What's New: Wild Horse and Burro 2022

A critical first step

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Breaking news:

Congress just released its Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations omnibus spending bill — and in it, we successfully secured the humane immunocontraceptive fertility control funding and other language that our government relations team has been advocating for since this time last year!

Firstly, I want to say thank you — wild horse advocates and AWHC supporters like you fought alongside us over the last 12 months to make this language possible.

It’s a critical first step in our fight to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros. But that’s just what it is — a first step.

When passed, the bill will ensure that up to $11 million of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget must go toward humane immunocontraceptive fertility control treatment and research, effectively diverting funds away from brutal and deadly helicopter roundups.

However, we’re disappointed that the bill provides increased funding overall for roundups and removal — a total of $21 million over the FY21 funding levels. But fortunately, Congress ultimately appropriated significantly less funding than what was provided in the original FY22 House and Senate bills, and less than the $35 million increase that was requested by the Administration.

Despite scientific evidence, wild horses and burros are still being scapegoated for land degradation and climate change, even though research shows commercial livestock grazing is the real environmental threat to public lands. The omnibus also creates an interagency task force to deal with the “crisis” of growing wild horse populations — something we will be keeping a close eye on.

While parts of this spending bill are deeply concerning, the bill does also include long-standing anti-slaughter provisions that effectively prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. and prohibit the slaughter of federally protected wild horses and burros for the remainder of the fiscal year.

So : This is a strong step in the right direction, and we must acknowledge the progress we are making. Our fight to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros will not happen overnight. This battle is a marathon, not a sprint. 

We will continue our work and research in the field to prove that humane management works and keeps wild horses in the wild where they belong. We will take this work and the full force of our strong advocate base to Congress to back up our calls for action. And when the BLM violates the law protecting wild horses and burros, we will go to court and fight on behalf of these cherished animals.

Our fight is just beginning — and this $11 million is just the first step. Will you continue to stand with us today by calling for the next step: An oversight hearing on the BLM’s woefully mismanaged Wild Horse and Burro Program?

TAKE ACTION

Stay strong and stay ready,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Stargazer’s story

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

My name is Melissa and I just joined AWHC as their new Deputy Director. I’m reaching out today to share my story about why I’m all in on the fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros.

I’ve always been a photographer at heart. As a passionate advocate for animal protection, I’ve been behind the lens — as the owner of RJStein Photography — to bring awareness to the plight of wild mustangs.

My journey began in 2018, when I attended a photography workshop in Utah with the beloved Onaqui wild horses. I’ll never forget the moment — first I saw the dust clouds on the horizon, then I heard their hooves from afar. All of a sudden dozens of the most magnificent wild horses crested the hill and I was able to capture every stunning moment through the lens of my camera. It was truly life changing.

When I looked at my photos, I was awestruck by a beautiful dun pinto stallion who was known as Stargazer. He was living as a bachelor back then, and hadn’t yet started his family. I was in love. I continued to go to Onaqui over the next several years to visit with Stargazer and was delighted when he finally found his first and only mare — a beautiful grey mustang named Northstar, or Nora for short.

In 2021, the BLM’s helicopters descended on the Onaqui wild horses, and Stargazer was captured. This once brave stallion looked so lost and confused. Not only that, but he was without Nora.

At that moment — looking at the photos of him being rounded up still makes me cry — I was determined to reunite him with Nora so their story could continue on. I refused to allow their bond to be destroyed by the BLM. My husband and I adopted the pair so that they could live happily together on our farm — the next best thing to being wild and free. It is so special to know that they can never be torn apart again.


Photo credit: Darlene Smith Photography

I wanted to share this story because it’s a critical part of why I joined AWHC — it is the largest grassroots organization in the U.S. doing real, meaningful work to protect our cherished wild horses and burros.

So if you can, please consider making a donation today to support AWHC’s efforts in the field, on the Hill, and in the courts to protect more wild horses and burros like Stargazer and Nora!

We couldn’t do this without you,

Melissa Tritinger
Deputy Director
American Wild Horse Campaign


Melissa with Stargazer on her farm.

BREAKING: 3/4 Americans OPPOSE Helicopter Roundups

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the last month, our team has been busy polling American voters about the plight of wild horses. And after much analysis, we are very excited to announce the astounding results:

74% of American voters, regardless of political affiliation, oppose helicopter roundups of wild horses and burros.

3/4 Americans oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2022 plans to round up and remove 19,000 wild horses and burros from public lands.

88% of Americans want our nation’s wild horses and burros protected on the public lands they call home.

79% of Americans oppose the slaughter of wild horses for human consumption.

Right off the bat, 72% of Americans oppose removing wild horses from their natural habitat, which increases to 75% once they hear more information!

What does this mean? American voters have spoken!

Wild horse and burro protection on our public lands is an issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on — now it’s time for our elected officials to stand up for in-the-wild, humane management of our cherished wild mustangs and burros.

TELL CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION

Right now, Congress is considering legislation that could ban the use of helicopter roundups for good. Congress passed legislation in 1971 to protect wild horses and burros, yet the BLM’s current roundup plans would reduce wild horse populations to the pre-protection levels that pushed Congress to act over 50 years ago!

Wild horses and burros need our help now more than ever. Congress needs to hear from taxpayers like you that American constituents want to see wild horses and burros protected!

Will you take action today by calling on your members of Congress to pass the Official 2022 Horse Protection Platform so that we can keep wild horses and burros protected on the public lands they call home?

TELL CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION

— American Wild Horse Campaign

Celebrating World Wildlife Day with ACTION >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Do you know the best part about wildlife? It’s wild!

That’s why we can’t think of any better way to kick off today’s global celebration of wildlife than by taking action to protect America’s wild horses and burros right here at home!

KEEP WILD HORSES WILD

While the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) helicopters may be grounded until April when the agency starts rounding up wild burros, 19,000 wild horses and burros are still at risk of permanent removal from their homes on our public lands this year.

Speaking up for our wild herds right now will help us keep family bands intact and preserve the freedom of thousands of these cherished animals in the wild where they belong!

This World Wildlife Day, will you take action to keep wild horses and burros wild by contacting your elected officials and asking that they oppose helicopter roundups and stand up for in-the-wild, humane management of our wild herds instead?

KEEP WILD HORSES WILD

Thanks for taking action!

AWHC Team

Foaling season is here

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) helicopters have officially stopped rounding up wild horses for the 2022 foaling season, which runs from March through June.

This is a time when the BLM grounds their helicopters for four months as mares give birth and tiny foals are on the ground. But this year, the helicopters will continue to fly. The target? Wild burros. The BLM’s rationale? Burros do not have a distinct foaling season, so they are fair game year-round.

Unlike horses, who will generally stay together in their social groups as they are chased into traps, burros tend to scatter and stand firm against the helicopters, resulting in prolonged and traumatic chases in extreme desert conditions. The skids of helicopters have even been documented hitting burros in the chase.

So, while wild horses may be getting a respite during this year’s foaling season, nearly 2,000 wild burros will lose their freedom starting in April.

And, AWHC will not stop fighting for them. In addition to sending observers to witness and record the unprecedented number of burro helicopter roundups, our work in the field to establish fertility control as a humane management alternative continues. We’ll also be on Capitol Hill, supporting the 2022 Horse Protection Platform, which includes banning the use of helicopters to round up wild horses and burros. In the courts, we’ll be litigating to end the BLM’s cash incentive adoption program that is sending “truckloads” of wild horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline.

Your support has helped us make historic strides in the fight for wild horses and burro protection.

Through your actions, we’ve saved hundreds of horses and burros from slaughter. We’ve gained momentum in Congress with champions like Representatives Steve Cohen and Dina Titus. And we’ve started funding scientific initiatives. Thanks to you, we’re supporting research on the important role wild horses and burros play in Western ecosystems and analysis to prove humane fertility control ultimately cuts costs for American taxpayers.

All of this has been made possible through your support and donations. So during this foaling season, as new life is beginning on the range, our fight for these cherished animals continues. Will you please send in a donation to help us continue our work in the field, on the Hill, and in the courts to protect wild horses and burros?

We couldn’t do this without you,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

THIS is who’s profiting from wild horse roundups >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

A few short weeks ago, our investigative team emailed you with important information regarding who specifically is profiting from the brutal and inhumane practice of wild horse and burro helicopter roundups. 

The sad reality is, that an astounding 89% of the Bureau of Land Management & U.S. Forest Service helicopter roundup contracts go to cattlemen — the very same people who have been lobbying for the removal of wild horses and burros from our public lands for decades.

We received an outpouring of support since our last email, and so today we’re asking you to use your online voice and help us continue to spread awareness about this incredibly important issue. 

Our team put together a new graphic that you can share on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social platform you use to spread awareness around the plight of our wild horses and burros. Will you share this graphic to your social networks?

SHARE ON FACEBOOK

Spreading awareness about the threats our cherished wild mustangs and burros continue to face is one of the best ways we can enact change to protect these innocent animals. Growing our network of wild horse advocates like you means more calls to legislators for wild horse protections, more American taxpayers standing up for what their money is used for, and ultimately a better life for wild horses and burros.

Will you take action once again today and share this graphic online to spread awareness on behalf of wild horses and burros?

Thanks for all you continue to do,
Suzanne

Some feel good news for you

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Today we wanted to bring you some good news: Four youngsters from the famed Onaqui herd are now out of mud-ridden government holding pens and are starting their new lives! 

These horses were rounded up late last summer during the devastating roundup across the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA) and have lived in a cramped government facility ever since, where they haven’t been able to run or play like young wild horses do. 

But thanks to their adopter and AWHC Board President, Ellie Price, they’ll now get a second chance at a good life at her wild horse sanctuary, Montgomery Creek Ranch, as they learn to trust people and become someone’s companion in a forever home!

You can learn more about this heartwarming rescue here:

We love happy endings like that of these young mustangs, and we’re working hard to bring even more happy endings to thousands of other wild horses and burros. Are you with us? 

Thanks, 

— AWHC Team

Not on our watch

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

19,000. 

That’s how many wild horses and burros the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to remove from the wild this year. And sadly, that astounding number is just the beginning of the agency’s multi-year-long effort to rid western public lands of most of these iconic animals.

But not on our watch.

We are preparing for the major battles ahead and attacking disastrous proposals and programs with everything we’ve got. One way we do that is in the courts. Will you please chip in to our Legal Fund and help us fight back?

When our team heard about an influx of BLM mustangs and burros to kill pens, we investigated and documented a clear link between the BLM’s cash incentive adoption program and the increased number of wild horses and burros being sold at slaughter auctions. We got the New York Times to expose it.

Then we filed suit.

That case is pending in the courts. Will you pitch in to support the legal fight to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter?

Any day now, the BLM will release a plan to conduct its final assault on the wild horses of the Wyoming Checkerboard. As if the recent removal of nearly 4,000 of these animals wasn’t enough, the agency has future plans to round up and remove every wild horse that lives in the Great Divide Basin and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMA), drastically reduce the number of wild horses living in the Adobe Town HMA, and either eradicate the White Mountain wild horses immediately or slowly over time, by leaving a non-reproducing population of 200 surgically sterilized mustangs. 

We are going to need your help to fight back. Please fuel our Legal Fund now.

We have a long road ahead of us, but our legal team has a nearly 90% success rate and stands at the ready. 

Please consider donating today.

For the 19,000, 

The AWHC Team

This week’s eNews: Take action to protect the North Lander Complex wild mustangs!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We wanted to share some recent updates about roundups, a happy ending for a few rescued burros, and actions you can take to help protect Wyoming’s wild horses from further danger. Read on and see how you can help to protect these cherished animals. >>


Speak Up For the North Lander Complex Wild Horses


Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released an Environmental Assessment on a management plan for the North Lander Complex in Wyoming. The proposed action would reduce the wild horse population from 2,000 to 320, skew the sex ratio to 60/40 in favor of stallions, castrate 95% of the captured males, insert unproven IUDs into a portion of the mares captured and administer an experimental fertility control vaccine GonaCon to all mares slated to be released.

The plan threatens the long-term sustainability of this iconic Wyoming wild mustang herd. Please take action to protect the wild herds of the North Lander Complex. >>

TAKE ACTION

 

Death Toll Surges in Aftermath of Wyoming Checkerboard Roundup

Nearly 50 federally-protected wild mustangs died in the aftermath of the government’s recent roundup of the Great Divide Basin wild horses of Wyoming. The BLM officially reported the deaths of six mustangs following the roundup, which took place from October 5, 2021 to November 7, 2021, but didn’t release any information regarding the deaths of animals once they were removed from the range.

Under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, AWHC was able to obtain records that an additional 43 wild horses from the Great Divide Basin died or were euthanized while in holding just 90 days after the roundup. The Wyoming Checkerboard roundup was the largest on record by the BLM, with more than 3,500 animals permanently removed from the range.

Four other wild horse herds were removed during the operation, and we expect to see significantly higher death rates as those records come in. The BLM has announced more of such operations across the West for 2022, with plans to remove an unprecedented number of horses. Learn more here. >>

LEARN MORE

 

AWHC & AWI Partner in Homes for Horses Coalition Initiative


Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

In an effort to permanently put an end to horse slaughter, AWHC has partnered with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) as a sponsoring organization of the Homes for Horses Coalition. The Homes for Horses Coalition (HHC) is a national initiative made up of more than 520 member organizations with the ultimate goal of ending horse slaughter and all other forms of equine abuse for good.

Through this initiative, AWHC joins AWI in supporting the boots-on-the-ground rescues by providing advocacy leadership to address the root causes of the problem while providing resources to strengthen the nonprofits doing heroic jobs to help horses in need.

Right now, AWHC continues to push for the passage of the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act in Congress, which would permanently prevent horse slaughter plants from opening in the U.S. and stop the export of horses, burros, and donkeys for slaughter. Learn more here. >>

LEARN MORE

 

Four Rescued Burros Find Their Forever Home at Montgomery Creek Ranch

AWHC’s Rescue Fund helps us to fuel rescue missions across the country. From orphaned or injured foals on Nevada’s Virginia Range to mustangs and burros in kill pens — your support helps us save the lives of these treasured animals when they desperately need our help. Recently, we coordinated the rescue of 4 BLM-branded burros from a kill pen in the Midwest. AWHC Board President and owner of Montgomery Creek Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary, Ellie Phipps Price agreed to take them in.

When rescued, the burros were in very rough shape — three of these innocent animals had open wounds all over their bodies from a hot brand. The older white burro has a fallen crest, meaning his neck muscle hangs over to the side. They spent a few weeks at a quarantine shelter to treat their wounds and get them healthy enough for transport. Finally, they were healthy enough to go to Montgomery Creek Ranch where they will continue to heal and be prepped for adoption.

READ MORE

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

— AWHC Team

💓 a valentine’s day tale 💓

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

One of our favorite stories from the range is perfect for a day that celebrates love. Renowned wild horse photographer and friend of AWHC, Kimerlee Curyl tells it best:

“In Wyoming, I came across this gorgeous snow-white mare, very heavy in foal. I thought she could have that baby any second, she was so large and moving slow. A commotion erupted as the stallion attempted to chase off a band of young bachelors that had approached her. The other mares in her herd kept close to her as he fought with the challenging group. He successfully won his battle, and swiftly returned to her side, positioning himself perfectly so she could rest her head on him in the warm afternoon sun.”

Photo credit: Kimerlee Curyl

Wild horses are very social and family-oriented, and the bonds between individuals are strong. This is why it’s so important to keep them wild, together with their families, where they belong.

Valentine’s Day is all about love — and we appreciate the love you have for our wild horses and burros and all you do to fight for their freedom and their families.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Meredith! May your day be filled with lots of love. ​​💞

— AWHC Team

THIS is who’s profiting from wild horse roundups >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Celebrating our wild horse champions in Congress

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

As the American Wild Horse Campaign’s Director of Government Relations, I wanted to share two very exciting wins we had on the Hill this week:

On Monday evening, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calling for the suspension of the BLM’s wild horse and burro roundup plans for the 2022 fiscal year.

AND, late yesterday, Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced federal legislation that would ban the use of helicopters to round up wild horses and burros, which is often deadly and traumatic.

While there is much at stake for these cherished icons — the BLM’s 2022 plans call for the permanent removal of 19,000 wild horses and burros this year — we are grateful to have steadfast champions like Reps. Cohen and Titus in Congress calling for better treatment and management of our wild herds.

Growing awareness around the plight of our wild horses and burros is an ongoing battle — livestock ranchers and other special interests have lobbied Congress for decades to scapegoat these innocent animals so that their cattle and sheep can graze on our public lands.

That’s why our Government Relations team is working around the clock to build partnerships with wild horse allies on the Hill. Will you donate whatever you can afford right now to help fuel our advocacy efforts in Congress?

FUEL OUR EFFORTS

Your support helps us educate members of Congress on the threats facing wild horses and burros, like how their “federally protected” status doesn’t guarantee their freedom, but rather deadly helicopter roundups and mud-ridden holding facilities, how the BLM continues to use unproven IUDs instead of scientifically proven, humane PZP vaccines, and how the BLM’s current plan could decimate America’s wild horse and burro populations.

AWHC’s congressional work is critically important to the livelihood of our wild herds. When we create partnerships with allies on the Hill, we create progress. This week’s wins for wild horses and burros are an example of just that.

If you’re with us in the fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros, will you donate whatever you can afford right now to fuel our Government Relations efforts?

FUEL OUR EFFORTS

Thank you for standing with us,

Holly Gann Bice
Director of Government Relations
American Wild Horse Campaign

Tell Congress: Hold an oversight hearing on the Wild Horse and Burro Program >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thank you so much to everyone who renewed their support over the last month to help us protect America’s wild horses and burros in 2022 and the years to come. We’re grateful for your generosity and dedication to protecting our wild herds.

Right now, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program badly needs critical reforms.

Every single year, thousands of America’s wild horses and burros are brutally chased by low-flying helicopters and cruelly captured. These cherished animals that once freely roamed our public lands are sent to holding facilities across the country, costing them their families, their freedom, and for some of them — their lives. Far too many are ending up in the slaughter pipeline through a BLM program that pays individuals $1,000 per animal to adopt up to four untamed wild horses or burros per year.

What happens during these roundups is equally as upsetting — wild horses and foals run for their lives, chased to pure exhaustion. Foals are left abandoned and hungry without their mothers, and panicked horses break their limbs, backs, or necks during the chase or in the trap pens.

The continuation of helicopter roundups as the primary method of population management is fiscally reckless, unscientific, and grossly inhumane. The BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program needs reform and it needs it now.

Join us in calling on Congress to hold an oversight hearing on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

TAKE ACTION

The BLM is in Year 2 of a devastating, accelerated roundup plan that aims to remove as many as 20,000 wild horses and burros per year over the next five years. In 2022, the BLM is conducting aggressive roundups that will remove 19,000 wild horses and burros from their homes on our public lands.

If we don’t speak up for America’s wild horses and burros, thousands more will be mistreated at the hands of the BLM and their contractors. Just this month, the BLM finished the largest roundup in U.S. history in the Wyoming Checkerboard, throwing nearly 4,000 formerly free-roaming wild horses into feedlot pens and leaving behind a trail of animal welfare violations. Action must be taken to drastically reform this mismanaged program.

Will you join us right now in calling on Congress to hold oversight hearings on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program?

TAKE ACTION

Thanks for standing with us in the fight to protect our wild herds,

— AWHC Team

LAST CHANCE!! Renew Your 2022 AWHC Support TODAY >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We have big plans for 2022!

We’re continuing our fight in the courts, in the field, and on the Hill to protect America’s wild horses and burros in 2022 and for years to come. 

We’re so grateful to have you alongside us in the fight to protect our wild herds. If you haven’t already, will you renew your support as an AWHC member to help fuel our fight for wild horses and burros in 2022? Tomorrow marks the end of the month, so renew your support now, before it’s too late!

RENEW YOUR 2022 SUPPORT

Thanks for standing with us,

— AWHC Team

You voted, so here it is (!!) 

Introducing our OFFICIAL 2022 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card:

We have so much in store for 2022. Not only are we continuing our fight on the Hill, in the courts, and in the field — we’re also working on a number of groundbreaking new initiatives — all in the name of keeping wild horses and burros in the wild where they belong.

Will you renew your support as an AWHC member to help fuel our fight for wild horses and burros in 2022?

We’re laser-focused on the fight to preserve the freedom of our wild mustangs and burros. That means in 2022, we are … proving through our PZP program on Nevada’s Virginia Range that humane in the wild management works … expanding our investigative team to uncover abuse and hold the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accountable … continuing our lawsuit against the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending horses and burros to slaughter … working with a prestigious university to make roundup violations enforceable by law … and so much more!!

But to have the means necessary to protect our cherished wild horses and burros for generations to come, we need your help. Will you renew your support as an AWHC member today to help fuel our fight in 2022?

RENEW YOUR 2022 SUPPORT

Thank you for your support of our wild herds.

— American Wild Horse Campaign

This fight won’t end until the cash incentive payments stop

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last year, we uncovered that hundreds of wild horses and burros were sent into the slaughter pipeline as a result of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Adoption Incentive Program (AIP).

After our work led to a New York Times front-page report exposing the program for its devastating failure to protect America’s wild herds, members of the public, wild horse advocates, and Congress stepped up to call for the suspension of the AIP and for large-scale, meaningful changes to the program.

Earlier this week, the BLM announced a new set of reforms to the AIP, let me be clear: These reforms do not go far enough.

Despite the recommendation from its own advisory board, the BLM failed to eliminate the cash incentive feature of the program — a critical reason why so many wild horses and burros are ending up in kill pens across the country.

Our fight against the AIP continues on until the cash incentive payments stop. We’re fighting back in court, in the field, and on the Hill to put an end to this failed program as we know it. Can you chip in now to fuel our fight against the Adoption Incentive Program?

DONATE

Meredith: In the last 15 months, our team has identified over 500 wild horses and burros in kill pens — many of these innocent animals we’ve confirmed to be victims of the AIP.

The cash incentive payments are a critical flaw of the AIP — with the new changes the BLM announced, adopters are now receiving lump-sum payments of $1,000 per animal at the end of 12-months, and are still able to adopt up to 4 animals per year. This means that once adopters collect their money, they still have the ability to dump these innocent animals in kill pens like trash.

We’re fighting back every way that we can. We intend to move forward with our lawsuit and we are expanding our investigative work. Can you make a donation of whatever you can afford to fuel our fight against the AIP?

DONATE

Thank you for your support,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Announcing our newest initiative to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Today, we are so excited to share with you our next initiative in our fight to protect horses and burros — both wild and domestic — from slaughter!

Despite their federal protection, wild horses and burros continue to face the ever-present threat of brutal helicopter roundups — a tragic result of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) mismanaged Wild Horse and Burro Program. Once captured, these innocent animals are stripped of their freedom and forced into holding, many entering the slaughter pipeline. 

In an effort to permanently put an end to horse slaughter, we have partnered with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) as a sponsoring organization of the Homes for Horses Coalition! 

The Homes for Horses Coalition (HHC) is a national initiative made up of more than 520 member organizations with the ultimate goal of ending horse slaughter and all other forms of equine abuse for good.

Each year, tens of thousands of American horses and burros are exported for slaughter to Mexico and Canada for human consumption in foreign markets. And as we exposed last year through our investigative work, the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program is placing “truckloads” of our iconic wild horses and burros in imminent danger of becoming victims of the brutal industry.

The BLM’s proposed roundups are only accelerating, and as a result, an increasing number of federally protected wild mustangs and burros are expected to enter the pipeline in the coming years. 

Through our new role with HHC, we’ll be joining AWI in supporting the boots-on-the-ground rescues by providing advocacy leadership and resources to strengthen the nonprofits doing heroic jobs to help horses in need.

HHC is the only network of its kind in the nation, and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this important effort. It’s time to end horse slaughter once and for all. Are you with us?

Stay tuned for more updates and announcements from the coalition!

— American Wild Horse Campaign

It’s the wild horse way

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The wild horses of the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA) just outside of Dugway, Utah are some of the most well-known and well-loved mustangs in the country. Photographers and tourists from all over the world flock to this 200,000-acre public land area to spend time with the animals they have come to know and love, including revered wild horses like Old Man, Red Lion, or, Diamond and DeeDee — a stunning mother-daughter duo.


Photo by PJ Kaszas

It’s no matter that DeeDee was born to Diamond over 7 years ago. She has remained by her mother’s side ever since, napping, grazing, and raising her own young. It’s the wild horse way and why we love them: their relationships with one another are strong, intricate, and dynamic. 

So it was devastating to local advocates when the helicopters descended on the HMA in July of 2021, and threatened to rip this pair — and their unique bond — apart. They ended up being captured in the operation along with over 400 other cherished mustangs, and have been stuck in a mud-ridden holding facility since. Visitors to the corrals noted that the pair still clung together, amidst the trauma they endured. 

Local advocates worked tirelessly to find a home for Diamond and DeeDee together and lucked out when AWHC Board Member and owner of Freedom Reigns Equine Sanctuary, Alicia Goetz stepped up and agreed to welcome the mares to her herd of nearly 500 rescued horses on her almost 4,000-acre sanctuary. 


Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

And on Wednesday, we were onsite to welcome the special mother-daughter pair to their new life. After they cautiously came off the trailer, they took to the ground and began to roll. Photographer Kimerlee Curyl, spoke of the moment best: 

“I began to get teary as I watched the caked mud and manure fall off of them as they rolled around in the new green grass of their temporary enclosure. To me, it represented the shedding of their life in holding and that terrible roundup. It was a beautiful and emotional day.”

It really was a beautiful day.


Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

After their quarantine period is up, Diamond and DeeDee will be released out to the main sanctuary to roam over thousands of acres of rolling hills. 

We are grateful to the local advocates who worked so hard to keep this family together, and to Alicia for her commitment to ensuring that Diamond and DeeDee live the remainder of their lives at Freedom Reigns, the next best thing to being wild and free.

For the wild ones,

The AWHC Team

Your 2022 Advocacy Action Kit Enclosed >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

2022 is shaping up to be a busy year for our team at the American Wild Horse Campaign! We’ll be continuing our fight in the court, in the field, and on the Hill to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros.

We are on the frontlines of the fight to protect these iconic animals, but one thing is for sure: we couldn’t do it without our large herd of wild horse advocates who help to fuel our work. Grassroots supporters like you make up this incredible network and help to make our important efforts possible.

While our Government Relations team is busy setting their legislative agenda for the new year, we wanted to reach out with some advocacy resources so that you have everything you need to be the voice of our wild herds this year!

ADVOCACY ACTION KIT

Visit our Action Center to find contact information for your legislators or track wild horse legislation!

Want to set up a meeting with your elected officials but aren’t sure where to start? Use our step-by-step guide to setting up a meeting.

Check out our Roundup Fact Sheet to learn more about wild horse policy and protections before speaking with your members of Congress.

Donate to fuel our Government Affairs efforts!

The American Wild Horse Campaign is so much more than just our staff — it’s a community of activists who put in the work, time and time again, to defend our treasured wild horses and burros.

In 2021, supporters like you helped us to:

 Collect over 460,000 petition signatures to protect wild horses and burros;
Send over 338,000 messages to legislators on behalf of our wild herds;
And grow our grassroots network by more than 246,000!

So, will you stand with us again in 2022 to protect the lives of America’s wild horses and burros? We’ll be in touch over the next few weeks with actions you can take to protect these cherished animals.

Thanks for your support,

AWHC Action Center

Introducing our OFFICIAL 2022 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card (!!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

You voted, so here it is (!!) 

Introducing our OFFICIAL 2022 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card:

We have so much in store for 2022. Not only are we continuing our fight on the Hill, in courts, and in the field — we’re also working on a number of groundbreaking new initiatives — all in the name of keeping wild horses and burros in the wild where they belong.

Will you renew your support as an AWHC member to help fuel our fight for wild horses and burros in 2022?

We’re laser-focused on the fight to preserve the freedom of our wild mustangs and burros. That means in 2022, we are … proving through our PZP program on Nevada’s Virginia Range that humane in the wild management works … expanding our investigative team to uncover abuse and hold the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accountable … continuing our lawsuit against the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending horses and burros to slaughter … working with a prestigious university to make roundup violations enforceable by law … and so much more!!

But to have the means necessary to protect our cherished wild horses and burros for generations to come, we need your help. Will you renew your support as an AWHC member today to help fuel our fight in 2022?

RENEW YOUR 2022 SUPPORT

Thank you for your support of our wild herds.

— American Wild Horse Campaign

How we’re protecting wild horses and burros in 2022 >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The new year is upon us, and so is the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed roundup plan for the 2022 calendar year. Over the next 12 months, the BLM intends to round up 22,000 wild horses and burros — permanently removing 19,000 of these animals from their homes on our public lands.

This is Year 2 of the BLM’s plan remove 20,000 horses per year for the next five years, and it presents a real threat to the survival of America’s wild herds. But it’s not the end of their story. Far from it. Because the worse the BLM treats our cherished wild mustangs, the more support we get from Congress and the American public to change the current costly and cruel wild horse and burro management program.

Our team enters 2022 prepared for the many battles ahead — in court, on the Hill, and in the field — to protect wild horses and burros and keep them in the wild where they belong. Today, I wanted to share with you some of our biggest plans for 2022. This year, we intend to: 

  • Spearhead a national awareness campaign and grow our Ambassador Program to educate the American public about the plight of wild horses and empower them to get involved.
  • Continue to demonstrate through boots-on-the-ground work that humane management of wild horses is possible. We’ll continue to deliver unprecedented results from our PZP program on Nevada’s Virginia Range and broker programs for other herds across the West.
  • Put science at the forefront of wild horse management — We’ll be launching a number of new and exciting science initiatives, including an academic analysis of our Virginia Range PZP program data AND we’ll be creating an economic report to highlight the missteps of the BLM’s current approach and the cost-savings of a more humane one.
  • Amplify our work and your voice on Capitol Hill to pass legislation that diverts funds away from roundups and toward fertility control programs and ensure that the BLM uses these funds appropriately.
  • Expand our Investigative Team to continue to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse in the BLM’s on-range and off-range programs.
  • Continue our lawsuit against the BLM over its Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending wild horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline, while gearing up for new legal battles ahead…

Meredith: We have big plans for 2022! We’re using every resource at our disposal to continue our fight on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros. Our first step? Growing our grassroots army to build the scale of the wild horse protection movement so that it is inclusive, diverse, empowered, and well-equipped to achieve our mission of protecting wild horses and burros for generations to come.

Here’s how you can help:
1. Spread the word! Tell five friends to sign up for our email list so they can learn more about the plight of our wild horses and join our fight to protect them!
2. Donate to help fuel our fight in 2022 and beyond!

Thank you for your support,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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