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YOU can help end inhumane helicopter roundups. Here’s how.

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Earlier this year, Congress took a historic step towards reforming the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program when it passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 omnibus spending bill. This bill required the BLM to spend up to $11 million to implement a robust fertility control vaccine program as a humane alternative to cruel helicopter roundups. Now, Congress’ FY23 appropriations process is in full swing. Right now, Senators are submitting their priorities for the federal appropriations language — and we need your help to ensure next year's spending bill includes efforts to protect wild horses and burros.  Our Government Relations team here at AWHC is working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups and towards humane fertility control vaccines that keep wild horses on public lands. But we can’t do it alone. We need as many voices as possible to echo our message and urge Congress to enact a pro-horse and burro agenda for 2023. Can you contact your two U.S. Senators right now and ask them to ensure the BLM’s FY23 budget reflects humane management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros? TAKE ACTION → We are incredibly proud that Congress’ FY22 spending bill included important language championed by AWHC and our allies in Washington like U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Dina Titus (D-NV), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and over 60 other members of Congress! But Meredith, the BLM is still set on its mass removal plan using brutal helicopter roundups, and starting on July 1, roundup season for wild horses will begin again in full force. Captured horses and burros are suffering RIGHT NOW in BLM holding facilities across the West. In the BLM’s Cañon City corrals, at least 138 wild horses have died from Equine Influenza Virus in just over two weeks. This is unacceptable. We cannot continue to round up wild horses and burros from their native habitats, cram them into holding pens, and expect a good outcome for the animals or the taxpayers who are stuck funding this broken system. Our next steps are critical. To ensure the BLM puts a stop to roundups and shifts towards a humane solution, we MUST secure ongoing funding for fertility control vaccines. That's why we need your help today. Will you call on your Senators to support $11 million in humane fertility ...
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We *herd* it’s Mother’s Day!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Mother’s Day can be a challenging time for many of us – especially for those who cannot be with their moms or who have lost loved ones. Our team is thinking of you today. Please make sure to look after yourself and feel free to skip this message if you need. From all of us here at AWHC — Happy Mother’s Day! Today we’re celebrating mothers of all kinds and the nurturing spirit that brings new life into this world and guides it through.  Moms do so much for us. They are the backbone of so many of our families! That’s why today, we’re taking a break from our usual messaging to say:  To all the wonderful moms, grandmas, stepmoms, and moms-to-be out there — THANK YOU for all that you do!  We support you and today especially, we celebrate you. Have a very happy Mother’s Day!  — American Wild Horse Campaign ...
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UPDATE: More than 124 wild horses have now died at this BLM facility

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Last week, we alerted you to a highly contagious and deadly infectious disease outbreak occurring in real time at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cañon City holding facility in Colorado. In just the last 11 days, at least 124 wild horses have died in these holding pens — making this possibly the deadliest disease outbreak in BLM history. Nearly 2,500 wild horses are confined in this facility and remain at risk  — please speak up for them now by calling on your members of Congress to demand an investigation into the BLM’s holding corrals. Since we last emailed you, the BLM was able to identify the virus that has killed dozens of these cherished animals — Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) — a virus that the BLM is supposed to vaccinate wild horses and burros against once they are rounded up and removed from the wild. The BLM reported that the 124 mustangs killed were either entirely unvaccinated or only partially-vaccinated against the deadly virus even though they had been at the facility for over 9 months.  At the same time, an active disease outbreak is occuring at the BLM's off range holding corrals in Wheatland, Wyoming, where a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes strangles has so far infected half of the 2,750 horses confined there. This developing situation raises serious concerns about the conditions in the BLM's off-range holding system where 59,749 wild horses and 862 wild burros are being held — and we deserve answers. Please contact your members of Congress now to call for an investigation into the BLM's off-range corrals. Also, urge them to support federal appropriations language to allocate at least $11 million of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to fertility control vaccines to keep wild horses and burros in the wild and out of holding facilities in the first place. TAKE ACTION → Thanks for your help. — AWHC Team ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: ACTION ALERT! via AWHC <contact@americanwildhorsecampaign.org> Date: Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 6:26 PM Subject: BREAKING: Wild horses are in danger at this BLM facility To: <meredith@luckythreeranch.com> Since Saturday, at least 67 wild horses have died in a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Colorado due to an unidentified, highly contagious, and deadly infectious disease.  More than 2,500 BLM-managed wild horses are confined to the Cañon City facility where this outbreak occurred and are at risk. You could help us speak ...
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The History of Horses in North America

The image of a wild horse, free and running through a rugged landscape, has long been the symbol of the American West. This is echoed in our film and literature and contributes to the idea of America as a bold new landscape. However, much of the history of wild horses in America is disputed. The origin of this species is a debate that looks not only at the deep history of our planet, but also the claims to land management and ecology that various organizations and communities are involved in, to this day. The once common idea that horses arrived in the “New World’ via Columbus in 1492, has now been discussed in several publications that look at the prehistoric records of North America. Wild horses have always been a part of the North American landscape. It is the question of whether or not this animal is “native” or introduced to the landscape that haspeople looking closer at this narrative. Read More ...
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Help us make Burro Awareness Month a National Holiday!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: It’s the first day of May – and you know what that means – the first day of Burro Awareness Month! We started Burro Awareness Month back in 2012 to highlight the beauty of one of our favorite equine species, the majestic wild burros of the American Southwest, and to educate the public about the unique struggles they face. While wild mustangs often get the spotlight, burros tend to get left out of the conversation. So we dedicate this month every year to raising awareness about all things pertaining to our beloved burros – and , it’s about time we make it a national holiday! Will you join us in calling for Burro Awareness Month to become a nationally-recognized holiday? Sign our petition below! SIGN THE PETITION → Burros were first introduced to the Southwest desert by the Spaniards in the 1500s and served as a reliable companion to explorers and pioneers on their treks throughout the West in the centuries thereafter. Originally from Africa, these pack animals were prized for their hardiness in arid environments! They worked tirelessly to carry supplies and machinery to mining camps and became indispensable to the workers of the West. At the end of the mining boom, many burros escaped or were turned loose, and with their innate ability to survive under the harshest conditions — wild herds eventually formed and flourished. They’re not just rugged work animals though…wild burros are also some of the most adorable and cuddly creatures you’ll ever see! They have long ears, a short mane, and vary in color from black to brown to gray and even to pinto! We’re sure that if more people learned about these beautiful creatures, burros would get the credit and attention they deserve! So this May, we are once again asking for your help to spread the word about our beloved wild burros. Will you sign on to our petition today to help make Burro Awareness Month a nationally-recognized holiday? SIGN THE PETITION → Thanks! AWHC Team ...
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