URGENT: OPPOSE BARBARIC BLM STERILIZATION EXPERIMENTS ON WILD MARES
Photo of a veterinarian with a chain ecraseur being used during an ovariectomy.
PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 10, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management is planning barbaric, archaic and dangerous sterilization experiments on captured wild mares at its Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. These experiments have never before been performed on wild horses or, in the case of two of the three proposed procedures, in horses anywhere at all! The agency is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and now is the time to voice our united and strong opposition to this outrageous proposal!
At least 100 mares -- 75 of whom will be pregnant -- will be subjected to "ovariectomy via colpotomy," a dangerous procedure in which a veterinarian makes an incision in the mare's vagina, inserts his arm into the vaginal cavity, manually locates the ovaries and rips them out using an "ecraseur," a rod-like device with a chain on the end. The painful procedure will subject mares to the risk of infection, hemorrhage and evisceration (intestines coming through the incision) and cause mares in the early to mid-stages of pregnancy to abort their fetuses.
In domestic mares, this procedure is not common, but when performed, requires a post-surgical 4-7 days stall confinement, during which the first 48 hours are spent in crossties to prevent the mare from lying down. No such restraint is possible in wild mares, and the BLM intends to turn them out to corrals after the surgery with open incisions and no restrictions on movement. This fact lead the National Research Council (NRC) to conclude that the fatality rate for the BLM's proposed experiment would be "higher than the one percent reported in the published literature," which is based on surgery performed in domestic mares.The NRC a stated that less invasive techniques would be preferable to this procedure in wild mares.
Two less invasive experimental procedures are also proposed that would use endoscopes to achieve sterilization without removal of the ovaries. However, these procedures have never before been done in horses, domestic or wild, and appear to be infeasible for use in wild mares.
Please take a stand against these dangerous and costly BLM wild horse experiments today. The BLM deliberately avoided public opposition by skipping the scoping stage of this process, so let's use the EA stage to show the agency just how many citizens and taxpayers oppose these dangerous and costly experiments on our wild mares. Take action below!
Stop Dangerous BLM Spaying Research on Mares in Holding
Photo | BLM
Comments Due by February 3, 2016
The BLM is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment for this proposal, which includes the surgical spaying of captured wild mares.
Spaying wild horses blocks their ability to produce the hormones that drive natural behaviors and maintain health in horses, inalterably impacting their wild free-roaming behaviors. Additionally, these surgical procedures raise a host of health-related concerns -- including possibly life-threatening bleeding and infection. These concerns are only some of the reasons why the National Academy of Sciences recommended against using such sterilization methods.
Please take a minute to take a stand against this dangerous plan by personalizing and submitting the message below!
Save Utah's Historic Mustangs: Oppose the BLM Roundup!
Photo of Sulphur wild horses by Reuters
Take Action by January 19, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office in Utah is proposing to round up and remove an estimated 500 wild horses from the Sulphur Herd Management Area (HMA). The wild horses in this HMA are one of the best and last remaining examples of the original Spanish Mustangs.
Despite the historical significance of this population, the BLM has set very low "Allowable" Management Levels (AMLs) for the Sulphur horses. Worse, the agency is planning to continually round up these horses every 2 to 5 years over the next 10 years. In these brutal roundups, horses — including tiny foals and elderly or ailing mares and stallions — are stampeded for uncounted miles by helicopters into traps where they are forcibly separated from their families and deprived of their freedom.... forever.
Please take a moment to tell the BLM that there is a better way to manage these and all wild horse populations!
Take A Stand Against Illegal BLM Checkerboard Roundup
Comments Due by December 21, 2015The BLM is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment issued to correct legal violations in its conduct of the massive 2014 Wyoming Checkerboard roundup, in which 1,263 federally protected wild horses were captured and permanently removed from over 2.4 million acres of public and private lands (71% of which is public) in the southern part of the state. At least 100 horses were killed, during the roundup itself or in the months following their capture in the BLM’s holding pens.
In March 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled on an AWHPC et. al. lawsuit against the BLM, and found that the agency had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to analyze the impacts of and alternatives to the massive proposed roundup.
The BLM Checkerboard Roundup has set a very dangerous legal precedent that we continue to challenge. The agency used a request by private landowners from the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) to remove horses from private lands as an excuse to round up all wild horses from public lands in the Checkerboard area. In doing so, it reduced the wild horse populations in the area to below the “appropriate” management levels established under the agency’s own land use plans.
If allowed to stand, this action could put the fate of wild horses living on public lands throughout the West in the hands of private landowners who want them all removed from our public lands. Please weigh in against this terrible precedent by personalizing and submitting your comments today!
Tell Whole Foods: Adopt Mustang-Safe Meat Standards
NEW! Pacific Standard article "Do we need a "mustang safe" label for beef?"
Ranchers who sell beef to Whole Foods Market were behind the largest mustang roundup of 2015-2016 in southern Oregon. Whole Foods has reacted to this news, by telling us to talk to the ranchers. (Read more about our correspondence with Whole Foods and its supplier Country Natural Beef here.)
Wild horses are brutally rounded up, removed from their families and their homes on the range, all so that ranchers can profit by selling beef to Whole Foods. Whole Foods then markets this beef as "grass-fed" to its customers and sells it at a premium.
Don't let Whole Foods pass the buck. The natural foods giant must incorporate mustang safe standards into its animal welfare policies.
Please personalize and submit the sample letter to Whole Foods below. If you are a Whole Foods customer, be sure to put that in your email!
Tell Whole Foods: Don't Sell HMA-Fed Meat
The largest roundup in 2015-2016 is now underway in southern Oregon -- and Whole Foods Market and its ranching partners are behind it.
Whole Foods Market's likes to pride itself on ethical food sourcing - but there is nothing ethical about the way wild horses and burros are treated to make room for more private livestock on our public lands. Yet, Whole Foods purchases meat from ranchers -- such as Country Natural Beef (CNB) -- which are behind and publically support the massive removal of wild horses from public lands grazed by their cattle and sheep.
As you may know, wild horses and burros are confined to areas known as Herd Management Areas or HMAs which represent approximately 17% of public lands compared to the more than 60% of public lands open to private livestock grazing. Our efforts to work with the BLM and ranchers to create more equitable and humane management of our public lands have fallen on deaf ears. Now we need to go to the very businesses that are selling this HMA-Fed Meat (beef and lamb) and call upon them to stop buying meat from ranchers who are pushing for the removal of wild horses and burros.
By providing a commercial venue for CNB beef products and other ranchers who graze in wild horse and burro HMAs, Whole Foods is financially endorsing and contributing to the unnecessary and inhumane removal of America’s cherished and iconic mustangs and burros.
Please send an email below to Whole Foods Market to politely tell them that the public wants them to stop selling "HMA-Fed Meat" - that is cattle and sheep that graze in Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) on our public lands. It's time to exercise our consumer power!
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Hold BLM Accountable For Illegally Selling Wild Horses for Slaughter!
Stallions rounded up from the High Rock Complex in 2011 were purchased by Tom Davis and slaughtered in Mexico.
They always say it doesn't happen, but we know it does, and now the Interior Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed it -- nearly 2,000 federally protected wild horses were illegally sold by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and then brutally slaughtered in Mexico.
Above are the faces of some of our cherished mustangs, heartlessly rounded up from their homes on our western public lands, thrown into holding pens, and then sold by the truckload to a known kill buyer, Tom Davis. Even Davis admits BLM employees who sold him more than 50 truckloads of wild horses "had to know the horses would end up at the slaughterhouse."
Yet no one -- not the BLM employee who sold the horses despite receiving reports that they were being sold to slaughter, not her boss or her boss's boss -- is being held accountable. And Tom Davis is not being prosecuted.
This is unconscionable. We must demand that the President and Congress hold the BLM accountable for this travesty. And, we must stop this from ever happening again by permanently outlawing the sale of America's mustangs for slaughter!
To increase your chances of being heard, place a call to these officials in addition to sending your email!
Please note: Choose "environment" if asked for subject area when submitting your email.
Oppose Massive Oregon Mustang Roundup: SIGN PETITION TODAY!
Oregon Public Broadcasting photo of "Judas" horse leading wld mustangs into trap pens.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a mega roundup of wild horses in the Beatys Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) in southern Oregon later this month. The roundup will shatter the lives of 1,500 wild horses and cost American taxpayers as much as $76 million for the helicopter stampede and lifetime warehousing of captured mustangs in government holding facilities!
This massive roundup is being conducted to appease ranchers in the Beatys Butte Grazing Association, who graze their livestock on our public lands at taxpayer-subsidized rates. This small group of ranchers has been pressuring the BLM to remove horses so they can graze more cattle in the same public lands area.
Please take a stand today! Your signatures will be hand delivered later this month to the Oregon BLM at a joint meeting of the agency's citizen advisory boards that oversee most of the wild horse areas in the state.
Please sign today!
Take Action TODAY: Protect Wild Horses in Wyoming's Red Desert Complex
Photo | Casper Tribune
Comment deadline: October 8, 2015The 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!.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..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..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: Say NO to Mine Expansion in Wild Horse Habitat
Photo | BLM Nevada
Comments must be received by September 28, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently is accepting public comments on a plan to expand the Bald Mountain mining operation that will affect the wild horses living in the Triple B Herd Management Area (HMA) in White Pine County, Nevada. The proposed action will permanently remove 1,210 acres of already scarce vegetation available for wild horses, temporarily remove an additional 6,879 acres of currently available forage, reduce the amount of water available for wild horse use, increase the size of the area negatively impacted by human activity and noise, and pose a risk to wild horse safety and health by either physical injury or exposure to poisonous mercury and cyanide contamination, which is a byproduct of gold mining.
Please join us in opposing the expansion of this mine in an area where the BLM is supposed to be protecting wild horses!
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."
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!
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
Tell BLM: Don't Remove Wild Horses!
Photo by Jeanne Bencich-NationsDeadline 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!
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.
BLM: Protect Largest U.S. Burro Herd!
Photo Courtesy of Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud FoundationWild 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..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!
Colorado Mustangs Are Under Attack
Photo | BLMComments 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.
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.
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!
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..
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.
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.
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!
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..
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.