Late summer but no end in sight
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
News & Alerts
As the end of summer approaches, children return to school (virtually or in person), Congress nears the end of its recess and our wild horses and burros across the West continue to endure a punishing and brutal summer roundup season. August was a busy, productive and at times heartbreaking month for our staff, partners and volunteers as we utilized the generous contributions from AWHC supporters to fight for the future of these iconic animals. Thanks to your support, we were able to send more people than ever to the field to observe, document and speak up against abuse at the roundups, launch a series of Senate ads to increase support for wild horse and burro protection, and continue to deliver humane fertility control to wild mares living on Nevada’s Virginia Range, surpassing 2,400 treatments delivered!
DEADLINE: Submit Comment to National Wild Horse and Burro Citizen Advisory Board
Wild horses and burros need your voice, as a citizen protector:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just announced a virtual gathering of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board September 23-24.
This is the first time the Advisory Board will meet since the BLM delivered its deadly report to Congress detailing a plan to round up nearly every wild horse and burro living today at a cost to taxpayers of $1 billion in just five years. These board members are supposed to represent stakeholders in the wild horse and burro issue. The largest stakeholder is the American public, which overwhelmingly wants our wild horses protected and preserved for generations to come. However, the Advisory Board is stacked with representatives from special interests, and consistently overlooks the public interest to promote the cattle industry’s mass mustang roundup agenda.
The meeting will be held virtually this year, making participation easy. Now more than ever, our wild horses and burros need your voice to demand protection and humane management of these national icons on our public lands.
Without representation by people like you, Meredith, the BLM will have no reason to cease the roundups that harm or kill innocent animals every year. For profit ranchers and their lobbyists will show out in droves, and we need to be prepared to do the same.
Thank you for lending your voice to keeping our wild horses and burros safe and wild.
PS — You can join the September 24-25 meetings at BLM.gov/live.
Late Summer Roundup Update
Last week, as the roundup in the Sulphur Herd Management Area concluded, we held the 563 wild horses who were captured, and the 8 who died, in our hearts and minds. The Sulphur roundup took place in Utah, scene of the most brutal incidents of the year, resulting in the death and injuries of too many innocent horses.
Please note: this link contains upsetting images of violence against wild horses.
This summer’s roundups have been long and aggressive, and will continue through February of next year. One in particular, at the Shawave Mountain HMA, concluded on August 24, with the capture and permanent removal of 1,653 wild horses — with sometimes over 150 captured in a single day — and the total eradication of wild burros from the area, with 220 of these innocent animals removed. By the end of the month-long ordeal, the death count was up to 12. Thanks to the support of thousands of people reading emails just like this one, our observers were onsite at the Shawave roundup and at the other helicopter operations that have occurred this summer to document and share what’s happening with the public.
Our representatives also demand that the BLM comply with its own animal welfare standards at these helicopter capture operations, and gather evidence of abuse when the agency routinely violates them.
Rest assured that so long as the BLM has wild horses and burros in its crosshairs, we will continue to fight its cruel and inhumane approach to population management with every arrow in our quiver— legal, legislative, grassroots opposition, and continuing to demonstrate that safe and humane fertility control alternatives are viable.
You can give to our Roundup Fund by donating here.
The View From the Field
Last week, AWHC staff member Brieanah Schwartz had the opportunity to witness and work her first wild horse roundup. She documented her experience to shed light on exactly what a roundup entails — for our wild horses and burros, and for all those in attendance. Below is a sneak preview of Brieanah’s experience, which will be turned into a special short documentary that we will be airing at our annual Stay Wild benefit event, held virtually this year on October 1.
Brieanah bore witness so that we can be a voice — and a powerful movement — to defend our wild horses and burros who cannot speak for themselves.
AWHC thanks Brieanah for holding the line to keep the government accountable for their actions, and continue to push for humane progress.