Tag Archives: Equine Protection

The Cloud Foundation Refuses to Give Up

The Cloud Foundation operates on a very small budget — but while we are small, we are mighty. This year we stepped out in faith because we knew we MUST ACT to stop yet another wipeout of wild horses on public lands.

Right now, we are the only thing standing between the 2,000 wild mustangs of Caliente and the BLM’s plan to eliminate them from one million acres of public lands in Nevada. They will all lose their homes, families, and freedom if we do not succeed.

This is a David and Goliath fight against a government agency. And the lawsuit is coming in at twice what our lawyers projected. That means we need to raise twice as much funding – nearly $50,000.

TCF relies heavily on the generous donations made at this time of year. We work hard to stretch every dollar as far as possible and we’re grateful for the trust you place in us when you donate. It’s especially difficult to ask for donations this year knowing many folks are hitting hard times due to the COVID pandemic.

If you can, we are asking you to donate now for Giving Tuesday. Please understand we have to ask not for ourselves, but for the animals we fight to protect.

The next 24 hours and the following few weeks of the holiday giving season are critical. They will dictate what we can accomplish to keep America’s wild horses and burros safe, wild, and free on our public lands.

Thank you for all that you do — and never ever give up!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Tell Senators to Uphold the PAST Act

American Horse Council learned in late October that one animal welfare group and a handful of people from the walking horse industry have been meeting and circulating a proposed Senate “compromise” bill which would substantially alter the PAST Act (S. 1007).  The current version of the PAST Act lays out a common-sense solution to prevent the continued practice of soring and is limited in scope to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses.  Unlike the streamlined, 12-page bill that passed the House by an overwhelming majority in 2019, the so-called “compromise” bill is more than triple the size and includes detailed inspection procedures, among other provisions not vetted by the horse industry.  Furthermore, the “compromise” includes language that could open other horse breeds to regulation, therefore undermining the laser-like focus of the PAST Act, as written.

As lawmakers wrap up their end of year business, contact your senators today and tell them to oppose any “compromise” bill that would alter the provisions of the PAST Act (S. 1007), as written and introduced in the Senate.

American Horse Council
www.horsecouncil.org

Congress Set to Allow BLM to Rip Out the Ovaries of Wild Mares

Ripping out wild mares’ ovaries with chains. This is what the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to do to our wild mares across the West… and as of right now, Congress is poised to approve & fund it. We apologize for the necessity of this gruesome photo, but please don’t look away. We need your help to stop this cruelty.

We are fighting this with all we have, and we need your support.

The “chain ecraseur” is used to blindly rip out the ovaries of a mare – and BLM is poised to take this chamber-of-horrors procedure into the field.

Welfare ranching on our public lands is behind this push to permanently sterilize wild mares. Taxpayers foot the bill, but wild horses pay the ultimate price.

The only way to stop this is to convince Congress it MUST NOT HAPPEN.

Ovariectomy, like gelding, is a form of sterilization that kills the essence of what makes our wild horses WILD – destroying their natural, biological, hormone-driven wild behaviors. BLM will use this to systematically destroy our wild herds.

We must reach Congress, but we cannot do it without your help.

Please JOIN US in the fight to Keep the Wild in America’s Wild Horses.

Never give up.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Cloud Foundation Works to End Roundups Forever in Stewart Creek HMA of Wyoming

I have always abhorred wild horse roundups, and The Cloud Foundation is committed to ending them… forever. The recent Stewart Creek roundup was very sad, but it was also a means to an end – the end being no more traumatic helicopter roundups.

In central Wyoming’s Stewart Creek HMA, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that wild herds can be managed with humane fertility control. Success here will encourage additional BLM offices to abandon the knee jerk, default strategy of calling in the helicopter contractors. Instead, volunteer efforts – like the newly formed WYWHIP – aim to manage wild horses on the range. If you’d like to be part of the solution, watch this short video and contact them to see how you can help.

And adopt if you can! Many of the captured Stewart Creek horses are at the Canon City holding facility in Colorado. Become a wild horse partner and consider giving one of these magnificent animals a safe home, since they’ve lost the only one they’ve ever known.

Thanks for all you do,
Ginger Kathrens

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Tell Oil CEO to Protect Wild Horses in Southern Wyoming

If you haven’t yet signed on to our effort to STOP the zeroing out of wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, please sign now.

BLM is pushing a Massive Extermination Plan for wild horses in southern WY to accomodate the Rock Springs Grazing Association’s livestock. RSGA leases grazing land from Anadarko, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum.

The Cloud Foundation is calling on Occidental’s CEO to take a stand and protect wild horses on their lands in Wyoming. Take Action Now! Sign the petition if you haven’t already, and please share on your social media pages.

The Cloud Foundation Takes On Pendley’s Wild Horse Agenda

In early October, dozens gathered in Cody, WY despite the looming threat of COVID to attend the Free-Roaming Equid & Ecosystem Sustainability (FREES) Conference. The opening speaker? William Perry Pendley, the BLM’s defunct Acting Director.

Traditionally an anti-wild horse summit attracting livestock and rangeland groups across the West, last year the doors were opened to a more inclusive set of participants – advocates.

We now have a voice at the table. While that voice is often overpowered by anti-wild horse interests, we will NEVER stop speaking up for the animals we fight to protect. The Powell Tribune picked up our commentary on the “summit” – click here to read the story.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Help Us Stop BLM’s Inhumane Plan to Sterilize Wild Mares

There are a lot of things that happen to our wild horses that we don’t want to think about. But we must face these things now – because we must take action now.

First, they funnel her into a squeeze chute. She’s wild and terrified.

Next, she might be given a local anesthetic and a shot of antibiotics.

While the chute squeezes her body tight, a BLM-contracted veterinarian inserts a 1-foot metal rod with a chain on the end into her, to crush and rip out her ovaries.

This is not exaggeration. This is reality.

What may happen to our mare after the horrific procedure reads like a chamber of horrors: evisceration, infection, hemorrhage, and possible death.

Sterilization of this mare will kill the essence of what makes her wild — the natural hormones which drive the wild behaviors that astonish and thrill us in these iconic and spirited animals.

Why is BLM doing this?  It’s the age-old “follow the money” scenario.

The livestock lobby has deep pockets and that means deep influence. They’re pushing BLM to destroy America’s few remaining wild horse herds via sterilization — all to keep their “welfare ranching” Ponzi scheme in place.

U.S. taxpayers (that’s us!) lose HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars every year so ranchers can graze their livestock on our public lands. Outrageously, in federally-protected wild horse & burro habitat, their livestock are given [on average] 80% of the forage!

With your support, we can stop these barbaric surgeries and end this rigged system.

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Arrowhead Adventures by Erin Phillips

With so much distressing news being shared about the uncertain fate of our beloved wild horses and burros, it is all the more important to enjoy and appreciate them whenever we can.

Today we’re sharing a beautiful story… the magic of the Pryor Wild Horse Range seen through the fresh eyes of a first timer. Join Cloud Foundation volunteer Erin Phillips as she describes her first-ever encounter with the Pryor herd.

[Spoiler alert: she’s also quite the photographer! You won’t want to miss her lovely pictures of the whole Pryor cast and crew.]

We hope you enjoy this uplifting tale…

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
www.thecloudfoundation.org

New Fiscal Year, Same Disaster Plan for Wild Herds

Cloud’s Palomino daughter Encore and her son, Tor. ©TheCloudFoundation.

For the BLM, it’s a new fiscal year with renewed funding. But it’s the same disaster plan to decimate our wild horse and burro herds using massive roundups and inhumane sterilization procedures.

TCF needs your help today. We have a long and difficult road ahead.

Here are the facts. This year we MUST:

  • STOP the zeroing out of multiple Wyoming HMAs
  • STOP the creation of single-sex, non-reproducing herds
  • STOP BLM from killing the “Wild” in our wild horses through the barbaric sterilization of wild mares and stallions
  • WIN our legal battle to stop the zeroing out of 6 HMAs in the Caliente Complex of Nevada
  • CONVINCE Congress to protect natural, wild behaviors
  • STOP the devastation (removal of nearly half) of Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Wild Horse Range

We must accomplish all of this and more to protect and preserve the future of our wild herds. And we’re up against the massive machinery of the American government.

We cannot do this without you. Please, if you’re able, support our crucial work with a donation today. Help us ensure that foals like Cloud’s grandson, Uno, get to live their entire lives wild and free.

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
www.thecloudfoundation.org

AQHA Addresses the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 is proposed national legislation that outlines a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent horseracing anti-doping and medication control authority.

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While the American Quarter Horse Association is strongly committed to the welfare of the racehorse and supports industry reform to improve horse safety, the Association cannot support the current version of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act until key questions are adequately addressed.

  • The bill lacks details about the funding sources that would sustain the proposed authority. Protecting animal welfare is paramount but the funding for this central authority will need to be attainable, affordable, and sustainable for all jurisdictions.
  • While the bill in its current form allows jurisdictions an opportunity to include Quarter Horses upon their own choosing, the Association is concerned about our breed if they choose to do so. Of particular concern to AQHA is the proposed elimination of race-day use of the medication furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, which is used to mitigate the occurrence of exercised-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in racehorses.AQHA is currently pursuing funding for a study to investigate the vulnerabilities that Quarter Horses in particular have to EIPH. Numerous industry studies provide evidence that the administration of Lasix improves the welfare of racehorses and indicate there is no link between the use of Lasix and musculoskeletal issues that may be a contributing cause in catastrophic breakdowns.

AQHA works closely with the Association of Racing Commissioners International and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, which work to create uniformity in medication rules, as well as with state jurisdictions. Among the work on which AQHA has assisted is out-of-competition testing efforts and the use of hair as a testing mechanism and beta-2 antagonist bans. In the five years since many of these rules have gone into effect in the majority of Quarter Horse racing jurisdictions, reported injuries in American Quarter Horses have declined 16 percent.

AQHA is dedicated to industry reform and works closely with international, national, and state racing organizations and commissions to evaluate protocols that allow for uniform medication rules and strengthened deterrents to performance-enhancing drugs, and looks forward to continuing this collaborative effort.

AQHA is a strong supporter of reform and uniformity in racing, but for these reasons has concerns regarding the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 in its current form.

American Quarter Horse Association
1600 Quarter Horse Drive
Amarillo, TX 79104

BLM’s Massive Roundups Underway

One of the largest roundups of the past ten years concluded last month. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reported that 1,825 wild horses and burros were removed from the Shawave Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) northeast of Reno, NV.

Eleven horses and one burro were killed during the roundup. Five of these were senior horses, and three of those were killed for “missing an eye.”

Next week, BLM will start another major roundup to remove over 1,100 horses in the Diamond Complex just north of Eureka, NV. If the BLM 2020 Roundup Plan is fully implemented, 2020 will rank as the year with the highest number of wild horses and burros captured in the last 19 years.

Read the Shawave report here.

Sept. Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting

The BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is holding their next meeting on September 23-24, 2020 via Zoom. Register by September 17 (first come, first served) to give public comments.

While this Board is stacked with anti-wild horse folks who support massive roundups and voted to send horses to slaughter, it’s important they hear from the American people they are supposed to represent.

You can also send an email to whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov calling on the Advisory Board to protect natural wild horse behaviors and to give our wild horses and burros their fair share of AUMs (forage) on the range. For more information, or to register for public comments, click here.

Congressional Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet acted on FY2021 funding for the federal government. Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) is threatening to not allow Committee markup of the funding bills. Markup is the process by which committees debate, amend, and rewrite proposed legislation.

It’s looking more unlikely that the FY2021 budget will be passed by Congress before the Fiscal Year (FY) ends on September 30th. This means Congress will likely pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) which will carry over the same funding from the last budget.

We will continue to keep you informed on the status of the Wild Horse and Burro Program funding. In the meantime, please continue to make your voice heard!

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
www.thecloudfoundation.org