Tag Archives: Roundups

Tell BLM to Put Cameras on Roundup Helicopters

Sick and old wild horses and burros and foals are terrorized, injured, and killed in helicopter roundups.

They are chased in extreme heat in the summer and below freezing temperatures in winter. They are driven countless miles — no one knows for sure how many, because no one monitors the helicopters.

Heavily pregnant mares are sometimes pursued so long and hard that they miscarry their foals, sometimes on the run, due to the physical stress caused by the chase.

We know how the Bureau of Land Management uses helicopters is inhumane — and The Cloud Foundation is dedicated to changing BLM policy, to get cameras on the roundup helicopters, trap sites, and roundup holding facilities.

Just like law enforcement cameras, this would help to ensure transparency, accountability, and added protection for our wild horses and burros.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!

Submit your personalized comments by clicking here and demanding BLM incorporate cameras on each stage of the roundup activity — on helicopters, on the trap, and on holding sites.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Encouraging News for Wild Horses and Burros

This week Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a masterful letter to Secretary Haaland and Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning, calling on them to STOP the roundups and change the course of the Bureau’s failed roundup-and-stockpile system.

Congressman Cohen is a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources (which can hold the Bureau accountable) and a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

The Caucus formerly supported the ASPCA/HSUS/Livestock Lobby’s Path Forward — so this letter is a big step in the right direction.

Please — read Congressman Cohen’s phenomenal letter here, share it on social media and tag him! Show your support for this courageous legislator who is calling for change. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HoldAWildHorseHearing – Congressman Cohen’s Committee Members are the ones who can get it done!

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) is also leading a charge to stop the roundups.

A longtime ally for our cause, Congresswoman Titus was deeply affected by recent graphic video captured by Wild Horse Education which showed a wild foal being driven in a roundup until its leg literally broke under the stress.

The Congresswoman is introducing a bill to END helicopter roundups as a method of “managing” wild horses/burros.

We believe her bill should be supported, not just because of the obvious animal cruelty, but because there is ample science to demonstrate that roundups DON’T work, not to mention the massive fiscal waste of the current paradigm.

We MUST support those who support our wild horses. Share, post, tag, and let them know we applaud their efforts on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Fight to Save the Onaqui Is ON

Photo: Jen Rogers, Wild Horse Photo Safaris.

In a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will resume their failed program of massive wild horse and burro roundups throughout the West — starting with the famed Onaqui wild horses outside Salt Lake City, UT.

Roundups Are Wrong – and they must stop.

The Cloud Foundation is proud to stand with actress Katherine Heigl and coalition partners at the Wild Horse and Burro Freedom Rally in Salt Lake City on July 2nd.

Please join us at the rally. Together let’s send the message to Congress and the Administration that Americans are against wild horse and burro roundups.

With this rally, we’re calling on House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and President Biden to listen to the vast majority of Americans who oppose roundups and want a fair and humane wild horse and burro program – one that keeps these American icons on our public lands where they belong, not in government holding facilities or, worse, sent to slaughter.

Please join us! Let’s show the government there is a better way.

Also, send a message to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, and President Biden.

Tell them to STOP THE ROUNDUPS and require the majority of the 2022 Budget be dedicated to humane on-range management that keeps wild horse families together, wild, and free, on our public lands.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

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

How You Can Help Wyoming Wild Horses

Submit your comments by May 6th!

Bachelors in the White Mountain HMA. Photo by: Rachel Reeves

Dear Fellow Wild Horse and Burro Supporters;
Wild horses in Wyoming currently need your immediate help! With Congress fully funding the BLM, the summer roundups are slated to take off starting in July. Thousands more horses are slated to lose what they value most… their freedom and their families.

The BLM has issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) that attempts to justify the roundup of two herds in that area: White Mountain and Little Colorado. The area comprises over 1 million acres. With a roundup, these two herds will be decimated to a mere 274 horses!  Meanwhile, nearly 6,000 head of cattle or 30,000 sheep are allowed on these same herd management areas (HMAs).

The EA contains inaccurate data and faulty science. For example, two completely different numbers are given for the acreage of the HMAs within the same document, and the BLM website provides yet another entirely different number.

The EA itself also provides impossible and conflicting rates of reproduction (including 100% reproduction!) and census data which does not match within the EA or with the BLM website.

Please help these wild horse herds by taking easy action and submitting your own comments! You can view The Cloud Foundation’s comments here.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can read the BLM’s full EA here.
For a sample of what you can write, click here.

Remember: Comments are due by 4:30 PM (Mountain Time) Friday, May 6th. Always be polite in your comments and present the facts.
Comments can be submitted via email to WhiteMountain_LittleColorado_HMA_WY@blm.gov with “White Mountain/Little Colorado EA Comments” in the subject line.

Thanks so much and Happy Trails!
Ginger

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
719-633-3842