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Action required: Wild horses on brink of destruction

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Right now, the Senate is considering partial funding for a plan that, if approved, could mean the beginning of the end for free-roaming horses and burros. The plan, ill-conceived and full of dangerously vague language, is hidden within the Interior budget bill and it’s on track to be negotiated in September. Take action now: Sign our petition to protect America’s wild horses and burros. TAKE ACTION NOW What is this plan? It’s a ten year attack on wild horse populations, and nothing short of a surrender of the decades-long fight for fair treatment, humane management, and preservation of our nation’s wild horse and burro herds. The plan is billed as a compromise between the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, other livestock lobbying groups, and the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), the ASPCA and Return to Freedom, but there’s nothing in it for wild horses. In fact, it calls for the roundup of 130,000 wild horses and burros over the next decade – more than exist today on the range. This will triple the number of wild horses and burros incarcerated at taxpayer expense, at a cost of close to $1 billion over the next decade, without any guarantee of long-term funding to ensure safety from slaughter for these cherished animals. And there’s more. Herd numbers will diminish beyond minimum viable populations, gruesome sterilization experiments for wild mares will remain on the table, and herds left on public lands will be manipulated with unnatural sex ratios that will wreak havoc on social organization and dynamics. We’ve seen the power Americans have to affect change at a national level. We must band together to demand an absolute NO to this disastrous plan. Take action now, and sign our petition to make sure your Senators vote against this dangerous proposal. Thank you, - AWHC Team Donate ...
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Ranchers call for a roundup of wild horses on our public lands. Don’t let the cattle industry win

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Earlier this week, a federal court judge in California issued an order granting us the right to intervene in a lawsuit, filed by public lands ranchers, seeking the immediate round up and removal of 2,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest. At the same time, our attorney is in San Francisco today, participating in court-ordered negotiations with the U.S. Forest Service on a separate lawsuit, filed by AWHC and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, to stop the agency from selling Devil’s Garden horses for slaughter. Please, support our ongoing legal efforts to protect the Devil’s Garden wild horses in California from special interests that seek their mass removal and slaughter. The Devil’s Garden Territory is home to one of California’s largest remaining wild horse populations. Yet under pressure from local ranching interests, the Forest Service seeks to reduce the wild horse population to 200 - 402 horses, while allowing over 3,700 cows and 2,900 sheep to graze the public lands there. The situation that has been unfolding in Devil’s Garden -- from the roundups to the proposal to sell the mustangs without limitation on slaughter -- represents one of the more serious attacks on wild horses by the public lands ranching industry. Enough is enough. We're waging two separate legal battles to defend Devil's Garden mustangs from this existential threat. Please help us fund this crucial fight today. Your donation will be earmarked for the legal efforts to protect the right of the Devil's Garden wild horses to live wild and free on our public lands. As always, we are the last line of defense for America’s wild horses and we must keep fighting until their safety is assured. —AWHC Team Donate ...
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There’s no recess for wild horses… and more news

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts No Recess for Wild Horses - Take Action! Where does your member of Congress stand on protecting wild horses? If you don't know, now's the time to find out. And if they're supporting mass roundups and sterilization, it's the time to change their minds. Your Representative and Senators are back home for the August recess and will be holding town halls and taking meetings - so now's your chance to speak up for our wild horses and burros! Learn how at the link below.    Response to Alta Magazine's, "Feral Horses, Fierce Controversy" Our wild horses and burros are often the subjects of inaccurate, misleading, agenda-driven reporting. A recent example is Jason G. Goldman’s “Feral Horse, Fierce Controversy” that was published in the July issue of Alta, a magazine that promises “a celebration and examination of all things about California.”  If you shopped at Whole Foods in California this summer, you will have likely seen this cover story on the magazine prominently displayed in the check-out lines.  It's a biased, sensationalized piece far below the journalistic standards that Alta says it aspires to. Read our response below.   U.S. Forest Service Seeks to Weaken Environmental Review Regs. and Limit Public Comment The U.S. Forest Service is proposing rules that will significantly weaken its regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to making decisions. The Forest Service proposed rules would limit the opportunity for public input and make it easier for the agency to make decisions on proposed actions, like wild horse roundups, without analyzing the environmental impacts. Please read more and weigh in against the proposed rule change by clicking below.   Video Highlight of the Week: Issue Overview Donate ...
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Thank you

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Today marks the end of our Summer Roundup Campaign. Thanks to your support, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal – we’ll have what it takes to document fall and winter roundups and keep fighting to protect wild horses across the West. Over the last few days, our field representative at the Pine Nut roundup has witnessed helicopters stampeding small numbers of horses for hours at a time to no avail. By the end of the roundup, which concluded yesterday, only 36 horses were captured in total. One beautiful black mare broke her leg and was killed as a result. The few remaining Pine Nut wild horse families have evaded the trap, despite 90+ degree temperatures and days of relentless chasing. We're sickened at this cruelty. We're angry that these actions are taken at taxpayers’ expense. Because of your generosity during this campaign, we have the funding to continue the fight. And, in the spirit of the Pine Nut mustangs still living free, that's just what we'll do. We started this fundraising campaign to fuel our government relations team in educating Congress about the BLM’s inhumane practices, to support our litigation fund for roundup-related lawsuits, and to broaden our education and advocacy programs documenting how taxpayer dollars are being used and wasted. As summer roundups continue into fall and winter, we’ll be there to hold the BLM accountable and raise our voices to keep wild horses and burros protected from undue harm and danger. It’s not too late to chip in and help us protect the wild horses that we hold dear. Thank you for being part of our herd as we continue to make sure wild horses stay wild. —AWHC Team Donate ...
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Speak up for Utah’s wild horses and more news

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Take Action for Utah's Wild Horses in the Range Creek HMA The BLM is seeking public comments on a roundup and removal plan for the wild horses that live in the Range Creek HMA in Utah. The HMA includes 55,000 acres of public and private lands, on which the BLM has set a wild horse population limit (AML) of just 75-125 wild horses. The agency seeks to remove over 200 horses and reduce the population to the low AML of 75, a density of one horse per 733 acres! The BLM's plan also includes the implementation of fertility control, including the use of unproven IUD's, and the skewing of wild horse sex ratios to favor of males. Please weigh in today against yet another roundup and urge the BLM instead to implement proven humane and sustainable wild horse management tools.   BLM Reorganization Will Have Major Impact on Public Lands and Wild Horses  A massive reorganization of the BLM that involves moving its headquarters to Grand Junction, CO and transferring most of its Washington, D.C. staff out west -- combined with the Administration's installment of a lawyer who advocates for the sell-off of federal lands in the top agency post -- is raising concerns about the future of our public lands and the agency tasked with managing and conserving them. The developments forbode further dysfunction within the BLM, increased control by local and corporate interests over federal public lands policy, and a growing threat to the environment and wild horses and burros. Read more below.   New Census Shows Devil's Garden Mustang Population Half the Size Claimed by Ranchers On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced its plan to conduct another roundup of California wild horses from the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest. At the same time, the agency released new census numbers showing far fewer mustangs actually live in the Forest than previously claimed by the ranching interests that have waged a propaganda campaign against the horses. The ultimate goal is the removal of most of these cherished California mustangs from the public lands that comprise the Modoc Forest. Read more below.    Video Highlight of the Week: The Rescue of the 'Oklahoma 6' Donate ...
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