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PLEASE OPPOSE BLM’S DEVASTATING PLAN FOR WYOMING’S RED DESERT WILD HORSES

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Straight from the Horses Heart

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Call to Action from American Wild Horse Preservation.org

BLM Plans to “ZERO OUT” and Destroy Two Unique Wild Horse Herds

Public Comment Deadline: December 7, 2012

Taking its marching orders from Wyoming’s powerful livestock industry, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the second roundup in less than three years of wild horses living in the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming’s pristine Red Desert region. The 1.5 million-acre public land area is managed as a complex due to wild horse movements between the two HMAs. The roundup is proceeding despite the fact that the Adobe Town HMA is substantially below the low end of the Allowable Management Level (AML) of 610 – 800 horses. Even more disturbing, the BLM intends to remove all wild horses on “private land or checkerboard land within the Rock Springs Office portion of the HMA.” Since the majority of the Salt Wells HMA is “checkerboard” (alternating public and private land parcels), and since the wild horses living there cannot tell the difference between public and private land, this raises the alarming possiblity that the entire HMA will be zeroed out!

This stepped-up roundup plan is the result of a lawsuit filed last year by the Rock Springs Grazing Association, which owns or leases the checkerboard lands for livestock grazing. The legal action — which the Interior Department itself advised ranchers to file – seeks to compel the BLM to remove all wild horses from the public and private lands in the checkerboard area. AWHPC and our coalition partners, The Cloud Foundation and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, have intervened in this lawsuit in an attempt to prevent the government from simply settling the case by agreeing to wipe out all the horses on the 2 million acres that constitute the Wyoming checkerboard. Yet, deciding not to wait for the outcome of this litigation, the BLM is now proposing this potentially devastating roundup.

The BLM allows the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) to graze the annual equivalent of 15,000 cows — or 75,000 sheep — in the alltoments that lie within and around the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek HMAs, while restricting the wild horse population in this vast area no more than 1,165. The RSGA members enjoy the privilege of grazing their livestock on our public lands, as well as the benefits of the taxpayer subsidies that underwrite below-market grazing rates. It’s time for our government to demand that, in return for those privileges, the RSGA members be required to tolerate the presence of America’s cherished wild horses on the public and private lands in this area. More

Call for Congressional investigation into conflict of interest on anti-wild horse advisory board

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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. 
For immediate release
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. More

The Horse Latitudes

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by: Frank Mancuso

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They came in the bellies of wooden ships back to their place of origin. They came with little water, good food, or ventilation and those too week were discarded overboard into the “Horse Latitudes.” Only the most fit survived.

They conquered those that originally ate them, plowed fields, and helped create a mighty country. One million were sent to fight a World War, 200 came back.  Some found their way into the abyss, into a desert land, little water or food. After 500 years they evolved into the American Wild Mustang. The most enduring animal ever.

Their social behavior has made them the very living symbol of American freedom and perseverance. They fought our wars, were made into dog food, farmed, moved people and goods, rodioed, stared in movies. Now the BLM is rounding them up to put them into zoos. Will we see a reflection of our own freedom as we witness them in cages? Once they’re gone, they will be gone forever.

Is our own freedom so fragile that some of us can’t be free to witness them as they are? That some who would profit have rights more important? Do corporations greed over rule even our American symbols? They are more American then any of us or any corporation. I would rather give up my soul then see their demise.

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