Humboldt Roundup: January 30, 2015

Eyewitness Reports

The BLM Humboldt helicopter roundup began on January 30, 2015 in a public land area that has been "zeroed out" for wild horses and turned over to ranching interests. The estimated 180 wild horses that reamin in this area will be captured and permanently removed from this public lands area that was designated by congress as wild horse habitat but has been turned over to private ranching interests.

Advocates to Wyoming: Stop Scapegoating Wild Horses

AWHPC News Releases

Wild Horse Campaign Accuses House Ag. Committee of Riding Roughshod Over Truth in Claiming Mustang “Overpopulation”

House panel Oks resolution on wild horse population


By Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state House Agriculture Committee has endorsed a resolution calling on Congress to address the over population of wild horses in Wyoming and other western states.

Study: Livestock Grazing on Public Lands Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion Over Past Decade


By The Center for Biological Diversity

WASHINGTON— A new analysis finds U.S. taxpayers have lost more than $1 billion over the past decade on a program that allows cows and sheep to graze on public land. Last year alone taxpayers lost $125 million in grazing subsidies on federal land. Had the federal government charged fees similar to grazing rates on non-irrigated private land, the program would have made $261 million a year on average rather than operate at a staggering loss, the analysis finds.

Guardian’s Wild Horse Meat Story Contains 92% Beef


By Vickery Eckhoff, The Daily Pitchfork

Michael Moss’ powerful New York Times’ investigation into the United States Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center (“U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer In Quest For Profit”) predictably outraged readers. The collective angst came not just because of the center’s ghoulish and inept experimentation; not just because the research animals suffered to boost profits in the livestock industry; but because the public learned that taxpayers had footed the bill — and had been doing so — for fifty years.

N.C. stallion is young, wild and ready for action

Coalition Member News

By Jeff Hampton, Pilot Online

Meet Gus, the newest, most eligible bachelor in town. He's quite a stud - a wild stallion, if you will.

Bruce Babbitt: Land grab puts Utah at odds with outdoor industry


By Brady McCombs, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday slammed Utah's push to seize control of federal lands as a radical measure that threatens the outdoor recreation industry, which brings a lucrative gear show to the state twice a year.

Public comment sought on Pryor wild horse population control programs


By MTN News

BILLINGS - The Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office is beginning a public comment period on an environmental assessment which analyzes the continued use of fertility control on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, the agency said in a press release Tuesday.

BLM to host tour of Pine Nut herd management area gather site


By Nevada Appeal

The Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office is holding a public pre-gather tour on Friday. The public will meet at 10 a.m. at the Dayton Valley Dog Park, located at Old Como and Dayton Valley Road. The tour is expected to last approximately three hours. Because of road conditions a four wheel-drive high clearance vehicle is required.

Horse 'kill buying' legal, but critics see abuse, deception


By Tracey McManus, The Augusta Chronicle

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Joe Mann’s cellphone rang, and this time it was an animal control officer asking for help rescuing horses from a neglect case in Laurens County, S.C.

Horse advocates to attend Pine Nut meeting

Coalition Member News

By Kurt Hildebrand, Record-Courier

Local wild horse advocates are encouraging residents to attend a meeting held by the Bureau of Land Management on its resource management plan.

Ongoing Nevada drought prompts muster of wild horses in Little Fish Lake area


By Horse Talk

Federal authorities in Nevada plan to gather wild horses in the 28,000-acre Little Fish Lake herd management area early next month which they say are threatened by a lack of forage.