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The Latest on Wild Horses: Capitol Hill, Lawsuits, & Roundups

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Thursday, February 8, 2018 Budget Deal Presents New Dangers for Wild Horses & Burros ​There’s another mad scramble on Capitol Hill as Congress works to pass a spending measure to keep the government running beyond today’s deadline. As has been the case since last year, the fate of America’s wild horses and burros remains on the line. Although the expected short-term spending measure is not likely to impact mustangs, the longer-term budget deal that will be negotiated over the next month will. Read the latest update from AWHC’s lobbyists below. AWHC: Defending America’s Wild Horses & Burros in Court It’s been a busy week for AWHC’s legal team. In addition to filing a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its massive roundup plan in Nevada’s Antelope and Triple B Complexes, we also filed a motion in federal court in California to intervene in a lawsuit filed by ranchers who graze cattle in the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory. Last year, we won a federal lawsuit that stopped the U.S. Forest Service from reducing the size of the habitat for the Devil's Garden horses. Now we’re defending them from this attempt to compel the Forest Service to remove more than 2,000 of these federally-protected mustangs from their homes on the range in the Modoc National Forest. Read more below. BLM Gallops on with Winter Roundups Last week, AWHC staff was onsite at the Bible Springs Complex roundup in Utah where 350 wild horses are being targeted for removal. We will head to Nevada next week to document the final weeks of the on-going roundup of wild horses from the Triple B Complex where there have already been 8 deaths. Read more about the operations and watch our daily videos at the link below.  Donate ...
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Breaking: We’re suing BLM

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Big news. We just filed in the U.S. District Court in Nevada challenging the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM’s) cruel ten-year plan to round up and remove over 9,000 federally-protected wild horses in southeastern Nevada. That’s right: We’re suing the BLM -- again! If we win, it will set another important precedent for wild horses -- but we need more resources to make that happen. Can you make an emergency donation for our efforts today? Donate now to support our lawsuit against the BLM and all our efforts to fight for wild horses. The plan the BLM has rolled out for the wild horses in the Antelope and Triple B Complexes in eastern Nevada is terrible. It's the same broken approach that the National Academy of Sciences called "expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves." The agency wants to reduce the breeding population of wild horses in these areas by 90 percent to the low appropriate management level of 899 horses on 2.8 million acres - or one horse per 3,115 acres! The helicopter roundups will chase thousands of frightened, helpless horses into cramped, confined pens. At past roundups, we've witnessed traumatized horses struggling desperately to escape -- even breaking limbs trying to get free. Phase 1 of the roundup is underway right now with 900 horses targeted for removal. We can't stop that, but we can impact the roundups that will take 8,000 more horses from their homes on the range... and stop the BLM from implementing harmful practices -- including castrating wild stallions on the range -- that will take the wild out of these wild horses by destroying their natural behaviors. We can't let the BLM implement this massive, wide-ranging roundup and sterilization plan. We're going to force the BLM back to the drawing board to come up with a better plan for the beautiful wild horses of this area. But we need your help to get the job done in federal court. Please donate today and stand up for wild horses. We’ll keep you updated on this case and all the vital work we’re doing for wild horses and burros. Thanks for standing with us and our magnificent wild horses and burros. Suzanne Roy, Executive Director Donate ...
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Wild horses in the spotlight

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Friend - Great news: our efforts were featured last night on ABC's Nightline! Watch the segment now and then click "Share" to help us spread the word! This is a must-watch segment for anyone interested in learning more about our movement and protecting these majestic animals. Thank you to the Nightline team for its excellent reporting on the abuse of roundups and the work our organization and our allies are doing to implement humane solutions for wild horse management. Please share far and wide and ask your friends to do the same! Let's continue to spread awareness of the plight of our mustangs on our Western public lands. - The AWHC Team Donate ...
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Another Zeroing Out? Just Say No… And Other News

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: Thursday, January 18, 2018 Take Action for Nevada's Wild Horses Please take action to oppose the BLM's "zeroing-out" (eliminating) all wild horses from the Seaman and White River Herd Management Areas in Nevada. Over the past 46 years, the BLM has slowly but steadily eliminated approximately 25,000 square miles of wild horse and burro habitat... That's more land than the entire states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Jersey combined! By taking action today, you are telling our federal government that you oppose removing all wild horses from nearly 600 square miles of our public lands in Nevada. Take action and share with your friends and family to stand up against this assault on our wild horses. BLM Continues to Round Up Wild Horses as their Fate Hangs in Balance As the BLM awaits a decision by Congress on whether or not to grant its request to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in holding facilities and on the range, the agency is moving ahead with roundups in three Western states. This includes the massive removal of 1,000 horses from Nevada's Antelope and Triple B Complexes. Read more about the upcoming roundups by clicking below. Is the Horse a Native Species? We recently sat down with Dr. Beth Shapiro, a world-renowned evolutionary biologist who heads the Paleogenomics Laboratory at University of California Santa Cruz to discuss The Original Horse Project and to ask the controversial question: Is the horse a native species to North America? Watch her answer the piece below!  Photo 1 by BLM, Photo 2 by Caroline Christie Donate ...
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Nevada to Give Away Virginia Range Mustangs – Please Help!

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign: If you contacted Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to protect the Virginia Range wild horses - thank you. You may have received an email response from the Governor's office outlining "criteria" for the state's ill-conceived plan to give away the 3,000 Virginia Range wild horses. Unfortunately, what the Governor failed to even mention is that by the state giving away the horses, the state and citizens would have NO power to stop the new owner from killing healthy horses. The state can have whatever "criteria" or "intent" it wants -- but the final decisions about the horses' fate would rest with the new OWNER. The horses would be deemed privately-owned and would be subject to all laws pertaining to domestic horses/livestock (e.g. branding laws, liability laws, etc.) The Governor and his Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) know that transferring ownership of these horses to a private party is not viable especially from a liability perspective. Currently, under Nevada law, the state owns the horses and is exempt from any liability of damage or injury caused by the horses. This exemption from liability  would not pertain to any private owner of the horses. Thus, the transfer of the 3,000 horses to a private entity that has good intentions for the horses is not practical. AWHC strongly believes that no legitimate advocacy organization could take on this type of liability. While what the Governor wrote sounds nice. However, the Governor and NDA are disingenuous when they asssert that this is in the interest of protecting and preserving the horses because their scheme cannot be implemented as advertised. Lastly, we need to remind you that the only supporters of this giveaway plan is Protect the Harvest, the organization lobbying to legalize the killing of America's wild horses and burros, and ranchers who have long pushed to kill wild horses. Please let us know if you have questions. We stand ready, as we always have been, to resume the public/private partnership for all aspects of humane management of the Virginia Range horses.  - The AWHC Team Donate ...
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