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ONE DAY (today) to contact Congress before it’s too late!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the FY 2021 Interior Appropriations bill. This bill will fund the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program and determine whether limits are placed on the agency’s mass roundup plan for America’s mustangs.

You are in a unique position to influence this legislation because your Representative and/or Senator is on the Appropriations Committee that will vote on this bill. We have one day — TODAY — to push Congress to add critical language to the bill before it’s too late. 

If passed in its current form, the bill would allocate $102.6 million for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. This is a 27% increase over 2019 budget levels.
Several key members of Congress have requested that language be included in this bill to require the BLM to implement PZP fertility control to humanely manage wild horses and burros in the wild and to prohibit surgical sterilization, including the brutal ovariectomy via colpotomy procedure.

Currently, this language is not in the bill, but it could be added via an amendment to the House bill during the full committee hearing Friday. Since the Senate bill is still pending, there’s still time to convince Senators to incorporate this language in its version of the Interior spending bill.

TODAY is the last day to take action before the Committee vote. Please join me in calling your members of Congress to urge them to include language in Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations legislation to rein in BLM roundups and include funding for PZP to humanely manage our nation’s wild horses and burros, who 80% of Americans want to protect.

There’s a lot at stake — if Congress doesn’t put the brakes on the BLM, the agency will round up as many as 90,000 wild horses and burros from public lands over the next five years — that’s every horse and burro living free today and more!

So please call Congress today!

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PHOTOS: Iconic American Wild Horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The American Wild Horse embodies the values we celebrate today: Independence. Freedom. Honor and Pride.

Our iconic wild horses remind us of the freedoms we cherish, and of the untamed wild that resides in each one of us, embodying the spirit of our American West.

You can’t see America’s wild horses without also seeing our history. Our heritage. We — all of us — are the joint custodians of these national icons and the wide-open spaces they call home. Together, we fight to protect this uniquely American legacy.

As a photographer who’s traveled the West documenting the lives of wild horses and capturing their majesty and beauty, I am proud to work side by side with the American Wild Horse Campaign as we fight to keep America’s wild horses and burros free and wild.

On behalf of myself and everyone at the AWHC, we wish you a safe and happy Independence Day.

May wild things run free, forever.

Kimerlee Curyl

PS – From July 4th-July 11 if you enter the code STAY WILD you will receive 20% off, the proceeds of which will go to AWHC to support our efforts to keep wild horses wild.

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Trump’s BLM Director nomination could spell disaster for wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

President Trump has nominated the fox to guard the henhouse.

Last Friday, Trump announced his plan to move forward with his nomination of Acting Director William Perry Pendley to Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Let’s take a look at why this poses the greatest threat to our wild horses and burros in decades:

  • Pendley has said that wild horses were the “biggest existential threat” to public lands, even though horses only live on approximately 12% of BLM lands.
  • He has falsely claimed that managing wild horses non-lethally would require more than $5 billion.
  • Pendley’s career to date has been spent fighting to sell off public lands to private industry. While at the BLM, Pendley has stepped up efforts to undermine environmental laws like the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, which protects public lands from unrestricted oil and gas development, mining operations and livestock grazing.
  • Recently, under Pendley, the BLM delivered to Congress a billion-dollar plan to cull federally protected wild horse and burro herds by 70% by rounding up 80,000 mustangs and burros from public lands over the next five years.

It’s pretty clear where Pendley’s interests are vested and it’s NOT with our public lands and 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. We can’t let this happen. Join us in telling Congress to say NO to confirming Pendley as Director of the BLM.
TELL THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: REJECT PENDLEY AS BLM DIRECTOR.
 

 

SIGN our petition telling Congress and the BLM that you won’t stand for Trump’s nomination of Pendley, and the dire threat he poses to our wild horses.
 

Acting Director Pendley is peddling a profit-motivated attack campaign against wild horses — but we see through his lies. Not only is he advocating for the mass removal and sterilization of horses, he’s actively defending — and has spent his career in the pockets of — the real threats to our public lands:

Wild horses are facing one of the biggest threats in a lifetime, and we need to do everything we can to keep them safe and wild. Pendley has initiated a propaganda campaign against wild horses, which includes creating a fake crisis in order to convince Congress that non-lethal management of wild horses is too expensive. For this reason, we are asking you to take action today to protect wild horses from Pendley’s grips.

Thank you for taking action today to keep our wild horses safe and free.

American Wild Horse Campaign

PS — As William Pendley’s confirmation process rolls ahead, the agency he heads is charging ahead with its unprecedented summer assault against our beloved wild horses and burros. Beginning today, BLM helicopters will descend on remote regions of the West to stampede and capture 5,000 federally-protected wild horses and burros by September 30.

Our team is all hands on deck to fight back all summer long against this assault — with volunteers in the field, with lawsuits, with every advocacy tool at our disposal — but to do this, we need your help. Will you pitch in to our Roundup Fund today?

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URGENT: Hours left to speak up for wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

In case you missed Grace’s update yesterday, we wanted to remind you that RIGHT NOW is your last chance to make sure your voice is heard by the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office before today’s comment period deadline.

This summer, the BLM plans to round up and remove more than 5,000 wild horses and burros from public lands beginning on July 1st and ending September of 2020. At the same time, they’re laying the groundwork for these roundups to continue into the fall and next year. One of the large roundups still in the planning stages is in the Nevada Wild Horse Range; a more than 1 million acre Herd Management Area that is on land used by the military for warfare testing and training.

TODAY is our last chance to submit comments to the BLM’s 10-year management plan that would see over half of the wild horses in the Nevada Wild Horse Range rounded up and removed. In addition, wild burros living in the area would be completely eradicated.

W3Schools
 

All comments must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. PST TODAY.

It is estimated that only 800 wild horses live within the more than 1.3 million acres of public land in this area. Our wild horses, burros — and their tiny vulnerable foals — are depending on us now more than ever… and we have only hours left to speak up for them.

Erica, NOW is the time to let the BLM know you won’t stand for their cruel, costly, and unscientific mass roundup plan. Make your voice heard by today’s deadline at 4:30 p.m. PST.

America’s wild horses need your help today.

The AWHC Team

 


Read Our Previous Message Below: 


Last Saturday marked the official first day of summer, and with it, the beginning of a season that places our iconic wild horses and burros in the cross-hairs of a particularly cruel and inhumane roundup by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

This weekend, I know so many of our hearts, heads and screens are saturated with grief, fear and worry. I want you to know, however, that it’s not all bad news on the wild horse front. In fact, there’s cause for hope as we rally together like never before to protect and preserve our beloved wild horses.

I want to share a couple of these hopeful stories with you, but first to ask that you join me in getting your comments in this weekend in opposition to the BLM’s plan to round up over 400 wild horses and burros from the Nevada Wild Horse Range – the nation’s first protected habitat area for mustangs.

URGENT: TWO days left to speak up

This summer’s assault on wild horse and burro herds will be particularly cruel and inhumane — helicopter roundups in the sweltering desert heat will involve tiny, vulnerable foals who risk being literally run to death after miles-long helicopter chases. The BLM plans to round up and remove more than 5,000 federally-protected wild horses and burros from public lands beginning July 1 and ending September of 2020.

At the same time, the BLM is laying the groundwork for the roundups to continue into the fall and next year. One of the large roundups still in the planning stages is in the Nevada Wild Horse Range, a more than 1 million acre Herd Management Area that is on land used by the military for warfare testing and training.

We have only two days left to submit comments to the BLM’s 10-year management plan that would see over half of the wild horses in this range rounded up and removed. In addition, wild burros living in the area would be completely eradicated.

So far, more than 5,700 of you have submitted comments on the BLM’s plan. Now is the time to keep up the pressure, and turn up the volume.

Will you take three minutes now to do these three things? You can take these actions from the safety of your home right now:

  1. If you haven’t already, TAKE ACTION now to demand that the BLM change its unsustainable, inhumane management plan for the wild mustangs of the Nevada Wild Horse Range.
  2. Make sure your friends take action also! Nevada’s wild burros and horses need as many voices as possible to speak up before Monday.
     
     
    Or, forward this email to a friend!
  3. Donate to our Roundup Fund: Today’s donation will keep our team in the field during roundup season, and give us the resources necessary to ensure that our legal team can challenge any attempts to block public observation:

 


UPDATE: Our Rescue Fund at Work
Good news stories may seem a little scarce these days; but they DO exist, and we want to share some silver linings (and some VERY adorable foal photos) with you. This will be a tough summer for our vulnerable foals, but in the Virginia Range, where we operate the world’s largest wild horse fertility control program, we’re working with a local coalition of organizations on the ground, and our tireless volunteers to ensure orphaned and injured foals receive the critical care they need so they can be adopted into forever homes.

Your generous contributions to the AWHC Rescue Fund are making this work possible, so thank you.

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide volunteers in the field with life-saving emergency foal kits (see above). We’ve instituted a “red tag” system that keeps the kits stocked with critical medicine and supplies. Foals can crash rapidly, so being fully equipped with Equine IgG Seramune Oral colostrum, saline, Foal Lac milk, antibiotics, Vetericyn wound treatment and enemas often means the difference between life and death on the range. Thank you for helping us support the work of Wild Horse Connection, Least Resistance Training Concepts, LBL Equine Rescue and other local organizations by providing supplies they need to save precious foals in need!!

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to your grassroots support, AWHC was able to present local Nevada group LBL Equine Rescue, with a matching grant that helped them to meet their fundraising goal for a new foal nursery! The nursery will be fully equipped to provide round-the-clock care for foals in critical condition, and will even include sleeping quarters for volunteers working overnight shifts (young foals need to be fed every two hours).

The Least Resistance Training Concepts Large Animal Rescue Team is the busiest in the country. They’re on call 24/7 for every type of emergency, from rescuing horses stuck in cattle guards and barbed wire to coming to the aid of orphaned foals.

We were pleased to make a grant to LRTC from our Rescue Fund that supported the retrofitting of a decommissioned ambulance donated by a kind fire department. Now modified, the ambulance serves as an anchor and transport vehicle for foal rescues, a water rescue unit, support unit for complex large animal rescues and much more. We’re proud to support LRTC with this one-of-a-kind project that is setting the standard for large animal rescue worldwide!

These initiatives — made possible by you and your generous support of the Rescue Fund — have enabled AWHC and our team of volunteers to make life-saving interventions for foals, wild horses and burros.

Finally, allow me to introduce you to some of the fuzzy, thankful faces you’ve helped save this foaling season:

Rustler, Leela, Sinclair, Carte, Stitch, Goliath and all of us here at AWHC want to say a huge THANK YOU, and wish you a safe and happy weekend.

Grace Kuhn,
Communications Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

AWHC NEWS ALERT: A particularly cruel summer

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last Saturday marked the official first day of summer, and with it, the beginning of a season that places our iconic wild horses and burros in the cross-hairs of a particularly cruel and inhumane roundup by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

This weekend, I know so many of our hearts, heads and screens are saturated with grief, fear and worry. I want you to know, however, that it’s not all bad news on the wild horse front. In fact, there’s cause for hope as we rally together like never before to protect and preserve our beloved wild horses.

I want to share a couple of these hopeful stories with you, but first to ask that you join me in getting your comments in this weekend in opposition to the BLM’s plan to round up over 400 wild horses and burros from the Nevada Wild Horse Range – the nation’s first protected habitat area for mustangs.

URGENT: TWO days left to speak up

This summer’s assault on wild horse and burro herds will be particularly cruel and inhumane — helicopter roundups in the sweltering desert heat will involve tiny, vulnerable foals who risk being literally run to death after miles-long helicopter chases. The BLM plans to round up and remove more than 5,000 federally-protected wild horses and burros from public lands beginning July 1 and ending September of 2020.

At the same time, the BLM is laying the groundwork for the roundups to continue into the fall and next year. One of the large roundups still in the planning stages is in the Nevada Wild Horse Range, a more than 1 million acre Herd Management Area that is on land used by the military for warfare testing and training.

We have only two days left to submit comments to the BLM’s 10-year management plan that would see over half of the wild horses in this range rounded up and removed. In addition, wild burros living in the area would be completely eradicated.

So far, more than 5,700 of you have submitted comments on the BLM’s plan. Now is the time to keep up the pressure, and turn up the volume.

Will you take three minutes now to do these three things? You can take these actions from the safety of your home right now:

  1. If you haven’t already, TAKE ACTION now to demand that the BLM change its unsustainable, inhumane management plan for the wild mustangs of the Nevada Wild Horse Range.
  2. Make sure your friends take action also! Nevada’s wild burros and horses need as many voices as possible to speak up before Monday.
     
     
    Or, forward this email to a friend!
  3. Donate to our Roundup Fund: Today’s donation will keep our team in the field during roundup season, and give us the resources necessary to ensure that our legal team can challenge any attempts to block public observation:

UPDATE: Our Rescue Fund at Work
Good news stories may seem a little scarce these days; but they DO exist, and we want to share some silver linings (and some VERY adorable foal photos) with you. This will be a tough summer for our vulnerable foals, but in the Virginia Range, where we operate the world’s largest wild horse fertility control program, we’re working with a local coalition of organizations on the ground, and our tireless volunteers to ensure orphaned and injured foals receive the critical care they need so they can be adopted into forever homes.

Your generous contributions to the AWHC Rescue Fund are making this work possible, so thank you.

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide volunteers in the field with life-saving emergency foal kits (see above). We’ve instituted a “red tag” system that keeps the kits stocked with critical medicine and supplies. Foals can crash rapidly, so being fully equipped with Equine IgG Seramune Oral colostrum, saline, Foal Lac milk, antibiotics, Vetericyn wound treatment and enemas often means the difference between life and death on the range. Thank you for helping us support the work of Wild Horse Connection, Least Resistance Training Concepts, LBL Equine Rescue and other local organizations by providing supplies they need to save precious foals in need!!

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to your grassroots support, AWHC was able to present local Nevada group LBL Equine Rescue, with a matching grant that helped them to meet their fundraising goal for a new foal nursery! The nursery will be fully equipped to provide round-the-clock care for foals in critical condition, and will even include sleeping quarters for volunteers working overnight shifts (young foals need to be fed every two hours).

The Least Resistance Training Concepts Large Animal Rescue Team is the busiest in the country. They’re on call 24/7 for every type of emergency, from rescuing horses stuck in cattle guards and barbed wire to coming to the aid of orphaned foals.

We were pleased to make a grant to LRTC from our Rescue Fund that supported the retrofitting of a decommissioned ambulance donated by a kind fire department. Now modified, the ambulance serves as an anchor and transport vehicle for foal rescues, a water rescue unit, support unit for complex large animal rescues and much more. We’re proud to support LRTC with this one-of-a-kind project that is setting the standard for large animal rescue worldwide!

These initiatives — made possible by you and your generous support of the Rescue Fund — have enabled AWHC and our team of volunteers to make life-saving interventions for foals, wild horses and burros.

Finally, allow me to introduce you to some of the fuzzy, thankful faces you’ve helped save this foaling season:

Rustler, Leela, Sinclair, Carte, Stitch, Goliath and all of us here at AWHC want to say a huge THANK YOU, and wish you a safe and happy weekend.

Grace Kuhn,
Communications Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Happy Father’s Day!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

When you think of wild stallions, you might imagine power, ferocity and strength… risking all to protect their families. What you might not know is that stallions are also great dads. When it comes to foals, stallions are patient and nurturing, as they keep their young foals safe, teach them about the bonds of family, and show them how to survive in the wild.

It’s not easy being a wild stallion, and one stallion on the Virginia Range in Nevada has his work cut out for him keeping his three new foals safe and making sure they don’t wander off.

Dante is a member of the wild horse herd that is part of our groundbreaking fertility control program. These photos of Dante and his foals Alex, Davin and Elle were taken yesterday by AWHC team member Steve Paige, a photographer and fertility control darter on the Virginia Range.

We love seeing wild horses being wild and free, and we thank all of our supporters every day for making it possible to do the work necessary to keep them that way.

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there — thank you for working to make the world a better place for all!

—The AWHC Team

P.S. Learn more about our Virginia Range fertility control program here.

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June 29 deadline for Nevada Wild Horse Range HMA!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office to protect hundreds of wild horses and burros from roundups within the Nevada Wild Horse Range Herd Management Area. We must act now to demand that the BLM manage Nevada’s wild horses humanely!

Only 800 wild horses are estimated to live within the more than 1.3 million acres of public land in this area, which is part of the Nevada Test & Training Range used by the Air Force. Due to military restrictions, the BLM actively manages wild horses on 484,000 acres of the range. According to the agency’s proposed 10-year management plan, over half of the wild horses in this range would be rounded up and removed. In addition, wild burros living in the area would be completely eradicated.

W3Schools

The BLM is currently accepting public comments on the management proposal and its environmental consequences. Now is the time to weigh in against the agency’s plan to reduce the population to an unscientifically low population limit that will leave just one horse per 3,250 acres and eliminate wild burros from the area entirely!

Key aspects of the BLM’s destructive plan include:

  • Removing all wild horses deemed “excess” over a 10 year period to achieve and maintain a population of just 300-400 horses;
  • Removing all wild burros from the area;
  • Applying untested IUDs for wild mares and other methods of fertility control after the low population limit of 300 horses is reached;
  • Maintaining an unnatural population of 60% stallions, 40% mares; and
  • Gelding a portion of the stallions, making them non-reproducing and destroying their natural behaviors.

Summer roundups are around the corner, and the BLM’s deadline for public comment is coming up even sooner than that. Make your voice heard by June 29 to defend the wild horses from the BLM’s cruel, costly, and unscientific mass roundup plans.

The wild horses and burros of the Nevada Wild Horse Range HMA need you to speak up for them today! Thank you for taking the time to act in their defense.

The AWHC Team

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The clock is ticking

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Last year, Congress awarded the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program a $21 million budget increase – but specified that the funding would not become available until 60 days after the BLM submitted a report to Congress outlining its plans for the future management of America’s wild horses and burros.

That report was delivered five weeks ago, and it’s as bad as we feared: Roundup and removal of 18,000-20,000 wild horses and burros per year… tripling the number of wild horses and burros warehoused in off-range holding facilities… reducing wild herds by 70% to near extinction levels….use of dangerous and gruesome sterilization surgeries as a management tool.

And the kicker? A billion-dollar price tag just for the first five years!

We now have 30 days left to weigh in on this outrageous, inhumane and unsustainable plan.

Please join House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva and several of his House and Senate colleagues in demanding that Congress step up to require the BLM to prioritize the use of humane, scientifically-recommended fertility control over cruel roundups and stockpiling wild horses and burros in holding facilities.

W3Schools
Please contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to support language in Fiscal Year 2021 spending legislation that puts the brakes on BLM’s mass roundup plan by requiring the agency to implement humane fertility control and prohibiting it from performing barbaric sterilization procedures on wild horses and burros.

Take action: Tell your Senators and Representative to support protections for wild horses and burros in the appropriations process.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Summer roundups are beginning soon — here’s what you can do

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

In a little less than a month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will unleash helicopters to begin its summer assault on wild horses and burros living on public lands in the West. In the BLM’s crosshairs: wild horse and burro herds in Utah, Colorado, and Nevada.

The largest roundup of the summer will take place in Nevada’s Shawave Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA), just 50 miles northeast of Reno. The HMA is part of the 1 million-acre Blue Wing Complex, where the BLM allows just 333 to 553 horses and 50 to 90 burros while authorizing 1,200 privately owned cattle and 2,700 sheep to graze year-round.

This is just the beginning. If the BLM has its way, as many as 18,000-20,000 wild horses and burros will lose their freedom each year… if Congress decides to fund the agency’s mass roundup plan.

Summer roundups are particularly inhumane due to sweltering desert temperatures and the presence of tiny, vulnerable foals, who are sometimes literally run to death in miles-long helicopter stampedes.

This summer, this cruelty could take place out of public view, as the BLM is already signaling that it may use COVID-19 restrictions to block the public from witnessing these brutal capture operations and documenting their terrible impacts on wild horses and burros.

AWHC is gearing up for these summer roundups, both to document them and to fight back if the BLM attempts to crack down on public observation. 

At the same time, we’re working on Capitol Hill to shelve the BLM’s plan to massively scale up roundups and force the agency to prioritize humane fertility control to manage wild herds and keep them wild.

Your help is needed on all fronts! Here’s what you can do today:

    1. Donate to our Roundup FundToday’s donation will keep our team in the field during the roundup season and give us the resources necessary to ensure our legal team can challenge any attempts to block public observation.
    2. Contact Your Representative and Senators

      Ask them to put the brakes on BLM’s mass removal plans, require the use of humane fertility control as an alternative to roundups, and prohibit the conducting of helicopter roundups in the absence of public observation.

Today’s donation will help us build the resources necessary to fight the Bureau of Land Management’s cruel roundups and keep you informed. Wild horses deserve to live in the wild — they need your help.

—American Wild Horse Campaign

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Meet Herbie and Papa Antonio: Two very special burros who want to meet you

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This May is #BurroAwarenessMonth. Burros are amazing animals — intelligent, social and highly adapted to their often harsh and rugged desert habitats. Like wild horses, wild burros are protected under federal law as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

AWHC created Burro Awareness Month to shine a spotlight on our nation’s wild burros, who don’t get the same level of attention as wild horses, but are just as incredible and historic.

As we close out the month, we wanted to share the stories of two very special burros: Herbie and Papa Antonio, one no longer wild and one still free, each touched by the same challenges facing all wild burros under the management of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Meet Herbie and The Herd Many Of You Recently Defended

Photo Credit: PJ Kaszas

Herbie is a wild burro who calls the BLM’s Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona his home. Black Mountain is the largest HMA in the state, comprising more than 1 million acres of public lands, and it is also home to the largest and most genetically diverse burro population in the country.

PJ Kaszas is a wildlife and documentary photographer who co-founded the Wild Horse Photography Collective and Bonkers for Burros, two fast growing communities of photographers dedicated to advocating for wild horses and burros (and we’re proud to partner with many of them!).

PJ went to photograph the Black Mountain burros, who can be difficult to find, due to both the large expanse of desert and terrain they live in and because the burros blend so well in to this environment.

When interacting with wildlife, it’s important to respect their space and keep your distance. That’s what makes this encounter all the more unique: Herbie actually approached PJ, and while PJ kept a distance of 75 feet or so, Herbie wasn’t bothered by the camera and actually went on to guide PJ over the course of three days throughout the Black Mountain HMA.

Photo Credit: PJ Kaszas

Herbie greeted old friends, interacted with some rivals, and even showed PJ where he and other burros go to forage, grab a drink, and rest.

You can read more about PJ’s experiences with Herbie and see more photos here. Additionally, we wanted to thank you: Late March we launched an action alert about the Bureau of Land Management Plan to remove 75% of the burros, like Herbie, from this area.

Thousands of you stepped up to raise your voices and we had one of our largest showings of force in defense of burros in recent memory.

Rescuing Papa Antonio And Finding Him A Forever Home

One of the unfortunate realities of the federal mass roundup/removal program is that many captured wild burros and horses, especially those who are older or injured or have health complications, are at risk of ending up in kill pens or being dumped after being sold for $25 or less.

That was potentially going to happen to Papa Antonio, a 21-year old burro who caught the eye of our Nevada Field Rep., Deb Walker, who noticed him in the BLM’s online auction earlier this year. AWHC contacted our friends at the Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE) to see if they would take him to live with their herd of seven rescued burros and two rescued horses. CAPE said yes!

Last year, Papa Antonio was trapped and removed from the BLM’s Seven Troughs HMA, located 75 miles northeast of Reno. He was sent to the Carson City prison, where he spent eight months in a holding pen and was put up for auction in February.

AWHC was pleased to partner with CAPE to rescue him. Since March, when CAPE picked him up from the BLM holding facility in Nevada, Papa Antonio has become a very affectionate little burro, and is now fully integrated with CAPE’s rescue herd.

We’re working to ensure all wild burros can spend their golden years on public lands, but the next best place for a burro like Papa Antonio is with CAPE. Watch his transformation here.

We hope you enjoyed digitally meeting Herbie and Papa Antonio. Here at AWHC, we treat every month as if it were #BurroAwarenessMonth, because all of our treasured wild burros deserve to live on the wide open ranges with their families, safe from roundups and free from the grim fate of a crowded holding facility, or worse slaughter.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Quick Action Alert: A unique opportunity to score a major victory for wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just submitted its report to Congress on the future of their Wild Horse and Burro program.

In this plan, the agency outlines the removal of as many as 20,000 wild horses from public lands per year and leaves the door open to permanent sterilization of mares through an inhumane surgical procedure.

Here is where we need your help: Congress has 60-days to weigh in on this plan. At the same time, members of the House and the Senate are working on the next appropriations bill to fund the government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which begins on October 1, 2020.

The House Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Raul Grijalva, and fellow wild horse champions in both chambers of Congress are advocating for the inclusion of language that would require the BLM to utilize humane, reversible fertility control with the money they appropriate to the agency.

The language would also prohibit surgical sterilization of wild horses and burros on the range.

We need your elected officials on Capitol Hill to support this request to protect wild horses and burros from mass roundups and brutal sterilization surgeries: Click here to send a message to your Representative and Senators to support wild horses and burros in the appropriations process.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. For a more detailed analysis of the plan, click here.

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Breaking: The BLM is setting the stage for the slaughter of America’s wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management just issued its long-overdue report to Congress on how the agency plans to proceed with managing America’s wild horse and burro population.

Before I go into more detail, I want to briefly summarize the most troubling aspects of this report and the failed approaches the BLM is advocating for:

  • The BLM’s plan would authorize mass roundups to remove up to 20,000 wild horses per year; culling wild herds by 70%;
  • For the first time, the permanent sterilization of mares through an ineffective and inhumane procedure would be utilized;
  • Private contractors would be enriched by the BLM tripling the population of wild horses in crowded holding pens and pastures;
  • This plan would carry a cost of $1 billion to taxpayers over the next five years and that’s only a portion of the cost expected for its two-decade timeframe.

There are three major takeaways I want to provide about this plan, and as grim as it sounds, I also want to remind everyone that this isn’t set in stone: We have time to stop it from happening but in order to do so we’re all going to need to get involved.


Takeaway #1: Continuing On A Path to Failure


The BLM’s new plan is based on two faulty premises: the need to reduce wild populations to the “Appropriate” Management Level (AML) of 27,000 animals on 27 million acres of land, and the reliance on mass roundups and removals to get there.

Both premises have been discredited by the nation’s top scientific body — the National Academy of Sciences — which concluded that these management levels are “not based in science” and that mass removals are not only ineffective but also counterproductive and unsustainable.

And that doesn’t even take into consideration the massive cost to taxpayers and the cruelty inflicted on these innocent wild horses and burros. Or the fact that this plan, with its astronomically high price tag, is setting the stage for the mass slaughter of these treasured icons.


Takeaway #2: Only Congress Can Require the BLM to Change Course


Last year, Congress appropriated a $21 million increase for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, but specified that the funds would not become available until the agency submitted a report to Congress detailing its plan for managing America’s wild herds.The 60-day clock is now ticking and during this time Congress has the opportunity to weigh in on the mass roundup and warehousing plan.

Additionally, the House and the Senate are currently working on the next appropriations bill to fund the government in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which begins on October 1, 2020.

The good news is that Rep. Raul Grijalva, Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has direct oversight over the BLM, has expressed his intent to hold the BLM accountable.

He and several other members of the House and Senate have requested that FY 2021 Appropriations legislation include language to require BLM to utilize humane, reversible fertility control instead of spending all of its funding to round up more wild horses and burros, and to prohibit the agency from cruelly sterilizing wild horses and burros via invasive and risky surgical procedures.

To convince Congress to include this legislative language, we will have to overcome opposition from the Big Ag lobby and Big Humane groups (Humane Society of the U.S., ASPCA as well as Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary), which last year opposed similar language to require BLM to utilize humane fertility control and prohibit surgical sterilization. That means we all need to weigh in now!


Takeaway #3: We Can Do This!


Against insurmountable odds, the movement to protect America’s cherished icons has achieved incredible successes.

And it’s important to remember that the American public is very much on our side: Nearly 80% of Americans do not support mass roundups or the sterilization of wild mares, and believe that these icons deserve to stay on the public lands they call home.

Through mobilization, advocacy, and public education campaigns, we’ve saved wild horses from extinction and slaughter before. Now, we’re being called to work together to do so again.

Here are two ways you can get involved so we can make the most of this window of opportunity:

  1. Click here to ask your Representative and Senators on Capitol Hill to support appropriations language to require BLM to implement humane management.
  2. Thank Rep. Grijalva for being the top champion in Congress for America’s wild horses and burros. As Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, he is a powerful ally!

P.S. For a more detailed analysis of the plan, click here.

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Action Alert: Four days to defend the freedom of 2,000 wild horses in Oregon

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

We’ve got less than a week to spring into action if we want to weigh in on plans that will affect nearly 2,000 wild horses in the state of Oregon.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have both proposed wild horse management plans to target four different herds in the state that could, if they move forward without opposition, result in the removal of thousands of wild horses.


Action Alert #1: Stop the BLM from Removing 1,850 Horses From Three Herd Management Areas
Deadline: Monday, May 18th

The BLM is accepting public comments on a 10-year plan for three Herd Management Areas in Oregon’s Barren Valley Complex, covering nearly 1 million acres of public lands.

While the plan contains some encouraging components, including the implementation of humane, reversible fertility control before any roundups take place, it still calls for the removal of 1,850 wild horses over ten years.

Since the BLM has not prioritized roundups in this area for nearly a decade and the local BLM office has made an effort to utilize fertility control in local herds, this is a unique opportunity to support and expand fertility control programs to manage the horses humanely on the range.

Take Action: Urge the BLM to prioritize safe and humane fertility control over roundups in the Barren Valley Complex

Action Alert #2: Protect the Ochoco National Forest Horses
Deadline: Sunday, May 17th


At the same time, the U.S. Forest Service is targeting a wild horse herd in Oregon’s Big Summit Wild Horse Territory in the Ochoco National Forest.

The agency is seriously proposing an “Appropriate” Management Level (AML) for the area as low as 12 wild horses. That’s right, one dozen.

At the highest level, the AML would be 57 — that would translate to just one wild horse per nearly 500 acres of public land. Meanwhile, the Forest Service allows as many as 2,200 (!) privately owned sheep and lambs to graze there for periods of time, all at taxpayer expense.

In its Environmental Assessment (which is required by law), the Forest Service admitted that the Big Summit wild horses could be in genetic depression and reducing their numbers substantially, as they are proposing, will worsen this, threatening the future of this herd.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the Forest Service is also considering the use of dangerous sterilization procedures as a management tool for these protected wild horses.

Take Action: Sign onto our letter opposing the Forest Service’s proposed plan to dramatically reduce the population of the Big Summit Wild Horse Herd.

Thank you for taking action. If you can also share this email with even one or two friends, you will help us build the response we need to defend thousands of wild horses in Oregon.

We are grateful for your support,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Your support is making all the difference

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the past couple of months, our nation has been tested, our spirits have been tried, and we’ve had to navigate what a new “normal” looks like.

During this difficult time, tens of thousands of you have continued to step up in a time of great uncertainty and peril to give a voice to the wild horses and burros who don’t have one.

This Tuesday was #GivingTuesdayNow, and truth be told, we didn’t know what to expect. We know that many of you aren’t in a position to give and that these are unprecedented times of struggle and heartache for so many.

But thousands of you shared our messages with friends and family and hundreds of you, from all across the country, chipped in what you could.


Not only did we reach our fundraising goal, which will allow us to replenish our foal rescue fund and support our work to save Wyoming’s horses (and so much more!), but you’ve also lifted our spirits.


Our staff and volunteers are incredibly grateful for your contributions to our work, especially now. You are the reason we can continue to do the work we do.

We wanted to share with you an important example of how your support is making a difference. This past month we had a powerful showing in defense of Wyoming’s wild horses during the Bureau of Land Management’s public comment period for their Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout Plan.

Our policy counsel, Brieanah, was able to send off a jaw-dropping TWELVE-THOUSAND+ public comments from all across the nation in opposition to this cruel plan. Each of those names on every page, is a powerful testament to what we can accomplish when we stay committed, stay engaged, and work together.

From all of us here at AWHC, thank you for being a part of our herd. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay hopeful. We will get through this together.

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Donate today and help save a foal’s life (match expires TONIGHT!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

As many of you know, we’re in the midst of foaling season. That’s when pregnant mares welcome the newest additions to their families and herds to the world.

But with the excitement of welcoming a new life into the world comes risk and danger.

With AWHC volunteer fertility control darters in the field every day in Nevada’s Virginia Range, our team is often the first responder to foals in need. Working through a local coalition of organizations, orphaned and injured foals are rescued, stabilized, provided veterinary care, and nursed back to health so they can be adopted into forever homes.

For the last several years, AWHC has been proud to support the local effort through our foal rescue fund. This year, we’re providing foal rescue kits to rescue volunteers so they have everything they need to save these innocent babies’ lives. Our rescue fund also assists with veterinary bills, care and transportation of foals to sanctuary/training facilities.

This #GivingTuesdayNow I’m personally asking if you will make a matched donation of $20.20 or more to help purchase foal rescue kits and provide other support for volunteers to use in the 2020 foaling season — happening now. By donating, you double the resources available to save these precious foals.

Our foal kits are small, compact, easy to carry into the field — Because when a foal is hurt, the difference between recovery and not making it can be a matter of hours, if not minutes.

Inside each are essential emergency supplies, including but not limited to: disinfectant, colostrum (formula) and electrolytes to help stabilize the foal, bandages to cover any exposed wounds, blankets for foals in shock or for transport, and medical equipment in the event volunteers need to perform life-saving care.

These kits have all the things we need in a really organized way. We can bandage [foals] up quickly and prepare to get them to a vet ASAP. Before we had these kits, my bags were a mish-mash [of supplies]. I would have to dump everything out on the range to find what I needed, these kits make it easy and it’s really great for our entire team, especially when time is not on our side.”

– Tracy Wilson, rescue volunteer & member of AWHC fertility control team


The local volunteers work incredibly hard. And I want to ensure this foaling season that they have every resource at their disposal when crisis strikes so they can save these foals and get them the care they need to heal, recover, and find their forever homes.

That’s why, as important as it is for us to hit tonight’s fundraising goal, I am writing to you asking if you will give $20.20 or more, if you are in a position to do so, so we can keep the foal rescue kits stocked and ready to go. If you give before midnight, your impact will be doubled.

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NO horse should ever be subjected to this

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The only “crime” wild horses have committed is being born wild. With a fair resource allocation, our public lands could easily support the existing wild horse population — and claims to the contrary are being promoted by the livestock industry, which has everything to gain from the horses’ elimination.

NO wild horse should be cruelly stampeded by helicopters, trapped and sent to crowded holding pens.

NO mare should have her ovaries barbarically removed through an outdated surgical procedure that has been condemned by veterinarians, animal protection groups, and scientists.

NO foal should be separated from his or her family and sold off in auctions, sometimes for as little as $1 (in the case of horses removed from Forest Service land).

AWHC is fighting to make sure that wild horses and burros are protected. And we’re getting results — we’ve delayed roundups and proven that they are unnecessary with our model fertility control program. We’ve prevented the BLM from conducting dangerous and inhumane sterilization surgeries that would endanger individual horses and threaten wild herds. We’re currently fighting to stop the BLM from rounding up 3,000 wild horses in Wyoming and to prevent the Forest Service’s ‘horse dumping’ policy.

When you donate today and tomorrow, you DOUBLE the resources available to our team to continue to give wild horses a FIGHTING voice. They don’t have a voice, so we have to use ours.

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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UPDATE: Double your impact this weekend and help us save 3,000 wild horses (!)

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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We wanted to make our webinar available for you

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Today, AWHC officially launched our new webinar series ‘Wild Horse 101.’

The response was incredible! In fact, so many people RSVP’d and tried to join the webinar that we quickly hit capacity for the maximum number of viewers on the platform.

Many of you reached out to us — that you couldn’t view the webinar as a result or wanted to participate but were busy at the time of the viewing.

That’s why we wanted to make the webinar available to you here to view so you can watch it without any issues and at your leisure.

↓ Watch Today’s Webinar ↓

Thank you for helping make the launch of our webinar a success and we wanted to apologize for any technical issues or confusion for those who tried to join but were not able to.

We appreciate your patience and are thankful to count you among our supporters!

— American Wild Horse Campaign

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Tomorrow, we’re launching our new webinar on wild horses [RSVP!]

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ll be the first to say it: It can be difficult to stay up to speed with the complex issues affecting our nation’s wild horses and burros. With so many federal agencies, acronyms and applicable laws, it’s easy to get confused.

That’s why we’re going to break it down for you TOMORROW, April 30, with the launch of our ‘Wild Horses 101’ webinar series. You can RSVP here.

We’ll be discussing the origins of wild horses in the Americas, Wild Horse Annie and the beginning of the movement to save America’s wild horses, some of the major policies and proposals being implemented and considered by the Bureau of Land Management, and so much more!

We want this to be an interactive and engaging experience, so during the webinar, you will have the chance to ask questions and we’d be glad to answer them.

We hope to hear from you and look forward to speaking with you all,

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. — If you already registered before the webinar was postponed, you do not need to register again.

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Exceeding all expectations

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This past weekend, AWHC launched a major initiative, #KeepWyWyld, as part of our national effort to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from moving forward with a plan known as The Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout.

If it moves forward, irreversible damage will be done to Wyoming’s cherished wild horses and half of the state’s wild horse habitat will be gone for good.

That’s why I’m reaching out to you now. Since launching this initiative just last week, the outpouring of support has been incredible. In fact, it’s exceeding all of our expectations.

But if we’re going to succeed and save these horses, then we all need to do our part and we don’t have much time. Which is why we’ve outlined five ways you can get involved and provided an update on how we’re tracking toward our goals ahead of the April 30 deadline for public comments.

Here Are 5 Ways You Can #KeepWyomingWyld This Weekend

April 30 is the deadline to submit public comments in opposition to the Bureau of Land Management’s Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout proposal, which would result in more than 3,000 wild horses being rounded up and permanently removed from public lands.

That gives us less than ONE week to PROVE to the BLM that the American people oppose this devastating mustang eradication plan.

Wyoming’s tourism slogan is “Don’t Fence Me In,” and the state’s iconic wild horses symbolize that sentiment. In fact, the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop in the Checkerboard is promoted by the state’s tourism boards as “something you and your family will never forget because Sweetwater County’s cherished wild horses are living examples of a wide-open landscape and untamed frontier spirit.”

Incredibly, the BLM’s plan would eradicate every single wild horse from the viewing loop, fencing these symbols of the wide open West in dismal feedlots!

Write to Wyoming’s tourism boards here and ask them to join our efforts to prevent the destruction of the iconic Wyoming Checkerboard mustangs.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has the power to oppose and potentially change the course of the Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout. In fact, his state is looking to purchase a large chunk of these lands from Occidental Petroleum and could designate the area as a recreational resource in which wild horses are protected.

Take part in AWHC’s national petition drive to demonstrate the immense public pressure in opposition to the eradication of Wyoming’s wild horses.

If we’re going to save these horses, then we need to get everyone involved, including our friends, family, and coworkers.

So many people who love wild horses aren’t aware of what’s at stake in Wyoming — And just a couple minutes of their time can make a difference.

  • Add a frame to your Facebook profile picture in support of Wyoming’s wild horses here
  • Change your Facebook cover photo and upload Instagram stories in support of the horses here
  • Start a Tweet storm and get people talking on Twitter about this issue here

Our legal team has been heavily involved in fighting back against attempts by the BLM and the livestock industry to round up tens of thousands of wild horses, permanently remove them from public lands, and perform dangerous sterilization surgeries on mares. We’ve been fighting the attempt to eradicate the Wyoming Checkerboard horses since 2011.

Not only have we achieved a number of important legal protections but also our legal team has scored victories in fourteen separate lawsuits filed over the last nine years!

We understand that these are difficult times and that not everyone is in a position to donate. But we are relying on donations from supporters like you to power our legal team so they can defend Wyoming, and our country’s, wild horses.

Wild horses don’t have a voice, so we need to be theirs.

Thank you for getting involved and stay safe,

American Wild Horse Campaign

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