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Another Legal Win & More News!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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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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If we fall short, wild horses lose

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Only hours left. Make your matched gift now >>

Here’s where we stand: With just a few hours to go, we’re falling short of our our $100,000 goal.

If we don’t hit that goal by midnight, we’ll lose the chance to have those gifts MATCHED – and that means we won’t be able to fight back against all of the threats facing wild horses.

Please, chip in right now. We only have hours left.

Thanks for standing with us,

American Wild Horse Campaign Team

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MATCH: 48 hours

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Deadline: 48 hours. Can wild horses count on you?

We’re down to the wire. Our end of year fundraising deadline is only 48 hours away — and we haven’t yet heard from you.

If you’ve been holding off, here are five reasons to give now:

#1 The fate of wild horses is at stake now more than ever. Just this year we’ve seen some of the worst roundups yet, and we had to fight back attempts in Congress to legalize slaughter. We’ll have to continue the fight in 2019 to defeat the powerful special interests seeking to overturn protections for wild horses and burros against slaughter and mass sterilization. Help us win on Capitol Hill.

#2 We’re the most effective advocates for wild horses and burros in the country. We were party to seven lawsuits against the federal government this year — and we’re listed as one of the 30 Great Animal Organizations Worth Your Donations. We have to keep up the fight.

#3 We must unleash a massive grassroots and PR campaign to save the most visible and visited mustang population in the West — the famed Onaqui wild horses in Utah — and defeat a BLM plan to remove 91% of the herd in the Spring 2019. Please support us today.

#4 We must defeat the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to sell federally-protected wild horses in California for $1 a piece by the truckload for slaughter, and we must help rescue, when necessary and possible, wild horses facing this horrific fate. Help us keep wild horses out of the slaughter pipeline.

#5 If you donate right now, your tax-deductible gift will be matched. That means twice the impact for our work in 2019. Make your gift twice as powerful right now.

If we are not the voices of these majestic animals, who will be? Please make a contribution today.

Thanks for everything you do.

Sincerely,

American Wild Horse Campaign Team

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Their freedom, their health, and their independence

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

My name is Dustin Brown, and I joined American Wild Horse Campaign’s board last year. I wanted to take a moment to tell you why I’m so proud to be a part of AWHC — and why I hope you’ll join me before our December 31 fundraising deadline.

Horses have always been special to me — you can see a photo of my mustang Leroy and I below. And when I saw how many threats wild horses like him are facing, from slaughter to mass capture and sterilization, I knew I had to do something. I had to be their voice.

There’s a big difference between rescue and prevention. Although rescue is important, it’s like trying to keep an empty bucket under a faucet that never stops flowing. We need to turn off the faucet — which is why AWHC focuses our work on sustainable, humane management that keeps wild horses and burros wild and free and on our public lands.

I know of no other nonprofit as efficient, dedicated, and impactful as AWHC. The team runs a lean operation, activates a powerful movement, and fights aggressively in every arena — from the range to the courtroom. I’ve become a board member because I trust that my time and money is going to go as far as it can to protect wild horses, and you can trust that too.

So I’m asking you to join me today in helping us reach our $100,000 end of year goal. And if you give right now, your tax deductible gift will be matched, and have double the impact for wild horses. Please, donate today.

Sincerely,

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A way to help horses… and a gift!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

AWHC calendar for every tax deductible donation of $100 or more!

It’s a season of giving — and what better way to celebrate than by giving to America’s wild horses and burros?

This year has been a challenging one for our cause, with attacks on all fronts. But from the courtroom to the halls of Congress, we have won repeatedly against some of the most powerful special interests. And it’s all thanks to you and this grassroots movement we’ve built together. We’re hoping you can step up one more time before the end of the year.

If you give today, not only will your tax deductible donation be MATCHED, but we’ll also send every donor who gives $100 or more our 2019 American Wild calendar! Please chip in now to make twice the impact and claim your calendar!

If you can’t spare $100 for wild horses, we totally understand — we appreciate every single dollar, and every dollar goes towards our work in 2019.

Thank you so much for standing with us and our wild horses and burros this year.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Roy, Exec. Director

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The unnamed foal

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Your matched, tax deductible gift goes TWICE as far to save wild horses.

In August of this year, a photo of an unnamed foal went viral after our documentation of the Bureau of Land Management’s Red Desert roundup in Wyoming. We showed the world the cruelty of BLM helicopter roundups up-close.

The tiny foal was chased for miles with his mother and the rest of his band. As they neared the trap, his mother tried to save him, bravely putting herself between her baby and the helicopter. But ultimately, she was no match for the terrifying machine in the sky. She and her foal were captured. Her baby, pictured below collapsed in a holding pen, died overnight due to “capture shock,” ie. being run to death. Help us fight back.

Sadly, the foal was just one of ten horses who died during the roundup. At least four young foals were run to death; a fifth was euthanized after breaking his leg. A sixth foal was euthanized due to a previously broken fetlock, meaning he was chased for miles on an injured leg.

We document these cruelties to shine a light on the horrible, cruel practices of the BLM. And we fight each and every day through court battles, public awareness and legislation – to change the BLM policy so that our wild horses and burros can remain safe, wild, and free.

We fought many battles in 2018 – and saved many lives. But wild horses and burros still need our help.

Please, chip in now, and help us fight for horses and burros in 2019 and beyond. Your tax deductible donation will be matched by a generous donor to double your impact.

Thank you,

Suzanne

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Meet Sage

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Help us save horses like Sage: Make a matched, tax-deductible gift today!

Earlier this year our team captured these images of Sage, a wild mare from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) in Oregon.

Sage lived her life amidst the sagebrush, junipers and wide-open spaces of Oregon’s high desert. But then, on October 3, 2018, the helicopters descended.

She was captured along with hundreds of other wild horses and put in a small holding pen – set to become a subject of a gruesome, invasive, and potentially fatal BLM sterilization experiment.*

Our lawsuit saved Sage and 224 other wild mares from the brutal sterilization experiments that the BLM had planned. But now we’re fighting to get her and her herd back to the range, after BLM removed 100% of them in the October roundup.

This year, we filed seven lawsuits to defend the freedom, safety and welfare of wild horses like Sage. Our litigation has been highly successful, but it’s not cheap.

Please support our work to help us help wild horses like Sage be safe, wild and free in 2019.  All contributions are tax deductible and are being matched up to $100,000 through December 31, so you can double your impact by making a gift today!

Thank you!

Brieanah Schwartz, Esq., AWHC Government Relations & Policy Counsel

*WARNING: GRAPHIC DETAIL: An “ovariectomy via colpotomy” involves a veterinarian making an incision in a mare’s vaginal wall, placing their hand and arm through the vagina into the abdominal cavity, manually (and blindly) locating the ovaries, and then severing them with a rod-like chain tool known as an “ecraseur.”

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A fun, easy way to make a difference… without spending a dime!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This holiday season, you can set up your own fundraiser for wild horses and burros through Facebook! It’s a fun, easy way for you to make a difference for mustangs and burros, and to share an issue that you care about with your friends and family.

Plus, right now, every dollar you raise will be matched by a generous donor through December 31! Click here and follow three easy steps to make your own fundraiser for AWHC!

All proceeds from these campaigns will go directly supporting wild horses and burros, and help us reach our end of year fundraising goal. You can add your own goal, share your reasons for raising money to save America’s wild horses and burros, and invite your network to take part.

All it takes is three easy steps to set up your own fundraiser! Click here to get started.

Thanks!

Grace Kuhn, Communications Director

P.S. Don’t want to start a fundraiser or don’t use Facebook but still want to help? Donate now to our end of year fundraising drive and every dollar will be matched up to $100,000!

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A year of threats

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Help us unlock our $100,000 match before New Year’s — and DOUBLE your impact

We couldn’t have predicted at the beginning of the year how difficult it would be for wild horses and burros in 2018. Efforts to legalize slaughter in the federal budget. Brutal roundups almost year-round. A plan to move forward with cruel and risky sterilization surgeries on wild mares. A federal agency’s attempt to sell wild horses knowingly and directly for slaughter for the first time ever.

It’s been nonstop attacks for the entire year — but we’ve been able to fight back, because of your support. We’ve worked with our allies in Congress to maintain slaughter protections in the budget, documented the worst of the roundups so that Americans know how their tax dollars are being spent, and successfully stopped the inhumane sterilization experiments in court.

But this fight is not over. The fate of the innocent wild horses pictured above — rounded up just months ago from our public lands in California and now in danger of being sold for slaughter — and so many other wild horses and burros hangs in the balance.

By making a donation, you can help us carry on the critical work to defend wild horses and burros into the coming year… work like the litigation and grassroots/political action that has so far held off the slaughter of cherished California wild mustangs.

Remember, now through December 31, your contribution will be DOUBLED, thanks to a generous matching gift offer up to $100,000. That means your gift goes twice as far for wild horses and burros!

Please, make double the impact by chipping in now.

Thank you!

Grace Kuhn, Communications Director

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Final fundraising campaign (2x match NOW)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Wild horses and burros face unprecedented threats – from slaughter to mass sterilization and roundups. But this movement keeps winning – and it’s thanks to you.

Now, with end of year fast approaching, we’ve got to be prepared for the battles 2019 will bring.

Starting today, a generous donor will match all end of year gifts, up to $100,000. Can you chip in now, and help get our End of Year Fundraising Campaign off to a strong start?

Your donation will help us keep up the fights in court that protect wild horses and burros from federal attempts to sell them for slaughter and reduce their habitat on our public lands; in Congress to stop members from stripping critical protections; and in the arena of public opinion to continue to shine a light on cruel roundups and other inhumane government management practices.

Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign is the biggest fundraising event of the year – and we rely on our donations from this time to fund the critical work that lies ahead in 2019 to protect America’s mustangs and burros.

Donate now, and your contribution to protect these national symbols will be DOUBLED by a generous donor.

We won’t stop working until wild horses and burros and our public lands are protected and managed properly, safely, and humanely. With your help, we’ll be able to make this goal a reality.

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy, Exeutive Director

PS – If you haven’t seen it, check out our video of all that we’ve accomplished this year!

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Our year in review

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

What a year it’s been! With your help, we’ve achieved some significant victories in our fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros.

Watch our recap video of 2018 to see just how much we’ve been able to accomplish this year:

If we could list every single one of you in the credits at the end of the video, we would. Why? At every step, it has been you – your calls, emails, donations, and action – that has propelled this movement.

We’ve fought for wild horses and burros in court, warding off threats to wild herds and their lands. We’ve joined with elected officials in retaining all-important slaughter restrictions in the federal budget. We’ve been able to document the BLM’s inhumane roundups to hold them accountable and bring public awareness of the issue to a whole new level. And through press and media attention, we’ve grown our movement to new heights, as more people than ever have become champions to these threatened, majestic creatures.

Watch our video recap of 2018 here!

This year has given us every reason to be hopeful for the future, despite so many battles that lie ahead.

Thank you for a great year.

AWHC Team

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The last big action of 2018

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Congress has extended the time before it votes on a final government spending bill by two weeks. 

Some lawmakers are using this extension to try to ram in all sorts of clauses into the final bill, including language that would strip critical protections for wild horses and open the door to slaughter.

We have to act now. Call or email your Representatives to keep wild horses and burros protected from slaughter.

Members of both the Agriculture and Interior committees are considering dangerous changes that could end the prohibition on horse slaughter for human consumption. Other changes to the bill could include allowing cruel and untested sterilization experiments on mares.

This is not the first time we’ve faced this threat from Washington, and we know that if we raise our voices, we’ll win the protections wild horses need. We’ve won before. And we can win again. Please act now.

Our Representatives need to know where you stand on protecting wild horses. Click here to send a message to Congress.

Thanks,

AWHC Team

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Two big steps to protect California’s wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last month, 932 wild horses were rounded up by the U.S. Forest Service in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in California – with a portion to be sold for $1 a piece, by the truckload, with no limitation on slaughter.

We can’t let this happen. Our team has been working around the clock to save these horses from slaughter. Now, we have two big updates:

  • On Tuesday, California Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to protect the state’s wild and domestic horses from slaughter. We’re working closely with his office to create and pass a strong bill to accomplish this goal.
  • Last week, our legal team filed a motion for preliminary injunctionin federal court to block the Forest Service’s slaughter plan, which clearly violates state and federal law. We’re asking the court to prohibit the government from selling horses without limitation, which it currently plans to start on January 15.

We are doing everything possible to protect our wild horses from slaughter. But we need your help to carry on this critically important work.

Can you donate $50, $100 or more to support our efforts?

Thanks for helping us defend California’s horses. We’ll keep you updated on this breaking situation.

Thanks,

Suzanne

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Action Needed! Congressional spending bill threatens wild horse protections

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

The deadline for Congress to finalize a government spending bill is December 7 – and some lawmakers are now trying to sneak changes into the bill that would remove protections for wild horses and burros from slaughter.

We have faced this threat numerous times in the past two years. At every critical moment, we have succeeded, but ONLY because this movement has mobilized. Don’t stop now.

Tell your Representatives to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter and cruel and untested sterilization methods:

Our opponents on both the Agriculture and Interior committees could make dangerous changes that could lead to horse slaughter for human consumption or cruel, untested sterilization experiments on mares.

The Hill calls these disputes “small-ball skirmishes” but we know they could be life or death for thousands of majestic creatures.

We need your help NOW to maintain protections for wild horses. Please contact your Representatives now!

Thanks,

AWHC Team

 

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Thank you for your support!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a success for wild horses. With your help, we hit our goal and unlocked our full $50,000 match!

The threats to wild horses have never been greater. But, with your help, 2018 has been one of our most successful years ever. Together, we succeeded in keeping slaughter prohibitions in the budget, protected wild mares from cruel sterilization procedures, and drew national attention to the cruel roundups across the West.

Thanks to your continued support, we’ll be able to keep up the fight wild horses and burros in the courtroom, in the halls of Congress, and in the field. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing all of the successes from the past year, and the fights still ahead.

Thank you for being with us as we continue to stand up for wild horses and burros.

-Team AWHC

PS – If you didn’t get a chance to donate yesterday, there’s still time to help make a difference! Click here to make a tax deductible donation to support America’s wild horses.

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Only a few hours left to meet our Giving Tuesday match!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our match expires at midnight. That means you only have a few hours left to DOUBLE your impact for wild horses and burros. Please, donate before midnight to fuel all of our work.

– AWHC Team

This year has been one of our most successful in history. We’ve beaten back attempts to strip slaughter protections from the budget, won injunctions against cruel sterilization experiments, and worked with legislators to strengthen protections for horses and public lands. We’ve sued the federal government to demand that they uphold the law, the intent of Congress and the will of the American people to protect our wild horses and burros on our public lands.

We’ve accomplished so much this year — and we must continue to build on our success. Today is Giving Tuesday, and a generous donors has stepped up to MATCH every gift we receive up to $50,000 from now until midnight. Can you chip in now and have your impact DOUBLED?

We have ambitious plans for next year — keeping up our fights for wild horses and burros in the courtroom, in the halls of Congress, and in the field. We must prevent the sale of horses for slaughter, protect them from cruel, inhumane roundups, and ensure that their home on our public lands is secure.

We can’t do it with you. Please donate today and take advantage of our matching gift.

Thanks,

The AWHC Team

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Your gift for wild horses MATCHED

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This year has been one of our most successful in history. We’ve beaten back attempts to strip slaughter protections from the budget, won injunctions against cruel sterilization experiments, and worked with legislators to strengthen protections for horses and public lands. We’ve sued the federal government to demand that they uphold the law, the intent of Congress and the will of the American people to protect our wild horses and burros on our public lands.

We’ve accomplished so much this year — and we must continue to build on our success. Today is Giving Tuesday, and a generous donors has stepped up to MATCH every gift we receive up to $50,000 from now until midnight. Can you chip in now and have your impact DOUBLED?

We have ambitious plans for next year — keeping up our fights for wild horses and burros in the courtroom, in the halls of Congress, and in the field. We must prevent the sale of horses for slaughter, protect them from cruel, inhumane roundups, and ensure that their home on our public lands is secure.

We can’t do it with you. Please donate today and take advantage of our matching gift.

Thanks,

The AWHC Team

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Chaos Marks FS Devils Garden Sale Event & More News

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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DOI Requests to Destroy Records – Act Now

The U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing to destroy thousands of public records including those related to the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Progam. AWHC and other wild horse protection groups believe that many of these records are valuable to research and our advocacy and litigation work. Their destruction could significantly hamper our efforts to protect wild horses and burros. Please take action today.

 

Incompetent and Dangerous Management of Corrals on Full Display at Adoption Event

Members of the AWHC team attended the Devil’s Garden wild horse sale and adoption event this weekend in Alturas, CA where 45 horses were placed. We have serious concerns about the safety and welfare of the horses in the pens in the Modoc National Forest under the management of the Modoc County Farm Bureau. While every person who took a horse appears to be a legitimate trainer or rescue, the remaining horses are far from safe, because in less than two months, the Forest Service plans to sell any horses for $1 a piece without limitation on slaughter. Read our firsthand account below.

 

Winter Roundups Begin Next Week 

Next week, the BLM helicopters will descend on the Silver King HMA in eastern Nevada, kicking off the winter roundup season. A total of 1,600 wild horses and burros have been targeted for removal over the next two months. Read on to find out what herds are being targeted. 

 

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BREAKING: The spay experiments have been dropped

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We wanted to let you know that we have just received word that the Bureau of Land Management is dropping the controversial experiments to surgically remove the ovaries of wild mares in Oregon in response to our collaborative lawsuit with The Cloud Foundation, the Animal Welfare Institute and photographer Carol Walker! 

We now hope that the agency will reconsider all plans to conduct this inhumane research and focus instead on humane, scientifically recommended forms of population management, including PZP fertility control. 

We couldn’t have entered into this lawsuit without your support. Thank you for standing with us and our wild horses and burros.

Gratefully,

 

 

Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

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Calif. wild horses still at risk… and other news

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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Update on the Devil’s Garden Wild Horses 

The Forest Service’s roundup of the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory is ending this week, with the permanent removal of over 900 horses from their federally-designated habitat on our public lands in the Modoc National Forest. To date, thirteen horses have died, including one foal. In addition, three mares have miscarried, likely due to the trauma of the roundup. Seven of the horses euthanized after showing symptoms of pigeon fever, a contagious but generally non-fatal bacterial infection. Despite the outbreak, the Forest Service plans to hold an adoption/sales event next weekend. And, the Forest Service still intends to sell older horses by the truckload for $1 a piece without limitation on slaughter after 60 days. See the latest update on the Devil’s Garden roundup and speak up for these iconic horses by clicking below.

 

Spay Experiments: What Our Preliminary Injunction Means

Late last week, we won a preliminary injunction to halt the BLM’s planned barbaric spay experiments in Oregon. The action was part of a lawsuit filed by AWHC, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and The Cloud Foundation aimed at blocking the BLM from performing risky and inhumane sterilization surgeries on wild Oregon mares recently captured from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area. The had BLM planned to begin the experiments this week. Learn more by clicking below.

 

What the Election Means for Wild Horses

Last night’s election results changed the playing field for many issues, including the fight to protect wild horses and burros. The power shift in the House of Representatives makes it extremely unlikely that the Interior Department’s agenda of mass roundups, sterilization and slaughter will become reality, but making proactive change in a divided Congress is going to take real work. Meanwhile, developments in states may open the door to driving change at the local level. Read about some key election results that have implications for wild horses and burros by clicking below. 

 

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