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The Sand Wash Basin round up has come to an end

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) wild horse roundup in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) has come to an end. Thanks to your voices, and the efforts of Governor Jared Polis. First Gentleman Marlon Reis, and Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse, the roundup was called early within the HMA, and 150 more magnificent Sand Wash basin wild horses remain free. This leaves more than 300 wild horses in the HMA, instead of the BLM’s target post-roundup population of just 163. 10,000 calls and emails in 24 hours. That’s what you did, upping the political ante and providing the public pressure necessary to back up Governor Polis’ work to implement more humane wild horse management practices in his state. In his public statement, Governor Polis cited the "public outpouring" that demonstrated “how much people care for the well-being of these iconic Colorado animals.” Together, we made important progress for wild horses in Colorado this month. Now it's time to take the next step by calling on Congress to conduct an oversight hearing of the BLM’s costly and cruel wild horse and burro roundup program. Click here to take action now! TAKE ACTION NOW >> While we cheer for the 150 wild horses were spared capture via helicopter stampede and the 52 captured wild horses (25 mares and 24 stallions released to the Sand Wash HMA and 3 relocated to the Spring Creek Basin HMA), our hearts break for the 479 wild horses who were not so lucky. They have been shipped to the BLM holding corrals at the state prison in Canyon City amidst mounting concerns about conditions there. These horses face an uncertain future, either warehoused for years in BLM feedlots or adopted through the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program that's sending truckloads of horses into the slaughter pipeline. The Sand Wash Basin helicopter operation left a trail of destruction and a litany of animal welfare violations, including tiny foals left alone without their mothers on the range. But know one thing: as the abuses mount, so too does the public outrage and the number of political leaders willing to step up to rein in the BLM.  Will you help us shine a light on what's happening by emailing your member of Congress and urging them to support an oversight hearing into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program today? The key ingredient ...
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enough is enough

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Since the beginning of the month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been conducting a brutal helicopter roundup of the Sand Wash Basin wild horses of Colorado. We’ve had observers on-site every day to document the roundup and to hold the BLM accountable for any wrongdoings as the operation draws to a close. I’m saddened and angered to share with you that we received news on Wednesday that a 6-month old foal was left orphaned on the range after Tuesday’s operation and found the next morning alone near the trap site. The BLM euthanized the foal, claiming he had “difficulties in movement and coordination” and called his death “non-gather related.” But the symptoms this foal was exhibiting are closely associated with “capture shock” — a condition caused by extreme exertion or stress, and results in tragedy for far too many young foals who are literally run to death. If the death of this innocent, young colt wasn’t bad enough, this was the fifth foal left alone on the range to fend for themselves after their mothers were captured in helicopter stampedes at Sand Wash Basin. When will enough be enough?  We document these horrible tragedies because the BLM must be held responsible for their cruel and antiquated practices. And I promise you — every. single. day. we are fighting back. We continue to send field representatives out to the range to bear witness and to document the helicopter roundups. We use their reports to get information out immediately to political leaders and the media about the atrocities being committed against wild horses by our own government. We’re fighting every court battle where we have legal grounds to hold the BLM accountable for its actions. And we’re working with legislators at the state and federal level to advocate for these cherished animals and pass legislation that furthers wild horse and burro protections. We’re fighting every day to protect wild horses and burros, but it’s a fight we can’t win without your support. If you’re with us in the fight to save the lives of America’s wild horses and burros and make helicopter roundups a thing of the past, can you make a donation to fuel our work today? DONATE We’re so grateful for your continued support — thank you. Suzanne Roy Executive Director American Wild Horse Campaign ...
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Happy National Wildlife Day!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Happy National Wildlife Day!!  This day serves as an opportunity to take a step back and think about all of the amazing wildlife in our world. Today, we are celebrating America’s wild mustangs and burros that roam our public lands!  The freedom of wild horses and burros is under constant attack — and it’s our mission to be the voice speaking up for these majestic animals. Whether it be in the field, in courts, or on the Hill, we’re continuing our fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros on the public lands they call home. If you’re with us in the fight to protect America’s wild horses and burros, will you make a donation to fuel our work today? DONATE TODAY! Thanks for your support, and Happy National Wildlife Day! — AWHC Team ...
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Today is the last day to speak up for the Sand Wash Basin wild horses >> ACT NOW!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: One day. That’s all the time the Sand Wash Basin horses have left. On September 1st, the helicopters will descend on little Desiree and her herd. One day. That’s how long we have to speak up for them. Photo by: WilsonAxpe Photography Please take one minute now to:
  1. Send a message to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management and follow up with calls.
  2. Post this graphic to the following pages. (Note: some of these pages might not allow you to post directly, but you can leave a comment with the image!)
  3. Send automated Tweets to decision makers.
Thank you for speaking up for Colorado’s wild horses!  — AWHC Rapid Response Team ...
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Colorado wild horses need your voice RIGHT NOW!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Right now the Sand Wash Basin wild horses in Colorado need YOU to be their voice. This iconic herd is currently in the BLM’s crosshairs and the emergency roundup will begin in just two days, on September 1st. The BLM’s decision to deploy helicopters in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) is driven by the claim that the drought is so extreme that 733 wild horses must be permanently removed, BUT on the ground, recent rains have filled watering holes and rejuvenated vegetation growth. Most importantly, the wild horses remain in good body condition. In short, there is no drought emergency in the HMA to justify displacing nearly 90% of the herd by stampeding and capturing them in a helicopter roundup that will rob hundreds of horses of their freedom and families, and cost many their lives. Time is short, so please take action NOW to ask the BLM to halt the roundup, drop the emergency designation, and work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a humane long-term management plan to protect the Sand Wash herd. TAKE ACTION Thanks for your support, AWHC Rapid Response ...
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