You wanted President Obama’s help saving the mustangs? Well here’s your chance…

Let’s sign this petition on whitehouse.gov and maybe we can finally get the administration to see the importance of protecting our wild horses over securing corporate profits at the expense of the mustangs and burros. We only need 5000 signatures to be heard. But imagine if we had 10,000 or 100,000! Let’s make it happen!

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/protect-wild-horses-and-burros-reform-inhumane-interior-department-management-program-wastes-tax/MYTbsKg6

COME PROTEST WITH US TO SAVE LIVES

Media Contacts:

 

Makendra Silverman

Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org

Tel: 719-351-8187

 

Anne Novak

Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org

Tel: 415-531-8454

 

For Immediate Release

 

Protests Sweep California for Wild Horses

 

Rallies Saturday in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Del Mar

 

Los Angeles (October 22, 2010)—Three California cities join the second wave of national protests calling for a freeze on Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro roundups. The removals of more than 11,000 symbols of freedom are slated for permanent removal from our Western public lands in fiscal year 2011 (beginning in October, 2010).

 

“The BLM is pushing forward with massive roundups using a budget not yet approved by Congress, against the will of the American people and the intent of the Wild Horse and Burro Act,” explains Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “Congress needs to rein in the BLM who is managing our wild horses to extinction at taxpayer expense.”

 

Currently the huge Adobe Town/Salt Wells roundup in Southern Wyoming continues at an estimated cost of more than $3.5 million to remove more than 1,500 healthy Mustangs living free on public lands. BLM plans to start limiting public access by placing trap sites on private land.

 

Wild horses create biodiversity and a sustainable landscape. Countries such as England have reintroduced wild horses to heal the land and bring back ecological balance. The horse evolved to its present form in North America and in the 1500s returned with the Spanish Conquistadors to the Americas. This returned-native species flourished and in 1974 more than 50,000 roamed the United States/American West. Today far less than half that number remain in the wild.

 

California has lost 16 of the original 38 wild horse herds designated for protection in 1971. BLM recently devastated the Twin Peaks California herd, leaving only 450 mustangs and 72 burros on the 1,250 square mile Twin Peaks wild horse and burro herd management area.

 

Many roundups have been linked to energy development projects, other extractive industries and the fight for water rights–all competing for public land use. Corporate Geothermal projects in California alone are able to lease land from the BLM for as low as $7 per acre.

“Removing mustangs from public lands releases land use restrictions and creates ecological disaster. The West is being transformed into an industrial zone for extractive industries: oil, gas, gold mining, uranium mining and more,” states Terri Farley, author of the Phantom Stallion series who will speak at the Sacramento rally.

 

Protests are scheduled for the following locations:

 

Scheduled protests:

October 23: Los Angeles, CA – CNN Los Angeles, 6430 W. Sunset Blvd

October 23: Sacramento, CA – West Steps of Capitol Bldg (10th and Capitol Mall)

October 23: Del Mar, CA – Del Mar Fairgrounds

October 23: Phoenix, AZ – John McCain’s Phoenix office, 5353 North 16th St

October 29: Annapolis, MD – Lawyers Mall/Thurgood Marshall statue.

October 29: Brattleboro, VT – Co-op, 2 Main St

November 13: New York City – Columbus Circle, 59th St.

November 13: Fort Worth, TX – location to be announced

Details and contact information online here

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Links of interest:

French TV reports on wild horses http://t.co/4jKWYJg

Congress Sends Letter to stop roundups to Secretary Salazar http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule http://bit.ly/roundupsched

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

Short link to this release http://bit.ly/CAprotests

Photos, video and interviews available by request from the Cloud Foundation

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, p. 719-633-3842

 

People CRY and Mustangs Still DIE!!!

For Immediate Release 

Destruction of Largest Wyoming Wild Horse Herd Underway Despite Public
Outcry

Wild horse mare dies in costly and unnecessary roundup

Rock Springs, WY (October 12, 2010)-Amid nationwide protests, today 122 more
healthy wild horses were rounded up by helicopter in the Adobe Town/Salt
Wells Wild Horse Herd Management Area Complex
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; . The current three-day roundup total
is 320, not including one mare who died on the run yesterday. The National
Academy of Sciences will begin it’s Congressionally-requested investigation
of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program in
2011 but it will too late for the Red Desert herds without an immediate
moratorium on roundups.

This removal is estimated to cost at least $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars
and will leave the celebrated Adobe Town/Salt Wells Wild Horse Range
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; -already populated with oil and gas
wells <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>; -nearly devoid of mustangs. Some
40,000 cattle per year are allocated to graze on the 1.5 million acres
Complex as well, leaving little room for wild horses according to BLM’s
multiple-use interpretation. The BLM plans to continue their operation for
six weeks in order to roundup 1950 horses, removing 1580 of them permanently
from the Complex. The majority of horses removed will be shipped to the
Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City which doubles as a holding
facility for thousands of captured mustangs.

Carol Walker, author/photographer of Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing
Wild Horses, has been documenting the mustangs of Wyoming’s Red Desert for
seven years. “I am witnessing the end of the wild West here as family after
family of wild horses are driven into the trap, the majority of which will
never return. These are magnificent animals who deserve to live their lives
in freedom with their families. They should not be stockpiled with the more
than 40,000 wild horses and burros now in government holding.”

According to the National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming’s Red Desert is one
of the last high-desert ecosystems in North America with varied landscapes,
including the sagebrush steppe. In addition to pronghorn, mountain lion
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/resour
ces/450-natural-predators> , desert elk, pygmy rabbits, greater sage grouse,
black-footed ferrets and golden eagles, reside Wyoming’s last great herd of
wild horses. These mustangs trace back to the horses of the Spanish conquest
and before that to their almost genetically-identical ancestors who died out
in North America some 7,000 years ago.

BLM expects to leave no more than 861 wild horses (3,000 acres per horse) on
the range that will include 100 mares treated with an experimental two-year
infertility drug, PZP-22
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-h
orse-issues/454-position-paper-on-pzp-22-contraceptive-drug> . Going against
their Environmental Assessment <http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>; , BLM will
manipulate the sex ratios to nearly 67% male: 33% female by releasing 274
stallions and only 100 mares. These numbers exceed the publicized 60% male
to 40% female ratio.

“Skewing the sex ratio to this extent and returning 100 drugged mares who
will cycle monthly is a recipe for social disaster” explains Cloud
Foundation Director Ginger Kathrens
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/about-us/board-of-directors>; ,
who has spent more than 16 years observing and documenting wild horse
behavior across the West. “BLM is in the business of removal and
destruction, not management.”

BLM has set up an observation site for the public and media on an oil and
gas pad more than one mile from the partially visible trap site. The
Foundation encourages members of the public to witness this roundups,
updates on trap location and observing the roundup can be found on the BLM
website
<http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/fallgather/public-observ.h
tml> .

Makendra Silverman, on site for The Cloud Foundation reports: “The noise of
the chopper fills the air before you see a cloud of dust and running
mustangs. I watched some of the last wild horses swept off our public lands
with a backdrop of oil and gas wells-this absolutely must stop.”

Concurrently BLM contractors are rounding up wild horses in Colorado’s North
Piceance Herd Area, despite a lawsuit
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/press-relea
ses/486-npiceancesuit> filed by the Habitat for Horses Advisory Council,
the ASPCA <http://www.aspca.org> and The Cloud Foundation
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> last week. Eyewitnesses today say a
mare and her baby tried to escape but the mare was roped and dragged into a
trailer. The condition of the mare has not yet been disclosed.

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Professional photographs (Living Images by Carol Walker
<http://www.livingimagescjw.com/>; ) as well as video and interviews
available by request from the Cloud Foundation

Links of interest:

Adobe Town-Salt Wells Environmental Assessment http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea
<http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>;

High Country News: The Red Desert- Wyoming’s endangered country
http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290 <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>;

Wild Hoofbeats blog by Carol Walker (Adobe Town/Salt Wells Horses)
http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/

Lawsuit filed to save Colorado herd http://bit.ly/COmustangSuit

French TV reports on WildHorses http://t.co/4jKWYJg

CNN Report on Nevada Roundup with Jane Valez-Mitchell http://bit.ly/dvl7NE

Wild Horse Predators http://bit.ly/WHpredators

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

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

American Herds – AdobeTown/Salt Wells – A Tale of Tallies”
http://bit.ly/AdobeNumbers

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/AdobeTownDest

The Cloud Foundation <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> 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, p. 719-633-3842
www.thecloudfoundation.org <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/>;

Media Contacts:Makendra Silverman
Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 719-351-8187

Anne Novak
Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 415-531-8454

Demonstration/Protest in Boulder, CO, for WH&B – mark your calendars, Sat. 10/16

Call for Moratorium on All Roundups & a Vote on HR503/S727

Boulder, CO
Saturday, October 16
11 am to 1 pm
Southwest corner of Canyon & Broadway

Contacts:  Linda Hanick at vlhanick@gmail.com or Cathy Bryarly at robcathyderek@peoplepc.com, cell 303-746-4729
Bring signs, your kids & friends

Please forward to your other contacts, post on Facebook, etc.

Many thanks.

For the wild ones, Carla B ;–}

Herd Watch Discovers Covert Roundup in Nevada

Wild horses subjected to experimental sterilization procedures in wildlife refuge.

Reno, NV (September 26, 2010)—Laura Leigh, Director of Herd Watch, a Cloud Foundation program, has been monitoring a hidden roundup occurring this week at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge—notorious for hiding their activities from the public. Historically horses from Sheldon, in northwestern Nevada, have been extremely vulnerable to the slaughter pipeline and have been unaccounted for on many occasions. Herd Watch has learned that Sheldon horses have been subjected to experimental procedures such as vasectomies and hysterectomies done in the field so they still look like normal horses only they have been sterilized. Advocates are outraged. The roundup run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States FIsh and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Cattoor Livestock, is happening without any public notification or provisions for observation.

“I walked over a ridge and began to see horse bones,” explains Leslie Peeples, operating in Sheldon on a tip from Leigh, “The bone trail became more abundant and led me to a large pit that had been recently covered up near another one freshly dug up. I photographed what I observed there.”

Peeples continued onward to view more than 250 wild horses alive in a temporary holding facility out of the 400 intend to secretly gather.

“When I got back into my car I was chased from the area by the roundup contractor’s helicopter that came within 20-30 feet of my car,” Peeples states. “I was afraid for my life.”

On Friday, Sept 24th Leigh filed for injunctive relief in connection with her lawsuit, supported by Grass Roots Horse, in Reno federal district court. She asks for the cessation of all activities associated with the clandestine protocols surrounding wild horse roundups and asks for documentation to be made public about all facets of wild horse and burro management under the Department of Interior. Leigh also asks that all private facilities be open to the public, including long-term warehousing where public horses are currently stockpiled and off-limits to public view with their ultimate bulk sale receipts to alleged kill-buyers kept hidden.

As a result of the 2004 Burns Ammendment, BLM now has the legal right to partake in unlimited sales of wild horses to alleged kill-buyers as well as mass euthanasia.

The Sheldon incident and all of it’s details including photographs, experimental vasectomy and hysterectomy accounts, and statements have been added to Leigh’s motion in order to illustrate the extraordinary efforts made to hide roundup activities by privately contracted individuals paid for by tax dollars.

“This iron curtain of secrecy must end now,” states Leigh. “Without transparency, democracy fails.”

# # #

Leigh vs Salazar http://www.grassrootshorse.com/ Click on Legal Actions Page & view Leslie Peeples

Wild Horse Experimental Hysterectomies & Vasectomies in the Field http://bit.ly/cU8GKg

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

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

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58

Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS

American Herds – “What’s Left?”  http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2009/12/whats-left.html

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions on Wild Horses

(http://www.wildmustangcoalition.org/id44.html)

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

Photos, video and interviews are available

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

BLM CENSORING PUBLIC ROUNDUPS

BLM USING CIA TACTICS

Click on like below for the full article and video that appears in the upper right hand corner.

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/13194329/street-talk-commentary-the-blm-censoring-wild-horse-roundups

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has suffered two defeats in federal court in recent weeks. One judge ordered BLM to make public the names of ranchers who lease public land for grazing, something BLM didn’t want to do. A second judge struck down a BLM plan to severely limit public input into how public lands are managed.

BLM management has come under severe criticism from wild horse advocates who allege the agency seems to be morphing a public program into a private, off-limits undertaking.

The BLM is in the middle of the most ambitious schedule of wild horse roundups in modern history, with some 10,000 mustangs from Nevada and other states in its crosshairs — meaning they will be captured and then shipped off to holding pens or long term warehousing at a cost of tens of millions of public dollars.

BLM says it values transparency, but has gone to great lengths to hide what it’s doing from the very taxpayers who foot the bill. It’s as if BLM is taking a lesson from other three-letter agencies, like CIA.

The 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed with overwhelming support from the public for the preservation of wild herds on public ranges, but BLM has chafed under this edict ever since, despite P.R. statements to the contrary.

More than 20 million acres that were set aside for the herds have been zeroed out — wiped free of horses even though privately owned cattle still graze on the same acres.

BLM has apparently grown tired of being pummeled for the roundups, but when you chase wild animals with helicopters across miles of tough terrain, there will always be consequences and BLM no longer wants you to see them.

All of its most recent roundups have been headquartered on islands of private land located within the public acres. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but by putting their operations on private property, BLM managers get total control over who gets to see what they do.

At last winter’s Calico Roundup in Nevada, the bloodiest roundup in memory, observers from the public and media were invited to watch for only designated times and from a considerable distance.

Horse advocates didn’t see animals injured or killed, yet we know it happened, a lot, since more than 100 mustangs died either at the site or in holding pens later. It likewise didn’t want to see images on the evening news of the horses that keeled over dead during the Owyhee Roundup after being run for miles during the hottest month of the year.

BLM not only put roundup operations on private land, its holding pens are now private too. Horse advocates were previously able to visit the Fallon corrals to photograph the carnage, such as the colts whose hooves were literally ground off by the forced run over miles of sharp rock.

A few months ago, BLM decided it had had enough of those images, so it severely limited public access to holding facilities. It has even declared the air space off limits, a power it doesn’t have.

Horse advocates who tried to get in to see one recent roundup were threatened with arrest, even after a federal judge ordered BLM to allow them in.

What next, will they start stashing wild horses down in the bowels of Area 51, right there with the corpses of extraterrestrials? Will mustangs become the black budget equivalent of stealth drones and death rays?

The BLM doesn’t want the public to see the money shot — that is, a dead or dying horse or a cowboy kicking a colt in the head, so access is tightly controlled, you know, for our own protection.

The wild horse program isn’t part of the Pentagon’s black budget. National security is not at stake out on the range. Those are public dollars being spent on public lands by public employees. There is no room in those wide open spaces for secrecy and subterfuge.

Another roundup is set to begin this week in Nevada. BLM says it will arrange for at least one day for the public to observe the operation.

Oregon Wild Horse Herd Next on BLM Chopping Block BLM aims choppers at American mustangs and young foals

Portland, OR (August 18, 2010)—The Stinkingwater wild horse herd of Southeastern Oregon is slated for a near complete removal in a summer helicopter roundup scheduled to begin today. Concerned citizens in Oregon and across the country have been calling for a stop to this unnecessary and costly action. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to roundup all 214 wild horses and young foals they claim live in the area and release back only 40, leaving 20 stallions and 20 mares. At least one mare with a less than two-week-old foal are in danger from this roundup. Horses will be pushed over miles of rugged country criss-crossed with barbed wire fences in this roundup planned to last five days.

“The range is beautiful with abundant water and forage but it is managed as a cattle ranch- not as a wild horse range”, explains Cloud Foundation Associate Director, Makendra Silverman, who visited the range last week in a Herd-Watch capacity. “I found a less than one-week old foal and named him Pluto, assuming he is the last foal of the season. Running Pluto over these sharp volcanic rocks and rough terrain even a mile could be fatal.”

Although outnumbered 20:1 by privately-owned livestock in Stinkingwater, BLM has determined that only 40 wild horses may live on this 133 square-mile range. Minimal genetically-viable levels are set at 150-200 adult horses. Not one Oregon herd, including the famous Kiger mustangs, have herd levels set above 150.

“We’ve seen this again and again,” explains Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “BLM sets their ridiculously low “appropriate” management levels at non-viable numbers and then turns around and zeros out the entire wild horse or burro herd for being ‘too small to manage’—the American public wants our wild herds preserved, not destroyed.”
Advocates fear that deaths will occur in Stinkingwater as a helicopter runs panicked horses and foals through a maze of barbed-wire fences.

“In 1990 the Government Accountability Office Report underscored that wild horse removals did not significantly improve range conditions,” explains Kathrens. “The report pointed to cattle as the culprit as they vastly outnumber horses on BLM-managed public lands and reported that wild horse removals are not linked to range conditions, noting the lack of data provided by BLM. Oregon has lost over half of the original wild horse and burro herds designated for protection in 1971.”

“I hope that I might return to find Pluto and his family safe in Stinkingwater- enjoying the precious freedom granted to them by Congress but so often dismissed by the BLM” concludes Silverman.

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Links of interest:

Wild Horses: Management or Stampede to Extinction? Reno Gazette Special http://bit.ly/stampede2ext

Makendra’s blog post “a visit to Stinkingwater” http://bit.ly/VisitSW

Wild Horse Roundup Begins in California http://bit.ly/cuUZQN

PR Firm Hired for the Destruction of America’s Wild Horse and Burro Herds http://bit.ly/czf3HB

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58

Wild Horse and Burro Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/resources/wild.html

Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm

Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan http://bit.ly/bfdX1y

Short-link to this release online: http://bit.ly/stinkingwater

Short-link to photos available for download: http://bit.ly/SWphotos

Past Cloud Foundation press releases http://bit.ly/TCFpress

Photos online here- also video and interviews available from:
The Cloud Foundation makendra@thecloudfoundation.org, 719-633-3842

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 – 719-633-3842
http://www.thecloudfoundation.org