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Introducing our OFFICIAL 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card…

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re grateful for the generous donations supporters like you provide to AWHC year after year. As one of our most dedicated advocates, we wanted to make sure you received your virtual copy of our 2023 AWHC Member Card.

So here it is… Introducing our OFFICIAL 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card:

We have so much in store for 2023. 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. 

We’re laser-focused on our mission to preserve the freedom of wild mustangs and burros. That means in 2023, we are: 

✅ Proving through our fertility control program on Nevada’s Virginia Range that humane, in-the-wild management works,
✅ AND expanding our fertility control programs to other herds across the West;
✅ Continuing our lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management’s Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline and our legal team is preparing for other upcoming legal battles;
✅ Working with key legislators in Congress to pass wild horse-friendly legislation;
✅ Spreading the word about the threats our cherished wild horses face through our national awareness campaign and celebrity ambassador program;
✅ And so much more!!

Thank you for your support — both past and present. We’re grateful to have you along with us as we head into the new year. 

— American Wild Horse Campaign

Introducing our OFFICIAL 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card…

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You voted, so here it is (!!) 

Introducing our OFFICIAL 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card:

We have so much in store for 2023. Not only are we continuing our fight on the Hill, in court, 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 2023?

We’re laser-focused on our mission to preserve the freedom of wild mustangs and burros. That means in 2023, we are: 

 Proving through our fertility control program on Nevada’s Virginia Range that humane, in-the-wild management works,
AND expanding our fertility control programs to other herds across the West;
Continuing our lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management’s Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline and our legal team is preparing for other upcoming legal battles;
Working with key legislators in Congress to pass wild horse-friendly legislation;
Spreading the word about the threats our cherished wild horses face through our national awareness campaign and celebrity ambassador program;
And so much more!!

But to have the means necessary to protect our beloved 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 2023?

RENEW YOUR 2023 SUPPORT

Thank you for your compassion and generosity.

— American Wild Horse Campaign

LAST CHANCE! Help us pick our Official 2023 AWHC Member Card >>

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We’re announcing the winning design for our Official 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign Member Card THIS FRIDAY!Make sure to cast your vote now and have a say in our final 2023 member card design! >>

A 2023 AWHC Member Card is *the perfect way* to show off your dedication to protecting America’s wild herds. 

Will you cast your vote before it’s too late and let us know which of our 2023 card designs is your favorite?

CAST YOUR VOTE

 A brown mustang faces the camera. The card reads "2023 Member"
Option #1

A herd stands grazing in the sunset. The card reads "GIVING THEM A VOICE"
Option #2

2 horses run in a field. The card reads "2023 Member"
Option #3

North Dakota’s only wild horse herd is at risk of being *totally* eliminated. ACT NOW >>

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The wild horses who call North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park home are in serious danger. The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing a plan that could potentially eliminate the historic herd in its entirety.

Currently, the park is home to at least 186 wild horses. The Teddy Roosevelt horses have roamed the badlands for centuries, and many believe they are descendants of Sitting Bull’s horses and are related to the rare Nokota breed. They are a significant part of the historical and natural heritage of the park and are the only wild horse herd in North Dakota, but the NPS’ new plan threatens to wipe them out. 

We cannot allow this plan to move forward.Thankfully, there is still time to stop it. The NPS is accepting public comments on the plan until January 31st – meaning we have two weeks to provide our input. Will you use your voice and call on the NPS to abandon its disastrous plan?

TAKE ACTION

Currently, the agency’s preferred plan is to reduce the wild horse population to zero in a phased approach. This is unacceptable. These horses deserve to be protected. 

The NPS must implement ​​a humane management plan to keep these innocent animals wild and free on the lands they have called home for centuries. If you agree, sign on to this letter and make your voice heard!

TAKE ACTION

Thank you,

AWHC Team

[INPUT REQUESTED]: Help us pick our Official 2023 AWHC Member Card!!

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Help us select our Official 2023 American Wild Horse Campaign member card. [[Shows each of 3 options: Option 1 shows a brown mustang looking head on into the camera and says "2023 Member" Option 2 shows a dozen mustangs grazing in the field in the sunset and says "Giving Them A Voice" and Option 3 has a big "2023" in the background and shows a brown and a white stallion running towards the camera]] VOTE NOW!

 

Help us pick our Official 2023 AWHC Member Card >>

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Can you help us pick our 2023 AWHC Member Card?

We’re asking dedicated American Wild Horse Campaign supporters like you to cast your vote and help us select our Official 2023 AWHC Member Card design!

 

 A brown mustang faces the camera. The card reads "2023 Member"

Option #1

A herd stands grazing in the sunset. The card reads "GIVING THEM A VOICE"

Option #2

2 horses run in a field. The card reads "2023 Member"

Option #3

A 2023 AWHC Member Card is a great way to show off your dedication to protecting America’s wild herds.Will you cast your vote and let us know which design is your favorite?

VOTE NOW

We’ll be announcing the winner soon!

— American Wild Horse Campaign

ACT NOW: Protect the Wild Horses of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s eNews, including:an opportunity to take action to protect a wild herd that calls the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota home, an introduction to Withers Jr., one of the Virginia Range’s beloved stallions, and an inside look at a recent rescue that saved 22 burros from slaughter!

Read on to learn more and speak up for our cherished wild herds! >>

Speak Up for the Wild Horses of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Several mustangs stand grazing in a field

Photo: National Park Service

The historic wild horses that live in the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota are currently stuck in the crosshairs of the National Park Service and need your help. Right now, the agency is considering three management proposals that will determine whether or not the Teddy Roosevelt horses will have a future on the lands they have called home for centuries. Please take one moment to speak up for these beloved mustangs.

TAKE ACTION

Meet the Mustang: Withers Jr., a Nevada Stallion

Withers Jr, a dark brown buckskin mustang stands facing the camera

Photo: Deb Sutherland

Meet Withers Jr., an incredible Nevada stallion! When AWHC volunteer Deb Sutherland first saw him on the Virginia Range in 2017, he was just a tiny newborn colt walking next to his mother. Fast forward to today → He is the proud lead stallion of his own band with three beautiful mares to protect!

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ICYMI: A Holiday Rescue of 22 Burros

Many burros stand crowded in an enclosure

Last month, we received word from California-based, Auction Horses Rescue (AHR) that a load of 22 donkeys – mostly BLM burros, many pregnant – were being directly shipped to slaughter. In a collaborative effort between AWHC, AHR, Skydog Sanctuary and Oscar’s Place, these burros are now safe.

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Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team

 

Time is running out

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Time is running out.

I’ll keep this quick: In just a few short hours, our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year — unlocking a $150,000 matching gift — expires. We’re still $24,312 from reaching our goal, and I’m worried that for the first time ever, we may not get there.

Together, we can ensure that our work in 2023 gets off to the strongest start possible; with funding for our ambitious legal, legislative, and field program goals.

Can you chip in whatever you can afford — one last time in 2022 before it’s too late?

I can’t wait to see what we achieve together for our wild horses and burros in the year ahead. If it’s anything like the momentum we’ve experienced this year, we have a lot to be hopeful about. Thank you for all that you’ve done to power our movement in 2022.

Together, we’ve accomplished so much, so I want to share with you a video our team put together highlighting some of our 2022 victories. We’re so proud of what we’ve been able to do and are so grateful for your belief in our work, Meredith.

Will you take a moment to watch and then make a 2X matched donation to help us finish the year off strong?

A thumbnail of the 2022 recap video with a play button

WATCH & DONATE →

On behalf of our whole team, thank you for your compassion and dedication to protecting wild horses and burros. We wish you and your family a peaceful and healthy New Year.

For the wild ones,

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

BREAKING NEWS: The BLM is coming for Wyoming’s wild horses >>

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We just received word that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has denied our legal protest against a plan in Wyoming that would result in the largest-ever eradication of federally protected wild horses and their habitat. 

That means it’s game on.

We have given our attorney’s the green-light to begin preparing litigation for what could be the most important legal battle for wild horses in history, with implications for ALL herds across the West. Can you rush a donation before tonight’s Year-End deadline to fuel our Legal Fund for the fight ahead in 2023?

The BLM’s plan calls for the complete elimination of 2.1 million acres of wild horse habitat in Wyoming and the complete eradication of two iconic wild horse herds. Statewide, 43% of all wild horse habitat would be eliminated and the entire wild horse population in Wyoming — which currently totals less than 5,000 — would be slashed by one-third. 

In addition to zeroing out the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin HMAs, the BLM’s plan will reduce the population in the neighboring Adobe Town HMA by half. In total, over 1,000 wild Wyoming mustangs are stuck in the BLM’s crosshairs. If they survive brutal helicopter roundups, they will be confined within the BLM’s holding system, which is riddled with animal welfare violations and disease outbreaks.

Who is at stake: the Salt Wells Creek wild horses.
Photo: Kimerlee Curyl Photography

We have less than 12 hours until our year-end fundraising deadline and we still have a ways to go to hit our $150,000 goal. We now have even more urgency to meet this deadline as this lawsuit could cost upwards of $100,000, and we know we have a long battle ahead. 

Right now, we are tracking at $112,431 of the way to our goal — $37,569 short of where we need to be to finish out strong. Any donation you make today will be DOUBLED in our fight to protect Wyoming’s wild horses. Donate now and make 2X the impact for wild horses and burros in 2023. >>

$25 becomes → $50

$50 becomes → $100

$100 becomes → $200

$500 becomes → $1,000

$1,000 becomes → $2,000

We know we’re asking for a lot during this last week of the year. But it’s because the stakes have never been higher, and we need the resources to keep the fight going. The plan in Wyoming sets a dangerous precedent for private landowners and public land ranchers to dictate whether federally-protected wild horses will be allowed to live in their designated habitats and threatens to undermine federal protections for all wild horses and burros across the West. 

But we’re not backing down. We’re committed to fighting back against this disastrous plan from every possible angle, but we need your help to keep us battling in court and on Capitol Hill. We’re just HOURS away from the opportunity to unlock our $150,000 match before we close the books in 2022. Can you make a donation right now to help us unlock this HUGE matching gift opportunity?

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT →

Thanks so much.

— American Wild Horse Campaign

$30 to keep them free as nature intended

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The cost to vaccinate a single mare with a PZP vaccine is just $30. 

But instead of utilizing this proven, safe, and cost-effective method of keeping wild horses in balance with the environment, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to brutally round up our wild horses and burros in deadly helicopter chases.

Humane fertility control programs keep wild horses wild, while the roundups sentence tens of thousands to a life of captivity, depriving them of the two things they value most: family and freedom. 

As if that weren’t bad enough, thousands of these beloved animals are entering the slaughter pipeline through the BLM’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). We have exposed the extent of the problem through our ongoing investigation into the AIP, and theNew York Times exposed the situation in an explosive report based on our work.  

On Nevada’s Virginia Range, where a population of state-managed wild mustangs is threatened by habitat loss, we’ve operated the largest PZP fertility program for wild horses in the world for almost 4 years – and Meredith, our work there is paying off. 

Our PZP program has reduced foaling rates by 62% while allowing these animals to remain free as nature intended. This success is helping us prove to lawmakers and to the BLM that there is a better, more humane, and cost-effective alternative to the agency’s current approach to managing our wild horse populations. 

So today, on December 30th, I’m asking you personally to donate $30 or more to support our PZP program and allow us to expand humane management to other herds in the West. Thanks to generous donors, every gift made now through tomorrow at midnight will be doubled — that means your $30 gift today helps not one, but two horses!Can you help us fuel this groundbreaking program in the new year?

DONATE $30 →

Thanks,

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

What the dollars you donate provide

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Earlier today, you heard from one of our dedicated roundup documenters about why it’s so critical that generous supporters like you power our Observation Fund. By having our field representatives on the ground observing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) cruel helicopter roundups, we can ensure that this inhumane treatment does not go undocumented.

Every single dollar that we raise for our Observation Fund directly helps to hold the BLM accountable:

  • $50 covers the costs of the camera lens rentals used to document the roundups
  • $75 covers the cost of our emergency roadside kits in case our observers have car trouble — as they often travel to areas without cell phone service
  • $100 covers daily fuel costs to transport our observers to the extremely remote public lands where the BLM conducts these roundups
  • $200 covers two nights of a hotel room for our observers during multi-day roundups
  • $1,000 covers the costs of renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for one week

It’s essential that we have the resources to cover these expenses. Often, AWHC representatives are the ONLY members of the public on-site to document the capture operations. This work helps us hold the BLM accountable by filing official complaints and briefing members of Congress. Without the photographs and videos from our observers, the public would be in the dark about what is happening to our wild horses and burros in these remote corners of the West. 

So please, chip in a donation today and fuel our Observation Fund by helping us reach our $150,000 End-of-Year goal. Don’t forget, every dollar we raise between now and midnight on Saturday will be DOUBLED by generous donors – meaning you can make 2X impact when it comes to our observation efforts!

$50 → Recording Equipment!

$75 → Emergency Roadside Kits!

$100 → Fill Our Fuel Tanks!

$200 → Hotel Rooms!

$1,000 → 4WD Rentals!

Help us make helicopter roundups a thing of the past

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Apologies for all the emails from our team this week — we know it can be a lot, but it’s only because there is so much on the line for wild horses and burros in 2023.

Today I’m going to ask you to donate $25, $50, or whatever you can afford to AWHC before our December 31st End-of-Year deadline. But first, let me explain why we urgently need your support:

This year was a hard one for our cherished wild herds. Families were torn apart and freedom and lives were lost. Over 20,000 wild horses and burros were ripped from their homes on our public lands, and over 60,000 mustangs and burros languish in government holding facilities.

But as bad as this year was, it has only strengthened our resolve to fight harder.

a low-flying helicopter chases a herd of mustangs.

The silver lining to this tragic story is that our advocacy has helped to publicize the severity of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane program, leading to growing public outrage.

We’ve seen hundreds of thousands of Americans come together and demand an end to the BLM’s costly and cruel roundup program. Congress has joined in as well, demanding these necessary reforms. Our champions even introduced the historic Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Protection Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support.

So, now is our moment. We must capitalize on this momentum and continue our fight to keep wild horses and burros roaming free.

Will you make a donation before Saturday at midnight to help fuel our work and put an end to brutal helicopter roundups? Right now, we are $68,336 of the way to our $150,000 goal. Donate now to have your gift DOUBLED this holiday season. >>

HAVE YOUR GIFT DOUBLED →

Thank you for standing with us.

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands on the range wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

The BLM is coming for us …

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Bubba, a blank and grey stallion looks head-on into the camera

Herd needs your help.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is coming for me, my family, and my herd in 2023, intending to capture and remove every single one of us from our home in the 1.1 million-acre Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) and the neighboring 780,000-acre Great Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming.

I’ll be honest, I’m scared. Helicopter roundups aren’t just cruel,they can be deadly. I’ve personally seen the horrors of these roundups firsthand. Last year, my family was torn apart when the BLM conducted the largest roundup in history in the Wyoming Checkerboard. I was lucky to survive with just an injury to my knee, but others weren’t as fortunate. I saw my friends get trapped, break their legs, and lose their lives after the BLM captured them with helicopters.

AWHC is working hard to stop the BLM from conducting brutal helicopter roundups. They are proving there is a better way to keep wild horses like me and my family wild by using humane fertility control as a safe and effective alternative to roundups.

The AWHC legal team is ready to defend me and my family from this attack, but they need your support now. A big deadline is approaching at the end of the year, and thanks to the generosity of donors, all contributions made before midnight on Saturday will be MATCHED.

Can you chip in before the deadline to help AWHC reach its $150,000 goal so they can defend my herd and me from eradication by the BLM next year?

HAVE YOUR GIFT DOUBLED →

I can’t bear the thought of going through another helicopter roundup. I was fortunate to survive being captured and then was released last time. I’ve even managed to start anew. But I know the BLM is coming for us again next year, and I may not be so lucky this time.

That’s why we need organizations like AWHC that fight to protect wild horses like me — and they need your support to continue this critical work in 2023.

Please consider making a donation before midnight on December 31st to help AWHC reach its End-of-Year goal and support efforts to protect me and my herd from more brutal helicopter roundups in 2023!

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT →

Thank you.

— Bubba
A curly from Salt Wells Creek

Wild burros need you now more than ever

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane and cruel treatment of wild horses is often in the spotlight, while the welfare of wild burros is sometimes overlooked. At AWHC, we keep the plight of these magical creatures at the forefront, but we’re sad to report that 2022 was one of the worst years for burros in recent history.

Over the course of the year, the BLM used helicopters to remove over 3,000 wild burros from five different Herd Management Areas (HMAs), including more than 1,000 of the most genetically significant wild burros in the country from the Black Mountain HMA in Arizona.

Meredith, wild burros are under siege like never before, with the BLM eager to round up even more of these innocent animals in 2023. We cannot let this happen in the dark. That’s why we intend to send field representatives to every single burro roundup possible next year, but we need your help to make it happen.

5 burros stand facing the camera. The picture reads: "Don't let us disappear"

Unlike wild horses who run into the trap site in their family groups, wild burros are stoic and often stand their ground in the face of the helicopters or scatter in an attempt to avoid capture. As a result, roundups can be even more traumatic and taxing for these docile animals.

Our photos and videos of the BLM’s cruel helicopter roundups have sparked public outrage and prompted numerous members of Congress to speak out against them.

Helicopters aren’t the only cruel tactic the BLM employs — BLM contractors used electric cattle prods on burros during the Black Mountain roundup this year, and the BLM’s own Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) assessment of the roundup detailed one contractor abusively hitting, kicking, striking, and beating a captured burro.

Hitting our $150,000 End-of-Year goal will allow us to fund our fight to protect wild burros from inhumane BLM helicopter roundups and other brutal management tactics — whether it’s in the field, in the court, or on Capitol Hill.

And thanks to generous donors, every gift made before midnight on December 31 will be MATCHED! Can you make a donation today to double your impact for wild burros in 2023?

HAVE YOUR GIFT DOUBLED →

We need to fight harder than ever next year to save the West’s few remaining wild burros. Any amount you can afford to give today will help us reach our End-of-Year goal and DOUBLE your support to help save wild burros in 2023!

Thank you,

AWHC Team

So much is at stake for wild horses and burros in 2023

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re less than a week away from the end of 2022, with 2023 set to be a make-or-break year for America’s wild horses and burros.

Why? Because the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program has reached its breaking point: More wild horses and burros are confined in government holding facilities than ever before. These mustangs are placed at-risk in facilities that are riddled with widespread animal welfare violations, disease outbreaks, overcrowding, and worse.

Meanwhile, the cost to taxpayers to maintain this program continues to skyrocket. As the price tag increases, the threat of mass slaughter for these innocent animals becomes all the more real.

What we do now will set the precedent for wild horse and burro protections for generations to come, and we cannot — and will not — let killing become “the norm” for these iconic animals.

Surrounded by snowflakes, two brown mustangs stand facing the camera. 2022 Year-End Goal: $150,000

But the worse things get for our wild horses and burros, the more support we garner for ending the cruel and costly management practices that threaten their future. With hundreds of thousands of new advocates joining our cause every year, we have incredible and crucial opportunities in 2023 to enact real, meaningful change for wild horses and burros.

But this is not an easy fight, and we need the resources to effect lasting change for these magnificent icons. In 2022, we set the stage for sweeping reform, and in 2023, we are ready to jump into action.

That’s why we set a goal to raise $150,000 by December 31 to fuel our legislative and legal agendas in 2023 and to continue the operation of our other lifesaving programs. Thanks to generous donors — every gift made now through midnight on December 31 will be MATCHED! Donate today to double your impact for wild horses and burros as we head into the new year. >>

HAVE YOUR GIFT DOUBLED →

Thanks for your help.

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands on the range and wears sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Happy holidays ✨🐎

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

On behalf of the board and staff of the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), we wish you and your family a very happy and joyous holiday season. 

Your support and dedication to our cause mean so much to us, and we never take for granted the trust you have put in AWHC to protect our magnificent wild horses and burros. 

As our attention turns to family and celebration, we hold the wild horse and burro families in our thoughts and in our hearts. In that spirit, we share the story of one family on Nevada’s Virginia Range. 

Harriet was born on April 1, 2013 — it was raining the day one of our volunteers first spotted her, so we fondly referred to her asLittle April Showers. Her mother, Starlite, stood guard over her while her father, Handyman, kept watch — making sure his family was safe. For about a year, our volunteers would spot the little family now and then around the canyon on the Virginia Range.

Harriet, a brown pinto foal stands with her dam Starlite and sire Handyman

It wasn’t until about a year ago that our team spotted Harriet once again! She is now all grown up and has a family of her own! She lives with her stallion, Ozzy, and has two adorable daughters, Peg and Sue — they both look so much like Harriet when she was young.

Harriet, a full grown pinto mare stands facing the camera

It’s stories like these that inspire us to keep fighting. These innocent animals deserve nothing less than to live out the rest of their days with their loved ones, wild and free.

They show us how to be patient and kind, and how to persevere in the toughest of situations. We are taking these lessons from the wild with us into the new year and in our continued fight to preserve the freedom of these beloved animals. 

On behalf of everyone at AWHC, we are grateful to you for being part of our family. Our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the happiest of holidays — and a healthy and joyous New Year!

With gratitude, 

Suzanne + the AWHC Team

Thank you to AWHC volunteer, Deb Sutherland for capturing the photos and story included in this email.

BREAKING: Our FY23 WIN for Wild Horses and Burros

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Breaking news:

Congress just passed its Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations omnibus spending bill — and it once again includes funding for humane fertility control and requires other reforms to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program!

Our government relations team has been advocating for these provisions over the course of the past year. And, we want to say thank you to all the wild horse advocates and AWHC supporters like you who fought alongside for these required reforms. 

This is another important step in the right direction in our fight to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros. 

The legislation ensures that up to $11 million of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget must be used to implement humane immunocontraceptive fertility control treatment and research, effectively diverting funds away from brutal and deadly helicopter roundups.

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Other measures in the final bill include: 

  • Evaluating options for relocating wild horses and burros to different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) as an alternative to removals.
  • Reviewing the agency’s controversial Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) for any program weaknesses that jeopardize the welfare of the mustangs and burros placed into private care.
  • Pursuing partnerships with veterans and wild horse organizations to aid in humane fertility control management.
  • Emphasizing the importance of screening adopters and purchasers to ensure the welfare and safe outcomes for the horses and burros adopted and sold by the U.S. Forest Service.

Of note, Congress appropriated less funding for the Wild Horse and Burro Program than the amount requested by the Biden Administration.

We believe that by limiting funding, triaging removals, and directing the BLM to utilize fertility control, Congress is signaling a new direction for wild horse management that will ultimately stabilize populations in the wild for the benefit of the agency, the taxpayer, and wild horses alike.

While some parts of this spending bill are 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, Meredith: 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 federal government violates the law protecting wild horses and burros, we will go to court and fight on behalf of these cherished animals.

Thank you for standing with us,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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Get an inside look at a BLM adoption event

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s eNews, including: a new report that proves livestock — not wild horses — are to blame for range degradation, an inside look at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adoption event, and the heartwarming story of Trident, a powerful stallion on Nevada’s Virginia Range.

Read on to learn more! >>

PEER Report Finds Livestock Outnumber Wild Horses/Burros 125:1

a family of horses walks through the field in the sunset and says "STAY WILD DENVER: OPEN FOR BIDDING DECEMBER 1"

Wild horses and burros are scapegoated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for range degradation, but a new report finds that unsurprisingly, livestock are the real problem. Agency rangeland health data, collected and analyzed by environmental watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), reveals that more than 50% of the grazing allotments that fail to meet land health standards identify livestock as a significant cause – not wild horses.

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Eyewitness Report: Paul’s Valley Off-Range Corrals Adoption Event

AWHC supporters stand with signs to protest the Onaqui roundups

On December 13, 2022, AWHC sent a field representative to the BLM Paul’s Valley Off-Range Corrals, about an hour south of Oklahoma City, to document a wild horse and burro adoption event. While the horses at this facility have seemingly more space than other facilities, seeing formerly wild animals standing in mud-ridden pens is always hard. Read the full report below!

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Meet the Mustang: Trident, a Nevada Stallion

4 mustangs stand in a field in Nevada

When AWHC volunteer Deb Sutherland first saw Trident, it was a hot summer day in 2015 on Nevada’s Virginia Range. He was only a few hours old and was standing close to his mother, known affectionately as Pinkie, resting. Fast-forward to today, Trident is a powerful band stallion that Deb continues to document as he battles to create his family.

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Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand with us in the fight to protect our cherished wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team

 

ICYMI: Our 5th Annual Stay Wild event was a HUGE success!!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

December 9 was a night to remember for AWHC thanks to the success of our 5th Annual Stay Wild event in Denver! Colorado Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis headlined the VIP guest list, which also included other state political leaders and leaders in the wild horse advocacy and business communities.

The event was held at Scott Wilson’s Gallery 6 in Denver’s art district. Scott is an award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer and our very own Director of Strategy and Marketing.

Governor Jared Polis gives formal remarks to guests at the event.

The event provided a platform to announce an exciting political development: A bill to be introduced by State Senator Joann Ginal and State Representative Monica Duran to designate the wild mustang as the official state horse of Colorado!

The night was filled with great conversation about how we can work to protect these magnificent animals, Scott’s powerful photography featuring some of Colorado’s very own wild mustangs, an amazing film preview, and moving speeches.

“I care for these wild, untamed beauties … and believe that to see wild horses as a problem to be solved is wrong. We need to work toward creative solutions to give wild horses the dignity and respect they deserve.”

— Colorado First Gentleman Marlon Reis

The governor – a longtime advocate for wild horse protection – highlighted his belief that Colorado is well positioned to be a leader in wild horse management and a model for the West.

If you weren’t able to watch the event live, don’t worry — you can still watch remarks from Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis at the button below!

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From left to right: AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, Governor Jared Polis, Scott Wilson, and AWHC Board President Ellie Phipps Price.

We’re grateful to Governor Polis and First Gentleman Reis, whose compassionate leadership is moving the ball forward toward better protection of Colorado’s wild horses and wild lands.

You can watch their full remarks at the button below!

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– American Wild Horse Campaign

Celebrating National Day of the Horse and our fight to keep them free >>

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Happy National Day of the Horse!

This very special day was designated by Congress in 2004 as a day to commemorate the contribution horses have made to the economy, history, and character of the United States. And here at the American Wild Horse Campaign, we’re celebrating the only way we know how: continuing our fight in the field, in courts, and on the Hill to keep America’s iconic wild horses and burros free. 

Generous supporters like you are the reason we can fight so hard for these cherished animals. That’s why as part of today’s celebration, we’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $150,000 before December 31st to fuel our fight to protect wild horses and burros in 2023.

From our fertility control program to taking legal action against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), our work to keep wild horses and burros wild is fueled by the dedicated wild horse advocates that make up our AWHC herd. Here are some of the ways your support has powered our fight to keep these animals free:

  • In-The-Wild Fertility Control Programs — For almost 4 years, AWHC staff and volunteers have operated the world’s largest wild horse fertility control program on Nevada’s Virginia Range — proving that the most efficient, cost-effective, and humane way to manage wild horses is with fertility control vaccines, not often-deadly helicopter roundups. The success of this program has helped us secure wins with Congress and the BLM in our fight to keep wild horses wild. The program is a model for humane management, and next year we’ll be working to expand fertility control projects to other key herd areas across the West.

  • Annual Appropriations Language — The success of our fertility control programs helped us secure major wins in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) spending bill that reallocated $11 million in BLM funding away from helicopter roundups and instead towards humane management! Now, our Government Relations team is fighting to secure the same language in the final FY23 bill and working to pass other wild horse-friendly legislation like the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Protection Act of 2022 — a bill that would drastically reform the BLM’s management operations.

  • Litigation — AWHC’s legal team continues to build a firewall of legal protections around wild horses and burros. We evaluate every BLM proposal and strategically take legal action in order to enact the most change for wild horses. We’ve filed suit against the BLM’s implementation of its controversial Adoption Incentive Program and are gearing up for a legal battle like no other for the lives of Wyoming’s wild horses.

  • Public Awareness Campaign — This year we launched a nationwide awareness campaign to inform the public about the devastating reality our cherished wild horses and burros face. Our campaign has already added thousands of new supporters to our cause because one thing is certain: When people hear about the tragedies these innocent animals face, they are angry and ready to take action!

THIS is the critical work that supporters like you power. And that’s why it’s so critical that we hit our $150,000 End-of-Year goal.

Thanks to a generous donor — all donations made up to $100,000 will be MATCHED! So as we continue our work into the year ahead, your gift will go twice as far in our fight to keep family bands together, mustangs roaming free, and innocent foals alongside their mothers on the public lands they call home. Will you make a 2X MATCHED donation today to help us get a head start on our goal and DOUBLE your impact for wild horses and burros in 2023?

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Thank you.

American Wild Horse Campaign

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