The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
We just received word that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has denied our legal protest against a plan in Wyoming that would result in the largest-ever eradication of federally protected wild horses and their habitat.
That means it’s game on.
We have given our attorney’s the green-light to begin preparing litigation for what could be the most important legal battle for wild horses in history, with implications for ALL herds across the West. Can you rush a donation before tonight’s Year-End deadline to fuel our Legal Fund for the fight ahead in 2023?
The BLM’s plan calls for the complete elimination of 2.1 million acres of wild horse habitat in Wyoming and the complete eradication of two iconic wild horse herds. Statewide, 43% of all wild horse habitat would be eliminated and the entire wild horse population in Wyoming — which currently totals less than 5,000 — would be slashed by one-third.
In addition to zeroing out the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin HMAs, the BLM’s plan will reduce the population in the neighboring Adobe Town HMA by half. In total, over 1,000 wild Wyoming mustangs are stuck in the BLM’s crosshairs. If they survive brutal helicopter roundups, they will be confined within the BLM’s holding system, which is riddled with animal welfare violations and disease outbreaks.
Who is at stake: the Salt Wells Creek wild horses.
Photo: Kimerlee Curyl Photography
We have less than 12 hours until our year-end fundraising deadline and we still have a ways to go to hit our $150,000 goal. We now have even more urgency to meet this deadline as this lawsuit could cost upwards of $100,000, and we know we have a long battle ahead.
Right now, we are tracking at $112,431 of the way to our goal — $37,569 short of where we need to be to finish out strong. Any donation you make today will be DOUBLED in our fight to protect Wyoming’s wild horses. Donate now and make 2X the impact for wild horses and burros in 2023. >>
We know we’re asking for a lot during this last week of the year. But it’s because the stakes have never been higher, and we need the resources to keep the fight going. The plan in Wyoming sets a dangerous precedent for private landowners and public land ranchers to dictate whether federally-protected wild horses will be allowed to live in their designated habitats and threatens to undermine federal protections for all wild horses and burros across the West.
But we’re not backing down. We’re committed to fighting back against this disastrous plan from every possible angle, but we need your help to keep us battling in court and on Capitol Hill. We’re just HOURS away from the opportunity to unlock our $150,000 match before we close the books in 2022. Can you make a donation right now to help us unlock this HUGE matching gift opportunity?
Thanks so much.
— American Wild Horse Campaign