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IDA's New Year's Resolution - Save America's Wild Horses!

Dear IDA member:

If you’ve watched television or read a newspaper the past few weeks, you couldn’t escape the news – America’s wild horses are rapidly collapsed pregnant mare BLM roundupbeing rounded up in what may be the beginning of our nation’s eradication of wild horses. Across the West, our Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on a rampage, rounding up thousands of horses for an undetermined fate.

Not George Bush’s BLM, but Barack Obama’s BLM. This is not the kind of change we voted for.

IDA is the only national animal protection organization on the scene, trying to stop the cruel round-ups of wild horses. Won’t you please help us with a year-end tax-deductible donation today?

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The horses might be packed into already-crowded holding facilities, which have become permanent homes for over 30,000 horses. Or they might be “relocated” to new Midwest holding facilities. Or they might go to auction. Nobody knows, as the BLM system is already packed with tens of thousands of wild horses who nobody wants except killer-buyers and slaughterhouses.

The only acceptable, humane solution is to leave these horses in their natural ranges, like the 500,000-acre Calico Mountain Complex in Nevada, where they are healthy and comfortable. You can see video of these horses here. And these ranges were provided for the horses by Congress.

This Monday, the BLM captured 74 horses in the Calico Complex, and took them to the Fallon holding facility in Nevada. They intend to capture 2,700 horses in this round-up alone. The agency is setting up some capture facilities on private land from which the public will be barred. Nobody will be able to witness the brutal helicopter stampede of the horses over treacherous winter terrain.

No one will see the BLM chase older horses, pregnant horses, and little foals to the point of exhaustion, some will be literally run to death. The separation of foals from their mothers, the shattering of horse family bonds will happen behind closed doors.

Perhaps the BLM thought people like you and all of us at IDA - who CARE about animals - would be too busy during the holidays to notice their cruel and unecessary actions. Well how WRONG they were!

IDA is acting! Here is what we’ve done so far:dr katz protest BLM

  • We enlisted the support of a superb legal team at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, wild horse specialists and campaigners, and filed a lawsuit requesting both a preliminary and a permanent injunction against the BLM’s Calico round-up. Last week, the federal court judge agreed that the BLM’s policy of stockpiling tens of thousands of horses for decades is likely illegal, and suggested that the agency postpone the planned round-up. This makes a moratorium that much more necessary – the BLM must stop compounding the problem it has been creating for decades, at the expense of the horses.
  • We spent funds on video documentation and flyovers to gather evidence about the roundup. We conducted a flyover over habitat where previous roundups happened, to use as evidence in the legal case.
  • We publicized the issue, shining the world’s spotlight on the cruel roundups. Articles mentioning IDA and our lawsuit have appeared in over 1,000 media outlets.
  • Our action alerts to you, our cherished members, generated over 17,000 e-mails to President Obama and other members of his administration. This has been one of the strongest responses we’ve ever had to our action alerts.
  • IDA has been invited by the BLM to observe one roundup, but that is not good enough – the law allows for public observers at EVERY roundup.

Others may be distracted by the Christmas and New Year’s holidays – but not IDA! With YOUR HELP, here is how we shall continue the fight:

  • We will continue flyovers of wild horse habitat to gather more evidence for our legal challenge.
  • We have secured a meeting with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, and hope to convince Senator Feinstein to champion the horses’ cause.
  • We are working with a coalition of wild horse rescue and protection organizations to put pressure on the Obama administration and halt these cruel round-ups.
  • We already have demonstrations planned around the country – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and near the Calico roundup site in Nevada – with more demos on the way.

All this would not be possible without your continuing support. We need you. The horses need you. Please take this final opportunity to make a 2009 tax-deductible donation.

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We have already spent over $10,000 on this campaign, and in coming months we will spend tens of thousands more. That’s where you come in. If you donate through this special appeal, we promise that every penny you send will be used directly to SAVE AMERICA’S WILD HORSES!

Thank you, and Happy New Year to you and your family.

For the animals,


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Elliot M. Katz, DVM
Founder and President, In Defense of Animals (IDA)

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