The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Please join us on Thursday, 6/24 at 2pm EST/11am PST for another webinar in our Keeping Wild Horses Wild 101 Series — all about burros! Click here for more information and to RSVP for the event! We’ll be the first to admit that it can be difficult to stay up to speed with the complex issues affecting our nation’s wild horses and burros! With so many federal agencies, acronyms, and applicable laws, it’s easy to get confused. That’s why we created our Keeping Wild Horses Wild 101 Series. In this series we'll break the issues down for you with presentations covering topics from the history of our beloved equines to the present-day fight for their protection and preservation! In this specific webinar, we’ll be focusing on the lesser-known of our federally-protected animals: wild burros! Wild burros have the same rich history and are as culturally significant as wild horses, but unfortunately, Meredith, they receive far less attention. In this session we’ll cover:
- Burro Awareness Month
- Interesting Burro Facts
- The History
- The Act
- What Science Says
- Calls to Action
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We have an important ask: Can you please take one moment to reach out to your Senators in Colorado and urge them to protect wild horses? Currently, a letter is being circulated in the Senate that would allocate significant funding from the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro budget to humane management using safe and effective PZP fertility control. Unfortunately, your Senators have not yet joined and we need them to hear from their constituents. Please, take one moment to contact your Senators today: Sen. Michael F. Bennet
- Denver Office: 303-455-7600
- DC Office: (202) 224-5852
- Denver Office: 303-244-1628
- DC Office: (202) 224-5941
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Wild horses & burros need your help. Read on to see how you can take action to protect these cherished animals! Act Now: Tell Congress to Support Humane Management of Mustangs and Burros As we speak, a sign-on letter is circulating in the U.S. Senate requesting that at least $11 million of Fiscal Year 2022 funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program be earmarked for humane fertility control as a step away from brutal helicopter roundups and the removal of wild horses and burros from public lands. Over 40 members of the House have signed onto a similar request. Now we need your help to get your Senators to sign on! TAKE ACTION In-Depth: Forest Service Plans Mass Removal for California Wild Horses The U.S. Forest Service is planning to continue its assault on the Devil’s Garden wild horses in California. During a Motorized Vehicle Public Meeting last week, officials from the Modoc National Forest announced their intent to remove between 800-1,000 wild horses from their 285,000-acre federally-designated habitat beginning in September. The Forest Service will “dispose” of most of these horses by selling them — up to a truckload at a time — for $1 a piece! The plan is the result of a secret settlement between the Forest Service and ranchers who graze their privately-owned cattle on the public lands where the Devil’s Garden wild horses roam. Take a moment to read our in-depth blog on this unfolding situation and be on the lookout for a way to take action! LEARN MORE OpEd: America’s Wild and Wondrous Wild Burros It’s well past the time to hit the reset button on the management not only of wild horses, but wild burros as well. Last week, AWHC’s program specialist, Mary Koncel teamed up with an adviser to the Cloud Foundation to write an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner to raise awareness about these amazing animals of the desert southwest and inspire citizens to take action to protect them. Read more below. LEARN MORE Tell the BLM Advisory Board: Protect Wild Horses and Burros The BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet from June 30 - July 1. This citizen Advisory Board is supposed to represent broad stakeholder interests but its membership, which is appointed by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, ...
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: As I write this, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rounding up wild burros in California. Next month, the official roundup season begins in full force. In the middle of July, Utah’s Onaqui herd will be targeted. For these wild horses and burros, the dust never settles. As you know, a huge part of our work involves observing and documenting as many roundups as we can. We do this to hold the agencies and government contractors accountable for their often inhumane actions. And, we report to the public what happens at each roundup on public land, so you’re informed. Help fuel our programs. Please donate $30 today, and help us work to make roundups a thing of the past! DONATE But, we’re doing far more than just documenting. We’re fully engaged on the ground and working to ensure that cruel roundups are minimized — and ideally eliminated — in the future.
- We’re working in Congress to ensure that protective language is being submitted that would give funds to in-the-wild management to begin the shift away from removals.
- In Onaqui, we have submitted a scientific plan for the humane management of the beloved horses that would leave them wild.
- We are working with a prestigious University on a rulemaking petition to make violations of the BLM’s animal welfare standards enforceable by law.
- We are proving humane management can work to keep wild horses wild through the world’s largest fertility control program for mustangs in Nevada.
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We wanted to make sure you heard about this exciting update: Over the last week, 30+ members of Congress have called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to suspend an adoption program that’s sending wild horses and burros to slaughter. SIGN ON NOW TO DEMAND THE BLM HALT THE AIP >> The recent groundbreaking New York Times report — prompted by an AWHC investigation of the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) — has led to national awareness about the plight of wild horses and burros, and has received significant attention from legislators on Capitol Hill. Late last week, in a letter directed to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) called on the Interior Department to immediately suspend the BLM’s AIP and conduct a thorough investigation into the program that’s become a pipeline to slaughter for untold numbers of federally-protected wild horses and burros. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Dina Titus, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, and Mike Quigley along with 25 of their House colleagues sent a similar letter to Secretary Haaland, asking that the AIP be suspended and calling for the passage of the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act to protect all American horses from slaughter. Thanks to your support and the buzz surrounding the New York Times article, significant action is being taken to protect America’s wild horses and burros! But Erica, we can’t stop now. Can you sign our petition and join Congress in demanding that the BLM halt the Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending wild horses and burros to slaughter? SIGN THE PETITION In coordination with our rescue partners, Evanescent Mustang Rescue, Skydog Sanctuary, and Black Hills Sanctuary, AWHC spent significant time searching for and accumulating tangible evidence to document the connection between the BLM’s AIP and the uptick in cherished wild horses and burros in slaughter auctions across the country — all leading to the New York Times exposé. We’re working with Senator Feinstein, Reps. Titus and Cohen, and many other members of Congress to put a halt to the AIP, pass federal legislation to help keep wild horses in the wild, and we're fighting back against a dangerous bill that would strip away federal protections for wild horses and burros by allowing the BLM to trade away their habitats to states. Erica, we’re doing everything we can to preserve and protect wild horse and burro herds across the U.S. Can you ...