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Administration Plan to Weaken NEPA Will Harm Nation’s Wild Horses, Advocacy Group Warns

Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2020)...The nation's leading wild horse protection group, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), is calling foul over the Trump Administration's plan, announced today, to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Despite new law, Forest Service invites ill-intent with $1 wild horse sales 

​ALTURAS, CALIF (January 8, 2020)... The nation’s leading wild horse advocacy organization, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), today blasted the U.S. Forest Service for its plan to begin selling off federally-protected wild horses in California for just $1 apiece beginning January 10. The horses in question were rounded up four months ago from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA. 

AWHC Releases "Best & Worst of 2019 for Wild Horses"


Slaughter and Betrayal Top the List

Davis, CA (January 6, 2020).... The American Wild Horse Campaign today released its Best and Worst of 2019 for Wild Horses list, recapping a tumultuous year that saw wild horses scapegoated by federal officials seeking to divert attention away from the true causes of public lands degradation and sold out by large corporate animal welfare groups seeking to curry favor with Congressional appropriators.

Congress Bans Forest Service from Selling Wild Horses from Slaughter

New Law Protects Wild Horses in California’s Modoc National Forest and Across the West

WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2019)... Today, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2020 “minibus” spending bill that prohibits the U.S. Forest Service from destroying healthy wild horses and burros and selling them for slaughter.

BLM Cloaking Environmental and Fiscal Impacts of Vast Livestock Program - PEER

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

(November 14, 2019) Washington, DC — Information about the largest commercial grazing program on the planet is hard to come by and requests for even the most basic data are ignored, according to a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Consequently, the amount of damage inflicted on Western landscapes and the amount of taxpayer subsidy the livestock industry receives is limited to data available prior to the Trump administration.

The Scapegoating of Wild Horses

Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project

From the perspective of Western Watersheds Project, the nation’s leading environmental conservation group working to solve the widespread problem of poor range health on western public lands, cattle — not wild horses — are the main problem causing overgrazing and damage to native habitats on western public lands.

After the 2019 Devil’s Garden Roundup and Removal

Mary Koncel, AWHC Program Specialist

It’s been a few weeks since this year’s roundup and removal on the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (DGWHT) ended.  The trap has been dismantled, the helicopter and trailers are long gone, and local ranchers are most likely congratulating the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) who is congratulating the contractor, Sun J Livestock, Inc. for a job well-done.