Help fund American Wild Horses™, the movie

 

Please help support the documentary AMERICAN WILD HORSES™, a film by Anne Novak, to inspire people to stand up for America’s vanishing icons of freedom. Right now we need your help to film in Wyoming before the Bureau of Land Management roundup wipes out the Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells herds.

Buying someone else’s Wyoming footage would be too expensive, not have our point of view and often filmmakers want to keep their footage for their exclusive use–so it’s not even an option.

You can go to our homepage at www.ProtectMustangs.org to make a donation for the documentary AMERICAN WILD HORSES™ and make a difference for these magnificent wild creatures who deserve to remain forever wild and free.

We also have a tax-deductible fundraiser here http://www.gofundme.com/ejjcwo for the Wyoming leg of the shoot. Everyone who donates $200 and up will be thanked in the credits because we are so grateful for your support of the documentary.

America’s wild horses deserve to be seen and protected forever.

 

More foals die at taxpayer funded roundup #StopWyRoundup

PM WY  s.noll : Foter : CC BY-NC-SA

Photo: s.noll : Foter : CC BY-NC-SA

The stress and terror of the BLM’s cruel helicopter roundup is taking it’s toll on very young wild horses. Take action against this atrocity and contact your elected officials to request an immediate moratorium to all roundups. These deaths are a red flag. Now 3 native wild horses have died. Get active before more wild horses die in BLM’s roundup.

BLM reports:

One helicopter gathered 23 mares, 29 studs and 12 colts at the Black Rock Trap in the Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Animals gathered and removed: 64

Removal related animal deaths: 2

Cause: A three-and-a-half month old black filly was found dead in a short-term holding pen. A necropsy was performed but the cause of death is undetermined. Cause: A six-month-old brown colt collapsed in a horse trailer. The necropsy revealed that the colt had scar tissue and nodules on its lungs, indicating that it likely had pneumonia previously. Tissue has been sent for testing with results expected in several weeks.

Young wild horse dies in government roundup corral

 

Photo James Marvin Phelps / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Photo James Marvin Phelps / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

 

Outrage is spreading with the news of the first casualty from the Wyoming Checkerboard roundup.

A young yearling colt died of a broken neck in the roundup holding corral. In the wild, the colt would not have broken his neck because he would be free to move away from what frightened him but once trapped and shoved in captive holding pens, these wild animals often get hurt and some even die.

Does the BLM care? No. They boast to our elected officials in Congress that only a small percentage of wild horses and burros die in roundups.

“Even one death is one too many,” says Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “The BLM is negligent in caring for America’s living treasures. They don’t care if native wild horses and burros die or suffer and to prove it they won’t even give them shade or shelter in captivity. The agency put in charge of “protecting” them violates one of the 3 basics of animal husbandry: food, shelter and water. These animal abusers need to be investigated and fired.”

Protect Mustangs urges members of the public to meet with their elected officials to politely request they intervene to end the cruelty of America’s icons. Also the nonprofit organization encourages animal lovers to sign and share the petition for shade and shelter found here: http://www.change.org/p/bring-emergency-shelter-and-shade-to-captive-wild-horses-and-burros

Click “like” on Protect Mustangs’ Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

You can search for information about the mustang crisis in the search bar on Protect Mustangs’ website here: www.ProtectMustangs.org

Take Action today!

BLM weighs wild horse impact much more heavily than cattle

Agency Sage Grouse Review Puts Thumb on Scale to Magnify Wild Horse and Burro Effects

Washington, DC — The method used by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to assess range conditions is seriously skewed toward minimizing impacts from domestic livestock and magnifying those from wild horses and burros, according to an appraisal by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, the BLM’s approach to range management targets scattered wild horses and burros while ignoring far more numerous cattle.

The agency’s assessment is part of a 2013 report on factors influencing conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose numbers have declined as much as 90% across the West and which is under consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act. That report concludes that twice the area of sage grouse habitat is negatively impacted by wild horses and burros than the area negatively impacted by livestock. A PEER appraisal of the methodology found –

BLM calculates the “area of influence” of wild horses and burros on sage grouse habitat based merely on their presence within Herd Management Areas in sage grouse habitat, while it considers livestock impact to have occurred only when livestock grazing allotments fail the agency’s Land Health Status (LHS) standard for wildlife;
If the agency used the same approach for calculating the area of influence of livestock within BLM grazing allotments on sage grouse habitat as it did for wild horses and burros, the area of influence for livestock would be roughly 14 times that given in the report and more than six times that of wild horses and burros; and
Within BLM’s own grazing allotment LHS database records, livestock grazing is cited as a cause of failure to achieve a land health standard 30 times more often than are wild horses and burros.
“At BLM apparently not all hooves are created equal,” said PEER’s Advocacy Director Kirsten Stade, noting that the LHS evaluations cover more than 20,000 grazing allotments and examine whether a grazing allotment meets the agency’s standards for rangeland health with respect to several vegetation and habitat conditions. “This helps explain why wild horses are regularly removed from the range but livestock numbers are rarely reduced.”

The BLM assessment influences not only the agency’s range management decisions but also will figure into the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision on whether to list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Last year in response to a complaint by PEER filed under agency Scientific Integrity policy, BLM claimed that it does not have enough “reliable data” about commercial livestock impacts to include them in current assessments of environmental conditions on Western range lands. Yet, BLM has more data on the grazing that it authorizes through permits than virtually every other topic.

“When it comes to cattle, BLM plays with a marked deck,” Stade added, pointing out the PEER analysis that will become part of PEER’s new grazing reform web center set to launch in several weeks. “We are posting BLM’s own data in a way that allows apples-to-apples comparisons while displaying satellite imagery that depicts the true livestock landscape impacts.”

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See the PEER Analysis

Compare BLM claims to what their data reveal

livestock vs. wild horse and burro areas of influence on sage grouse

The relative negative influence area of feral ungulates with respect to domestic livestock based on BLM’s spatial analysis approach (USGS OFR 2013-1098) are completely at odds with BLM’s own land health standards (LHS) evaluation causal data, used to inform BLM’s analysis. BLM concludes in OFR 2013-1098 that the negative area of influence of feral ungulates is twice that of domestic livestock, when the records show that only 3% of grazing-related failures of standards are attributed to wild horses and burros.

See the 2013 BLM/USGS report

Revisit BLM claim of unreliable livestock grazing data

Animal Advocates Sue Bureau of Land Management Over Wild Horses and Withheld Public Records

 

James Anaquad Kleinert

James Anaquad Kleinert

Roundups of Wild Horses on Public Lands Stir Controversy, Feature in Documentary Exposé

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was filed this month against the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for withholding public records from filmmaker James Kleinert. The BLM has been investigating Kleinert and his film company, presumably in retaliation for making documentary films Wild Horses & Renegades, Saving the American Wild Horse, and Wild Horse Spirit, which expose the BLM’s cruel roundups of wild horses on public land and allege corruption within the Department of the Interior. “Roundups” involve herding horses into corrals using helicopters and separating them from their families. The national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has reason to believe that wild horses corralled by the BLM end up for sale for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. The federal lawsuit was filed September 3, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. ALDF is providing consulting assistance to Kleinert’s attorney, Daniel J. Stotter.

The lawsuit, Kleinert v. Bureau of Land Management, alleges that the BLM violated its duty under FOIA to provide records documenting the BLM’s investigation of Kleinert and his film company as he filmed roundups over the last decade. The BLM was required to provide all records and respond to this FOIA request within 20 working days of receiving it. The BLM now has 30 days to file a response to Kleinert’s lawsuit.

“Rounding up wild horses from public lands for the sake of private ranchers who want to graze cattle and sheep is outrageous,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “The Bureau of Land Management should be protecting wild horses, not virtually guaranteeing their slaughter or targeting filmmakers who expose what’s going on.”

 

#StopWyRoundup Now!

Protect Mustangs and their members are calling for Congress to intervene and stop the CRUEL helicopter roundup happening in Wyoming right now!

STOP the Cruelty! #StopWyRoundup Tweet it. Contact your elected officials until this roundup stops! Meet with them. Email them and write handwritten letters requesting they stop using federal tax dollars to pay for this Wyoming roundup and others! You can find their contact information here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

TAKE ACTION! Peacefully protest. Write letters to the editor of your hometown paper. Remember the WY roundup is happening because PRIVATE landowners are requesting wild horses be removed from PRIVATE land but the corrupt BLM is taking them off all the Checkerboard (public & private) because the richest grazing association in the country doesn’t fence out their private property yet they complain there are too many federally protected wild horses.

The truth will reveal itself in a couple of years when the Checkerboard is swarming with fracked oil and gas wells, the ground water is poisoned and the grazing association has been busted as a Big Oil and Gas front group. Industrialization of the West is wiping out our iconic wild horses. Tell YOUR elected officials NO!

 

Help us get to Wyoming to watchdog the roundup

HELP us get to the Wyoming Checkerboard Roundup to WATCHDOG the situation and take action to prevent animal cruelty. Please donate via www.PayPal.com to Contact@ProtectMustangs.org or by mail to Protect Mustangs, P.O. Box 5661, Berkeley, Ca. 94705 Mark “Watchdog WY” on your donation. Frequent flyer miles will help too. We also need a used mac laptop and camera for journey. Thank you so much!

Sign up 4 Alerts: www.ProtectMustangs.org and PRAY for a miracle!

Background: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/court-sides-with-wyoming-in-wild-horse-roundup/article_7c23d57a-3059-597a-b3c0-3249958dc98f.html

Follow https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs for info and go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Horses-In-Wyoming-Need-Help/587758424612113 to HELP the WY wild horses who will lose their freedom, their families and their place in the world in this heinous BLM roundup.

Tweet this: #StopWyRoundup Now! Get 2 WY. Meet w/ your Rep. Write letters. Protest. Get creative against #AnimalCruelty www.ProtectMustangs.org

We are 100% volunteer nonprofit organization. When you give to Protect Mustangs your donations go directly to feed and care for rescued wild horses, field and watchdog work, gas and to keep the phone and internet on. You can donate via www.PayPal.com to Contact@ProtectMustangs.org or by mail to Protect Mustangs, P.O. Box 5661, Berkeley, Ca. 94705 We are grateful for your support. You keep us going.

500 walking billboards needed to save American wild horses & burros

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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!

SHARE if you want to STOP ALL ROUNDUPS!

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.

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

Wild horses in crisis

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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

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

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