The Wild Horse Conspiracy

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While you’re not looking, the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are systematically eradicating America’s wild horses and burros from our public lands. And these agencies are doing this at breakneck speed! Witness the number and frequency of the roundups being conducted in public lands spanning millions and millions of acres in 10 Western states.

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How to tune in to live streaming event: Learn about Reserve Design on Thursday, May 26th

Learn about Reserve Design on Thursday, May 26th

Craig Downer’s comments on Draft EA for population control research on wild horses for the Conger Mountain and Frisco HMA’s

View Craig Downer’s gallery of wild horse photographs from the Rodgecrest holding facility and Pine Nut Mountain HMA

Latest article from Craig Downer in the Reno Gazette.

Listen to Blue Sky Horse Radio’s interview with Craig Downer.

Listen to Craig Downer 4/10/16 on the Blue Sky Horse Radio program hosted by Jenniefer E. Stronge this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 2 PM Eastern time, 1 PM Central time, 12 Noon Mountain time, and 11 AM Pacific time.

Blue Wing Wild Horse and Burro Complex – environmental assessment, comments due April 7th 2016



BLOCK the BLM request for Wild Horse and Burro Slaughter and Sterilization. Copy of Craig Downer’s letter and link to the Committee of Appropriations

AMERICA’S WILD HORSES AND BURROS MUST MAKE A COMEBACK! – Craig Downer’s latest article in Horseback Magazine

Amendments to the Appropriation Bill that will affect our wild horses. ACT NOW!

Amendments to the Appropriation Bill make changes to the wild free roaming horse and burro act. ACT NOW!

Have you read The Wild Horse Conspiracy? Get your copy today!

BLM caught illegally selling captured wild horses to be processed as meat

gofundme – UPDATE

Zoocheck media release

Listen to Craig Downer on Voices and Views this Saturday 1/23/16 4pm to 5pm mountain time

Read letter Congressman Sam Farr and Congresswoman Michelle Grisham sent to the Dept. of Justice Dec 7th, 2015, seeking criminal action against BLM and Tom Davis for illegally sending 1794 wild horses to slaughter.

Wild Mare Sterilization – Burns, Oregon

Salt River Ecosystem, Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Craig’s latest report.

Comment from Craig Downer to officals from Mesa Verde National Park.

Read Craig Downer’s Report on the Wild Horses and Ecosystems of Alberta.

Craig Downer’s letter to BLM Wyoming

Please support our Go Fund Me Campaign! Reserve Design for Wild Horses.

Craig Downer will be speaking on December 6th at 3pm EST on Blue Sky Horse Radio. Listen to the interview on SoundFM –

The holidays are here! Poochie Au Pair has put together a great list of ethical, sustainable, animal friendly, and in many cases organic and fair-trade companies for your holiday shopping.

Read Craig Downer’s article from American Journal of Life Sciences The horse and burro as positively contributing returned natives in North America Published January 2014

Read Craig Downer’s article in trueCOWBOY magazine p.20 to p.25

Protest of plan for sterilization of Saylor Creek wild horse herd

Protest of Planned Wild Horse Gather in Beaty’s Butte HMA, Lakeview District of BLM, Oregon

Investigative report of BLM wild horse buyer by Kat Hayden

Read Sharon St Joan’s two part article The American wild horse – native or feral? Does it matter?

Safe Food! Safe Horses! Join The March2DC – September 29th

Read Craig Downer’s latest article in the Reno Gazette-Journal

Read Craig Downer’s Salt River Ecological Report

Read Craig Downer’s article in the August edition of True Cowboy Magazine

Action needed to save the Salt River Wild Horses – read the ISPMB’s information

Read Craig Downer’s proposal for the Salt River Wild Horses in Mesa, AZ

ALERT! The Forest service is announcing the annilhation of the Salt Water Wild Horses in Mesa, AZ

Listen now to Craig Downer’s radio interview on DG Networks/Universal One Broadcasting

Read more about Craig Downer’s up and coming interview here. The interview will be on DGNetworks/Universal One Broadcasting on July 14, 2015. 11.00 Paciifc/14.00 Eastern.

Listen to Craig Downer on DGNetworks/Universal One Broadcasting on July 14, 2015. 11.00 Paciifc/14.00 Eastern.

Please write to your elected officials to highlight the plight of wild horses currently in BLM holding facilities

Response from Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist for the Wild Horses of America: HorsesBURN / BLM BurningMan VIP to stop at PVC

Letter to Ely BLM from Craig Downer re: Water Canyon Wild Horse Growth Suppression Pilot Program”

Article on PZP by Karen A. Sussman, President of ISPMB”

Read Craig’s latest article “Wild Horses – Humanity’s Noble Challenge for Today!”

Listen to Craig Downer on Montana’s 89.9FM KGPR’s Voices and Views on 5/16/15 between 4pm – 5pm Mountain time

Permit renewal for cattle grazing, Sunflower grazing permit, in Mesa area of Tonto National Forest, opposition to. Comments due by May 10th, 2015

Proposal to gather 170 wild horses and removal of 30 (aged 1 to 3 years) Pryor MWHR – your comments are needed by 4/24/15 to the BLM Office, Billings, MT

Wild horses in an Alberta clearcut…natural rewilding? Article by Dr Judith Samson-French.

Nevada’s Wild horses and Burros need your help. Urge your legislator to oppose AB408.

Read Craig Downer’s comments on the Carson City Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP). Send your own input to the RMP Program Manager at: by April, 27th.

Debate rages over the use of birth control on wild horses and burros. Read this article from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros.

Interesting article about PZP and other fertility control and their effects 3/16/15

For those of you who would like to donate to the Wild Horse Conspiracy book fundraiser so we can get more of Craigs books into the hands of decision-makers, please do so. Thank you! 3/2/15

Watch video of Craig’s statement to the Tr-State Resource Advisory Council meeting NV 2/26/15

Read Craig’s statement to the Tr-State Resource Advisory Council meeting, Sparks, NV 2/26/15

BREAKING NEWS: Judge temporarily blocks the roundup and forced drugging of beloved Nevada herd known from THE MISFITS

The Pine Nut Wild horses need more evidence before it’s too late to get it. Please HELP donate to the evidence fundraiser here

Buy a t-shirt to help support Protect Pine Nut Wild Horses!

Latest suit to block Nevada mustang roundups

Read Craig Downer and Jesica Johnston’s Twin Peaks Flight Report

Breaking News: Planned roundup of wild horses put on hold!

Breaking News:Protect Mustangs & Friends of Animals file lawsuit to stop Pine Nut Mountains roundup

Take action: Save 6 wild horse herds BLM wants to wipe out! Read Craig Downer’s report

Watch the wonderful YouTube video explaining the rock-hard evidence for the ancient and long-standing presence and belonging of the horse in North America! Please note that currently the audio on the video does not work on mobile devices

Read the letter Craig has just written to the South Jiggs Complex, Nevada Environmental Assessment Team

Read the article Craig has just written for Protect Mustangs!

It’s #Giving Tuesday! Craig Downer and Anne Novak’s organizations need your help!

Craig Downer to speak at the Museum of Animals & Society November 16

Craig Downer to speak at the Orton Center, Redlands November 17

Reproductive Experiments on Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Herd Proposed

One Hundred More Wild Horses Being Removed from Herd Area in Nevada

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Why is the government rounding up horses and burros?
The government is responding to pressure from the public lands livestock industry, the oil and natural gas industry and the big-game hunting lobby. They make all types of claims and list all kinds of reasons in order to justify the eradication of the wild horses and burros, but their true motivations are simple commercial ones.

Why the subterfuge?
As long as a substantial portion of the American public views our public lands as places safeguarding nature and of aesthetic beauty, the BLM, USFS and above named industries will run up against public sentiment and as a result political barriers.

If we allow this activity to continue, our public lands will lose to an even greater extent their natural and scenic integrity, beauty and wildness. The lands would become even further transformed into industrial wastelands owned, controlled and exploited by corporations.

Polls have shown that the vast majority of Americans deeply value our public lands. To save the lands and the wild horses and burros on them, we need you to join us so that together we can make our voices heard and bring about change.

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