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The money fueling wild horse and burro roundups

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: there is a LOT of money behind wild horse and burro roundups. AWHC’s analysis of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contracts filed over the past ten years shows that private livestock companies are making millions via their roundup contracts with the BLM. HELP US FIGHT BACK → According to our findings, as of 2022, livestock operators have received 89% of the BLM contract funds filed under “Wildhorse/Burro Control Services.” Contractors earn at least $800 per horse or burro per helicopter roundup – and from 2006-2022, they’ve made a total of $53.2 million from inhumane helicopter roundup and bait-trapping operations. But that’s not all: they’ve made an additional $87 million for short-term holding corrals from 2010-2022, and a staggering $333 million for long-term holding pastures from 2004-2022. And on top of profiting off these federal contracts, the livestock industry continues to lobby Congress to increase the cruel roundup and stockpile of America’s wild horses and burros so more of their livestock can graze at below-market rates — thanks to federal subsidies paid for by your hard-earned tax dollars. We’re up against very powerful interests with vast resources behind them. Your support is critical to helping us continue our work in the field, in court, and on Capitol Hill to secure the freedom of our wild herds. It’s going to take all of us standing up together to bring about the change these iconic animals desperately need. Can you make a contribution to power our work for wild horses and burros? DONATE → Thank you, Team AWHC ...

This week’s eNews: an opportunity for you to take action to protect the McCullough Peaks wild horses >>

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We have a lot to share with you in this edition of eNews! Read on to learn about congressional action taken to protect wild horses, revealing insights on off-range holding facilities, and a direct action you can take to protect the McCullough Peaks wild horses.  Read on to learn more! Rep. Dina Titus Speaks Out for Wild Horses Last month, Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) calling on the agency to reevaluate its mass roundup and removal plans for Fiscal Year 2024. The letter urges the agency to use humane in-the-wild conservation tools, including fertility control vaccines to keep wild horses in the wild, where they belong. Read the letter here. READ THE LETTER Records Reveal Impact of Off-Range Holding Facilities AWHC recently obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act that illuminate the impacts of the BLM’s off-range holding facilities. The records focus on the new Winnemucca Off-Range Corral, which has a capacity of 4,000 horses housed on 100 acres, and reveal that 23 horses died of botulism in 24 days. Read on to learn more. READ MORE McCullough Peaks Action Alert During the BLM’s McCullough Peaks capture operation, a beloved filly named Kat Ballou died after being trapped by the BLM. AWHC has sent a legal letter to the BLM demanding a halt to this operation and we need your help. Please take action and call for a halt to the BLM’s McCullough Peaks bait trap removal. TAKE ACTION Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros! — Team AWHC ...

Fighting for our wild herds in the courtroom

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: As the nation’s leading wild horse and burro conservation organization, some of the most important work we do for our wild herds is in the courtroom. When evaluating potential litigation, there are many factors our expert legal teams consider, including the viability of legal action and the ramifications of winning or losing. We engage in litigation that protects the freedom and wellbeing of wild horses for years to come.  As you’re reading this, we're engaged in two significant lawsuits that challenge some of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s most harmful policies affecting wild horses and burros. One is over the alleged illegal implementation of the Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) and and the other is fighting to protect Wyoming's cherished wild herds from unwarranted removal – lawsuits that could shape the future of widespread wild horse management in the United States. The stakes could not be higher. These iconic animals cannot defend themselves in our legal system. It’s up to us to be their voice in the court of law. Can you chip in to AWHC’s Legal Fund to support these critical litigation efforts? DONATE In Wyoming, we're in the midst of a decade-long struggle against the demands of the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) to remove wild horses from over 2 million acres in the southwestern area of the state. We’re up against very powerful interests who view wild horses as competitors to their private livestock on our public lands.  Recently, our legal team filed the opening merits brief in this lawsuit. This filing is a major step forward in the battle to protect Wyoming’s herds from being eradicated from their home range and to secure the protection that they are entitled to by Congressional law. “Because BLM has completely disregarded Congress’s unambiguous limitations on the agency’s public land removal authority, that alone is fatal to BLM’s decision to eradicate these wild horse herds, adjust their AMLs, and remove more than a thousand horses from the range.” – Opening Merits Brief The outcome of this case will not only affect the herds in Wyoming but could also set precedent that impacts wild horse populations across the West. We're at a pivotal moment, and your support has never been more important. Please make a contribution to our Legal Fund and help power our fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros in the courtroom. Together, we ...

Meet Baldy

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: For the past four years, our team has implemented the world’s largest wild horse humane fertility control program on Nevada’s Virginia Range. This groundbreaking initiative has proven that there IS a better way to humanely manage our nation’s wild horses. Today, we want to share a heartwarming story from the Virginia Range that illustrates the impact of your support for the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC). Meet Baldy – a beautiful pinto mare whose freedom and safety have been safeguarded thanks to AWHC's pioneering PZP fertility control program.  HELP PROTECT HORSES LIKE BALDY → With her colorful coat and spirited nature, Baldy embodies the untamed beauty of America's iconic wild horses. Since she had her last foal in 2020, Baldy has been thriving – in part, thanks to our fertility control efforts. She is a proud mother of three, contributing to the genetic diversity of her herd, and she shares a close bond with her four-year-old daughter, Laney, who remains with her in the same family band! Her story is possible thanks to your support for our innovative fertility control program. This program is more than just a humane way to manage wild horse populations; it's a lifeline for horses like Baldy. Across the West, federally protected horses are facing increased roundups this year as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nearly tripled the number of wild horses and burros scheduled to be rounded up in Fiscal Year (FY) 2024.  Without our fertility control program, Baldy and her herd would be at risk of being rounded up – and with no federal protections, they could be sold at slaughter auctions. It costs just $30 to fund a single dose of the fertility control vaccine, a small price to preserve a life of freedom and dignity for horses like Baldy. On this 30th of January, can you chip in $30 to help us continue this vital program? DONATE $30 TODAY We are proud to lead the way in wild horse conservation through hands-on, humane programs like this. But we cannot do it without you. Your donation today can make an immediate difference for our wild herds.  Every $30 we raise helps us administer a dose of this proven-safe and effective fertility control vaccine, directly impacting the lives of wild horses like Baldy. Help us keep them wild and free with a contribution today! DONATE $30 TODAY ...

A big THANK YOU for powering this vital work!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: On behalf of the entire American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) Observation Team, THANK YOU for supporting our roundup documentation work! This past week, you heard from us about the importance of our humane observation program – one of the most impactful tools we have at our disposal to ensure transparency and accountability during federal helicopter roundups. Well, thanks to the support of this incredible herd of advocates, we significantly recharged our Observation Fund! Thanks to you, we’ll not only be able to keep our humane observers who’ve already been deployed to the East Pershing Complex roundups in the field to continue their work, but also send more observers out to upcoming roundups in the months ahead.  That means more crucial evidence to provide to the media, the public, and to Congress that exposes the cruel realities of wild horse and burro roundups. Through our roundup observation work, and all of the other important programs you help power, we can and WILL show that there is a better way to conserve our precious wild herds. Thank you! – AWHC Observation Team ...