Posted by: kinshipcircle | September 16, 2009

FREEDOM INTERRUPTED…..CLOUD’S HERD CAUGHT IN BLM ROUNDUP

9/15/09: Freedom Interrupted…
Cloud’s Herd Caught In BLM Roundup

cloud's herd
Images of Cloud (the white, muscular horse) and his herd originated with:
*   Horses from Cloud’s Herd will be Slaughtered
http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1025
*   Alert from Jerry Finch, Habitat for Horses, http://www.habitatforhorses.org
*   The Cloud Foundation, http://www.thecloudfoundation.org

The auction for horses from Cloud’s Herd is planned for September 26, 2009.

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President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Salazar, Bureau of Land
Management, Members of Congress:

On 9/1/09, the Bureau of Land Management activated a roundup of the Pryor
Mountain Wild Horses. Helicopters corralled the famous horse Cloud
(documented on PBS Nature series) and his band from their mountaintop home
through desert foothills to holding pens.

I’m relieved BLM ended the operation after just six days, but it never
should have occurred in the first place.

The raid on Cloud’s Herd epitomizes years of mismanagement. To appease
cattle ranchers and other private interests, BLM captures more animals than
it can adopt out. With 33,000 horses already in federal compounds, surplus
American horses commonly go from auction to kill floor.

A recent BLM press release claims to have freed “most of the 146 horses
gathered,” including Cloud and his herd. I respectfully demand freedom for
Conquistador, Grumpy and other horses older then 10 — who are not
adoptable. Let them live and die in their natural range.

I urge BLM to decrease horses slated for removal to just 20 adoptable horses
from ages one to two. Ultimately, BLM should pursue non-invasive control
methods — such as range expansion and intensified contraception programs. A
cap on permits to hunt mountain lions would let natural predation curb
mustang numbers. In addition, landowners who permit wild horses on their
property ought to receive tax incentives.

I ask the President, Vice President and Congress to advocate reinstatement
of these magnificent creatures on public rangelands. Your support of the
Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) bill S.B. 1579 can help renew
protections Congress enacted in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act
of 1971. ROAM’s House version, H.R. 1018, has already passed. I hope the
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee follows suit with swift
approval of S.B. 1579.

Please return Cloud’s entire herd to the wild, so that senior horses are
not sold to kill-buyers. Slaughter is excruciating for these excitable
animals. On Mexican kill floors, a “puntilla knife” is used to sever the
spinal cord — merely paralyzing the horse as workers slit his throat. The
captive bolt pistols used in Canada often don’t work on such long-necked
animals, and leave them thrashing in pain.

Please listen to public sentiment and let wild free-roaming horses and
burros live as testament to the “pioneer spirit of the West.”

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Stop the Massive Removal of Cloud’s Wild Horse Herd
http://thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/action-alerts/113-sign-the-petition
Pryors Roundup Stopped Early
http://thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-horse-issues/143-roundup-is-over
BLM to Sell Some Horses from Cloud’s Herd
http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1025
Read About The ROAM Act, S.B. 1579
http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/693

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