Comments due by April 4, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management (BML) is once again targeting wild horses in Wyoming. The agency is accepting public comments on a Scoping Notice for yet another roundup on the Wyoming Checkerboard lands within and outside of the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Abode Town Herd Management Areas (HMAs).
The BLM estimates that 2,315 wild horses live on the Checkerboard which is comprised of 2.4 million acres of public and private lands – 71% of which is public – in the southern part of Wyoming. Yet, the BLM has set Appropriate Management Level (AMLs) of just 1,276 – 1,765 horses. Even at the current population, that translates into one wild horse per 1,037 acres!
This Proposed Action would remove 1,029 wild horses in order to achieve the low AML of 1,276 wild horses. It’s also part of a lengthy history of the BLM appeasing cattle ranchers who want to eliminate federally protected wild horses on this large swath of land and circumventing long-standing laws to do so, including the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
In 2014, for example, a massive BLM roundup permanently removed 1,263 wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard. In 2016, the BLM planned another roundup to eliminate the remaining horses. However, a lawsuit, which was brought by the American Wild Horse Campaign and other wild horse advocates, resulted in a court decision that stopped the action because it was illegal.
Once again, it’s time to stand up for the wild horses in Wyoming. Please personalize and submit the sample letter below to prevent another BLM roundup of these federally-protected wild horses from public and private lands in the Checkerboard.
Photo of captured Nevada wild horses by BLM
Comment deadline: February 10, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management's Humboldt River Field Office is accepting public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) to manage the federally protected horses and burros in the Blue Wing Complex in Nevada. The Complex, which includes the Kamma Mountains, Seven Troughs Range, the Lava Beds, Blue Wing Mountains, and Shawave HMAs, spans 2,283,300 acres (over 3,500 square miles!). Yet the BLM has set “Appropriate” Management Levels (AMLs) of just 333 to 553 wild horses and 55 to 90 wild burros for this entire area! At the upper population limit, that’s only one horse or burro per 3,551 acres!
The BLM wants to drive the wild horse and burro population down to low AML in 20 years by implementing an unprecedented plan to sterilize 30 percent of these herds using highly controversial procedures that are untested in wild free-roaming horse herds. The BLM’s plan does not disclose when and how many roundups will occur, how many wild horses and burros will be permanently removed, when and how many mares and jennies will be treated with fertility control or spayed, or when and how many stallions and jacks will be gelded.
For more details on the plan, please click here.
Now is the time take a stand against this BLM proposal that will expose wild horses and burros to this dangerous experiment that is thinly disguised as a management plan. Please personalize and submit the sample letter below to demand fair treatment of wild horses and burros in Nevada!
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.
Comments due by January 31, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management's Lander Field Office is accepting public comments for a wild horse roundup in the North Lander Complex in Wyoming in the fall of 2017. The Complex, which includes the Conant Creek, Dispan Butte, Muskrat Basin and Rock Creek Mountain (HMAs), is 368,000 acres (575 square miles) in size, yet the BLM allows just 320-535 wild horses to in this area.
The proposed roundup would take place in the Fall of 2017 and use helicopters (bait trapping may also be utilized) to permanently remove approximately 700 of the 1,026 estimated wild horses living within the Complex.
The roundup will dramatically reduce the populations within the four HMAs down to the low "Appropriate" Management Level. For three of the four HMAs, this means leaving behind genetically non-viable populations of just 50-60 horses!
Any mares that are returned to the range will be inoculated with the PZP birth control vaccine.
While we support the use of humane birth control to manage wild horse populations, we oppose the routine use of cruel helicopter drives, which kill, injure and traumatize wild horses as they are stampeded over miles of rugged terrain. Additionally, we oppose the artificially low population limits set for this area, which reflect the BLM’s preferential treatment of privately-owned livestock over federally-protected wild horses.
Now is the time to weigh in for humane on-the-range management and fair treatment of the wild horses living on our public lands in the North Lander Complex, so please get your scoping comments in by personalizing and submitting the letter below.
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!
Comments Due by September 9, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is again proposing to remove all wild horses from Checkerboard lands within and outside the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in
We continue to challenge this massive public lands giveaway in federal court. Meanwhile, wild horses continue to pay the price for the BLM's reckless actions. The latest plan proposes to use helicopters to stampede, capture, and permanently remove over 500 wild horses from the three Herd Management Areas, just two years after the agency conducted a massive roundup that removed 1,261 wild horses from the Checkerboard.
Once again, let's take a stand and demonstrate massive public opposition to this wild horse wipeout and public lands giveaway... Please take action below to oppose this roundup!
Please sign by August 15, 2016
Please voice your support for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) plan to partner with the Humane Society of the United States on a humane fertility control research pilot program for the wild burros of the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Arizona.
The Black Mountain burro herd is one of the largest and most genetically healthy wild burro populations left in the U.S. The BLM is doing the right thing by prioritizing humane management of these burros despite vocal lobbying from state and local officials for large-scale rounding up and removal of wild burros from the range.
The agency is now accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the PZP fertility control pilot research program. Additional research is necessary because PZP has not been used as extensively on wild burros as it has been on wild horses, although one research project has already shown that it was 100 percent safe and effective in wild burros living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can submit your own comments on the EA, by clicking here,
To add your name to AWHPC’s comments, please sign the petition below.
Frisco wild horses captured by BLM in 2012. Photo: BLM
The Bureau of Land Management’s West Desert and Fillmore Field Offices are planning to round up wild horses from the Frisco and Conger Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah to conduct a "research" study that will capture 275 horses, remove 200, and geld approximately 37 stallions from the Conger HMA, release them back into the herd, and then study how this major disruption effects individuals and herd dynamics. The Frisco HMA will have 250 horses rounded up and 175 removed. The study, which also involves radio collaring mares and gluing tracking tags into stallions' tails, will last for 10 years.
Once again, the BLM is proposing to study the "natural behaviors" of wild horses after removing over 40% of their populations via traumatic helicopter roundups that will severely disrupt and destroy the integrity of the animals' tightly knit social structures. Stallions in the Conger herd will be rounded up by helicopters and lose their bands not once, but twice, in two years. No valid data on the "natural" behaviors of these traumatized and highly manipulated stallions can possibly be obtained in this manner.
In addition, the BLM is using "research" as an excuse to castrate up to 75% of the stallions in the Conger HMA. This plan will destroy the genetic viability and social integrity of the Conger herd. This scientific fact was confirmed by the National Academy of Sciences, which warned in 2013 that castration causes “loss of testosterone and consequent reduction in or complete loss of male-type behaviors necessary for maintenance of social organization, band integrity, and expression of a natural behavior repertoire.”
We need you to speak up now so that the Conger stallions can live out their lives as truly wild and free roaming horses instead of subjects in a BLM “scientific” experiment that will destroy the federally protected Conger wild horse herd.
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!
Photo | Casper Tribune
Comment deadline: October 8, 2015
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!
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."
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Photo Courtesy of Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 personalize the sample letter below, then press "submit" to send an individual email with your comments to the BLM.
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.
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.