Support Grows for Wild Horse Protest in San Francisco


Event Coincides with pro-mustang rallies in Chicago, Colorado, Idaho and London

San Francisco, California (December 30, 2009) . . . .The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a coalition of 50 conservation, horse advocacy and animal welfare organizations, and renowned author Terri Farley, whose Phantom Stallion book series for young readers has sold over a million copies worldwide,  will join In Defense of Animals and The Cloud Foundation at a protest today in San Francisco to oppose the ongoing roundup of thousands of wild mustangs off public land in Nevada.

What:   Peaceful protest for all ages featuring Figaro the miniature horse, Fluffy the miniature donkey, and colorful signs and banners.

When:  Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Citizens gather at 11 a.m.; press conference at Noon.

Where: Outside Sen. Feinstein’s office, One Post Street, San Francisco

Why:    Call attention to the ongoing, brutal winter roundup of 3,000 horses off public lands in northwestern Nevada and issue plea for help to Senator Diane Feinstein, who has always been a friend of America’s wild horses, and is the Chair of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.

Similar rallies will be held Wednesday in Chicago, Colorado, Idaho and London.

The events take aim at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its destructive wild horse and burro management policies, which threaten the very existence of this iconic American species. Of particular concern is a massive roundup that commenced this week in the Calico Mountain Complex in northwestern Nevada. The BLM intends to remove 80-90 percent of the wild horse population living in the 500,000 acre public lands complex. At the same time, the agency has increased the number of privately owned livestock allowed to graze those same public.

Last week, a federal court judge ruled that the BLM plan to transfer horses taken from the Calico Mountains to holding facilities in the Midwest is likely illegal and suggested that the agency postpone the planned roundup.  Complaints are also pending with the Department of Interior and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Despite this, the BLM has not only proceeded with roundup, but also has commenced the action on private land from which the public is barred.

“The BLM knows that its latest assault on wild horses is so shameful that it cannot stand the light of day,” said Elliot M. Katz, DVM, IDA president, who noted that the brutal helicopter stampede of the horses over treacherous winter terrain will result in injury and death to some horses, particularly the old, pregnant and the young. Foals will be separated from their mothers, and close family bonds will be forever shattered, he said.

Lise Stampfli Torme, a wild horse advocate and Cloud Foundation volunteer stated: “We are outraged that BLM is proceeding with this roundup under a cloud of controversy and against a US District Court judge’s recommendation. The agency has moved the capture points to private land where the public cannot see how their contractors are treating our living legends. An immediate moratorium on all wild horse roundups must be implemented until the BLM’s broken wild horse management program can be reformed.

“Americans want their wild horses to remain free and protected on the ranges where they currently exist. We are asking that the original spirit and intent of the Wild Free Roaming horse and Burro Act be upheld so that our grandchildren’s children will know the herds, who are a vital link to our western heritage,” says Neda DeMayo, founder of the Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary and member of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

The BLM intends to remove up 12,000 horses from their western ranges each year for the next three years and place them in Midwestern holding facilities, where they will join the 34,000 wild horses already being warehoused by BLM at taxpayer expense. If the Calico roundup continues, the number of horses in the warehoused in government holding will exceed the number left in the wild.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Protests:
San Francisco Protest: 11:00am – 1:00pm In front of Senator Feinstein’s office, One Post Street (at Montgomery)

Chicago Protest: 12:00pm- 1:00pm In front of Senator Dick Durbin’s office, 230 S. Dearborn

Longmont, Colorado Protest: 12:00pm- 3:00pm Boulder County Fairgrounds- Corner of Nelson and Hover

Ketchum, Idaho Protest: 12:00pm in front of the Chapter One Bookstore, 160 N. Main St.

Protests planned for Los Angeles, Denver and the East Coast if BLM continues this roundup

For more information, see www.idausa.org and www.thecloudfoundation.org, and www.wildhorsepreservation.org.

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  1. guardians to stand for them !!! I except this role ! I will make the time in my day to fight for them ! WILL YOU ? FIND PASSION IN YOUR HEARTS AMERICA ! FOR THE DAY IS VERY NEAR WHEN ALL THAT WILL BE LEFT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL AND MAJESTIC HORSES WILL BE BRONZE STATUES COMMEMORATING ALL THAT THEY STOOD FOR, AND HELPED US TO BECOME ! PLEASE, find the love in your heart, be the voice, and deliver the passion ! SAVE WHAT IS LEFT OF OUR AMERICAN HORSE HERITAGE ! FOR YOURSELF AND THE GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW ! With tears in my eyes, and fire in my heart, it is a fight and a stand worth taking !

  2. Skip Martin If you ever had seen them run free right in front of you ! If you had ever had them in the wild come up to you in trust and eat an apple from your hand, if you had ever seen them birth a foal in the wild. You would be so touched and moved that it would push you to stand up for them. They are so magnificent ! BUT they are being rounded up and slaughtered by the 1000’s ! Foals are being trampled to death during the helicopter round ups in all of the confusion. and for what really ? Because the cattle ranchers want to add a few more cattle to the land to fill there greedy pockets. Because there organs and meat are worth money to foreign countries. Did you know that they load them live onto ships in there hulls with no food and water for a horrific trip across the pacific ?, stuffed to the gills so that most are trampled to death or are just barely alive by the time they reach Japan !!! These horses are a big part of what made America what it is today ! Think about it ? The Wild Horse Preservation Act that was signed into Law is being broken and ignored by people that have a voice, because these poor animals don’t have one to fight back to protect there very lives ! IF THIS WAS YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN YOU WOULD BE SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER !!! Wouldn’t you ? Well, it is up to us as the stewards and the guardians to stand for them !!! I except this role ! I will make the time in my day to fight for them ! WILL YOU ? FIND PASSION IN YOUR HEARTS AMERICA ! FOR THE DAY IS VERY NEAR WHEN ALL THAT WILL BE LEFT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL AND MAJESTIC HORSES WILL BE BRONZE STATUES COMMEMORATING ALL THAT THEY STOOD FOR, AND HELPED US TO BECOME ! PLEASE, find the love in your heart, be the voice, and deliver the passion ! SAVE WHAT IS LEFT OF OUR AMERICAN HORSE HERITAGE ! FOR YOURSELF AND THE GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW ! With tears in my eyes, and fire in my heart, it is a fight and a stand worth taking !


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