Nevada asks Obama to stop wild horse roundups

Reno, NV (April 21, 2011) —Taxpayers and wild horse advocates join with The Cloud Foundation to protest on the streets of Reno as well as at the airport. They demand roundups stop and for the government to cease warehousing the last living symbols of the American West. A new wave of protests is sweeping across the country after yesterday’s successful Save Wild Horses~Yes We Can! protest in San Francisco, sponsored by The Cloud Foundation, composed of primarily disgruntled democrats rallying outside the Democratic National Committee fundraiser for President Obama.

“Since the movement began a year and a half ago to ‘re-protect’ the mustangs the White House response has been ‘no comment,'” explains Anne Novak spokesperson for The Cloud Foundation. “Now that the president is campaigning for reelection we ask him to work with ‘wild and free’ advocates to create real solutions—not just finding a trendy way to package long-term holding while destroying the genetic viability of the American wild horses and burros still on the range.”

Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar served with the president when both were junior Senators. He is a lifelong rancher from southern Colorado and appears to favor the ranchers’ livestock over wild horses and burros point of view. Salazar’s 2010 defective solution for the wild horse issue is based on bad science —claiming an overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public lands. During America’s heartbreaking recession, Salazar called for the purchase of seven parcels of private land in the East and Midwest at a cost of $46 million per parcel and shipment of the legendary mustangs back East. He plans on stockpiling geldings (neutered stallions) and barren mares for life. The proposal fell flat with both Congress and the public.

Offering a nearly cost-free alternative, the Cloud Foundation is advocating the release of the recently incarcerated wild horses and burros—those who are in unsheltered and often filthy BLM short-term holding facilities at a cost over $2,000 per horse per year —back onto millions of legal herd acres designated for them since 1971. This solution would save taxpayers more than $25 million yearly and allow the wild animals to live naturally in their family bands on western ranges.

“Disgruntled taxpayers are taking to the streets to demand BLM stop costly roundups and lifelong incarceration of the last of America’s wild mustangs,” states Ginger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation. “The immediate solution is to release wild horses back into zeroed out herd areas originally designated for their use by Congress. BLM admits this is an option, but has failed to move on it—perhaps fearing reprisal from extractive users, many of whom are large multi-national corporations trying to enlarge their profits at the expense of taxpayers.”

“The death of the West is coming unless wildlife advocates, ranchers, hikers and hunters realize we’re all on the same side against corporate giants industrializing the range,” states award-winning author from Nevada, Terri Farley.

Americans throughout the country will continue protesting to protect wild horses and burros until they are safe, and those suffering in short-term holding are returned to their legal ranges in the West.

Source: The Cloud Foundation Press Release

Media Contacts:

Anne Novak
anne@thecloudfoundation.org
Tel: 415-531-8454

Lauryn Wachs
lauryn@thecloudfoundation.org
Tel: 617-894-6939

8 thoughts on “Nevada asks Obama to stop wild horse roundups”

  1. I’m SO tired of the ‘government’ & the BLM destroying…abusing & rounding up AMERICA’S wild horses & Burros! These are everyone’s horses & burros not just the government & the BLM’s!

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  2. Old science and a 20th century approach is a shameful protocol for the Bureau of Land Management. The public relations moves only fool those who aren’t familiar with the details – another shame indeed. The wild horse and burro program needs more than sugar coating. It needs an overhaul that gives these animals the respect they deserve. Disrespect wild horses and burros and you disrespect the citizens of these United States.

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  3. THANK YOU, NEVADA! You exhibited common sense, kindness and wisdom.

    Salazar is partisan to the ranchers; he should recuse himself or be fired. Whose pocket is he in – he should be investigated. BLM wastes tax payer dollars and practices cruelty towards animals. How does it help horses and save money to keep them in horrid little pens? I’ve seen photos of a newborn foal galloping – with the bloody umbilical cord still attached! I’ve seen a video of a helicopter hovering over a foal until it got so terrified that it bolted. This is American? Is so, for shame!!!

    Finally, there is no doubt in this easterner’s mind – that the private ranching population wants the mustangs off the land so that their cattle can graze and then they, the ranchers, can turn a profit. So transparent!

    Let caring and responsible and experienced people be responsible for “managing” the mustangs, because the US government sure can’t – you showed us that time and again. It ain’t rocket science, and it does not require coward cowboys chasing baby animals in helicopters.

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  4. Come on Obama, let’s see SOME CHANGE here. I doubt whether he has the guts to stand up to the BLM….. THIS JUST MAKES ME FURIOUS THAT THEY CONTINUE TO USE MY TAX MONEY FOR MURDER…..THE BLM SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL.

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  5. For years, it has been the all-too-easy custom for established interests to “scapegoat,” or lay the blame, for overgrazing, erosion, threats to native species, and other ecological abuses upon wild horses or burros wherever they occur, by magnifying their impacts out of proportion – all the while conveniently ignoring mankind’s own enormously destructive traditions, particularly livestock grazing, predator elimination, open pit mines.

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  6. Articulate, passionate and no nonsense. We are done with anyone messing with our cherished wild horses and burros.

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