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This July, federal helicopters will once again descend on our wild herds

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Right now, federal helicopters are grounded for wild horse foaling season. This is a critical time when new babies are born and bond with their mothers and the rest of their families. But starting in July, the federal government is set to resume the inhumane roundup and removal of thousands of wild horses and burros across the West.  Photo by Brian Clopp This summer, a staggering 11,114 of these iconic animals will be targeted for capture, and 10,646 will be permanently removed. To make matters worse, all of the scheduled roundups this summer will be conducted using helicopters.  These cruel roundups often leave wild horses and burros traumatized. Young foals are separated from their mothers, horses and burros are often run to exhaustion, injuries are commonplace, and sometimes lives are tragically lost. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducts these operations in some of the most remote corners of the West, away from the public eye. That’s why AWHC has assembled and trained a team of photographers and videographers who deploy to these locations and serve as our boots on the ground, ensuring transparency and accountability during roundups. Our observation program is supported by the generosity of wild horse champions like you. Will you chip in a contribution to help us recharge our Observation Fund as we prepare for the summer roundup season? FUEL OUR OBSERVATION FUND The first roundup after the foaling season will take place at North Lander in Wyoming, where 2,806 wild horses are targeted for capture, and 2,766 will be permanently removed. This will be one of the largest roundups of the fiscal year. It’s vital that our roundup observers are present at this operation and the many more that will follow so that we can tell the stories of our beloved wild horses and burros and fuel change. Take, for example, this inspiring excerpt from a report by our observer at the 2022 South Steens roundup: "The bay mare was determined to save the life of her foal and she charged under the chopper as the pair raced back up the outside of the trap wings with the chopper hot on their heels. They raced into the wings and we thought that they were done. But the desperate mare raced on towards the ridgeline, her foal like a shadow at her side. As the chopper came close to them they finally ...

This week’s eNews: An update on ways YOU can directly support wild horses

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: In this week’s edition of enews, we have several updates for you. First, there's a way for you to speak up for our wild herds by urging your representatives to support pro-wild horse language in the 2025 Fiscal Year spending bill. Additionally, we have a concerning update about a Nevada holding facility and a heartwarming story from Nevada’s Virginia Range. Take Action Now to Support Pro-Wild Horse Language in the FY25 Spending Bill Photo by Tandin Chapman We need your help today to ask the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to protect wild horses and burros! Right now, Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) are circulating a sign-on letter urging the Appropriations Committee to support pro-wild horse language in Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 appropriations legislation. This language urges the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to invest in humane, in-the-wild conservation initiatives such as fertility control programs. It also urges the agency to study humane alternatives to the use of helicopters, stop cash incentive payments, and more! TAKE ACTION A Look Inside BLM Holding Facilities: FOIA Reveals 11% of Population Dies in One Year AWHC’s investigations team regularly files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to promote transparency and accountability within government wild horse and burro programs. Recently, we received a shocking FOIA back that revealed 267 wild horses died at a Nevada holding facility in just one year.  Read on for an in-depth look at our findings. READ THE BLOG Meet Trident, PJ, Sherwin, and Paulo: The Four Brothers of The Virginia Range Photo by Deb Sutherland AWHC volunteer Deb Sutherland has been documenting the wild horses of Nevada’s Virginia Range for years. As a result, she has watched many of them grow up, and find families of their own. This is the case with four brothers Trident, PJ, Sherwin, and Paulo. Read on for their stories! MEET THE BROTHERS Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros! — Team AWHC ...

BLM Alert: These numbers are a failure

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: On March 25, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its 2024 wild horse and burro population census numbers, estimating that 73,520 wild horses and burros remain free in the wild compared to the estimated 82,883 last year. Using these numbers, the BLM is doubling down on its mass roundup plans, targeting 20,000 wild horses and burros for capture and removal from the wild this year. The agency’s ultimate goal is to drive the population down to fewer than 27,000 animals – the number that existed in 1971 when Congress protected them unanimously because they were “fast disappearing.” Over the past three years, the BLM  has spent $401 million rounding up 50,000 wild horses and burros, with the captive population now exceeding 64,000 and set to rise to over 80,000 this year –meaning that, for the first time in history, the number of wild horses in confinement will exceed the number that remain free on the range! This waste of taxpayer funds and animal lives serves one purpose: to prioritize commercial livestock grazing on public lands over conservation of our federally protected wild horses and burros. We believe in a better way. At American Wild Horse Conservation, we're fighting to reform the BLM's inhumane practices and offer humane and sustainable conservation solutions. We're acquiring habitat through our Land Trust, fostering public-private partnerships, and demonstrating the efficacy of humane fertility control as an alternative to costly and traumatic roundups. Recent peer-reviewed science affirms the success of our Virginia Range fertility control program in Nevada and its feasibility in managing a large wild horse population in an expansive habitat area. We're also working with Congress to enact stronger legislation that compels the BLM to prioritize fertility control and prevents the agency from ignoring Congressional directives as it has done in past years. And we’re raising awareness to counter the influence of the powerful livestock lobbying groups that relentlessly demand more roundups. By harnessing the power of the people, we can ensure that the voices of the 80% of Americans who want to protect our iconic wild horses and burros are heard. Join us in safeguarding the future of our magnificent wild herds. Our commitment to their freedom is unwavering. Will you stand with us? ...

You’ve heard of April Fools’, but have you heard of April FOALS?

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Hey team, it’s April 1st and we all know what that means: April Fools' Day! But at American Wild Horse Conservation, we like to celebrate our own version: Happy April Foals Day! Foaling season runs from March through June, so April 1st is a perfect time to celebrate these babies and fight to protect them. Can you chip in now to help us celebrate this season's foals? Foals’ safety and their ability to live free is no joke. Here at AWHC, we work hard to reform the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mass roundup and stockpile system through boots-on-the-ground conservation initiatives to ensure that wild foals have a chance to grow up wild. But we need your help to make sure these babies and their families don’t end up in captivity. We run two programs that help protect our wild foals, a Nevada-specific Foal Rescue Fund that helps fund critical vet care for babies in need on the Virginia Range and a roundup observation fund, that brings to light any mistreatment wild mustangs and their babies face during federal capture operations. And we need your help to fund our programs today → DONATE TO PROTECT THESE FOALS Let’s keep these babies wild, and give us a reason to celebrate April Foals Day year after year! Thank you for all you do, Team AWHC ...

Just $30 helps save a wild horse

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Did you know, that it only costs $30 to dart a single mare with the fertility control vaccine, PZP? This vaccine is humane, scientifically backed, and does not affect wild horses’ behaviors. Did you also know that this fertility control is critical to keeping horses wild? Your $30 donation will fuel our in-the-wild conservation initiatives that keep wild horses in the wild, where they belong. Here at American Wild Horse Conservation, we are proud to run the world’s largest humane fertility control program for wild horses on Nevada’s Virginia Range. Through this groundbreaking initiative, we are showing the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and our elected officials that there is a better way. This program is scientifically sound and a more cost-effective way to manage our wild horse and burro populations rather than subjecting them to brutal helicopter roundups year after year and funneling them into overburdened holding facilities. Our program is successful and even was the basis for a new peer-reviewed scientific paper, published in the journal Vaccines, that affirmed the feasibility of fertility control programs in large wild horse populations. Even better? Since the start of this program in 2019, there has not been one roundup and removal of the Virginia Range Mustangs. Your generosity fuels this program and ensures that we can continue and expand this critical work. So Meredith, we’re asking: Today, on March 30th, will you make a gift of $30 or more to fund our PZP program and help us continue our groundbreaking conservation work? $30 = ONE PZP VACCINE The success of our PZP programs has been so critical in our fight to protect wild horses because lawmakers and the public are starting to see there is a better way to manage our beloved wild horse and burro herds. And your support will help us continue to provide the cold, hard, scientific evidence that lends legitimacy to our calls for more humane management of our wild horses and burros. This fiscal year, 20,000 wild horses and burros are set to be rounded up through brutal and traumatic helicopter chases. Many of these animals will be funneled into holding facilities, adding far too many to the 64,000 already languishing in these pens. But we can fight back with your support! Will you please donate $30 today, on March 30th, to support the continued success ...