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.

To purchase tickets go to www.thecloudfoundation.orghttps://squareup.com/store/the-cloud-foundation/ or call 719-633-3842.  Please make reservations by October 8th, 2017.

 

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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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Congressman Honors Cloud

Legislation introduced to celebrate wild horses and burros
WASHINGTON (May 30, 2011) – Congressman Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, submitted a Resolution in the U. S. House of Representatives recognizing the birthday of the Pryor Mountain wild stallion, Cloud—for his role in enhancing the appreciation of all wild horses and burros in the American West.

“This majestic stallion has become the most famous wild horse in the world, and serves as the ambassador and emblem of wild horses and burros living free and protected on public lands,” remarked Representative Grijalva in his statement this week.  “No other wild horse in United States history has had his life story known and shared throughout the world.”

Documented from the day of his birth, May 29, 1995, by filmmaker Ginger Kathrens, Cloud puts a face on wild horses living in the West. Kathrens’ films for PBS’s Nature <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cloud-challenge-of-the-stallions/introduction/936/> series focus on the challenges of growing up wild and the complexity and occasional brutality of wild horse society. Through Cloud we learn about wild horse behavior, family dynamics, and the courage it takes for even a bold young stallion to win mares.

“Cloud is a survivor,” states Kathrens, “He’s endured brutal winters, intense predation, three helicopter roundups, bait trapping, injuries, and the loss of many family members. To this day he remains one of the dominant stallions on the Pryor Mountains in southern Montana. ”

Last Friday Grijalva submitted the Resolution honoring Cloud’s 16th birthday, saying that, “Cloud has taught us that what wild horses and burros cherish most is not so different than for all Americans, freedom and family.”

Even though Cloud is beloved around the world, the Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office was quoted in an October 2010 Billings Gazette article, stating they could “no longer protect Cloud and his family.” This appears to be a thinly veiled threat to remove the wild stallion and his progeny from their wilderness home in the Pryor Mountains.

“Thousands of wild horses and burros are slated to lose their freedom this summer,” states Kathrens who also serves as Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicating to wild horse and burro preservation. “Most will be warehoused for life at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, millions of head of livestock continue to monopolize the same public lands also at taxpayer expense.” Livestock permits on public lands loses an average of $123 million <http://www.sagebrushsea.org/pdf/factsheet_Grazing_Fiscal_Costs.pdf> per year for administrative costs alone.

Other pressures are also on the rise, as well. Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, is fast-tracking permits for oil and gas drilling as well as other extractive uses of public lands. Many of these projects will destroy pristine wilderness lands which serves as vital habitat for wild horses and burros and other endangered wildlife species.

“Wild horses and burros are living symbols of American freedom, family and the tenacity needed to overcome obstacles,” states Anne Novak spokesperson for The Cloud Foundation. “Let’s protect our wild creatures and stop the roundups now.”

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Media Contacts:
Anne Novak Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org <mailto:Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org> Tel: 415-531-8454
Lauryn Wachs Lauryn@TheCloudFoundation.org <mailto:Lauryn@TheCloudFoundation.orgTel: 617-894-6939

Below you will find the legislature, which was submitted to the House of Representatives on May 27, 2011:

H.RES.284 — Honoring wild horses and burros as important to our national heritage. (Introduced in House – IH)


HRES 284 IH

112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. RES. 284


Honoring wild horses and burros as important to our national heritage.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 26, 2011


Mr. GRIJALVA submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

RESOLUTION


Honoring wild horses and burros as important to our national heritage.

Whereas the evolutionary origin of equines is found in North America;

Whereas wild horses and burros are part of the ecosystem and rangelands of the United States;

Whereas wild horses and burros are an important part of our national heritage;

Whereas the National Wild Horse and Burro Program should provide for continued long-term existence and well-being of wild horses and burros on public lands; and

Whereas Cloud, the most famous and revered wild stallion, was born May 29, 1995, on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and embodies the essence of wild horse values of freedom and family: Now, therefore, be it



                               Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) honors the 16th birthday of Cloud;

(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe and celebrate the 16th birthday of Cloud and the intrinsic value of all wild horses and burros;

(3) recognizes wild horses and burros as living symbols of the western development era and honors their hardy nature; and

(4) recognizes that with the American frontier long since closed, wild horses and burros remain among the last representatives of the freedom and spirit of the Old West.