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BLM Rolls Back Rule to Prevent Slaughter

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts BLM Rolls Back Rule to Protect Wild Horses & Burros from Slaughter The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has recently weakened a policy enacted six years ago to prevent the sale of wild horses and burros for slaughter. The 2013 rule, implemented after BLM was exposed for illegally selling almost 2,000 horses to a known kill buyer, prohibited the BLM from selling more than four horses per buyer without written approval from the Assistant Director of the BLM. The new rule allows the BLM to sell up to 25 horses to one buyer at a time, with no restrictions on the number of times that someone can purchase horses.   Tell Sec. Zinke: Honor Your Commitment to Local Communities At his confirmation hearing, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged to work with, not against, local communities by "being a listening advocate instead of a deaf adversary." But now his BLM is turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the community of Gardnerville, Nevada to preserve the Fish Springs wild horses, a locally-important and cherished herd. The BLM is steamrolling over the community by plowing ahead with plans to remove 44 horses from this small herd. Tell Secretary Zinke to live up to his promise to listen to local communities by honoring the wishes of the Gardnerville community to protect the Fish Springs wild horses.   Stop Brutal Sterilization Experiments There's still time to comment on the BLM's plan to conduct invasive and risky sterilization surgeries on 100 wild mares in Oregon. Two years ago, the BLM cancelled plans to conduct the experiments amidst public opposition and legal action by AWHC and The Cloud Foundation. Now the agency is at it again -- this time pairing the archaic surgeries with a mass helicopter roundup that will forcibly remove 685 wild horses from their homes on our public lands in the Warm Spring Herd Management Area. We must pull out all the stops to shut down this cruel plan... again!   Donate ...
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BREAKING: BLM resumes selling wild horses by the truckload

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We just received word -- the BLM has scrapped a rule designed to prevent the sale of wild horses and burros for slaughter. Can you pitch in right now to help us fight back? Six years ago, the BLM was exposed for illegally selling almost 2,000 wild horses for to a Colorado kill buyer who sold them to slaughter plants in Mexico.  In response to the scandal, the agency adopted a rule preventing the sale of more than four horses to one individual without written approval from the Assistant Director of the BLM. The rule was a safeguard against the sale of horses for slaughter. But now, the BLM has rolled that back -- and is selling wild horses by the truckload again! The new rule allows BLM to sell up to 25 horses without special approval, and places no restriction on the number of times an individual can purchase horses. At $25 per horse, this creates an powerful incentive for shady sales to unscrupulous buyers. The number of mustangs entering the slaughter pipeline is bound to skyrocket! We’re mobilizing now to fight back -- working with our allies on Capitol Hill, getting the word out to the national media about BLM’s latest move and exploring legal options. Can you help fuel our rapid response? We’ll keep you updated on all of our efforts over the next few weeks. Thanks for standing with us. - AWHC Team Donate ...
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It’s worse than you think

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: The BLM has been rounding up horses for decades now through brutal helicopter stampedes only to stockpile them in holding facilities. For the last two years, the agency has been asking Congress for permission to kill and slaughter these federally protected icons. So far, Congress has said no, so now the BLM is turning to the next best thing: surgical sterilization of horses, endangering individual lives and setting our wild herds on a slow walk to extinction. We need your help to stop this. Beginning this fall, the BLM plans to conduct invasive surgeries on 100 mares captured in Oregon. A veterinarian will manually twist, sever and remove the mares' ovaries with a rod-and-chain like tool. The surgery is painful and risky, and will be done under non-sterile conditions - all reasons why the National Academy of Sciences recommended against the procedure. Worse: most of the mares will be pregnant and the surgery will cause many to abort their unborn foals. We can, and we must, stop this. Chip in now to help us reach our $50,000 goal and fight back against the BLM’s inhumane plan. The BLM thinks removing mares' ovaries and castrating stallions is the way to manage these animals on the range, even though they know it will take the wild out of wild horses by destroying their natural behaviors. We have to make sure the American people see what is being done to wild horses with their tax dollars. Help fund our efforts today. Thanks, Suzanne Donate ...
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Attacks from all sides

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Popular and beloved wild horse herds are being targeted for mass helicopter roundups and removals. Pregnant mares in Oregon are facing horrific surgeries that will cause pain, suffering and abortions of their unborn foals. Environmental laws enacted to allow the public to speak out against proposals like these are being trampled. We must fight back. Starting today, we need to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to ramp up our work. Can you help us jump-start this effort? The threats against our wild horses and burros have never been steeper. The policies the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is promoting could literally spell the end for these icons on our Western public lands. We only have a few weeks to raise the money we need to launch our campaign to fight back. We must build a firewall of protection and set legal precedents for wild horses and burros against these devastating assaults. Donate now, and help us get this campaign off to a strong start. Together, we can make a lasting difference for America’s cherished wild horses and burros. With Gratitude, Suzanne Roy, Executive Director Donate ...
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Wild Mares in Oregon at Risk Again

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Stop Brutal Sterilization Experiments Two years ago, public opposition and legal action by AWHC and The Cloud Foundation caused the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon to cancel plans for invasive and risky sterilization experiments on wild mares. Now the agency is at it again. This time the BLM has paired the archaic surgeries with a mass helicopter roundup that will forcibly remove 685 wild horses from their homes on our public lands in the Warm Spring Herd Management Area. We must pull out all the stops to shut down this cruel plan... again!   If You Have a Horse, We Need Your Help If you have a horse in your life, then chances are you also have a relationship with at least one equine veterinarian. We need you to contact him/her. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) – the professional association of horse vets – has circulated to its members a draft position statement on wild horse and burro management. It’s based on one-sided information provided by the BLM and endorses lethal management methods. We need caring veterinarians to correct this information. Learn how you can help below.   Time is Running Out for the Fish Springs Wild Horses The Fish Springs wild horses near Gardnerville, Nevada have a worldwide following. They are an important ecotourism resource for the community and are managed humanely by a local organization at no cost to taxpayers. But now the BLM is trampling on the wishes of the community by galloping ahead with the capture and removal of at least 44 of these cherished horses. The wild horse family bands that we have all come to know and love will be shattered. The local community will be devastated. Help us stop this now.   Donate ...
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