Take action with the Cloud Foundation regarding Ovarietomies

Cloud the Stallion watches over his territory. The Cloud Foundation.

Please help stop the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management plans to perform ovarietomies on wild mares.


The Cloud Foundation writes:

Despite three successful lawsuits stopping this procedure, two universities pulling out, and enormous public outcry, BLM still plans on moving forward with its plans to rip the ovaries out of mares.

Please stand with us to tell BLM “NO!”. Send the linked sign-on letter to your veterinarian. Most have an email address listed on their website. The more signatures we have, the more influence.

No caring person wants to see these mares go through this torturous procedure with little in the way of aftercare. Together, we can tell the BLM that scores of licensed veterinarians do NOT endorse this cruel procedure.

We have 47 signatures already, our goal is to have 100 by Oct. 25th, just 10 days away. We will then present it to the BLM Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. On October 30th.


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Dear Dr. XX

I’m a client of your practice, you might remember my pets (insert names here). I’m also an advocate for America’s wild horses and burros.

You might not be aware, but the Bureau of Land Management is preparing to perform a sterilization procedure on wild mares, with the intent of eventually taking it into the field. Many reputable equine veterinarians advise strongly against this procedure due to the non-sterile environment, risk of infection, colic and even evisceration.

I’m asking you to please take a moment to read the letter linked HERE and add your name to the long list of veterinarians who oppose this procedure.

Thank you for your time,

(Your Name)

FEATURED IMAGE: Cloud the Stallion. By Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation

2019 Celebration Grand Champion winner suspended

Help End Horse Soring

The script never changes when it comes to horse soring, does it?

Clant Seay writes:

World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick upholds “Tennessee Tradition” of going on the USDA federal suspension list for alleged “horse soring” shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

But that’s not all of course. It never is with these “folks”. Seay adds:

Mr. Rodney Dick will start serving an 18 month USDA Federal Suspension on October 1, 2019, for two alleged “Horse Soring” violations occurring at the 2016 TWH Celebration. Mr. Dick also agreed to pay a $2,200.00 fine related to his suspension which will end March 31, 2021.

Of course this atrocious human being could care less because he got his ribbon. All of that horrific abuse of a horse who could barely canter because of the excruciating pain he was in — for a lousy ribbon. Where else would you see such a thing? We must stop it.

S.1007 — The PAST Act

Please contact your two U.S. Senators today and ask them to cosponsor S.1007, the PAST Act, and stay committed to giving it their yes vote. The PAST Act has already passed the U.S. House 333-96. When the PAST Act becomes law it will end the ongoing monstrous acts of animal cruelty that is horse soring.

It will only take you a few minutes. Will you do that for these horses?

Type up what you want to say. Go to Senate.gov and find your two Senators. If you don’t know who they are there’s a drop down box where you can sort by State. Click on their links to go to their pages. Click on the email link. Copy & paste your message. Send.

We hope you will speak from the heart. This will impress your lawmakers more than anything else.

If you have any questions email us at info@horsefund.org or ask us in comments below.

In case you need to see what this looks like again.

Seay tells us more:

Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick is the second Walking Horse Trainer to go on USDA Suspension for alleged “Horse Soring” charges in the last three years.

The first was Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ Mr. Bill Callaway who established the “Tennessee Tradition” of going on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “horse soring”. Mr. Callaway did so at 12:01 A.M. on Monday, September 4, 2017, after winning the Celebration World Grand Championship at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Ask Congress to close the loopholes that allows this horrific “sport” to go on.

Find and contact your two U.S. Senators at Senate.gov »

Thank you on behalf of I’m Mayhem and all of the thousands of horses like him who have suffered and will continue to suffer these cruelties unless we bring it to an end for them.

Will Chicago say ‘nay’ to horse drawn carriages?

Horse drawn carriage Chicago. Source: WTTW.
Horse drawn carriage Chicago. Source: WTTW.

Multiple media outlets have covered how Chicago’s horse carriage companies are violating both Chicago’s Ordinance and the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act by overworking carriage horses, among other mistreatment. Will the City of Chicago ban horse drawn carriages? They have a great opportunity before them to do just that. Let’s see.

CBS Chicago reports:

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s downtown horse carriage rides may be forced to ride into the sunset.

Three aldermen are backing a move to eliminate the carriage rides before the winter holidays, with strong support from animal rights activists.

Danny Shugrue, the manager of Antique Coach and Carriages, says Chicago will not be the same without its iconic horse drawn carriages. “How many things are we going to drive out of the city where it’s just a generic thing? With no character left?” Shugrue questioned.

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) contends the horse carriages add cruelty, not character.

“They’ve not been able to regulate themselves and the city doesn’t have the resources to regulate them,” Ald. Ray Lopez stated. He is joining Ald. Brendan Reilly and Brian Hopkins, backing an ordinance that would bar carriage operators from renewing their licenses in November, essentially driving them out of business.

Animal activist Jodie Weiderker of Chicago Alliance for Animals points out, and the city confirmed, carriage operators received 334 citations and more than $20,000 in fines last year.

“We have witnessed and documented horses being overworked, sometimes as long as 12 plus hours, working horses when it’s been 90 degrees or hotter and also not providing water, many times,” Weiderker said.

A vote is set for the next City Council meeting. Read more; view video report »

No Vote

The City Council Committee declined to vote.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The fate of Chicago’s horse-drawn carriages will remain uncertain for a little while longer, after a City Council committee declined Wednesday to vote on an ordinance that would put them out of business.

Emma Mitts, chairwoman of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection, said she believes that given more time, a compromise can be worked out between foes of horse-drawn carriages in Chicago and the horse and carriage owners. The committee was considering a proposed ordinance that would bar horse-drawn carriage owners from renewing their licenses, putting them out of business in the city. Read more »

There is no compromise for cruelty. You have failed Ms Mitts. And this is not the first time the Chicago City Council has failed the horses on this issue.


The more things change the more they stay the same. Listen to this argument Committee chairwoman Mitts made:

“The decision by the committee not to vote followed three hours of often-emotional testimony from both sides. After testimony ended, Mitts expressed anger that she was being pressured to make a quick decision about the carriages when people are dying from violence in other parts of the city.” See Tribune story »

What? Sigh.

Create a Storm

Let’s show love for Chicago’s carriage horses and support the work Chicago Alliance for Animals is doing on their behalf.

Get out there on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and protest the continuance of horse drawn carriages in Chicago. You don’t have to be from the area. The carriage horse trade is tourist driven and the City of Chicago will not like getting bad publicity. Let’s put the heat on. Will you help?

Sample language. Use the first phrase always. The select from the rest. Hashtags and handles to follow. Peak hours for hashtagging #Chicago is 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST.

Ban horse drawn carriages Chicago. It’s dangerous and inhumane. Cruelty knows no regulation. Just ban it!

@ChiCouncil #chicouncil

#chicago #horses #carriagehorses #horsedrawncarriages

Or do something quick like this:

Ban horse drawn carriages #Chicago. @ChiCouncil

On Facebook go to one of Chicago’s top tourist pages https://www.facebook.com/ChooseChicago/ and leave a message. No threats, no bad language etc. Just a quick, simple message.

Let us know your ideas in comments or by email to info@horsefund.org.

Related Reading

Chicago refuses to enforce carriage horse laws, One Green Planet »

Chicago Alliance for Animals Facebook page »


Join our State Anti-Horse Slaughter Campaign

Horse in profile silhouetted against a night sky. Unattributed Google search image.
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LOUISVILLE,KY (Horse Slaughter) — We need your help and support to fight against horse slaughter at the State level. Join us.

Here’s why.

Horse Meat Inspection Defunding

(1) If the defunding provision of USDA horse meat inspections continues so it cannot be exported for sale, we still need to continue working hard to close the transport to slaughter loophole.

(2) If the defunding provision of USDA horse meat inspections fails, we need to already be actively working at the State level to let lawmakers and elected official know its residents are strongly opposed to horse slaughter returning to U.S. soil in their State.

It doesn’t matter if horse slaughter is already banned in your State. There are movements afoot right now, specifically in Texas, to overturn the law against horse slaughter should the defunding language not make it into the Appropriations bill. Reports from feedlot operators in Texas tell us that they are scouting facilities for the re-opening of horse slaughter plants . . . plants, plural.

The Safe Act

We do not know if the federal bill banning horse slaughter — H.R. 113 — will be successful or not. It is in Committees and Subcommittees. That’s a lot to fight its way out of.

However, say that it is signed into law making the slaughter and transport of U.S. horses for slaughter illegal. There are enough paid traitors in Washington D.C. who will eagerly take blood money to overturn a ban on horse slaughter by sneaking language into an unsuspected piece of lengthy or obscure legislation.

There is no doubt about it. Pro horse slaughter forces are busy at work. We need to be busy at work  against horse slaughter.

Here’s how you can help.

Take a Stand

Please fill out the following form and go on record against horse slaughter so we can compile lists of residents against it to submit to State Governors, lawmakers and elected officials. Doing it here creates an electronic trail.

You must check the box if you are opposed to horse slaughter or we cannot use your submission.

Make a Donation

Make a donation to help with expenses. It is important that we have at least one lobbyist in every State responsible for leading our campaigns.

Local lobbyists are expert in area politics, the inner workings of their State legislatures (which vary widely across the country), who are “boots on the ground” able to provide us with information we can get no other way, even if we are physically there ourselves. Local lobbyists are always immensely helpful in identifying potential powerful allies (and enemies).


Please share this message across all media platforms to help us gather large numbers of residents of every State to make a strong, solid voice against horse slaughter. Thank you!

Do More

Tweet State Governors. See this Twitter campaign from March Against Horse Slaughter »