The following article is a call to action from the American Wild Horse Preservation.
This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins its assault on the beautiful wild horses of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. The helicopter roundup will remove over 800 wild horses from their homes on the range to appease the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members want wild horses from gone from all the land – public and private – in this area known as the Wyoming Checkerboard.
At the same time, BLM holding facilities for captured mustangs are near capacity, and the BLM has been forced to relocate thousands of warehoused horses from holding facilities that are closing. (Most recently, the Utah Department of Corrections gave the BLM a 30-day eviction notice for nearly 1,200 wild horses incarcerated at a prison in Gunnison.) At least 80 mares died in one such relocation of 1,400 wild horses from a long-term pasture to a feedlot in Kansas where they continue to languish.
Yet the roundups continue, driven by special livestock interests that view wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands. It’s time to let our government know that the public lands belong to all Americans! Join us in seeking #justice4mustangs by signing the petition, sharing your photo with the hashtag #justice4mustangs, and making a phone call – please click below!