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The Cloud Foundation Calls for Independent Investigation and Moratorium on Roundups

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is urging Federal legislators and Colorado State officials to convene an independent investigation into how an illness has now killed almost 150 captured wild horses at BLM’s Canyon City holding facility.

We are calling for a moratorium on ALL wild horse and burro roundups until the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can ensure the animals’ health and safety off the range.

BLM officials claim the horse deaths are attributable to equine influenza virus H3N8. We are demanding answers as to how the virus entered the facility and ravaged one specific herd – the West Douglas horses – with such devastating effect.

“These are the American public’s wild horses; they don’t belong to the BLM,” stated Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Board President of The Cloud Foundation. “Secrecy breeds suspicion and doubt. Due to a long history of not being transparent, how can we trust the BLM to be unbiased while investigating itself?”

Read more here.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Help Protect Nevada’s Marietta Wild Burros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has so mismanaged America’s wild burros that the hardy little animals are currently facing a genetic crisis.

Despite knowing this, BLM does nothing to address the crisis they’ve created. Instead, they continue to round up our wild burros, knowing full well they’re keeping the burro populations so low that the animals are forced to inbreed.

There isn’t a worse example of their utter FAILURE to adhere to best practices and carry out their responsibility to manage “healthy self-sustaining populations.”

Please take a minute to speak up for the Marietta Wild Burros today.

The BLM wants to remove 400 of the 500 burros in this area — 80% of the population! We MUST stop this dangerous, broken cycle of roundups and stockpiling — and that starts with raising our voices to tell BLM we DO NOT support this plan.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Please Speak Up for Oregon’s Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon is pushing a management plan that would take effect for 10 YEARS until 2032. NOW is your time to speak up!

The BLM’s plan to round up these horses, leaving just 75 in each HMA, is dangerous. It will threaten the long-term genetic health of these herds, increase the risk of inbreeding and the threat of physical health problems.

Taking these herds to such low levels will severely limit opportunities for the public to view and enjoy the horses in their natural environment.

BLM also plans to use Gonacon on these mares, a fertility control which has been shown to shut down and shrivel the ovaries. In studies, only 30% of mares reversed to fertility within 10 years after 2 shots of Gonacon. The BLM shut down that study, but based on the data, it’s safe to say that Gonacon may cause permanent sterilization after just two injections.

We’re asking you to take a stand against these actions, and to tell BLM to make sure cameras are put on helicopters and trap sites at roundups. As Americans, we have a constitutional right to observe the action of our government, and we’re demanding they provide this opportunity.

We all know that the treatment of wild horses and burros during a roundup is abusive. With video documentation will we be able to change things for these beloved animals.

Please take a minute to submit your comments NOW.  Every voice counts. Please use YOURS now — stand against cruelty to wild horses and burros.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

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

Can Lawsuits Save Wild Horses and Burros?

From The Cloud Foundation

If we had a nickel for every time someone said we should sue the Bureau of Land Management, we’d never need to ask for donations again! The truth is, we WISH we could sue over everything that enrages us about the wild horse and burro program. Unfortunately, the ins and outs of wild horse/burro litigation aren’t simple.

Many of you write to us with terrific legal questions, wanting to understand. So we’re doing something we’ve NEVER done before. On Wednesday, March 30th, our legal team at Eubanks & Associates is joining us LIVE on Zoom to answer YOUR questions about wild horse litigation.

Our lawyers are some of the most successful in this arena. They’ve been on the frontlines for years, fighting relentlessly for wild horses and public lands. Their track record is nearly unparalleled.

We will be LIVE on Zoom Wednesday, March 30th at 3:00pm ET.

Register here to join us for an open discussion on the current state of affairs AND a live Q&A. If you can’t make it on the 30th, no problem. Register and we’ll send you the recording after the event.

You can submit your questions in advance on the registration form OR email them to: info@thecloudfoundation.org.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Livestock Proven Responsible for Degraded Rangelands

A recent High Country News article reported that PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) has just released data clearly showing that over 50 MILLION acres of BLM-managed lands fail to meet the agency’s own land health standards.

What is the “primary culprit” responsible for land deterioration?

PRIVATE LIVESTOCK.

Wild equids are outnumbered by millions of commercial cattle and sheep — there’s no way they can be faulted for all rangeland degradation.

This important truth is exactly why we hosted two free webinars (linked here) on effective advocacy featuring award-winning journalists Cynthia Smoot and Vickery Eckhoff. Vickery’s groundbreaking grazing data sheet (linked here) is a valuable asset that shows how the Bureau scapegoats wild horses for rangeland damage while failing to mention livestock at all.

NOW it’s time for Congress to get the message – and we need YOU to send it. Here is your CALL TO ACTION for today —

  • CLICK HERE to send a message to Congressional Leadership with the facts — livestock, not wild horses, are overgrazing our ranges.
  • Then, SHARE this action on all your social media platforms.
  • Add the hashtag #HoldAWildHorseHearing to your posts and call on your personal representatives to hold the Bureau accountable.

The first step in preparing to fight is to get informed. Please visit the GET INFORMED page of our website to learn more about the science behind the wild horse/burro issue. We need all hands on deck, armed with the FACTS, to win for the animals.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Alamo of the Onaqui, a Mustang Mission

Alamo in the wild ©GreigHugginsPhotography.

Cloud Foundation Volunteer Coordinator and founder of Mustang Mission Wild Horse Rescue, Erin Phillips, was recently featured with her wild mustang Alamo in the Effingham Herald this week.

Alamo is one of the lucky ones. While Erin, and all of us, prefer that Alamo could live out his life in the wild, we recognize how fortunate he is to have found a safe home off the range, especially as an older stallion.

Click here to read this heartwarming story of how a young woman from Georgia is taking on the fight to save wild horses.

As part of her research while she awaited Alamo’s arrival, Erin made it a mission to track down photographs of her mustang in the wild.

Her search led her to the very talented wild horse photographer, Greig Huggins, who captured Alamo in all his wild glory on the Onaqui range in Utah.

If you’re as in love with wild horses as we are, check out Greig’s work at www.utahwildhorses.com.

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

A Tribute to Trigger, Pryor Band Stallion

We come to you with sad news today. Our Freedom Family of Pryor Mustangs has suffered a loss — their band stallion Trigger passed away recently at the age of 24.

Trigger and his band were rescued by the Cloud Foundation after the tragic roundup of 2009. We took in several families of senior Pryor mustangs in order to keep them together and safe. Trigger was the leader of our “Freedom Family” for many years, and has blessed us with several offspring, including our surprise filly, Calamity Jane, just last year.

Click to watch Ginger’s video tribute to Trigger, whom she’d known since he was a mere colt — even before she met the indomitable Cloud!

We hope you enjoy our memories of Trigger.

The Cloud Foundation team

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

BLM Caught in Hypocrisy

Photo credit: ©Nadja Rider, local Sand Wash Advocate.

Just months ago, Colorado BLM cried “emergency” drought in the Sand Wash Basin HMA to justify the removal 600+ wild mustangs from their federally-designated habitat.

The use of the “emergency” designation is an old tactic in the BLM playbook and they’re using it more and more.

Why is this a BIG DEAL? Because it allows the agency to sidestep the lawful NEPA process which requires environmental review. It also blocks us, the American public, from exercising our RIGHT to give meaningful feedback on the activities of our government.

Now, just months after there purportedly wasn’t enough water or forage for our federally protected wild horses, local advocates have captured photos and video showing thousands of sheep grazing in Sand Wash Basin.

The sheep are on their way to their wintering grounds in Wyoming, where the largest roundup in BLM history is currently under way.

This is inexcusable.

Today the Cloud Foundation released a statement calling upon Congress to investigate BLM’s pattern of abusing the “emergency” designation to subvert NEPA requirements.

If you can support this effort with a donation of any amount, please help us to continue this important work.

Government should work FOR the people. It should not ignore the will of the majority its citizens to benefit a privileged few.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org