Protect Mustangs is a California-based preservation group whose mission is to  educate the public about the American wild horse, protect and research  wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom. 
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Media Contacts:
Anne Novak, 415-531-8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org
Kerry Becklund, 510-502-1913, Kerry@ProtectMustangs.org
Breaking News:
Outrage over advisory board proposing to sterilize wild mustangs Call for Congressional investigation into conflict of interest on anti-wild  horse advisory board catering to livestock and extractive industries
WASHINGTON (October 31, 2012)–Protect Mustangs strongly opposes the  Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s proposal to spay wild mustangs due to health risks including death and because no accurate independent  headcount has been provided to prove alleged overpopulation is an issue  despite multiple requests for such evidence. “This cruel plan  could kill many federally protected wild horses,” explains Anne Novak  executive director for Protect Mustangs. “We oppose spaying wild mares  in the field because it’s a high risk procedure. The BLM is charged with protecting wild horses not putting their lives in jeopardy. ”
Protect Mustangs is also calling for an independent audit to determine  the number of mustangs in the wild and in holding facilities.
“Show us an independent headcount and then let’s talk about  overpopulation–if it’s a realistic concern,” continues Novak.
“Right now we see the BLM inflating the population numbers to justify rampant  million dollar roundups, money dumped into fertility research and funds  spent to warehouse 50,000 captive wild horses. Today maybe 17,000 are  left in all ten western states. This could be the end for America’s  indigenous free roaming wild horse.”
“We are concerned the  anti-mustang advisory board is spreading disinformation about  reproduction rates,” says Novak.
“Life is harsh on the range. Wild  horses don’t reproduce like rabbits and many foals die before they are  two. Saying the herds double every 5 years is an invented distortion to  push through radical policy endangering mustangs.”
Monday  during the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Salt Lake, the Salazar Plan was pushed into the final phase to wipe out American wild  horses living on public land. The Board, stacked to favor the livestock  and extractive industries–profiting off public land–recommended spaying  wild horses to control an alleged but not proven overpopulation on the  range. Members of the public and wild horse advocates are  outraged over the proposal which has at least a 10% death rate and a  pandora’s box full of complications.
“It’s a lot more  complicated and the potential for complications and side effects is much greater,” said the BLM’s vet, Dr. Al Kane USDA-APHIS, during a report  to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in 2011.  “The potential  effects on herd behavior or individual mare behavior are an issue.”
Protect Mustangs urges members of the public to contact their elected officials in Congress to request:
•    An investigation into conflict of interest rampant amongst Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board members.
•    An independent audit to determine the number of mustangs in the wild and in holding.
•    They come to the aid of federally protected wild horses who  are at risk of being abused by the agency charged with their care.
“The public loves American wild horses,” says Kerry Becklund, director of  outreach for Protect Mustangs. “We want the BLM and their biased  Advisory Board to back off and quit trying to wipe them out.
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Media Contacts:
Anne Novak, 415-531-8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org
Kerry Becklund, 510-502-1913, Kerry@ProtectMustangs.org
Protect Mustangs is a California-based preservation group whose mission is to  educate the public about the American wild horse, protect and research  wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom. 
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