What's New: Wild Horse and Burro 2022

Because of you, we can fight back against the BLM’s brutality this round up season

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I wanted to send you a quick thank you for the incredible support you have given us to fund our field observation teams. With your help, we’re able to scale up our roundup documentation program and turn even more stories into powerful action on behalf of our cherished wild horses and burros.

Your contributions will go toward:

  • Training more observers;
  • Sending more observers into the field;
  • Investing in field observation equipment;
  • And so much more!

One of the most powerful tools we have to use against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane roundup practices is first-hand witness testimony. Your contributions will help us to continue collecting that evidence and use it to hold the BLM and government officials accountable for the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect.

Over the next few months, you’ll continue to hear some of our observer’s reports from the field, reports that at times, will be devastating. Helicopter roundup season historically brings so much pain to these innocent animals — it’s why our fight for humane in-the-wild management powers on.

That’s why I’m here to tell you today: Do not be discouraged by the stories from the field. While they may be difficult to hear, they must be told and shared because they are driving change. And, it’s only because of your generosity that they are being told at all.

Please know that your donation will have a direct impact on the welfare of our beloved wild herds now and in the future. Thank you once again for your action and dedication to helping the wild horses and burros we all love.

Together, we can fight back against the BLM’s brutality this roundup season.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director  
American Wild Horse Campaign

‼️ Deadline in 24 hours >> and we’re falling short.

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re just one short day away from tomorrow’s deadline to hit our $50,000 Observation Fund goal. And right now, we’re falling shortPlease contribute now to help us reach our goal. >>

Because documenting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) helicopter roundups is so critical to our mission, we’ve assembled and trained a team of photographers and videographers to cover virtually every helicopter capture operation conducted by the federal government this year.

This is essential work. Without the photographs and videos from our observers, the public would be in the dark about the brutality to wild horses and burros that our tax dollars are funding.

Oftentimes, our AWHC representatives are the ONLY ones on site to document the animal welfare violations taking place, allowing our staff to hold the BLM accountable by filing complaints and briefing members of Congress. 

We’re $37,732 of the way to our $50,000 goal – every dollar helps us continue this vital work. Please, if you can, donate to power our observation efforts during the 2022 roundup season today.

POWER OUR WORK →

Make no mistake; our roundup documentation is making a difference. Our evidence of cruelty — like the video of a foal roped and slammed to the ground or a mare crashing into the trap, breaking her neck and then left unattended while the helicopter continued to stampede horses over her body — is prompting Congress to act to curb this blatant abuse. Support is growing for legislative action to ban helicopter roundups, and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) has even introduced a bill to prohibit the use of aircraft to capture wild horses!

Right now, we’re on the ground at three roundups – in the Piceance Basin in Colorado, the Triple B Complex in Nevada, and the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) in California — where 20 horses have died as a result of these roundups so far. In one particularly horrific incident at the Twin Peaks roundup, the helicopter contractor stampeded 123 horses at once into a tiny trap pen, causing a panicked pileup of struggling horses that burst the trap open, causing injuries and two deaths.

In addition to raising awareness on these horrific deaths and influencing Congress to take action, photo and video obtained by these observation teams has also been turned into powerful public education campaigns and lobbying efforts.

Our roundup documentation program has never been more important. It’s grueling work in all kinds of weather. Watching these beautiful and innocent wild animals lose their freedom and families, day in and day out — it’s emotionally draining. It’s also expensive to get our observers out to these remote areas, keep them equipped and in the field with 4-wheel drive vehicles and places to stay after long, arduous days.

Please help us hit our $50,000 goal before tomorrow at midnight to fuel more training and deployment of our observation teams as we get into the thick of the 2022 roundup season. >>

DONATE NOW

We just helped save 16 mustangs from slaughter. Read their story!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a LOT of news to share with you this week! You won’t want to miss the story of how we partnered with Skydog Sanctuary to rescue 16 mustangs from a notorious kill pen in Colorado, and you’ll definitely want to take action to support a bill to ban cruel helicopter roundups. So, please read on!

Ask Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act (H.R. 6635)

Across the West, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-contracted helicopters are hunting down wild horses right now, chasing tiny foals, pregnant mares and other horses in high summer temperatures across very rugged terrain. These helicopter roundups are traumatic and dangerous, and wild horses are injured and killed because of them. Take this week, when BLM helicopters in Califoria stampeded 124 wild horses at once into a far too-small trap pen, causing the panels to burst and killing two horses in the process. Fortunately, members of Congress are standing up to this brutality, including Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) who has introduced a bill (H.R. 6635) to end helicopter roundups for good. Please act today and ask your legislators to cosponsor this important legislation!

TAKE ACTION

The Pinto Post – Tales from the Wild

AWHC operates the world’s largest humane birth control program for wild horses on Nevada’s Virginia Range. It’s part of an amazing community initiative involving several wonderful local organizations and dozens of volunteers who work tirelessly to protect this historic group of wild mustangs. Now you can keep up with their incredible (and sometimes daring!) efforts by subscribing to the Pinto Post, a monthly electronic newsletter that chronicles the work of the volunteers and tells the stories of the beautiful wild horse families living in this area.  Subscribe today to keep up with all the news!

SIGN UP FOR THE PINTO POST

16 BLM Mustangs: Saved from Slaughter!

On the same day we released our explosive investigative report on the deadly consequences of the Adoption Incentive Program (AIP), we partnered with Skydog Sanctuary on the rescue of 16 BLM-branded wild mustangs from a notorious kill pen in Eaton, Colorado. After being immersed in the grim statistics documenting the hundreds of BLM wild horses and burros who have been sent into the slaughter pipeline, we were gratified to help save 16 wonderful souls who would have otherwise faced a horrific fate. Read the story of these horses and find out how you can help by clicking below.

READ MORE

Thank you for your support.

— AWHC Team

Our Colorado ads campaign is already working (!!) Take a look >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Earlier this week, we emailed you about the campaign we’ve launched to educate Colorado residents about the atrocities the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is committing against the Piceance wild horses right now in their backyard.

And, our campaign is already working. Take a look: 

Not only is our campaign getting news hits across several of the major media outlets in Colorado — our ads are also making their debut in these very same publications (!!) Donate now to keep up the momentum and help us keep our ads live. >>

— Taken from The Colorado Sun

This campaign would not be possible without the generosity of dedicated supporters like you. You’ve powered our work thus far — in courts, on the Hill, in the field — and now online and on our TV screens.

We’re grateful to have supporters like you by our side, but we cannot grow complacent now. So far, 512 wild horses have already been captured in the BLM’s Piceance roundup — and 95 of the captured animals? Innocent baby foals. 

Our campaign is working, but we must continue to put pressure on the BLM to turn towards more humane in-the-wild management. Management that doesn’t break apart family bands, remove innocent animals from the public lands they call home, or cost them their lives.

Please, if you’re with us in the fight to protect Colorado’s wild horses and wild horses across the West, donate to power our campaign today and keep our ads on the air.

POWER OUR CAMPAIGN

Thank you for your continued support.

The AWHC Team

Help Fund our TV Ads

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is bearing down on Colorado’s last large remaining wild horse population, we’re fighting back.

We’ve sent a legal letter calling for the delay of the Piceance wild horse roundup, we’ve mobilized thousands of wild horse advocates, and we’ve echoed the urgings of Colorado Governor Polis and Congressman Neguse to halt the helicopters and instead explore humane alternatives to manage these iconic animals. And, now we’re taking that fight right to your screen:

DONATE TO FUEL OUR TV ADS

We are all set to launch television commercials educating the public in Colorado about what is happening to the wild horses just hours away from their homes. Public education is key to empowering more people to speak up for wild horses across the country. And people speaking up is the only thing that will save these cherished animals.

This important aspect of our advocacy is critically important, but it’s also expensive, and we need your help to get the message out loud and clear: wild horses should not be terrorized with helicopters, rounded up, confined for life, and robbed of the two things they hold dear: Family and freedom. Rush a contribution now and see a preview of our commercial before it goes live. >>

POWER OUR TV ADS

The Piceance Basin roundup has already seen the deaths of two wild horses since its start. And still vulnerable foals like two-week-old Elote, a beloved Piceance horse, and pregnant mares are being chased by helicopters. Together, we can enact change, but we need to make every citizen aware of the cruelty that our tax dollars are funding. Please, if you’re with us in this fight, donate to power our TV ads today. >>

POWER OUR ADVOCACY

Thank you for your support and generosity,

The AWHC Team

This week’s eNews: New report contradicts BLM’s justification for accelerated roundups

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

There’s been a lot going on with our precious wild horses and burros, so we wanted to share some updates with you, including our new report on the BLM’s Axtell Holding Facility in Utah, and a way for you to contact your legislators and ask them to protect wild horses and burros. Read on to learn more!

ACT NOW: Urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act (H.R. 6635)

In early 2022, a foal died after suffering a broken leg while being chased by a helicopter. Video footage shows the helicopter continuing to chase the foal even after his leg was visibly broken. He suffered for 30 minutes before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) euthanized him to end his misery. Hundreds of horses and burros tragically die unnecessarily each year as a result of helicopter roundups.

That’s why AWHC has been working to put a stop to this cruel practice once and for all, and Congress is taking action too! Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus has introduced a bill seeking to ban the use of helicopters during roundups — the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act (H.R. 6635). Can you take a moment to urge your representative in Congress to cosponsor this bill?

TAKE ACTION

AWHC Responds to New Ecological Report On the Piceance-East Douglas HMA

Photo by © WilsonAxpe Photography

A new report released last week by Delia Malone, an expert land ecologist with the Sierra Club, directly challenges the BLM’s assertions regarding why it accelerated the roundup of the horses on the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area.

According to Malone, the “BLM’s justification for an accelerated roundup is not supported by evidence.” Click here to read her report!

READ THE REPORT

AWHC Report: July Tour Of The Axtell Holding Facility In Utah

On July 1, 2022 from 9 AM to 12 PM the BLM hosted a tour for the public to view its private holding facility in Axtell, Utah that’s currently home to 1,030 horses and 218 burros. AWHC made sure to have an observer present to document any neglect or mistreatment. Click here to read the findings. >>

READ THE REPORT

Thanks for your support.

— AWHC Team

It’s National I ❤️ Horses Day!! Here are 3 Ways to Celebrate →

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

 It’s National I ❤️ Horses Day!!

Today, we’re celebrating the beautiful wild horses and burros of the American West and the volunteers who help keep them safe and healthy.

Join us in our celebration by taking the following 3 steps to show your support and appreciation for America’s wild horses!

1.   Update your cover photo! → Show your social network just how much you love our cherished wild horses by downloading our official I Love Horses Day cover photo and adding that to your profile!

2.   Spread awareness about the plight of wild horses right now! → Post one of our sample messages OR your own story about your appreciation for wild horses.

Twitter Post: It’s #NationalILoveHorsesDay! Celebrate by taking action with me to protect wild horses  The BLM is conducting inhumane helicopter roundups of these animals all across the West >> Contribute now to @FreeWildHorses to help them protect our wild horses!

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Facebook Post: It’s #NationalILoveHorsesDay! To celebrate, I’m spreading awareness about the plight of America’s wild horses. The Bureau of Land Management has been conducting inhumane helicopter roundups of wild horses — and it has to stop! All across the West, our mustangs are being brutalized so private ranchers can graze their livestock for below market rates. Contribute to the American Wild Horse Campaign and help them to put a stop to the helicopter roundups!

https://bit.ly/3o8oDMm

  1. Donate to our work to protect vulnerable wild horses and burros, including: observing BLM roundups, fighting for the safety of wild horses in court, advocating for humane in the wild management, and providing aid to rescue organizations!
DONATE

Thanks for celebrating with us, Meredith! And more importantly, thanks for acting to protect America’s wild horses.

— AWHC Team

ACTION ALERT: Stop this California Roundup!!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is planning a helicopter roundup operation to capture up to 1,000 wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeastern California. (Act now to stop this roundup. >>)

The USFS has an ugly history within the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory. Between 2018 and 2021, they removed 2,443 wild horses from this habitat — all so giant ranching interests could graze their livestock on public lands at the expense of taxpayers like you, Meredith. These helicopter roundups have had devastating consequences: in the 2021 operation, 5 innocent wild horses lost their lives.

Troubling news of continued injury and death followed, with 2 colts from this same roundup found dead in the USFS’ care after a mountain lion attack and 4 additional colts euthanized due to complications from gelding. One mare was found dead for no known reason, and a stallion broke his neck.

This upcoming roundup must be stopped. The USFS must invest in more humane methods and stop the cruel roundup and stockpiling of wild horses. Further, the agency currently has no formal vetting process for adopters nor for conducting compliance inspections following an adoption. With the USFS practically giving the Devil’s Garden horses away for just $25, we must ensure these measures are in place before any more horses are removed from the range.

You can act now by sending a message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service demanding an immediate halt to this newest attack on these iconic animals and for measures to be put in place to ensure their safety. >>

ACT NOW

— AWHC Team

P.S. This Wednesday, July 13, at 4 p.m. PST, the Forest Service will be hosting a virtual public meeting about this operation. We hope you can attend. Details can be found here.

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So! Who’s Your Daddy?

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By Margie Sloan

Three colts walk into a barn.

The fillies perk up. After the whinnying and a few snorts, the boss mare asks,

“So! Who’s your Daddy?”

Colt one loudly boasts.

“He’s a Thoroughbred worth big bucks and runs around a track!”

Colt two very loudly boasts.

“Mine’s a Warmblood dressage dancer and can do the equine jitterbug and ballet!”

Colt three doesn’t see a need to boast. He simply states,

“Mine is a wild man, a hero and he’s free.” 

The boss mare is intrigued. She wants to hear about all the Daddies but first she wants to hear about the wild man.

His name is Merlin. He’s a stallion of the Colorado Sand Wash Basin Herd. And he is indeed a hero in every sense of the word. No one knows just how many he has sired. However, his role as the Godfather to a forgotten foal is a compelling story of compassion and courage.

Last September, The Bureau of Land Management conducted a roundup of the Colorado Sand Wash Basin wild horses in their effort to thin the herd roaming on Northwest Colorado Public Lands. The roundup was done with helicopters and wranglers stampeding the horses to holding pens.

Observers from wild horse rescue groups and nature photographers noticed a tiny foal that looked to be no more than a few days old, terrified and isolated. Her mother, a mare identified as Serendipity, herself sired by the legendary Picasso was last seen running to escape the low flying helicopter.

Scott Wilson, the winner of the 2022 Sony Open Competition Natural World & Wildlife Photographer of the Year experienced a once in a life time example of the bonds of wild horses protecting their herd at all costs.

What Wilson saw and memorialized on film is the stuff of campfire stories and cowboy movies. It’s doubtful that any screen writer could come up with anything better than the true story of a mustang stallion confronting an uncaring wrangler and protecting a defenseless newborn foal at his own risk of certain capture. Wilson experienced a brief moment of hope and heroism in the midst of a brutal round up.

“Even a tragedy needs a hero. Just after sunrise, on a ridge to the left of an area designated as a viewing area…viewing area i s a term I use loosely since i t was nearly a mile from the holding pen and the helicopters approach was obscured…appeared a tiny newborn foal with what observers assumed was a mare, until it became apparent this was a mustang stallion known locally as Merlin. 

The newborn, as yet unnamed, had been without its mother or her milk since she was rounded up the previous day. The stallion, in a huge sacrifice was seeking to bring the young foal to help. Instantly, we knew were witnessing an extraordinary example of compassionate wild animal behavior at its finest. 

At this point, you want the foal to enter the trap without any drama or be humanely captured so it has the best chance of being reunited with its mare or milk at least. But you also want the stallion to escape. Between the soaring helicopter and an approaching cowboy, Merlin clearly sensed danger and bolted with the foal in tow until Merlin turned and placed himself between the foal and the cowboy. 

Observers were ordered back to their cars at this point, so we have no idea what happened next or how, except the foal eventually made it to the pen and on to a foster facility in Craig, Colorado. 

Stallion Merlin paid the price with his freedom and was held in a holding pen with 120 wild horses rounded up in just one morning. But not for long. 

In an extraordinary act of defiance the following morning, Merlin vaulted the seven foot high fence around the BLM holding pen, with no room for a run up, and galloped his way to freedom. The dramatic escape instantly elevated Merlin to Sand Wash Basin legend status. Artists have been inspired to write poetry and paint versions of the tale. 

Perhaps even more magical is that Merlin was just one of four wild stallions during the 10 day round up who sacrificed their right to roam in order to return a foal to its mother. 

Unbelievable family values! 

The foal, a beautiful black filly was given a chance at a good life. She is growing up and thriving in Kiowa, Colorado at a horse sanctuary. Her name i s Stella Luna and she i s one of the lucky ones.”

The boss mare liked the story. The other two colts were dumbfounded as they had never known about wild horses.

The barn manager came in to do his chores and turned the radio on.

The horses swayed back and forth in their stalls and the barn manager sang along with Janis.

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Nothin, don’t mean nothin’ honey, if it ain’t free.” 

Photos by Scott Wilson

Copyright © Margie Sloan, May, 2022. All rights reserved.

Email: argiema@yahoo.com 

Read the article as a PDF.

Read the article on The Plaid Horse July 2022- The Horse Care Issue.

Read the SAFE Act article PDF.

The BLM says it’s following compliance standards. Here’s what we saw.

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) carries out its brutal helicopter roundups out of the public eye in remote corners of the West. Because of this, we here at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) send observers to every roundup possible so we can bring to light the atrocities committed by the BLM and so we can hold the agency accountable for its actions.

That’s how our team was able to provide you with the video footage you saw yesterday of the BLM brutally mistreating a young foal. In May, we also sent a team to observe the Black Mountain wild burro roundup in Arizona – and, this is yet another example of the unacceptable mistreatment of our wild horses and burros at the hands of the BLM.

Our observers relayed that the BLM contractors used electric cattle prods on the burros and they could be seen in constant distress due to being stampeded long distances by the low-flying helicopters.

Even worse, the BLM’s own Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) assessment of the roundup detailed one of the BLM contractors as hitting, kicking, striking, and beating burros in an abusive manner. Shockingly, the BLM gave itself a 120/125 score (a 96% !!) for maintaining its CAWP standards!

If we don’t send our observers to document these horrific acts of violence against our wild horses and burros, we would not be able to hold the BLM accountable. When our observers witness this abuse, our Government Relations team alerts Congress, our legal team reviews the footage, and we report it directly to you.

It’s critical that we raise the funds necessary to continue sending observers to these roundups so we can ensure no BLM mistreatment goes unrecorded. Can you rush a donation to help us continue to hold the BLM accountable?

HOLD THE BLM ACCOUNTABLE

The abuse we have documented at BLM roundup operations is unacceptable. The violations documented at the Black Mountain roundup should under no circumstance result in a 96% CAWP score, especially since physical abuse is noted.

We need to make sure the BLM cannot continue its cruel roundup and removal practices and the only way to ensure it changes course is to document every roundup possible. Can you rush a donation right now to support our efforts to document the BLM’s abusive treatment of wild horses and burros during roundups?

HOLD THE BLM ACCOUNTABLE

Thank you,

AWHC Team

Innocent baby foals do not deserve to be treated this way

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the holiday weekend, one of our roundup observers witnessed firsthand the devastating and inhumane treatment by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its contractors of an innocent baby wild horse.

During the ongoing Buffalo Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) roundup, our observer caught on video BLM contractors violently slamming the young foal to the ground. We have the footage if you’d like to see for yourself & then take action.

PROTECT WILD FOALS → ACT NOW

Reportedly, these contractors then hogtied the baby and threw the young foal to the ground once more before putting him into the back of an Off Highway Vehicle. These actions are deeply disturbing and unfortunately we know that this small foal is not — nor will he be — the only one to suffer this roundup season. During the hot summer months, vulnerable young foals are chased by low-flying helicopters and often sustain broken bones, injuries, and in some cases, die.

Meredith, our beloved foals don’t deserve this treatment. No animal does. We’re calling for an immediate halt to helicopter roundups and an investigation into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. If you want to see these atrocities stop, please join us.

TAKE ACTION

This will not be the only foal mistreated at the hands of the BLM contractors this roundup season. During last year’s roundups, many foals were seriously injured or died due to inhumane practices and helicopter chases.

We will not stand by while the BLM actively puts foals in harm’s way. Foaling season should NOT be helicopter season. Take action now for these innocent young animals by calling for an immediate halt to roundups and an investigation into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

TAKE ACTION

Thank you for your help.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Happy Independence Day from AWHC!!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

URGENT: Thousands of wild horses are now in critical danger

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

It’s official — roundup season is here.

Yesterday marked the first official day federal helicopters descended onto wild horses to roundup and remove them from their homes. By the end of this summer thousands of wild horses across the West will have lost their freedom, families and for some, even their lives as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) restarts its brutal helicopter roundups. The first roundup of the season has already begun in the Buffalo Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada where over 350 wild horses are caught in the BLM’s crosshairs. 

These horses need you. We send out field observers to document each and every roundup possible – and as you can imagine, sending our field representatives to remote areas of the West for each roundup takes a lot of resources. But with the record of injuries and animal welfare violations the BLM has accumulated, we know that we have to be on the ground. It is essential to bear witness to the atrocities committed by the BLM so we can stand up for these innocent animals. If we didn’t, no one would.

So, as roundup season begins, we’ve set a critical $50,000 goal this month to fuel our efforts to deploy observers to the field and hold the BLM accountable for its cruel and inhumane management tactics. Can you make a donation today to help us get started reaching our goal?

DONATE

The Buffalo Hills roundup is only the beginning, Meredith → The BLM will be targeting at least seven other HMA’s through September 10, including the Triple B Complex and Twin Peaks HMA where a combined 4,000 horses will be removed in July alone.

AWHC will be on the ground for every roundup possible. We have spent the first part of the year bringing on new field representatives who are trained on the BLM’s Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) and are ready to document any and all violations committed against our beloved wild horses during these roundup operations.

When our field representatives report back any abuse or mistreatment they witness, we take action. Our Government Relations team alerts our Congressional champions, our legal team reviews the documentation, and we report the mistreatment directly to you. Without AWHC’s on the ground work, the public would not know what happens to our wild horses and burros at the hands of the federal government

But we’ll be frank, funding our observation teams isn’t cheap. It costs between $2,500-$3,500 to document each roundup for 7-10 days. Further, several of these roundups will be happening simultaneously, which means we need to deploy more field representatives so that we can continue to hold the BLM accountable for its mistreatment of wild horses and burros. 

That’s why it’s critical we raise the funds to support our field teams as they work to document the BLM’s inhumane tactics. Can you make a contribution to help us reach our goal so we can ensure the BLM’s cruel treatment of wild horses is documented?

DONATE

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Roundup season is almost here, and the BLM is coming for me and my herd…

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I need your help.

Roundup season begins tomorrow and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning on coming for me and my herd soon. The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) says that the BLM is planning to roundup nearly 2,000 of my friends and family from our home in the 2.1 million acre Triple B Complex in Eastern Nevada. 

I’ll be honest, I’m scared. Helicopter roundups aren’t just cruel, they can be deadly. I’ve heard that wild horses can get stuck in traps, break their legs, or worse — get killed after the BLM chased them with helicopters. Meredith, I really don’t want to join that list. That’s why we need organizations like AWHC who fight to protect horses like me.

AWHC is working hard to stop the BLM from continuing its use of brutal helicopter roundups. Their fertility vaccine program is a MUCH better alternative. After all, it’s safe, effective, and most importantly, keeps us at home in the wild. Can you make a donation to AWHC to help them keep fighting for us?

DONATE

Powerful ranchers in Nevada hold permits to graze their animals on our lands — they want most of us gone.

AWHC says the goal of this cruel roundup is to reduce our population so that these privately-owned cattle and sheep can continue to graze within our Complex each year. The ranchers want us eliminated because then they get to graze their animals for really cheap — discounted by your tax dollars too! These powerful interests have lobbied in Washington for decades, so they hold a lot of influence, influence that hurts horses like the ones in my herd and thousands more across the West.

That all doesn’t seem very fair, and to be honest, Meredith, I’d really like to keep my whole family together on the lands we’ve called home for centuries. That’s why I’m so glad you support an organization like AWHC.

They are standing up for me and my family both in Washington and out in the field. We need them – and they need you. Without your support, they would not be able to do the necessary work to fight for wild horses like me. Can you make a contribution to support their efforts today?

DONATE

Thank you for standing by my side.

Chance
A stallion from Triple B

BREAKING: House Committee Takes Important Step for Wild Horses and Burros!!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got BIG news.

Thanks to your support, the House Appropriations Committee just adopted language championed by AWHC calling for on-range management strategies of America’s cherished wild horses and burros. The Committee allocated $11 million in funding for humane, reversible fertility control vaccines as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget.

Additionally, the Committee called for several other key provisions that would help keep wild horses and burros on public lands where they belong and better safeguard the welfare of animals that are sold or adopted by federal agencies. These include:

  • Evaluating options for relocating wild horses and burros to different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) as an alternative to sending them to government holding facilities.
  • Reviewing the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) for any weaknesses that jeopardize the welfare of wild horses and burros placed into private care.
  • Partnering with veterans and wild horse organizations to assist in the implementation of a robust fertility control program.
  • Requiring the BLM to provide quarterly reports to Congress regarding how funds are spent and performance metrics.

The Committee also addressed concerns about wild horses and burros under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) by emphasizing the importance of implementing adequate screening procedures for adopters and purchasers of these animals. The USFS currently lacks safeguards to protect wild horses and burros it rounds up and removes from their habitats on USFS lands. This, paired with sale prices as low as $25 a horse, raises serious concerns that USFS wild horses could end up in the slaughter pipeline or face other inhumane outcomes.

We are incredibly grateful for the concrete steps Congress has taken toward reforming the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program over the past two years. This is a result of your unrelenting advocacy, and it marks important progress in the fight to protect these iconic animals. 

At the same time, the bill proposes increased overall funding for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program — although $6 million less than what the Committee proposed last year. We must continue to press the BLM to use any additional funding to improve its program by reducing inhumane removals and addressing shortcomings in its holding system, where 60,000 wild horses and burros are confined and where disease outbreaks have claimed the lives of 159 wild horses so far this year.

This isn’t the last step in the congressional appropriations process, so stay tuned for more updates! 

— The AWHC Team

From California to Colorado, wild horses need your voice now!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

There’s been a lot going on with our precious wild horses and burros, so we wanted to share some updates with you, including a Congressman’s bold efforts to save wild horses in California, and more!

Last Chance: Ask Your Representative to Set BLM on Path to Humane Wild Horse Management

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a markup of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Interior spending bill, which includes funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Government Relations team here at AWHC has been working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups and toward humane fertility control vaccines that keep wild horses on public lands, but we need your help!

Please take action TODAY by asking your member of Congress once more to ensure the BLM’s FY23 budget reflects humane management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros!

TAKE ACTION

ACT NOW: Urge Your Members of Congress to Protect California’s Devil’s Garden Wild Horses! 

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) is currently circulating a sign on letter to U.S.Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S Forest Service Chief Randy Moore regarding inhumane wild horse management practices in the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in California. While Congress has passed legislation prohibiting the Forest Service from destroying healthy wild horses and burros and selling these animals for slaughter for processing into commercial products, serious concerns remain about whether sufficient measures are being taken to protect the Devil’s Garden wild horses from slaughter, including measures to screen buyers and conduct follow-up compliance inspections after sales.

These horses need your voice. Please take one moment today to send a message to your Representative asking that they support Congressman Lieu’s request for the Forest Service to implement policies to ensure the welfare of federally-protected wild horses at Devil’s Garden.

TAKE ACTION

20 Roundups in 40 Years? BLM Mismanagement of the Piceance Wild Horses

By now, you have heard that the BLM is planning on removing most of the wild horses from the Piceance Herd Management Area (HMA) in Colorado beginning July 15, despite calls from state and federal officials to delay the operation pending a review. A little digging into the history of the management—or mismanagement—of this herd tells the story of exactly how we got to where we are today with the pending removal of nearly 850 wild horses. Click below to learn more!

LEARN MORE

Thanks for all you continue to do to protect wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team

Start your week off with some feel-good foal news:

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Meet Colorado’s newest foal, named in honor of the state’s First Gentleman Marlon Reis. Introducing: Reis!

Photo by © WilsonAxpe Photography

Traditionally, in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area, the first person to spot a new foal also gets to choose a name for them! And that’s exactly what photographer and AWHC team member Scott Wilson did, in homage to the Governor of Colorado and the First Gentleman’s advocacy on behalf of these gentle animals. 

Here at AWHC, we fully support this new moniker for this sweet foal, and are proud to recognize the wild horse-friendly leadership of Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Reis!

We couldn’t think of any better story from the range than an adorable foal receiving a worthy name. And, Scott managed to get some amazing photos, too!

Photo by © WilsonAxpe Photography

We’re constantly working to protect foals, wild horses, and burros in Colorado and beyond. And we couldn’t be more grateful to have wild-horse friendly leadership from Governor Polis and First Gentleman Reis! 

Will you sign our thank you card to Gov. Polis and First Gentleman Reis for their continued advocacy on behalf of Colorado’s wild horses?

SIGN THE CARD

Thanks!

— AWHC Team

BLM Corral No Surprise At All To Wild Horse

I-Team: ‘It’ll spread like wildfire.’

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Mustang deaths at BLM corral no surprise at all to wild horse

ACTION ALERT: Our wild herds need your voice!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

House Appropriations language for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 is being considered on Tuesday — and we urgently need your help to ensure next year’s spending bill includes efforts to protect wild horses and burros! 

Can you contact your U.S. Representative right now and ask them to ensure the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) FY23 budget includes humane management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros?

TAKE ACTION NOW →

We are incredibly proud of the historic steps Congress took towards reforming the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program when it passed its FY2022 omnibus spending bill earlier this year. This bill required the BLM to spend up to $11 million to implement a robust fertility control vaccine program as a humane alternative to cruel helicopter roundups.

America’s wild herds are still in danger. 

The BLM is accelerating its brutal roundups of these precious animals. Just yesterday, the BLM began a bait trap removal of the Piceance Basin wild horses outside of Meeker, Colorado, a roundup that wasn’t supposed to even start until the end of August.

Once captured, these horses are sent to overcrowded holding facilities where they are vulnerable to disease, injury, and death. In Piceance, the wild horses were originally supposed to be transported to the BLM’s Cañon City corrals — the same facility where 145 wild horses died from Equine Influenza Virus earlier this year and where an ongoing deadly ‘strangles’ outbreak is still occurring. Instead, the horses will now be transported across state lines to the Axtell holding pens in Utah, which have historically been plagued with strangles.

Our Government Relations team here at AWHC is working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups in favor of humane birth control vaccines that keep wild horses on the public lands they and their families call home. But we can’t do it alone. We need as many voices as possible to echo our message and urge Congress to enact a pro-horse and burro agenda for 2023!

That’s why we need your help. Will you call on your U.S. Representative to support $11 million in humane birth control vaccine treatments in the FY23 spending bill?

TAKE ACTION →

Thank you for standing up for America’s wild herds,

AWHC Team

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I wanted to contact you today because you are a supporter of AWHC who takes a lot of action on behalf of wild horses and burros!

AWHC is starting a volunteer legislative advocacy team and we are looking for reliable people who may be interested in helping with us in a leadership role.

The purpose of the Volunteer Ambassador Program is to have AWHC volunteers in each Congressional District to give a voice for our iconic wild horses and burros and bring awareness to their plight.

If you are interested, please complete this application and return to volunteer@americanwildhorsecampaign.org. We are actively recruiting volunteers who have drive and interest in helping with our policy and legislative initiatives.

Thank you for your continued support of wild horses and burros!

Michele Patterson
Grassroots and Advocacy Manager, AWHC

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