What's New: Wild Horse and Burro 2019

What the spending bill means for wild horses … and more news

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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Photo by Michael Alfuso

Congress Passes Spending Bill for Department of Interior

In what might be considered a Valentine’s Day miracle, the House passed a spending package last night which included funding for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of the Interior, completing Congressional action to avert a government shutdown with barely a day to spare. So what does this mean for wild horses and burros? Click below for more information.

 

Horse escaping the trapsite after chaos ensued in corrals. Photo by Michael Alfuso

Pine Nut Roundup Continues in Nevada

On February 7, the BLM began the roundup and removal of wild horses from the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The BLM intends to round up 575 of the wild horses and burros from their home on our public lands in this area. So far 316 horses have been captured, and inclement weather has postponed the operation for the last three days. Read our field observers’ reports from the roundup below.

 

Photo by Steve Paige

Navy Plans Expansion Putting Wild Horses at Risk 

On February 14, 2019, AWHC submitted comments on the Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed project to expand the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada. There are 24 Herd Areas, totaling approximately 1.5 million acres, and 24 Herd Management Areas, totaling approximately 2.4 million acres that are within the project’s region of influence. AWHC has asked the Navy to further explain any management plans it has for the wild horses and burros within the zone of influence for its proposed project. Click below for more information.

 

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Help us end horse slaughter and other news

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Act Now: Help Us End Horse Slaughter in 2019

Last year, approximately 80,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water or rest, to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a terrifying end. It’s time to end this unspeakable cruelty in 2019. Support the SAFE Act to ban the slaughter of American horses by taking action today.

 

Sales for California Wild Horses Continue, Lawsuit Postponed Until Spring

Two months ago, the U.S. Forest Service completed its roundup and removal of 932 horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (DGWHT) in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA. AWHC has teamed up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to file suit to stop the sale for slaughter of these federally-protected horses for slaughter. We’re also sponsoring state legislation to strengthen slaughter protections for all California horses. Read the latest about the horses and our efforts to help them below.

 

BLM to Begin the Roundup of Pine Nut Wild Horses

The first roundup of 2019 is set to begin Thursday in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) outside of Carson City, Nevada. The BLM is scheduled to remove approximately 575 wild horses from the 95,000-acre HMA. This roundup continues the BLM’s inhumane and fiscally unsound approach to wild horse management. AWHC will be onsite to document the roundup and will provide daily reports from the frontlines. Learn more about the HMA and the upcoming roundup.

 

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An Important Update on the Palomino Valley Legal Action

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A lead stallion who eluded capture but lost his band and died of a broken heart. Photo by Maureen Daane

We have difficult news to report. The U.S. District Court in Nevada has issued a negative ruling in our lawsuit against the Paiute Pyramid Lake Tribe, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Cattoor Livestock Roundups. At issue is the illegal roundup of at least 300 horses in the Palomino Valley area northeast of Reno.

The judge ruled that the Tribe and the State have sovereign immunity from lawsuits and that NDA employees and tribal members acting as agents of those entities are also immune from suit. The judge did keep the Temporary Restraining Order issued on January 17 in place prohibiting the slaughter of a privately owned horse named Lady, who was caught up in the roundup, pending an evidentiary hearing to be scheduled within 14 days.

While this ruling is disappointing, it does not change the facts of this case or our commitment to seeking justice for the residents who were traumatized by the surprise raid that was conducted by members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Cattoor Livestock Roundups on January 4 and 5, 2019, and for the horses who lost their freedom and their lives.

These include the grey stallion pictured above, admired in Palomino Valley for so many years, who somehow eluded capture but lost his band and wandered back to the land he called home, thin, alone and forlorn. Yesterday, he was found dead. The resident who found him, and knew his family, is convinced that he died of a broken heart.

Read more about this situation here.

We will keep you posted as this situation develops.

– The AWHC Team

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This lawsuit will decide

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On Monday, we’ll be in court to stand up for a group of both wild and privately owned horses who were wrongfully rounded up in Palomino Valley in Nevada. The hearing will determine whether the laws of the state are upheld and whether the horses can be saved, or if, heartbreakingly, they will go to slaughter.

This emergency situation was not anticipated, but we couldn’t stand idly by. Now we need your help to support our legal team’s fight.

Residents of Nevada’s Palomino Valley lost horses and burros during a multi-day roundup coordinated by members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – who illegally stampeded horses with motorcycles, ATVs and on horseback off private property where they had been living for years.

Several privately owned horses and burros were taken in the process. Some were released and have wandered home, but Lady, a small bay mare who belongs to Sparks, NV resident Colleen Westlake, remains missing.

Photo above of “Lady”

Right now, we don’t know where Lady and the other horses are. We do know that 238 of them were sold to a notorious kill buyer in New Mexico. We’re holding out hope that they haven’t already been shipped across the border to Mexico for slaughter.

Our team is working with the residents whose private property rights were violated to hold the tribe and the Nevada Department of Agriculture accountable for this illegal surprise roundup.

Please, support our team as we go to court on Monday to stand up for Lady and the rest of the horses rounded up at Palomino Valley, and for all our critical work to save wild horses in Nevada and throughout the West.

Right now, we are the voice for these horses. We are their advocates, and their lawyers. Thank you for standing with them and with us.

Thanks,

Suzanne

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Immediate Action Needed to Save Lady from Slaughter

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Late last night, we got a Temporary Restraining Order from the U.S. District Court in Nevada to prevent the slaughter of Lady, a beautiful mare who belongs to a Nevada resident. Lady was rounnded up in an illegal capture operation two weeks ago conducted on private lands by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. We believe Lady and the other horses are in a New Mexico feedlot awaiting shipment to slaughter.

Please help us secure the cooperation of the State of Nevada to save Lady from slaughter. 

Deliver this message to the below officials:

“Please help save Lady from slaughter. Please have the Nevada Department of Agriculture immediately provide the location of the horses rounded up by the Paiute tribe two weeks ago and notify New Mexico authorities that the horses cannot be moved across the border into Mexico.” 

1. Attorney General Ford 

2. Governor Steve Sisolak

We have just hours left before the three-day weekend so please take action now to save Lady and the other horses! Please remember to be polite and respectful – it’s the best way to save the horses.

– AWHC Team

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Another Legal Win & More News!

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AWHC Legal Team Scores Another Victory!

The U.S. District Court in Wyoming just ruled in our favor and stopped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from not counting foals in roundup removal totals, putting a stop to the tactic that the BLM employed to round up more horses than legally allowed from our public lands. This is a precedent setting win! Read more:

 

Surprise Roundup Devastates Local NV Herd

Residents of the rural community of Palomino Valley near Reno are devastated this week after a surprise roundup conducted by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe last weekend. Horses were driven off private land onto reservation land and captured for slaughter. The roundup left the Valley devoid of its locally cherished wild horses and ensnared several privately-owned horses in the process. Read more and support our efforts to help the residents fight back below.

 

Devil’s Garden Wild Horses: An Update

Two months ago, the U.S. Forest Service completed its roundup and removal of 932 horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (DGWHT) in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA.  AWHC has filed suit to stop the sale for slaughter of these federally-protected horses for slaughter and is sponsoring state legislation to strengthen slaughter protections for all California horses. Read the latest about the horses and our efforts to help them below.

 

Capitol Hill Update: Shutdown & A Power Shift

As the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the playing field for wild horses and burros is shifting. Meanwhile, the shutdown drags on, affecting the agencies that manage these federally-protected animals.  Read on to find out the latest developments and what they mean for our wild horses and burros.

 

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We did it — thanks to you!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We did it! Thanks to your support in our end of year campaign we were able to reach our $100,00 goal and unlock our donor match. Your support will make an enormous difference for wild horses and burros as we plan and begin executing our 2019 program.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know we can always count on you to pressure lawmakers, support our critical legal work, and raise awareness across the country about the plight of America’s magnificent wild horses and burros. We face powerful opposition by the wealthy livestock lobby. But this movement has stood up to the challenge over and over again and we’ll do it again in 2019.

As the New Year begins, I am incredibly grateful for your continued support and dedication to this cause. We’ll be in touch soon with updates.

Thank you again,

Suzanne Roy AWHC

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