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For Immediate Release

Nationwide Protests Planned to Halt Mustang & Burro Roundups

BLM’s failure to instate even a partial moratorium inspires protests around US

Boston, MA (October 7, 2010)— Following over 35 protests in late 2009/2010, rallies will resume this month in at least seven states nationwide to draw attention to the plight of America’s wild horse and burro herds. Protests in 12 more states are in the works. Currently nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros are held in pens and pastures at taxpayer expense while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) private contractors rush to roundup over 3,200 more wild horses and burros before the end of the year. Despite the delivery of a Unified Moratorium Letter last fall to President Obama, Interior Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey which called for an immediate freeze on all non-emergency roundups—the BLM has not changed course. On July 30th, 54 Congressional Representatives sent a letter to both Secretary Salazar and Director Abbey demanding a moratorium and review of the wild horse and burro program.  Regardless of public and political outrage the BLM has not made an honest effort to work with Congress or the public on solutions and improved management of all of America’s remaining wild horse and burro herds.

“There is no excuse for BLM’s inability to manage America’s wild horses and burros,” explains Cloud Foundation Director and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens. “If the BLM wants to work with the interested public on solutions then our wild horses and burro herds require a ceasefire. Ground the helicopters and let’s talk about fixing things. Continuing the costly, poor management practices of BLM that is leading to the total annihilation of the last of our wild mustang and burro herds is inexcusable.”

Members of the public are encouraged to start protests in their hometowns and join those already planned. The media is asked to cover protests and learn more about the American mustangs and burros facing management to extinction by the Bureau of Land Management.

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BOSTON Freedom Friday Protest

WHERE: Massachusetts State House, behind the Boston Common in front of the State House

WHEN:  Friday, October 8, 2010 at 10:00am-2pm.

Come for an hour or spend the afternoon….bring a sign!

Contact: Carol Poole at mustangalley@hotmail.com for more info.

CONNECTICUT Protest:

WHERE: Downtown Stamford CT, on the Ferguson Library steps

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm

Contact: Isabella Houghton: saverhorses@gmail.com

LAS VEGAS Rally:

Plus free concert: Grey Beard Bandit (Wild Horses Need our Voices)

Real (gentled) wild mustangs and guest speakers

WHERE:Horseman’s Park, 5800 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89122

WHEN: Monday, October 11 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Contacts:Shelly Smith shelly5711@yahoo.com or Katie Ellen Barron lotrfla300@yahoo.com

ARIZONA Protest:

WHEN: Helldorado Weekend, Oct.16 & 17th.  10:00am

WHERE: Downtown Tombstone, Arizona

CONTACT: Deb Catlett deborahcatlett@aol.com for more info

UTAH Protest:

WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00am

WHERE: County Bldgs (the old courthouse). 179 N. Main St., Logan, Utah

Contact: Kristy Amado kfamado@msn.com

COLORADO Protest:

WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010,11:00am- 2:00pm

WHERE: Southwest corner of Canyon & Broadway

Contacts: Linda Hanick vlhanick@gmail.com or Cathy Bryarly robcathyderek@peoplepc.com or 303-746-4729

SACRAMENTO Protest

WHEN: October 23, 10am-2pm

WHERE: at the West Steps of Capitol Bldg (10th and Capitol Mall) Contact: Janet Schultz: 1fastback@att.net

Additional protests are being planned for: Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Vermont.

Links of interest:

Congress Sends Letter for Wild Herds to Secretary Salazar http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule- http://bit.ly/roundupsched

American Herds – “What’s Left?” http://bit.ly/WhatsLeft

Unified Moratorium on Roundups Letter http://bit.ly/MoratoriumLtr

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit.  America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History http://bit.ly/8ZCk8e

Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now  http://bit.ly/Stampede2Oblivion

Shortlink to this release http://bit.ly/WHrally2

Photos, video and interviews available by request.

Media Contact:

Makendra Silverman

Tel: 719-351-8187

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 ~ www.thecloudfoundation.org

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