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Join us in commemorating World Animal Remembrance Month >>

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:  September is World Animal Remembrance Month – a time dedicated to honoring the memory of animals who are no longer with us. In that spirit, we here at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) would like to commemorate all of the wild horses and burros who have lost their lives or their freedom this year in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane helicopter roundups. To honor those mustangs and burros who are no longer with us, will you sign our pledge to continue the fight for the freedom of our nation's wild herds? SIGN ON So far this year, thousands of wild horses and burros have been captured in BLM helicopter roundups and removed from their homes on the range, stripping them of their freedom, and cramming them into overcrowded holding facilities where they endure the biting cold and the searing heat with no shelter from the elements. Just this year, hundreds of mustangs have suffered severe injuries during these brutal operations, and so far 41 have tragically lost their lives, including more than a dozen young foals. As if that’s not bad enough, our investigation team has also unveiled that since 2020, we have documented more than 1,700 wild horses and burros in kill pens, confirming hundreds were adopted through the BLM’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). While the AIP, which pays adopters $1,000 per adopted BLM horse or burro, is meant to give these animals a permanent home, the sad reality is that the program is being abused by individuals scheming to defraud taxpayers at the expense of these magnificent animals. Wild horses and burros don’t deserve to endure the mistreatment and abuse they suffer thanks to the BLM’s cruel mismanagement. That’s why our mission at AWHC is to keep them in the wild where they can live safely and freely – where they belong. We fight everyday towards that goal, but we need you in this fight with us.  So in honor of World Animal Remembrance Month, can you sign on to our pledge to use your voice on behalf of all the wild horses and burros out there who can’t speak up for themselves? SIGN ON Thank you, AWHC Team ...

Expanding fertility control throughout the West

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: For over a decade, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) has been a leader in the fight to uphold America’s promise to wild horses and burros by ensuring their lifelong freedom and welfare on our public lands. Earlier this week, we told you about our groundbreaking Land Conservancy Project, an innovative new program to acquire and restore key habitat so that America’s wild herds can live free in ecological balance with other wildlife. Now, we’ve got another exciting update to share with you. This month, we received a federal grant from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to support the humane fertility control program that we are implementing on wild horses in Utah’s Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA)! SHARE THE NEWS ON FACEBOOK >> SHARE THE NEWS ON TWITTER >> The project brings together diverse stakeholders – including the Utah BLM, the ranching permittee in the HMA, and AWHC – with the shared goals of humanely managing the Cedar Mountain horses, stewarding their habitat, and eventually eliminating helicopter roundups and removals in this area. We thank the BLM for its support of this program, which is a model for collaboration in the wild horse conservation space. Over the last 12 years, AWHC has worked with and supported community groups conducting fertility control on local wild horse herds, and implemented the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses on Nevada’s Virginia Range. We’ve also led successful initiatives on Capitol Hill to secure dedicated funding for fertility control measures, sending a clear message from Congress to the BLM about the need for a fundamental shift in management priorities. The Cedar Mountain program is the latest expansion of this critical work. The Cedar Mountain wild horses are truly majestic and magical, living free according to their own rules in this ruggedly beautiful corner of Utah. The herd is brimming with color: pintos, buckskins, and roans abound. But Meredith, these mustangs have been subjected to routine helicopter roundups to keep their numbers in check. This approach has cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and cost thousands of the Cedar Mountain horses their families, their freedom, and, for some, their lives. We know there is a better way to manage our cherished wild horses, and it is our hope that with the implementation of this collaborative program, the Cedar Mountain mustangs will never have ...

How our Land Conservancy Project is protecting wild herds’ habitats.

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is dedicated to preserving lifelong freedom for America’s wild horses and burros in their natural habitats. This mission drives our work every day as we advocate for their protection, lobby for better laws and policies, and take legal action when necessary to achieve change. We are fully committed to upholding our promise to these magnificent animals, ensuring they remain where they belong – in the wild.  That’s why we launched the Land Conservancy Project, an innovative new program to preserve and enhance key habitat so that America’s wild herds can live sustainably in ecological balance with other wildlife. The project is focused on three critical areas: land acquisition, habitat restoration, and humane management. FUEL THE LAND CONSERVANCY PROJECT Land Acquisition Much of the public lands where wild horses and burros roam are surrounded by privately owned lands. In fact, private lands often run through the federally-managed areas that wild horses call home, creating what is called checkerboard lands. This can sometimes give rise to conflicts between landowners and wildlife, including wild horses and burros. That’s why land acquisition is a vital component of AWHC’s Land Conservancy Project. Photo taken on new AWHC land by John T. Humphrey We believe the acquisition of key private lands in these areas presents a major opportunity to not only secure and improve habitat, but also reduce conflicts between horses and humans. By doing so, we aim to establish AWHC as a trusted partner in the stewardship of wild herds and their habitats. To this end, AWHC recently acquired 3,300+ acres of prime habitat in Nevada’s beautiful Carson Valley to serve as a pilot program for our Land Conservancy Project! Through this pilot, we aim to set the conservation standard for wild horse and burro protection by preserving and restoring habitat and developing partnerships with the federal government and local governments to further land and wildlife conservation goals. FUEL THE LAND CONSERVANCY PROJECT Habitat Restoration According to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) own range data, much of the land it manages is in degraded condition due to extractive uses, such as historic overgrazing of livestock. These activities, along with fire and drought, have depleted habitats for all wildlife, including protected species like wild horses and burros. AWHC has a strong track record of addressing habitat challenges. In the Greater Reno Area, for example, we are currently working with local governments, ...

FWD: The two mares we rescued in Oklahoma made it home!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We are thrilled to share an exciting update with you about the two mares we rescued from an Oklahoma kill pen and who recently arrived at For The Love of Aria sanctuary in Colorado. They’ve been named! The beautiful bay mare is now called Meli and the stunning buckskin is named Catori. Photo by WilsonAxpe However, we also have some unfortunate news to share. Due to our tireless efforts in funding numerous rescues of wild horses and burros, our Rescue Fund is almost completely depleted for the year. To make matters worse, we didn’t hit our $25,000 fundraising goal that we previously shared with you. Can you chip in right away to help us close the financial gap? >> This is an incredibly crucial time for us. As Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopters descend upon more herds across the western states, more wild horses are at risk of entering the slaughter pipeline thanks to the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). We urgently need your assistance in replenishing our Rescue Fund to ensure that we can help save as many wild horses and burros as possible. If you are able, can you chip in to help support our on-going efforts rescuing wild horses and burros from kill pens? REBUILD OUR RESCUE FUND → Your generosity, alongside other passionate wild horse advocates, has already made an immense impact. We are grateful to everyone who has supported our critical work. We would like to share just a few of the incredible accomplishments we have achieved, thanks to your support.  We saved a young, pregnant mare named Amelia from a notorious Midwest kill pen, and she has since given birth to a healthy baby girl in the sanctuary! Photo by WilsonAxpe Additionally, we helped rescue an elderly blind burro from a California auction, provided essential medical care, and helped fund his transport to a burro sanctuary, where he found a safe forever home. And, of course, we funded and supported the rescue of Meli and Catori, the two beautiful mares who now reside at For the Love of Aria. These are just a few examples of the hundreds of wild horses and burros we’ve been able to help over the years, thanks to individuals like you, Meredith. None of this would have been possible without your support. With our Rescue Fund nearly depleted, we are relying on you to help us continue ...

This Week’s eNews: Read Our Latest Update On the Deadly Roundups in Nevada >>

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We've got a lot to share with you in this week's edition of eNews, including an action you can take to protect wild horses and burros on Capitol Hill, and our latest updates from the concluded roundups in Nevada and Oregon. Read on to learn more!  Pass the SAFE Act, Stop Horse Slaughter Each year, tens of thousands of American horses — both wild and domestic — are brutally slaughtered in Canada and Mexico for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water, or rest to slaughter plants where they are sent to meet a horrific and terrifying end. Please take one moment to urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (H.R. 3475/S. 2307) to permanently ban the slaughter of equines for human consumption and to ban the export of equines to foreign countries for slaughter. TAKE ACTION Deadly Wild Horse Roundups in Nevada End This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the conclusion of two controversial large-scale capture operations in eastern Nevada, which sadly resulted in the tragic deaths of 39 federally-protected wild horses and the removal of more than 3,000. Read our press release here. READ MORE Oregon Roundups Conclude The roundps of the wild horses from three of Oregon’s Herd Management Areas (HMA) have officially concluded. More than 190 mustangs in Palomino Butte lost their freedom, 63 were removed from their habitat from Stinkingwater, and 38 mustangs were captured from Hog Creek. AWHC’s observer was on the ground to bring you the latest. Read our summary report here. READ MORE Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros! — AWHC Team ...