Wild Mustang/Burro Campaigns

 

 

 

 

Download a PDF
of the poster (Right)


A hard-earned VICTORY for the Devil’s Garden Wild Horses

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Many of us have more time on our hands these days and we wanted to give you some important news and provide some interactive materials about wild horses that you and your family can utilize while staying at home. A Hard-Earned Victory for California’s Devil’s Garden Wild Horses Back in 2018, AWHC joined forces with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and California local advocate Carla Bowers to file a lawsuit to stop the U.S. Forest Service from selling California wild horses for slaughter. The horses in question were captured in fall 2018 from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeast California’s Modoc National Forest. We’re pleased to report that this litigation blocked the Forest Service from selling the Devil’s Garden wild horses for slaughter, giving Congress time to act. In December, after U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, 66 members of Congress, and 22 members of the California State Legislature joined the public in opposing the slaughter plan, Congress passed legislation to prohibit the Forest Service from destroying healthy horses and selling them without limitation on slaughter. This is the same prohibition that Congress has long imposed on the Bureau of Land Management. We’re grateful to all the AWHC supporters who donated to support our litigation, which played a critical role in securing this prohibition on slaughter of wild horses and burros under U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction. But, the Devil’s Garden Wild Horses Still Aren’t Safe Yet (Action Alert) In fall of 2019, the Forest Service rounded up and removed 499 more wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory. The majority of the horses have been adopted or sold, some, disturbingly, for $1 a piece. Approximately 100 wild horses -- including older horses, pregnant mares and foals -- remain in corrals in the Modoc National Forest. Unlike the BLM, which has halted sales and adoptions of horses and burros during the COVID-19 crisis, the Forest Service continues to dispose of these federally-protected animals for $1 a piece. Worse, a single buyer can purchase 24 horses at a time, and the government will transport them for free, including to states as far away as Arkansas and Florida! The Forest Service has no adequate system for vetting potential buyers or following up after horses are purchased to ensure their welfare. By selling horses in bulk for $1 a piece and shipping them for free across ...
Read More

Take Action: Join the members of Congress fighting to protect wild horses

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts We hope that this email finds you well and safe during these difficult times for our nation and our world. We need to let you know that, despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19 on day-to-day life, our work to protect wild horses and burros continues. In fact, Congress is working now on appropriations legislation to fund the government for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins on October 1). This presents both dangers that we must remain alert to, and the opportunity to make progress against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) mass roundup and sterilization plan. We’re pleased to report that several wild horse champions in Congress are stepping up to protect wild horses. House Natural Resources Chair Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), Congresswomen Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Dina Titus (Nevada), and Congressman Steve Cohen (Tennessee) are officially requesting that language be added to any appropriations measures that would:
  • Require more than 10% of the budget of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program to be utilized to implement a humane fertility control program utilizing the proven birth control vaccine PZP;
  • Encourage the BLM to form public/private partnerships with non-profits to expand these programs as alternatives to mass roundups; and
  • BAN federal funds from being used for dangerous surgical sterilization procedures.
If adopted, this would represent a HUGE step forward toward actual reform of the BLM’s broken wild horse and burro roundup program, as well as a HUGE victory in our fight to protect these iconic animals across the West. From the safety of your homes, and utilizing but a minute of your time, you can make a difference in ensuring that Appropriations Committee members include this critical language to protect our treasured horses and burros in Fiscal Year 2021 spending legislation. Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and your Senators this weekend. Thank you, American Wild Horse Campaign Donate ...
Read More

An incredible response

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: My name is Deb Walker and I'm AWHC's Field Representative here in Nevada. I coordinate our amazing team of volunteers on the Virginia Range implementing the world's largest humane management program for wild horses. AWHC reached out on Monday asking for donations of $30 to cover the costs of the cornerstone of this program -- the $30 fertility control vaccine known as PZP. We've had an incredible response and outpouring of support since then. As a result, we can cover the costs of 321 (!) annual vaccines for wild mares. Our team of volunteers is working hard and I want to let them know we have the supplies we need to not only maintain this program but to expand it! The one year anniversary of this program is next week. I understand if you are unable to, but if you can, I'd greatly appreciate if you could be one of the 179 generous supporters we need to chip in $30 to reach our 500 PZP vaccine goal before the end of the week. Thank you so much, Deb Walker Nevada Field Representative American Wild Horse Campaign Read Our Previous Message Below:  We know that this is a difficult time for the country and for many of you. If you are not in a position to financially support our work, we completely understand. But for those of you who can, give us a moment to explain why we're asking for $30. In Nevada’s Virginia Range, AWHC operates the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses. Next week marks the one year anniversary of the establishment of this historic initiative to prove to the world that there is a humane way to manage wild horse populations that doesn't require mass roundups, crowded holding corrals, dangerous sterilization surgeries or slaughter. The cornerstone of this highly successful program is the remote darting of wild mares with the scientifically proven fertility vaccine known as ‘PZP’. Our work on the Virginia Range continues uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic and our volunteers are working hard, day-in and day-out, to vaccinate these mares. The price of a single mare's annual PZP vaccine is just $30. Compare that to the tens of thousands of dollars the Bureau of Land Management spends on the roundup and long-term holding involved in the removal of a single horse. Let alone the $5 BILLION figure the Acting Director of ...
Read More

Can we count on you to give $30 on the 30th to cover the cost of a mare’s vaccination?

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We know that this is a difficult time for the country and for many of you. If you are not in a position to financially support our work, we completely understand. But for those of you who can, give us a moment to explain why we're asking for $30. In Nevada’s Virginia Range, AWHC operates the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses. Next week marks the one year anniversary of the establishment of this historic initiative to prove to the world that there is a humane way to manage wild horse populations that doesn't require mass roundups, crowded holding corrals, dangerous sterilization surgeries or slaughter. The cornerstone of this highly successful program is the remote darting of wild mares with the scientifically proven fertility vaccine known as ‘PZP’. Our work on the Virginia Range continues uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic and our volunteers are working hard, day-in and day-out, to vaccinate these mares. The price of a single mare's annual PZP vaccine is just $30. Compare that to the tens of thousands of dollars the Bureau of Land Management spends on the roundup and long-term holding involved in the removal of a single horse. Let alone the $5 BILLION figure the Acting Director of the BLM is citing as the cost of a plan to round up over 100,000 horses from public lands over the next decade, with the goal of rounding up as many as 20,000 in 2020 alone. For those of you who are able, we're asking if you will spare $30 on the 30th to give our darters in Nevada the resources they need to prevent horses from being removed by using this safe and proven vaccine. Thank you, American Wild Horse Campaign Donate ...
Read More

The public comment period to save the Black Mountain burros is almost over [take action]

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 1 The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a ten-year plan to round up and remove nearly 80% of the wild burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area in Arizona. Your voice is needed today to speak up for one of the nation’s largest and significant remaining wild burro populations. The wild burros of the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona live in a 1.1 million-acre habitat that runs along the Colorado River, from the Hoover Dam to the north to the Needles Bridge in California to the south. These amazing animals are highly adapted to the Mojave desert environment where they are an important part of the ecosystem -- digging wells that make water available to other important wildlife species. But now they’re being targeted for mass roundup and removal by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under pressure from hunting and livestock interests that view wild burros as pests. The BLM is now accepting public comments on a ten-year plan to remove 1,700 wild burros (nearly 80% of the herd in the HMA!) as well as skew the sex ratio of the wild population to achieve 6 males for every 4 females -- a manipulation that could increase aggression and disrupt the natural behaviors and social organization of these highly intelligent animals. Instead of mass roundups, the BLM needs to protect this unique burro population and humanely manage it by ending the eradication predators in the area and implementing fertility control if natural controls are not sufficient to regulate the burro population size. Please weigh in NOW before the April 1 public comment period deadline: Join us in defending the incredible Black Mountain wild burros today → Thank you, American Wild Horse Campaign P.S. -- If you are not in a position to donate but would still like to support our work, please use AmazonSmile when you shop online and a portion of your purchase will go toward AWHC. Shop using AmazonSmile here. Donate ...
Read More
error: Content is protected !!