AWHC in the news

Letter: BLM numbers on wild horses aren’t backed by science

By Jennifer Caudill, AWHC

(February 1, 2020) In response to the Jan. 24 opinion by student Saige Bowen, “Wild mustangs need to be managed, not saved,” we contribute science-based evidence for consideration, instead of sweeping, unsubstantiated suggestions. Refer to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2013 comprehensive report (paid for by the BLM). The entire report is available to the public. We’ll paraphrase.

Wild horses available for purchase

By Pat Raia, Horse Welfare News

(January 2, 2020) A group of so-called “Three-Striker” horses residing at the National Forest Service (NFS) Double Devil Wild Horse Corral in Arcturus, California are currently available for purchase with limitation. 

All the available horses are younger than 10 year-old. Three-Strike status indicates that the horses were passed over for adoption during previous adoption events. 

Push to Accelerate Mustang Captures Draws Fire in Congress

December 12, 2019

RENO, Nev. — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years.

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, whose high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs, also is among the bipartisan group of lawmakers sounding alarms about the provision in an Interior Department spending bill being readied for final congressional action.

Volunteers spend their days giving birth control vaccines to wild mares

Jeri Davis, Reno News and Review

November 21, 2019

On Veterans Day morning, three women were waiting for me in the parking lot of a Maverik gas station in Carson City. Deb Walker, Elena Sullivan and Nancy Kilian wore matching shirts with the words “Nevada Wild Horse Darting Team” printed across the back and the logo of the American Wild Horse Campaign emblazoned on the front.

Forest Service relents on protecting animals from slaughter

(May 30, 2019 The Forest Service has abandoned a controversial proposal to sell wild horses rounded up at California's Modoc National Forest without first ensuring that the animals don't end up in slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

However, a Forest Service spokeswoman told E&E News today that the decision is not final and is only in place while a federal lawsuit challenging so-called sales without limitation is resolved.

Fertility control program for wild horses a win-win partnership, says advocate

May 23, 2019

The opinion column below was written by Greg Hendricks, director of field operations for the American Wild Horse Campaign.