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Contraceptive Vaccine for Wild Horses, Burros Gains EPA Registration

By The Horse

The USDA's Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) announced Feb. 13 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted regulatory approval for the use of an equine immunocontraceptive vaccine (GonaCon-Equine) in adult female wild or feral horses and burros.

Congress turns up the heat on Administration over handling of wild horse program

WASHINGTON, DC -- Twenty-one members of Congress sent a strong message of disapproval today to outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over his handling of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) wild horse program with just weeks left before he steps down.

Grijalva, Whitfield Lead Letter to Interior Sec. Salazar Urging Public Explanation of Wild Horse Policy Reforms Ahead of His Departure

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), along with a bipartisan group of 19 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today outlining concerns with the management of wild horses and burros on federal lands.

State Senate committee advances bill on commercial slaughter of horses

By Wayne Greene, Tulsa World

A state Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to allow the operation of horse slaughterhouses in the state.

Wild horse advocates split over interior nominee

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocates may be unified in opposition to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but they're split over President Barack Obama's choice to replace him.

Horse defenders have sharply criticized Salazar, saying nearly 40,000 mustangs have been removed from the range across the West during his four-year tenure, which ends in March.

Sally Jewell's Nomination Could Be A Step in the Right Direction For America's Wild Horses

WASHINGTON, DC --- The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) today responded optimistically to reports that President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, current CEO of REI, to replace Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary.

BLM issues new animal welfare policy

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

The Bureau of Land Management today issued long-awaited guidance to improve how wild horses and burros are gathered and treated on Western rangelands, an effort to appease animal rights groups who have called the agency's roundups inhumane.

Horse advocates tell Obama to lasso Grijalva for Secretary

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Wild horse advocates today announced a campaign urging President Obama to nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who plans to retire by the end of March.

Saving America's wild horses

By HLN.com Staff

Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, is resigning from his position, leaving the Obama administration in March. Animal advocates say this is the time for the U.S. government to end the controversial practice of horse roundups.

U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Emphasizing 'Compassion And Concern' For Wild Mustangs

By Scott Sonner and Matthew Daly, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is issuing new policy directives emphasizing "compassion and concern" for wild horses on federal lands in the West, in response to a growing public outcry over alleged abuse during roundups of thousands of mustangs in recent years.

New Gov’t Standards for Wild Horse & Burro Roundups A Charade, National Coalition Says

Washington, DC -- February 1, 2013 -- Today, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition of more than 50 organizations, harshly criticized the wild horse and burro roundup “animal welfare” and transparency policies released today by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Lawmakers Press for Answers on Sale of Wild Horses

By Dave Philipps, Pro Publica

Two congressmen wrote to the Department of Interior this week to demand information on the progress of its investigation into whether more than 1,700 federally protected wild horses sold to a Colorado man may have been illegally sent to slaughter.