A Celebration of Wild Horses and Burros – The Annual Fundraiser is Here!

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Born To Be Wild – A Celebration of Wild Horses and Burros

Annual Fundraiser for The Cloud Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO  (Oct.2, 2017) Enjoy a fun-filled evening and support a great cause by attending The Cloud Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction. The event at the Arvada Events Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO. will include appearances by Ginger Kathrens, Emmy-Award Winning producer, cinematographer, award-winning author and founder of The Cloud Foundation and Adam Bartley, well-known TV star from Longmire.  You’ll also have the  opportunity to meet a rescued mustang, Piccolo and burro, Dylan.  Numerous items will be available in our silent auction and Cloud merchandise will be available for purchase. The Oct. 12 event is from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and the cost is $75.00 per person.

Funds raised will aid The Cloud Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect wild horses and burros on public lands.  Kathrens, Executive Director and Founder of The Cloud Foundation has advocated for wild horses and burros since 1994.  Her journey with wild horses has been compared to Jane Goodall’s experience with Chimpanzees.  Her documentation of the wild stallion Cloud in three films produced for WNET’s Nature series on PBS represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.  Kathrens was appointed to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in April 2016.

The Cloud Foundation advocates for the management of wild horses and burros “on the range” using safe and effective fertility control vaccine, and actively promotes recruitment of volunteers to help document and manage herds on their native lands.  Currently BLM rounds up thousands of wild horses and burros each year and stockpiles them in feedlot style corrals at taxpayer expense.   BLM is now considering slaughtering over to 50,000 wild horses and burros in their facilities as a way to cut costs, instead of pursuing humane and economically feasible “on the range” management strategies endorsed by The Cloud Foundation.

The Cloud Foundation, is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger’s knowledge and fear for wild horses and burros in the West. “I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says. “They are rounded up by the thousands, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family.

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The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

Slaughter Summit Exit Survey Reveals Dark Heart of Wild Horse Haters

 

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Slaughter Summit Exit Survey Reveals Dark Heart of Wild Horse Haters

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From the cherry-picked picture of an emaciated horse on the cover page, to the depiction of an emaciated wild horse and burro in the logo, the agenda of the National Wild Horse and Burro Summit was set before it was announced: these animals are suffering, and they must be put out of their misery. Trouble is, that narrative is 100% false. Since the passage of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro act, wild horses and burros have lost millions of acres of range land to ranching interests, and in the herd areas that remain livestock are allocated 82% of the available forage as a matter of policy. But industry groups would have the American public, and more importantly our representatives in Congress, believe there simply isn’t enough good food and water on the range for Wild Horses and Burros to survive. They cherry pick photos like the one in their exit survey to try to convey this falsehood. Animals that are likely very old and/or very sick, are a perfectly natural part of a healthy free herd. In fact if you look closely at that picture, you will notice that all the horses in the background look in great condition. But the Slaughter Summit attendees want to spread the message that nearly our wild horses and burros are on the brink of starvation to prove their point.

Dozens of boots-on-the-ground testimonies tell the real truth:  Horses are NOT starving.  Pictures are endlessly taken by advocates throughout all the HMAs, whereas none of the pictures shown at the slaughter-summit were taken by those that see these horses on a regular basis.  Pictures are taken by advocates that have no financial stake in the horses, whereas attendees of the summit generally have fortunes to be made on the death of these horses. 

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They held their conference for the ranching industry and anti-wild horse politicians and patted each other on the back while trying to get their story straight to present a united front of lies to the American public and our representatives in Congress-the goal being to eliminate wild horses and burros from the American West. And the evidence for their insidious agenda is crystal clear in the exit survey they conducted, not only in the disturbing results, but equally in their choice of questions asked. You can click here to view the exit survey in it’s entirety, but here are a few of the most disturbing highlights:

96% of respondents completely oppose the current status quo situation

Highly-supported options:

  • 99% Commercial use of horses of protein for pet food (86% complete sup, 13% moderate sup)
  • 96% Commercial use of horses of protein for zoo animals (78% complete sup, 18% moderate sup)
  • 96% Euthanizing unadoptable horses for population control (81% complete sup, 15% mod. sup)
  • 92% Allowing sale without restrictions (69% complete sup, 23% moderate sup)
  • 93% Reducing the age of “sale without restrictions” from 10+ years old to 5+ years old (67% complete sup, 26% moderate sup)
  • 92% Commercial use of horses of protein for human consumption (67% complete sup, 25% moderate sup)

 

Well-supported options:

  • 89% Permanent sterilization of mares by spaying (71% completely sup, 18% moderately sup)
  • 88% Allowing private organizations to acquire/adopt large numbers of horses (57% completely sup, 31% moderately sup)
  • 88% Adding additional contraceptives as management tools (50% completely sup, 33% moderately sup)
  • 87% Developing additional adoption opportunities outside the U.S. (58% completely sup, 29% moderately sup)
  • 85% Developing additional adoption opportunities within the U.S. (67% completely sup, 18% moderately sup)
  • 80% Creating coordination committees or working groups at appropriate local scales (43% completely sup, 37% moderately sup)
  • 76% Allowing individual states to manage horses within their boundaries without federal restrictions (55% completely sup, 21% moderately sup)

Taken together these questions and results indicate a plan on the part of industry interests and politicians to whom they donate, to eliminate the Wild Horse and Burro from the American West, and to eliminate public lands from the American landscape. This is perhaps the most dangerous time Wild Horses and Burros have faced since the passage of the act meant to protect and enshrine them into the American landscape. The 2018 budget will ultimately be decided in the US Senate. If you don’t want to see them disappear you MUST give them your voice, you must call your Senators and the members of the Senate Subcommittee on the Interior. Also email this photo of healthy horses, and tell them that any action that would allow their slaughter, euthanasia or the stripping of their federal protections is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! These beautiful and iconic animals cannot speak up for them selves. YOU must be their voice! Please, call now, call every day! Write letters! Attend town halls! DO NOT LET THE INDUSTRY AND THEIR PAID FOR POLITICIANS GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

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Kathrens to Present Humane and Economically Sustainable Solutions to BLM’s Beleaguered Wild Horse and Burro Program

 

 WASHINGTON, DC (Tues, June 22, 2016) – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation has documented and advocated for wild horse herds for over 22 years.  Known as the Jane Goodall of wild horses, Kathrens’ documentation of Cloud the Wild Stallion represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.   At the invitation of Representative Raul Grijalva, (D-AZ) she will testify before the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands oversight hearing entitled, “Challenges and Potential Solutions for BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program,” Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Eastern Time) in Room 1334 Longworth House Office Building.

On May  11, 2016 the BLM issued a Press Release titled  “WildHorses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 greater than when the 1971 law was passed,”  bemoaning problems which they themselves have created.  Instead of embracing realistic management strategies, the BLM and some western politicians have attempted to derail the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act) aimed at protecting wild horses on public lands.

For over 20 years the BLM has had reasonable, cost effective and humane ways to maintain healthy populations of wild horses and burros on their legally designated homes on the range in the form of the fertility vaccine PZP.   Dr. John Turner wrote: “. . . the consequent cost of one un-prevented foal is many times greater than a PZP-22 dose in terms of capture, processing and adoption (estimates > $ 2K) or lifelong warehousing (estimates up to $ 10K). A forty-thousand-dollar cost savings to the taxpayer on each treat/retreat mare is significant.”

Instead, BLM has chosen to ignore solid recommendations by Equine Professionals, The National Academies of Science and thousands if not millions of comments by the public recommending rational strategies and economically sustainable solutions to manage wild horse and burro populations “on the range” rather than continue inhumane and costly helicopter roundups and holding.

Prior to the hearing, Tom McClintock, Committee Chairman, released a memo describing the BLM’s program policy.  Kathrens commented, “BLM alternatives are not humane and do not consider the welfare of a species protected by a unanimously passed act of Congress.”

BLM’s proposed solutions, deadly sterilization experiments on wild mares (some as young as 8 months of age), have met with public outcry not only against the BLM but also Oregon State University for expenditures of taxpayer dollars to finance surgical experiments, which have little practical application unless the death of mares is acceptable.

Kathrens, Humane Advocate on BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, will offer well-thought out solutions and outline problems with the BLM’s current strategies.  “Overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public lands has been alleged by the BLM and passed on without question by media for years,” Kathrens states. “However the BLM manages the population of most herd management areas at levels far below the population required for genetic viability (150-200 animals). In her testimony Kathrens states, “BLM has so marginalized wild horses that the majority of herds are too small to meet even minimal standards to ensure their genetic viability…  It is obvious that one solution to warehousing wild horses and burros in costly short-term holding is a reexamination of appropriate management levels (AMLs) and a fairer allocation of available forage between wild horses and livestock.”

By establishing appropriate management levels at ridiculously low numbers, the BLM declares a huge overpopulation of wild horses and burros.  However, when you look at BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro statistics closely it is easy to see that the problem lies in the herd size BLM wants to manage.  Several examples are shocking.  The Montezuma Peaks herd in Nevada on nearly 78,000 acres is managed at a population of 2-4 horses, therefore the current population of 64 horses is represented as 1600% over AML.  BLM’s manipulation of numbers has been so successful over the years as to dupe the American Public and the media into believing that western public lands are overrun with wild horses and burros.  And their “estimated” population numbers based on 20% annual reproduction has perpetuated a “sky is falling” mentality and rhetoric aimed at destroying thousands of wild horses across the west.

Rangeland Degradation by wild horses has been grossly overstated by the BLM to cover up years of livestock overgrazing. In 1990 the GAO reported: “BLM’S decisions on how many wild horses to remove from federal rangelands have not been based on direct evidence that existing wild populations exceed what the range can support. While wild horses are routinely removed. Livestock grazing frequently remains unchanged or increased after the removal of wild horses, increasing the degradation of public lands.”

A Peer review of BLM Rangeland Health Assessments states, “As of 2012, based on the records PEER received from the BLM… the agency claims that 10,480 allotments have not met standards (55% of total allotment area), and that 16% of allotments (29% of total allotment area) have failed standards due to livestock grazing.

“We have at our disposal humane and economically sustainable ways to manage wild horses on the range,” states Kathrens, “if only the BLM will agree to pursue a different path.”  The Cloud Foundation and many other organizations have offered volunteer assistance to the BLM to make management of wild horses and burros on the range a reality. “It is high time the BLM perform their legal mandate to protect wild horses on public lands.”

The Preamble of the unanimously passed Wild Horse Act concludes, the wild free-roaming horse and burro “are to be considered … as an integral part of the natural system of public lands.”

The opportunity for the head of a wild horse advocate organization to testify before a congressional oversight hearing is historic.  “Constituents concerned for the welfare of publicly owned wild horses and burros are tired of being ignored by the BLM and their congressional representatives,” Kathrens concludes. She continues, “Wishes of the American people are not being taken into consideration.  There are far more cost effective and humane measures for managing wild horses on public lands than those under consideration by the BLM.”

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LINKS:

Written Testimony, Ginger Kathrens

Wild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelnds Now 2.5 timesGreater than When the 1971 Law Was Passed.

Tom McClintock Hearing Memo

Live Streaming of Oversight Hearing

Mare Sterilization Research EA

1990 GAO Report “Improvements neededin Federal Wild Horse Program” (see Appendix 1)

Peer Report, “The BLM Grazing Data,” 

The Cloud Foundation

BLM Wild Horse and Burro PopulationStatistics 

1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses andBurros Act 

“Using Science to Improve the Wild Horse and Burro Program,” NAS Report 

Media Contact:

 

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

 

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

Paula Todd King

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

Communications Director

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

Save America’s Last Viable Burro Herd!

Below is an article written by the Cloud Foundation in support of the American Burros.

 

The majority of wild burros in the US live in the deserts and mountains of Arizona. Quiet and deliberate, they are beautifully adapted to their surroundings and are some of the largest wild animals to be found in their desert home. Unlike wild horses that run from intruders, burros tend to size up a situation. It gave us an opportunity to quietly observe them. 
     Although protected by the Wild Horse and Burro Act, they are managed at token levels, far less than the herd sizes needed to guarantee their existence into the next century. The recent National Academies of Science Report included cautionary words “multiple populations (of burros) totaling thousands, rather than hundreds, of individuals will probably be necessary for long-term viability of species.” Genetic analysis of wild burro herds finds diversity levels lower than their endangered cousins in Africa!

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Only one herd comes remotely close to the minimum required for long term survival and that is the one targeted for a devastating removal, unless we can convince BLM to reconsider. Over 1,000 burros call the Black Mountain Herd Management Area home. Scattered over the landscape, these hardy burro survivors can be difficult to spot and are wary of onlookers. 75 miles long and 13 miles wide in northwestern Arizona, the Black Mountain area is 1.1 million acres of volcanic mountains and sandy draws east of the Colorado River. It is nearly as large as the state of Delaware.

A lone jenny and her baby forage on brittle sticks and scanty vegetation. Like all burros they thrive on very little, and eat roughage that is indigestible to their cloven-hoofed counterparts. Burros are accused of competing with other animals. Yet, new scientific revelations in Arizona show vital ways in which they benefit other wildlife. Trail cam footage shot in August 2015 reveals burros digging for water.  With their solid hooves they are better equipped to dig than cloven-hoofed animals like Javalena, mule deer, and Desert Bighorn Sheep. Even coyotes and domestic livestock (also cloven-hoofed) benefit from the well-digging wild burros. Burros are often blamed for destruction of fragile desert habitats when the damage is clearly done by humans. The tracks you see below are not burro paths but ATV and motorcycle trails sliced into the desert dunes.

Ignoring the real culprits of desert destruction, BLM proposes to remove nearly 3/4’s of the burros in Black Mountain, leaving a non-viable remnant. Let’s fight back for the burros. The last wild horse or burro range where management is primarily for wild horses and burros was designated 25 years ago. It’s time for the burros of Arizona to have a range designated for them and the other wildlife of the Black Mountains. Without protections, a roundup could destroy this last stronghold of the burros.
     Let Arizona’s Congressional Delegation know you want a range for these icons of the desert in their State! Ask them to do the right thing today for the Burros of the Black Mountains. Stop the roundup. Create an Arizona Burro Range. Click here for a list of the Arizona’s Senators and Congressional Representatives. Respectfully ask them to request the creation of the Black Mountain Wild Burro Range. Stop the roundup!

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Breaking News: Wild Horse Abuse in Utah Facility

Inhumane wild horse management plagues BLM Utah facilities

Lisa Friday followup report exposes more mustang abuse

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (November 11, 2011) – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) has received a report from wild horse advocate, Lisa Friday, regarding the conditions of two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse holding facilities in Utah. Friday was following up on the wild horses she found living in squalor at the Herriman holding facility outside Salt Lake, who have been moved to other facilities in the state. Despite finding the horses living in clean pens with plenty of hay, Friday’s report contains stills and video which reveal more inhumane treatment of wild horses.

 

“I saw captive wild horses in Utah with severely long, curled hooves,” explains Friday. “Dozens of mustangs were very lame with shocking sled-runner feet. When I asked why their feet were not trimmed I was told they did not have the funding to hire a professional farrier and were just beginning to ‘train’ a fellow to trim hooves. I would like to see the two facilities (Delta & Gunnison) allocate funding to have the mustangs’ feet cared for by a professional. The facilities have a paid public relations specialist on staff but no professional farrier to care for the horses. Their priorities are mixed up.”

 

In March of this year, Friday revealed wild horses living in knee-deep mud, manure and urine with no dry place to lie down at the Herriman facility. As a result of her video, released by TCF, and subsequent BLM reviews, the facility is closed for the winter with plans to close  permanently within the next two years.

 

Friday was not permitted to take pictures or video when she visited the Gunnison Correctional Facility on October 27th, however she reports seeing the same long, uncared for hooves and lameness. She even saw an inmate riding a lame mustang with severely long toes.

 

“This is definitely gross neglect,” states Dr. Lisa Jacobson, an equine veterinarian in Clyde Park, Montana who examined Friday’s photographs. “There is no excuse for allowing hooves to be in this crippling state.”

 

Friday took pictures of 20 or more captive wild horses in the Delta Facility with severely curled hooves and reported that the Gunnison facility had the same problems. Horses in the care of private citizens are often trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Hoof health is essential for horse health.

 

“I have never seen wild horses in the BLM Canon City, Colorado holding and training facility with hoof problems like those in Lisa’s pictures,” explains Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, who has been visiting the Colorado facility for the past 13 years. “BLM schedules all horses for regular hoof care every two months or so in Canon City. If Utah cannot do the same, they should not have horses warehoused there.”

 

Friday also discovered a bay mare (Neck tag #7081) in the Delta facility with a very severe-looking eye condition. The veterinarian for the facility did not know what had caused the problem. Eye problems in horses can cause blindness. Two weeks later, the condition has yet to be diagnosed or treated.

 

“I visited a holding facility and adoption center this year in Mississippi,” says Friday.  “All the horses seemed very well taken care of—quite a contrast with the Utah facilities.”

 

Friday attended the Winter Ridge roundup near Vernal, Utah two months ago. She wanted to check in on those horses now in holding who were shipped to the Delta facility. She was shocked to see a lot of the wild horses were not freeze branded and did not have ID tags.

 

“Why weren’t the Winter Ridge horses branded and wearing their ID tags? asks Lisa Friday. “Without indentification, captured wild horses are at risk of slipping into the slaughter pipeline. What’s going on here?”

 

In August, a trailer was stopped at a port of entry outside of Helper, Utah under suspicious circumstances and 64 BLM mustangs bound for slaughter in Mexico were impounded.

 

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Media Contacts:

 

Anne Novak

415-531-8454

Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org

 

Lauryn Wachs

617-894-6939

Lauryn@TheCloudFoundation.org

 

Links of Interest:

 

Lisa Friday’s Report: 

http://bit.ly/spHCeh

Lisa Friday’s video: 

http://bit.ly/rzTBGL

Slaughter Bust–Mustang Killer Buyer Indictment: 

http://bit.ly/px8pvg

Video report from Herriman Facility (April 2011) http://bit.ly/tevV3H

ACTION ALERT – Please Atten NV Triple B Lawsuit Hearing/Rally, Thurs, 7/14, in Reno

Wild Horse & Burro Warriors – Please try to attend this critical hearing/rally next week. A huge attendance will show NV and the American people via the press that we mean business to protect and preserve our iconic wild horses and burros of the West. We won’t back down until we win for our wild ones. The world is watching.

All the details are in the attached flyer. Please post far & wide.

Breaking News: BLM Kiger roundup shrouded in secrecy

Shady tactics surround BLM roundup of famous Kiger mustangs

Public comment process subverted despite NEPA

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 7, 2011)—The Cloud Foundation is outraged at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) lack of transparency and avoidance of public input pertaining to the Kiger/Riddle Mountain roundup happening now outside of Burns, Oregon. The herds are famous for their Spanish Conquistador ancestry as well as Disney’s hit movie, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The Foundation asks Congress to stop the illegal roundup now in order to save these herds from being destroyed. BLM’s plan would reduce the two herds to grossly non-viable populations of less than 50 animals each.

To the Foundation’s knowledge, no pro-wild horse interested parties received the Environmental Assessment (EA) within the allotted 30-day comment period. The only public notification appears to be a March 16, 2011 blurb in the local Burns Times Herald newspaper saying “the proposed action will begin in September, 2011.”

“I was shocked to learn that the Kiger and Riddle Mountain herds were going to be rounded up in early July,” states Diane Pinney, Kiger wild horse adopter and Wild Horse and Burro Representative, Southeast Oregon’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC). “I never received the EA or a notice that it was available, and I can’t find anyone else who did.”

BLM typically receives thousands of comments from concerned members of the public protesting their wild horse removal actions. Despite this, BLM Three Rivers Field Manager, Richard Roy, indicated the agency received “no public comments pertaining to the EA.”

As soon as The Cloud Foundation realized they had not received the EA, nor had anyone they knew, they alerted Portland Attorney, Geordie Duckler. He quickly filed a request for a temporary restraining order. It was denied by District Judge Hernandez and this denial allowed the roundup to begin today.

“This is one of the sleaziest BLM tactics I’ve seen in 16 years of documenting wild horses and dealing with the agency,” states Ginger Kathrens, EMMY Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “BLM’s actions appear to be a carefully designed strategy to keep the public in the dark and subvert the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which promotes public involvement.”

“If BLM succeeds in flying under the radar, the wild horses and American taxpayers will pay the price,” explains Kathrens. “We want this roundup to be put on hold right now so we can have at least 30 days for public comment.”

The Cloud Foundation believes BLM’s actions are a violation of the public trust and they vow to continue to fight for the rights of America’s wild horses and burros to roam freely on their legally designated ranges. They encourage members of the public to contact their U.S senators and representatives and request intervention on behalf of our nation’s wild horses and burros before they are managed into oblivion.