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

 

Judge ADMITS it’s wrong and still does nothing!!!!!

Media Contacts:

Rebecca McNeill
rebeccam@aspca.org
Tel: 646-291-4582

Anne Novak

Tel: 415-531-8454

For Immediate Release

 

October 22, 2010

 

Animal Welfare Groups Respond to Federal Ruling that Fails to Protect Colorado Wild Horse Herd

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), along with Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, and Dr. Don and Toni Moore, today responded to a federal judge’s ruling that declined to issue an injunction preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing its inhumane and illegal roundup of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. The case, brought against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in New York, charged that the BLM’s ongoing treatment of America’s federally protected wild horse herds violates the National Environmental Protection Act, as well as the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

 

The BLM had dropped its immediate attempt to relocate the case from New York to Colorado or Washington D.C., making this the first case against the BLM to be heard in New York. “While we are disappointed by yesterday’s ruling, we are encouraged by the court’s acknowledgment that the removal of these iconic horses impacts all Americans,” said Matt Bershadker, senior vice president of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty. “The ASPCA is committed to protecting our nation’s wild horses.”

 

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley acknowledged that the plaintiffs would undoubtedly suffer irreparable harm from the roundup of the wild horse herd. The court further acknowledged the permanent injury caused to Dr. Don Moore, a Colorado veterinarian who has personally known the Piceance-North Douglas Herd for decades. “Although we did not get the win that we were aiming for,” stated Jerry Finch, founder and president of Habitat for Horses, “we stood fast in a contested venue and got the court to agree to the damage done to American citizens when the BLM pulls our wild mustangs from their rightful land. That in its own right is huge.”

 

“I would be lying if I said that I am not disappointed,” said R.T. Fitch, volunteer executive director of the funding HfH Advisory Council, “but it’s not about me, you or anything else other than the horses. That’s where my feelings reside. It’s time for the American wild horse to catch a break, and we intend to see that promise through.”

 

More than 19 million acres originally designated for wild horses have been slowly whittled away for cattle grazing, making the horses both the victims and targets for removal. The use of helicopters to run the terrified horses over miles of scorching desert has resulted in serious injuries and several horse deaths throughout the summer, as well as one-half or more of the wild horse population languishing in long-term holding pens.

 

“The fight to save the last of the mustangs is just beginning,” said Ginger Kathrens, director of the Cloud Foundation. “We will continue to take our message to Congress, the courts and to an increasingly concerned public.”

 

For more information on the BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses, please visit www.aspca.org. To learn more about the Habitat for Horses Advisory Council, please visit www.hfhadvisorycouncil.org, and for information on the Cloud Foundation, go to www.cloudfoundation.org.

 

 

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

 

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

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

COALITION TO SAVE COLORADO MUSTANGS!!!

 

For Immediate Release

Group Lawsuit Filed to Stop Destruction of Colorado Mustang Herd

Suit seeks immediate injunction, cites BLM’s violations of four Congressional Acts

New York City, NY (October 7, 2010)— A case filed today against Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar in federal court aims to stop the elimination of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. Plaintiffs Habitat for Horses (HfH), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Toni Moore and Dr. Don Moore challenge the BLM’s ongoing illegal treatment of wild horses residing on public lands and it’s intention to completely remove all wild horses from this area beginning October 11, 2010.

The Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Bruce Wagman (Schiff Hardin) and Valerie Stanley, are asking the court for an injunction to stop BLM from removing any of these wild horses pending a complete judicial review of the BLM’s conduct. The complaint cites four counts and violations committed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): violation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Information Quality Act and the Federal Land Policy Management Act. The suit has been brought against BLM Director Robert Abbey and Field Manager of the Colorado White River Field Office Kent Walter, in addition to Secretary Salazar.

“The BLM’s ‘shoot from the hip’ policy of indiscriminately destroying and removing long standing wild horse herds has to come to an end,” says R.T. Fitch, Volunteer Executive Director of co-supporting organization HfH Advisory Council, “Poor accounting, outdated data and disengagement from the reality of the range is the hallmark of the BLM’s business plan. They must be stopped.”

On September 10th, 2010 the White River Field office of the BLM issued its final decision to completely and permanently eliminate the herd of wild horses which has lived in partnership with the natural environment in the Herd Area for centuries.

“BLM and other public agencies have eliminated over a third of wild horse herds designated for protection by Congress in 1971,” explains Cloud Foundation Volunteer Executive Director, Ginger Kathrens. “Colorado has only a few hundred wild horses remaining and the destruction of yet another herd is unthinkable—cruel, costly and completely unnecessary. It is a managing to extinction policy that must stop.”

This action is co-funded by HfH Advisory Council and the ASPCA. A suit filed last week to protect the nearby West Douglas wild horse herd has so far resulted in a one-year postponement of that “zeroing out action.” The case remains in court.

The Cloud Foundation, HfH Advisory Council, ASPCA and over 200 other organizations and tens of thousands of members of the public continue to call for an immediate moratorium on BLM wild horse and burro roundups. To date the BLM has not changed course and plans to roundup and remove a total of 3,295 wild horses and burros before the end of the year. Currently, nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros are held in pens and pastures at taxpayer expense.

Links of interest:

Legal documents filed today: http://bit.ly/d7ePWk

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/COmustangSuit

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 www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Habitat for Horses Advisory Council is the “The Legal Voice of the American Equine” and is comprised of like-minded equine welfare oriented organizations and individual advocates. The Council works to progress relevant issues imperative to furthering the safety and well being of horses, both domestic and wild, in the United States. Habitat for Horses Advisory Council is a registered 501c4 non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, TX 77563, p.1-800-974-FOTH www.hfhadvisorycouncil.org

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. 424 E. 92nd St New York, NY 10128-6804, p. 212-876-7700 www.aspca.org

Media Contacts:

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

Terry Fitch
Info@hfhadvisorycouncil.org
Tel: 832-367-4849

Rebecca McNeill
RebeccaM@aspca.org
Tel: 212-876-7700 x4582

 

BLM ROUND UP LEAVES FILLY TO DIE!!!!!!

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Hi Everyone:

During the BLM Silver King roundup last week a little filly was left behind.  Presently, she is out on the range by herself.  Annie Kimmell Mond informed me that she is part of a rescue operation being pulled together to help save this little one from eminent danger.

If you care to contribute to her rescue you can go to :

grassrootshorse.com – PayPal – Research (this way you can specify it is for her rescue)

If this method does not work contact:

She will be able to help you.

Please share far and wide.

My apologies for any duplicates.

Thank you.

Jo

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