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BLM Captures 15 More Beloved Mustangs

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

American Wild Horse Campaign shared an update on Bring Samson, a Wild Stallion, Home for the Holidays Check it out and leave a comment:

PETITION UPDATE

BLM Captures 15 More Beloved Mustangs

Dear Friend,

We have terrible news. 15 more wild horses from Fish Springs have lost their freedom, and the community is heartbroken. Beloved and well-known stallions, Rocky, Shadow and Rusty, and their families are no longer free and are incarcerated in BLM holding pens near Reno joining Samson and his family.

Worse, the BLM refuses to hear the will of the people and is intending to leave the…

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BLM to permanently remove 431 wild horses from Nevada

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently conducting a roundup at the Desatoya Mountain Herd Management Area located approximately 77 miles east of Fallon, Nevada.

The BLM plans on permanently removing 431 wild horses from the area with the intention of leaving just 127 in the herd (leaving one horse per 1,273 acres of public land). Our field representative was on the ground and joined local advocates in warning the BLM to properly flag ALL barbed wire fencing to prevent scared wild horses from colliding with it.

Our warnings were not heeded and terrified wild horses fleeing helicopters crashed through multiple barbed wire fences as a result.

This is just further proof that these roundups are unnecessarily cruel (and entirely unnecessary)!

AWHC’s field representatives are sometimes the only eyes, ears, and oversight on the site of roundups throughout the West. But AWHC does more than just document these roundups, our legal counsel just filed a complaint with the BLM over this recurrent problem and we intend to hold the agency accountable.

We’re also working to make roundups a thing of the past by demonstrating that there are safer, far more humane and cost-effective ways to manage wild horse populations (in fact, we’re implementing the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses right here in Nevada).

We know these photos are heartbreaking and the news of these roundups can be disheartening. But we can’t lose hope — When we lose hope, our wild horses lose their voice and their chance to live in peace in the wild.

That’s why we’re in this fight.

By making a donation, you keep our field representatives on the ground — You keep our legal team fighting on behalf of wild horses — And you keep our humane management program in Nevada up and running.

We will continue to speak up and fight,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Help us reunite Samson with his family and bring him home for the holidays

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

With a heavy heart, we have sad news to share with you.

The Bureau of Land Management set up a trap outside the Fish Springs Herd Area near Gardnerville, Nevada to remove wild horses over the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, an entire family of wild horses lost their freedom as a result. Two treasured stallion brothers and four generations gone in a flash.

This is Samson.

Samson is a beautiful and respected stallion, known and loved by the local community — And known internationally among the tens of thousands of people who keep up with him and his fellow Fish Springs horses on Facebook.

After being caught in the trap, Samson and his family were loaded onto trailers and shipped to BLM holding pens near Reno. Soon the family could be separated by the BLM and sold off to the highest bidder.

We know Samson and his family belong together and deserve to be free. That’s why we’re organizing a national petition drive to keep them together and return them to the wild.

Add your name on our official petition: Join thousands in calling on the BLM to keep Samson’s family together by returning them to their home in the wild, where they belong!

Samson’s family includes his brother Jet, and his mares Old Momma, her daughter Apple, Apple’s daughter Dumplin’ and Dumplin’s baby little Sam (pictured together below). Old Momma has been on the Fish Springs Range for more than 20 years and wants to go home.

They lost their freedom because one resident called the BLM to formally complain about these wild horses on his property.

The local community pressure was enormous, calling on the resident to remove the trap, which he finally did.

The very person who called in the complaint with the BLM regrets doing so and wants Samson and his family to stay together on their home range in Fish Springs.

This holiday season let’s make sure that happens. Sign our petition urging the BLM to return Samson and his family to their home on our public lands.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. — The BLM’s removal of Samson and his family shows, once again, the heartlessness of this agency’s wild horse and burro management policies. Please consider supporting our work to fight these policies and keep wild horses and burros in the wild by making a donation (every dollar makes a difference in this critical fight!)

 

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Less than 12 hours to go — Can we count on you to give?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

AWHC has an incredible team of staff, specialists and volunteers across the country working to keep America’s wild horses and burros wild.

The Bureau of Land Management is trying to convince Congress that mass roundups and surgical sterilization of wild horses are the only solutions to managing America’s wild horse and burro population. With the capitulation of the ASPCA, HSUS and Return to Freedom to the livestock industry agenda, we’re the last ones standing fighting for the future of wild herds.

Make no mistake: the scale of the removals proposed — a staggering 130,000 wild horses and burros over the next ten years — will result in both the destruction of wild horses and burro populations in the wild and the mass slaughter of those held in captivity. 

AWHC is fighting back hard, in Congress, in the courts and in the field where we’re implementing humane management programs to prove that wild horses and burros can be managed without harming them.

We’re in for the fight of our lives in 2020 — Can we count on you to make a matched donation this #GivingTuesday? We’re nearly half of the way to reaching our $50,000 goal but have less than 12 hours to close that gap in time.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Double your impact and help save wild horses this #GivingTuesday

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This #GivingTuesday, all donations up to $50,000 will be matched but only until midnight.

But we’re not just asking you to rush in a donation — We’re asking you to become a member of the AWHC family and a part of our national movement to save America’s wild horses and burros.

The Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management labeled wild horses and burros as the greatest threat to public lands. He’s spreading disinformation and throwing his support behind cruel plans that could result in the wholesale slaughter of these beautiful animals in our lifetimes.

We refuse to let him get away with this. So when you make a donation to support AWHC, here’s where your money is going:

Education and Advocacy — From Nevada and Utah, to Oregon and Wyoming, sometimes the only public observer on site for roundups is one of our field representatives. But we do more than document these cruel acts. Over the past ten years, we’ve grown our grassroots base 100x in size so that we can be a powerful collective voice for protection of wild horses and burros and against their slaughter.

In The Wild Management — In northern Nevada, AWHC is implementing the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses. The cornerstone of this highly successful program is the remote darting of wild mares with the birth control vaccine PZP. We’re proving that there is a cost-effective, humane, and safe way to manage wild horses that would make roundups and slaughter a relic of the past.

Legislation — From statehouses to the U.S. Capitol, AWHC ensures that wild horses and burros have a voice in both state and federal government. We spearheaded state efforts like California’s AB 128 (which passed this year) and fought successfully in Congress to defeat language that would allow for the transfer and mass killing of wild horses.

Litigation — AWHC and our coalition partners have a strong record of successful litigation, winning over 90% of the cases we file. We’re currently involved in six major lawsuits to prevent inhumane surgical experiments on mares as well as prevent the removal of thousands of wild horses throughout the West. Over the years, we’ve put in place precedents that will stand the test of time, upholding important legal protections granted by Congress to America’s iconic mustangs and burros.

Today represents an incredible opportunity, not only to double your impact, but also to become a member of the AWHC family and the movement we’re building. Together, we will defend America’s wild horses and burros and ensure they remain wild and free. Donate today.

 

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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This is HUGE! All donations will be matched through tomorrow

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We wanted to share this incredible news with you: A generous donor is pledging to match ALL donations up to $50,000 between now and midnight tomorrow for #GivingTuesday.

This is your chance to double your impact and power the fight to keep our wild horses and burros wild: Make a donation of any size to help us unlock this incredible gift and help us reach our #GivingTuesday fundraising goal! →

This year, a $5 billion plan was introduced that would put wild horses and burros on the pathway to extinction. The commercial livestock industry is pushing for the implementation of this plan that would accelerate roundups and remove an unprecedented number of wild horses and burros from our public lands.

Our wild horses and burros don’t have corporate lobbyists and PACs to advocate on their behalf. But our staff, our volunteers, and generous supporters like you? We give them a voice and we give them a fighting chance.

We will never stop fighting. Your donation helps us support legislation to prevent the slaughter of horses and powers our legal team to make roundups a thing of the past.

It gives our team the resources and tools it needs to document roundups and our volunteers the equipment necessary to dart horses with fertility control to prove there is an ethical, cost-effective way to manage wild horses that doesn’t include inhumane roundups and slaughter.

Can we count on you to make a matched donation ahead of #GivingTuesday? Every dollar and every donation makes all the difference in this fight and will help us secure this $50,000 gift.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

Here’s a way to shop on #CyberMonday AND save wild horses! (see how)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

For many of us, the #CyberMonday deals are hard, if not impossible, to beat. They offer the perfect opportunity to purchase presents and gifts for coworkers, friends, and family ahead of the holiday season.

But did you know that if you are purchasing through Amazon, you can help us save wild horses and burros? By using our nonprofit link (here!), a portion of your purchases will go towards our work to keep wild horses and burros wild.

Go wild with your gift-giving this year and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the fight to keep wild horses and burros wild! 

 

The gifts that matter

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Go wild with your gift-giving this holiday season! 

When you purchase any of the items below, a portion of the proceeds go directly toward the fight to keep wild horses wild! 

Grateful and Thankful

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re thinking about gratitude this week, and want you to know how deeply grateful we are that you are part of our “herd.”

We know that some of the news we share with you is heartbreaking and sometimes difficult to stomach. But it’s important to remember that, together, we’ve accomplished some incredible work this year despite the obstacles — And that’s thanks to you and your continued support.

At a time when the threats against wild horses and burros continue to grow, we’ve experienced an outpouring of support from all across the nation by dedicated and compassionate people who are taking a stand to defend these beautiful animals.

Never underestimate the impact you are making. It’s making all of the difference. So on behalf of our team and America’s wild horses and burros: Thank you.

Warmest wishes to you and your family for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

The AWHC Team

Galloping towards a major deadline

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re officially one week away from #GivingTuesday, which is one of the largest days for charitable giving in the United States for the entire year. Our ability to hit our annual fundraising goal at the end of the year depends on having a successful #GivingTuesday.

Here’s Why We Need Your Help: Over the past weeks, we’ve been sharing the news with you. The BLM outlined a $5 billion plan that could result in the removal and potential wholesale slaughter of America’s wild horse population in our lifetimes.

The Congress is currently considering giving the BLM more money to accelerate roundups and begin implementation of the plan. This is the biggest threat to mustangs and wild burros in generations and it could begin early next year — Which means we’re in a fight for their lives in 2020.

Our 2020 budget and the extent to which we can fight back (and expand our work in critical areas!) depends on reaching our end of year fundraising goal. And the only way we can achieve that is if we can bring on 5,000 individual donations on #GivingTuesday.

Let’s show the BLM, the livestock industry, and Congress that we WILL stop their attacks on wild horses and burros — Make a donation toward our #GivingTuesday fundraising drive.

This is an ambitious goal, we know. But the stakes have never been higher and with your help, we will rise to the occasion.

Together, we are unstoppable,

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. — If you can’t donate, we completely understand. But there’s a way you can help us out without giving a cent. Share this email with three friends to help us spread the word and recruit more friends of America’s wild horses and burros!

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Photos from the field: One person really makes all the difference

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

“Zero wild horses.” That is the Appropriate Management Level the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) set for the Seaman and White River Herd Areas (HAs) in Nevada.

As a result, the BLM rounded up and removed 294 wild horses from these HAs this month with 9 dead. AWHC asked the BLM to delay any action until the court ruled in our Caliente Complex lawsuit about the legality of such a decision.

The BLM proceeded, until they halted the roundup because most of the horses were at higher elevations in the juniper forests where the helicopters couldn’t get them. The BLM says it will resume in January when the temperatures drop and the horses come down to lower ground. The BLM did allow public observation during this month’s roundup and most days, our observer was the only member of the public onsite to document and monitor the operation.

We are the eyes and ears on the ground. If it weren’t for that lone AWHC field representative, the public wouldn’t have insight, nor the BLM accountability, regarding this roundup — and many others.

If you can, make a donation to ensure we have representatives on the ground to document roundups and hold the BLM accountable.

Below Are Photos Our Observer Took During The Seaman and White River Roundup:

These photos are heartbreaking. Wild horses deserve to be free and live in the wild. That’s why it is critical we continue to observe, document and report on the atrocities the BLM is committing, while continuing to fight in the courts, in Congress and in the field to stop the roundups and implement humane management.

Your donation allows us to have field representatives on the ground and powers our legal defense fund so we can make roundups a thing of the past: Your support makes all the difference.

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Help save the wild burros and mustang with TMR Rescue 501(c)3

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The following is from TMR Rescue:

Help Save the Wild Burros and Mustangs

Wild horses and burros are quickly disappearing from our public lands. The round ups continue despite proof that the stated numbers on our public lands are far fewer than reported. Often, wild horses and burros adopted through the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) adoption program do not land in good hands. Especially, those who came out of the program from 15 years ago. This is because people don’t know how to train a wild equine so they end up forgetting about them. Or hurting them through the frustration caused by not knowing what to do. Here at TMR Rescue we are doing all we can to help these animals in need of a good home. TMR Rescue has over 60 wild burros with more on the way within the month. We also have 6 beautiful wild mustangs at the ranch that live along side one of our wild burro herds.

 

Some of our New Arrivals

 

New Wild Burros on the Run

 

Some of our Mustangs having a blast

 

Your donations will go directly towards taking care of our wild animals.

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Congress is pressing the BLM for this long-overdue report on wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Four months. It’s been nearly four months since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) passed the deadline to submit a report to Congress regarding the future of the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Despite that, the Acting Director of the BLM has made time to serve the interests of his former clients and piece together a propaganda campaign in support of a $5 billion plan that will likely end with the slaughter of America’s wild horses.

This comes at a time when Congress is considering allocating more money to the Wild Horse and Burro Program without even seeing the BLM’s critical report!

We’re not the only ones fed up with this. Seven members of Congress are teaming up to demand the BLM issue this report ASAP since they missed the latest deadline.

Add your name to our petition if you believe the BLM needs to stop the obstruction and release the now overdue report on their future plans for the Wild Horse and Burro Program. This way we can prove to the BLM that the American people demand transparency from them.

Thank you,

AWHC

The BLM intends to remove all wild horses from the Caliente Complex — We’re fighting back

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its decision to round up and permanently remove ALL wild horses from the Caliente Herd Area (HA) Complex in Nevada.

It should come as no surprise that the BLM did not consider reductions to domestic livestock in the same area before announcing its intention to eradicate the Caliente Complex mustangs. This comes as the Acting Director of the BLM has repeatedly sided with private livestock owners over the lives of wild horses.

But this decision is different from authorizing a standalone roundup — The BLM decision would eradicate mustangs in eight of the nine Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the Caliente Complex.

That’s why AWHC joined with The Cloud Foundation (TCF) and Western Watersheds Project (WWP) to sue the BLM and stop them.

In a moment, we’ll explain why the BLM decision is illegal. But first, we’re going to humbly ask: If just 5% of you made a tax-deductible donation toward our legal defense fund, we would surpass our critical November fundraising goal →

Under federal law, mustangs are one of two animals in our country specifically protected by an Act of Congress. The bald eagle is the other. As part of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, wild horse populations must be managed to maintain “a thriving natural ecological balance.”

1 ) By refusing to protect wild horses or give full consideration to the long term impacts of this wild horse wipeout plan, the BLM deprived the American people of the opportunity to assess and respond to the rationale underlying this major decision.

2 ) Additionally, the BLM must consider reasonable alternatives short of the outright elimination of wild horses in these HMAs. By refusing to consider a reduction in livestock grazing, the BLM is violating the National Environmental Policy Act , its mandate to protect wild horses under the 1971 Wild Horse Act.

3 ) Remember — more than 500% more BLM land is authorized for livestock than for wild horses and burros in the West, and many of these private livestock owners benefit from as much as half a billion dollars annually in taxpayer subsidies. The claims of wild horse “overpopulation” by the BLM are false, further evidenced by the fact that wild horses are not found on 88% of BLM lands.

That’s why AWHC’s legal team is suing. Our suit regarding the Caliente Complex was just fully briefed on summary judgment, meaning it is officially moving forward at a time when the threat of slaughter is once again looming large.

We will keep you updated as this case develops. Litigation is one of the most important tools we have to advocate on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros. If just 5% of you donated to this email toward our legal defense fund, we would surpass our November fundraising goal →

Our wild horses don’t have a voice. Your continued support allows us to be theirs.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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The BLM is moving fast — Two new announcements re: wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

The Bureau of Land Management is moving fast — This past week alone the BLM concluded a roundup in the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) in central Idaho and announced that the agency will be moving forward with a plan to reduce the size of the wild horse and burro population in the Twin Peaks HMA in northeast California by 80% over the next 10 years.

Challis Roundup: 295 Wild Horses Captured

The BLM forcibly removed 295 wild horses from the Challis HMA between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11 as part of the Idaho roundup. This week the agency is expected to complete a census flight to determine how many wild horses will be returned to the 169,000-acre area.

The vast majority of the wild horses removed from these public lands will not be returned to the wild. Many will spend their lives in the BLM’s holding facilities, or worse, face being killed or sold for slaughter if Congress pulls the plug on funding for their long-term care.

We can expect the roundups to be greatly accelerated if the Senate approves the $5 billion plan, pushed by the livestock industry and BLM’s Acting Director, which would reduce wild horse populations in the West to near extinction levels.

AWHC is working to ensure this plan is not implemented: Help us continue to organize against the greatest threat to wild horses and burros in generations by making a donation if you can.

You can read more about the Challis Roundup in this article from the Idaho Statesman here.

Twin Peaks HMA: BLM Officially Moves to Reduce Herd Size

The BLM recently released its management plan for the wild horses and burros of the Twin Peaks HMA — Including future helicopter roundups and fertility control over the next ten years.

According to the Sierra Sun Times: “This plan calls for several approaches, including using helicopter drive trapping, bait-and-water trapping and fertility control to reduce the herd … over ten years.”

While AWHC supports using fertility control, we do not support the drastic reduction in herd sizes for wild horses and burros in this HMA.

Nearly 90% of the existing wild burro population will be removed over ten years, leaving just 72 animals on the range and destroying the genetic health of this herd.

For the Twin Peaks wild horses the plan is almost as bad: reduce the herd by 80% and release castrated stallions (geldings) onto the range, a move that will take the wild out of these wild horses by destroying their natural behaviors. AWHC has a pending case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that will determine whether or not the BLM can release geldings onto the range before its research into the impacts of the procedure on wild horses is completed.

You can read the Sierra Sun Times article here.

AWHC is the eyes and ears on the ground and the voice for mustangs and burros in the halls of Congress and the courts of law. Donations, of any size, give our field team the resources they need to document these roundups as well as give us the resources to also intervene when possible through the courts. No donation is too small to make a difference.

Thank you — And we’ll keep you updated,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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a couple of crucial developments in the fight to defend wild horses (please read)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley’s recent declaration of wild horses as the top existential threat to public lands (even though wild horses aren’t on 88% of BLM land!) and his claim that it will cost $5 billion to “solve” the wild horse “problem” is the culmination of a years-long propaganda war against mustangs and burros.

The war is being waged by the commercial livestock industry, which seeks virtual eradication of these cherished animals in order to maximize taxpayer-subsidized grazing of privately-owned cattle and sheep on public lands.

This anti-mustang propaganda war was boosted recently with the capitulation of the Humane Society of the U.S., ASPCA and Return to Freedom to the cattlemen’s mass mustang roundup agenda.

With that in mind, your team at AWHC has been fighting back hard — from the battleground of Nevada to the seat of power in Washington DC — and we want to share some of our most recent work with you today.

Fighting Back at Ground Zero in the Wild Horse War: Nevada

On October 23, we organized a high-profile press conference with Nevada business leaders and a leading conservationist to counter the anti-wild horse messaging at a screening later that evening of the propaganda film “Horse Rich Dirt Poor.”

Well known real estate developer and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman and Erik Molvar, Executive Director of the Western Watersheds Campaign, struck back forcefully against the scapegoating of wild horses and in favor of protecting these iconic animals on public lands in the West. Read more about this highly successful event here.

Defending Wild Horses & Burros in Washington, DC

AWHC teamed up with our colleagues at Animal Wellness Action and The Cloud Foundation to hold a briefing on Capitol Hill for Congressional staff to discuss the mass roundup plan and its true cost to American taxpayers and the wild horses and burros we cherish. In one of the most successful Hill briefings ever, 35 staffers showed up to learn more about this issue that is obviously of concern to so many of their constituents. You can read more about this event here.

At the same time and a few miles away, the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board was meeting — with AWHC staff in attendance to ensure that your voices were represented and heard.

Throughout the meeting, BLM officials and most advisory board members expressed their utter disdain for public opinion, which they dismissed as being “emotional” and “uneducated.” It’s clear where the public stands on the mass roundup and surgical sterilization plan, as our most recent polling documents. At the meeting, we made sure that the voice of the people was not ignored.

Read more about the board meeting here.

Fighting to Keep Wild Horses Wild

While we’re battling on the national front, AWHC is investing significant resources to protect locally cherished herds and support humane management programs.

From the Virginia Range — where our darters have delivered more fertility control treatments to wild horses in six months than the entire BLM did last year — to the Onaqui Mountains in Utah, where we’re helping the BLM and the Wild Horses of America Foundation expand an existing fertility control program, to the Salt River in Arizona where we work closely with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, we’re working every day to keep wild horses wild and prove that humane management work.

You won’t want to miss our latest updates from the field here.

We Couldn’t Do This Work Without You!

Our mustangs and burros don’t have a voice — Which is why we’re using ours. If just 5% of you donate to this email, we could clear our monthly fundraising goal and show the BLM that the public proudly supports this important work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free!

From all of us here at AWHC — Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for supporting our work.

American Wild Horse Campaign Team

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The greatest threat to wild horses in our lifetimes

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

William Perry Pendley, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced this week that it would cost the taxpayers $5,000,000,000.00 to clear public lands of wild horses.

Pendley knows exactly what he’s doing. By putting an outrageously high price tag on humane management of wild horses and burros, he’s laying the groundwork to make the case that non-lethal management of wild horses is too expensive and that slaughter is the only option.

The threat of slaughter is again looming large. If you can spare a donation to AWHC, now is the time to do so.

Just last week, Pendley labeled wild horses an “existential threat” to public lands in America, even though wild horses aren’t even present on 88% of BLM lands.

Pendley’s goal is to divert attention away from the commercial industries, including livestock grazing, that are the true “existential” threats to public lands, while simultaneously securing funding from Congress for unprecedented mass wild horse and burro roundups.

Pendley is executing a sophisticated propaganda campaign against wild horses. Phase 1 was to establish a fake crisis of wild horse overpopulation. That has largely been achieved with the HSUS, ASPCA and Return to Freedom capitulation to the livestock industry agenda of reducing wild horse and burro populations to near extinction levels.

Phase 2, to convince Congress that non-lethal management of wild horses is too expensive, is now underway.

This represents the greatest threat to the survival of wild horses and could result in their extinction. We need to organize and fight back like never before.

That’s why we’re asking each of you, if possible, to make a donation to support our work. Every single donation helps us send a message to Congress and Pendley: We will not let you exterminate wild horses!

This won’t be an easy fight — Which is why we are so grateful for your support at this critical time.

Thank you,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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550+ wild horses removed from public lands in Wyoming [contains photos from the scene]

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

As we speak, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is forcibly reducing the population of wild horses in Wyoming’s Fifteenmile Herd Management Area (HMA) by 86% through a helicopter stampede.

So far, they’ve removed 558 wild horses from the area — With the goal of capturing nearly 700 wild horses before the end of the month.

Those wild horses don’t have a voice, so we have to use ours — we have to take action to defend them. Every donation helps us keep the public informed about these cruel roundups and allows us to advocate for the tens of thousands of wild horses and burros across the West.

This week, our observer was in Wyoming’s Fifteenmile HMA, where the BLM is currently rounding up the entirety of the wild horse population there from our public lands. At least 8 horses have died in the week since the roundup began, including:

  • One horse succumbed to a neck injury during the helicopter stampede while two others were euthanized;
  • Another died as a result of a strike to the head by another wild horse on the way to the trap;
  • One mare had a major cut and was taken to Rock Springs for treatment;
  • Despite BLM reports that wild horses are “starving” to justify these roundups, the wild horses being removed are in good body condition and sound health.

After the BLM breaks apart their families, only 100 wild horses will be returned to the area, threatening the long term survival of the herd itself.

This is not an isolated incident, either. If Congress authorizes the new BLM ten-year plan, we will witness roundups of this scale all throughout the West — Putting wild horses and burros squarely on the path to extinction.

We are the eyes and ears on the ground, holding BLM accountable for these cruel roundups. Please donate to help our team continue to document roundups and work to ramp up the pressure on Congress to reject the BLM’s “path to extinction” plan.

Thank you for your continued support — We’ll keep you updated.

Sincerely,

The AWHC Team

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Fifteenmile Roundup would reduce local wild horse population by 86% (!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Over the next two weeks, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will attempt to forcibly rip away nearly 700 wild horses in Wyoming from the Fifteenmile Herd Management Area (HMA), returning just 100 back into the wild.

For reference, that amounts to removing a staggering 86% of the entire wild horse population in the HMA.

This might sound blunt but: If you can, we need you to make a donation now to help AWHC keep our team in the field documenting these roundups and defending wild horses and burros against the most pressing threat of our generation.

We want to make this abundantly clear and transparent: Your support allows us to document these cruel operations so the public is informed, challenge the roundups when possible before they happen in Congress and in the courts, as well as fund our field programs where we PROVE that there is a better, more humane way to manage wild horses and burros.

The BLM wants to complete the Fifteenmile Roundup before the end of October if possible.

By the time the helicopters have cleared the area, as few as 100 wild horses could remain in the Fifteenmile HMA, which spans more than 70,000 acres. That is below the number of wild horses needed to maintain genetic viability.

Simply put, the Fifteenmile Roundup threatens to end the wild horse population in this area once and for all. And this is just the beginning of what is to come if Congress approves the BLM plan which would remove tens of thousands of wild horses throughout the West over the next ten years.

Time isn’t on our side. Help us continue to shine a spotlight on these cruel roundups and defend our wild horses and burros by rushing in a donation of any size →

Your support is making all the difference,

The AWHC Team

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California just took a historic step to protect wild horses and burros (!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

In 2018 alone, nearly 80,000 American horses, both wild and domestic, were taken to Canada or Mexico and slaughtered for human consumption.

That’s why AWHC sponsored Assembly Bill 128 (AB 128) in California — legislation to strengthen protections for horses from slaughter to help put a stop to this. AB 128 was authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (CA AD-78) in order to “make sure California’s horse population is not illegally sent to slaughter [by closing] a loophole that could lead horses to harm.”

We’re proud to tell you that all of our collective phone calls, petitions, and organizing worked: AB 128 was officially signed into law last weekend by California Governor Gavin Newsom!

The passage of AB 128 is proof that when we raise our voices and work hard, we can achieve victories on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros. Help us build on this momentum at a time when the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would put wild horses on the path to extinction by making a donation.

Thank you for your continued support,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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