Thursday, June 8th, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will come before the House of Representatives' Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee to defend his budget requests, which seeks to overturn the current Congressional ban on slaughtering or otherwise destroying healthy wild horses and burros.

    Your Congressperson is on this Subcommittee and needs to hear from you!

    If Congress grants Zinke's request, thousands of "unadoptable" wild horses and burros in holding facilities would be sold to kill buyers and trucked to horse slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. Thousands more wild horses and burros currently living wild and free would be destroyed – unleashing a killing spree on our Western public lands!

    Here is what you need to do today.

    1. Call your Representative. His/her number appears below. (You may need to enter your zip code and street address to locate your Rep.) *Please make sure you remain polite and respectful* All you need to say is:

    "I'm a constituent, and I want Representative [Name] to oppose the Interior Department's request to lift the ban on slaughtering America's wild horses and burros. These animals should be humanely managed with birth control, not slaughter. Please ask Rep. [Name] to let Secretary Zinke know that he/she opposes his lethal plan when he comes before the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee this Thursday. Thank you."

    2. Follow up your call with an email that personalizes the sample letter below. Then click on SUBMIT to send. Thank you for standing up for our wild horses and burros at this most critical time!

  • You Can Make the Difference: Tell Congress #NoHorseSlaughter

    HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW:

    1) The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) has requested the 2018 budget lift the ban on destroying healthy mustangs and burros. 

    2)  If the ban is lifted, wild horses and burros in holding facilities will be killed or sold to slaughter.The remaining "excess" population will be slaughtered, possibly gunned-down in the wild. Up to 92,000 healthy horses will die.

    3) The Congressional markup to decide if this slaughter provision is included will happen as soon as July 18, 2017!

    WHAT TO DO RIGHT NOW:

    Even if you've done so before, we need you to take action again. Start by entering your information below, and your Congressperson's contact info will appear.

    1) Call their office and tell them #NoHorseSlaughter. Just say, "I'm ___, calling from ____. As a constituent, I ask Rep. _____ to reject the BLM's 2018 budget request to slaughter thousands of America's wild horses and burros. Please ask him/her to vote to maintain the current ban on slaughtering these iconic animals." Please be polite and respectful. 

    2) Follow up your call with an email by entering your zip code and personalizing the sample letter below, then click on SUBMIT to send. 

  • Trump Administration Moves to Slaughter America's Mustangs: Tell Congress No!

    On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for Fiscal Year 2018. It includes a shocking request to Congress to lift the ban on slaughtering America's iconic wild horses and burros. If approved, the new budget would result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals. 

    The lives of the 46,000 captured wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 46,000 wrongly considered to be “excess” on the range are in immediate danger. 

    Stand up for our heritage! Here are three things you MUST do today.

    1. Call your Representative, Senators and the White House. Tell them that you oppose the mass killing of America's cherished wild horses and burros and want Congress to maintain the ban on slaughtering them. *Please make sure you remain polite and respectful*

    2. Follow up by signing our petition below. 

  • Trump Administration Moves to Slaughter America's Mustangs: Tell Congress No!

    On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for Fiscal Year 2018. It includes a shocking request to Congress to lift the ban on slaughtering America's iconic wild horses and burros. If approved, the new budget would result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals. 

    The lives of the 46,000 captured wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 46,000 wrongly considered to be “excess” on the range are in immediate danger. 

    Stand up for our heritage! Here are three things you MUST do today.

    1. Call your Representative, Senators and the White House. Their numbers appear below.  Tell them that you oppose the mass killing of America's cherished wild horses and burros and want Congress to maintain the ban on slaughtering them. *Please make sure you remain polite and respectful*

    2. Follow up your call with an email by entering your zip code and personalizing the sample letter below, then click on SUBMIT to send. 

    Thank you for standing up for America's wild horses and burros.
  • Say “No” to BLM Roundup of Red Desert Wyoming Wild Horses

    Public Comment Due by June 5, 2017 

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting comments on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed helicopter roundup and removal of most of the wild horses living in Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex.  

    The Red Desert Complex includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The BLM estimates that about 2,620 wild horses live on the 753,000 acres of public land within the Complex located in Sweetwater, Carbon, Fremont and Natrona counties.

    To reach the low Appropriate Management Level of 524 wild horses, the Proposed Action would remove approximately 80% of the horses, or about 2,096 horses, in the Complex – about 1,518 horses within the HMAs and 578 horses outside of the HMAs.  If any mares older than one year old are released back into the HMAs, they would be treated with PZP. 

    The revised EA blatantly ignores over 6,000 public scoping comments submitted in 2015 calling for the humane managaement of Red Desert wild horses on the range with PZP fertility control and the use of bait trapping instead of helicopters to capture horses. 

    Currently, there are about 3,760 wild horses residing in Wyoming’s 16 HMAs.  Removing 2,096 horses from the Red Desert Complex would reduce that number by 56% – or to only 1,664 horses!  Ironically, the Wyoming Vacation Guide proudly promotes wild horse viewing as a featured attraction to tourists.

    Please stand up for Wyoming's wild horses!  Insist that the BLM stop ignoring the public and start humanely managing the Red Desert wild horses on the range, allowing the horses within the HMAs to remain where they are on our public lands! The BLM should raise the Appropriate Management Level for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations. The BLM must also fairly allocate range resources to ensure that wildlife – including wild horses – have a fair share of the forage on our public lands, rather than giving exorbitant resources to the privately owned cattle and sheep operations.

    Please take a moment to personalize the EA comment letter below and urge the BLM to reject this massive roundup of federally protected wild horses living on Wyoming public lands! 

  • Mustangs & Burros Built This Country And Deserve Protection!

    On May 3 and 4, 2017, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved the 2017 Omnibus spending bill that included some dangerous provisions for wild horses and burros and could signal far worse assaults to come on these national icons.

    On the positive side: Congress maintained the de facto ban on U.S. horse slaughter and on killing captured wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter. We thank them for that.

    Of concern: A provision that amends the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to authorize the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to strip mustangs and burros of their federal protections and transfer them to state and local governments for use as “work animals. The stated purpose of the language is to make it easier for agencies like the Border Patrol to adopt BLM mustangs. But with no limit on the numbers that can be transferred, and no definition of the term "work animal," it's ripe for abuse.

    Also of concern: a directive for the BLM to conduct "accelerated" roundups to achieve "Appropriate" Management Levels, which could result in the removal of up to 50,000 more wild horses and burros from the range. 

    As troubling as some provisions of the Omnibus are for wild horses and burros, far more dangerous assaults may be on the horizon. In this new Congress and Administration, the enemies of wild horses and burros see an opportunity to not only lift the slaughter ban but also to upend the very law protecting these national icons on our public lands. 

    If ever there was a time to take a stand for wild horses and burros, THIS IS IT. Contact your Senators and Congress member today, using the form below. It's critically important that you call as well as write in order to be most effective. 
  • OPPOSE CONGRESS' AUTHORIZING OF BACKDOOR KILLING OF WILD HORSES & BURROS

    Over the weekend, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees restored language to the 2017 Omnibus spending bill that opens the back door to killing potentially thousands of wild horses and burros. The language amends the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act by stripping them of their federal protections and transferring them to state and local governments ostensibly for use as “work animals.”

    With no limit to the numbers transferred and no definition of “work animal,” the language provides a vehicle for delivering thousands, and potentially tens of thousands of wild horses and burros, into the hands of government agencies that actively push for mass roundups and slaughter of these national icons. The Section 116 language can be found on page 804 of this link

    Congress did include prohibitions on commercial slaughter and some restrictions on “euthanasia,” signalling their intent to prevent the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros. However, the restrictions are not enforceable, there is no penalty for violating them, and the many ambiguities and loopholes leave the language open to abuse.  Especially troubling is a provision to allow the killing of “advanced age” animals, a term that is undefined and could result in the destruction of thousands of healthy middle- to older-aged horses and burros.

    Even though the Omnibus spending bill was approved by the House on May 3 and is expected to pass the Senate, it is IMPERATIVE to make your objections heard. The spending bill only funds the government for the next five months, so taking a strong stand now will set the stage for fixing this problem when Section 116 expires on September 30, 2017. 

    What You Must Do NOW!

    1. Please immediately call these numbers and voice your objections to the committees that approved this devastating provision. 

    ** Please remember: the best way to help the horses is to be polite! ** All you have to say is. "I'm calling to let [name] know that I strongly object to the inclusion of language in the Omnibus spending bill to strip wild horses and burros of federal protection and open a back door route to killing potentially thousands of these national icons. Please ensure that this terrible problem is fixed in the 2018 spending bill."

    KEEP THOSE CALLS COMING!

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Chair, Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
    DC office: (202) 224-6665
    AK office: (907) 271-3735 

    Sen. Tom Udall, Ranking Member, Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
    DC office:(202) 224-6621
    NM office:(505) 346-6791

    Rep. Ken Calvert
    DC office: (202) 225-1986
    CA office: (951) 277-0042

    Rep. Betty McCollum
    DC office: (202) 225-6631
    MN office: (651) 224-9191
  • Tell Congress to Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter & Export for Once and for All!

    Last year, approximately 130,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water or rest to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a brutal and terrifying end. 

    This week, federal lawmakers once again introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2017, H.R. 113 to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

    Kudus to our DC coalition partners for working so hard to get this bill re-introduced for consideration and passage this year!

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    Your action could mean the difference between life and a horrendous and terrifying death for more than 100,000 American horses -- both wild and domestic -- each year. So please take these two easy steps today:

    1. Call your 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 Representative ___, and I am calling to ask that he/she co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 113. 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 treated with a variety of drugs that are toxic to human beings, horsemeat is also unsafe for human consumption."

     If your Representative is already a sponsor or co-sponsor of this 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" or "Animal Welfare". 

    Thank you very much for your support. 

  • Tell Trump Administration: Please Fix This!

    America's wild horses and burros are protected by an Act of Congress as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." But the federal government treats them like pests, hunting them down with helicopters and removing thousands each year from our public lands, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the process. 

    Federal mismanagement is endangering the future of our nation's wild horse and burro herds on our Western public lands. Tens of thousands of these animals are in danger of being killed or sold for slaughter. 

    President Donald Trump and his administration have the power to stop this cruel treatment and implement humane, effective as well as cost-effective, and scientifically recommended management methods.

    Please tell President Trump: America can't be great if our national symbols of freedom are mistreated in this manner. Let them know that Americans want our wild horses and burros to be protected and humanely treated on the range, not rounded up and slaughtered. 

    The future of our wild herds is at stake, so please sign and SHARE today... The more signatures we collect the bigger impact our collective voices will have!

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  • Take Action TODAY: Protect Wild Horses in Wyoming's Red Desert Complex

    Photo | Casper Tribune

    Comment deadline: October 8, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on an environmental analysis (EA) of a massive helicopter roundup and removal of nearly 2,000 wild horses living in Wyoming's Red Desert Complex, which includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The action would leave behind just 480 horses on this 700,000-acre (more than 1,000-square-mile) public lands area! 
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    The EA ignores over 6,000 public scoping comments submitted earlier this year calling for the humane management of Red Desert wild horses on the range with PZP fertility control, and for humane capture methods, instead of using helicopters to chase horses into holding pens. Alternative 2 -- the Proposed Action in the EA -- calls for removal of over 1,700 wild horses from the Complex -- that's 45% of the total estimated mustang population in the entire state -- and includes the token application of PZP fertility control to just 23 mares.  Alternative 1, a second alternative analyzed but not proposed in the EA, would more fully utilize fertility control and return more wild horses to the range, but would still permanently remove approximately 830 wild horses from the Complex. Both alternatives call for using traumatic helicopter capture methods. 
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    It's time to take a stand for Wyoming's wild horses.  We must insist that the BLM stop ignoring the public and start humanely managing the Red Desert wild horses on the range, allowing the horses within the HMAs to remain where they are on our public lands! The BLM should raise the "Appropriate" Management Levels (AMLs) for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations. The BLM must fairly allocate range resources to ensure that wildlife -- including wild horses -- have a fair share of the forage on our public lands, rather than giving exorbitant resources to the privately-owned cattle and sheep operations.
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    Federally protected wild horses and burros deserve to roam free and with fewer cattle, and they can if we continue to speak up! Please personalize and submit the sample letter below to demand humane management and fairer treatment of wild horses on public lands in Wyoming. 


  • Tell BLM Idaho NO to Sterilizing Saylor Creek Herd!

    Photo | BLM

    For the first time ever, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to convert a wild, free-roaming mustang population into a non-reproducing herd of sterilized horses. The BLM Idaho plan for the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) would destroy the wild horses' wild, free-roaming behaviors and is a recipe for managing this beautiful wild horse herd to extinction. If implemented, it would set a dangerous precedent for destroying healthy, sustainable wild horse populations into sterilized groups of horses that will die off. AWHPC's formal protest of this destructive and devastating plan is pending, but we need the public to weigh in to help Keep the Saylor Creek Wild Horses Wild! So please sign the petition below. 

    We must take action now to protect Idaho wild horses!

  • Stop Horse Slaughter: Email Your Representative & Senators

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

    America's horses -- domestic and wild -- urgently need our help. As Congress considers the 2016 budget, it's time to let your Senators and Representative know that you oppose horse slaughter. If Congress does not act to prohibit federal funding for horse slaughter inspections, U.S. horse slaughter plants, closed since 2007, could reopen their doors. The Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed an anti-horse slaughter amendment to the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the House Appropriations Committee voted against a similar amendment. This means that the full House and Senate will decide whether or not horse slaughter can resume in the U.S.

    Please take a moment to edit and send a letter that will be sent to your Senators and Representative urging them to vote in favor of the anti-horse slaughter amendments to the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bills. Let your elected officials know that Congress must act to continue the ban on U.S. horse slaughter. Also, urge them to co-sponsor the SAFE (Safeguard American Food Exports Act -  R1942/S1214) to permanently ban U.S. horse slaughter and prohibit the export of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.  Each of us needs to speak up to protect America's horses -- both domestic and wild -- from the cruelest of fates - slaughter! 

    Please note: you may be asked to choose a subject or topic area. Choose or fill in "Appropriations" or "Budget" or "Agriculture." 

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  • Captured Wild Horses & Burros Need Shade!

    Wild horses incarcerated at BLM's Rock Springs, Wyoming holding corrals, May 2015

    They were once wild and free, roaming the vast, open spaces of the American West.  Now they stand by the thousands in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding pens, deprived of their freedom and their families, facing endless days and years with no shelter to protect them from the sweltering summer sun or harsh winter winds and storms. 

    BLM roundups robbed these wild horses and burros of everything important to them. The least the agency can do is properly care for them by providing shelter from the elements. And yet, even though the BLM requires adopters of wild horses and burros to provide shade, it stubbornly refuses to meet its own standards at short-term holding facilities where at least 17,000 wild horses and burros are incarcerated. 

    Please urge Congress and the Obama Administration to provide shelter for wild horses and burros in government holding corrals NOW!

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  • Help Save North Carolina’s State Horse!

    Photo | Corolla Wild Horse Fund

    The North Carolina State Horse urgently needs your help. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, H.R.152 /S.1204, was recently introduced in the House and the Senate and would provide for the responsible management of the Corolla wild horse population on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

    Because these historic mustangs currently lack legal protection, this bill is absolutely critical to the long term survival of the free-roaming wild horses, who have lived in this area for more than 500 years!

    The bill mandates that the population be managed at 120 to 130, and never less than 110, which is the absolute minimum number required to maintain genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which manages 3,000 of the 7,544 total acres accessible to the horses, has historically maintained that herd size should be limited to no more than 60 animals. The results of recent genetic testing show that there is an alarming level of inbreeding with the presence of only one maternal genetic line in the population. Managing the Corolla herd at a level of 60 animals is managing the herd for genetic collapse and eventual extinction. (Recently the FWS relaxed its stand somewhat by agreeing to allow the introduction of outside horses from other areas of the Outer Banks into the Corolla population to improve genetic diversity, but the allowable population level for these horses must still be increased.)  

    We are asking for your help to save the wild horses of Corolla from disappearing from the land they have inhabited for centuries.

    Please contact your Representatives and Senators below and let them know that you not only strongly support the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, H.R. 152/ S. 1204, but that you also want them to pass it by the end of 2015 or sooner. If you follow up your email with a telephone call to their offices, you will greatly increase the chances that your request will be heard. 

    *If you are prompted to choose an issue category from the drop-down list which most resembles your issue of concern, please select either Environment or Interior Department

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  • Tell BLM: Don't Remove Wild Horses!

    Deadline for Comments June 15, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely, Nevada District Office is proposing a "fertility control pilot program" for wild horses living in the Water Canyon area of the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA). The BLM's proposal is deeply flawed and raises serious questions about the true intent of the plan, which allows for continued helicopter roundups and perpetual removals of wild horses from the wild. It also leaves open the possibility of using the controversial fertility control drug, GonaCon, which interferes with the reproductive hormones in horses that influence natural behaviors. Even worse, the BLM is proposing to allow just 25 wild horses to live in a public lands area where over 6,000 sheep graze at taxpayer-subsidized rates!

    Last year, the BLM's Northeast Great Basin Resource Advisory Council recommended initiating a humane pilot fertility control program using the proven PZP birth control vaccine. Instead of following this recommendation, the agency has used it as an excuse for this terrible proposal to severely limit the number of wild horses in this area so that the livestock permittee, Hank Vogler of "Need More Sheep Company," can run even more sheep on our public lands! 

    Please stand up for the beautiful Antelope mustangs by taking action below!

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  • Tell Congress to Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter & Export for Slaughter Once and for All!

    Last year, more than 140,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys Without adequate food, water or rest to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a brutal and terrifying end. 

    In April, federal lawmakers once again introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2015, H.R. 19442/ S. 1214, legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

    Your action could mean the difference between life and a horrendous and terrifying death for more than 100,000 American 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, H.R. 1942/S. 1214. 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 treated with a variety of drugs that are toxic to human beings, horsemeat is unsafe for human consumption."

     If your Senator or Representative is already a sponsor or co-sponsor of this 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. 

  • Oppose the Roundup of Oregon's Cold Springs Mustangs!

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    Public Comment Deadline: May 29, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a plan to round up 90 percent of the wild horses living in the Cold Springs Herd Management Area (HMA), which is located in rural eastern Oregon. The agency intends to permanently remove up to 181 of these mustangs in order to bring the population down to the low allowable management level (AML) of just 75 horses. Approximately 33 of the horses that will be returned to the range will be mares treated with the PZP birth control vaccine. 

    Just five years ago, 100 wild horses were cruelly rounded up and removed from this HMA. While the BLM's plan to manage this herd with fertility control should be supported, we must also demand that the BLM eliminate or minimize the numbers of horses removed from the range. The BLM can easily do this by reducing taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing in this HMA. It's time for the BLM to keep the Cold Springs wild horses wild and break the unsustainable cycle of rounding them up, removing them from the range and stockpiling them in holding facilities.

    Please take a moment to demand fair and humane treatment for the Cold Springs wild horses by personalizing and sending the sample letter below to the BLM!

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  • Save Arizona's Historic Burros


    Photo |  Mike Lorden

    Comments Due by Saturday, May 2, 2015.

    We just learned that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to roundup and remove hundreds of burros living in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona. Millions of Americans and international tourists who travel along Highway Route 66 through Oatman, Arizona have enjoyed these wonderful burros who greet visitors there. 

    Nationally, burros are in crisis due to mismanagement by the government agencies responsible for protecting these hardy little equids. The majority of burro populations are kept at such small numbers that inbreeding occurs. This has creating long-term genetic concerns about the entire U.S. burro population, as noted by the National Academy of Sciences.

    The Black Mountain burro herd is one of the last significant burro populations in the country.... We need to stand up for them and demand that this HMA be designated as a "range," which provides increased protection for the burros. Also, we need to tell the BLM that these burros should remain on the range, and range improvements should be undertaken to ensure that burros have adequate sources of water and to address any safety concerns that arise when burros frequent roadway areas. 

    Please take a moment to personalize the draft comments below to urge the BLM to protect Arizona's historic burros and oppose their removal from their homes on the range!

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  • BLM: Protect Largest U.S. Burro Herd!

    Photo Courtesy of Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation

    Wild burros in the United States are in crisis. The burros living in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona are the largest remaining herd in the U.S., representing approximately 20% of the wild burro population managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Black Mountain burros are historic and cherished by millions of Americans and international visitors who encounter them while driving along historic Route 66, especially in the old mining town of Oatman.
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    At 1.1 million acres, the Black Mountain HMA is one of the largest burro HMAs in the U.S. Historically, according to the BLM, burro numbers reached more than 2,000 in this area. However, in 1996, the BLM's Black Mountain Ecosystem Plan authorized livestock grazing in the area and established an "Allowable" Management Level (AML) for burros of just 382-478. Currently, the BLM estimates the number of burros in Black Mountain to be between 1,500 - 1,800 -- meaning that it remains a genetically viable and robust wild burro population. However, the BLM wants to reduce the population to within the AML, meaning that 73 percent of the burros in this area could be rounded up and removed!

    Given the Black Mountain wild burro population's significance and popularity with the public, the BLM should designate this HMA as a National Wild Burro Range, in order to raise the number of burros allowed to live there and confer greater protections to these unique and cherished animals.  If you agree, please add your name below!

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  • Colorado Mustangs Are Under Attack
    Photo | BLM
    Comments Due by Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    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 horses from these areas.

    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.

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  • Tell BLM: Protect Wild Horses from Drilling Project


    Photo | Jeanne Bencich Nations

    Comments Due by Thursday, May 7, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Battle Mountain District in Nevada is asking for public comments on its Environmental Assessment (EA) for the expansion of drilling exploration activities conducted by the Cordex Exploration Company, a mineral mining company, on BLM lands just west of Tonopah, NV.

    This project would expand road construction, use of heavy equipment (drilling rigs, trucks, excavators, etc.) and industrial drilling activities in an area that lies within the Pilot Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) where an estimated 583 horses reside.

    The EA notes that human presence and activity in this concentrated use area could negatively impact wild horses -- possibly even leading to the orphaning or abandonment of foals during foaling season! The EA concludes that the disturbances "may result in incremental restrictions to free- roaming behavior and over time may influence utilization patterns, genetic interchange and use of water sources."

    Please take a moment to personalize the draft EA comment letter below to urge the BLM to reject exploration activities in this designated wild horse habitat area.

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  • Urge BLM: Release Senior Stallion Back to the Range!

    Photo | BLM

    Wild hearts can be broken. A king on the range for 25 years, this grulla stallion galloped alongside his family to escape BLM helicopters. They zig-zagged on hillsides, camouflaged by dust clouds, but couldn't out run man's machines. Trapped and separated from his frantic mares and foals, the stallion managed a desperate escape with three mustangs.

    Then, despite BLM claims that "gathers are humane," this senior stallion -- 80 years old by horse/human equivalency -- was run to ground again,  by contractors paid by the horse. Exhausted and alone, he was forced to surrender. Now, the Sulphur stallion stares past corral rails at the horizon, confused and longing for all he's lost.

    This shouldn't have happened and demonstrates the inhumanity of the BLM wild horse and burro program.

    We believe that he should be released back to his home to live out the rest of his life as nature intended - wild and free. If you agree, please take action below.

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  • Tell BLM: Say NO to Mine Expansion in Wild Horse Habitat

    Photo | YouTube

    Comments must be received by April 9, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently is accepting public comments on a plan to expand the Mineral Gold mining operation that will affect the approximately 101 wild horses living in the Silver Peak Herd Management Area (HMA) near Tonopah, Nevada. The action will significantly disturb 285 acres of land with already scarce vegetation for wild horses, increase the life of the mine by approximately one year, and increase the size of the area negatively impacted by human activity and noise. 

    The BLM has set the "Appropriate" Management Level (AML) for the Silver Peak HMA at zero due to drought, yet the agency is poised to authorize the expansion of an intensive water-consuming mine that will further drain aquifers, decreasing the availability of surface water and worsening drought conditions in this area. 

    Please join us in opposing the expansion of this massive water-consuming mine in an area that BLM wants to close to wild horses due to lack of water!

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  • Urge Nevada Legislators: Dump Anti-Mustang Proposals

    Please take action below and personalize your message to the members of the state's Legislative Committee on Public Lands.

    Nevada's Legislative Committee on Public Lands is poised to push through anti-mustang and anti-burro legislation that would call on the federal goverment to conduct large-scale roundups and dangerous permanent sterlization of wild horses and burros throughout the state.

    It is important that legislators hear from Nevadans on these ill-conceived proposals.  

    Please send an email tonight by clicking below. AND....If you live in or near Carson City or Las Vegas, PLEASE ATTEND the Friday, August 19, 2016 (9 a.m.) meeting of Nevada's Legislative Committee on Public Lands which will be held in Carson City and videoconferenced in Las Vegas.  Click here for more information.

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  • Urge Nevada Assembly: Dump Anti-Virginia Range Horse Bill

    UPDATE: The Nevada Assembly Natural Resource Committee has pulled Assembly Bill 431 (AB431) from the April 2, 2015 agenda. This is great news! AWHPC is working to confirm rumors that AB431 will be pulled from the legislative session to give the public-private humane management partnership a chance to succeed.

    AB431 would replace the public-private partnership that we secured to humanely manage the Virginia Range horses and instead set the stage for the wholesale removal and disposal of these cherished horses.

    AB431 would require the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) to establish a management plan that includes the wholesale removal and disposal of Virginia Range horses. Currently AWHPC is working with NDA and local wild horse advocacy groups to humanely manage the Virginia Range mustangs. We have worked on this win-win, public-private partnership with the state of Nevada for two long years. AB461 would replace that humane management partnership with removals, sales to slaughter auction, and the potential gelding and spaying of horses on the range.

    As a Nevadan, your voice is critical to protect the humane, public-private management agreement for the Virginia Range horses! Please speak up for the horses by taking action below.

  • Oppose Forest Service Plan to Round Up Horses for Slaughter!

    Photo of Ft. McDermitt horses rounded up and sold at slaughter auction in August 2013.
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    Public Comment Due by March 23, 2015.

    The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is seeking public scoping comments on a massive helicopter roundup of 1,200 wild horses from public and tribal lands in and around the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Reservation in northern Nevada. The FS intends to capture the horses, which it considers "estray livestock" originating from the reservation, and deliver them to the tribe to be sold for slaughter!

    The move comes less than two years after the FS withdrew, amidst intense public scrutiny and outcry, from participating in a similar roundup of Fort McDermitt horses. The tribe proceeded with the roundup without FS assistance, and 149 of the unbranded horses captured were rescued after legal action by AWHPC and our coalition partners blocked their sale at the slaughter auction.

    The FS claims that no wild horses are present in the capture area, even though it is adjacent to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Owyhee Herd Management Area (HMA). The plan lacks credible provisions for preventing the capture of federally protected wild horses who may have wandered outside the Owyhee HMA. 

    Please weigh in today against this plan to use our tax dollars to roundup and deliver horses -- possibly including federally protected mustangs -- to a tribe that will sell them for slaughter!

  • Please Weigh In on BLM Plan for Red Desert Wyoming Wild Horses

    Photo by Carol  Walker, Living Images

    Public Comment Due by March 20, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments for a scoping period for a proposed Catch Treat and Release (CTR) operation for wild horses in the Red Desert Complex in Wyoming. The complex includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). During the scoping period, the public has the opportunity to raise issues and suggest alternatives to be considered in the environmental analysis and final plan.

    The BLM's proposal to treat mares with the PZP birth control vaccine and forgo removal of horses within the HMAs is an important step forward! Let's support this effort while at the same time encouraging BLM to employ humane capture methods, forgo removal of horses outside HMAs, and raise the "Appropriate" Management Levels (AMLs) for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations. (The current AMLs are based on the BLM's allocation of 7-11 times more forage to privately owned cattle and sheep than to federally protected wild horses and burros!)

    Speak up today for humane management and fairer treatment of wild horses on public lands in Wyoming. Please personalize and submit the sample letter below.

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  • 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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  • Speak Up for Oregon Mustangs: SIGN PETITION TODAY!

     

    Photo | BLM Oregon

    Please sign this petition to endorse the AWHPC's comments to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Southeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC). We're asking the RAC to recommend that BLM increase the allowable number of wild horses in Oregon by reducing livestock grazing and manage these horses humanely on the range with proven PZP birth control. Your signatures will be delivered to the RAC on October 26

    Some ranchers in Oregon blame wild horses for range damage, even though livestock outnumber wild horses by at least 30-1 and 80 percent of BLM land in Oregon that is grazed by livestock has no wild horses roaming on it!  

    Take a stand with us to say: It's time to stop scapegoating wild horses and start working together on humane solutions that Keep Wild Horses Wild.

  • 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!

  • Tell the NPS to Protect Wild Horses in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

    Photo | Associated Press

    Wild horses have lived on the land that became Mesa Verde National Park for more than a century and are part of the park's natural landscape and history. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy watching the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful horses that are regularly shared online.

    In October 2013, the park's wildlife biologist stated that, instead of developing a management plan for the horses, the park would "use fencing to keep horses away from water sources." The Denver Post reported that this would "serve as a sort of management tool: Lack of water will force the horses to go elsewhere, and when horses are under stress from too little food or water, they are less fertile."

    This summer, at least six horses in the park died from dehydration, which is a horrific and excrutiating way to die. 

    AWHPC is currently working hard with our coalition partners to remedy this urgent and inhumane situation. We have let the National Park Service know that creating conditions that cause horses to die due to dehydration and/or starvation is not an acceptable way to manage these wild horses. Along with the National Mustang Association/Colorado Chapter, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Return to Freedom, we have offered to work with the park and the local community to develop a humane management plan that would allow the Mesa Verde horses to remain a part of the landscape within the park. 

    Here is your opportunity to join us to encourage the National Park Service to do the right thing for these beautiful horses.

  • BLM Caves in to Ranchers; Plans Massive Wild Horse Roundup in Utah

    Public Comment Deadline: May 30, 2014

    Last month, emboldend by outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Utah ranchers in Iron and Beaver Counties threatened to roundup wild horses on our public lands if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not conduct an immediate roundup itself. The ranchers were threatening to commit a federal crime, but that did not stop the agency from again caving in to bullying tactics and demands by promising to cnoduct a massive summer roundup in the Bible Springs Complex in southwestern Utah.

    This proposed roundup is so wrong on so many levels - here are just a few reasons why:

    ► A July roundup will subject tiny foals, elderly horses, and horses who may be operating on low water resources to the terror,  trauma and extreme physical exertion of a helicopter stampede conducted in scorching desert heat. 

    ► The BLM's goal of removing 600-700 horses could literally decimate the wild horse herds in the Bible Springs Complex, because it is based on wildly inflated population estimates. Reducing the number of wild horses in these herds as proposed will likely undermine the genetic viability of these herds.

    ► The roundup continues BLM's "business as usual" management of wild horses (large removals, no fertility control) that the National Academy of Sciences warned was "expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves." 

    ► The BLM allows just 80-170 federally-protected wild horses in this 33-square-mile public lands area, while authorizing the annual equivalent of 1,270 cows and 1,031 sheep to graze the same area. 

    It's time to take a strong stand against this latest assault on our federally-protected wild horses. Please get your comments in today - and share this alert. Let's flood the agency with letters opposing this dangerous and unjustified action!

  • 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. 

  • Consequences Unknown: BLM "Restoration" Project EIS Is Inadequate


    Comments must be received by November 29, 2013.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District in Nevada manages what is known as "the heart of wild horse country." The area includes 28 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) spanning more than 3 million acres -- more than any other BLM district. The BLM is asking for public comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for what it calls the "3 Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project." The Project covers 750,000 acres (more than 1,100 square miles), including wild horse habitats which are managed by the Battle Mountain District's Mount Lewis Field Office. While the Project proposes "treatments" (including temporary fencing, using bulldozers in streams, chopping, burning and destroying various vegetation, etc.) to "improve" the range, the proposed actions are ambiguous and lack clarity.

    Please take a minute to tell the BLM that the Draft EIS fails to clearly define proposed actions and fails to adequately analyze the impacts of the proposed actions on wild horses.

    Please personalize the sample letter below, then press "submit" to send an individual email with your comments to the BLM.

  • OPPOSE BLM PLAN TO WIPE OUT WILD HORSES FROM WYOMING CHECKERBOARD

    Photo of Salt Wells wild horse family by Carol Walker, Living Images.

    Adobe Town/ Salt Wells Creek Roundup is Step One of Plan to Eliminate Wild Horses from 2 Million Acres of Protected Habitat

    Public Comment Deadline: June 10, 2013

    For the second time in less than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a devastating roundup in Wyoming's Adobe Town/Salt Wells (ATSW) Complex, which is comprised of the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the roundup states, "All wild horses on private lands and on the checkerboard lands within the ATSW Complex would be removed."  Since the majority of the Salt Wells HMA is "checkerboard" (alternating public and private land parcels), and since the wild horses living there cannot tell the difference between public and private land, this action will "zero out" the majority of this HMA!

    The BLM is conducting this roundup at the behest of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, a group of ranchers that, in 2011  -- at the urging of the Interior Department --  filed a lawsuit against the BLM seeking removal of all wild horses from a 2 million acre swath of land known as the "Wyoming Checkerboard." AWHPC, the Cloud Foundation and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros intervened in the case, but we were not able to stop the govenrment from giving the ranchers exactly what they want. The Adobe Town/Salt Wells roundup is step one of a destructive plan that will negatively impact half of the state's remaining wild horses. 

    Wild horss in Adobe Town HMA. Photo by Carol Walker, Living Images.
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    Our attorneys remain on the case to protect Wyoming's beautiful mustangs.  Meanwhile we need YOUR HELP to generate public opposition to this unnecessary, cynical and egregious wild horse roundup and removal plan. Please personalize and submit the sample letter below.