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A hard-earned victory for Oregon’s Warm Springs wild horse herd

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Victory! After years of fighting back in the courts and mounting public opposition, the Bureau of Land Management will not conduct cruel sterilization experiments on Oregon’s Warm Springs wild horses. One of the most inhumane and cruel ways the Bureau of Land Management outlined as a way for “management” of wild horses is the ovariectomy via colpotomy procedure. This procedure involves manually severing and removing a wild mare’s ovaries in an invasive and outdated surgical procedure that has been called “barbaric” by veterinarians and deemed by the National Academy of Sciences to be too dangerous for use in wild horses. Not surprisingly, nearly 8 in 10 Americans oppose this procedure -- and we’ve sued twice and successfully blocked the BLM from subjecting innocent wild mares to this cruel and risky surgery.
  • In 2016, our lawsuit prompted the BLM to cancel its plan to perform ovariectomy via colpotomy on 225 wild mares -- many of them pregnant - rounded up from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area in Oregon.
  • In 2018, we sued again, when the BLM proposed to conduct the same experiments on the same group of mares, many of whom were now nursing dependent foals. This time, the court granted our motion for a federal injunction and the BLM again dropped the project.
  • In 2019, the BLM resurrected the plan incredibly for the third time! We immediately brought the new proposal to the court’s attention, and just last week, the BLM informed the court that it would not proceed with the third proposal.
In each case, we built a coalition, marshalled resources and did what it took to stop these horrific experiments, which veterinarians confirmed would cause extreme pain, bleeding, infection, miscarriage and would interfere with the mares’ ability to nurse and care for their dependent foals. But that doesn’t mean the BLM will stop trying to surgically sterilize mares. In fact, the agency right now is preparing a management plan for the Swasey HMA in Utah that includes ovariectomy via colpotomy as a management tool. We must stay vigilant and ready to jump to action to continue to defend wild mares from this brutality. Our victories in Oregon prove that when we work together and fight back hard, we win.  Please help us build our resources that will be necessary in the fight against this cruelty as it turns to Utah. We can’t do it without your ...
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One click can make all the difference

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Online shopping is increasing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and we wanted to remind you that you can continue to support our work while ordering supplies from Amazon and staying safe in the comfort of your home. With a single click, you can keep powering the fight to save wild horses and burros. Instead of logging directly on to amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com and place your order the next time you buy online using this link, it's that simple (and if you can, share the link with a couple of friends or on Facebook so they can do the same)! And speaking of smiles (which everyone can use more of right now), we wanted to share this cute video of a foal that brought a smile to our faces. We hope it brings you as much joy as it did to us. Thank you and take care - we will overcome this national crisis by staying strong and standing together. American Wild Horse Campaign Donate ...
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Our work to defend America’s wild horses and burros continues

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and well during this difficult time. Like you, we are doing our best to stay up to date on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a number of developments about our continued work during this time as we take necessary precautions in advocating for our nation’s wild horses and burros. A Victory For The Salt River Wild Horses In Arizona This past weekend, we reached out to you about the legislation introduced by AZ Rep. Kelly Townsend. HR 2858 threatened to block lifesaving humane management of the famed Salt River wild horses and was widely opposed not just in Arizona, but also by tens of thousands of Americans all across the country. Due to concerns over COVID-19, the public was discouraged from attending committee hearings or providing public testimony on legislation. Townsend had publicly stated that her legislation was on hold, only to schedule the unpopular and controversial bill at the last minute for a Monday hearing when the public couldn’t attend. More than 8,000 of you messaged Townsend and members of the committee to cancel this hearing in a tremendous, last-minute show of force in defense of the Salt River wild horses. And … good news! The state legislature will only be addressing essential legislation before adjourning at the end of the week, meaning that this dangerous and controversial bill is effectively dead (but we will be carefully monitoring this until the session is officially over to be certain). Our Work In Congress and On Capitol Hill Continues As the country faces both a financial and public health crisis, imaginably, this past week was one of the most consequential in Washington, DC in many years. Most federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, have moved all but the most essential personnel to telework and Congress is doing the same. This doesn’t, however, put a stop to the legislative work happening in Congress nor will it delay consideration for millions of dollars in additional funding to ramp up the roundup, removal, and potential sterilization of tens of thousands of wild horses in the West. In fact, Congress’ biggest legislative vehicles, the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation bills which fund federal agencies and their programs, are currently being drafted with the goal of concluding ...
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URGENT: Hearing tomorrow on anti-Salt River wild horse bill despite COVID-19 limits on public testimony!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Time is not on our side. AZ State Rep. Kelly Townsend is moving forward with a bill, HR 2858, that WILL block lifesaving humane management, leading to harm, suffering, death and ultimately, could lead to the removal of Salt River wild horses that are beloved by Arizonans and people all over the world. Last month, and each time the horses have been in danger, the public -- this includes you -- has stood up for these horses, by writing, packing hearing rooms, turning out by the hundreds to rallies, etc. Tens of thousands of Arizonans signed petitions, contacted their representatives, and packed every single public hearing in a demonstration of overwhelming opposition to these dangerous bills. But now that public gatherings are being restricted and the public is being discouraged from attending these hearings, Townsend is moving forward with her dangerous and incredibly unpopular bill with a legislative hearing scheduled for TOMORROW! That means we cannot be there to oppose it and we need you to stand up for these beloved animals one more time. We don’t have much time to mobilize. From the safety of your homes, please take action online TODAY to stop this attack on the beloved Salt River wild horses. Thank you, American Wild Horse Campaign Donate ...
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Stand Up for Arizona Wild Horses!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Two populations of iconic wild horses in Arizona need you to speak up for them today!  The Salt River Wild Horses In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its intent to round up and remove all of the Salt River wild horses from the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix. The announcement was met with sustained public outcry and led to passage of a state law protecting these beloved wild horses in their historic habitat along the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Now the horses are threatened again by a planning process and proposed management plans that could result in the removal of 350 Salt River horses from the lands they have occupied since the late 1800's -- before the Tonto National Forest even existed! Please Weigh in by March 12 for the Salt River Horses The Heber Wild Horses The Heber wild horses reside in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near Heber-Overgaard, Arizona. These horses have been under siege over the past several years, with more than two dozen shot to death, including 15 -- two entire families -- who were gunned down this year alone. Pressure for the removal from the forest is coming from livestock operators who graze cattle on the public lands where the wild horses roam. Now the USFS is developing a Territory Management plan that could result in the removal of 300 or more wild horses from this National Forest. Please Demand a Fair and Humane Management Plan for the Heber Wild Horses.  Thank you for standing up for Arizona wild horses. Your voice makes a difference everyday for our cherished wild horses and burros of the American West. - The AWHC Team Donate ...
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