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Home on the Range: Feds running out of options for horses

Published on Feb 18, 2013

By Dylan Woolf Harris, Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — “Horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene,” Congress wrote in 1971 in a landmark bill designed to protect the animals. Today, the Bureau of Land Management — the agency tasked with wild horse management — has nearly run out of space for them.

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Utah wild horse roundup part of controversial program

Published on Feb 18, 2013

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune

Delta • The horses appear over a rise in the Whirlwind Valley, their hooves breaking through a blanket of crusty snow as they run north. The pace alternates between a gallop and canter as they trail a stallion in single file. A gray mare is pregnant and a foal appears to limp as it struggles to keep up.

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Public invited to observe roundup of Utah’s wild horses

Published on Feb 15, 2013

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday commenced rounding up wild horses from Utah’s Swasey herd, which federal officials say has five times as many animals as the range can support.

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Contraceptive Vaccine for Wild Horses, Burros Gains EPA Registration

Published on Feb 15, 2013

By The Horse

The USDA's Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) announced Feb. 13 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted regulatory approval for the use of an equine immunocontraceptive vaccine (GonaCon-Equine) in adult female wild or feral horses and burros.

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Congress turns up the heat on Administration over handling of wild horse program

Published on Feb 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- Twenty-one members of Congress sent a strong message of disapproval today to outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over his handling of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) wild horse program with just weeks left before he steps down.

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Grijalva, Whitfield Lead Letter to Interior Sec. Salazar Urging Public Explanation of Wild Horse Policy Reforms Ahead of His Departure

Published on Feb 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), along with a bipartisan group of 19 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today outlining concerns with the management of wild horses and burros on federal lands.

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State Senate committee advances bill on commercial slaughter of horses

Published on Feb 13, 2013

By Wayne Greene, Tulsa World

A state Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to allow the operation of horse slaughterhouses in the state.

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Wild horse advocates split over interior nominee

Published on Feb 11, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocates may be unified in opposition to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but they're split over President Barack Obama's choice to replace him.

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Sally Jewell's Nomination Could Be A Step in the Right Direction For America's Wild Horses

Published on Feb 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC --- The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) today responded optimistically to reports that President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, current CEO of REI, to replace Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary.

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BLM issues new animal welfare policy

Published on Feb 4, 2013

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

The Bureau of Land Management today issued long-awaited guidance to improve how wild horses and burros are gathered and treated on Western rangelands, an effort to appease animal rights groups who have called the agency's roundups inhumane.

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Horse advocates tell Obama to lasso Grijalva for Secretary

Published on Feb 4, 2013

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Wild horse advocates today announced a campaign urging President Obama to nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who plans to retire by the end of March.

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Saving America's wild horses

Published on Feb 3, 2013
By HLN.com Staff Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, is resigning from his position, leaving the Obama administration in March. Animal advocates say this is the time for the U.S. government to end the controversial practice of horse roundups. Read more

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