Current Actions

  • Tell BLM: Protect Wild Horse and Burros in RMP

    Photo of Red Rock wild horses by BLM Nevada

    Take A Stand: Comments Due by January 7, 2015

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

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

    • Zeroing out (eliminating all remaining wild burros from) the Gold Butte HMA.
    • Authorizing the BLM to permanently sterilize (spay/geld) wild horses.
    • Removal of horses prioritized as solution for public safety concerns instead of implementation of preventive measures to manage horses on the range.

    The RMP revision will also set the Allowable Management Levels (AMLs) and could be an opportunity to set larger, more sustainable AMLs for some of the HMAs. 

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

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

    Please Act Today!

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

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

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

    What You Can Do

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

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

    Thank you! 

  • Tell BLM: Protect Wild Horses from Gold Drilling Exploration Project

    Photo of Rocky Hills horses by BLM

    Comments Due by Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

    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 NuLegacy Gold Corporation on BLM lands in Eureka County, NV. The project will add 100 acres of disturbance for a total impact area of 1,760 acres over a ten-year period. 

    This project would expand road construction, use of heavy equipment (drilling rigs, trucks, excavators, etc.) and industrial drilling activities in an area that lies entirely within the 84,000-acre Rocky Hills Herd Management Area (HMA), and specifically, within a documented area of concentrated use by the estimated 130 wild horses who live there. In addition, the proposed project area is located in close proximity to the horses' only reliable water source -- Cadet Trough Spring. And, the entire exploration area lies directly within the travel corridor that the horses use to access this spring! 

    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." However, the mitigation measures proposed are not adequate to protect the Rocky Hills HMA wild horses from the negative impacts of this extremely disruptive drilling project. 

    Pease take a moment to personalize the draft comment letter below to urge BLM to reject the expansion of gold drilling exploration activities in this critical wild horse habitat area. Let the BLM know that if the project does proceed, much stronger protections for wild horses must be required.  

  • Tell Nevada Governor: Virginia Range Horse Management Agreement at Risk!
    The stallion Bond (left) and his family (right) captured by NDA in October 2014. Photos on left by
    Patty Summerson-Bumgarner and on right by Sherry Snyder.

    In October, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) captured and removed 28 more wild horses from the Virginia Range near Reno. Bond and his family are living on borrowed time at the Carson City prison where they remain in jeopardy. Sadly, rescue groups have reached capacity after taking in more than 150 wild horses removed by the NDA from the Virginia Range over the past two years, and placement for Bond and his family and the other horses at the prison has not been secured.  

    Many of these wild horse removals could have been prevented had the state acted on legislation -- passed over a year ago -- to facilitate the public/private partnership for humane management of the Virginia Range horses. Instead, the state has delayed implementation of the proposal submitted by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (under the auspices of our founding organization Return to Freedom) and local Nevada organizations. The delay is now jeopardizing tens of thousands of dollars secured from national organizations and private foundations to support the proposed program and placing Bond, his family and dozens of other horses in danger of being sold for slaughter. 

    The Nevada Department of Agriculture operates under the direction of Governor Brian Sandoval, who was just re-elected for a second term. Please take one moment to ask Governor Sandoval to make implementation of a cooperative agreement for the humane management of the Virginia Range wild horses a priority. This is a win-win-win situation for the state, the taxpayers of Nevada and the cherished wild horses of the Virginia Range!

    Please act today by personalizing the letter below. When you press "Submit" your letter will be faxed to the governor. Also, you can call the Governor at 775-684-5670775-684-5670.

  • Tell BLM: No Gas/Oil In Wild Horse Habitat
    Photo by National Geographic.

    Comments Due by Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Elko District in Nevada is asking for public comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for 24 parcels that have been nominated for auction for gas and oil development leases. Twelve of the parcels reside within the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA), which is currently home to over 700 wild horses. The BLM routinely excludes public lands from leasing for gas/oil exploration or production based on a multitude of reasons ranging from sensitive animal and plant species to livestock grazing interests. It's time our federally-protected wild horses get equal protection.

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

    Please take action below to demand that the BLM revise its Draft EA to withdraw the 12 parcels that are located within the Antelope Valley HMA.

  • 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 BLM: SAY NO TO PREDATOR KILLING CONTEST IN IDAHO!

    Photo | BLM

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seriously considering allowing a five-year predator-killing derby on our public lands in Idaho. A hunters’ organization called Idaho for Wildlife wants to hold this multi-year wolf and predator-killing derby on national public lands, including within the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA), home to one of the state's few remaining wild horse populations. 

    The BLM is supposed to manage public lands and wild horse and burro populations to maintain a "Thriving Natural Ecological Balance." However, no ecological balance can be achieved when predators are killed and removed from the ecosystem. In fact, this killing spree is completely incompatible with modern scientific principles for public lands and wildlife management.

    The proposed derby would be a contest in which a point system would be established and applied to different predators, and participants would compete for the most points. The largest species killed would be awarded the highest points. Wolves, coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons and starlings are classified by Idaho law as predatory. The special use permit being requested from the BLM would allow up to 500 participants and if approved, would begin January 2, 2015.

    Please join us in urging the BLM to prohibit this barbaric event by denying the request for a special use permit.

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  • 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.

  • Justice4Mustangs:

    Sign the Petition and Send Your Photo!

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

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

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

    Here’s what you can do:

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

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

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

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

    4. Share, share share!!

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

    #justice4mustangs

  • Tell BLM Advisory Board: Recommend BLM Use Birth Control Instead of Roundups

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will be meeting in Riverton, Wyoming on August 25, 2014. If you cannot attend this meeting, you can still participate by submitting comments to Advisory Board members to let them know what policy recommendations you wold like them to make to the BLM.

    The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is supposed to represent "multiple interest groups and the public" and "discuss issues and advise the BLM." In reality, this Board is dominated by livestock interests, with five of nine board seats held by ranchers and/or those affiliated with ranching interests. 

    However, the crisis that the BLM's mismanagement of this program has created also creates an opportunity for us to work together with other interests on reform. With removals reduced, holding facilities full and the ban on slaughter in force, even the ranchers on this board have spoken out strongly in favor of BLM using humane (PZP) birth control to manage wild horse herds.

    Please take this moment to ask the Advisory Board to recommend that the BLM follow the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences to immediately implement humane and cost-effective management of wild horses on the range using the immediately-available and proven PZP fertility control. Let's send a message loud and clear that the public wants wild horses to remain wild and not rounded up and incarcerated for life in holding pens. 

  • Urge BLM Ely District: Protect Wild Horses

    Public Comments Due June 30, 2014.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) of a broad programatic plan to remove wild horses when the agency deems it an "safety" or "nuisance" issue. The Safety/Nuisance EA outlines a broad range of management alternatives that may be implemented at any time. However, it is imperative that the BLM not skirt the requirment to provide the public with site-specific information on specific horses that are targeted for removal -- not just this broad sweepin EA which fails to provide any site-specific information.

    The BLM Ely District manages 11.5 million acres of public land that includes 238 livestock grazing allotments and six wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) on BLM lands, as well as  two Wild Horse Territories on Forest Service lands. The BLM Ely District authorizes nearly 18 times more forage to privately owned livestock than to federally-protected wild horses in this area. The agency allows a maximum of 1,695 wild horses vs. the annual equivalent of 30,239 cow/calf pairs to live in the district. 

    Please take this opportunity to demand that the BLM fulfill its legal mandate to provide the public with an opportunity to provide comments on site-specific information regarding any proposed horse removals.

  • TAKE A STAND AGAINST BLM WYOMING WILD HORSE WIPEOUT

     

    On July 18, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it would bypass the National Environmental Policy Act and the requirements of its own land use plans to roundup nearly 1,000 wild horses from the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. The proposed roundup is Step #2 in the agency's devastating plan to eliminate wild horses from two million acres of land known as the Wyoming Checkerboard in the southwestern part of the state.

    The BLM is taking this action solely to appease the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), whose members profit from taxpayer subsidized livestock grazing on the public lands where wild horses live. Tens of thousands of citizens have submitted comment letters opposing the BLM's plan to wipeout wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard. Instead of listening to the public, the BLM is marching to the orders of a for-profit grazing association.... and sticking taxpayers with the bill for millions of dollars in tax subsidies for RSGA members as well as the costs to roundup, remove and stockpile wild horses. 

    Take A Stand For American Taxpayers And Our Wild Horses Today. Sign the Petition for Wyoming's Wild Horses. 

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

    Information Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

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

    TAKE ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

  • Comment on Grazing Permit Affecting Wild Horse Habitat
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    Public Comments Deadline July 9, 2014

    The Eagle Lake Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on its pending decision to renew livestock grazing permits in numerous allotments on our public lands, including four that are in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA). These grazing allotments -- once approved -- will remain in effect for ten years!

    While these four, small allotments only cover 3% of the land in the 635,000-acre HMA, the forage allocated to these small allotments is more than 25% of all the forage given to wild horses and burros in the entire HMA. This inequitable distribution of resources on our public lands needs to end and wild horses and burros must be given their fair share of available resoures.

    Please take a stand for wild horses and burros and urge the BLM to stop giving the bulk of the resources to private livestock.

  • Take Action: Stop Horse Slaughter Amendment!

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

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

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

    What You Can Do:

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

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

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

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

  • Tell BLM to Stand Up to Ranchers; Reduce Livestock Grazing on Public Lands
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    The record drought that is affecting much of the West is undeniable, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- as we write this -- is allowing ranchers to turn out their cattle on our severely depleted public rangelands. This level of grazing under these extreme conditions is causing potentially irreversible damage to the fragile desert/sagebrush ecosystem. Continued livestock grazing in already drought-stricken wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is placing these federally-protected animals and other wildlife species in danger of grave suffering and death from starvation and dehydration over the dry summer months. 
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    Very few BLM officials are willing to take meaningful steps to prevent this destruction of our public resources. However, one responsible official, BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado, has had the courage to implement reductions to livestock grazing on the depleted rangelands under his jurisdiction. Despite the modest nature of the proposed grazing restrictions, ranchers are attacking Mr. Furtado and calling for his removal. 
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    Across the West, ranchers are bullying and threatening illegal action against the BLM to defend what they erroneously believe is their "right" to graze private livestock on our public rangelands, and the the BLM is consistently caving in to their demands.
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    It's time to show BLM Director Neil Kornze, BLM Nevada State Director Amy Leuders and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that American citizens want our federal public lands protected and that leadership is needed to support responsible BLM officials who take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing during these dire times. Please speak up now by personalizing and sending the sample letter below.
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  • Tell BLM to Stand Up to Ranchers; Reduce Livestock Grazing on Public Lands
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    The record drought affecting much of the West is undeniable, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- as we write this -- is allowing ranchers to turn out their cattle on our severely depleted public rangelands. This level of grazing under these extreme conditions is causing potentially irreversible damage to the fragile desert/sagebrush ecosystem. Continued livestock grazing in already drought-stricken wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is placing these federally-protected animals and other wildlife species in danger of grave suffering and death from starvation and dehydration over the dry summer months. 
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    Very few BLM officials are willing to take meaningful steps to prevent this destruction of our public resources. However, one responsible official, BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado, has had the courage to implement reductions to livestock grazing on depleted rangelands under his jurisdiction. Despite the modest nature of the proposed grazing restrictions, ranchers are attacking Mr. Furtado and calling for his removal. 
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    Across the West, ranchers are bullying and threatening illegal action against the BLM to defend what they erroneously believe is their "right" to graze private livestock on our public rangelands and the BLM is consistently caving in to their demands.
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    It's time to show BLM Director Neil Kornze, BLM Nevada State Director Amy Leuders and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that American citizens want our federal public lands protected and that leadership is needed to support responsible BLM officials who take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing during these dire times. Please speak up now by personalizing and sending the sample letter below.
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  • Tell BLM: Stop Ignoring Public Comments
    Photo credit Carol Walker/Living Images.
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    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 245 million acres of land in the United States, primarily in the West. The agency is currently seeking public comments on its review of its land use planning processes, specifically the way it develops and revises Resource Management Plans (RMPs), which are blueprints that set policy for managing specific areas of public land over a period of time (generally 10-15 years). This is the stage at which the agency allocates resources, sets "appropriate" management levels for wild horses and burros, and even makes the decision to "zero-out" designated Herd Management Areas (HMA) where these animals reside.

    Now is your chance to tell the BLM the public lands must be managed for all Americans, not just for a handful of special interest groups - in particular the livestock industry - that dominate BLM public land decision making today. Now is the time to speak up and demand that the BLM stop ignoring hundreds of thousands of public comments and start adapting its land use policies to reflect  societal, environmental and economic change.

    Please take a moment to  personalize and submit the sample letter below to send your comments to the BLM today.

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

    Comments Due by Wednesday, May 27, 2014

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada's Ely District is asking for public comments on its scoping notice for 193 parcels that have been nominated for auction for gas and oil development leases. Of the 193 parcels, 14 overlap with two important wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

    The BLM has previously acknowledged that if parcels in an HMA are used for gas and oil exploration or production that the "[i]ncreased human and motorized activity could disrupt and displace wild horses." In addition, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") used to extract oil and natural gas from beneath the ground, consumes large volumes of water, and in these times of drought would further deplete the water supply and likely would have negative impacts on wild horses.

    The BLM routinely withdraws land parcels from oil and gas leasing when they overlap habitat for species of concern, including endangered species,  as well as for sensitive archeological sites. The BLM is mandated under federal law to protect wild horses, so excluding land parcels in HMAs is the minimal action the agency should take to protect wild horses from harassment and habitat destruction.

    Please take action below to urge the BLM to withdraw the 14 land parcels out of 194 total parcels that overlap with HMAs from the total of 194 proposed for leasing when creating its Draft EA.

  • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • BLM WYOMING NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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    Photo by Carol Walker, Living Images

    Public Comment Deadline: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tell Congress: Sign the Pledge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Comments Due by Friday, January 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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    Public Comment Deadline: January 29, 2014

    Information provided courtesy of Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Public Comment Deadline: January 27, 2014

    Information provided courtesy of Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We cannot let this happen.

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

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

    Thank you very much for helping America's horses!

  • STOP BLM WYOMING WILD HORSE WIPEOUT

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

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

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

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

  • Tell Your Senator: Do NOT forget the Sheldon Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What You Can Do

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

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

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

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

  • Tell Senate Committee: Reject "Grazing Improvement" Act

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

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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

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

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

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

  • Tell Senate Committee: Reject "Grazing Improvement" Act

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

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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

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

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

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

  • BLM to Wipe Out Wild Horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

    Take A Stand: Comments Due by September 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make sure Sally Jewell gets the message

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

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

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

    Tweet @SecretaryJewell

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

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

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

    ► Fax

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

  • Tell Your Rep: Sign the Letter to Sally Jewell

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

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

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

    Encourage your represenative to add their name right now.

  • 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.  

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


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

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

  • Tell Washington: Sign the letter to Sally Jewell

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

    AWHPC bumper sticker

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

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

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

    Step In, Sally to protect our wild horses!

  • Tell USDA: Say NO to Horse Slaughter

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

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

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

    Americans don't eat horsemeat and overwhelmingly oppose horse slaughter

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

    What You Can Do 

    1. Please call Secretary Vilsak 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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

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

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

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

  • Take Action to Protect Wild Horses In Wyoming From Massive Industrialization of Public Lands

    The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on its plan to increase natural gas drilling on public lands in Wyoming by as much as 12 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

    The Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Drilling Project involves more than 20 companies, led by BP American Production. If approved, the expansion could add about 9,000 wells on just over 6,100 well pads in a 1.1 million-square-mile area stretching from 25 miles west of Rawlins to 50 miles east of Rock Springs. The majority of the land is federally owned. The project will directly impact two wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs): 119,600 acres of the 251,000­ acre Lost Creek HMA in the northwest corner, and 5,826 acres of the 472,812-acre Adobe Town HMA along the southwest perimeter west of Baggs, Wyoming.  In addition to the project further industrializing public lands and wild horse habitat within the Lost Creek and Adobe Town HMAs, the project area would further industrialize public lands immediately adjacent to the Salt Wells Creek HMA and the Divide Basin HMA. 

    Please submit your comments to BLM by March 6. Encourage BLM to choose an Alternative that minimizes impacts of the proposed development to wild horses.

  • Tell Congress: Sign the letter

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

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

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

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

  • Let's take this to the White House

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Public Comment Deadline: As Soon As Possible

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Please Urge Government to Cancel Idaho Mustang Roundup

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


    Comment deadline: August 20, 2012.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make Room for Mustangs!

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

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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

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

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

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

    Learn more about this bill by clicking here.

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

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

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

    Photo by Terry Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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

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

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

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

    Learn more about this bill by clicking here.

    Please take action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So please be a voice for the horses today!

    TAKE ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Help American Horses - Domestic & Wild!

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

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

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

    TAKE ACTION

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

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

  • SAY "NO" TO ANOTHER MASSIVE BLM MUSTANG ROUNDUP IN WYOMING

    BLM to Remove 1,225 Wild Horses from the Great Divide Basin in Summer Roundup that Will Stampede Young Foals and Pregnant Mares

    All Remaining Horses May Be Sterilized & Managed as "Non-reproducing" Herd


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    Comments Due June 20 - Take Easy Action Below

    This beautiful mustang family living in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) in Southern Wyoming does not know the terror that awaits them. Beginning as early as July 2011, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to send out helicopters to roundup over 1,600 mustangs from this HMA.  After tearing foals from their mothers and forcibly driving mares from their stallions, the BLM will permanently remove 1,225 of the wild horses from their rightful home on our public lands.

    And making a bad situation worse, the BLM is considering an option to remove 100 percent of the horses from the Great Divide Basin and return a small number of sterilized horses to the range. That's right - gelded stallions and spayed mares, and a population of wild horses managed as non-reproducing! BLM's decision to choose this option in the neighboring Little Colorado and White Mountain Herd Management Areas is sparking outrage across the nation.

    Roundup During Peak Foaling Season

    Photographer Carol Walker recently visited the HMA and found few foals, which means that the foaling season has not yet hit its peak. This spells danger for the Great Basin Divide mustangs, as still-pregnant mares and vulnerable one-month- old foals will be stampeded over miles of rough terrain during the helicopter drive. Previous roundups have run young foals so hard that their tender hooves literally sloughed off, requiring the BLM to euthanize them, and heavily pregnant mares suffered spontnateous abortions in holding pens after being stampeded and captured.

    Read Carol Walker's account and see photos from  her visit to the Great Divide Basin HMA and other Wyoming wild horse areas

    And Please Remember to Submit Your Comments by Taking Easy Action Below.

    Ignoring the Will of the People. . . Again

    The BLM received more than 3,200 comments opposing this roundup, but it is proceeding with the costly and cruel roundup in spite of the public's call for alternatives to be implemented. Once again, the agency is promising change, but delivering business as usual. The BLM allows just  400-610 wild horses to live in this this 1,200+ square mile public lands area. Meanwhile, the four livestock grazing allotments in the Great Divide Basin HMA are authorized to use 17-26 TIMES MORE forage and water than are the federally-protected wild horses!

    The photo above shows some of the hundreds of cattle that Carol Walker observed on her recent visit to the Great Basin Divide HMA, an area that was designated by Congress to be managed principally for the benefit of wild horses.

    While no crisis exists on the range, the fiscal crisis is mounts off the range, where the BLM's stockpiling of more than 42,000 captured wild horses threatens to break the fiscal backs of American taxpayers. The Great Basin Divide roundup will add over 1,000 more horses to government holding facilities that already cost taxpayers nearly $50 million annually.


    Wiping Out Wyoming's Wild Horses

    While Wyoming's Tourism Board advertises its state by promoting its wild horse herds, the BLM, in partnership with the cattlemen's industry, is busy clearing Wyoming's mustangs from the land. The proposed Great Basin Divide roundup will take place on the heels of another massive BLM roundup, which aims to remove nearly 700 wild horses from the nearby White Mountain and Little Colorado HMAs in early July. Both actions follow by less than a year the devastating Adobe Town and Salt Wells roundups, which permanently removed more than 2,000 mustangs from these famed HMAs in Wyoming's Red Desert region.


    Let BLM know that it is not acceptable to continue to ignore the comments of thousands of American citizens who are speaking up for the mustangs!

    See the EA & Related Documents Here.

  • No More Welfare Ranching!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nut Mountain Allotment (63,953 public acres)

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

    Massacre Lakes Allotment  (38,466 public acres)

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


    Massacre Mountain (146,097 public acres)

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

    Tuledad Allotment (165,286 public acres)

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

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


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  • Comments Needed to Oppose Triple B, Maverick Medicine Roundup

    BLM TO REMOVE ANOTHER 1,726 MUSTANGS FROM NORTHEASTERN NEVADA

    The mustangs need YOU to be their voice. 

    Please submit your comments by February 7.

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

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

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

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

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


    Deadline for comments:  Monday, December 27, 2010



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more about roundups in Utah here.