500 walking billboards needed to save American wild horses & burros

PM t-shirt 500 Billboards

JOIN the 500 Walking Billboard Campaign to STOP the ROUNDUPS! Go here now to get your t-shirt: https://www.booster.com/protect-mustangs Wear the t-shirt and gift them to friends and family to help spread awareness!

Remember to share widely because Sharing is Caring. Thank you for taking action to educate the public that taxpayer funded roundups are cruel and must stop!


The campaign is ending soon: https://www.booster.com/protect-mustangs  All money raised goes to feed and care for wild horses in our Outreach Program. We are 100% volunteer.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs/photos/a.240625045996522.58710.233633560029004/748930115166010/?type=1&theater

www.ProtectMustangs.org is a nationwide grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving native and wild horses.

Wild horses in crisis


Foals see their parents for the last time. The majority of Wyoming wild horses rounded up by BLM in March 2014 were sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse for human consumption. Protect Mustangs.org rescued 14 youngsters (WY14) before they were slaughtered.


Dear Friends of Wild Horses and Burros,

Despite nationwide outcry, the Bureau of Land Management plans to continue rounding up America’s wild horses and burros–even though most of their holding facilities are inhumane without shade and shelter. They are already stocked full with 50,000 native equids. The Burns Amendment to the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burros Act of 1971 puts ALL those in holding at-risk of going to slaughter. This is very dangerous.

This week’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting was revealing. The BLM plans to exploit our treasured wild horses as lab rats for pharmaceutical research on various forms of drug/fertility control, 80% of the forage is going to livestock not wild horses and burros and more than 2,000 wild horses are slated for removal in the next fiscal year starting this fall. That’s after the massive checkerboard removals in Wyoming now being considered by a judge–with the governor of Wyoming and the Rock Springs Grazing Association breathing down his neck to roundup the mustangs ASAP.

Public outcry must get louder!

It’s important to create awareness around the BLM’s cruel roundups–funded with your tax dollars. We need to let people know what’s going on and t-shirts are an easy, grassroots way to do this because you basically become a walking billboard.

People will naturally ask questions about your t-shirts and that’s when you can educate them and enlist support for America’s wild horses and burros.

Gifting t-shirts to friends and family puts the STOP the ROUNDUPS message into their extended circle of friends too. Our website address is on the t-shirt so people can go there for more information about what’s going on.

We are doing a special run of “STOP THE ROUNDUPS Wyoming 2014” t-shirts with only hours left to meet the goal so they will go to print. The fundraiser is right here: https://www.booster.com/protect-mustangs All funds raised go to feed and care for the wild horses in our Outreach Program. We are 100% volunteer and able to serve America’s wild horses with donor support because we aren’t selling out.

Helping America’s wild horses in crisis takes a village. . . Write your elected officials weekly http://www.contactingthecongress.org to request they defund the roundups, bring captives shade and shelter and re-protect our treasured wild horses and burros in the wild. Sign up at our website www.ProtectMustangs.org for alerts. Please share the petition for shade and shelter https://www.change.org/p/bring-emergency-shelter-and-shade-to-captive-wild-horses-and-burros because we need to double the signatures going to officials in Washington. They are watching this petition.

Thank you for caring and helping America’s wild horses and burros. Together we can turn this around.

Many blessings,

Anne Novak
Executive Director
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheAnneNovak
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

Raise awareness to Stop the Roundups!

Petition to grant a 10-year moratorium on wild horse roundups for recovery and studies


Wyoming, March 2014: BLM’s stealth roundup of 41 American wild horses

The issue

Science must start guiding the management policy of Americas wild horses and burros on public land.

It’s time for real science for real solutions.

We need scientific studies on population, migration, holistic land management and more before the government continues to roundup or tamper with America’s equine herds using permanent/temporary sterilization or kill them. We support wild horse and burro recovery on public land.

Right now the feds are managing our indigenous wild horses and burros to extinction. They want to aggressively sterilize the herds. There is “no evidence” of overpopulation according to the National Academy of Sciences 2013 report.

Together we can turn this around.

The Petition

Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Tom Rooney, Florida-17
Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa
Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois
Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
Sen. Barbara Boxer, California
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California-12
Rep. Barbara Lee, California-13
Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois
Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona-03
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida-23
Rep. John Garamendi, California-03
Science must start guiding the management policy of America’s wild horses and burros on public land.

It’s time for real science for real solutions.

We need scientific studies on population, migration, holistic land management and more before the government continues to roundup or tamper with America’s equine herds using permanent/temporary sterilization or kill them.

Right now the feds are managing our indigenous wild horses and burros to extinction. They want to aggressively sterilize the herds. There is “no evidence” of overpopulation according to the National Academy of Sciences 2013 report.

We support wild horse and burro recovery on public land and request your help.

[Your name]

Please sign and share the petition now. Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/sally-jewell-urgent-grant-a-10-year-moratorium-on-wild-horse-roundups-for-recovery-and-studies

URGENT! Ask the feds for a moratorium on roundups by mail or go to Monday’s BLM meeting this Monday

Send your written comments asking for an immediate  moratorium to end all roundups to the BLM and copies to your senators and your representative here.

Submit Written Comments to:
National Wild Horse and Burro Program
WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147
Comments may be e-mailed to the BLM wildhorse@blm.gov Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Contact Congress via this link: http://www.contactingthecongress.org

Moratorium on Roundups Petition: http://www.change.org/p/sally-jewell-urgent-grant-a-10-year-moratorium-on-wild-horse-roundups-for-recovery-and-studies

Save our Native Wild Horses Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-our-native-wild

Help feed young wild horses, rescued from the slaughterhouse ~ Winter is coming!

Dear friends of Wild Horses,

Please help the 14 Dry Creek wild orphans (WY14) ages 10 months to 2 years old who Mark Boone Junior and Anne Novak saved from the slaughterhouse. The Canadian slaughterhouse was holding them in their Montana feedlot before shipping the young wild horses by air to be slaughtered abroad and eaten as an expensive delicacy.

The WY14 were brutally chased by choppers into traps near Greybull, Wyoming. Terrified, their herd of 41 mustangs was quickly sold at auction. 4 foals were saved at the auction and are in the care of another group. All the other horses were purchased to be slaughtered. The Canadian slaughterhouse purchased the WY14 and took them to their feedlot but before slaughtering them but we negotiated them out of hell and to safety. Sadly before we got involved, 23 of their family members were slaughtered in Canada quickly after the auction–everyone age 3 and up. . .

You can help the traumatized WY14 with a tax-deductible hay donation. They eat so much that we need to gather funds again to buy a large quantity of hay to keep the price down. Hay is really expensive out West because of the drought. Prices are rising quickly and will skyrocket this winter. For this reason we must fill the barn with several truckloads now.

All direct tax-deductible donations made through www.PayPal.com or by mail means the money is going directly to feed and care for the horses. We are sponsored by the Andean Tapir Fund while our own 501c3 is in the works so your donations are tax-deductible.

This is the first time any wild horses have been rescued after being owned by and in possession of the actual slaughterhouse. Here is an article in Horseback Magazine about the rescue. Please help these youngster survivors so they can honor all the wild horses who have been slaughtered over the years.

Please share this fundraiser to raise the hay money. Together we can keep the WY14 fed and cared for while they heal from the trauma of the ruthless roundup that ended with their families being slaughtered. This winter is going to be very cold and they will need enough hay to keep warm so they don’t get skinny. Please help the today.

Our goal is to create an eco-sanctuary for the WY14 so you can come visit wild horses living in peace and harmony with nature. We are currently looking for suitable land for grazing to cut down the high cost of hay and make the eco-sanctuary sustainable. In the meantime we need to feed them good hay that is trucked in.

The WY14 need your help today. Please help with a donation and email this letter to your friends and family so the youngsters can get hay to eat.

Good hay helps them heal and grow strong. The 14 wild youngsters are so grateful for your caring support and help.

Many blessings,

Anne Novak
Executive Director



Native wild horses are not pests ~ Stop managing them to extinction

Dear Friends of Wild Horses and Burros

Protect Mustangs is a national nonprofit organization making grassroots count. Our mission is to protect and preserve native and wild horses. Besides engaging mostly in outreach and education about the wild horse crisis, we advocate for holistic land management, self-sustaining herds and reserve design. We are calling for a 10 year moratorium on roundups for the herds to recover from the roundups and for studies to form good management plans. Right now there are no accurate census counts on the range so we don’t even have a clear picture of the few wild horses left living in freedom.

Our members don’t see an overpopulation or “excess” of wild horses on public land, even if the population is over BLM’s biased appropriate management level (AML). Livestock outnumbers wild horses more than 50 to 1 on the range. Yet wild horses are always scapegoated for damage by special interest groups.

We are deeply concerned that the use of FDA approved “restricted use pesticides” such as PZP–an immunocontraceptive made from pig ovaries that people call birth control–sterilizes mares after multiple uses and should never be used on nonviable herds, those herds with less than 150 wild horses. Genetic diversity is essential for survival and using PZP surely will curtail that. There is one herd in Nevada currently being treated by wild horse advocates that seems to have less than 50 wild horses. This worried us.

Wild horses are a native species and not pests. Sadly there are factions who are treating wild horses as individuals and ignoring the herd element and other factions treating wild horses as invasive pests.

Despite decades of experimental research on wild mares, the FDA would not approve PZP as safe. Eventually the EPA approved it as a restricted use pesticide. You can see the pesticide fact sheet here: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/pending/fs_PC-176603_01-Jan-12.pdf

How can drugging mares with restricted use pesticides be honoring their freedom? Most of the time the BLM will need to round them up to dart them anyway. You can hear the BLM official speak about that here: http://www.thespectrum.com/videos/news/local/cedar-city/2014/08/06/13698391/

We are also concerned PZP and other sterilants affect behavior and that mares will be subjected to live in unnatural situations.

Ruining survival of the fittest and natural selection is our biggest concern if man chooses who breeds and how many foals are born. The herds must adapt to upcoming environmental and climate changes in order to survive, therefore genetic variability is essential at this pivotal time.

You can read about PZP on these various posts: http://protectmustangs.org/?s=PZP+&submit=Search

Here you can read about Gonacon on these posts: http://protectmustangs.org/?s=gonacon&submit=Search

This is also a good post to read about the ISPMB and Princeton study that shows wild horse herds with functional social structures contribute to low herd growth compared to BLM managed herds: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=6057

You can search other topics you might have questions about in our search bar too: http://protectmustangs.org

We are 100% volunteer and are working to help the wild horses without any conflict of interest as far as we can tell. We do not receive funding from influencers, corporations or organizations connected with the drug PZP, the pharmaceutical industry, Big Oil and Gas or other energy, ranching and mining sources. That’s why your donations are so important.

Our vision is to speak out for the voiceless, stop the BLM from being cruel to wild horses and work towards a solution for healthy management keeping wild horses on the range based on good science. We have a petition out for the 10 year moratorium on all roundups. Please sign and share it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/sally-jewell-urgent-grant-a-10-year-moratorium-on-wild-horse-roundups-for-recovery-and-studies

Thank you for reaching out to us. It’s important to do the research and find the answer for yourself so you can feel good about taking action to help save the last of the wild horses and burros.

We are grateful you care so deeply about saving America’s wild ones.

Many blessings,


Anne Novak
Executive Director
Protect Mustangs
San Francisco, California

Read about native wild horses: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=562

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheAnneNovak
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs
In the news: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=218

Protect Mustangs is a national nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.



It’s time for ACTION! BLM bring them shade

Calling all internet warriors YOU are needed this week! Wild horses DIED in the 2013 heat wave and it will happen again. We must demand BLM bring them shade now before more perish.

Wild Hoses in most BLM holding facilities are denied shade and shelter going against basic animal husbandry rules of 1.) Food 2.) Shelter 3.) Water. We must take action for BLM to change before more die!

Last summer we officially requested BLM bring shade to captive wild horses and burros to avoid deaths http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4501 but the feds denied our request and other requests for basic animal welfare.

Protect Mustangs held an investigation and discovered America’s wild horses were dying in the triple digit heat waves. http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4725

Watch the video report from the Protect Mustangs investigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdM2NrJcX8o

Read the Associated Press article that went viral across the country in print, on TV News and on radio in 2013: http://www.denverpost.com/colorado/ci_23700887/blm-seeks-ideas-how-protect-wild-horses

Now let’s make this petition with more than 32K signatures go VIRAL before the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Wyoming on August 25th! http://www.change.org/petitions/bring-emergency-shelter-and-shade-to-captive-wild-horses-and-burros

Pictured is a photo from Protect Mustangs’ Investigation in the summer of 2013. We found SHADOW (name chosen by Jim Hart on the Protect Mustangs investigation) who had died SUFFERING in the heat wave. Others died too. Read the press release that went viral in the news http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4725

International News: July 2, 2013 Horsetalk, NZ: Captive wild horses need shade, advocates say http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/07/02/captive-wild-horses-need-shade-advocates-say/#axzz2ZcyetMGy

International News: July 17, 2013 Horsetalk, NZ: Captive wild horses need relief from heat says HSUS http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/07/18/captive-wild-horses-need-relief-heat-says-hsus/#axzz2ZcyetMGy

BLM wants everyone to forget the fact that BLM is CRUEL and ABUSIVE to wild horses and burros. TAKE ACTION and SHARE this so people know the truth!

TAKE ACTION: Write your elected officials a hand-written letter requesting wild horses and burros have access to shade and shelter at all holding facilities.

Join us to make change! www.ProtectMustangs.org

(Photo © Jim Hart for Protect Mustangs.org Investigation 2013)

Protest against wiping out Wyoming wild horses August 12 in Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING – Horse lovers, motorcycle enthusiasts and concerned citizens will rally in protest of the wild horse roundups scheduled for the Wyoming checkerboard. Focusing on the checkerboard, the protest will also address wild horse and burro roundups scheduled in the western states.

The rally starts at 1:00 on Tuesday, August 12th at the BLM field office, 280 U.S. 191, Rock Springs and then travels 3.2 miles to the Rock Springs Grazing Association, 200 2nd Street, for a second rally. The purpose of the rally is to convey that U.S. taxpayers do not support the removal of our wild horses and burros, especially at taxpayer expense. The majority of U.S. citizens do not agree with the use of our taxpayer dollars to subsidize private livestock owners.

“We used to have over 2 million wild horses on our public lands, and now we’re down to about one percent left of what we once had on the range,” state the organizers of the rally. “In the checkerboard, some of the private lands ranchers have grazing permits so their livestock are on our public lands. Perhaps it’s time to re-think this policy of allowing privately-owned livestock on our public lands.”

Facts and figures can be found here:


And here:


A press conference will be held at the BLM field office releasing the facts on the wild horse and burro and the subsidies the public lands ranchers have been receiving.

ROUNDUP SCHEDULE: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management/tentative_gather_schedule.html

Donations are needed to help feed and care for rescued wild horses.

Info: www.ProtectMustangs.org

Associated Press reports: Feds seek extra holding space for western mustangs

Wild War Horse (Photo © Cynthia Smalley, all rights reserved.)

Wild War Horse (Photo © Cynthia Smalley, all rights reserved.)

by Martin Griffith Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from western rangelands.

With current facilities nearing capacity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting bids until Aug. 29 from contractors interested in either operating short-term corrals in 31 states in the Midwest and East or long-term pastures.

After removing horses from the range, the bureau places them in short-term facilities until they are either adopted or shipped to pastures in the Midwest where they spend the rest of their lives. The agency routinely thins what it calls overpopulated herds on public land.

BLM officials, in a statement Thursday, said they plan to open “multiple” short-term corrals that can handle at least 150 horses each in various states along and east of the Mississippi River. They also seek one or more long-term pastures that can accommodate from 100 to 5,000 mustangs each.

The bureau has not yet awarded contracts for bids it received earlier this year from contactors interested in running short-term corrals in 17 states in the West and Midwest.

Bureau spokesman Tom Gorey said the total number of new holding facilities and their cost would depend on the number and quality of bids submitted. About two-thirds of the agency’s budget covers holding costs.

“We want to get out of the holding business, but at the moment that’s not possible,” Gorey told The Associated Press. “The bottom line is we have to make sure we have enough off-range holding for horses that are removed.”

Budget constraints are prompting the bureau to remove just 2,400 wild horses and burros from the range during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, down from 4,176 in 2013 and 8,255 in 2012. The vast majority of animals targeted for removal are horses.

But horse advocates criticized the agency’s plans for more holding space, saying it continues to “stockpile” horses at a growing cost to taxpayers with about as many mustangs now living in holding facilities as on the range.

“The BLM continues to refuse to reform its broken wild horse program,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. “The agency is intent on sticking American taxpayers with the bill for rounding up and warehousing captured mustangs instead of listening to the scientists and the American public, and humanely managing wild horses and burros on the range.”

Gorey said activists’ demands to halt the removal of horses from the range are unrealistic because herds grow at an average rate of 20 percent a year and can double in size every four years.

According to the latest figures provided by the BLM, a total of 49,209 horses and burros freely roamed 10 Western states as of March 1, the vast majority of them mustangs. That estimate exceeds by more than 22,500 the number the BLM has determined can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.

Off the range, there were 47,272 wild horses and burros in short-term corrals and long-term pastures as of July 30, the agency said.

Anne Novak of the California-based group Protect Mustangs accused the bureau of inflating horse numbers to justify their removal from the range to accommodate ranching, mining and oil and gas interests.

“The truth is we never see an overpopulation of wild horses on public land,” she said. “Overpopulation is a farce made to milk Congress for more money to clear public land for industrialization.”

Cross-posted from the Denver Post for educational purposes: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_26264815/feds-seek-extra-holding-space-western-mustangs This article has gone viral.