Defund and Stop the Wild Horse & Burro Roundups
  • Petitioning Diane Feinstein (Senator)

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Defund and Stop the Wild Horse & Burro Roundups

    1. Petition by

      Protect Mustangs

According to a press release from National Academy of Sciences released June 5, 2013, "The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) current practice of removing free-ranging horses from public lands promotes a high population growth rate, and maintaining them in long-term holding facilities is both economically unsustainable and incongruent with public expectations, says a new report by the National Research Council." 

The NAS report states there is "no evidence" of overpopulation. Only tobacco science and spin backs up BLM's population claim to justify roundups and fertility control/sterilizations.

We request an immediate moratorium on roundups for scientific population studies.

Wild horses are a returned-native species to America. Rounding up federally protected wild horses and burros has been documented as cruel. Warehousing them for decades is fiscally irresponsible. Clearing mustangs and burros off public land--for industrialization, fracking, grazing and the water grab--goes against the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act put in place to protect the living legends of the American West. They must never go to slaughter.

We request you defund and stop the roundups immediatly.

There is no accurate census and the BLM figures do not add up. We request population studies for each herd management area (HMA) and each herd area (HA) because we are gravely concerned there are less than 18,000 wild horses and burros in the 10 western states combined. More roundups or fertility control/sterilizations will wipe them out because the majority are no longer genticaly viable herds.

Wild horses are not overpopulating despite spin from the forces that want to perform heinous sterilizations in the field. Humane fertility control could be looked at as an option only after scientific population studies have been conducted for each HMA and each HA. Right now it's premature.

Field observers have noticed a worrisome decline in wild horse and burro population since the BLM's rampant roundups from 2009 to this day. 

Kindly allow returned-native wild horses and the burros to reverse desertification, reduce the fuel for wildfires and create biodiversity on public land--while living with their families in freedom.

 

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    1. Are America’s native wild horses ending up as sashimi and in ice cream?

      Dear Friends of Wild Horses & Burros,

      I didn't know horses could end up slaughtered and used to flavor ice cream until today. They call it BASASHI ICE (seen here: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=7306) and it sells in Japan. YUCK!

      In 2010, during field work in Nevada, I learned foals were being live-shipped over to Asia to be slaughtered for "fresh foal sashimi". The BLM was not keeping good records of wild horses and there was talk that many were being sold out the back door from BLM holding facilities to kill-buyers. This was before the Tom Davis story was exposed. . .

      Today the BLM claims they "don't sell wild horses to slaughter" even though several members of their advisory board want them to. The truth is they still do sell wild horses to middlemen who buy "sale authority" mustangs. Citizens need to unite to bust this wide open.

      Thanks to the WY14 incident we now know the BLM rounds up wild horses for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture who sells wild horses at auction to Canadian slaughterhouses. And those American icons are butchered and consumed abroad as a delicacy such as sashimi and ice cream!

      As you know the WY14 were rescued after going to the slaughterhouse feedlot, hauled out to California and need ongoing donations for hay to grow strong so they can heal from all the trauma.

      The last load of hay from all the money we raised has been eaten up and hay prices are going up in California. It's expensive to feed the 14 orphans. Our goal to to create a sustainable eco-sanctuary in 2015 with grazing but until then they need your help to eat.

      Your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation here http://www.gofundme.com/9xcfag makes a difference so they can eat and grow. Please donate today and please share this fundraiser on Facebook, twitter and via email. You can also go to our homepage to make a hay donation: www.ProtectMustangs.org

      Feeding them is helping them. . . If they had been left alone with their families to live in freedom they wouldn't need your help but now that they have lost their freedom and have no more family members over the age of 2--because they were all slaughtered--they really need your help.

      The WY14 are grateful you care. Thank you.

      Many blessings,
      Anne

      Anne Novak
      Executive Director
      www.ProtectMustangs.org

      Are America's native wild horses ending up as sashimi and in ice cream?

      Dear Friends of Wild Horses, I didn't know horses could end up slaughtered and used to flavor ice cream until today. They call it BASASHI ICE and it sells in Japan. YUCK! In 2010, during field work in Nevada, I learned foals were being live-shipped over to Asia to be slaughtered for "fresh foal sashimi".

    2. URGENT! Contact Congress. More roundups start July 28th!

      Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

      Contact your elected officials by FAX to let them know you want the cruel taxpayer funded roundups to stop now! The BLM is starting to round up more than 2 thousand American wild horses in several states combined as soon as July 28th. Foals will be chased by helicopters . . . wild horses will die . . . Go here to contact Congress: http://www.contactingthecongress.org immediately.

      Join the T-Shirt campaign to promote adopting wild ponies to get them out of the captive pens: https://www.booster.com/loveponies

      Please share this email with your friends and family to let them know their tax dollars are funding cruel roundups as seen in this video with choppers chasing American wild horses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF49csCB9qM

      Visit our website for more information www.ProtectMustangs.org and to sign up for alerts or to contact us with any questions or ideas. You may also follow us on Facebook by clicking "like" on our official page https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs or by following me on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheAnneNovak and I will follow you back : )

      Thank you for taking action to save America's wild horses from the cruel roundups. They should be left in the wild to live in peace as a native species.

      Many blessings,
      Anne

      Anne Novak
      Executive Director
      www.ProtectMustangs.org

    3. Dangerous bill puts America's wild horses at risk of slaughter!

      Dear Friends of Wild horses and burros,

      You have all witnessed what happens when the states "manage" wild horses. . . In the case of the 41 wild horses in Wyoming 37 were sold to the Canadian slaughterhouse!

      Below is an Associated Press article that is going viral this weekend while the National Association of Counties is meeting in New Orleans. The Utah Commissioners are trying to get a joint resolution backed which would put American wild horses at-risk of being killed and slaughtered. Of course the politicians don't pitch it this way. No . . . they cover that part up and make their resolution and their Bill look like it has animal welfare in mind. You can see the bill on our website www.ProtectMustangs.org

      Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing! Let's hope this article shines the light on their sinister plans. It's time to fight the wild horse-haters!

      Bill seeks to allow states to manage wild horses
      By Martin Griffith, Associated Press

      RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to allow Western states and American Indian tribes to take over management of wild horses and burros from the federal government.

      Rep. Chris Stewart said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has mismanaged the animals on public rangelands and states should have the option of managing them.

      An overpopulation of horses is pushing cattle off the range, the Republican lawmaker said, and leading to the destruction of important habitat for native species.

      "States and tribes already successfully manage large quantities of wildlife within their borders," Stewart said in a statement. "If horses and burros were under that same jurisdiction, I'm confident that new ideas and opportunities would be developed to manage the herds more successfully than the federal government."

      But Anne Novak, executive director of California-based Protect Mustangs, said her group opposes the legislation because it would lead to states and tribes killing the animals or selling them off for slaughter for human consumption.

      The government is rounding up too many mustangs while allowing livestock to feed at taxpayer expense on the same rangeland scientists say is being overgrazed, she said.

      "We've had firsthand experience with states and tribes managing wild horses, and it's horribly cruel," Novak said in a statement. "They ruthlessly remove wild horses and sell them to kill-buyers at auction. Severe animal abuse would be the result of the (legislation)."

      The Bureau of Land Management says it's doing all it can, given budget constraints, overflowing holding pens and a distaste for the politically unpopular options of either ending the costly roundups or slaughtering excess horses.

      The bill's introduction comes at a time when the bureau has been under increasing pressure from ranchers to remove horses that they say threaten livestock and wildlife on rangelands already damaged by drought.

      In Utah, Iron County commissioners had threatened to gather up hundreds of mustangs themselves, saying the government refuses to remove enough horses in herds that double in size every five years.

      Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller said he and commissioners from Utah's Beaver and Garfield counties are trying to drum up support for a resolution in support of the legislation at the National Association of Counties annual conference in New Orleans, which ends Monday.

      "The resolution will be instrumental in getting Chris Stewart's bill through Congress because it shows support across the nation," he told The Spectrum of St. George, Utah.

      Stewart said his Wild Horse Oversight Act would extend all protections that horses and burros enjoy under the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 while giving states the opportunity of implementing their own management plans.

      Under the bill, the states could form cooperative agreements to manage herds that cross over borders, and the federal government would continue to monitor horses and burros to ensure that population numbers as prescribed by the 1971 act are maintained.

      The bureau estimates 40,600 of the animals — the vast majority horses — roam free on bureau-managed rangelands in 10 Western states. The population exceeds by nearly 14,000 the number the agency has determined can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.

      Some 49,000 horses and burros removed from the range are being held in government-funded short- and long-term facilities.

      Cross-posted from the San Francisco Chronicle for educational purposes: http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Bill-seeks-to-allow-states-to-manage-wild-horses-5617520.php

      Please share this with your friends and help with a donation to feed and care for the WY14 and the other wild horses in our Outreach Program here: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=701

      Take action and contact YOUR County Commissioners and all your elected officials to request they do not support rogue commissioners in Utah and ask that they do not support the states managing wild horses because it would put them at risk of slaughter.

      Now is the time to stand up and fight! Together we can turn this around.

      Many blessings,
      Anne

      Anne Novak
      www.ProtectMustangs.org

      Bill seeks to allow states to manage wild horses

      (AP) â€" A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to allow Western states and American Indian tribes to take over management of wild horses and burros from the federal government. An overpopulation of horses is pushing cattle off the range, the Republican lawmaker said, and leading to the destruction of important habitat for native species.

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Wild horses in The Washington Post

      Today America's wild horses are facing more brutal roundups in 2014. Congress gave the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) $12 million for helicopter roundups that will terrorize native wild horses and trap them. They are not overpopulated--despite the fed's spin. The viral Washington Post article about wild horse "overpopulation" is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-looking-for-ideas-to-help-manage-wild-horse-overpopulation/2014/01/26/8cae7c96-84f2-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html Please comment. Thank you very much!

      A horse-management policy gone wild

      Under the law, the federal government is responsible for more than 40,000 mustangs on the range in 10 Western states, where they compete with cattle and wildlife for increasingly scarce water and forage. The public desire to adopt them is limited. Contraceptive efforts have largely failed. U.S.

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Landmark win creates public transparency & halts 2-year roundup contract

      Legal victory stops illegal USFS Gather Agreement that was sending horses into alleged kill buyers hands

      RENO, NV. (September 26, 2013)–Protect Mustangs, the California nonprofit, dedicated to protecting native wild horses and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter (CAES), the Oregon nonprofit, won their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS). The groups fought for public transparency and to halt the government’s two-year roundup agreement.

      The United States Forest Service and the Fort McDermitt Tribe signed a Gather Agreement on May 30, 2013, which directed taxpayer dollars and federal personnel to illegally roundup unbranded, wild, free-roaming horses on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands and tribal lands until May 31, 2015.

      However, as a direct result of the complaint and injunction filed by Protect Mustangs and CAES, the USDA Forest Service terminated the Gather Agreement . . . MORE: http://www.protectmustangs.org

    8. Reached 8,000 signatures
    9. BREAKING NEWS: Bay Area Residents Protest Killing Wild Horses near Reno

      Outraged members of the public gather tonight outside Rockridge BART

      OAKLAND, Ca. (January 4, 2013)–Protect Mustangs, the Bay Area-based wild horse preservation group is organizing a peaceful protest during rush hour tonight outside the Rockridge BART Station (College Ave. in Oakland) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Members of the public of all ages are gathering to show they want the cruelty & slaughter of indigenous wild horses to stop now. The preservation group recently learned of Nevada’s interest in opening a horse slaughterhouse to kill wild horses on tribal land near Reno. Many protests are being held in conjunction with the Carson City Protest, organized by the Wild Horse Preservation League, where the protestors are marching at midday to deliver Governor Sandoval letters from around the world asking him to stop the cruelty and let the advocates help the horses find homes or sanctuary.

      “We stand together to demand a STOP to the crimes . . . http://protectmustangs.org/?p=3424

      BREAKING NEWS: Oakland to protest Reno's wild horses facing slaughter

      BREAKING NEWS: Bay Area Residents Protest Killing Wild Horses near Reno Outraged members of the public gather tonight outside Rockridge BART OAKLAND, Ca. (January 4, 2013)- Protect Mustangs, the Bay Area-based wild horse preservation group is organizing a peaceful protest during rush hour tonight outside the Rockridge BART Station (College Ave.

    10. Protests Ignite: Nevada is Considering a Slaughter House for Wild Horses

      JOIN us for a peaceful protest Friday, Jan 4th outside the Rockridge BART Station during the evening rush hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (on College Avenue @ Oakland/Berkeley border) to show we all want the cruelty & slaughter of indigenous wild horses to stop now!

      We stand with our advocate friends in Nevada to demand a STOP to the crimes against America’s iconic wild horses! We stand with the American public who wants ALL wild horses protected (BLM & NDoA). Stop the roundups!

      This is a family and pet friendly protest. Bring signs and candles!

      Let people know that they can have their peaceful protest wherever they are. One person and one sign is enough, more people and signs are great too! Take a pic and post it to our FB page we will share out! https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

      Please share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/530479583642398/

      READ: Shocking meeting minutes reveal Nevada wants to slaughter wild horses http://protectmustangs.org/?p=3405

      Protect Mustangs

      We work to inform the public about the mustang crisis, protect America's wild horses on the range...

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. Giving thanks

      Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!

      I wanted to thank you for signing the petition and sharing it with friends to help stop the roundups.

      Now we are facing a crisis created by the government's gluttony of roundups. There are more wild horses in holding than living on the range.

      They deserve to be living with their families in freedom not at-risk of being sold to slaughter.

      You can learn more at: http:www.ProtectMustangs.org

      I am very grateful you are taking a stand for the wild horses and burros. They need us--all of us.

      In kindness,
      Anne

    13. Reached 2,000 signatures

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      • about 4 hours ago

      It is neither necessary nor fair.

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    • Gillian Saldaris MILFORD, CT
      • about 6 hours ago

      I believe that horses that are used to being wild and free whether they have scarce food or limited water they were born free and deserve that right to freedom.

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    • Patricia Taylor GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • about 6 hours ago

      These beautiful creatures need to be protected.

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    • judith keene NORTH NORWICH, NY
      • about 8 hours ago

      The mustangs of the west are just as much a symbol of freedom as is the American Bald Eagle! When the mustangs arent free, neither are we as a people, free! Turn the horses loose and let them live free on our lands as they were meant to be!

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    • tracy kusmits CANAL FULTON, OH
      • about 8 hours ago

      It cure the way the BLM are handling these horses. The Wild mustangs cant speak up for themselves so we as tax payer need the BLM to do the job we pay them to do

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