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ENews: Speak Up for Wyoming Mustangs!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts BLM Wyoming Targets Wild Horses - Act Now!  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering a plan to roundup and remove 600 wild horses from our public lands in the North Lander Complex in Wyoming. The agency is also proposing several controversial and dangerous alternatives for creating “limited-reproducing herds” that include vasectomizing and gelding stallions; adjusting sex ratios; surgically removing the ovaries of mares ("spaying"), segregating the horses into single-sex herds; and utilizing the controversial fertility control drug GonaCon in combination with one of the previously mentioned treatments. This plan, which once again reflects the BLM’s preferential treatment of privately-owned livestock, will devastate the wild horse population in the North Lander Complex. The Latest: Wild Horses and Capitol Hill The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have passed Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations legislation, which includes funding for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Senate bill protects wild horses from mass killing, slaughter and sterilization, while the House version would authorize and funds mass sterilization of horses on the range. The full House and Senate must still vote on these bills, and then they must go to a conference committee, which will resolve differences and negotiate a final spending bill. This means that we must keep the pressure on throughout the summer and into the fall. Learn more by clicking below. Trey and Divine: A Rescue Story In February 2017, foals Trey and Divine were captured in a traumatic helicopter roundup in the Cedar Mountain HMA in Utah. AWHC staff members were on the ground filming, and documented Trey, a tiny colt, and his mother being relentlessly chased by the helicopter. They were ultimately separated. Their story could have ended there, but thanks to AWHC operations and legal consultant, Jenn Suarez, the story of these two little beauties has a happy ending. We could all use some good news right now, so please watch and share this heartwarming story!  Donate ...
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WATCH: This is what the BLM wants

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on the spending bill that will fund the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 2019. If this committee joins the House in authorizing the mass sterilization of wild horses and burros, it will be the end of our wild free-roaming herds in the American West. Not only that, but the Congress will be unleashing unfathomable cruelty on these national icons. Watch this video to see the horrifying surgery that BLM wants to perform on wild mares. This risky, archaic surgery will cause mares to bleed to death or die from infection or evisceration (intestines coming through the surgical incision), and will cause abortions in many pregnant mares.  Contact your Senators NOW to stop this. Thank you, Suzanne Donate ...
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Critical Senate votes this week!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts On Tuesday, the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee will vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior spending bill. The full Senate Appropriations Committee vote will take place on Thursday. These votes could not be more important! Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the devastating Stewart Amendment to authorize the permanent sterilization of entire wild horse and burro herds. We must now stop this in the Senate. Call your Senators today!  The Stewart Amendment put a target on every wild horse and burro herd in the West by authorizing the BLM to "manage any group of wild horses or burros as a non-reproducing or single sex herd, in whole or in part, through chemical or surgical sterilization."  This will be the beginning of the end of America's wild free-roaming herds! We can't let it happen. Please call and message your Senators and take a stand for wild horses and burros today. Gratefully, Suzanne p.s. The Subcommittee hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday June 12. You can watch the live webcast here. The full committee hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday June 14. You can watch the live webcast here. Donate ...
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Breaking: Devastating News for Wild Horses

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: We wanted you to know immediately: The House Appropriations Committee today took a devastating action to authorize the BLM to manage wild horses and burros in non-reproducing and single-sex herds by subjecting them to risky, invasive surgeries like this: link to video. If passed by the full Congress this would spell the beginning of the end for the iconic, free-roaming mustang herds of the American West. Read our press release here. While this is bad news, we can stop it in the Senate. Game on! Here's what you can do today:
  1. Call Your Senators at 202-224-3121. Tell them to stand with the 80 percent of Americans who want wild horses protected and humanely managed. Ask them to oppose any 2019 appropriations language that authorizes the slaughter, killing, or sterilization of these cherished federally-protected animals.
  2. You can also let the amendment sponsor and supporters know how you feel about their vote.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart, amendment sponsor, 202-225-9730
  • Rep. Ken Calvert, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, (202) 225-1986
  • Rep. Betty McCollum, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking member, (202) 225-6631
Please be polite and respectful but firm. Meanwhile, stay ready, stay tuned and stay strong... more soon! - The AWHC Team Donate ...
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URGENT: The House votes tomorrow!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: News & Alerts The House Appropriations Committee just scheduled its markup hearing on the 2019 Interior Department spending bill for TOMORROW! Late yesterday, we learned that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), who has long been pushing for the mass killing of our wild horses and burros, will likely introduce an amendment to promote the sterilization of our wild herds. The BLM already wants to do this. With Congressional support, it will be hard to stop. And there's always a chance that Rep. Stewart will slip in language to allow the BLM to kill tens of thousands of healthy horses and burros... despite the objections of 80 percent of Americans. Take five minutes and speak up for wild horses across the country. Their lives depend on it. What does sterilization mean for horses? Proud magnificent stallions would be castrated, resulting in "reduction in or complete loss of male-type behaviors necessary for maintenance of social organization, band integrity and expression of natural behavioral repertoire," according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Innocent mares will be subject to a barbaric procedure that literally rips their ovaries out with a rod-and-chain-like tool, a method so invasive that the NAS called it "inadvisable for field application" due to risk of hemorrhage and infection.   Sterilization will take the wild out of wild horses by destroying their natural behaviors.... and will endanger their lives.  This is wrong. We have to fight any amendments that permit mass killing or require the surgical sterilization of wild horses -- or any legislative language that will lay the groundwork for doing so.  We wouldn’t be messaging you if it weren’t crucial to the survival of wild free-roaming horses and burros in America. Attacks on wild horses are mounting daily, but with supporters like you using your voices to defend them, we are fighting back. Please call and message your Representative and take a stand for wild horses and burros today. Gratefully, Suzanne p.s. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. EST on Wed., June 6. You can watch the live webcast here. Donate ...
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