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Wyoming’s wild horses need your help … and more news!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Take Action for Wyoming's Wild Horses The BLM is accepting public comments on a Herd Management Area (HMA) and roundup plan for the Fifteen Mile HMA in Wyoming. The plan calls for removing over 300 horses to reduce the population to the low "Appropriate" Management Level (AML) of 70 horses, skewing the sex ratios in favor of males, and maintaining the population number in the future with more roundups and removals.  The BLM plans to significantly reduce the existing horse population even though the agency acknowledges that the horses are healthy at their current population level of 404. Additionally, little active livestock grazing is occurring in this HMA so conflicts with ranchers are minimal. Instead of continuing the same failed approach to wild horse management, the BLM should maintain the Fifteen Mile wild horse population at a healthy number by implementing a robust fertility control program to humanely manage the population of wild horses in the wild. Tell the BLM to implement a humane and sustainable plan for the Fifteenmile horses - Take Action today!   Devil's Garden Mustangs are Looking for Homes Wild horses captured from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, California last fall are still in need of homes. These are the horses that the U.S. Forest Service wants to sell without limitation on slaughter, but our lawsuit has so far blocked this action. Currently 43 horses age 10 and over are for sale with limitation on slaughter, and 20 horses age 9 and under are available for adoption for $125. Meanwhile, our partner sanctuary, Montgomery Creek Ranch (MCR), has six halter trained two-yea- olds also from Devil's Garden available for adoption. If these beautiful youngsters get adopted, MCR will be able to take in additional Devil's Garden horses in need of homes. Learn more below.   New AWHC Urges 'No Vote' on NM Legislation AWHC is fighting for New Mexico's wild horses by opposing state legislation that would put the fate of non-federally protected wild horses in the hands of the New Mexico Livestock Board, which has a documented history of anti-wild horse actions and support for horse slaughter. Although the bill has been amended to prevent the Livestock Board from killing wild horses removed from the range, it allows the board to make decisions about removal of ...
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What the spending bill means for wild horses … and more news

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Congress Passes Spending Bill for Department of Interior In what might be considered a Valentine’s Day miracle, the House passed a spending package last night which included funding for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of the Interior, completing Congressional action to avert a government shutdown with barely a day to spare. So what does this mean for wild horses and burros? Click below for more information.   Pine Nut Roundup Continues in Nevada On February 7, the BLM began the roundup and removal of wild horses from the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The BLM intends to round up 575 of the wild horses and burros from their home on our public lands in this area. So far 316 horses have been captured, and inclement weather has postponed the operation for the last three days. Read our field observers' reports from the roundup below.   Navy Plans Expansion Putting Wild Horses at Risk  On February 14, 2019, AWHC submitted comments on the Navy's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed project to expand the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada. There are 24 Herd Areas, totaling approximately 1.5 million acres, and 24 Herd Management Areas, totaling approximately 2.4 million acres that are within the project's region of influence. AWHC has asked the Navy to further explain any management plans it has for the wild horses and burros within the zone of influence for its proposed project. Click below for more information.   Donate ...
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Help us end horse slaughter and other news

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Act Now: Help Us End Horse Slaughter in 2019 Last year, approximately 80,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water or rest, to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a terrifying end. It's time to end this unspeakable cruelty in 2019. Support the SAFE Act to ban the slaughter of American horses by taking action today.   Sales for California Wild Horses Continue, Lawsuit Postponed Until Spring Two months ago, the U.S. Forest Service completed its roundup and removal of 932 horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (DGWHT) in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA. AWHC has teamed up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to file suit to stop the sale for slaughter of these federally-protected horses for slaughter. We're also sponsoring state legislation to strengthen slaughter protections for all California horses. Read the latest about the horses and our efforts to help them below.   BLM to Begin the Roundup of Pine Nut Wild Horses The first roundup of 2019 is set to begin Thursday in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) outside of Carson City, Nevada. The BLM is scheduled to remove approximately 575 wild horses from the 95,000-acre HMA. This roundup continues the BLM's inhumane and fiscally unsound approach to wild horse management. AWHC will be onsite to document the roundup and will provide daily reports from the frontlines. Learn more about the HMA and the upcoming roundup.   Donate ...
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An Important Update on the Palomino Valley Legal Action

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We have difficult news to report. The U.S. District Court in Nevada has issued a negative ruling in our lawsuit against the Paiute Pyramid Lake Tribe, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Cattoor Livestock Roundups. At issue is the illegal roundup of at least 300 horses in the Palomino Valley area northeast of Reno. The judge ruled that the Tribe and the State have sovereign immunity from lawsuits and that NDA employees and tribal members acting as agents of those entities are also immune from suit. The judge did keep the Temporary Restraining Order issued on January 17 in place prohibiting the slaughter of a privately owned horse named Lady, who was caught up in the roundup, pending an evidentiary hearing to be scheduled within 14 days. While this ruling is disappointing, it does not change the facts of this case or our commitment to seeking justice for the residents who were traumatized by the surprise raid that was conducted by members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Cattoor Livestock Roundups on January 4 and 5, 2019, and for the horses who lost their freedom and their lives. These include the grey stallion pictured above, admired in Palomino Valley for so many years, who somehow eluded capture but lost his band and wandered back to the land he called home, thin, alone and forlorn. Yesterday, he was found dead. The resident who found him, and knew his family, is convinced that he died of a broken heart. Read more about this situation here. We will keep you posted as this situation develops. - The AWHC Team Donate ...
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This lawsuit will decide

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: On Monday, we’ll be in court to stand up for a group of both wild and privately owned horses who were wrongfully rounded up in Palomino Valley in Nevada. The hearing will determine whether the laws of the state are upheld and whether the horses can be saved, or if, heartbreakingly, they will go to slaughter. This emergency situation was not anticipated, but we couldn’t stand idly by. Now we need your help to support our legal team’s fight. Residents of Nevada’s Palomino Valley lost horses and burros during a multi-day roundup coordinated by members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – who illegally stampeded horses with motorcycles, ATVs and on horseback off private property where they had been living for years. Several privately owned horses and burros were taken in the process. Some were released and have wandered home, but Lady, a small bay mare who belongs to Sparks, NV resident Colleen Westlake, remains missing. Right now, we don’t know where Lady and the other horses are. We do know that 238 of them were sold to a notorious kill buyer in New Mexico. We’re holding out hope that they haven’t already been shipped across the border to Mexico for slaughter. Our team is working with the residents whose private property rights were violated to hold the tribe and the Nevada Department of Agriculture accountable for this illegal surprise roundup. Please, support our team as we go to court on Monday to stand up for Lady and the rest of the horses rounded up at Palomino Valley, and for all our critical work to save wild horses in Nevada and throughout the West. Right now, we are the voice for these horses. We are their advocates, and their lawyers. Thank you for standing with them and with us. Thanks, Suzanne Donate ...
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