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Anne Novak
for Andean Tapir Fund
 BERKELEY, CA
NATIVE WILD HORSES™

My name is Anne Novak and I'm making a documentary about America's mustangs in crisis called NATIVE WILD HORSES™. My Director of Photography and I need to get to Wyoming ASAP to film America's wild horses who are getting wiped out in government roundups and those still living in the wild before it's too late--before they are gone.

The Wyoming Checkerboard Roundup (Divide Basin, Adobe Town & Salt Wells) has started. They will be removing more than 800 wild horses by chasing them with choppers into traps then breaking up their families and hauling them away forever. It's brutal and cruel and paid for with your tax dollars. Help us get there with your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation.

(Note: GoFundMe and First Giving take 10% plus we need to give our fiscal sponsor 5% so we are including the 15% here on top of our $10K budget for this leg of the documentary film.)

All donors giving $200 or more for the documentary will be listed in the thank you section of the film credits. It takes a village and we are grateful for your support.

This documentary will make everyone who sees it want to protect our national treasures and keep them in the wild. 

Many blessings,
Anne

Anne Novak
Founder & Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org




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Update 5
Posted by Anne Novak
31 months ago
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Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

I've just updated the title for the film to NATIVE WILD HORSES™ as I noticed someone else was using a title similar our previous title for her documentary. So many wonderful films coming out to help the horses and burros.

We all love wild horses and have our unique vision to share on the screen. There can never be too many wild horse and burro films circulating . . . bringing awareness to people . . . so they become inspired to help save our American wild horses and burros.

The wild ones need all the help they can get now. This is such a dire time. . . The feds want to use wild horse territory for energy and mineral extraction. That's where they pull in billions per year.

It feels like the movement to protect wild horses and burros is at a tipping point--either we save them in the wild or they will remain in captivity--constantly at-risk of going to slaughter . . . We know many have already perished and are sadly lost forever.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to NATIVE WILD HORSES™ the documentary to inspire real protection for America's wild horses in the wild.

Here is the link to share by email to your friends: http://www.gofundme.com/ejjcwo so they can get excited about making a real difference and taking part in this project.

We look forward to filming wild horses in the vast open spaces and get to the roundup as well.

America's wild horses really need your help. The BLM has rounded up more than half of Wyoming's wild horses in the Checkerboard, as of today. We are ready to go and the clock is ticking . . . Please help.

In gratitude,
Anne

Anne Novak
Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org
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Update 4
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31 months ago
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Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

I wish we were in Wyoming today to film the protest at Rock Springs but I guess there is a reason for everything. I hope we get there soon . . . before all the wild horses are only in pens.

Please help make a tax-deductible donation to the film project today and share this fundraiser widely http://www.gofundme.com/ejjcwo

Thank you for caring so much about America's wild horses.

Many blessings,
Anne

Anne Novak
Founder & Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org
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31 months ago
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BREAKING NEWS: Call for Wyoming boycott and protests against roundups to frack the land for oil and gas

Wyoming’s wild horses are facing destruction in the face of climate change with no evidence of overpopulation to justify BLM roundups

Rock Springs, WY. (September 21, 2014)–The international public is outraged more indigenous wild horses are being rounded up and permanently removed from public land for the water and fracking land grab. Protect Mustangs is calling for protests to stand up for American wild horses and for a tourism boycott targeted at Wyoming who promotes “Roam Free” in their marketing yet ignores wild horses in their state. More than 800 Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells wild horses are being rounded up from the public-private land known as the “Checkerboard” in southwest Wyoming. They are forced into inhumane captivity, be at-risk for going to slaughter and forever lose their freedom to roam and contribute to the ecosystem. Several wild horses have already died brutal deaths in the roundup–some victims were only a few months old.

“Fracking for oil and gas is polluting the environment and wiping out America’s wild horses,” states Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “The BLM must leave at least 150 wild horses in each herd to maintain genetic variability so they can adapt to the effects of climate change. It’s time for clean energy that can coexist with wildlife.”

BLM describes one large fracking project, Continental Divide-Creston, in saying, “The project is located on 1.1 million acres in the checkerboard pattern of mixed land ownership comprised of 59 percent federal, 37 percent private and 4 percent state-owned land. The eastern boundary of the project is approximately 25 miles west of Rawlins, Wyo. with the western boundary approximately 50 miles east of the city of Rock Springs.”

Field reports allege the BLM has inflated the population guesstimates to justify removals.

There is no evidence of overpopulation according to the National Academy of Sciences’ 2013 report.

On the other hand, acclaimed wildlife biologist, Craig Downer, points out "much evidence exists for horse presence in the Americas, especially North America, during the post- Pleistocene and pre-Columbian period at dates scattered through the period beginning ca. 10,000 YBP and reaching very near to 1492 A.D. " [Craig C. Downer, The Horse and Burro as Positively Contributing Returned Natives in North America, American Journal of Life Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 5-23. doi: 10.11648/j.ajls.20140201.12]

“Native wild horses are a vanishing natural resource,” states Novak. “People need to stand up for what’s right. Innocent foals are dying in this roundup and that’s wrong.”

Protect Mustangs is calling for an immediate moratorium on roundups and removals for scientific population studies and holistic management. Advocates want to see genetically viable herds on public land but the BLM prefers to cater to the extractive industry who wants number so low wild horses will die off.

“Tourists come to Wyoming to observe wild horse families in their native habitat, so why are they going to decimate these herds?” asks Novak. “The tag line at the Wyoming tourism office is ‘Roam Free‘ but they are going take away the native wild horses’ freedom forever. The public is angry and wants to boycott Wyoming tourism.”

The Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas (HMAs) total approximately 2,427,220 acres with approximately 1,2427,220 acres in the Checkerboard. The roundup was held up in court recently due to the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) Consent Decree ordered by the U.S. District Court on April 3, 2013, to remove all wild horses from private lands within the checkerboard portion of the complex in 2013. The RSGA appears to be heavily involved with energy development.

Members of the public are encouraged to watch GASLAND 2, contact their elected officials, peacefully protest the roundup and join America’s growing anti-fracking movement to stop the devastation of native wild horse habitat.

Protect Mustangs is a grassroots conservation nonprofit devoted to protecting native wild horses. Their mission is to educate the public about the indigenous wild horse, protect and research American wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom.

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Media Contacts:

Anne Novak, 415-531-8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org

Tami Hottes, 618-790-4339, Tami@ProtectMustangs.org

Photos, interviews and video available upon request

Links of interest™:

American Journal of Life Sciences: The Horse and Burro as Positively Contributing Returned Natives in North America http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/paperinfo.aspx?journalid=118&doi=10.11648/j.ajls.20140201.12

Wild Free Roaming Horse & Burro Act http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/92-195.htm

NEPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Environmental_Policy_Act

GASLAND 2: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/

BLM Oil & Gas leases: http://on.doi.gov/1sS8l3Z

National Academy of Sciences report on Wild Horses and Burros: http://bit.ly/1sT6agA

Protect Mustangs Calls for Fund for Wyoming Wild Horses (Horseback Magazine) http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/20979

Continental Divide-Creston: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/cd_creston.html

Continental Divide-Creston expansion http://www.smartenergyuniverse.com/regulatory/9191-blm-seeks-comment-on-1-1-million-acre-continental-divide-creston-natural-gas-project-expansion

Defund the Roundups Petition: https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups

Petition for a 10 year moratorium on roundups for recovery and studies: http://chn.ge/1rdhXZ2

Don't Frack Wild Horse Land Petition: http://chn.ge/1rdDzEV

Petition for shade and shelter for captive wild horses & burros: http://chn.ge/1DriOvN

Link to BLM Wyoming Wild Horse and Burro Program: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html

Wyoming Tourism Office: http://www.wyomingtourism.org

Roundup footage & abuse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF49csCB9qM

www.ProtectMustangs.org
Protect Mustangs is a national nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.
Checkerboard Roundup Sept. 2014 BLM
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Update 2
Posted by Anne Novak
31 months ago
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Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

Three very young wild horses have died in the Wyoming roundup so far and it's only just beginning. Two of the dead are babies and the other is only an innocent yearling. Their deaths should NEVER have happened. The BLM proves to be neglectful once they have care and control of our national treasures who belong in the WILD . . . that's why they are dying.

Please help support our documentary, AMERICAN WILD HORSES™. Together we can get the truth out to a wider audience to stop the roundups and stop the cruelty towards native wild horses.

We need your help to get to Wyoming and film this important part of the documentary. Our crew and budget is bare-bones. Buying someone else's Wyoming footage would be too expensive and sometimes they want to keep it for their exclusive use.

Your donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the fullest extent of the law and will make an impact. Please share this fundraiser http://www.gofundme.com/ejjcwo with your friends so they can chip in to help too!

Take Action to support the documentary AMERICAN WILD HORSES™ today!

In gratitude,
Anne

Anne Novak
Founder & Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org
www.AmericanWildHorsesthemovie.com (under construction)

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