Vilsack denies to implement science

Vilsack denies to implement science….and study the Heber Wild horses….

Click HERE or on the letter below to open a PDF file.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said “no” to the study of the Heber herd! Why? (read about it in our Earth Day post)

Please call Secretary Vilsack’s office — 202-720-3631 — and POLITELY ask that he makes this unique Heber wild horse herd, a “study” herd. This is the last “untouched” herd on public lands and will transform how wild horses are managed on public lands. 

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Earth Day

Gila herd grazes on green grass in a pasture

Stable Family Band Structures in the Herd MAKE Stable Minimal Populations.

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, celebrating support for environmental protection. We have been celebrating Earth Day for as long as we have been celebrating the protection of wild horses and burros with the passage of the 1971 Act.

Yet there is a dichotomy of the word “protection” in these two important celebrations that must be understood. While Earth Day is growing and today includes 1 billion people in 193 countries, we are fighting for the lives of the “last” of America’s wild horses and burros.

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THE LAST OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES AND BURROS AND OUR FIGHT TO SAVE THEM BY MAKING ARIZONA’S HEBER HERD A “STUDY” HERD

The “study" of the Heber Herd can save all wild horses by transforming the management of wild horses. IT MUST BE DONE!

There’s something important I want you to understand. If we don’t stop the Forest Service from rounding up the HEBER HERD in Northern Arizona, it is game over for all wild horses.

Why do I say this?

The Heber Herd is the ONLY remaining herd in the United States that has been left alone in its natural state for more than 15 years.

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DEMOCRACY for AMERICA’S WILD HORSES?

DOES DEMOCRACY EXIST for AMERICA'S WILD HORSES and BURROS in OUR COUNTRY?

In 2005, a rider was inserted into the spending Omnibus bill which began to destroy protections for wild horses and burros in our country. Senator Burns (MT-R) and Senator Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Reid (D-N) were behind the clandestine rider. Yesterday, another insertion eliminating more protections for wild horses and burros was inserted into the Omnibus bill, which will be law until September. The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 PL 92-195 passed through Congress without ONE dissenting vote.

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Heber Horses

ISPMB Appeals Forest Service Plan in Continuing Effort to Save Heber Wild Horses of Arizona

In an ongoing effort to save the Heber Wild horses that reside in the Apache & Sitgreaves National Forest, an appeal by ISPMB’s attorney, Anthony W. Merrill of Polisinelli Law Firm in Phoenix was filed on December 23rd. ISPMB and Mr. Merrill have been active in the Heber Case since 2005 winning a stay for the horses and requiring the FS to develop a Territory Plan for the wild horses.

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Genocide of America’s wild horses

Please Help Us End The Genocide of America's Wild Horses

While wild horses are being torn from their families and their homes on OUR public lands, there is a bigger picture that must be understood if we want to save the true nature of America’s wild horses. Your support is vital to our continuing efforts in saving America’s wild horses.

Manage Wild Horses by Behavior, Not by Numbers Reproductive rates can be controlled by BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT saving the taxpayers millions of dollars from unnecessary roundups. 

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Salt River Horses

Forest Service scraps plan to round up Salt River horses

Updates:

August 6, 2015

Forest Service scraps plan to round up Salt River horses.

August 6, 2015

US Forest Services agrees to temporarly hold off on roundup.
Read the Forest Service press release HERE

August 5, 2015

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture. The letter was also signed by Congressman David Schweikert and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

August 5, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey posts on FaceBook: “The federal government should leave our free roaming and wild horses alone.… Read more…

A Farewell to our esteemed Michael Blake

The Council Circle of ISPMB announces the passing of our beloved Vice-President, Michael Blake, on May 2, 2015 at his home in Tucson where he resided with his wife, Marianne Mortensen Blake, and their three children, Quanah, Monahsetah and Lozen who were named after historic Native Americans. 

Michael has been an active participant of ISPMB since 2010 when he joined our Council Circle (Board of Directors) and worked together with ISPMB’s president, Karen Sussman whom he had known since 1991. 

In 1991, Michael adopted his first wild horse named Twelve.

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INHUMANE BLM WILD HORSE ROUND UPS MUST STOP!

For years the BLM has been rounding up herds using helicopters and an irresponsible method of gathering the herd which disrupts herd structures.

ISPMB has years of study on herd structures which ultimately could help the BLM make better decisions as to how roundups should occur.

We need to keep the herds together for further study.

Below are photos captured by wildlife photographer Carol Walker during the 2008 Sand Wash round up.

Helicopter round ups not only destroy herd structures, they terrify wild horses including pregnant mares and young foals as they run for their lives!

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