Urgent: Tell BLM to Cancel Family-Destroying Wild Horse Auction
Family and freedom are everything to wild horses. Family bands include generations of grandmas, aunties, mothers, and foals who are all fiercely protected by their band stallion. We must act now to stop the Nevada Bureau of Land Management’s callous and money-hungry plans to rip apart the families of world-famous wild horses!
The wild horses of the Fish Springs Nevada Herd Area have roamed their range for centuries. The herd is beloved by tens of thousands of people all over the world due to local advocates’ efforts to spread their family stories far and wide. In November, twenty-one of these world-famous horses were trapped and removed, simply because a resident complained that “some” came onto his property. It was later found that the horses the resident encountered were different from those lured into traps.
The community was devastated by this tragic, senseless action because iconic family bands and their genetics were lost forever. The horses who were trapped and removed from their home included; Samson and Jet, beloved sons of the mighty king of the range, Blue and their band of four generations including great-grandma, Old Momma, her daughter Apple and Apple’s daughter Dumplin,’ and Dumplin’s baby colt, Sam. Three additional families were also secretly trapped in a separate bait-lure.
The local advocates, though heartbroken, worked diligently to find wonderful sanctuaries and private landowners who would adopt the horses in their family bands so they could stay together and still have some freedom.
However, instead of allowing the advocates to facilitate these placements, the Nevada Bureau office is now planning to sell each horse individually to the “highest bidders” at an online auction January 21-28!
What YOU Can Do
Please urgently contact the office of John Raby, BLM Nevada State Director, to let him know the American people want the BLM to stop its plans for an online auction of the Fish Springs horses.
1. Call the office of John Raby, BLM Nevada State Director at (775) 861-6400. In order for your message to be heard and received, please be respectful. If officials get mad enough at us, they may choose to do the opposite of what we ask, in a shortsighted display of power.
You may wish to say:
Please discontinue your plans to hold an online auction for the Fish Springs wild horses captured in November. In the best interest of these horses and the community, please adhere to the BLM’s stated goal of “working with community groups and non-profits to re-home horses who have been removed from the range.” In this spirit, please work with the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates and the Carson Valley community to place these horses in the homes found for them to keep family bands together.”
2. Please follow-up with an email to the BLM Nevada State Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by copying and pasting the message below. Thank you so very much for caring. Please share this most urgent of alerts as the auction is happening very soon this month.
Please Work with Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates to Place Fish Springs Horses
To BLM Nevada State Director, John Raby,
Please honor the request of the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates to discontinue your plans to hold an online auction for the Fish Springs wild horses captured in November. In the best interest of these horses and the community, please adhere to the BLM goal of “working with community groups and non-profits to re-home horses who have been removed from the range.” In this spirit, please work with the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates and the Carson Valley community to place these horses in the homes they have found for them that will keep family bands together.