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ICYMI: Our investigations team helped uncover hundreds of deaths at this BLM facility

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: In case you missed it, last month the American Wild Horse Conservation’s investigations team unveiled Bureau of Land Management (BLM) records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. These records revealed a deeply disturbing trend at the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral in Nevada. In 2023 alone, 267 wild horses died in captivity at this federal holding facility. These deaths — many of them unexplained — represent a staggering 9% mortality rate for just one year. HELP US CONTINUE RAISING AWARENESS Here’s some of what our team uncovered through the FOIA records: 
  • 30 horses were euthanized by the BLM for non-life-threatening conditions such as eye abnormalities.
  • 49 horses died from traumatic injuries resulting in broken bones.
  • More than 100 horses were “found dead in their pens” for reasons described as “Unknown/Undiagnosed.”
Our commitment to changing the BLM’s inhumane treatment of wild horses and burros doesn't end with just uncovering the truth. So, we took our findings to the media because if we know one thing, it's that Americans are outraged and want to take action when they learn what’s happening to our wild horses and burros. Based on AWHC’s findings, both the Las Vegas Sun and 8NewsNow published articles exposing the dark side of the Fallon holding facility.  Thanks to our awareness-building media outreach, we are driving real policy change and governmental accountability. In fact, Representative Dina Titus said it best in the Las Vegas Sun article: “This is completely unacceptable treatment of these icons of the West, and I remain committed to ending the mass captivity of wild horses in Nevada.”  Meredith, our important work is powered by wild horse and burro allies like you. Your donations enable us to take action to reveal the truth about what is happening to American wild horses and burros and then drive reform through public awareness and congressional action. Can you chip in a contribution today to power this vital work? POWER OUR WORK Thank you, American Wild Horse Conservation ...

From our family to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: From everyone at the American Wild Horse Conservation team, Happy Mother’s Day! Today we’re celebrating the mothers who work tirelessly to provide for their young ones – both human and equine. Mothers are the backbone of our families. Their nurturing spirit ushers new life into this world, and many of us wouldn’t be who we are today without the love and guidance they have provided us.  And since May is also Burro Awareness Month, we’re going to celebrate this Mother’s Day by telling you a sweet story about a beloved burro duo at the Hickison Summit Burro Range Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. Meet Gunga and Misa! Misa and her foal Gunga have a bond like no other. Gunga almost never leaves his mother’s side. He learns all he can about life in the wild from her, like how to find water sources and dig for groundwater. As a young foal, Gunga loves to play and is curious about anything and everything.   Misa nurtures his curious (and sometimes mischievous!) spirit. She is fearless in her role as his protector, teacher, and role model – standing ever vigilant for threats to his safety, whether human or animal. Her steadfastness allows him to have the peaceful and playful life that a baby animal should have. Like many of the motherly figures in our lives, Misa’s strength and commitment to her little one continue to inspire us and strengthen our resolve to fight for a better future for all of America’s wild herds.  So to Misa, and all the strong, wonderful moms out there who nurture and care for their families like her — Happy Mother’s Day!!! Thank you, Team AWHC ...

BREAKING: 77 House Reps Sign Letter Demanding Humane Treatment of Wild Horses, Burros

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: When wild horse advocates allies band together, we can move mountains — or at least make them safer for America’s wild horses and burros. This month, 77 members of U.S. Congress, from both sides of the aisle, called for humane wild horse management in the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) House Appropriations legislation. In the language submitted, they have requested the following: 
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spends no less than 10% of its budget on humane fertility control in at least five herd management areas (HMAS).
    • If the BLM fails to implement acceptable fertility control programs within 120 days of the bill’s passing, it will incur a $100K reduction in program funding per day until it does so.
Give to Support Our Work on Capitol Hill Why accountability mattersThis isn’t the first time Congress has directed BLM to spend up to $11 million on humane fertility control programs. Despite this, the BLM continues to round up tens of thousands of wild horses and burros and funnel them into overburdened federal holding facilities, while historically spending less than 1% of its budget on humane fertility control. Our advocacy in the federal government represents some of the most impactful work we do. The support by nearly 80 representatives is a clear indication that Congress shares our frustration with the BLM’s failure to reform its inhumane and unsustainable program We extend a special thank you to Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) for leading the bipartisan effort to end BLM’s cruel, costly helicopter roundups. Give to Support Our Work on Capitol Hill Additional requests contained in the bipartisan letter: 
  • Prohibit the use of funds for ovariectomy procedures
  • Direct studies considering humane alternatives to helicopters
  • Stop cash incentive payments for adoptions
  • Identify HMAs and Herd Areas that could be redesignated for relocating horses as an alternative to off-range holding
  • Maintain the prohibition on the sale or adoption of healthy wild horses and burros that results in their destruction.
Meredith, our important work on Capitol Hill is powered by grassroots advocates like you. YOUR donations ensure we have the resources to expose federal agencies’ lack of accountability, educate elected leaders, and effect much-needed change for our wild herds. Can you chip in a contribution today to power this vital work?  We are ...

Join our Day of Action and stand up for wild burros this World Donkey Day! >>

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Today is World Donkey Day!! World Donkey Day is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation for donkeys – including our beloved wild burros. To commemorate this day, American Wild Horse Conservation (AWHC) is leading a Day of Action to protect both wild burros and domestic donkeys across the globe! TAKE ACTION FOR DONKEYS AND BURROS! >> Like wild horses, burros are faced with significant threats to their freedom and safety as a result of misguided federal policy that prioritizes cruel roundups instead of humane in-the-wild management. This summer alone, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to round up over 1,600 wild burros from their natural habitats. The majority of these roundups will be done with helicopters.  Unlike wild horses, who generally panic and stay together during roundups and follow their herd to the trap site, wild burros are stoic animals who often stand their ground in the face of the helicopters or scatter in an attempt to avoid capture. As a result, roundups can be even more traumatic for burros. To make matters worse, the captured animals will then be funneled into an overburdened holding system, where 64,000 wild horses and burros already languish. Then, they are at risk of entering the slaughter pipeline thanks to the BLM’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP), which was exposed by the New York Times as a pipeline to slaughter for “truckloads” of animals. Donkeys and burros are especially at risk of slaughter in foreign slaughter plants due to the global demand for ejiao – a gelatin made from boiling donkey skins. Experts estimate that the global demand for donkey skins is approximately 4.8 million hides per year. As a result, the donkey skin trade is decimating global donkey populations. Luckily, countries across the world are starting to take action. Just this year, 54 African countries joined together to ban the ejiao trade. The United States is the third largest importer of ejiao and is fueling this cruel trade. But, the good news is that Congress is taking notice.  Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) recently reintroduced the ​​Ejiao Act (H.R. 6021), aimed at ending the United States’ involvement in this trade. This legislation would prohibit the transportation, sale, and purchase of donkeys or donkey hides for the purpose of producing ejiao and prohibit the transportation, sale, and purchase of products containing ejiao. In honor of World Donkey Day, please join ...

World Donkey Day: A Personal Story

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: My name is Nicole Hayes and I’m AWHC’s Conservation Scientist! I’m reaching out today because tomorrow is World Donkey Day! This is an important day for me and every member of my team at American Wild Horse Conservation because it falls in May, or Burro Awareness Month! This is a month-long celebration of the unique lives and benefits of our wild burros! TAKE ACTION FOR DONKEYS AND BURROS! >> In the spirit of World Donkey Day, I want to share a personal story about the burros who inhabit some of the wildest corners of the American West. Dusk was settling in the Big Smoky Valley in Nevada. I was road-tripping with AWHC state director Tracy Wilson last year, and we took an unplanned detour to some well-known hot springs just before sunset. To our surprise, we started to notice wild burros coming into the water around all us. To respect their space, we moved to our vehicle and watched for over an hour as 30 to 40 wild burros descended on the springs for a drink of water before nightfall. It was my second encounter ever with wild burros and my first time seeing so many! That afternoon was one of the most memorable experiences of my conservation career — and an important reminder that wild burro conservation is crucial. DONATE NOW TO DONKEYS AND BURROS! >> Burros serve as remarkable ecosystem engineers. Research shows that wild burros actually boost water availability in deserts across the American West. Wells dug by burros in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts serve as a water source for more than five dozen native species. In fact, sometimes burro wells are their only water source. This Burro Awareness Month, join us in taking action to protect the donkeys of the American West against mass roundups and removals by the Bureau of Land Management. Then, voice your support for these precious animals on social media with the hashtags #KeepWildBurrosWild and #SaveOurBurros! DONATE NOW Thank you! Together we can make a difference for America’s wild herds. Nicole Hayes Conservation Scientist American Wild Horse Conservation ...